Saturday, 21 May 2022

Shanti Powa - Rocky Road

The unstoppable force that is Shanti Powa are back with a new song all about holding tight on this "Rocky Road" called life. 

Times are getting harder and harder for the majority of people on this planet, this song was written to bring some positivity & hope into this mess. 

Music is the weapon & unity the key. This is Reggae music in a Shanti Powa style. Positive vibration created in the northern Italian mountains. 

The song was born during a jam in the rehearsal room and was produced, recorded & mixed by the band members themselves and released & distributed by their own label Shanti Powa Records. Independent music from Italy.

The song is currently available on all streaming platforms on here.  


Shanti Powa Orchestra is a big band from northern Italy founded in 2010. They produce a very powerful crossover of reggae, dub, rap, ska, dancehall, funk & rock. Because of the different cultural backgrounds of the band members, the lyrics are written in English, Italian, French and German. On stage Shanti Powa are full of energy; and that combined with their innovative music creates a very unique atmosphere involving the whole crowd. In their career Shanti Powa orchestra have already played hundreds of shows all over Europe (Rototom Sunsplash (es), Overjam (sl), Boomtown (uk), Sunrise (de), Reeds (ch)...) Sharing the stage with artists such as Toots & the Maytals, Max Romeo, The Gladiators, Israel Vibrations, Dub FX, Julian Marley, Mellow Mood, Luciano, Shaggy, Inner Circle & many more. In 2014 the band released their first album "The Orchestra", followed up by "Peaceful Warriors" in 2016. In 2018 they released their third album "'Til Insanity" all three albums have been produced by Shanti Powa and released through their own independent label "Shanti Powa Records". In 2020 the band released 4 singles "Formula", "Rolling on, "Heaven" & "Rainy day" and several remixes with international producers such as "Aquadrop", "Mikkim", "Narfos", "Danger Marc"& more. In May 2021 their 4th album "Dreamer" was released, produced by the legendary London based dub maestro "Gaudi". This is the time for dreamers and for Shanti Powa this is only the beginning.

World Clash Commemorates The End of An Era in Sound Clash


New York, New York – May 2022 (Irish and Chin) – Like a storybook ending, the World Clash trophy returned to Jamaica, the birth place of sound clash, upon Code Red's recent victory. Moreover, the sold-out O2 Academy in Birmingham, England served as the ultimate finale to World Clash, a premier sound system competition produced by New York based promoters Irish and Chin since 1998 (and the final in association with UK's Reggae Girls Promotions).

The UK was picked for the last staging of the Irish and Chin event because of its rich connection to Jamaican’s sound system culture. The UK is one of the first places throughout the Jamaican diaspora to embrace sound system culture! And based on the electrifying production, the choice was not made in vain. 

Heralded as the industry's longest running clash, World Clash thrusted the art of sound clash to another stratosphere during it's exciting and vibrant 24-year run. Through World Clash, sound clash erupted into a spectacular competition with lights, camera and action, reminiscent of a blockbuster stage show! 

Add professional production (backdrops, one sound systems), the positioning of selectors and sounds as super stars (vs standing around a sound), formatting, effective marketing and high caliber entertainment to the mix and you've got the winning World Clash formula, which catapulted sound clash culture to wider audiences.  

In fact, the World Clash formula was so successful that it became the blueprint for sound clash as we know it. Much to its credit, the World Clash Series revolutionized the way sound clash competitions were produced and presented. 

World Clash started in New York in 1998 in an effort to revitalize the city's fading sound clash scene. But the World Clash fever spread, spawning stagings in Canada, Antigua, Jamaica and the final one in the UK. Thousands of patrons from around the globe attended World Clash to witness more than 50 sounds in action and 13 champions! 

While World Clash winners gained a coveted World Clash trophy, notoriety, bragging rights, expanded branding and increased bookings and business, participating sounds most often benefited tremendously from just being in the clash.

With a huge buzz centered on World Clash: The End since it was held in early May, promoter 
Garfield "Chin" Bourne says, "In many ways, I believe that World Clash has resparked convos in the entertainment space on sound clash. Because of the entertaining, adrenaline rushing experience offered at the event -- I believe younger sounds and clash fans feel they have something to look forward to." 

As the lights dimmed on the greatest sound clash on earth, Chin adds, "The final staging was necessary, as we have reached a crossroads in the culture, requiring a refresh and rebrand of sound clash to bring in new talent, attract younger fans and appeal to more women. The World Clash effect has lasted for over two decades. Naturally, ending World Clash allows the industry to focus on what’s next." 

"I thank those who have supported us through thick and thin. I’m eager to see what tomorrow has in store," the gracious Chin says in closing." 


