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Album Review: Reggae Ambassadors Third World ‘More Work To Be Done’ Produced by Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley


From the first to last track the body of work is perfection and deserving of any accolades and most definitely a GRAMMY nod!

Within seconds of the first song, the musical layout hooks you and sets your ears and mind for a well deserved Grammy for best reggae album of 2019. YimMasGan by all accounts is a cover of the legendary Abyssinians, but THIRD WORLD has not only done justice to the song, but they somewhat managed to keep the essence and purity of the reggae track yet made it fit their distinctive style, there is no denying that it’s a THIRD WORLD track. Added bonus for music heads, although Cat Coore has many memorable solo’s in his arsenal, these two will forever remain engraved in my music memory.

The various collaborations and features were cleverly chosen as they each bridge various generations while catering to Dancehall, Pop and Reggae aficionado. Added to the top of my personal playlist is “Island Dreams” featuring Third World, Tessanne Chin & Tarrus Riley. The smoothness of the song makes it the perfect track. The music and lyrics melt your soul, the rugged gritty tone of Taurrus perfectly blend with the intoxicatingly smooth vocals of Tessane Chin. “Na Na Na” feat. Chronixx is yet another single that will stand up against the best, Chronixx new reggae resurgence strength and THIRD WORLD’s enduring traditional sound resonates powerfully.  “Feel Good” feat. Busy Signal does exactly what the title boasts, “You’re Not the Only One” feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley), one word CLASSIC, and “People of a Different Color with Pressure Busspipe offers a universal appeal through the lyrics and rhythm. Not only are the lyrics deeply honest, but the delivery evokes such powerful imagery and feeling that it could strictly be poetry.

Varying between driving roots reggae riffs, mellow rhythms and riding constant, captivating bass lines,  “MORE WORK TO COME” well rounded body of work is an important part in music history by continuing to spread what is considered the most revolutionary, yet peaceful and ground-breaking music.

Produced by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, the maestro managed to keep the essence of THIRD WORLD distinctive “Bunny Rugs” era, while balancing the honorable legacy of AJ Brown, this “MORE WORK TO BE DONE” album does something very few can, it bridges tradition and millennial in harmony, indeed THIRD WORLD Keeps Turning!

DJ SNAKE, ANITTA, SEAN PAUL, INTERSCOPE RECORDS, 360 MAGAZINE

DJ SNAKE, SEAN PAUL × ANITTA

RELEASE EYE-POPPING VIDEO FOR “FUEGO” FT. TAINY

Today marks the release of the fire-filled video for “Fuego” by DJ SnakeSean Paul Anitta ft. Tainy — a track from multi-platinum producer DJ Snake’s dynamic new album Carte Blanche. Directed by Colin Tilley (an award-winning filmmaker known for his work with Kendrick LamarRihannaNicki Minaj, and Justin Timberlake), the video stars DJ Snake alongside legendary Jamaican artist Sean Paul and Brazilian singer/songwriter/actress Anitta.

Check out “Fuego” by DJ Snake, Sean Paul & Anitta ft. Tainy HERE.

The video for “Fuego” finds all three artists entering a dark and fiery underworld resembling an old circus, complete with mirror mazes, fire tunnels, and shadowy forests. It follows DJ Snake’s bright and colorful visual for “Loco Contigo” (with J. Balvin & Tyga), a bilingual summer anthem also featured on Carte Blanche. Since premiering in June, “Loco Contigo” has amassed over 153 million streams on YouTube and emerged as one of Spotify’s most streamed songs of the summer. Watch the video HERE.

A leading artist in the new generation of Latin American music, Anitta is the biggest-ever global female pop star to come from Brazil. To date, she’s amassed over 40 million Instagram followers and 12-plus million YouTube subscribers, garnering more than 3.8 billion views. Named among the world’s 15th most influential musicians on social media by Billboard, she released her latest album (the trilingual KISSES) in April 2019 and is now at work on her first completely English solo album.

