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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Golden Chyld Gives Us a Video Shout-Out from Toronto, Canada!

*All Photos Courtesy of Nu Dynasty Music and C.W. Entertainment.

Greetings #TeamWorldReggae!  We hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July and/or Canada Day celebration.  This summer has been a great season for reggae music!

We would like to thank Golden Chyld, from Toronto, Canada, for his wicked video shout-out for our blog.  Check out our features on his latest hits “Rise Up” and “Joanna Wine”.  Also, be sure to listen to his summer hit with Cuban artist, Yus Diva, called “A Man Like You”.  In this reggaeton jam, Cuba meets Jamaica!  You can follow Golden Chyld on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Watch Golden Chyld’s video shout-out and listen to “A Man Like You”.  How do you like his new collaboration with Yus Diva?  Comment below!

Who’s Ready For Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest 2014? It’s The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth!

Reggae Sumfest 2014

Reggae Sumfest 2014 [Photo Courtesy of Reggae Sumfest]

The Reggae Around the World Team is proud to announce Reggae Sumfest 2014: The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth from Sunday, July 13 to Saturday, July 19 in Montego Bay, Jamaica! The world famous annual festival, features the best artists and DJs in reggae, dancehall and international music.  This year’s Sumfest features a week long celebration of music parties and concerts.  Check out our performer slideshows and event details below!

Date:  Sunday, July 13

Event:  Reggae Sumfest Beach Party

Location:  Aquasol Beach

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Tessanne Chin Stays True To Her Jamaican Roots on New Album: Our Review Of “Count On My Love”

Count On My Love debuted at #9 on the US iTunes Charts!

Count On My Love debuted at #9 on the US iTunes Charts!

*All Photos courtesy of Tessanne Chin, NBC and Universal Music Group.

After much anticipation, Tessanne Chin’s major label debut album, Count On My Love (2014 Republic Records), is finally here.  The season five winner of NBC’s The Voice, who competed on Team Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5), is more than just another reality show champion, but a true artist that has not forgotten where she comes from.

Although iTunes categorizes Count On My Love as pop, the album is heavily rooted in reggae with a touch of dancehall, R&B and dub-step (or as Tessanne calls it, “pop with a Jamaican swag”).  The majority of the LP’s songs incorporate Caribbean rhythms mixed with pop melodies to create a unique blend of island vibes that appeals to a universal audience.  Tessanne stays true to her heritage by occasionally firing wicked vocal runs in Jamaican patois that are still understandable for non-Jamaican listeners.  This element allows her non-Caribbean fans to relate to her lyrics, which is essential to the record’s success.

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Get Ready to “Rise Up” with Golden Chyld

 

Golden Chyld "Rise Up" now available on iTunes.

Golden Chyld “Rise Up” now available on iTunes.

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Golden Chyld

After the success with his previous single, “Joanna Wine”, Canadian-born reggae artist, Golden Chyld, returns with his follow up single “Rise Up”.

This up-tempo, drum-driven reggae anthem flows with conscious lyrics that urges social action.  “The single ‘Rise Up’ was one of the core messages I wanted to convey to people for 2014.  Irrespective of what you’re going through, rising against all odds and doing your part to make society a better place is always one of the most lasting impacts you can make.  That’s what I want to do with my music: leave a lasting impact on fans and society,” Golden Chyld tells us.

“Rise Up” is now available on iTunes.  You can follow Golden Chyld on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What do you think of “Rise Up”?  Comment below!

 

Take Flight on a Reggae Jazz Journey: Our Interview with Jaime Hinckson

*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.

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New Zealand Raggamuffin Music Fest 2014 (Jan 31 – Feb 1)

*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!
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For more information, check them out on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/raggamuffinNZ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/RaggamuffinFest
Instagram – http://instagram.com/raggamusicfestnz

Golden Chyld Addresses Infidelity in “Joanna Wine”

*All photos courtesy of Golden Chyld and used with permission.

Have you ever been cheated on?  If so, you can definitely relate to the lyrics of Golden Chyld’s brand new song “Joanna Wine”.  This Canadian dancehall/reggae artist addresses the issue of infidelity that plagues our society.  During the chorus, Golden Chyld sings to his unfaithful significant other:

“Well you got Joe, well meet Miss Joanna Wine.

[She doesn’t] only love me my for my dollar card.

When I’m with you, she’ll be on my mind,

And all she wants is my time.”

In this plot driven music video, Golden Chyld handles his situation on his own terms.  Instead of getting mad, he gets even and finds a mistress of his own.  Watch until the end to see the conclusion of his story (there’s a nice twist that we won’t give away)!

What do you think of Golden Chyld’s music video for “Joanna Wine”?  Comment below!

You can follow Golden Chyld on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace.  “Joanna Wine” is available now on iTunes.

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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Tessanne Chin Mesmerizes All Four Judges On NBC’s The Voice!

*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!