Kabaka Pyramid Make Things Work A Much Needed Tale of Perseverance

Even with news of the global pandemic subsiding, there are those still trying to find ways of surviving and Make it Work is the latest single from reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid, telling this story. The new single produced by Young Pow and Damian Marley himself, speaks about the mounting pressures of the system from the perspective of the persistent hustlers determined to find a way. The track, which in many ways is a platform for the voice of the working class, is scheduled for release on all streaming services today. 


Kabaka Pyramid is well known for bringing attention to the plight of underrepresented people through his music. From songs like Borders, which spoke about the growing refugee crisis all over the world, to Can’t Breathe which focused more keenly on local systemic issues. The socially conscious Jamaican artist has managed to carve his own lane through a noticeable brand of contemplative lyricism and devoted musicianship that is reflected in his commitment to his live band The Bebble Rockers. 


Pyramid released his introductory project Rebel Music EP in 2011 to a welcoming audience, and continued to make a name for himself with hit songs like Mi Alright with frequent collaborators like Chronixx, Jah9 and Protoje. His debut album Kontraband, was met with critical acclaim, containing hits such as Kontraband featuring Damian Marley,Kaught Up with a popular music video that found home on BET, and Reggae Music. Since then the artist has remained active with singles like Quarantine and appearing on tracks like Same Prayer featuring Chronixx. 


Ghetto Youths international and Bebble Rock have kept Kabaka busy producing for artists on compilations like Victory Riddim, making his own music and performing his catalog worldwide. This latest single Make It Work is an affirmation of self respect, self love and perseverance for the typical go getter. The rootsy reggae instrumental provides an adequately groovy foundation for such a powerful message. Stream this new single on all platforms

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Friday, 13 May 2022

The Two Colors Of Dean Fraser & Ernie Ranglin

Two Colors is a collaborative album between guitar legend Ernie Ranglin and saxophonist Dean Fraser, due to be released on May 27th by Tad’s International Record. The 12-song set contains mainly instrumentals, all produced by Fraser.

The album is significant in that it pairs two of Jamaica’s most respected musicians, both of whom have worked with reggae’s greats including Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff.

Deejay Big Youth, another reggae stalwart, is featured on De Ranglin, lead single from Two Colors which will be available on all digital platforms one month before Ranglin’s 90th birthday.

Production on Two Colors actually started in early 2021, with Fraser recording his lines in Kingston while Ranglin did his in Ocho Rios. They worked with an elite cast of musicians including bass guitarists Mikey Fletcher and Dale Haslam, keyboardists Bowie McLaughlin and Andre Marsh, drummer Desi Jones and guitarist Lamont “Monty” Savory.

Ranglin is a giant of Jamaican music. He developed his distinctive jazz riffs in the 1940s, playing in bands like the Eric Deans Orchestra and listening to greats like French guitarist Django Reinhardt. His many achievements include arranging and playing on classic songs like Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop and The Wailers' It Hurts to be Alone. Ernie Ranglin is the recipient of the Order of Jamaica, Jamaica’s fifth highest honour.

Fraser is from Trench Town where Ranglin once taught guitar to young residents. Since the mid-1970s, he has recorded or toured with Marley, Dennis Brown, Sly and Robbie, Freddie McGregor, Buju Banton, Luciano and Tarrus Riley. He was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica’s sixth highest honour. 

RELEASE DATE 27.05.2022


Talented singer and songwriter, Tanya Stephens, features Cedella Marley and Diana King, as she drops a new record titled "Diamonds in the Sun"

Talented singer and songwriter, Tanya Stephens, features Cedella Marley and Diana Kingas she drops a new record titled "Diamonds in the Sun"

Tanya Stephens has worked with other passionate entertainers to release "Diamonds in the Sun," a captivating new single, to serenade her fans and lovers of good music with great vocals and meaningful lyrics. The talented songstress collaborated with Cedella Marley and Diana King to create the masterpiece, which has already started to enjoy massive airplay, as they come together to highlight the experiences of far too many women throughout human history.

"It is a conglomeration of all our individual activism. We are three separate and different voices... but it was a comfortable and easy fit." - Tanya Stephens. "The advancement of women, talking about trauma and gender-based violence comes natural. The intention is to foster the dialogue and keep the conversation going until we are comfortable enough discussing the problem to focus on finding solutions."

Music continues to transcend boundaries and if there is anyone that has mastered the art of leveraging the universality of the art to reach millions of people worldwide, it is Tanya Stephens. Over the years, Tanya has used her gift as a channel to communicate to the world, touching on several real-life issues with the goal of provoking conversations that could lead to the desired changes in society. She again looked to continue in this tradition in "Diamonds in the Sun," appreciating the strength of a woman and highlighting the position of the gender in today's world.

Produced by Tad ‘Jr. Tads’ Dawkins and Tad’s Record the single talks about the travails of women as they confront the many challenges that society has put in front of them. "Diamonds in the Sun" aims to emphasize the power of tears symbolized as diamonds, as the artists captivate listeners to evoke their innate power, precious nature, and strength to persevere.