Hailing from St. Andrew, Jamaica, dancehall superstar Sean Paul broke into the pop mainstream with his double-platinum, Grammy Award-winning 2002 album Dutty Rock. With nearly all of his albums so far nominated in the Best Reggae Album category at the Grammy Awards, his past releases also include Full Frequency — a chart-topping 2014 album featuring guest spots from such artists as Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz. Earlier this year, he earned a nomination in the Favorite Crossover Artist category at the Latin American Music Awards.

Along with “Fuego” and “Loco Contigo,” Carte Blanche includes the triple-platinum single “Taki Taki” ft. Selena GomezOzuna & Cardi B (DJ Snake’s second global #1 record), “Enzo” (a collaboration with Sheck Wes, featuring Offset21 Savage & Gucci Mane), and the India-inspired club smash “Magenta Riddim. Released in July, the album is the second full-length from DJ Snake.

About DJ Snake:
DJ Snake made his full-length debut with the 2016 album Encore, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuted in the top 10 around the world. Since scoring his first #1 with the four-times-platinum “Let Me Love You” ft. Justin Bieber, DJ Snake has achieved massive success with hits like “Get Low,” “You Know You Like It,” “Lean On,” and “Middle.” With its title translating to “the freedom to do whatever one chooses,” his sophomore album Carte Blanche arrived in July 2019 and shot to #1 on Billboard’s US Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, in addition to reaching the top 50 on the Billboard 200.

About Anitta:
Since breaking through in Brazil six years ago, Anitta has become the leading artist of a new generation of Latin American music. As the biggest ever global female popstar to come from Brazil, she has amassed over 40 million Instagram followers and 12+ million YouTube subscribers garnering more than 3.8 billion views. Anitta has been named among the world’s 15thmost influential musicians on social media by Billboard. In July 2013, she released her self-titled first album, ANITTA, which consisted of 14 new tracks most of which were written by her. Anitta’s second album, RITMO PERFEITO, was released in July 2014, followed by her third album, BANG, in 2016. The album contained 15 original tracks and the music video for the album’s title song, “Bang,” has garnered over 377 million views since its release. Her latest album, KISSES, was released in April 2019 and marks Anitta’s first trilingual album with song in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Since 2014, Anitta has been named “Best Brazilian Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards for five consecutive years. She was a highlight of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony, where she performed alongside Brazilian singer/songwriters Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. Anitta has graced the covers of countless magazines including Vogue Brazil, Marie Claire Brazil, GQ Mexico, and GQ Brazil. Anitta has worked with the likes of MadonnaMajor LazerJ BalvinDiplo, Ozuna, and Maluma among others. Most recently she released “Fuego” with DJ Snake and Sean Paul featuring Puerto Rican Producer, Tainy. Anitta is currently in the studio recording her first completely English solo album. 

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ANANYA JOINS FORCES WITH SEAN KINGSTON FOR ‘DAY GOES BY’

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Rising pop sensation Ananya Birla and multi-platinum Jamaican/American hitmaker Sean Kingston and have released their highly anticipated single “Day Goes By”, out now via Universal Music/Island Records.

The infectious anthem, which premiered on Billboard earlier this week, arrives with a magnetic video directed by Mike Ho (Chris Brown, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj) which sees Kingston’s trademark reggae-R’n’B fusion blend perfectly with Ananya’s unmistakeable pop vocals as the duo trade verses on seduction and infatuation.

Kingston first took the world by storm with his debut single “Beautiful Girls” back in 2009. He linked up with Ananya, the only homegrown artist to go platinum singing in English in India, when they shared the stage for his 2018 worldwide tour. Their mutual artistic admiration led them to the studio in LA for their first creative collaboration.

Co-written by Sean and Ananya and self-produced, “Day Goes By” marks one of the first major pop collaborations between a US and Indian artist.

Kingston, whose forthcoming album, “Made In Jamaica, is set to feature Chris Brown, Tinashe and Justin Bieber, said: “It was so beautiful and easy to work with Ananya. We linked up in India and she played me a few of her records and Immediately I knew our sound together would be dope!!”

Speaking about how the single came about, Ananya added “Day Goes By is for anyone who’s lost their mind in love… It’s been brewing for a little while now: Sean and I knew we wanted to make something that captures that intoxicating feeling, and also make it super fun – something that people could dance to. When we got into the studio it all came together so quickly and organically. Sean’s an amazing collaborator and there was always such a positive vibe. I’m so excited to share it with the world!”

