Naomi Cowan & Carlene Davis – Santa Claus Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto

Naomi Cowan & Carlene Davis - Santa Claus Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto

‘Santa Clause do You Ever come To The Ghetto’ this new version is not just a cover it is a refreshing, in other words, a reminder, a conscious reflection that the more things change, the more it remains the same and most times in a worst way.
Yes, it was forty years ago and when you check it crime has become worst, there is a food crisis, the education system is setting us back by generations into a mental and physical slavery especially among the most vulnerable and the under-privileged. Forty years on we are compelled to ask the same question ‘Santa Claus Do You Ever Come To the Ghetto’. Society do we care?
For these reasons the Cowans have refreshed the song, ‘cause we need people to listen, we need to impact the system, the society with the fact that we see their advancement, we see their success, a lot of it riding on our backs.’
The tracks are forty years old and so to preserve the original music we had to use a method referred to as ‘baking’ of the original tape and thus enhancing the original authentic sound using the original tracks featuring Carlene Davis on lead vocals, Lloyd Parkes on bass, Devon Richardson on drums, Winston ‘BoPee’ Bowen on guitar, with some overdubbing by the original players. In addition Naomi Cowan is featured on lead vocals, Dean Fraser on saxophone, Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory on acoustic & pick guitar. Dave Green updated the sound on the drums while Franklyn ‘Bubbler’ Waul who played the original piano/synthesizer/organ returned with his spritely chops to brighten the keyboards.
VP Records got very excited when we choose them to release the song which will be on all digital platforms as of Friday, November 19th through VPal Music.

Sobriety Test Rhythm – Symphony B Records

Sobriety Test Rhythm

Ralston Barrett Launches New Label With Sobriety Test Rhythm

Prominent entertainment publicist Ralston Barrett has returned to his musical roots.

The humble Negril native who began his career in the early 1990s as a producer and artiste manager has decided to take a stab at music production once again.

“I’m happy to get back in the production game. It’s a part of the business that is very dear to my heart. I love working in the studios with talented musicians, artistes and engineers to create music. I have a high level of appreciation for the creative process that it takes to produce good music,” said Barrett.

Barrett’s latest effort is a hard-driving dancehall rhythm titled the Sobriety Test rhythm. This is the first project to be released on the Symphony B Records imprint; a label that was created as gift for his five year old daughter Symphony Barrett.

The nine-track rhythm album features songs such as Capleton’s Nuh Friendy Thing, Delly Ranx’s Blaze It Blaze, Jahbar I’s Rebel With a Spirit, Sudu Mos-I’s Man a Winner, Tellah’s Peace and Love, Furious’s Clean Mi Clean, Venjahnce’s Ganja Train, Jah Wiz’s You’ve Got To Try, and Fyah Stick’s Education is the Key.

“I’m pleased about this project; the songs on this rhythm are excellent. It’s my first project in a long while, and I hope it will be well received. I’m going to put a lot of promotion behind it to ensure it’s success,” he said.

The Sobriety Test rhythm is distributed by VPAL Music and is available worldwide on all digital platforms, including iTunes, AppleMusic, Amazon, Deezer and Spotify.

Ralston Barrett is one of Jamaica’s top entertainment publicists; over the past two decades he has worked with some of the biggest acts in Reggae and Dancehall music including Richie Spice, Protoje, Mr Vegas, Spice, Ninja Man, Gyptian, Rygin King and Chronic Law.

Meta & The Cornerstones – Dia

Meta & The Cornerstones - Dia

Meta Dia

“DIA” Pronounced(Jah) takes the Reggae mastery of one of its foremost African ambassadors to a new level. It is beautifully crafted and full of passion for music and message, sounding pouncing riddims and sweet harmonies to Jah (Dia) rising sun. Yet, it is much more than just another excellent Reggae album. Meta Dia offers hidden pathways to social healing – or “salvation” – as Rastas, Sufis, and all other spiritual Reggae Aficionados may have it.

