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Why Is Jr. Reid Hot Right Now?

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 19June07

Is it the fire and brimstone? Is it the burning chalwa? I need to listen to more of this mixtape to find out! I heard about this over at DJ/Rupture‘s site – mudd up! Jr. Reid has dropped a mixtape titled Why I’m Hot, a collaboration with DJ Power. Rupture gives it a great review and reports that the title is not pure empty boasting, and indeed, Mr. One Blood is HOT on this album. I need to hear the rest of it to find out why… You can download it from iChoons, listen to 2 songs on mudd up! or purchase it from various places.

Jr. Reid - Why I'm Hot Mixtape

Go directly to mudd up! for more. Thanks for the free listen Rupture!

 

 

 

 

 


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Have A Blast At The Glast!

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Glastonbury music festival descends upon the English countryside on Friday June 27th. The full lineup is absolutely insane, I can see how this is the biggest rock festival in the UK. Over 200 bands fill the lineup, and a press release states that over 177,000 people are expected to attend! Since I can’t possibly fit the full lineup here, I’ll give you one serious tease instead. In addition to the many stages already announced, I just discovered today that BBC Radio 1 has added their own stage to the festival. The additional lineup includes Tigerstyle, JME, and Ben Sharpa.

BBC Radio Stage Added To Glastonbury:

Friday 22 June

3:00 Jag (BBC Asian Network)
4:00 Tigerstyle (BBC Asian Network)
5:00 Riff Raff (BBC Radio 1)
6:05 Broke’N’£nglish (BBC 1Xtra)
7:10 Riz MC (BBC Asian Network)
8:15 JME (BBC 1Xtra)
9:20 Breaking The Illusion (BBC Radio Humberside)
10:25 Tor (BBC 1Xtra)

Saturday 23 June

3:00 Ben Sharpa (BBC Radio 1)
4:00 How’s My Pop (BBC Radio Lancashire)
5:00 New Cassettes (BBC Radio Northampton)
6:05 OK Tokyo (BBC Radio Berkshire) Glastonbury Music Festival Lineup
7:10 The Ting Tings (BBC Radio Manchester)
8:15 Headliners (BBC Radio Sheffield)
9:20 The Neon Plastix (BBC Radio Sheffield)
10:25 The Ripps (BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire)

Sunday 24 June

3:00 Cate Le Bon (BBC Radio Wales)
4:00 Sam Isaac (BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester)
5:00 Eugene McGuinness (BBC Radio 1)
6:05 Rose Kemp (BBC Radio Bristol)
7:10 A Silent Film (BBC Radio Oxford)
8:15 Doll & the Kicks (BBC Southern Counties Radio)
9:20 Pint Shot Riot (BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire)
10:25 Radio Luxembourg (BBC Radio Cymru Wales)

More info on the BBC Radio Introducing Stage.

Glastonbury Partial Lineup:

Friday 22nd June 2007

Bjork
Arctic Monkeys
Spiritualized – Acoustic Mainline
Aliens
M.I.A.
Kasabian
The Fratellis
Bloc Party
Amy Winehouse
Gogol Bordello
Arcade Fire
Squarepusher
Rufus Wainwright
Super Furry Animals
Bright Eyes
Modest Mouse
Hot Chip
Maccabees
Mum Ra
Hold Steady
The New Pornographers
Tokyo Police Club
Neds Atomic Dustbin
Tarantism

Saturday 23rd June

Steven Marley with guest Damian Marley
Iration Steppas
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Daddy G
Mad Professor
Vexd
Scotch Egg Band (Drumize)
Shitmatt
Bong Ra

The Killers
The Kooks
Ganga Giri
Paul Weller
Paolo Nutini
Lily Allen Glastonbury Music Festival Adds BBC Radio Stage
Dirty Pretty Things
The Pipettes
Iggy And The Stooges
Editors
Maximo Park
Gruff Rhys
Babyshambles
Klaxons
CSS
The Long Blondes
The Twang
Get Cape Wearcape Fly
Patrick Wolf
You Say Party We Say Die
Holy Fuck
Four Tet with Eat Your Own Ears DJs
!!!
Ozric Tentacles
Bonde Do Role

Sunday 24th June

The Who
Kaiser Chiefs
Coldcut
Manic Street Preachers
James Morrison
Marley Brothers Present The 30th Anniversary Of Exodus
The Chemical Brothers
Vitalic
Carl Cox
Pendulum Live
The View
The Go! Team
Pete Doherty
Mika
The Rakes
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
Coldwar Kids
Mark Ronson
The Horrors
Noisettes
Aqualung
Eatstatic
Dub Pistols