It has been a big year for both artists. Kingston just finished a sell-out 17 show world tour and released his latest track “Peace of Mind” in April. Ananya, who has racked up nearly 200 million streams since signing with Universal in 2016 and was recently named as one of GQ’s most influential Young Indians, dropped her debut EP “Fingerprint”in May which included the hit single “Blackout” feat Vector and WurlD. This month, she opened for Wiz Khalifa on his India tour.  

 

SHAGGY

GRAMMY-winning, certified diamond-selling music icon Shaggy kicks into high gear in anticipation of his new studio album Wah Gwaan?! – out next Friday, May 10 via The Cherrytree Music Company, Brooklyn Knights Entertainment and 300 Entertainment. Pre-order is available this Friday, May 3.

Today (May 2), Shaggy will debut the album’s latest single “You” featuring the 19-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Alexander Stewart with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. Next week, the duo will grace the stage of ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, May 8 followed by performances on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, May 14 and Strahan & Sara on Friday, May 17. Tune in to hear the song that Billboard calls an “irresistibly upbeat EDM/dancehall fusion.”

Wah Gwaan?! is Shaggy’s most personal album to date and an emblematic display of his rich sound influenced by all styles of music. He embodies his Jamaican roots on dancehall tracks like “Caribbean Way,” “Frenemy,” “Ketch Mi Up” and “Money Up” ft. Noah Powa. Shaggy balances the seductive energy of rising dancehall superstar Shenseea and GRAMMY-nominated R&B powerhouse vocalist Stacy Barthe on “Super Natural.” His musical worlds collide on “Body Good” ft. Nicky Jam, one of the biggest acts out of the urban Latino scene. Shaggy continues to spread his contagious joy on “Use Me” and “Makeup Sex” ft. Nyanda and reveals his introspective side on “Wrong Room,” an ode about his mother. The artist expands his global reach with the irresistible smash “You” ft. Alexander Stewart and “When She Loves Me” ft. Rayvon. Shaggy and Rayvon have a long hit-making history, spawning ‘90s & ‘00s mega anthems “In The Summertime,” “Angel” and “Big Up.” Shaggy also taps a diverse range of producers including the legendary dancehall brothers Tony CD Kelly and Dave Kelly, Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Lady Gaga), iLLWayno (Nicki Minaj, Nas, 2 Chainz), Kizzo and Costi Official. Wah Gwaan?! represents a robust musical journey by a musician/songwriter/entertainer/armed forces veteran that invites the listener in with vibrancy, urgency and hope. Most of all, it captures the Caribbean-forged, energy-infused, adventure-informed musical impulses of a one-of-kind original: Shaggy.

Shaggy will tour throughout the spring and summer. He will also join Sting for a series of shows spanning across the UK in late May performing songs off their recent GRAMMY winner for Best Reggae Album, entitled 44/876, as well as their own respective greatest hits, together. See full list of Shaggy’s tour dates.

OZUNA MAKES HISTORY WITH 23 NOMINATIONS

The OZUNA music phenomenon stands with the astonishing 23 nominations at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony in 2019. In this way, the Puerto Rican singer breaks records, becoming the most nominated artist during a single gala in all history of this prestigious award.

After taking the prized award as “Artist of the Year” at the 2018 awards gala, Ozuna returns to the same stage, with an extremely solid artistic career, which has led him to become an icon of urban music of this new generation. Notably, the artist recently surpassed the record of Justin Bieber as an artist with more videos that exceed one billion views on YouTube, with a total of 7 videos, in addition to being crowned as the most viewed artist globally in 2018.

On this occasion, the “bold-eyed black man” of Reggaetón takes over the most important categories of the twenty-ninth installment of these awards, thanks to the resounding success of the songs that come from his albums “ODISEA” and “AURA”, both productions released to the market under the independent label DIMELO VI and distributed by Sony Music Latin. Also, with his collaboration in the anthem “Te Boté”, and of course, the single that revolutionized Spotify, all digital platforms and brought together three different cultures in the same melody: “Taki Taki”, a song that knew how to show the world the level and artistic quality of this young Dominican-Puerto Rican root interpreter.

