“Jugglerz, a crew of highly talented, diamond award winning producers and DJs team up with Germany based reggae legend Gentleman and Jamaican superstar Konshens for “Change of Thoughts”. This hitsong combines all their strengths: good vibes, thoughtful lyrics with a strong message and excellent production skills. Ready for spring 2021?”
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.
The Ultimate 2021 Musical Treat
Tad’s International Record’s latest release in its Ultimate album series is a monster of hits!
Consistent with the series since its inception in 2007, The Ultimate 2021 contains a number of hit songs. In this case, 21 tracks covering all aspects of Reggae.
The diverse offering includes Block Traffic by Popcaan, Gaza Run The World by Vybz Kartel & Sikka Rimes, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (extended) by Black Uhuru featuring Michael Rose, Jah Over Everything from Jahmiel, Love is Blind by Sanchez and Cheater by Maxi Priest, and two sizzling tracks from Busy Signal.
Of interest is the inclusion of Gaza Run The World featuring the enigmatic Vybz Kartel who has been a fixture on The Ultimate since it debuted 13 years ago.
Popcaan, his former protoge, also returns with Block Traffic, a dancehall jam that made him one of the genre’s hottest names in 2020.
Also a part of The Ultimate’s 21-song salute is Chatty Chatty by Nadine Sutherland who celebrated her 40th year as a recording artiste in 2020.
For lovers of traditional reggae, Mother and Child Reunion by Bermudan singjay Magma is worth listening. It is a rework of the Paul Simon classic which was actually recorded in Jamaica 50 years ago.
So, whether you are putting on those earphones or turning up the sound system, The Ultimate 2021 from Tad’s International Record will not disappoint. Enjoy!
BUBBLE & SKANK RIDDIM
Produced By De Red Boyz
Mixed & Mastered By Andrew Denny
Drums & Percussion: Mikey Hulsmeier
Bass: Scott Galt
Guitar: Scott Galt
Keyboards: Scott Galt
This project is made possible in part by the Cultural Industries Development Fund of the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados.
Bubble & Skank – Peter Ram
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt & Peter Wiggins
Background Vocals: Geoffrey Cordle
Queen – Anthony B
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt & Keith Blair
Background Vocals: Rochelle Griffith & Nikita Herbert
Figured It Out – Marvay
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt & Damian Lythcott
Perfect Girl – Biggie Irie
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt & Auriel Byron
Background Vocals: Nikita Herbert
Believe – Trinity Clarke feat. Phillip K
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt, John Yarde & Phillip Kellman
Background Vocals: Trinity Clarke & Phillip Kellman
Brighter Days – GP Horns
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt, Romaro Greaves, Jomo Slusher & Kevyn Lynch
Sax: Romaro Greaves
Trombone: Jomo Slusher
Trumpet: Kevyn Lynch
You Don’t Know What Love Is – Bobo X Mahalia
Written by Michael Hulsmeier, Scott Galt & Damian Bowen
Background Vocals: Mahalia Cummins & Scott Galt