*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.
Jo Mersa Marley
Sean Paul Photo Courtesy of Cavalli Club Dubai
Ms. Ooja Photo Courtesy of Universal Music Japan
Sly & Robbie Photo Courtesy of Wonder Knack
Thelma Aoyama Photo Courtesy of jpopasia.com
Trey Smoov Photo Courtesy of TreySmoov.com
Sara Lugo and Proteje
Tessanne Chin Photo Courtesy of Reggae Sumfest
USA’s J Boog Photo Courtesy of MoBoogie
Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams
*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)
[Photo Courtesy of GRAMMYs]
Sean Paul [Photo Courtesy of Reggae Sumfest]
Shaggy [Photo Courtesy of Ranch Entertainment]
Ziggy Marley [Photo Courtesy of Tuff Gong Worldwide
Sly & Robbie [Photo Courtesy of Taxi Records]
Spicy Chocolate [Photo Courtesy of Universal Music Japan]
Lee Scratch Perry [Photo Courtesy of Upsetter]
SOJA [Photo Courtesy of ATO Records]
*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) …
Andre “GC” Fennell
With Shaggy & Red Fox
On Set with Shaggy and Red Fox
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Andre Fennell
Shaggy, Damian Marley, Diddy, Chris Brown and Beyonce are just some of the few international superstars that Andre “GC” Fennell has penned hit songs for. Now in 2014, this six-time Grammy nominated songwriter has emerged as a solo artist with his powerful and poignant debut single, “Fight For You”, that’s producing major buzz in the music scene. Fennell’s ability to fuse reggae, hip-hop and R&B creates a smooth, sensual sound all his own. Not only is he launching his solo career, but he is also fronting a new band called “17”; their first single and music video, “Child of the City”, will be directed by Hollywood director, Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Planet Terror, Machete). We got a chance to chat with Andre about his new music, life as a songwriter and much more.
Tennille performing live with her band
Her debut album “EVOLVE through LOVE” is on Pledge Music
On the set of her “Lion” music video
Tennille has a big heart and her own charity called E.P.I.C.
Tennille with Shaggy (aka “Mr. Boombastic)
Live & Direct!
Her charity E.P.I.C. drills clean water wells in Tanzania
Trinidad’s Tennille Amor
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Tennille Amor
International reggae superstar, Shaggy, sure knows excellent artists when he hears them. His most recent find, Tennille Amor, is no exception and she’s been working hard on her debut album “EVOLVE through LOVE”. Her latest single, ‘Lion,’ is a conscious roots reggae song that shares the powerful message of staying strong in difficult times. It sounds very different from Tennille’s first single and music video, “Not the One” (produced by Shaggy), which is an empowering anthem about women standing up for themselves under pressure. Her sweet, smooth vocal style appeals to a broad audience and her album’s lyrics of love resonate with everyone. Similar to Shaggy, Tennille is also a generous philanthropist. She heads up her own charity foundation that drills clean water wells in Tanzania, which also inspires much of her music’s lyrics. We got a chance to chat with Tennille about her upcoming album, working with Shaggy, her own charity and much more!
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Jaime Hinckson
Reggae music has no limits. Whether he’s blending the genre with jazz, R&B or pop, Jaime Hinckson’s eloquent and passionate piano melodies soothe listeners everywhere. At the age of 17, this talented young jazz pianist, from Miami, Florida, had the honor of sharing the stage with musical icons John Legend, Shaggy, Patti LaBelle, Al Green and Air Supply at the 2006 Jamaica Jazz Festival. Now in his 20s, Jaime’s music has evolved into a unique style that appeals to a broad audience. It can be heard on his debut album (Take Flight) that features both original songs and various cover tunes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Bob Marley and Tarrus Riley. Recently, we got a chance to talk to Jaime about his new album, career highlights, the story behind “Miss Mac” and much more.
I-Octane “Love You Like I Do”
Awa feat. House of Shem “Back in My Life”
Samantha J “Tight Skirt”
Elaine Shepherd “Lady in the Street”
Million Stylez “Time Stops”
Mavado & Nicki Minaj “Give It All To Me”
Romain Virgo “Soul Provider”
The Reggae Family of New Zealand
Common Kings “Your Turn”
Alexus Rose “Left Out”
Gentleman “In Your Arms”
Sons of Zion “Superman”
Damian Marley “Affairs of the Heart”
Chris Ellis “Don’t Change Your Number”
Shaggy & Ne-Yo “You Girl”
Wyre “No More”
Fireball “I Need You”
Ziggi Recado “Nothing But Love/Pure & Divine”
Jah Cure “That Girl”
Konshens “To Her With Love (They Say)”
*Photos: Various Sources
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked all of you (the viewers) to submit your favorite reggae and dancehall love songs from around the world. Thank you everyone for your excellent song suggestions. Although we couldn’t include every single video, we included the most requested songs. In no specific order, here are your top picks for this lovely month of February (which is also National Reggae Month). Happy Valentine’s Day!
Alexus Rose “Left Out” (USA)
Romain Virgo “Soul Provider” (Jamaica)
Raggamuffin Festival in NZ
Sons of Zion
Ghetto Youths International
House of Shem
Three Houses Down
*Photos: Various Sources including Raggamuffin Festival
The Reggae Around the World: Music Blog team is proud to announce the Raggamuffin Music Festival 2014 live in Rotorua, New Zealand:
Friday 31st Jan, 2014 –
SHAGGY // REBEL SOULJAHZ
TIKI TAANE (Ft. OPTIMUS GRYME) // SOLJAH
Saturday 1st Feb, 2014 –
DAMIAN MARLEY (Ft. GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL)
MORGAN HERITAGE // GROUNDATION
HOUSE OF SHEM // THREE HOUSES DOWN // SONS OF ZION
With more acts/special guests still to be announced!
For more information, check them out on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/raggamuffinNZ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/RaggamuffinFest
Instagram – http://instagram.com/raggamusicfestnz
*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!
Boston based singer/songwriter, Mighty Mystic, has become a leading trail blazer in the East Coast Reggae Movement. He and his live band combine elements of rock and hip-hop into their distinct “Hard Roots” style. His hits “Need Your Love”, “Lamb or Lion”, “Original Love” and most recently – “Concrete World” are all featured on the prestigious VP Records’ You Tube Channel. Additionally, Mighty has shared the stage with reggae heavy-hitters such as Damian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy and Beenie Man (just to name a few). We got a chance to sit down with Mighty to talk about music, life and reggae’s healing powers.