Available June 18, 2013 courtesy of Zion High Productions
Available June 18, 2013 courtesy of Zion High Productions
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I Grade Records is set to release the Songbird Riddim album – the first installment of the Zion I Kings Riddim Series. The Songbird Riddim – to be released worldwide on 5/21 – features a massive lineup of 16 conscious reggae artists from the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and the US. The Songbird Riddim also provides a sneak peak at Lutan Fyah’s forthcoming LP for I Grade Records (Summer/Fall 2013)
Highlighting the riddim are several of the brightest lights in the respected VI roots reggae movement, including Midnite, Pressure, Niyorah, Ras Batch, Danny I and Junior P. Also featured are three of Jamaica’s finest: Lutan Fyah, Glen Washington, and buzz-worthy newcomer, Jah9. Brooklyn’s very own (by way of Guyana), Jahdan Blakkamoore, is represented, hot off of the heels of his collaborations with Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion, in this case, for hisReincarnated album. Guitar maestro Tuff Lion’s emotive playing is on display with an instrumental version that conjures the feel of his seminal album for I Grade Records, Ten Strings (2008).
Zion I Kings is a production collective of three producers/labels: Zion High Productions, I Grade Records, and Lustre Kings Productions. On the Songbird Riddim, Tippy I of I Grade and Jah David of Zion High crafted the soulful and melodic composition with an excellent line up of instrumentalists, including Craig Taylor (drummer for Julian Marley), Tuff Lion, Steve Katz of St. Croix andJazzique of Nevis. Balboa Becker and Daniel Casares of Celebrity Hornzprovide the unforgettable and soulful horn playing. Zion I Kings has several “Riddims Series” releases planned, including the upcoming Jah Warriah Riddim – to be released on Zion High Productions summer 2013.
Some standout tracks on the Songbird include Lutan Fyah’s self-esteem anthem, “She’s Got Soul” – which will also be the first single off of his upcoming album on I Grade Records, Music Never Dies, set for a summer 2013 release.Pressure Buss Pipe, who also has an album in the works with I Grade Records, brings an emotive tribute to the resiliency of his people with “The Rain.” Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite sends forth a powerful lyrical and vocal missive with “A New Overstanding”. St. Thomas’ native son, Niyorah, delivers an epic anti-war anthem with “War is Not the Answer” while Jamaica’s female ‘songbird’, Jah9, offers a stirring look at current-day “Tension” felt by the millions of people under the siege and pressure in the present time.
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Hear the new album even before its May 14 release. Mixed by King I-Vier of Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi. Click here > http://mad.ly/938ba3 < for complete album information.
This Sunday April 28, Mel Cooke interviews Jah9 and Rory Stone Love about their new record, New Name. Listen to The Listening Party interview at 10am on Newstalk 93 FM (Jamaica) and 4pm on WXGR 101.5 FM (New England).
See the photos from the interview below…. (more…)
Preview the artwork by Taj Francis for award-winning Green Lion Crew‘s next release, the Rough Road Riddim. The project will feature Jahdan Blakkamoore, Kabaka Pyramid, Chronixx, Dre Island, Zamunda and Cronsyncro. Led by a bubbling blend of reggae, hip hop, and dubstep, the Rough Road riddim will be released this spring or early summer on Soul of the Lion Records.
This is gourmet reggae: Original Yard Food, the new album from General Jah Mikey set to release May 14 is made with simply the finest musical ingredients.
Commanding seductive control over the music and the message, General Jah Mikey serves up a nourishing roots reggae release on his new album, Original Yard Food, produced by critically acclaimed Zion High Productions (6 months on Reggae Vibes Top 50 Album Chart with Glen Washington’s ‘Masterpiece’ 2012 album) and set to be released May 14 on the ZHP label. For those hungry for real reggae music, Original Yard Food showcases that authentic conscious roots sound, a powerful intersection between breezy lyrics and edgy riddim selections built by the Zion I Kings production team—Tippy I (I Grade Records), Jah D (Zion High Productions) and Moon (Lustre Kings)—or, on the other hand, hardcore message music matched by signature instrumental riffs played by Jamaica’s living legends like Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith (guitar), Dean Fraser (sax) and Nambo (trombone). The thirteen tracks on Original Yard Food include up to the time reggae one-drop riddims, electrifying deejay segments, dub breakdowns and even jazzy explorations. And here, General Jah Mikey’s husky tenor adds yet another layer of cool and deadly vibes producing a subtly sweet listening experience even on the most hard hitting reality tunes. Original Yard Food will be in stores and available via fine e-tailers everywhere courtesy of Independent Distribution Collective. For additional promotional materials please contact Joshua Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Boys School is a residential vocational school for at risk boys and administered by the Religious Sisters of Mercy since 1890. Located in Kingston, Alpha’s music program has launched the careers of Grammy nominees and pioneers in all genres of Jamaican music, from jazz, to ska, rocksteady and reggae. In the words of The Telegraph (UK), Alpha Boys School “helped release the spirit of one of the most musical islands in the world”.
For the month of February, a rotating selection of seven, limited-edition framed posters from the World A Reggae exhibition (2012, National Gallery of Jamaica) will be on display in the library at Strawberry Hill, the Island Outpost resort property developed by Chris Blackwell. The posters are available to the public through a silent auction format. Silent bids are being accepted in the library at Strawberry Hill through Sunday, February 24. The posters represent both juried and specially contributed designs to the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) including five posters that have never been available previously.
Click here for more details and to preview the posters available for auction.
Entitled ‘Mel Cooke… Seh Sup’m: Live from Kingston’, the CD has 14 original poems and nine tracks of audience interaction, in which Cooke gives context to the upcoming poem. Together, they form a comprehensive, engaging presentation in which he takes on a diverse range of issues as they impact on Jamaica. Those issues include male homosexuality, political garrisons, concepts of manhood, the beauty of Jamaican women, the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake and Jamaica’s development since independence.
Among the poems are ‘Bad Man Pull Up’, which takes a caustic look at men showing their underwear, ‘This is Jamaica’, a reworking of the National Anthem, ‘House Cleaning’ – based on Mavado’s song of the same name and which challenges stereotypes of manhood through personal experience – and the somewhat raunchy ‘Schoolas’, which uses word play extensively. The recording was done at the March 2010 staging of Seh Sup’m, held at the Village Blues Bar, Barbican. The event was hosted by Clement ‘Izimi Clem’ Hamilton, who introduces Cooke on the CD.