*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!
Tessanne Chin Wows the judges and crowd with Pink’s pop smash “Try”!
Christina was the first to turn.
A true vocal powerhouse!
Cee Lo was next …
Tessanne rocks the house!
Then Adam …
The reggae-soul sista proves she can sing anything!
Finally, Blake turned his chair.
The judges are all in!
Tessanne picks Adam!
“Thank you so much!” Congrats Tessanne!
*All photos courtesy of NBC’s The Voice
Last night on NBC’s The Voice, Jamaica’s pride and joy, Tessanne Chin impressed all four judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton) with her amazing cover of Pink’s pop hit “Try”. All four judges instantly hit their button in excitement to signify they wanted her on their teams. The crowd went wild and as she sang her final note!
After her performance, Adam complimented her by saying, “You can easily win The Voice this year, I don’t have a doubt in mind!” He added that reggae music is his favorite musical genre in the world. After much battling between the judges, Tessanne finally picked Team Adam!
We wish Tessanne Chin all the best of luck this season of The Voice! She could be the first Jamaican in history to win the contest! Go #TeamTessanne!
Check out her performance from last night below and also our video of her lover’s rock hit “Family”! What do you think of Tessanne Chin? Comment below!
Lead Vocals – Kris Bentley
Bass – Ian Lewis
Keyboards – Bernard “Touter” Harvey
Guitar – Roger Lewis
Drums & Percussion – Lancelot Hall
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.
*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!
Angela Hunte “One Shot”
Aidonia “Fi Di Jockey”
Etana ft. Busy Signal “Love Love Love”
Gyptian “Wine Slow”
Kes The Band “Tuesday On The Rocks”
Busy Signal “You And Me”
Major Lazer “Jah No Partial”
Queen Ifrica “Let’s Get Silly”
I-Octane “Gal Gimme Bun”
Konshens “Bad Girl”
Morgan Heritage “Perfect Love Song”
Snoop Lion ft. Mavado & Popcaan “Lighters Up”
Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond “Fight This Feeling”
Tarrus Riley “Gimme Likkle One Drop”
Sean Paul “Body”
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!
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.
*All photos courtesy of Nyanda and Black Lion Music Group
Check out Nyanda‘s brand new music video for her hot summer hit “Slippery When Wet”. Be sure to read our interview with her as well!
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 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.
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!
Apache Indian has sold over 11 million albums worldwide.
International and multi-platinum artist Bruno Mars has become one of the most popular artists since 2010.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley continues his father’s legacy as a leading icon in today’s reggae movement.
Apache Indian has collaborated with Shaggy, Sean Paul, UB40 and many more.
“Liquor Store Blues” Video Shoot
*Photos: Various sources
Country/Region: Hawaii (USA), Jamaica (Caribbean), England (Europe), India (South Asia)
What do you get when you combine traditional Indian music, a Hindu prayer, roots reggae and three of the most successful international multi-platinum artists? You get two wicked versions of an Indian reggae song that have both become immensely popular! Everyone knows Bruno Mars and Damian Marley’s hit “Liquor Store Blues” from Bruno’s debut album Doo – Wops & Hooligans (2010); but, did you know it is derived from Apache Indian’s song “Om Numah Shivaya” that appears on his album Time for Change (2005)?
British born, Apache Indian proudly displays his East Indian heritage on “Om Numah Shivaya”, which is a Hindu prayer that translates into “adoration to [the God] Shiva”. He incorporates Hindu chants, a classical Indian flute, tabla drums and various Indian percussion instruments into this roots reggae “riddim”. Apache’s English lyrics describe his personal journey of discovering his true identity in a multicultural world.
On “Liquor Store Blues”, Hawaiian native, Bruno Mars brings strong vocal chops to his version of the tune as he trades verses with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Bruno’s slightly faster rendition infuses more rock elements with an Indian sitar-styled guitar solo towards the middle of the track. Damian’s rapped verses mimic the rhythmic melody perfectly as he brings his signature blend of roots, reggae and DJ toasting. This dynamic duo definitely has chemistry and should consider doing a collaboration album together.
Whose version of the song do you prefer? Comment below!