Beware, many of (DIA) tracks take you to the dark side of this time and planet – racism, poverty, war, destruction of the environment. But it does not leave you in the valley of rage and revenge. Meta leads his followers to the final destination, the valley of decision, where good wins over evil.

His lyrical rivers of wisdom are fed by many tributaries, the nomadic mystic traditions of his Fulani forebears, the Rastafari I-sights based on the teachings of Ras Tafari and the wise men of the East, so prominent in his beloved Senegal. Yes, Meta sues for justice. Not only for Africans from his mother continent, but for all the “wretched of the earth”. But his bottom line is in line with so many great minds: “Just like the breeze, forgiveness will make us heal.”

It comes at a crucial time with so many destructive “signs of the time”: Wars and violence in the false name of religions or cultures, separating the one human race into ever-more fierce adversaries and foes, and selfish nations anything but united.

Meta Dia hammers the walls of division to create space for his doctrine of “Peace, Love and Harmony” – against all odds. For him, this is not a safe space of fake consolation or unconditional reconciliation.

Quite to the contrary: this Reggae album is a yet another wake-up call to come together on a basis of equal rights and justice; for there is no other way of togetherness. With this fundamental mission Meta joins the ranks of the all-time Greats in Reggae. Who could be more predestined for this “mission impossible” than a Muslim Fulani Dread, full of Rasta vibes. Here comes trouble for the warmongers. With a superb package filled with the finest sounds and ideas from Dakar to Jamaica to New York and the rest of the globe.

By Werner Zips

Track List:

1 Liberation
2 Two Pockets
3 Conqueror
4 Majesty (Feat. SumeRR)
5 Riser
6 Boomerang Love
7 By Your Side
8 Concrete Jungle (Feat. Julian Marley & Malik Work)
9 Try Me
10 Love in the Ghetto
11 Cells
12 Breeze
13 Red Eyes
14 Victory
15 Trespass (Feat. The Skankin Monks)
16 Free (Feat. Mirna Haje)

Doo Run Riddim – 2021 Reggae

Doo Run Riddim - 2021 Reggae

Kingston, Jamaica – Veteran producer, Mr Doo, has stormed his way back onto the airwaves with an iconic rhythm dubbed “Doo Run”.

With this exciting hit, Mr Doo takes the beautiful sound of live reggae back to the front of the line. He pays homage to the mega-hits he dropped in the ’80s and ’90s, collaborating with Greggory Issacs, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, George Nooks, Tony Rebel, Shaggy, Little John, Sanchez, Freddie McGregor and others.

The sensational project is a collaborative effort between Grammy Award-winning megastar Shaggy and Mr Doo. This partnership marks Doo’s return to the studio after a long absence.

As is his signature when putting musical projects together, Mr Doo reached for some of Jamaica’s top names to participate in this smooth, head-bopping, finger-snapping representation of the authentic reggae and dancehall sound. The phenomenal accomplishment boasts hot new music from Bounty Killer, Brian and Tony Gold, Shaggy, and Rayvon. It also hosts new talent who blow-up the riddim.

The collaborative approach leaned heavily on the extraordinary expertise at Mixing Lab and Anchor Recording Studios in Jamaica and Ranch Entertainment Studio, located in New York.

This historical return is much needed and welcomed. The songs will surely stand firm during the test of time.

Consistency Riddim – Frankie Music Production | Tahj Production

Consistency Riddim – Frankie Music Production | Tahj Production

Consistency Riddim – Frankie Music Production | Tahj Production

Dexta Daps – Consistency
Ikaya – Royalty
Voicemail – Anti Social
RDX – Weed An A Special
Kim Nain – Are You Ready
Shawn Antoine – All Night
Bryka – For You
Jaystar – Celebration
Onsoundmynd – My Side A Di Globe
Rivo Tayla – One Touch
Fyah Roiall – Jeffrey Dahmer

Aza Lineage – Tenement Yaad

Aza Lineage - Tenement Yaad

Aza Lineage is a voice, a sound, a whole vibe. She exudes all this and more with her humble but strong presence. She’s a singer that has always sang from a conscious perspective. Aza is on the verge of releasing her debut album. Before she releases the project (album) she’s sharing singles that mean something to her and songs she sees as healthy for our culture and life.