Ozuna will say “present” in the following categories of the night, in which he appears as a singer and composer:

Artist “Latin Rhythm” of the Year, Soloist / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo

The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

Kareem Bunton’s Creating a Scene in Brooklyn 

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Kareem Bunton is a veteran of the NYC nightlife having romped around at revered spots such as Mr. Fongs, VON, Union Pool and even Max Fish. He’s also got musical collaborations with Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73, and TV on the Radio under his belt. Now he’s loading up all of his experience in the limelight and taking it to a refreshing venue in Bushwick.

New York nightlife has found a new breeding place in Brooklyn, so it’s no surprise Bunton’s World Famous is taking root there. BWF is embracing an unexpected vibe of a Tangier hotel bar – obviously one enticing to the young urban “cool kids” ready to relive their ‘90s dreams.

“What I like best about the’90s scene,” he says, “was that it didn’t really matter what you had in your pocket or what you did in the daytime. Looking good, being a great dancer, or just having a lovely personality were often enough to get you through the door. Building a space is easy, creating a scene is not. To do this we are attempting to build a sense of community by hiring old school DJ’s and youngsters.”

The cozy 1400 square foot space will be importing the Tangier’s tropical vibes with drinks that’ll make you mistake Brooklyn for a sultry tiki bar on the beach, high in contrast to the mainstream cocktail lounge. Lucas Moran of Mr. Fongs will be constructing the menu, “Think flavored daiquiris, hurricanes, rum runners,” says Bunton. “It’s usually my preference to keep cocktails simple and quick to make. Waiting 10 minutes for a drink while listening to an unsolicited speech about botanicals is not my idea of a good time.”

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In a time where emphasizing unity and equality is pertinent, Bunton’s mission is to bring together the diverse community of artists and fashionistas into a memorable night of dancing reality away to old-school hip-hop.

Remaining unconventional and consistent with his exotic theme, Bunton says, “We are going to structure the schedule by genre rather than promoters or weekly residents. Different DJs will be able to share their interpretations of reggae, afrobeat, nuyorican soul.”

In addition to creating a unique and sexy scene, Buton’s World Famous also has a captivating retail element made up of t-shirts and snapback hats flush with the classic Bunton’s logo for the stylish enthusiasts of the scene to rock.

Debuting during New York Fashion Week on Friday, February 15th at 1005 Broadway, Bunton’s World Famous is a venue to explore for those ready to delve into a sultry salvation.

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STEVEN MALCOLM

Steven Malcolm’s sophomore album on 4 Against 5, a division of Curb | Word Entertainment, The Second City (available 1/25/19), is a vulnerable look into Malcolm’s own journey to find his true identity. Dedicated to his father who immigrated from Montego Bay, Jamaica, nickname, “The Second City.” At the age of 10, his father was deported back to Jamaica by U.S. authorities where he later passed away leaving Malcolm fatherless and with a broken heart. Yet, it was through being without a father, he found his calling to music and true identity as a man.

This album is a musical and cinematographic representation of this young man’s journey in search for his true self. Reality is portrayed lyrically like never before – the battles, the dark valleys, failures, to ultimately showcase the redemptive light that conquers the darkness life throws at each of us. This is Steven Malcolm’s story; his hope, his pain, his joy, and his truth.

Stylistically merging hip hop with reggae and inspirational, The Second City features dynamic tracks unlike any sound available today. Featured songs include: “Redemption Song,” “Fuego (feat. Anderson Michael),” “Even Louder (feat. Leeland),” “Devil Is A Liar,” and “The Beauty of Dreams.”

Follow Steven Malcolm to The Second City as he lets you in on his story as a way to inspire you and others to achieve their dreams.

