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She’s In The Mood: Our Interview with Jamaica’s Karian Sang

*Photos courtesy of KarianSang.com

The lovely and multi-talented Karian Sang has been very busy these days. With a brand new album and feature film under her belt, there are no limits for this singer-songwriter and actress. Karian’s latest EP, In The Mood, explores reggae/dancehall, pop, EDM and hip-hop with powerful lyrics on each track. The solid album contains six songs that symbolize a different “mood”.  In addition to her new EP, Karian Sang has also completed her first feature film by starring alongside Christopher Martin in Jeremy Whittaker’s reggae music film, Destiny. With two powerhouse singers playing the lead roles, the movie is nothing short of entertaining.  Recently, we caught up with Karian Sang to discuss her new album, movie and much more.

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From Jamming at Home to Touring with Justin Timberlake: Our Interview with American Reggae Band The Common Kings

*Photos provided by and courtesy of Common Kings 

The American reggae movement is the strongest it has ever been in history.  With many successful artists and bands like SOJA, J Boog, The Green and Rebelution selling out venues every year, reggae is surely gaining prominence.  One band in particular ranks very high with their contemporaries … The Common Kings.

These Kings are no strangers to the reggae scene.  Junyer (lead vocals), Ivan (bass), Rome (drums) and Mata (guitar) formed four years ago at a jam session and have since released a plethora of hit singles, including “No Other Love” (featuring J Boog & Fiji), “Fly”, “Alcoholic”, “Wade in Your Water”, “Your Turn”, “Before You Go” and more.  The Common Kings blend reggae, R&B, soul, island, pop and rock into an original, eclectic sound like no other.  Their unique style even caught the attention of, pop music superstar, Justin Timberlake who asked the band to open for him during his Australian and New Zealand fall 2014 tour.  This was quite an achievement for an unsigned and unknown band. 

Despite touring with an “A-List” artist, these everyday guys from Orange Country, California (with Polynesian roots) remain humble, down-to-earth and grateful for their success.  The band interacts with their fans on social media and keeps them updated about upcoming tours and music.  Recently, we chatted with the Common Kings to discuss their story, music, opening for Justin Timberlake, their upcoming album and much more.         

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Our 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Viewers’ Choice 2015: Your Top 20 Romantic Reggae & Dancehall Songs From Around the World!

*Photos Courtesy of the artists’ official Facebook fan pages and various sources

For our second annual Valentine’s Day Viewers’ Choice article, we asked you to submit your favorite romantic reggae and dancehall songs from around the world.  Thank you for your song submissions.  Even though we could not include every single video, we featured the most requested songs.  In no specific order, here were your top picks for February 2015 (aka International Reggae Month).  Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Randy Valentine “Lock Me Up” (England)

Trey Smoov “Beauty Queen” feat. J Boog & Fiji (USA & Fiji)   

Quique Neira “Agua de la Fuente (Un amor)” (Chile)

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The 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Reggae Album Announced!

*Photos: Various sources including Grammy, Reggae Sumfest and more

Last night, the Recording Academy celebrated the 57th Annual Grammy Award Nominations by hosting “A Very GRAMMY Christmas” concert on CBS. Hosted by hip-hop icon, LL Cool J, the night was filled with delightful performances by Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith and more.  Although no reggae artists performed, the academy announced the official nominations for “Best Reggae Album” yesterday. And the nominees are (drumroll please) …

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2014’s Most Requested Riddim: The Uptown Julie Riddim (FME Recordings)

*Photos: Various sources

Greetings everyone!  The holiday season has officially begun and like Santa, we’ve been getting lots of special requests for music.  During these past few months, no other riddim has received as many requests as The Uptown Julie Riddim (2014 FME Recordings).

Why is this riddim so popular?  According to our fans, they love the fusion of urban dancehall rhythms, uplifting reggae melodies and soothing pop strings that remind them of summer.  The Uptown Julie Riddim features Ricky Blaze, Zoelah, Gyptian and Kes the Band on four hot tracks:

Ricky Blaze “All I Need”

Zoelah “Sell Off”

Gyptian “Stunta”

Kes The Band “Endless Summer”

The riddim’s producer, Ricky Blaze, describes the making of the Uptown Julie Riddim in this interview video.  Also, be sure to watch the riddim’s two music videos – Gyptian’s “Stunta” and Kes the Band’s “Endless Summer”.  Finally, listen to the full riddim mix by Dr. Bean Soundz.   

How do you like the Uptown Julie Riddim?  Comment below! 

Making of the Uptown Julie Riddim

Gyptian “Stunta” (Official Music Video)

Kes The Band “Endless Summer” (Official Music Video)

The Uptown Julie Riddim Mix by Dr. Bean Soundz