Her latest single “TENEMENT YAAD” speaks to the heart of Jamaican Garrison life and the shortcomings that comes with it. On the other hand there are cliches like the “rose which bloom from the concrete”. She vividly reminds us that we are here to shine, we are all here to grow but these are the elements that make it up. Mental lack of infrastructure where it’s imperative we assist, listen and grow.

The production team of Makonnen Blake Hanna (beat maker) and Jason Hammer of “Lead Out Productions” vowed to stay true to the culture and the artist. The aim was to coin the feelings of a dialogue they were having which resulted in Aza laying vocals which in return articulated what each producer was trying to get across.

Go support Aza and their latest track TENEMENT YAAD which is being distributed by VPAL Music who is easily championing Reggae music for the youths presently.

Davianah – Bad One – Frankie Music / VPAL

Davianah - Bad One - Frankie Music / VPAL

It is not often that well-known producer Comar ‘Frankie Music’ Campbell gets excited about a project, but he is obviously stoked about an upcoming EP that he is about to release with Davianah, the rebellious firebrand who is also the daughter of reggae star Tony Rebel.

“Davianah is a go-getter and she knows what she wants, so working with her was fun. Our creative side came to life with ease. she knows what she wants and she communicates that which makes the recording process good,” Comar ‘Frankie Music’ Campbell said.

“There are 6 tracks on the ‘Rebel Offspring’ album which we will be releasing. The first track, ‘Bad One’, will be released this month and the entire album in the first quarter of this year, if all goes as planned.”

The visuals for ‘Bad One’ will send a thinly-veiled message to the entire industry that Davianah – the quintessential rebel – is a force of nature that must be respected.

“Yes there will be an official video for ‘Bad One’. The concept aims to showcase that there are outcasts or black sheep within certain settings such as the family that don’t go with what is the norm or what is expected and that is sometimes not a bad thing but is seen as such by others that follow the norm. With Davianah, I have found that she defies all expectations, as she can tackle a variety of topics from different points of view,” Mr. Campbell said.

There have been some whispers in the street that Campbell will be working on tracks with international stars like Kranium on his upcoming album.

“There are many projects that Frankie Music is currently working on both internationally and locally and you’ll find out as soon as everything is finalized with all of them. In the meantime you can follow Frankie Music Studio ja to stay up to date,” he said.

Frankie Music has been in the production game for a minute and it’s one he clearly knows quite well. The reggae and dancehall producer has worked with a wide range of artistes such as Sizzla, Beenie Man, Konshens, Kim Nain, Delus, RR, Raging Fyah, Duane Stephenson, Shawn Antoine, Qraig (Voicemail) and, of course, Koffee. Koffee’s ‘Raggamuffin’, the second officially released song of her career, and the Vent Album are his biggest projects to date.

Last year, Campbell conceptualised the VPAL Music Fest, aka ‘FrankeFest’. VPAL Music, the VP Records subsidiary which allows independent artistes to access VP’s distribution channel, teamed up with Frankie Music, to host the first VPAL Music Fest, one of the online concerts with the mission to entertain, and keep live music alive in an era of social distancing caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“That was a big success and we hope to tackle even more such major projects in the future,” he said.