For the entire lineup go to the Glastonbury site.
BBC also has a feature-packed page to keep you fully informed right up to the day of the fest itself.
Here is another article that discusses the details necessary to pull off an event of this size, like the £1mil “super fence” built last year to keep out fans who didn’t have tickets. Previous fences were not capable of keeping out thousands of fans who jumped in…

LINKS

JME on mice bass
Ben Sharpa on mice bass
BBC Radio Glastonbury page
Glastonbury Festival website

Related Music News On HearingTest

Tigerstyle
Sharpa, JME, live shows, grime and left field events
M.I.A. Opening For Bjork In France

 

 

 


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HearingTest – Rewind! #1!

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

Welcome to the premier edition of HT-Rewind! Issue 001!

The Greatest Hits from the first week of June:

Drones Of The Dour – Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Wolves In The Throneroom, Merzbow, Weedeater Shows

Sunn O))) announced a string of West Coast US shows with the incredibly talented Wolves In The Throneroom bringing furious black metal along and Southern Lord label mates Weedeater. Sunn O))) also announced that they will play the Super Sonic Fest in UK alongside Mogwai and Miasma, as well as the Dour Festival with previous tour mates Wolf Eyes plus Merzbow and Wilco.

Sunn O))) To Release Oracle On Vinyl

Sunn O))) also announced that they will be releasing Oracle on vinyl. Brainwashed got a hold of the cd and has reviewed it with samplage.

Digitized – Bob Marley’s Exodus Gets A Futuristic Release

Exodus turns 30 this year, and to celebrate Island will be reissuing the entire album on USB stick, Micro SD, deluxe cd, cd, and vinyl. The first 3 come with video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers performing live in London in 1977. The vinyl will be reissued as an exact replica of its first release.

Dope New 50/50 Video From Wiley!

Eski Boy makes a smokin video for “50/50” from his upcoming Playtime Is Over and HearingTest has the links to a crystal clear mov format. It positively sparkles, and comes rumbling out of the subwoofers! In addition to the vid, the sweet fellas over at Big Dada have sent us a link to where you can get your own Wiley player. It’s sweet too, I wish I could show you here, but WordPress does not allow embedding of players other than a few like yT. But trust me, go check it out, it has the video for “50/50” plus audio for “Gangsters” and “Bow E3”. It’s a clever likkle device –
www.bigdada.com/wileyplayer/

December ATP – Portishead, Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope And More

Yep, all those folks are on the lineup. What isn’t obvious from the beginning of this report is that the second part features an album review by Julian Cope for one of the most amazing dark ambient metal bands – Sacrificial Totem. The album that Cope reviewed is Hurqalya which can be found on Katabatik. All fans of ambient noise, ambient metal, and atmospheric sonic storytelling should definitely check this out. Katabatik releases albums and hosts concerts with bands who create unique sonic experimentations. Their catalogue ranges from experimental electronica to IDM to ambient, metal, ragtime, and glitch-core. Definitely a fine resource of music.

NME Offers Free White Stripes Record In Magazine This Week

A limited edition red vinyl picture disc of “Rag And Bone” from the White Stripes’ upcoming Icky Thump was included in this week’s issue of NME. More info and pictures in the report.

Download – Matt Shadetek Releases His BBC Mix

MO FIRE! MO BASS!! Bo! This mix is the shizzle! If you haven’t already, go get this mix NOW! Killer tunes, mostly original stuff and remixes from the likes of Matt Shadetek, Drop The Lime, Plastician etc. Originally mixed for BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs show, this is the first time its been available for download, and it’s FREE! If you like what you hear, show your love and buy some vinyl and keep it spinning!

Glen E Friedman Releases Fugazi Photos

Another fantastic picture book from the super talented Friedman. This report has links to where you can find other books by Friedman on Burning Flags Press.

Blue Scholars Video For “Back Home” From Bayani

The song rules, the video rules. Go check it out. It’s about bringing our troops home to their families where they belong.

Dragons Exist And So Do Ninjas

Ninja Tunes found a rare master tape from 1970 of psychedelic surf rock by the Dragons. Dennis Dragon is known for his work composing soundtracks for 1970’s skate films, surf films, ski films, and more. This is such an epic story of the Dragon Brothers and how they were just too far ahead of the music business in the 70’s. If you read nothing else, read this. Okay, maybe just this, Shadetek, and Wiley.

