Australia’s Rising Reggae Artist:  Our Interview With Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams

Most people do not associate reggae music with Australia.  With New Zealand being in such close proximity to the country, it did not surprise us that reggae’s popularity has gained strength in Australia as well (as you have learned in our previous articles reggae is extremely popular in New Zealand).  The newest artist to make waves in the Polynesian scene is Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams.  This Australian lover’s rock crooner serenades his listeners with his smooth R&B vocals and romantic lyrics.  His bright melodies and uplifting rhythms evoke emotions of elation and relaxation that can alleviate anyone’s anxieties.  His latest hits “Why Would You Do That”, “No One” and “For You” have all gathered thousands of YouTube views.  Recently, we had the pleasure to interview Joe Coffee to discuss the Polynesian reggae movement, his songwriting process, musical influences and much more!

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Golden Chyld Gives Us a Video Shout-Out from Toronto, Canada!

*All Photos Courtesy of Nu Dynasty Music and C.W. Entertainment.

Greetings #TeamWorldReggae!  We hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July and/or Canada Day celebration.  This summer has been a great season for reggae music!

We would like to thank Golden Chyld, from Toronto, Canada, for his wicked video shout-out for our blog.  Check out our features on his latest hits “Rise Up” and “Joanna Wine”.  Also, be sure to listen to his summer hit with Cuban artist, Yus Diva, called “A Man Like You”.  In this reggaeton jam, Cuba meets Jamaica!  You can follow Golden Chyld on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Watch Golden Chyld’s video shout-out and listen to “A Man Like You”.  How do you like his new collaboration with Yus Diva?  Comment below!

Who’s Ready For Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest 2014? It’s The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth!

Reggae Sumfest 2014

Reggae Sumfest 2014 [Photo Courtesy of Reggae Sumfest]

The Reggae Around the World Team is proud to announce Reggae Sumfest 2014: The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth from Sunday, July 13 to Saturday, July 19 in Montego Bay, Jamaica! The world famous annual festival, features the best artists and DJs in reggae, dancehall and international music.  This year’s Sumfest features a week long celebration of music parties and concerts.  Check out our performer slideshows and event details below!

Date:  Sunday, July 13

Event:  Reggae Sumfest Beach Party

Location:  Aquasol Beach

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Tessanne Chin Stays True To Her Jamaican Roots on New Album: Our Review Of “Count On My Love”

Count On My Love debuted at #9 on the US iTunes Charts!

Count On My Love debuted at #9 on the US iTunes Charts!

*All Photos courtesy of Tessanne Chin, NBC and Universal Music Group.

After much anticipation, Tessanne Chin’s major label debut album, Count On My Love (2014 Republic Records), is finally here.  The season five winner of NBC’s The Voice, who competed on Team Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5), is more than just another reality show champion, but a true artist that has not forgotten where she comes from.

Although iTunes categorizes Count On My Love as pop, the album is heavily rooted in reggae with a touch of dancehall, R&B and dub-step (or as Tessanne calls it, “pop with a Jamaican swag”).  The majority of the LP’s songs incorporate Caribbean rhythms mixed with pop melodies to create a unique blend of island vibes that appeals to a universal audience.  Tessanne stays true to her heritage by occasionally firing wicked vocal runs in Jamaican patois that are still understandable for non-Jamaican listeners.  This element allows her non-Caribbean fans to relate to her lyrics, which is essential to the record’s success.

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