Through it All … If ever there was a time when such words were on point it is now. Through the challenges of the pandemic and other testing events our anchor in God has brought us through. George Nooks’ new album Through It All is a timely gem to musically quell our weary hearts and souls. Nooks is known for choosing some classic songs and presenting them in a manner that gives listeners a soothing feel and transcendent lyrics to rock and mediate on.
George Nooks has always enjoyed hearing joyful noises to the Lord. Since he was a boy going to the Mount Carmel Apostolic Church in his hometown of King Weston in rural Jamaica.
The singer, who has made a name belting out gospel songs like God is Standing By and Ride Out Your Storm, continues his inspirational journey with Through it All, his latest album which is being distributed by Tad’s Record Inc. It contains 13 songs including the title track as well as gospel standards such as Amazing Grace, I Surrender All and a spiritual interpretation of The Stylistics’ You Make Me Feel Brand New.
“From I was little I listened to some of these songs in church. My grandmother was the mother of the church and I used to be there with her all the time,” Nooks recalled.
Though his initial hit songs like Tribal War and Fortyleg Dread made him a dancehall star in the late 1970s, Nooks erupted in 2000 with God is Standing By, a foot-stomping reggae cover of a soul song originally done by Al Green in the early 1970’s.
Nooks has released a series of gospel hits since then. And even though he periodically dabbles in secular music, he says it is important to keep things clean.
“I don’t do derogatory songs. I never did any song I couldn’t go into the church and sing.”
Through it All is exclusively produced by George Nooks for Tad’s Record Inc. It is available worldwide
We have come to expect nothing less of George Nooks and yet again he has surpassed our expectations with this remarkable album.
This album is dedicated to all persons yearning for spiritual upliftment.
Written by: Howard Campbell & Stacy-Lee Thompson
Tad’s Record Releases Infection Music with Reggae Virus First Dose
Reggae music is infectious, and Tad’s Record has compiled a project that is bound to have a contagious impact on all listeners.
This musical concoction is filled with lyrical prescriptions from some exceptionally talented messengers that will uplift your spirit. This is what Reggae music is to millions of people across the world.
When you think of Reggae Virus First Dose this is what should come to mind, Reggae artists who skillfully coin and arrange music to heal, incite deep thought, and simultaneously entertain. This album is the healing to an aching world, plagued with negative actions and thoughts. Reggae Virus First Dose offers doses of positivity and love from Chezidek, Mykal Rose, Glen Washington, Sanchez, Mikey Spice, Anthony Cruz, Dean Fraser, Sophia Squire and Ray Darwin; who are incredible musical scientists worthy of notice and praise.
Lend an ear and listen to the sweet soulful and healing sound of Reggae Virus First Dose.
Written by: Chanta- Gaye Hibbert and Stacy-Lee Thompson
Legendary Jamaican Saxophonist, Dean Fraser, Releases Flat Bridge Album
As a student of Jamaican music, Dean Fraser is passionate about its past as its future. That is the main reason he wanted to record an album of original songs covering the evolution of reggae.
Flat Bridge is that album’s title. Co-produced by the acclaimed saxophonist and Tad Dawkins Jr., it is Fraser’s third album for Tad’s International Record.
“One of the things wi losing in our music is the instrumental vibe. Wi have a sound and a style as a Caribbean people, and we should keep the tradition going,” he said.
It is a tradition started by musicians Fraser looked up to as a young musician, including saxophonist Tommy McCook, keyboardists Jackie Mittoo and Winston Wright and guitarist Ernie Ranglin.
The 13 songs on Flat Bridge were cut at Tad’s International Record’s studio in Kingston, Jamaica in 2020 during the Coronavirus lockdown. The project has input from drummer Sly Dunbar, bass player Flabba Holt, keyboardist Franklin “Bubbler” Waul and guitarist Lamont Monty Savory.
They worked on songs like the title track, Hope Road, I Command You (featuring keyboardist Andrew Marsh) and Zah Zah which highlights the skills of trumpeter Okiel McIntyre.
Fraser said another objective was to showcase younger musicians. He was afforded similar opportunities early in his career by established players like McCook, Bob Marley and Dennis Brown.
