Etana – Pamoja

Etana - Pamoja

Etana’s highly anticipated 8th Studio Album “Pamoja” is out now and available on all digital platforms. The Grammy Nominated Reggae artiste started 2021 with blazing heat dropping singles such as “Proppa” featuring the Ghanian Afro dancehall star “Stonebwoy” and “Baby O” featuring featuring the dancehall’s undisputed king, the World Boss “Vybz Kartel”.

Both tracks received heavy rotations on mainstream radio networks and top playlists positions streaming platforms worldwide.

Etana – Baby O (ft. Vybz Kartel)

Etana "Baby O (ft. Vybz Kartel)"

Queen of Reggae Soul, Etana, has officially released her highly-anticipated collaboration with the King of the Dancehall, Vybz Kartel , and the results are royal. The new single, a melodic Afrobeats waist-winer titled “Baby O,” is the second offering from Etana’s upcoming album Pamoja, due out this spring via her own Freemind Music label.
On “Baby O (ft. Vybz Kartel),” The Strong One, as Etana’s name translates to in Swahili, trades sentiments of devotion with the Worl’ Boss, as Kartel is infamously known, over a lightly snare-driven Afro-pop beat, produced by Freemind Music. The dynamic duo also released an animated lyric video so listeners could follow along as Etana’s flawless vocals cut through:
If I were your baby o Kartel
I would give you so much more baby I would give you everything darling You won’t ever need nothing
I’d give you all my love
Vybz Kartel responds with his raspy tone and signature wordplay:
So royal, you are my queen
Nah mek yuh leave me, a do di right ting Ital stew, she nuh waan turkey Good roots, yuh nuh frighten fi Hennessy
The overwhelmingly positive reaction to this unexpected collaboration was immediate, as the single got picked up by DJs around the world and added to rotation in major markets like NYC, London, and Miami, where Etana’s previous single “Proppa,” which features Ghanian international superstar Stonebwoy, had already been enjoying a healthy run

since its release at the end of February.
While Etana’s music and style have always been heavily influenced by African culture, it’s clear on this new project, her 8th studio album, that she has made an even more decisive effort to highlight that connection. The upcoming album Pamoja, which means “together” in Swahili, features guest vocalists from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and Ghana.
Adding to the international affair are notable guests like Italian rootsman Alborosie, Polynesian singer-songwriter Fiji, and Afro-German musical veteran Patrice. Of course, Etana’s native Jamaica is well-represented on the new set. Etana, who earned a 2018 Grammy Award nominee for Best Reggae Album with Reggae Forever, will not disappoint genre loyalists, as she recently revealed the news of an unreleased album track featuring none other than Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.
Elaborating on the concept behind Pamoja, Etana offered, “this album is packed with very strong songs. I titled it ‘Pamoja’ because it’s time for us to come together.” She added, “‘Pamoja’ was created to evoke more love and unity; unity in our homes and unity amongst us as a people.”
An official video for “Baby O” is already in the final edit stages and expected to be released soon. Etana raised eyebrows recently with a new glamorous look she sported in the “Proppa (ft. Stonebwoy)” video, which is now enjoying steady rotation on BET Soul and BET Jams. The upcoming “Baby O” video is sure to give fans and media more to discuss.
Etana previously honed her skills as a background vocalist for the likes of reggae star Richie Spice, and has since enjoyed a string of Billboard Reggae chart-topping albums. Despite being incarcerated since 2011, Vybz Kartel has continued to release a prolific output of material while working towards his freedom.

Etana Ft. Stonebwoy – Proppa

Etana Ft. Stonebwoy - Proppa

ETANA DROPS “PROPPA (FT. STONEBWOY)”

JAMAICAN REGGAE-SOUL QUEEN COLLABORATES WITH GHANIAN AFROPOP STAR FOR FIRST SINGLE OFF OF HER UPCOMING ALBUM

Jamaican songstress and 2018 Grammy Award nominee Etana has recruited Ghanian Afropop sensation Stonebwoy for her brand new single “Proppa.” The single and lyric video dropped today via Etana’s record label, Freemind Music.

“Proppa (ft. Stonebwoy)” serves as the lead single for Etana’s upcoming eighth studio album, due for release this spring. The new tune, produced by Freemind Music, perfectly blends elements of dancehall and Afrobeats to create a sexy scorcher that is guaranteed to bring some much needed heat to the final months of winter.

Etana — Swahili for “The Strong One,” as she is affectionately know by her fans — demands on the track:

You want me to hand it ova
Then come at me, come at me Proppa

But cherish me just like Baby Oh Oh Oh
and I’ll call you Pappa

If you want to be my lova
So come at me, come at me Proppa

Stonebwoy, who won Best International Act at the 2015 BET Awards, is up to the task as he confidently responds:

I’m an African King in this place O
Jamaican girl you be my taste Oh
See I got a big place O
Only you gon fit to fill up the space Oh
Mek a give you lovin weh nobody gon fit to replace Oh

As the song was instantly added to DJ playlists around the globe, Etana and Stonebwoy prepare to release the official video for “Proppa” in the days ahead.

Excited about the early accolades, Etana said “working with IGAD Stonebwoy was cool, I love his energy! The song ‘Proppa’ is dubbed a banger by many already and it always feels good to drop music that the Strong Ones / Team Etana loves. I also feel the love from Bhim Nation on this one! Sending my love straight out to you all!”

