Inner Circle will continue their ‘One Love Reggae Revolution World Tour’ this summer. The legendary reggae band is set to kick off their international tour this month in Quebec, Canada and travel all throughout Europe before concluding in Puerto Rico in August.
Check below to see what part of the world Inner Circle will be in this summer!
June 18 | Old Port of Montreal
June 19 | Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
July 13 | Bi Nuu
July 14 | Woodstock Festival
Kostrzyn Nad Odra, Poland
July 15 | Viljandi Lauluvaljak
July 16 | Raker Vallimagi
July 17 | Rapla Lauluvaljak, Laululava
July 24 | Zwarte Cross Festival
Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands
July 25 | Melkweg
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 31 | ReggaeJam Festival
August 5 | Reggae Sun Ska Festival
August 10 | Zum Goldenen Anker
August 11 | Ferienzauber
August 12 | Kammgarn
August 13 | No Logo Festival
August 14 | Boomtown Festival
August 15 | Afrika Tage Festival
August 17 | Rototom Sunsplash Festival
Inner Circle’s classic single “Sweat” was reworked for H&M’s latest summer campaign. The Swedish clothing brand recruited British soul star Izzy Bizu to perform an acoustic version of Inner Circle’s hit “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” as the theme song of their summer 2016 line.
Ian Lewis, the reggae band’s co-founder and the song’s writer, told the Jamaican Observer that H&M’s endorsement speaks to Sweat’s enduring appeal.
“It shows the versatility of Inner Circle and longevity of the music. Sweat is almost 14 or 15 years old and it’s still current. It shows a younger audience can relate to our music,” Lewis said.
Inner Circle’s co-founder and guitarist, Roger Lewis, was ecstatic about H&M’s song selection.
“Mi very happy ’bout dat. It’s good to know the people appreciate the vibes,” he said.
He said he’s urging local artistes to think broad when creating music.
“Artistes must think international when creating songs. Look at Shaggy’s Boombastic and the Chase Bank, and Take Your Time by Hopeton Lewis in the beer ad. I’m not bashing anyone, but we have to thing big,” he said.
Read the article in full here and watch the commercial below.
After a series of parties and events up and down South Beach, Memorial Day weekend ended on a funny note at the Miami Comedy Festival at the James L Knight Center in Downtown Miami (May 29). Following the opening performance from Baltimore rapper Damon Blue, host and fellow comedienne Kym Whitley introduced every funny man on the playbill, and had the crowd cracking up
Comedians Steve Brown, Miami native Kitchen, Jacksonville native Lil Duval, Michael Colyar, John Witherspoon and Earthquake all owned the stage with hysterical sets. We got to catch up with revered comedians like John Witherspoon, Michael Colyar, Lil Duval, and Earthquake, who had the pleasure of celebrating his 53rd birthday on stage with the audience.
Since Drake dropped off his new album Views, the community has taken notice to his strong island influence, especially reggae artists like Mr. Vegas and Popcaan. Recently, Mr. Vegas called Drake a fake and put him on blast for getting big off of island music and not giving proper credit where it’s due.
Not long after Vegas’ rant, OVO collaborator Popcaan came to Drizzy’s defense in his own diss video. The reggae artist, who appeared on the original version of “Controlla,” violently threatened Vegas for going off on the Views rapper.
“Me have a matter to address now,” Popcaan said in patois. “Mr. Vegas whats that you do now. You can’t violate Drizzy Drake… Don’t try violate my brother because you don’t know anything about OVO or Unruly. We don’t need you to defend Popcaan.”
Last week, Mr. Vegas shot back at Popcaan and said that he only trying to defend the culture. Watch his full response below.