Whew! What a week! And this is just the highlights! ENJOY!

This week’s news is brought to you by the letter D

 

 


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English Beat Swing Back Into Ska

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

This news piece is dedicated to CrashPryor, one of my fave MOGgers. I remember you mentioned wishing you had been working in BeeB studios when the English Beat recorded there. This one’s for you Crash

The English Beat Have Returned In Full Swing! They are touring, playing shows with INXS and UB40, doing interviews and they are working on a new album to be released later this year!

Today, NPR’s World Cafe did an interview with the band, that is interspersed with audio from a live performance the recently reunited band did in the UK. It’s a beautiful show and you can listen to it right now on NPR’s World Cafe page – Dave Wakeling: Ska and The English Beat.

Set List From NPR World Cafe Show

“Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret”
“Tears of a Clown”
“I Confess”
“Mirror in the Bathroom”
“Save It for Later”

English Beat & Dave Wakeling Tour Dates

Dave Wakeling:
June 8 San Luis Obispo SLO Brewing Company
June 9 Santa Cruz Catalyst

The English Beat with INXS:
June 12 Glasgow, UK Clyde Auditorium
June 14 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
June 15 Newcastle, UK Newcastle City Hall
June 17 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome
June 18 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham
June 19 Bournemouth Bournemouth Opera House
June 21 London Carling Hammersmith Apollo
June 25 Sheffield, UK City Hall

The English Beat:
June 29 PA Sellersville Theatre
June 30 New York B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 1 East Hampton Stephen Talkhouse
July 3 Santa Fe Third Annual Santa Fe Community
July 5 Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern
July 6 Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern
July 7 Los Angeles Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
July 12 San Jose Plaza de Cesar Chavez
July 14 Fairfax 19 Broadway
July 17 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Ampthitheatre
July 18 Tampa Ford Ampthitheatre
July 19 Atlanta Hi Fi Buys Ampthitheatre
July 21 Chicago Southside Arts & Music Festival
July 22 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Ampthitheatre
July 24 NH Meadowbrook Farm
July 25 Homdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 26 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 28 Philadelphia Penn’s Landing

Dave Wakeling:
July 29 Mansfield Tweeter Center
Aug 8 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center

The English Beat:
Aug 9 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre w/311

Dave Wakeling:
Aug 10 Hamilton Gage Park
Aug 12 Arlington Festival on the River
Aug 18 Chula Vista Coors Ampthitheatre
Aug 19 Murphys Ironstone Ampitheatre
Aug 24 Las Vegas The Beach Mandalay Bay

The English Beat:
Aug 26 Los Angeles Greek Theatre w/UB40
Sept 15 Cranford MusicFest

Dave Wakeling:
Sept 7 Temecula Long Shadow Ranch Winery
Sept 8 Las Vegas Clark County Amphitheatre

English Beat Links

Official Website – with the cutest flash intro I have seen in ages…
You can also download (FREE) mp3s of MANY songs directly from the SOUNDS page on their site.

NPR’s World Cafe

I hope the new English Beat album looks good next to the new Bad Brains album!! Perhaps a mashup will ensue?

 

 

 


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Ivy Queen, Elephant Man Add To Kat DeLuna’s Debut

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Elephant Man has been making headlines lately with news of his upcoming album, Let’s Get Physical. I recently reported about the first single from that album being “Five-O” which features Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame. What I didn’t know then, but have learned today, is that Elephant Man recently recorded a song with the 2 illustrious ladies – Kat DeLuna and Ivy Queen, both originally hailing from the Dominican Republic. Kat DeLuna’s “Whine Up” debuted this week at #91 on the Billboard charts, but I have a feeling it is going to soar a lot closer to the top soon. The song is full of energy, makes you want to jump up and dance. It’s very electronic, very pop dancehall, the kind you will hear blasting from car windows in the heat of the summer. I’m a big fan of the reggaeton singer Ivy Queen. She has a sweet and smoldering voice that works so well with modern dancehall’s electrified sound. She is also talented at ruff and ragga sounds such that Lady Saw has made popular.

Ivy Queen is the voice of the Spanish version of “Whine Up,” while Kat DeLuna is the voice of the English version.

“Whine Up” is the first single off of Kat DeLuna’s debut album 9 Lives which will be released on Epic Records this August.

