IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Dean Fraser. Nyahbinghi Christmas , that is.
That’s the title of the saxophonist’s first Yuletide album, scheduled for release in November by Tad’s International Record. It has 16 Christmas songs, driven by traditional Rastafarian rhythms.
Fraser began production on the instrumental project last year with co-producer Tad Dawkins Jr.
“Nyahbinghi is Jamaican music, an’ I want to bring a new instrumentation to these songs. Wi keep it musical but with a different vibe,” Fraser told the Jamaica Observer.
Some of the popular songs that receive the ‘binghi’ treatment are When a Child is Born, Christmas A Cum (Mi Waa Mi Llama), Long Time Ago, Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Auld Lang Syne.
For the authentic Nyahbinghi feel, Fraser brought in percussionists Congo Billy, Hector Lewis and Denver “Feluke” Smith. The sessions were some of the last for Smith who died in September from colon cancer.
Bassist Mikey Fletcher, guitarists Dario Morgan and Lamont Savory, keyboardist Andrew Marsh and flautist Zoe Mcintyre also played on the songs.
Fraser has done a number of albums, including instrumental tributes to Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. He also played on Christmas albums by other artistes but the thought of doing one for himself never came up until last year.
“I wouldn’t say Christmas is my favourite time of di year; only thing I love about Christmas is di songs…they are well-written and worth listening,” he said.
Written by: Howard Campbell
Rebel Code – Monkey Marc, Blvk H3ro, Turbulence and Yeza (feat Mista Savona)
Lead single from Monkey Marc’s Vital Sound (LP)
Lyric video release date: TBC
Official release date: 13 November 2020
Label: Digikillaz / DubShot
Australian superproducer Monkey Marc is teaming up with Turbulence, the reggae veteran who gave us the smash hit Notorious in 2006, and exciting Jamaican artists, Black H3ro and Yeza, for the new single, Rebel Code, which also features fellow Australian Mista Savona (Havana Meets Kingston) on keys.
Rebel Code is an upbeat and driving reggae tune, with an inspiring message of empowerment and a collective call for revolution.
The track is the lead single from Monkey Marc’s new album, Vital Sound (release date 13 Nov 2020).
The lyric video was created by acclaimed Jamaican artist Robin Clare.
Monkey Marc tapped 300K, Jamaica-based director, cinematographer and filmmaker 300K, for Rebel Code’s visual treatment. Hailed by Billboard as “one of Jamaica’s most in-demand music video directors”, the director looked to cult classic “Mad Max” as a springboard to explore themes of Black empowerment, revolution and legacy.
The track has recently been premiered on DJ Gringo’s show The Joint on SiriusXM, with solid upcoming support from Australian radio stations triple j, RRR, PBS, 4ZZZ, RTRFM and more.
Contact: Kim Williamson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Song Title: “Navigate This Generation”
Record Label: Phantom Music Group/ Zojak WorldWide
Producers: King Waggy T & Honorebel
Writers: Richard Bailey and M. Myrie
Video Directed By Richard Bailey BKA Honorebel
Videographer: Foreign Flex TV
Video Edited By Conceptual Reality Media/ Shadrac Milhomme
Produced By Ainsworth Higgins for Footstepzz Prod. All Instruments played by Nereus Joseph except guitar by Chris Lane. Mixed By Christopher Birch.
THE BORN TO LOVE YOU (BTYL)RIDDIM IS THE LATEST PROJECT FROM THE FOOTSTEPZZ CAMP AND FEATURES BANGERS FROM SEVERAL OF THE GENES TOP CROONERS AND SHOWCASES A FEW EMERGING ACTS.
JACK RADICS. STEVIE FACE ANTHONY B ROMAIN VIRGO AND HEZRON LEAD THE CHARGE WHILE NATHI PRINCE NAIL POINT AND WAYNE LYRICS HAVE ALSO MADE IMPRESSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS.
FOOTSTEPZZ IS THE BRAINCHILD OF VETERAN BROADCASTER AND EVENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST AINSWORTH BIG A HIGGINS AND BUSINESS PARTNER LYNDON LAZZER HULL.
THEY HAVE PRODUCED SEVERAL SUCESSFUL PROJECTS INCLUDING THE BOOM BLAST RIDDIM (2001)
HALF WAY TREE (2010) AND THE ONE CHANCE RIDDIM (2017)
‘I AM A FAN OF THE MUSIC OF THE 70S AND 80S. THERE IS SOMETHING INFECTIOUS ABOUT THE RHYTHMS OF THAT ERA AND I DO BELIEVE THAT IT IS THOSE BEATS THAT HAVE GIVEN US THE ESSENCE OF OUR MUSIC.’ HIGGINS REMARKED
I WAS GETTING READY TO DROP ANOTHER PROJECT BUT WASN’T QUITE SURE OF WHICH DIRECTION I SHOULD GO.
THEN ON A VISIT TO THE UK LAST YEAR I WAS INVITED TO A STUDIO WHERE NAIL POINT WAS DOING WORK ON A SINGLE THAT HE ASKED BE TO CO PRODUCE. IT WAS A REMAKE OF THE TEMPTATIONS CLASSIC BORN TO LOVE AS INTERPRETED BY SLIM SMITH AND COXSONE DODD
I WAS IMMEDIATLEY IMPRESSED NOT ONLY WITH HIS VOCAL DELIVERY BUT ALSO THE WAY IN WHICH THE RIDDIM WAS LAID. I IMMEDEATLEY STARTED HEARING OTHER ARTISTS IN MY HEAD.
