Marcia Griffiths – Back In The Days – Alpha Institute Dubplate

Marcia Griffiths - Back In The Days

The Alpha Institute, formerly Alpha Boys School, celebrated 140 years on May 1, 2020. In celebration of this milestone, Alpha Boys School Radio partnered with reggae star Luciano to create a dubplate special that tell the history of Alpha. Donors to the Alpha Institute during the month of May will receive a complimentary copy of the music.

 

A day school for at risk youth since 2014, and run by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns, since 1890, the Alpha Institute is where many of Jamaica’s finest musicians and vocalists learned their craft. From jazz innovator Dizzy Reece, to ska pioneer Don Drummond, the rocksteady leader Tommy McCook and reggae icons Johnny Osbourne, Horsemouth, Leroy Smart and Yellowman, to name just a few, Alpha’s music training programme has made an amazing impact on Jamaican and world music.

Luciano – Alpha is a Messenger – Alpha Institute Dubplate

Luciano - Alpha is a Messenger

The Alpha Institute, formerly Alpha Boys School, celebrated 140 years on May 1, 2020. In celebration of this milestone, Alpha Boys School Radio partnered with reggae star Luciano to create a dubplate special that tell the history of Alpha. Donors to the Alpha Institute during the month of May will receive a complimentary copy of the music.

A day school for at risk youth since 2014, and run by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns, since 1890, the Alpha Institute is where many of Jamaica’s finest musicians and vocalists learned their craft. From jazz innovator Dizzy Reece, to ska pioneer Don Drummond, the rocksteady leader Tommy McCook and reggae icons Johnny Osbourne, Horsemouth, Leroy Smart and Yellowman, to name just a few, Alpha’s music training programme has made an amazing impact on Jamaican and world music.

Lyrikal – Ghetto Yute (Black Lights Riddim)

Lyrikal - Ghetto Yute (Black Lights Riddim)

Lyrikal – Ghetto Yute

Song
Written by: Devon Lyrikal Martin
Music Produced by: Kelly Beatz
Mixed and Mastered by: Peacemakerz Intl.
Riddim: Black Lights Riddim

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Directed and Edited by Ronnie Homer

Musical Messiah By Prince Levy

Musical Messiah By Prince Levy

Prince Levy’s full-length debut album “Musical Messiah” is now available on all platforms for download and streaming. One of the most highly anticipated and widely praised reggae albums of 2019, ‘Musical Messiah’ showcases the masterful songwriting and powerful vocals that the reggae community has come to expect from Prince Levy.

The Kemist – Roulette

The Kemist - Roulette - Cover

Jamaica born/Miami based artist, producer and DJ, The Kemist drops the energetic new single “Roulette” today via 21 Entertainment/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. Produced by Nevada (whose single “the mack” has over 250M streams on Spotify), the upbeat summer track was inspired by the traditional Afro-Caribbean dance referred to as “whining” – where the objective is to rotate your waist in a circle while keeping the rest of your body still.

On the new single, The Kemist notes: “Since we’re confined to home, “Roulette” is the perfect song as it inspires us to get active and dance while highlighting my love for the females.”

“Roulette” arrives as follow up to the latest single “We Made It” (February 2020), and the previously released Mayhem 7.0 (2019), which landed on the Shazam Canada Top 100, and reached #125 on Shazam Global 200. “Roulette” continues to showcase the distinct sound and style The Kemist is known for, artfully fusing elements of reggae, dancehall, electronic, trap, and pop music into a catchy and combustible concoction of his own.

Born in Kingston Jamaica, Errol “Kemar” Thompson aka The Kemist grew up around reggae royalty. His mother is the Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, and his father, Errol Thompson Sr., was a musician and popular radio personality. At the tender age of 3, The Kemist got his 1st moment in the spotlight sharing the stage with Reggae legend Bob Marley. The charismatic artist was destined to be a star as he grew up touring the world as a music director/musician in his mom’s band. In 2018, he signed to 21 Entertainment in partnership with Republic Records and kicked off his next chapter with the Body Treatment EP. Its lead single “Body Can’t Lie” [feat. Nyanda of Brick & Lace] hinges on a flavorful and fiery island beat that builds towards a hypnotic hook as sexy as it is slick.

