Ivorian reggae artiste featured on the remix of Marcia Griffiths Black Tears
Black Tears, a song recorded by reggae legend Marcia Griffiths and produced by Donsome Records, has received the remix treatment.
The remix features Ivory Coast reggae singer and songwriter Tiken Jah Fakoly. The single was released on Friday June 18th and the lyric video created by Sairplay was released on Wednesday June 23rd.
Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson, producer of the track explained his reason for doing a remix of the song.
“The massage in the song is a universal one. It is based on what our people have been going through for hundreds of years, so I reached out to Tiken Jah Fakoly who is one of the motherland’s most talented reggae artistes to help get the message out to other places in the world,” said Hanson.
Asked what Fakoly brought to the remix, Hanson said “Tiken Jah Fakoly is the kind of artiste that has been singing and fighting for the same cause like what we been defending. So, he helped strengthen the massage and with his fanbase worldwide, I know it will get across to different audiences.”
Black Tears is the title track from the roots reggae beat of the same name. Released last November, the project also features songs by Chezidek, Anthony B, Bugle, Glen Washington, Kailash, Tommy B, Korexx, Lutan Fyah and Perfect Giddimani.
Tiken Jah Fakoly has visited Jamaica several times since 1999. His thirteenth album Dernier Appel released by Universal Music, was recorded in Jamaica in 2013. His repertoire includes covers of songs by Max Romeo, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
Simmer Down Sounds and White Stone Productions proudly announced the release of their star-studded SOLAR RIDDIM album available today, Friday, June 18, distributed by Tuff Gong International. The hardcore rub a dub Reggae riddim-driven album line-up featuring outstanding performances
by Grammy-winning legend Mykal Rose, Jubba White (with Frassman Brilliant and Arturas), Twiggi, Perfect Giddimani, Turbulence, Prezident Brown, Aaron Nigel Smith, Tuff Like Iron, and Ranking Joe.
The release of the first single / music video “Rise and Shine” by Jubba White x Frassman Brilliant x Arturas has already started to make waves with wide critical praise in the Reggae music world and now the full album is ready to contend tor the official riddim of Summer 2021
Simmer Down Sounds (DJ Colonel) and White Stone Productions (Jubba White) flow first intersected in Bend, Oregon while Jubba was in town playing drums in Warrior King’s touring band. Simmer Down eventually would go on to host Jubba and Dubtonic Kru for stage shows leading to Jubba working with DJ Colonel on a closer level. Then the Covid pandemic transformed the world, touring stopped and musicians that could gain work in the studio were fortunate. Jubba has been very productive in recent months in the studio . Since SimmerDown wasn’t scheduling live stage shows due to pandemic they shifted movements towards a project with Jubba. Jubba and Colonel from the beginning of their partnership expressed interest in collaborating on a riddim album project. With a hiatus from active touring and not being on road, the Solar Riddim was born.
The Solar Riddim was written and arranged by Jubba White with participation from Cliff Manswell and Theodore Bernard. Additional musicians featured are Steve Golding (Roots Radics) on guitar and Micah Shalom on brass.
SOLAR RIDDIM Track Listing
1. Mykal Rose – My Best
2. Jubba White x Frassman Brilliant x Arturas – Rise And Shine
3. Perfect Giddimani – Prophecy
4. Twiggi – Break Free
5. Prezident Brown – Experience and Knowledge
6. Turbulence – Glory Be
7. Aaron Nigel Smith – Long Time
8. Ranking Joe – Ganja Roll Out
9. Tuff Like Iron – Cool and Deadly
As the season heats up, Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal serves up “Margarita,” the quintessential ode to everyone’s favorite summertime cool-off beverage. Busy Signal, ever the ice cold lyricist, transports the listener to a tropical paradise with the laidback party vibes of his brand new single, out now via Nuh Rush Records / Gorilla Music Source, distributed by Tuff Gong International. On his latest tune, the hitmaker deejay’s distinct vocals are echoed by steel pan phrases over the sparsely arranged dancehall rhythm produced by Nuh Rush chief Junior Brown and Gorilla Music President Reanno Gordon (pka Busy Signal).
Busy acknowledges the beautiful simplicity of it all on the tune’s sing-along chorus:
A few shots with ice Feeling so nice
A the Caribbean style Everybody get wild enjoy Margarita
On each steel pan flourish, you can picture ice cubes hitting the glass as Busy Signal’s signature rasp blends the whole concoction into the flavorful “Margarita.”
Handcrafted for your beach or backyard bbq playlist, Busy breaks down the origins of the concept:
“‘Margarita’ came about one night after I had been in the studio recording. I stepped out to grab something from the kitchen where I saw a Margarita bottle and immediately the idea to write the song came. I went back in the studio where the team and I started to structure the beat and then I recorded the song that same night. This song to me carries a fun vibe. It’s a drink that a lot of people like so the idea came having a tropical vibe with a tropical sound for people to now enjoy the music while having the drink. I believe that ‘Margarita”will represent a wider range of ethnicity as well as the drink itself, bringing fun and a nice summer vibe — just having good time.”
Busy simultaneously released a companion lyric video on his YouTube channel to match the chill vibes of the song. The fun new animated visuals bring “Margarita” to life, courtesy of Damaniac Visualz.
Busy Signal, who is currently enjoying a steady stream of hits circulating in the dancehall, has collaborated with Junior Brown and Nuh Rush Records a number of times in recent years on tracks like “Girl You A Champion” and “More Strength.”
“Working with Nuh Rush Records has always been a pleasure, great team to work with and dedicated to the furtherance of the music. We have a lot more projects together that will be released in due time,” said Busy on the the fruitful relationship.
“We hope fans will enjoy this track and feel the vibes and energy we felt from the time we started recording to the moment it was completed,” added No Rush chief Junior Brown.
Busy Signal, whose government name is Reanno Gordon, hails from Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica. He is known for his international reggae hits like “Come Over” and “One More Night,” as well as dancehall staples like “Bedroom Bully” and crossover collaborations like his appearance on Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This (Bumaye).” Current tracks making noise on the scene include the Afrobeats tune “Bad Gyal” and his collaboration “Bang Bung” alongside the legendary Bounty Killer.