"Diamonds in the Sun" further reiterates the commitment of Tanya to the cause of advocating for women’s empowerment and the fight against child and sexual abuse, especially since she is also a survivor.

Expected Release Date: 20.05.2022


My Boyz Beatz present MACKA B & members of STEEL PULSE The Youths Are Being Hypnotised


My Boyz Beatz present

MACKA B & members of STEEL PULSE

The Youths Are Being Hypnotised

Digital Release: 


Macka B looking at you

Macka B teams up with members of Steel Pulse and Birmingham based production team, My Boyz Beatz to produce a GT favourite.


After many hours of fun and games in the studio, My Boyz Beatz proudly presents a massive Macka B track, ‘The Youth Are Being Hypnotised’. The track inspires us to be our best selves reminding us that despite all the surrounding influences, there is infinite potential within us all.


GT’s production has expertly lifted the track to higher levels, putting together a band of master musicians including members of Steel Pulse, Selwyn Brown (keyboards) and Amlak Tafari (bass) alongside Gary Moore (guitar), James Crosdale (synth's) and David Skins (drums).


With this production GT has fulfilled his ambition to produce Macka B. GT has had his eye on Macka B since the iconic MC show at Maxamillion Night Club, Broad Street Birmingham where Macka B performed alongside Pato Banton, Tippa Irie & Papa Levi. 


GT says, “It is clear that Macka B is a conscious, consistent class act. Big love to all who have contributed to make this song what it is. Thank you for the awesome experience. This one is for the fans…”

More About GT Records

GT is a well known personality in the International Reggae arena, known for producing, touring and managing some of the biggest names in the British Music Industry including Grammy Winners UB40 and Steel Pulse as well as Grammy nominated acts Pato Banton and Tippa Irie.


My Boyz Beatz is the artist and production team for GT’s Records, formed by GT, Keith Brown and Mandy Gakhal. Their focus is developing musical talent and musical entrepreneurship while sharing inspiration and experience across generations.

My Boyz Beatz

Macka B smiling

“Hardest”, the new single from Vanzo

“Hardest”, the new single from Vanzo, is available on May 3 on all platforms!

Newly signed to Baco Music, Vanzo is released a brand new single on May 3, the third single taken from his upcoming album. In the continuity of “In The City” and “Rumours which are already available, “Hardest” confirms the talent of this new Jamaican nugget.

With a “Future Roots” sound combining modern production techniques with a respect for traditional Jamaican rhythm, Vanzo takes us once again into his universe between Dancehall and ultra contemporary Reggae!

“Hardest” is an invitation to determination. Despite the setbacks and pitfalls that litter the path to success, Vanzo invites us to never give up and keep moving forward, no matter what.

A creed that is all the more important for this young artist coming from the Spanish Town ghettos, whose desire to emancipate himself from this environment is matched only by his desire to break the boundaries between the musical heritage of his island and more modern sounds.

He offers us here a title that is both powerful, sensible and with a resolutely current theme!


Vanzo - Weblinks



Wednesday, 11 May 2022

The 'White Wing Riddim' Takes Flight with Acts Like Luciano, Pinchers, Lukie D and More

New Production Hails from Randy Roots of Dubz R Us and Roots__man Sound

Toronto, Canada -- May 2022 (Acclaim PR) -- Nothing beats great new music! And the new powerhouse "White Wing Riddim" takes Reggae on a flight across all digital streaming platforms with an all-star line up featuring Luciano, Pinchers, Lukie D, Loyal Flames, Austin James, BNick and Blessed. Produced by the Canadian Dubz R Us Production (CEO, Randy Roots of Rootsman Sound), the exciting effort is bound to soar as a delight to Global listening audiences.

Giving us a much needed dose of One Drop-style music, the moving "White Wing Riddim" is melodically complimented by a hand-picked, diverse roster of top tier artists. Evidence of the riddim's effects became even more clear to Dubz R Us when numerous, respected international DJs and sound systems enthusiastically shared their love and support of the production.

"I listened closely to vocalists to see if their style of music would fit the project at hand. It helped that I have worked closely with these artists on many levels in music and even got inspiration and advice from many of them," says Randy Roots. He adds, "Lukie D and Luciano are good friends.

With amazing acts billed for the riddim, the outcome is love at first sight and hearing! Whether it's Luciano enlightening the masses that "Faith can move any mountain," Lukie D declaring "I've been Loving You so long, I don't want to stop now" or the distinguished vocals of the legendary Pinchers crooning he is “Always Forgetting" and "Worse Than," the "White Wing Riddim" offers audiences a well rounded musical experience. And let's not forget 2x Juno winner Blessed putting his stamp on "Dem Fraid," amongst other front running vocalists.