Here is the Spanish Version (audio only, video has not been filmed yet):

You can listen to the English version on Kat DeLuna’s website or murdo$pace.

LINKS

Kat DeLuna website
Kat DeLuna Music$pace
Kat DeLuna Wiki
Ivy Queen Wiki
Ivy Queen Music$pace

 
 
 
 

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New Wayne Wonder Album- Foreva

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Grammy award winning reggae sensation Wayne Wonder will be releasing a new album at the end of July on VP Records. Foreva will include a fabulous remake of the Thompson Twins’ 1984 hit “Hold Me Now” which has been updated by music producer Tony Kanal (No Doubt). You can hear the first single off the album, “Again” on NYC radio stations HOT97, POWER105, and Z100 or on his music $pace page.

2 Live Shows Scheduled:
Saturday June 16th in Chicago IL
Sunday June 17th in Hollywood CA – Jamaican Gold 12th Anniversary

Source

WAYNE WONDER LINKS

Wayne Wonder website
VH1 Artist Bio
music $pace

 

 

 


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Your Dancehall Education Via Jamaica

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 7June07

Vice Mag continues their series on Jamaican music culture this week. Today’s installment features the excitement of the DUBPLATE SPECIAL. Vice correspondents go into the studio to get voicings recorded by Freddy McGregor, Einstein, and Ce’Cile. Yesterday they visited King Jammy’s studio in Kingston, and met up with Mavado – dancehall’s newest rising star. They have also been airing episodes with Sizzla, Assassin, and Busy Signal.
Catch the series on the Vice Blog:

VICE MAGAZINE GOES TO JAMAICA

 

 


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Futuristic ReIssue of Bob Marley’s Exodus – USB & Micro SD

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 1June07

Always at the forefront of revolution – the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s Exodus is being celebrated with the album’s release on the new music formats USB Memory Stick and Micro SD Memory Card. Marley has entered the Matrix. 4000 copies of the USB version in glorious red, green and gold include the entire album of music plus 3 video tracks recorded in June 1977 at the Rainbow Theatre in London during Marley’s exile in Britain.

Here is “Exodus” being performed live in full funky style with the whole band, the ladies, the love:

The Micro SD version would be even more limited – only 2000 copies. But that’s not all, the album will be released in ALL the old fashioned formats, except cassette tape, sorry. There will be a regular CD, a deluxe CD with a DVD of 12 live songs from the Rainbow Theatre shows, and a 12″ vinyl record packaged as an exact replica of the original issue in 1977.

Bob Marley - Exodus Gets ReIssued In New Digital Formats Plus Vinyl, CD

Tracklist

1. Natural Mystic
2. So Much Things To Say
3. Guiltiness
4. The Heathen
5. Exodus
6. Jamming
7. Waiting In Vain
8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
9. Three Little Birds
10. One Love/People Get Ready

BIG UPS ISLAND!!! That’s what I call respect.

Thanks to Uncut News for the info.


“Lively Up Yourself” 1977:


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Dancehall TV – Virtual Jamaican Education

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 1June07

Have you ever wanted a hipsters’ education in chart-topping dancehall music like Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Macka Diamond? Well, for this week only, Vice Magazine’s online music channel has just that. Interviews, music videos, fashion do’s and dont’s, etc. You probably won’t find M.I.A. or Ninjaman, but you will definitely hear from Lutan Fiyah, Sizzla, and see lots of gorgeous Jamaican countryside. If that doesn’t sound sexy enough, you can fill your eyes with the serpentine dance moves of the dancehall queens.

Just head over to VBS.com for your selection. You can find more like this from their video affiliate (or maybe parent company?) Brightcove… Brightcove also produces cable tele straight from Kingston Jamaica, such as RETV which has even more dancehall tv for your viewing pleasure.
Enjoy!

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Gregory Isaacs And Half Pint Receive IRAWM Awards

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 24May07

3 artists were honored this year at the International Reggae and World Music Awards – Half Pint, Gregory Isaacs, and Doug E Fresh all took home the special Producer’s Respect Award. Half Pint has worked with King Jammy, Bobby “Digital” Dixon, Steelie & Cleevie among many other big name producers to beautifully combine the best elements of reggae and ragga music styles. The riddims feature the pounding bass beats and steppers rhythms of ragga/dancehall while Half Pint’s vocals have the uplifting positive vibrations of reggae and ska. Gregory Isaacs continues to bring soul to roots reggae music, producing hit after hit since he first took the stage in the early 70’s. Both artists are Jamaican legends due to consistently keeping a positive in rebel music. One of Half Pint’s first singles, “Winsome” was covered by the Rolling Stones in 1987. Other big hits include “Greetings” (one of my favorites!), “Freedom Fighter”, and “Level The Vibes”. Gregory Isaacs has sung absolutely amazing soulful songs such as “Night Nurse” which was remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister into a powerful, emotional tune that will floor you if you listen to it on a good soundsystem, “Gone A Jail” which seems to be sung exclusively for Shockout Records (Oakland CA!), and “Clash”. Everything that Isaacs sings is dripping with emotion and soulful crooning…