Etana, who previously honed her skills as a background vocalist for the likes of reggae star Richie Spice, has since enjoyed a string of Billboard Reggae chart-topping albums. She has indicated that her upcoming full length project features several international collaborations with various reggae and Afrobeats artists. The debut single with Stonebwoy is a “Proppa” glimpse into what we can expect from Etana in the near future.

Bulby York – Heart Crafted – VPAL Music

Bulby York - Heart Crafted - VPAL Music

Acclaimed Producer/Engineer Bulby York releases his 3rd album titled Heartcrafted.

Bulby York’s highly anticipated album ‘Heartcrafted’ features Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Charly Blacks, Rying King , Stylo G, Etana, Tifa and others.

Kingston, Jamaica (Shuzzr) – As reggae-dancehall music continues to evolve and influence other genres, cultures, movements, and people across the world, to date, it stands unparalleled to any other worldwide. The treasured genre which spans several decades, not just chronicle an islands evolution and its influence globally but promotes the tenants of Rastafarianism whilst strengthening the voice of the oppressed.

On September 18th, 2020, renowned producer Collin ‘Bulby’ York will release his third album titled “Heartcrafted” on his label Bulby York Music. The compilation which features industry icons such as Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Sanchez, Dean Fraser, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Capleton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer is balanced with a few youthful stalwarts such as Busy Signal, Agent Sasco, Etana, Tifa, Konshens, Cecile, Stylo G, Rygin King and a few others.

The album ‘Heartcrafted’ which can be described as a time capsule for future generations, captures not just the traditional sounds of reggae and dancehall but also gives its audience previously released materials with some of the industry’s most prolific, and successful artiste to date, bridging old school voices with a few from the freshman class.

The 17-track compilation which takes you on a musical journey across the breadth and depth of the islands luscious landscape, captures the sounds and melodies that echoes through the mountains and valleys chanted by its people, the pulse of a nation.

Bulby York who is a renowned musical architect as the genre went mainstream in the early 2000s, worked with some of the industry’s rising stars which positioned him to engineering tracks for No Doubt’s double-platinum Rocksteady album, as well as Sean Paul’s era-defining dancehall classic, Dutty Rock.

As time progressed, Bulby’s talent was revered by many, as his talent was noticed which led to other top Jamaican producers like Winston Riley, Steely and Clevie, as well as Sly and Robbie, enlisting him to engineer other productions. This led to him working with/for international artiste like Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and Sinead O’Connor and is credited to several other noteworthy projects such as Bounty Killer’s “Suspense” and Beenie Man’s “Memories” which influenced Grammy-award winning rapper/producer Kanye West single “I’m In It,” from his 2013’s critically-acclaimed Yeezus album.

York who in 2016 released his debut project titled ‘Epic & Ting’ on Greensleeves Record also followed up with ‘Master Blaster’ in 2018 to rave reviews on his own label Bulby York Music.

‘Heartcrafted’ is distributed by VPAL Music, a subsidiary of VP Records and can be considered as a testament to the legacy of the late reggae icon ‘Toots’ Hibbert plus other reggae-dancehall industry icons.

“I have poured my heart and soul into this project and now its here for the world to hear, see and enjoy. Each track has its own meaning and history, just as how each parish in Jamaica captures a piece of what Jamaica represents. I have worked with some of our nation’s best, national treasures and this project captures not just our musical history but who we are” states Bulby York.

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.

Jonathan Emile – Canopy Remix feat. Etana

Jonathan Emile - Canopy Remix feat. Etana

Jamaican-Canadian singer, rapper, activist, conference speaker, poet, and cancer survivor, Jonathan Emile has teamed up with Grammy-nominated reggae songstress Etana for the remix of his latest single “Canopy.” The collaboration finds the pair contemplating their Utopian vision of love and security, as they whimsically trade vocals:

Hate could be a thing of the past
Some things are just not meant to last
And I just want to rock it with you
The sky and the ocean blue
I wanna be free
Under a canopy

About the collaboration, Emile offered, “‘Canopy’ is a lovers song with an old time ska vibe that transports you to the tropics. The remix was pure joy to create with Etana, whose voice flies the listeners to a Caribbean paradise. Some of the most memorable and love-filled moments of my life were spent in the sun and on the beach with my queen. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to revisit these memories as lovers, and plan to create new ones. Can’t thank Etana enough for joining me on this remix. I’m grateful for the energy, soul, and creativity she brought to the tune.”

Etana added, “the vibe of the song is about all around free love. I truly enjoyed working with Jonathan.”

The “Canopy” remix drops hot on the heels of Emile’s latest album, Spaces-in-Between, which released on January 24th via the artist’s own MindPeaceLove label (distributed by reggae legend Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong International). Before landing the coveted top spot and cover image of music streaming service TIDAL’s flagship “Roots Revival” playlist, the track first premiered on SiriusXM The Joint last weekend during Emile’s interview segment with DJ Gringo. The program was pre-recorded during a recent NYC promotional run that also featured an album launch event hosted by Caribbean music, arts, and culture hub LargeUp, at Brooklyn hotspot Bembé. Emile also held album launch events in Toronto and his hometown of Montreal.

Jonathan Emile’s debut album The Lover/Figher Document featured guest vocalists like Kendrick Lamar, Murs, and Buckshot. Spaces-in-Between finds Jonathan exploring dub, reggae, and dancehall. The album was produced by Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Cargnello.