Mighty Mystic Announces New Album Enter the Mystic

Mighty Mystic is a musician to look out for in 2019. Kevin Mark Holness, better known as reggae star Mighty Mystic is the younger brother of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Mighty Mystic is a soulful singer, has a magnificent musical range, and exudes strong vocal chops throughout his music. He is set to release his fourth album Enter the Mystic on February 1, 2019. He has achieved international and national stardom with his third album The Art of Balance and the preceding album Concrete World that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number six and his breakout album Wake Up World with “Revolution,” to “Riding on the Clouds” and “Original Love” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. All three albums reached the Billboard Top 10 Reggae Chart. Mighty Mystic’s 2016 release of The Art of Balance album garnered international and national success. He is already having a fantastic year in 2019 with his new music. Mighty Mystic announces his new album Enter the Mystic. Listen here. The new album Enter the Mystic is set to be released on February 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order here. Enter the Mystic is an extraordinary album filled with captivating songs made by one of the most talented artists around.

Mighty Mystic releases his new music video for his single “Salt” from his new album Enter the Mystic. The “Salt” music video is directed by Francisco Santiago and animation by Stephen Thunder. It is produced by Mighty Mystic. Check out the video here.

To kick off his new album release, Mighty Mystic has upcoming shows at the following venues:

Aura in Portland, ME on Friday, February 1, 2019

Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tickets for new show dates and locations are available at here.

*Visit Mighty Mystic at www.mightymystic.com and follow @MightyMystic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Te Bote 2

Five of the most influential urban artists of the genre, plus the sensual and unequaled touch of “The Diva of the Bronx” in Jennifer Lopez, give a new “flavor” to one of the most listened to songs of 2018.

“Te Bote 2,” produced by the young Puerto Rican, Young Martino, is a new version of the original song “Te Bote,” which swept downloads on all digital platforms in 2018. In addition, it became the most reproduced from YouTube worldwide this year and now has its “sequel”, a Spanglish style mix, which aims to position the issue in the Anglo-Saxon market.

“La Diva del Bronx” is in charge of giving the single the feminine, sensual, and international touch, making a participation in the song with a letter completely in English, without leaving aside its distinctive Latin flavor. On the other hand, Casper Mágico, Nio García, Wisin, Yandel and Cosculluela contribute a new letter in Spanish, combining the best of Trap and Reggaetón in a musical piece that reaches to 7 minutes.

“Te Bote 2” has its official video in the hands of the renowned director Fernando Lugo. It is now available on YouTube. Check it out here!

The theme is destined to become the new urban anthem of the year 2019, thanks to the “explosive combination” of its performers who invite us to enjoy a good rumba in both English and Spanish.

 

2019 Grammy Nominated Reggae Artist Etana Continues To Make History

To say 2018 was fruitful for Etana would be an understatement. The singer released her fifth album, Reggae Forever, toured relentlessly and capped the year with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album.

According to Etana, “It’s been a year filled with hard work, determination  and triumph.”

Reggae Forever was released in March by Tad’s International Record. It went number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and coincided with her extensive tour of the United States with J Boog and Jesse Royal.

Her show, which launched the album in South Florida in July, was particularly successful. It drew a strong crowd of faithful fans to Krave Restaurant and Lounge in Fort Lauderdale, who witnessed a powerful 90-minute performance.

What makes Reggae Forever’s appeal even more important for Etana is the fact that she was intimately involved in its production and marketing.

“The prestigious and powerful group of people on the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences acknowledged my work and thought it was worth being mentioned in the Best Reggae Album list. I’m excited because it’s my first independent project and in the Reggae category’ the doors are now open to females,” she said.

Reggae Forever is the first album by a female to be nominated for Best Reggae Album in 21 years. In the interim, pop music has seen women like Sheryl Crow, Beyonce, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and Adele dominate the music industry.

With Reggae Forever released on International Women’s Day, Etana considers her nomination a significant breakthrough for ladies in the male-dominated Best Reggae Album category.

“All the other genres include so many women. I am happy to see the Reggae category inclusive of women in this time,” she said.

There will be no letup in the new year. Etana and her management will be intensifying her presence in the US and European market, especially now that she is a potential Grammy winner.

“I’ll be touring, recording, doing videos, releasing singles and doing spot dates. Tad’s Records, The Empire Agency and Freemind Music have so much already planned. I am grateful.”