Half Pint Lookin Sharp At The Awards

LINKS

Half Pint
official website
wiki entry

Gregory Isaacs
music$pace
wiki entry

Doug E Fresh
wiki entry

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Ivan Neville, Erykah Badu, Brian Wilson +More Play Cali Festival

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 24May07

The freshly released Reggae Festival Guide 2007 announces this non-reggae festival which I think many California readers would enjoy. The lineup includes the smoking hot Ivan Neville and Leo Nocentelli as part of the New Orleans Social Club. And on that note, Ivan Neville was AMAZING amazing amAzing last night at the MOG Anniversary party! He had 3 keyboards in a stack and looked like his was dribbling some mean bball the way his hands were bouncing. The entire band brought the N’arlins funk and heat to a starved SF scene. It was excellent, too bad if you missed it, definitely jump at any opportunity to see Ivan Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Junior, and Renard Poche. Like at this festival in Sonoma for example:
I don’t want to leave out any important details, so here is the script, straight from the guide:
Neville, Badu, Wilson Play Health And Harmony Festival In CA

Health and Harmony Festival

June 8, 9, 10, 2007
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

As the earth spins toward the summer solstice, people naturally feel a need to come together outside and celebrate – it’s hardwired into our instincts. Last year’s Festival was the largest and most successful ever, and just to make sure this year is even better, the Festival organizers have gone into partnership with the institution that defined concert production nationwide, Northern California’s own Live Nation (formerly Bill Graham Presents). Said Festival Director Scott McKeown, “Combining the strengths of both organizations allows us to bring to the North Bay a world-class music and lifestyle festival as has never before been seen in Northern California.” It’s an unbeatable combination.

For the first time in the festival’s substantial history, Friday will offer a full day of music and events: three days, three nights, and three Main Stages full of fun and music.

Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), soul diva Erykah Badu, conscious hip-hop revolutionaries The Roots, Rickie Lee Jones, New Orleans Social Club (featuring Ivan Neville and the legendary Leo Nocentelli among others), and the cream of the jam band and acoustic world, including moe., Umphrey’s McGee, the Waybacks, Hot Buttered Rum, Animal Liberation Orchestra, the Mike Stern Allstars (featuring Victor Wooten of the Flecktones and Dennis Chambers along with Miles Davis guitarist Stern), Vernon Bush, New Monsoon, Common, and Sound Tribe Sector 9 lead the musical entertainment.

As always, there will be further music late at night with the “Harmony After Dark Zone,” featuring Jai Uttal, One at Last, Sheila Chandra, and Shimsai among many others. The “After Dark Zone” will be in three different venues for one modest price. Along with that, the Techno Tribal Dance, with Stanton Warrior, Shpongle, Ganga Girl, and Rabbit in the Moon among others, will go late with the very best of trance dance culture,

Of course, music is only one aspect of the 29th Harmony Festival, which will bring together many different facets of leading-edge information and approaches to healthier, more satisfying lifestyles with an amazing array of distinguished speakers, including Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Edwin Black, Van Jones, and Rabbi Michael Lerner.

This year’s Festival theme is “Promoting Global Cooling.” Every conscious person is aware of the current planetary crisis, and forums, speakers, and exhibits will provide much valuable information; but the theme has a double meaning as it seeks to present an alternative, calmer worldview that seeks to cool down the currently over-heated and divisive partisan atmosphere in which these matters are being considered. Harmony means many things here, in musical, political, and spiritual terms, and the Festival is a holistic gathering that presents the most compelling advances in personal and social transformation, health, healing, ecology, art, activism, food, politics – in fact, the whole life package. It is a Party with a Purpose.

