From their debut album in 1976, straight through, Third World has always stood up for Human Rights & Equality, songs like “Human Marketplace”, “1865 (96° in the Shade)” , “Playing Us to Close”, “Revolutionary People”, “State of Seige” , “How Can You” … and just like then, 2020 is no different. The reggae rock anthem, “HEAR US OUT” is a powerful soundtrack of the times. We’ve put together this protest visualizer to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, and the images highlighted on the video echo the movement supporting equality and standing up for social injustices throughout the world.
As we approach this shift in time, in ages, in the consciousness of man, many things can be said but who is really listening? So much trouble in our world, yet are we aware? The battle lines have been drawn and it’s simple. Good vs. evil.
I am not here to tell you the side you should be on, rather my offering of music is meant to guide, inspire, uplift, educate and eradicate negativity from the minds of the masses.
We, who have been the political football of many, the economic underdog nations, say no! No more to this upside down system. This one sided view of justice and all the other issues affecting us as a people.
While I seek to highlight the systemic problems around the world, I am aware of the need of preserving dancehall culture along with the real essence that reggae music offers but these are not normal times so things cannot continue as normal.
We are the change we seek and it’s our time to cement this thought in the minds of our youth. To open their eyes, thus enabling future generations to continue on a firm path and solid foundation with music doing it’s job as the great healer, teacher, comforter and above all, the restorative force that propels human beings to higher heights.
My gift from Jah to you. Let’s get this UPSIDE DOWN 2020 world right side up.
In the current social climate, Chezidek has stepped up and continues his trend of producing conscious music with a positive message. His new single March is a call for mobility and equality; reflecting the global movement of ‘justice for all’. “So much things going on with black people ‘round the world, so wi have a lot to sey,” Chezidek disclosed.
July 23, 2020 will go down as a special day for Chezidek. The roots singer’s latest album, Hello Africa, will be released on that date by Tad’s International Record; significantly, it is also the birthday of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I.
The date is important to Chezidek who, like all Rastafarians, revere Selassie as an omnipotent figure. Produced by his Cheziberry Records, he believes Hello Africa is his most hard-hitting work to date, boosted by songs like Because I’m Black, and March.
Because I’m Black, a jab at institutionalized racism, sets the tone for Hello Africa and the second single March calls to global unification and action to tackle the injustices of the world.
Keep your ears open and receive the inspiration to MARCH!
Today, legendary Jamaican artist Frederick “Toots” Hibbert released the lead single “Got To Be Tough” off his upcoming album of the same title. The highly-anticipated 10-song collection will stand as Toots’ first studio album of new material in more than a decade. “Got To Be Tough” is an energizing provocation that renews the near six-decade career of the man who launched a new sound and genre with his 1968 release, “Do The Reggay.” The single comes with the welcome announcement of a full-length Toots and The Maytals studio album, set for global release via Trojan Jamaica / BMG on August 28.
“Got To Be Tough” is a reminder that through Toots’ creative veins run all the roots and shoots of the Black Diaspora. Blues, soul, r’n’b, funk, jazz, reggae, African griots – Toots honors, embodies and owns them. Throwing down an authoritative guide: how to survive and thrive amongst our earthly challenges.
During this time of global social and political unrest, Toots’ important voice is needed now more than ever. Harking back to the start of Ska, during the civil rights movement era in America and Jamaican independence in the 1960s, he has sung iconic truths such as “Monkey Man” and “54-46 Was My Number,” a wry but not bitter response to his unjust incarceration for ganja.
He hipped our heads in the 1970s with the dynamic pan-Africanism of “Funky Kingston” and the early warning message of “Pressure Drop”; re-defining soul with the Toots In Memphis LP in the 80s.
Toots has constantly evolved while staying uniquely the same.
Since his wrongful 1966 imprisonment – which spawned one of his biggest global hits “54-46 Was My Number” — Toots has gained insight into the corrupt systems that try to dominate our bravest endeavors, and it is in his new resistance music that his anger at, and sensitivity to injustice in 2020 is more clear than ever. Returning with a message, with no apology – a warning, as he repeats for emphasis on his latest single.
The multiple GRAMMY® Award nominated and winning musician, vocalist, songwriter, producer and icon has made the wait worthwhile, crafting a stubborn groove, designed to inspire tenacity, while splendidly balancing joy and anger, pain and healing. Produced by Toots himself, who also plays many of the instruments on this album, alongside Zak Starkey on guitar, drums from one half of Sly and Robbie, Sly Dunbar, percussion from Cyril Neville, and a mighty horn section arranged by Toots himself.
Tough though the message is, your body has to respond to these songs, and your mind will follow. An impeccable performer himself, Toots knows that the dance itself is a primal exorcism; a greater guarantee than any that, helped by heeding this warning, we will live to “Do The Reggay” into the 21st century and beyond.
Got To Be Tough the album will be available worldwide from August 28.
Got To Be Tough track list:
1. Drop Off Head
2. Just Brutal
3. Got To Be Tough
4. Freedom Train
5. Warning Warning
6. Good Thing That You Call
7. Stand Accuse
8. Three Little Birds (ft. Ziggy Marley)
9. Having a Party
Brighter Days is co-produced by Collie Buddz and multi-Grammy winning producer J-Vibe (Sean Paul, Keyshia Cole, Estelle, Morgan Heritage, etc.)
Collie Buddz – Brighter Days
Written and Produced By: Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer and Collie Buddz
Mixed By: Johnny Cosmic
Mastered By: Michael Denton
Artwork By: Ivan Debs
Ft. Lauderdale— June 19, 2020 — Reggae Songbird, Sharon Forrester, has dropped yet another timeless single. “Simply Falling,” (originally voiced by American singer, Iyeoka), is a collaborative effort between Forrester and renowned producer/arranger, Willie Lindo. “When I heard “Simply Falling” I knew it would make a great reggae version,” Forrester recalls. “I tossed the idea to Willie and it was a done deal.” The result is an enhanced version of the song, complemented by the super sweet vocals unique to “The First Lady of Lover’s Rock” as she has been dubbed by European fans.
Far from being a stranger to the world of creative success, Sharon Forrester has a cache of international hits under her belt, including “Silly Wasn’t I”, produced by the legendary, Geoffrey Chung. After several music awards, including “Best Album,” Forrester made her television debut in Europe and on the big screen with The British Film Institute’s “Moon Over the Alley.”
Now a South Florida resident, Sharon is happy to be collaborating once again with the legendary Willie Lindo at his Heavy Beat Studios. “Simply Falling” is available on all online outlets.