Songs About You EP (2013) Now Available on iTunes
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Million Stylez
Beyoncé, Gentleman and J Boog are just a few names Swedish reggae star, Million Stylez, has collaborated with. Whether it’s R&B, reggae, dancehall or hip-hop, he injects his signature vocal style that is a combination of singing, rapping and deejaying. Although, he’s worked with many artists, Million Stylez maintains a strong solo career and has multiple albums under his belt. His latest EP, Songs About You (2013), showcases his softer side that’s full of positive lover’s rock, one drop riddims. Recently, we caught up with Million Stylez to chat about his upcoming new music, reggae’s popularity in Sweden 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
*Photos courtesy of Conkarah and used with permission.
Every so often, there are artists that manage to create their own style; this usually results from the experimentation of combining multiple musical styles outside their comfort zone. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Shaggy and Sean Paul were bold enough to do so and have gained international acclaim.
Conkarah is no different. On his new EP, Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy (produced by Ezra), Conkarah fuses dubstep with reggae and dancehall to create a new style that we call “reggae-step”. On his latest single, “Be Mine”, Conkarah mixes electronic dancehall rhythms, syncopated synth-reggae melodies and dramatic dubstep fader effects to craft this “reggae-step” love anthem. Like most sing-jays, Conkarah switches between his fiery DJ toasting and sweet singing abilities throughout the song’s verses and choruses. Both “Be Mine” and his EP prove that experimentation really does pay off.
What do you think of Conkarah’s “Be Mine” music video? Comment below! Be sure to follow Conkarah on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can also download a FREE copy of his new Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy EP on his Facebook page.
*Photos courtesy of Mario Evon & Reynaldo Martin
Have you ever experienced a deep, romantic connection with someone you’ve met for the very first time? Mario Evon sure has; in “Soul Tek”, the reggae-soul singer/songwriter describes his serendipitous encounter with a beautiful girl. According to Mario, soul tek is “the state of being experienced, when the spiritual or immortal part of a human is captivated by the essence of another human upon first exposure. It is often categorized by increased heart rate and an overwhelming desire to access and remain in the company of the other human in order to sustain the connection.”
“Soul Tek”, Mario’s first single off his debut album Reggae-Soul M.E. on Love Volume 1, was recorded at Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica with a live band. Evon’s smooth vocals and mollifying melodies create a catchy hook on the chorus:
“Mi soul tek, mi soul tek yu baby
Soul tek to yu nah lie
Mi soul tek, mi soul tek to yu baby
Soul tek to yu cyaan hide”
Sing along as you watch his new music video. What do you think of “Soul Tek”? Comment below! “Soul Tek” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. You can follow Mario Evon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
*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.