"This timely production offers listeners crystal clear vocal arrangements atop a feel good riddim,” says Randy Roots. "I went back to the basics, incorporating live bass and live drums, which makes the "White Wing Riddim" a stand out amongst other productions."

Confident that every song on the riddim is a hit, the Dubz R Us producer insists there is no lead single, although Luciano was the first to voice the riddim. With hopes to position the "White Wing Riddim" before worldwide audiences, Dubz R Us is aiming to make an impact on the Reggae industry. He envisions the "White Wing Riddim" being enjoyed by fans for years to come.

Randy Roots, who says he was inspired by a previous riddim from Vikings Productions, says it was then he knew he had to build a One Drop production. This is a sophomore effort for Dubz R Us, as the first was a single called “G5” by Diesel High. Dubz R Us Productions was formed by Randy Roots after many years of voicing dubplates, making lots of connections and links with artists and doing favors for sounds, which turned into a growing business. Music production is the newest venture.


Luciano - Faith
Austin James - Second Chance
Loyal flames - My Day
Bnick - Tell Me Why
Lukie D - Loving You
Pinchers - Always Forgetting
Blessed - Dem Fraid
Pinchers - Worse Than


Saturday, 7 May 2022

Armanii’s Axiomatic Entrance Into Dancehall

Dancehall / Hip Hop artiste Armanii has always had an undeniable passion for the musical arts which has awarded him much success in his career today. 

The artiste who is a proud Kingston College past student, exited the institution before migrating to The United States in an effort to further his education in business studies. 

After carefully analyzing the market, the artiste made a viral entrance into the music scene with his single 'No Fvcks' which dominated iTunes and Spotify's Reggae charts debuting at number 10 and 15 respectively. 

The official video for 'No Fvcks' is currently closing in on 1M Vevo views while the single has garnered over 1M in total streams across digital platforms.

In an effort to keep the momentum going, Armanii has followed up with 'Talk', an equally enthralling single produced by SartOut Records. 

Making its way to digital platforms on March 25th, 'Talk' has already managed to accumulate over 300K in digital streams and over 100K Vevo views on the official video.  

Crediting a large part of his current success to social media and a dedicated team, Armanii describes his rise to fame as undeniable but humbling; "The experiences I have had since venturing into music have been both deserving and heartwarming because I have a team that works overtime to ensure that my fans get the best product there is to send viral on Tik Tok and other social apps. My fans send each single I release viral across social platforms and it has allowed my music to enter various channels worldwide. I have been playlisted by several top music curators, entered several charts and it makes me proud to know that I am on my way to becoming a household name through hard work and real love from my fans" 

Currently, Armanii is gearing up to release 'Nahmal Pree' along with collaborations from noted labels such as; SartOut Records, DJ Mac Productions  and Kulcha Records.

While Armanii continues to fervently promote his current singles, the artiste has expressed that he will be venturing on a promotional tour to Jamaica in months to come.


Friday, 6 May 2022

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Releases New Still Go A Dance Riddim for Lovers of The Dancehall, Which Features Beres Hammond, Capleton, Sizzla and More

New York, New York May 6, 2022. As a lover of the dancehall himself, this new riddim compilation titled Still Go A Dance, produced by Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley comes as no surprise. Singles like the title track Still Go A Dance by Christopher Ellis, or Capleton and Yami Bolo’s Chosen people stole audiences when they were released. Now, the entire compilation is available for purchase and streaming. In addition to the singles, A powerful new track by the legendary Beres Hammond titled Hold Yuh Corner, is among the compilation. This new riddim is not the first and certainly not the last from Ghetto Youths international who has championed preserving the culture of the music through its productions.  

Still Go A Dance is a celebration of a culture that still heavily pervades the Jamaican landscape; dances/parties. As the ban on gatherings and covid precautions are being lifted in places like Jamaica, people are slowly getting back to the vibrant and productive nightlife Jamaica is known for, which is what makes this riddim timely. Christopher Ellis’ lead single and title track on the compilation is an ode to what the dancehall once was in Jamaica, while still embracing what it is now. Backed by the soulful, rootsy production that is the riddim, these sentiments of cherishing what we once had and choosing to preserve it by still participating is something many reggae dancehall fans will relate to. 

Sizzla’s Hail Jah is a beaming example of the positive, peaceful messages we have come to know him for, and Ghetto Youth International does what they do best; create platforms of authentic reggae dancehall to grow and thrive regardless of the music industry’s ebb and flow. Still Go A Dance the riddim compilation has captured the ears and hearts of many through just singles so you won’t want to miss out on. All four tracks on the compilation reflect a shared message of nostalgia and the resilience of culture not just through tone but also lyrics in one form or another. Still Go A Dance riddim compilation available now everywhere music is sold and streamed. 

Full Riddim -

Beres Single -

Sizzla Single -