Buju Banton – Madda Badda

Buju Banton - Madda Badda

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.

“Madda Baada”
Buju Banton
Gargamel Music / Ghetto Youths International
Produced by Jermaine “J August” Reid
ISRC – QZMZ92276109
Release date – June 24 2022

Gibrilville – Can of Soda

Gibrilville - Can of Soda

Gibrilville releases new single ‘Can of Soda’

Hot off the back of his Akademia Award, hip-hop and afro beat artist Gibrilville released his latest single ‘Can of Soda’ on June 22nd. Awarded the 2022 Outstanding Legacy Award on June 4th in California, the award acknowledged Gibrilville’s contribution to creating a musical legacy deemed timeless and important for future generations. Following the success of this, Gibrilville will be releasing ‘Can of Soda,’ a collaborative single from his upcoming album ‘GTMBTD.’

With half a million Spotify streams already under his belt from the release of his single ‘Dididaada,’ ‘Can of Soda’ follows the release of ‘Angels’, which addressed his struggles while in prison. ‘Can of Soda’ is filled with heartbreak and pain, a part of Gibrilville’s journey that is still as important as the happy moments. He explains, “I went into prison with a lot of pain. My ex and I had just lost a child due to complications. We really wanted the baby. I handled it badly, and I became unfaithful.” He met Jessica and fell in love immediately, touching upon their love story in the single. “Emotionally ‘Can of soda’ is heavy and is the perfect follow up to ‘Angels’ as my life story unfolds through my new album, ‘GTMBTD’,” Gibrilville explains.

While the subject matter weighs heavy, the vibe of the track is light, exploring summer vibes, which appropriately coincides with the summer release date. Using contemporary production of rhythmic afrobeats and effective synth parts, the true storytelling is actually in Gibrilville’s dynamic delivery.

Unraveling the story of his time in prison, the clarity of Gibrilville’s voice shines through, each word loud and clear, refusing to shy away from his troubled past. Instead, he embraces his journey, recognizing what has happened and allowing himself to move forward through music. Lyrically ‘I’m locked up on the judge’s order’ and ‘before my visiting hours are over, let me get a can of coca cola’ sheds a light on his time in prison, while ‘we had a connection’ touches on his romantic relationship with Jessica. Gibrilville’s honesty and openness invites listeners into his personal story, making it a relatable listen.

‘Can of Soda’ was produced in collaboration with KaySo, a producer from Ghana, Gibrilville’s birthplace. KaySo immediately connected with Gibrilville, understanding the direction of the song and the craft of Gibriville’s captivating storytelling.

‘Can of Soda’ was released through Foreign Exchange Records, a music production company founded by Gibrilville, as part of his mission to push hip-hop and afro beats music globally.

LISTEN NOW: https://riddimstream.it/can-of-soda

Artist – Gibrilville

Song – Can of soda

Album – GTMBTD

DJ Pack Contains: Main, Instrumental & Acapella

Black Am I – Work Day

Black Am I - Work Day

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

Hezron – Save the Children

Hezron - Save the Children

Hezron Decries Child Abuse on Save The Children, Single and Video To Be Released June 24th

The Powerful Plea to Protect Our Youth is the Third Single from Hezron’s Much Anticipated Third Album M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) due on Tad’s Record on July 29th

Disturbed by the alarming number of news reports of brutal acts committed against the youth, including physical and sexual abuse, Jamaican singer/songwriter/musician Hezron Clarke urges protection of our most precious resource and our future, on his latest single, “Save The Children,” which will be released June 24th, via Tad’s Record. “Save The Children,” written, performed and produced by Hezron, featuring Dean Fraser on saxophone, was recorded in Kingston at Tad’s International Recording Studio and MountainLion Music JA.

