Gyptian ft. Angela Hunte “Vixen”

*All photos courtesy of VP Records, Gyptian & Angela Hunte

Check out Gyptian‘s brand new music video for his latest single, “Vixen”, from his upcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (VP Records).  The song features songstress, Angela Hunte, who has worked with many reggae artists including Major Lazer and Slightly Stoopid.

What do you think of Gyptian & Angela Hunte’s “Vixen”?  Comment below!

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Hawaii’s Newest Pop-Reggae Artist: Our Interview with Hirie

Hirie is one of Hawaii’s brightest breakout stars of 2013. Her debut album is available now on iTunes!

In the last year or so, Hawaiian artists have emerged onto the reggae scene in full force.  Musicians such as The Green, J Boog and Anuhea have attracted attention from the reggae community across the world and have even lead to collaborations with prominent Jamaican artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan.

Hawaii’s newest artist, Hirie, is certainly no different.  Although she was born in the Phillipines and raised in Italy, Hirie spent most of her of life in Oahu, Hawaii.  On her brand new debut album (VP Records Associated Label Group – VPAL), she mixes her silky, smooth voice with roots, reggae and pop to create her own unique style.  Unlike many solo reggae artists, Hirie records with a live band as opposed to using pre-recorded mixtape “riddims”.  This organic feel and sound truly sets Hirie apart from most singers in her genre.  Recently, we got a chance to speak with Hirie about her album, reggae’s popularity in Hawaii and much more!

On set for her new music video “Sensi Boy”

Congrats on your debut album!  What is your favorite song on your album and why?

Thank you!  It’s hard to say!  At the moment, my favorite song is “Lost and Found”.  I really enjoy the vibes and the way it makes me feel when I listen to it.

How did your musical career begin?  When did you discover you could sing?

I sang at a very young age, maybe three or four.  My parents always said they knew I could sing because I would passionately belt out a Whitney Houston song; I began singing at home, in my basement, along with my Barbie karaoke machine (laughs)!

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“Big Tings a Gwaan”: Our Interview with Legendary Reggae Band Inner Circle

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The Legendary Inner Circle

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Inner Circle

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Inner Circle’s 20 year plus music legacy, let us fill you in.  Although they are best known for their hit song “Bad Boys” (which became the iconic theme song for Fox’s TV show Cops), Inner Circle are much more than a television band.

Since the mid-70s, Inner Circle’s blend of reggae, rock and pop have solidified them as one of the first Jamaican reggae bands to crossover to the mainstream American music scene and have shared the stage with pop/rock music icons such as Elton John, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and more.  Additionally, this Grammy award-winning band has toured internationally, garnered a global fan base and has sold millions of records worldwide (some of their most notable albums include Bad Boys, Reggae Dancer and Big Tings).

Today, as one of the most esteemed bands in the industry, Inner Circle continues to create music on a daily basis at their own Circle Village recording studio and have collaborated with Damian & Stephen Marley, members of Morgan Heritage , Slightly Stoopid and many others.  We caught up with Inner Circle to chat about reggae’s popularity, their new Reggae Wave project, Circle Village Studios and much more.

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UB40 “Every Breath You Take” (The Police Reggae Cover)

*All photos courtesy of UB40

Country/Region: England (Europe)

Everyone knows The Police’s classic hit “Every Breath You Take”; but we bet you have never heard it like this!  Legendary British band, UB40, cleverly transforms the tune into a reggae dance anthem.  Compared to the slow-tempo original, UB40 drives the ballad with upbeat Caribbean drum rhythms and catchy guitar hooks.  The band’s smooth vocals complimented with heavenly saxophone harmonies allow the song to soar to new heights!  We won’t spoil it for you any longer, just take a listen.

How do you like UB40’s version of “Every Breath You Take”?  Which version do you prefer?  Comment below!

VP Records Releases Reggae Gold 2013

VP Records' Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

*Photos: Various sources including VP Records

It’s that time of year again!  That’s right, summer’s here and you know what that means … the release of VP Records’ annual compilation album Reggae Gold!  This year’s long-anticipated edition features top hits from today’s most popular reggae and dancehall artists including Gyptian, Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Major Lazer, Konshens, Shaggy & Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, KES The Band, Etana and many more!  The double-disc set also features classic songs from Desmond Dekker, Yellowman and Beenie Man (just to name a few).   Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online.

Watch some of the music videos from the album!  What do you think of Reggae Gold 2013?  Comment below!

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Kenya Meets Jamaica: Wyre ft. Alaine “NAKUPENDA PIA (I Love You Too)”

*All photos courtesy of Wyre and Alaine

Check out Wyre’s brand new jam  “NAKUPENDA PIA” (which means “I Love You Too” in Swahili).  This sensual single features Jamaica’s sexy Alaine who has collaborated with countless artists including Shaggy, Christopher Martin and more.  “NAKUPENDA PIA” fuses reggae and South African pop to create a wicked world sound!  Wyre and Alaine’s duet demonstrates how reggae music unites artists of all countries regardless of culture or language.

What do you think of “NAKUPENDA PIA”?  Comment below!

A New Day Dawns for Gentleman: German Reggae Star Promotes Positivity on New Album

Gentleman's new album is now available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

Gentleman’s new album is now available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

*Photos courtesy of Gentleman

Everyone’s favorite German reggae superstar, Gentleman, returns this summer with his latest release New Day Dawn (Republic Records).  On his new album, Gentleman incorporates his signature “singjay” (singing and DJing) vocal style with roots reggae, progressive electronic dancehall, pop and hip-hop.  His fiery, rhythmic reggae resonates within your soul as his powerful lyrics promote positivity and conscious vibes.

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Maxi Priest Returns and Proves He’s Still ‘Easy To Love’!

Maxi Priest returns this summer with "Easy to Love"!

Maxi Priest returns this summer with “Easy to Love”!

*Photo courtesy of Maxi Priest

Country/Region: England (Europe) 

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from everyone’s favorite British lover’s rock crooner, who mixes R&B, pop, soul and reggae all into his own style.  Maxi Priest returns with his feel-good,  summer jam “Easy to Love” (VP Records).  This catchy contemporary tune’s relaxing rhythms, mollifying melodies  and smooth harmonies blend effortlessly to create the perfect sun-splashed summer anthem!

What do you think of Maxi’s Priest’s “Easy to Love”?  Comment below!

NBC’s The Voice Star Brings Soulful Pop-Reggae to the World: Our Interview with Naia Kete

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NBC The Voice’s star, Naia Kete

After appearing on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, Naia Kete’s musical career has continued to blossom.  This bright, young singer/songwriter from Massachusetts, best known for her signature style of soulful pop-reggae with a hint of jazz, has been working with great artists such as Colbie Caillat and Linda Perry on her brand new EP, Fire Breather (digital version now available).  In addition to writing her original music, she also arranges impressive reggae covers of pop songs on her You Tube Channel.

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Catch Naia performing live this summer at various festivals!

When she’s not in the studio, you can catch Naia Kete doing what she does best – performing live!  Recently, Naia performed the Monterey Bay Reggaefest that featured artists and bands like Rebelution, Slightly Stupid, Collie Buddz and Matisyahu.  She’ll be back on tour this summer and will appear at various music festivals.

We caught up with Naia to talk about her experience on The Voice, her new EP and much more!

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