AS SHAABA RANKS NOTED. ‘DJ EARS COCK UP WHEN DEM HEAR BOOM RIDDIM’. THIS DJ JUST HEARD A BOOM RIDDIM.THEN AND THERE WE DECIDED TO FINISH UP THE TRACK AND DECIDED TO MAKE IT A FULL PROJECT.AFTER RECORDING MY FRIEND WAYNE LYRICS ON THE RIDDIM I TOOK THE RIDDIM BACK TO JAMAICA AND STARTED TO WORK FURTHER ON THE PROJECT. I AM HONORED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE COUNRTY’S FINEST VOICES AND IN PAYING IT FORWARD I HAVE GIVEN NEW TALENT THE OPPOURTUNITY TO RISE TO THE OCCASION.
THAT IS THE CONCEPT OF FOOTSTEPPZZ RECORDS. WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREATNESS AND LEAVING BEHIND A TRAIL SO OTHERS MAY WALK IN YOURS.
THE PROJECT HAS BEEN GETTING RAVE REVIEWS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE UK WHERE IT IS A STAPLE ON BOTH LEGAL RADIO AND PIRATE STATIONS. IN NEW YORK IRIE JAM RADIO HAS BEEN SHOWING IT LOTS OF LOVE.ARTISTS HAVE BEEN GETTING CALL FOR PERFORMANCES IN THE UK BASED ON THE SONG THEY HAVE DONE ON THE PROJECT.
LOCALLY IT HAS BEEN GETTING A LOT OF RADIO SUPPORT IRIE FM ZIP FM HITZ SUN CITY AND FAME FM HAVE ALL ENDORSED THE PROJECT BIG TIME. MEANWHILE THE ARTISTS ARE ALL SUPPORTING THEIR SINGLES BY PROMOTING IT ON THEIR PLATFORMS AND HIGHLIGHTING IT IN THEIR INTERVIEWS.
AS A DJ I HAVE MADE MY BRAND BY PLAYING QUALITY MUSIC AND BREAKING NEW TALENT FOR THE PAST 3 DECADES. AS A PRODUCER MY VALUES ARE THE SAME. EACH OF MY PROJECTS WILL APPEAL TO DIFFERENT NICHES BUT IT WILL ALWAYS BE OF A HIGH STANDARD AND SOMEWHERE IN THE LINEUP OF ACTS WILL BE NEW TALENT, GIVEN A CHANCE TO BE EXPOSED.
Three years ago, Busy Signal and Dameon Gayle created one of the biggest hit records in Dancehall. The song is called “Stay So.” More than 38 Million views of the music video on YouTube, millions of streams on SoundCloud, Spotify, Pandora and the like, and his album, Parts of the Puzzle (“Stay So” is track 1 from the album), is still on the Billboard Album charts – 1 year after release.
Officially released is “Seen It Before,” the Prequel to “Stay So.”
Produced by Dameon Gayle of Warriors Musick, “Seen It Before” voices the all too familiar response to violent events that are reported in the news: we’ve seen it all before. Using a melodic voice, Busy uses examples of characters who opt for a non-positive path and are met with an untimely fate.
As a DJ / Selector, you will appreciate Busy’s placement of the punchline ‘seen it all before’ and ‘man been there done that.’ Timed perfectly with the music, Busy creates opportunities for fans to sing along with him as they recall times they have experienced in their past.
To accompany “Seen It Before” is a mini-movie. The launch of the mini movie directed by Dameon Gayle for Warrior Musick Productions in association with VP Records began with a Director’s talk back, with members of the cast and key media outlets from around the world. Not the usual set up for a new song and music video but, this is not an average music video. The story line for Seen It Before connects the characters and conflicts from the 2018 mega-video Stay So with the latest Busy Signal release. The experience is like a short film with extensive dialog, peppered by the music from both songs to accentuate this all-too-common ghetto reality -violence begets violence. The lyrics of the song illustrate Busy Signal’s understanding and lament, “Two fren a par, shot fire, skull bore, I’ve seen it all before, prison an’ morgue cyah hol’ nuttin’ more I’ve seen it all before.” The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica between February, and September 2020, by Dameon Gayle, who produced and directed music videos for recent Busy Signal hits “One Way”, “Dolla Van” and”100% (featuring Afro B ).”
Donsome Records releases Black Tears rhythm
He made his name in music circles producing quality roots reggae songs. Now ten years after the release of his last roots reggae project Crime Stop rhythm, producer Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson is back on the beat.
His latest project titled Black Tears rhythm is set for release today Friday November 6. The project features the likes of Marcia Griffiths, Anthony B, Lutan Fyah, Glen Washington, Chezidek and Bugle among others.
In a media release, he explained why he felt it necessary at this time to release a project of this nature.
“I think the time is right for a roots rhythm where you can hear the real pain in the voices of the artistes. The songs bring messages of hope and based on what Black people are experiencing today, the Black Tears rhythm fits right in,” Hanson explained.
Reggae queen Marcia Griffiths sing the title track in which she tackles the pain that Black people are facing globally; this positive message should resonate with music lovers.
Anthony B who’s one of reggae most prolific roots singer, address the danger that we face in the world today with track So Dangerous, Bugle makes a strong case for survival on the track Allow Me to Live, while Donsome newly signed artiste Korexx show his versatility with his debut roots reggae track.
Other tracks include Crying (Justice) by Tommy B; Holding on to a Feeling by Glen Washington; Bad Seed by Chezidek; So Dangerous by Anthony B; Yuh Ungrateful by Lutan Fyah; and Fry Bone by Perfect Giddimani.
Songs including Mama Bawl by Gyptian, Lost Our Way by I-Octane, Famine and Drought by I-Wayne and compilations including Reggae Grass Roots, Reggae in My Heart and Roots Drop riddim, are among the projects, which Hanson is known for.