Buju Banton’s New Single Madda Badda Invokes Dancehall’s Glory Days In Modern Form
Grammy winner, multiple Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping artist, and international reggae legend Buju Banton is set to release his latest single Madda Badda, produced by J august. This new single, which is a mix of classic dancehall rhythm mixed with contemporary sounds, highlights the hardcore dancehall lyricism and flow that brought Buju Banton to prominence in the 90s.
Madda Badda is released in collaboration with Ghetto Youths International and Gargamel Music. Scheduled for release Friday June 24th, this exciting new single by Buju Banton is a reminder and a reclaiming of the dancehall space with the authentic sound and cadence the genre was popularized for.
The first single to propel Buju into stardom was The Ruler at age 16. Now several years later, his songs are still making statements. His debut album Stamina Daddy with title track as the first single in 1992 was his breakout. Singles like Wanna Be Loved, Hills and Valley, Murderer, Not An Easy Road and many more. Following the success of his Long Walk To Freedom tour, Buju Banton released his Grammy nominated album Upside Down in 2020. Hosting twenty tracks, featuring Stephen Marley, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, and Stefflon Don, press lauded his return declaring him “A national hero” according to FADER.
Now with the release of this latest single, Madda Badda, Buju Banton is calling to our collective minds, the dancehall that Jamaica is known for. This track comes as a respite amid public concerns that the quality of dancehall music has waned. Not one to make long speeches, Buju has seemingly responded where it matters most, in song. This complex lyrical track is masterful not just in its instrumentation, but also the simplicity of the song structure. With this single Buju Banton is proving that dancehall songs can be simple and meaningful, dispelling the idea that artists must compromise one for the other. This new single is available for listening pleasure everywhere: https://onerpm.link/maddabadda.
Gargamel Music / Ghetto Youths International
Produced by Jermaine “J August” Reid
ISRC – QZMZ92276109
Release date – June 24 2022
Black Am I release “Work Day”
Ghetto Youths International artist “Black-Am-I” comes again with another reggae staple “Work Day”. This up-beat reggae/ska single sees the roots reggae singer taking a positive spin on the every day cycle of waking up to go to work. Greeting the day with a smile and energy to take on the tasks of earning a living regardless of whatever job is done to make ends meet. “Work Day” is produced by Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley who has, with his Ghetto Youths International Label released a number of Black Am I records recently including Jah Is In My Corner ft. Kabaka Pyramid, Spliff Haffi Burn and The Edge. Work Day was released Friday May 20th 2022 along with an Official music video
Black Am I – “Work Day”
Produced by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick
Ghetto Youths International
Release Date – May 16 2022
ISRC – QZHZ52290369
Genre – Reggae
Explicit Lyrics – No
Official Video:- https://youtu.be/qZBzi6DPISU
Smart Link – https://onerpm.link/224691079609
Kabaka Pyramid releases Make Things Work
Reggae star Kabaka Pyramid releases official video for new single “Make Things Work”. The heavy hitting roots reggae anthem is an uplifting affirmation that no matter the situation we can push though to accomplish our goals, make a living, control our own destiny and build to self sufficiency in this challenging time. The track is produced by Damian Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick and is released via Ghetto Youths International the team which brought the conscious lyricists debut album “Kontraband”.