“Wi bring these youths forward so the music can continue,” he said.
Dean Fraser is one of the faces of modern Jamaican music. He has played on countless classic songs including Wake up And Live and Trench Town by Marley; Love Has Found its Way and Inseparable by Dennis Brown; Peter Tosh’s Johnny B. Goode; Lift up Your Head by Everton Blender; She’s Royal by Tarrus Riley and That Thing by Lauryn Hill.
That resume has earned him the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government and a Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. Fittingly, in 2020, he was recognised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association with its Mentorship Award for his role in nurturing the development of aspiring musicians.
Millions of Christians around the world are celebrating Easter. This is the time Jesus died on the cross, and on the third day rose from the dead.
Sanchez, our singing icon and legend, has recorded his version of ‘Hallelujah’. Adapted from the original, composed and performed by Canada’s Leonard Cohen, Sanchez tells the story of the resurrection of Christ The King.
His vocal performance will take your breath away.
1. Inna Dem Eye – Chezidek
2. Hail Rastafarian – Duane Stephenson
3. Leave Dem to Time – Natty King
4. Slow like Statue – Perfect
5. Words – Teflon
6. Always Around Me – Hero
7. Hard to Bring Down – Lutan Fyah
8. Let Me Be – Turbulence
9. Far I Know Dem – Norris Man
10. Martial Law – Mickey General
11. Jah A Come – Peas Head
12. Inna Dem Eye Riddim
Tanya Stephens’ New Single ‘Good Good’
Never one to shy from social issues, Tanya Stephens lets her feelings on challenges facing Jamaican youth be known on “Good Good”, her latest single which is being distributed and marketed by Tad’s International Record.
Stephens paints a graphic picture of unemployed teens perched on street corners with little to do. It is an idleness that often leads to crime and violence which is a perennial problem in Jamaica.
“Good Good” points out this waywardness to legislators who have promised solutions to rampant joblessness in the Caribbean country but have little progress to show for it.
This rocking jam, done to the beat of Gregory Isaacs’’Hard Drugs’, is produced by Junior Tads, and written by Stephens who is considered one of contemporary Reggae’s most gifted singer/songwriters.
Known for hard-hitting songs like “Yuh Nuh Ready fi Dis Yet” and “These Streets”, Tanya Stephens’ music transcends Dancehall. Her commitment to originality has won her admirers such as hip-hop superstar Wyclef Jean with whom she has collaborated.
Written by Howard Campbell
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!
Chezidek Sounds For All to ‘UNITE’
Unite is the third single from Chezidek’s Hello Africa album, which was released this summer.
“So much things going on with black people ‘round the world, so wi have a lot to sey,” Chezidek disclosed.
It seemed Chezidek was destined to espouse black consciousness. The singer was born Desbert Johnson in St Ann, a lush rural parish on Jamaica’s north coast. It is also the birthplace of Pan African icon Marcus Garvey, and reggae legends Bob Marley and Burning Spear.
An elite band of Jamaican musicians worked with Chezidek on Hello Africa. They include keyboardist Robbie Lyn, bass player Donald “Danny Bassy” Dennis and drummer George “Dusty” Miller of The Firehouse Crew, guitarist Mitchum “Khan” Chin and bass player Flabba Holt of Roots Radics Band fame.
His career started as Chilla Rinch 25 years ago, but it is as Chezidek that he made his mark with producers like Philip “Fatis” Burrell of Xterminator Records.
Over the years, he has released eight albums which have yielded songs like the marijuana anthem, Leave The Trees, Call Pon Dem and Mash Dem Down.
Hello Africa is the second collaboration between Tad’s International Record and Chezidek — the first being Herbalist, released in 2009. It is executive produced by Tad Dawkins and Tad Dawkins Jr.
Hello Africa honors the remarkable run of quality recordings Chezidek has produced. Enjoy!
Unite – Chezidek’s 3rdd Single from his Smashing Hit Album, HELLO AFRICA.
Produced by: Desbert ‘ Chezidek’ Johnson.
Executive Producers:Tad A. Dawkins, and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.