The Kemist is Jamaica’s hottest new triple threat with over 50 million online streams to date and support from industry heavyweights such as Sean Paul, Diplo, Zedd and Major Lazer.

Etana – Bubble – Gemini Album

Etana - Gemini Album Cover
Etana's brand new studio album GEMINI is available today May 22nd which also happens to be her Birthday. The 12 track album will be fully available on June 19th.
The album features collaborations with Kabaka Pyramid, Bugle, The No-Maddz, Wiya & Yahsha. Its Produced by Freemind Music LLC & Distributed by Zojak Worldwide
New single from the album Bubble is produced by TJ Records.

Patrick & Wayne Marshall – Can’t Fly

Patrick & Wayne Marshall - Can't Fly

Can’t Fly is an electronic / reggae dancehall crossover track from UK-based producer Patrick (formerly D-DOTs), featuring legendary Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer Wayne Marshall. The song, produced on Patrick’s recent writing trip to the island’s capital, Kingston, is a genre-bending, reality tune that brings forth a powerful, uplifting message for those struggling. It is a result of the two sharing their distinctly unique experiences living in the “concrete jungles” of London and Kingston, respectively. 

Marshall melodically blesses the chorus with the type of positivity ever so needed during this critically challenging time in history, “With every tick-and-a-tock of the time, It’s a process to free your mind . . . Seek freedom of the mind, Cause you can’t fly in a cage.” 

With album art by photographer Grayson Lauffenburger depicting a skateboarder flying high in the streets of Kingston, the song is also reflective of the budding skateboard culture rising out of the city’s notoriously mean streets. An uplifting opportunity for children, teens, and young adults, skateboarding is increasingly becoming a positive alternative on the island for those who find themselves at a crossroads in life. With the opening of the Freedom Skatepark and Youth Centre in Kingston this year, the growth of this much needed, positive shift in culture and sport is quite clearly evident. 

With Can’t Fly, Patrick and Wayne Marshall are poised to create an anthem for the streets that helps the masses keep pushing, literally and figuratively. 

 

Written by: Wayne Marshall, Patrick Denny & Godwin Sonzi
Produced by: Patrick Denny
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Label: STAY FREE
Distributed by: Shayegan Media & Marketing, Inc.

Stalk Ashley – Open – Atlantic Records

Stalk Ashley - Open - Atlantic Records

Jamaica’s very own R&B songstress Stalk Ashley serves up a double single release today with ‘Deserted’ feat. WSTRN and ‘Open’. Available now on all DSPS.

Following the premiere on No Signal’s NS10v10 radio show (the latest viral phenomena to emerge during this self-isolation period; reaching over 1M listeners) – ‘Deserted’ feat. WSTRN, is a poised and uncompromised slice of dancehall inflected RnB, with Wstrn lending their trademark vocals, to combine to great effect. ‘Deserted’ is available today (here) alongside ‘Open’ here, offering up a double dose of Stalks original and effortlessly cool vocal range placing her in a space of her own and serving as a perfect taster on what’s to come.

Since first being recruited by Stormzy to cover Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ alongside him at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge back in September last year, 21-year old, Stalk has been busy carving out a lane for herself as on the most exciting young breakout stars today. Her debut single‘Young’ was a bold statement of intent and instantly gained wide range mainstream and specialist support on UK Radio. Stalk has since continued to demonstrate her unmatched style and no-holds barred attitude with her Bona Carter acoustic session which is currently sat at over 200k views on her own YouTube channel.

‘Deserted’ feat WSTRN and ‘Open’ are out now via Atlantic Records.