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*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)
*Photos Courtesy of Various Sources
Today, The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley officially celebrates his 70th Anniversary. Despite his passing in 1981, he is more popular than ever. Marley’s compilation album, Legend (1984), is the most successful reggae album of all time and continues to sell tens of millions of copies worldwide. The King of Reggae helped popularize the genre across the globe from the United States to Japan (and everywhere in between).
In honor of his 70th anniversary, we decided to show you how much Bob Marley has influenced musicians around the world with The Playing For Change (PFC) Band. The PFC Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps raise money to build music and art schools for children across the planet. The PFC Band, comprises of the world’s best musicians, to record classic songs that resonate with all audiences. In addition to their albums, they also tour extensively around the world to raise money for their noble cause. The PFC Band loves reggae as much as we do, especially Bob Marley! Take a look at the PFC Band playing his hits like “One Love”, “Three Little Birds” and more. You may see some familiar faces in the videos too! Happy 70th Birthday Bob!
“Redemption Song” featuring Stephen Marley
“Words of Wonder/Get Up, Stand Up” featuring Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
“War/No More Trouble” featuring Bono of U2
“Three Little Birds”
*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) …
*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”
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
*All Photos Courtesy of Niko Browne (Lifeline Music) & Romain Virgo
Check out Romain Virgo’s smooth reggae cover of Sam Smith’s, one-night-stand anthem, “Stay With Me”. Niko Browne, of Lifeline Music (Jamaica), both produced the track and directed the music video. Virgo’s superb vocal abilities mixed with Browne’s incredible production skills create an excellent cover. Browne also produced many of the songs from Romain’s sophomore album The System (2012) (VP Records).