For more information visit: www.harmonyfestival.com

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Reggae Music Awards In Canada

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 23May07

Canada is so progressive. Just leave it to the Great Northern country to start the First Annual Reggae Music Achievement Awards, which will not only recognize Caribbean culture, but also the Caribbean-influenced culture that has developed on Canadian soil. According to Reggae Country news :

The purpose of the Reggae Music Achievement Awards is to publicly recognize, encourage and highlight the contributors and outstanding individuals within the reggae music industry in Canada. This will be an annual event to express Caribbean culture and showcase the talent of the Canadian reggae artiste and the people behind the scenes.

The award show will take place at 7pm on June 10th, 2007 at Club Paradise in Toronto, Ontario. The categories plus nominees are as follows:

International Artist of The Year

Luciano
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley
Tanya Stephens
Natural Black

Tanya Stephens:
Tanya Stephens Nominated For Artist Of The Year In Reggae Music Awards

Recording Artist of the Year

Steele
korexion
Humble
Blessed

Best Male D.J.

Bush Rat
Squally Blesso
Jah Pong
Rich Kid

Best Female D.J

Chatta
Donna Makeda
Tasha T
Vonnetta

Best Male Vocalist

Steele
Leroy Brown
Michael Thompson
Humble
Jimmy Reid

Best Band of the year

Mountain Edge
Ibadan
Explosions
Killasound

Album of the year

JIMMY REID Storm Cloud
HUMBLE Humble
Toni Anderson You are The One
Leroy Brown Leroy Brown

Promoter of the year

Vibes Entertainment
Eagle Force Entertainment
Brown Eyes Entertainment
Action Promotions

Producer of the Year

Korner Stone
Eye One Records
Black Exkimo
Mobbs Productions

Most Promising New Artist

Obie
Exco Levi
Squally BLESSO
Chillirootz

Best Gospel Song

Carlene Davis “Rock Me Jesus”
Marvia Providence “Its Raining/It’s A Victory”
Mercia Buntin “Humble”
Rohan Grant “I saw the light”

Radio DJ of the year

CARRIE MULLINGS
Dermott Williams
Ron Nelson
Natty B

Songwriter of the Year

Winston Richards
Steele
Exco Levi

Plus:
Special Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to the Music Industry (in Canada)
Special Community Recognition Awards (for contribution to the Caribbean community in Canada)
Special Lifetime Achievement Awards (for accomplishments with longevity)

I wonder if future nominees will include more international artists. I’d really like to see Queen Ifrica on that Best Female Vocalist list. Oh well, next year I will submit my nomination. And for some reason I get the feeling that someone really wants Steele to win…..

If you would like to keep up with all things Caribb-Canadian, be sure to bookmark the Toronto-Lime.

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Sizzla Interview On Irie FM Radio

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 17May07

Sizzla’s Judgement Yard website has posted audio from Irie FM’s “Entertainment Buzz” where Sizzla spoke about various projects that he is working on. According to Judgement Yard:

In the interview, Sizzla touched on everything from Rise To The Occasion III, his annual earth strong celebration which will be held this Saturday, May 19, 2007 on Windard Road, to ‘The Overstanding’, which is Sizzla’s latest album to date. Sizzla also answered questions directly from the fans who phoned into the show regarding various projects such as the development of the youths in Judgement Yard and the building of a new Tabernacle here, as well as current plans in the works for his new clothing line and magazine.

You can download the audio in 3 parts in mp3 format from Judgement Yard.

  
 
   

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Sizzla + Sly & Robbie, New Single/Video

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 17May07

Sizzla Kalonji spent last Friday filming the video for his single, “Show More Love To The Youths” with its director, Allan “Endless” Tennent. The video’s theme promotes finding an end to violence and crime, taking care of the world’s youth, and supporting community. The song features Sizzla singing over Sly and Robbie’s Africa riddim, and is getting ample radio play in Jamaica.

This song is one of 16 that will be included on the Feed The Children Africa compilation that is due out on Energy Beat Records by the end of May. The album also includes Anthony B, Spanner Banner, Turbulance, Paul Elliot, Morgan Heritage, Richie Spice, Norris Man, Gyptian, and Juice.

There isn’t much more info available currently, but you might glean something from Yard Flex.

In honour of Mother’s Day, here is the video for Thank U Mama by Sizzla:

If you would like to know more about Sizzla, there is a good documentary – the visual is not good, but the audio is excellent:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1VPTRtrIYU

 

 

 

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Spring Break Wit Sizzla Inna Judgement Yard

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 16May07

Spring Break 2007 inna Negril with Sizzlaaaaaaaa……

enjoy!

 

 

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