Hezron was initially inspired to write “Save The Children” after watching a documentary about child soldiers in Sierra Leone; an estimated 14,000 children aged 8-14 were recruited by both the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Sierra Leone Army (SLA), in that west African nation’s vicious, eleven-year civil war. “The documentary showed the armed rebels going into the villages and taking the strongest, youngest children, oftentimes maiming or murdering their parents, then sexually abusing the children, putting guns in their hands, giving them cocaine and other drugs and turning them into zombie soldiers, so brainwashed child soldiers were fighting each other; after I saw that, I started the song in my mind,” Hezron explained. During Hezron’s tour of Jamaica earlier this year supporting his reggae anthem “Man On A Mission,” the first single from his M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) album, he learned of the widespread atrocities suffered by children across the island. “Radio personality Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small (of Hitz 92 radio) told me that there are numerous homes for unwanted children in Jamaica and the dons and gangsters in the ghettos rape some of these kids, take them away and turn them into killers,” Hezron said. In Jamaica, the Child Protection Family Services Agency (CPFSA) received 9,800 cases of abuse against children in 2020. Sexual abuse accounted for 20 percent of these reports. The children’s registry reports an average of 700-800 cases monthly for 2021 and UNICEF reports that approximately 79 percent of children in Jamaica will experience some form of psychological or physical violence in their communities or homes. “When Jenny explained the egregious, intense situation, with fathers and uncles abusing young girls and boys, a fire built up inside of me and I had to get it out so, I took out my guitar, then the melodies came followed by the chords and then the words.”

Hezron begins “Save The Children” with a poignant line spoken by one of Sierra Leone’s child soldiers featured in the documentary, “Daylight don’t come shining again cause all your rays display these days are pain and sorrow,” which he rhymes with a rejection of the hollow assurances from leaders throughout the world who have failed to safeguard our youth, “Promises, keep your promises, yeah, ‘cause I see no change initiate for a better tomorrow.” But it is the song’s simple yet powerful chorus and the haunting, heartfelt pain in Hezron’s vocals, that convey the urgency of the situation, as he wails, “Oh oh oh oh oh!! Save the children, save children, the future to this earth/ Oh oh oh oh oh! Save the future, save the children.”

Hezron started writing “Save The Children” in March 2022 and he completed the song in mid-May, observed as Child Month in Jamaica, less than two weeks prior to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed. Three days before the song’s release, on June 21, a mother and her four children aged 15, 10, 5 and 23 months were found dead, their throats slashed in their Clarendon, Jamaica home.

The video for “Save the Children” was filmed at Steer Town Primary and Junior High School in St. Ann, Jamaica, directed by Devon Morris, who is responsible for many of Hezron’s acclaimed videos including “Man On A Mission” and “Tik Tok I’m Coming.” “We went to a school in St. Anns and filmed kids having fun, reminding the world of that wonderful, innocent vibe that children have and needs to be protected. We also put in the video clips of what is going on with children internationally, children in the Ukraine orphaned by the war with Russia, child soldiers at war in Africa, children fatally shot at schools in the US, and children murdered in Jamaica, showing the injustice and horrific acts committed against them around the world”

“Save The Children” is the third single from Hezron’s much anticipated third album M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) due on Tad’s Record on July 29th. The album’s second single “Tik Tok I’m Coming,” a scorching, sensual, soul jam, has sat at number one for four weeks on Clinton Lindsay’s South Florida Reggae Charts and Richie B’s Jamaica Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart.

For more information about Hezron, “Save The Children” and M.O.A.M. Man On A Mission album, please contact Tad’s Records at: USA – 1-877-4Reggae / Jamaica – 876-929-2563.

Jahbar I – Ancient Journey – Cruise In Riddim

Jahbar I - Ancient Journey - Cruise In Riddim

The Firehouse Crew have played on countless hit songs, many of them for producer Philip “Fatis” Burrell’s Xterminator Records. Their latest project is the Cruise In Riddim, a compilation album which is scheduled for release on June 24 by VPAL Music.

It has 11 songs by artists the veteran band has worked with over the years including Sizzla, Lieutenant Stitchie, Anthony Red Rose and Turbulence.

George “Dusty” Miller, drummer for The Firehouse Crew, said production on the Cruise In started last November and was completed in May.

“The direction we always have is just to do music and to be expressive, in tune with what the energy is feeling. The Cruise In Riddim consists of 11 songs and artist selection happened naturally. These are artistes who I have frequently worked with over the years, so that was a smooth process,” he said. Lead single for the album is A nuh Nutn by Sizzla and Jahbar I. The latter is Miller’s son who also contributes Ancient Journey to the album.

Other songs on the Cruise In Riddim are L.I.F.E. by Lieutenant Stitchie, Indo from Turbulence, and Dem Time Deh by Anthony Red Rose.

The Firehouse Crew are proteges of legendary engineer/sound system operator Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, who operated his recording studio in the Waterhouse (aka Firehouse) area of Kingston, Jamaica.

Credit: Clinton Lindsay

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