Kabaka Pyramid – “Make Things Work”
Produced by Damian Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Deidrick
Ghetto Youths International
Release date May 13th 2022
Genre – Reggae
Explicit Lyrics – No
Official Video – https://youtu.be/I2rb4vTpjGQ
The singing wizard Christopher Ellis gives us another modern reggae love song while still capturing the culture and traditions of sound system culture. His new single “Rub A Dub” produced yet again by Damian Marley is a stellar follow up to his impactful records “Still Go A Dance” and “Flame Against The Wind” and is the perfect record to celebrate both Reggae Month as well as this period of love in Valentines season. Out Now via Ghetto Youths International
Multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Stephen Marley today released his new EP Celebrating Nina: Reggae Tribute To Nina Simone via Ghetto Youths Intl, available now everywhere. Co-produced by Paul Fakhourie, mix and mastered by legendary Errol Brown, who was also Bob Marley’s engineer, this EP the biggest Reggae Blues collaboration of 2022 has arrived, as Stephen Marley celebrates Nina Simone, in a Reggae style. This new EP has seven tracks as an ode to some of Nina’s greatest hits. Stephen has been building anticipation for this release for some time. Riding on the high of single releases like Queen Ifrica’s Four Women in April of 2021, and Etana’s Young Gifted And Black in February of this year. Stephen himself has described the EP as a “tribute to the legendary American jazz singer, composer, pianist and arranger Nina Simone.” These tracks have given the audience a mere taste of what the EP has to offer but now it’s finally here.
Nina Simone, legally known as Eunice Kathleen Waymon is one of America’s most legendary singer, songwriter, and musical arranger. Outside of her music, she is most known for her role as a civil rights activist during the separatist and racist 60 & 70s. Stephen Marley has never shied away from his musical appreciation for Nina. Producing songs for himself such as Father of The Man featuring Wyclef Jean and a classic Nina sample from her iconic Keeper Of The Flame hit. “I’m such a huge fan of her work” Mentions Stephen Marley during a Musicme interview in 2017.
Now, many years later, this appreciation has blossomed into an entire EP, paying tribute to Nina’s musical genius. “This project is about preserving Nina Simone’s legacy, passing it on to younger generations, including my children, because you don’t often find music this substantial. When we started this project, we reached out to Nina’s daughter (Lisa Simone Kelly) and to the Nina Simone Foundation to establish a connection; we want to donate a portion of proceeds to the things that she was all about.”
As we celebrate International Women’s month, Celebrating Nina: Reggae Tribute to Nina Simone highlights the strength, power, and resilience of women. With tracks from artists like Terri Walker who does a beautiful rendition of Nina’s 1961s No Good Man. Maya Azucena makes an appearance with her take on 1971s Mr. Bojangles. Joss Stone chimes in with Here Comes The Sun, Melanie Fiona inspires with her version of Don’t Explain and Cedella Marley honors the well-known 1964 hit Misunderstood. Speaking to Billboard Magazine, Patricia Meschino, Marley shared that he chose to work exclusively with female artists on this project because “our queens deserve recognition as the mothers of creation. These are beautiful, strong women and their voices do Nina’s work and reggae solid.”
On this release day Ghetto Youth International is proud to release the official video for Etana’s Young, Gifted, and Black https://youtu.be/s-62BjNzSXk.
“Celebrating Nina: A Reggae Tribute to Nina Simone”
Label – Ghetto Youths International
Executive producers – Stephen Marley / Damian Marley
All songs produced by Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Paul Fakhourie
Mixed by: Errol Brown
Distributor – One RPM
Visual Artist – WonderKnack
Release Date – March 18th 2022
UPC – QZGLM2293113
Genre – Reggae
1. Queen Ifrica – Four Women
2. Maya Azucena – Mr. Bojangles
3. Etana – Young Gifted and Black
4. Melanie Fiona – Don’t Explain
5. Joss Stone – Here Comes The Sun
6. Cedella Marley – Misunderstood
7. Terri Walker – No Good Man
Black Am I and Kabaka Pyramid team up on this powerful anthem produced by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley titled “Jah Is In My Corner”. Following his recent release “Spliff Haffi Burn” this new single is an affirmation that no matter the struggles in life the most high is there to support. The song is written as a clever analogy of life as a football/soccer match with the almighty as the coach and goalie helping all his players to win. Both Kabaka and Black Am I love football and this is a fitting tribute to both their love of sport and of uplifting messages. Out on Friday Feb 4th via Ghetto Youths International.