Purchase Link: https://smarturl.it/DavianahBadOne

Chevaughn – Wake Up And Live

Chevaughn - Wake Up And Live

Frankie Music Partners with Jambian Music to Release New Song “Wake Up and Live” as 2021 Mantra

In the words of Helen Keller Read “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart”. The new single “Wake up and Live” by Grammy Winning Producer Comar Campbell aka “Frankie”, Charly Black’s “Party Animal” Diamond Selling Producer, Kurt Riley and recording artist/songwriter Chevaughn Clayton exemplifies this famous quote. Set to be released January 15, 2021, “Wake up and Live” has been the daily mantra for Kurt Riley given the massive impact this track has had on him since his recent hospitalization. He modestly explained that the lyrics “life is a treasure, no man can measure, life’s gon’ get better, get up yeah, wake up and live” resonated with him during this time and pulled him out of a dark place, giving him the motivation to get up, wake up and live! With this being Kurt Riley’s first release for 2021, the term “Wake up and Live” is already been vibrant in the minds of his followers and supporters and has already been easily embraced by many as their own personal mantra.

It is by no surprise that Frankie decided to partner with Kurt Riley on this inspirational track. His reasoning is that “This is not a job to me, Kurt and Chevaughn are my brothers so when it comes to a production like this I have no problem working with them… we always team up and share everything together but this is our first production together” he explained. He went on to passionately share that “The production was good, the musicians were good, the writing level was on point with a message that was well put together so I was excited to be a part of it” Frankie is confident that the song will be a success because it has purpose and he wants persons to listen to more positive songs like these, so we can be more positive. He implored, “I’m asking everybody to take one minute to listen to the song and you will see what I am talking about”

“The track has a thing about it that ‘digs’ out a certain root… there’s a certain ‘belly’ to the track that inspires you to really speak the truth and that’s where I am now with music, where I am being honest or I am not writing about it”, Chevaughn wholeheartedly shared as the reason why he chose those words for this particular track after hearing the instrumentals. He disclosed that the track was completed after just reconnecting with Kurt since a halt in their friendship due to a misunderstanding. Further inspiration came from the loss of a close family member and while reminiscing on the vivid conversation they had before she passed, the track affirmed everything he wanted to say.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3AKjbDBRbc

Purchase link: https://smarturl.it/wakeupandlivesingle

Spice – Head – Frankie Music

Spice - Head - Frankie Music

Spice and Frankie Music collaborate

Dancehall artiste Spice has teamed with Frankie Music Productions for her latest single titled Head. The song had its local premiere on Thursday.

This is the first time that Spice has worked with the Marverly based label. On the track, she can be heard singing about relationship issues.

The release of Head comes on the heels of Spice taking to social media and revealing the identity of her new love interest Justin Budd.

“Spice is full of energy and is very hardworking,” said producer Frankie.

“I’m happy to have been able to work with such an extraordinary talent”.

The song sees the entertainer expressing the ‘softer’ side of her craft, and is expected to do extremely well.

“I’d like to do a song that’s different and very personal to me,” said Spice

Gyptian – Gimme Some

Gyptian - Gimme Some

Admittedly these are some serious times that we are living through, but for the romantic at heart quarantined with the object of their affection, these austere moments also served as a time to exude romance or cheekiness, and multi-Billboard top charting recording artist Gytpian promptly delivered the soundtrack with “Gimme Some”.

Produced by Stanley “Rellee” Hayden (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Notorius BIG, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Usher, and Mary J Blige and more) and Dennis “Soulplusmind” Coronel for A-Team Music, “Gimme Some” written by Gyptian gives way to melodious memorable verses, stacking each with saucy lyrics. “Baby gimme some .. Gimme some.. Gimme some ah di thing weh caun done.. Ah you mi wan fi wine pon me.. And ah you me see sexy..”

When asked about the creativity of the song, renowned producer Relle Hayden stated, “This song was actually created seven years ago and feels right now to release the record, especially with the concept of him and a special lady being lockdown. With the current state of the world and the pandemic (COVID-19) right now having that special someone to lockdown with this song is definitely relatable to many.”

Gyptian, who came to prominence to a global audience with multiple Billboard charts, notably with the gold-selling single ‘Hold Yuh’, is also known for a number of hits including “Serious Times”, “Beautiful Lady”, all three hit tracks which the international reggae and dancehall star recently performed to rave reviews at this year’s online version of Reggae Sumfest, dubbed the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.

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