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Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Kabaka Pyramid
Harold Davis
Seretse Small


Jah9 produces Prosper video


In celebration of National Reggae Day in Brazil, reggae revivalist Jah9 has released the video for her single Prosper. The self-produced song illuminates her raw, intense vocals, while the gritty black and white visual displays her performing intensely using a microphone, with solo shots of her band. The video premiered on the popular reggae site Reggae Nation.

The release of the video leads the songstress into her Unafraid US West Coast tour, beginning May 28 at The Cali Roots Festival. The tour ends mid-June and stops include UCLA, San Diego, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle and more.


Three Kabaka shows in UK


Coming off the heels of announcing the title of the first single, Can't Breathe, off his upcoming debut album Contraband, Kabaka Pyramid is set to return to the UK. He is looking forward to his upcoming performances in the UK, where he will perform in Bristol, Manchester and London.

Kabaka Pyramid's UK tour kicks off on June 18 at The Fleece in Bristol, then he heads to one of London's premier concert venues, the O2 Academy, on June 22. His final performance will be in Manchester at the Sound Control on June 23,

Can't Breathe, released by Bebble Rock/Ghetto Youths, discusses the 'system' many reside in, with no economic growth and no vision for the people struggling to survive.


VP Records hosts new artiste showcase


VP Records will host a new artiste showcase on Thursday May 18, 2017 at Milk River in Brooklyn, USA, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Among the scheduled performers are reggae sensation and headliner Spiritual and Addis Pablo, the son of reggae legend Augustus Pablo. Tete will also be fresh talent from VP Records' affiliate label, VPAL, Prince Royal and Mark Balet.

Spiritual's debut singles include Time Has Come and Stand Up for Rasta.

"Authenticity can be heard in every note," states music journalist John Masouri.

Before taking up Rastafari culture, Spiritual sang in a choir in his hometown, Allman Town, Jamaica. Spiritual's debut album, Awakening, is produced by Oufah Music.

"VP Records new artiste showcase allows our artistes to expose their music to an industry audience who can hear them perform and offer unwavering support," said Richard Lue, director of Business Development for VP Records. "We are very excited to bring a great roster of artists on May 18 and we feel confident that they will be part of the new wave of upcoming reggae sensations."


Delayed Mother's Day Gift for Portland


Le Birrette, an Italian 10-piece all-girl band plays at Somerset Falls on Sunday May 28th. The group will form part of the line-up for the Portland segment of the 27th International Ocho Rios Jamaica Jazz Festival. Formed in 2014, the members of Le Birrette share two special loves: beer and Jamaican music of the '60s and '70s. They are expected to enthral the audience with their knowledge of Jamaican music, ranging from ska to rocksteady, and from rockers to reggae.

The headliner for the evening is Harold Davis, who is no stranger to the jazz scene locally and internationally, and definitely not to the people of Portland. The crooner is expected to have his audience eating from his hands as he performs popular Jamaican songs and songs from both of his albums.

Musical director will be Seretse Small, guitarist and founder of Avant Garde Music Academy. The quartet band, Riddim Bank, led by Donnie Chin, of CC Bakery, the home of The Holey Bulla, will be the opening act for the evening, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

An art and photography exhibition by three of Portland's finest, Joavan (Phineline) Puran, Philip (Ambokele) Henry and Howard Moo Young will compete a great evening of Jazz and the arts.