New songs, videos from Serani
Multitalented artiste/ producer/musician Serani is out with a bang in 2012. A number of new singles and the release of two new videos auger well for the Kingston native. Serani's new material will feature on his upcoming mixtape, Make Me Stronger, also the title of his new single on Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor's' Tenement Yard' rhythm.
The mixtape will feature fresh tracks such as Naah Beg Friend on Fire Links' 'Off the Bench Riddim' (which Serani also built for Links,) Chimney Record's My Life, Real Friends produced by Cashflow Records, and Have You Ever (featuring Sashi), produced by Serani's DASECA Productions.
Serani has already performed in California, and Arizona, this month and jets off this weekend to kick off a 28-date tour of Europe.
"I've been very blessed in my career, getting the opportunity to perform in many different places," said Serani.
"I'm looking forward to giving music lovers all over Europe a great show. I've toured Europe several times before and I think the hard work is paying off with the amount of shows we have this time. It is very important, as an artiste, to build and nurture these markets."
Serani will return to Jamaica in early March, when he will be recording again and gearing up for more shows in the US. He will be performing at this year's staging of Best Of The Best, Sunday, May 27, in Miami.
VIP cards for the 'Privilege-ed'
New Kingston's dynamic hot spot, Club Privilege, recently announced the introduction of VIP cards.
"We've already began issuing VIP cards to some of our popular guests, media personalities and event promoters, in hope that it will kick off and other persons will become interested," said marketing and promotions manager, Natesha Smith.
There are three types of cards available Black, Gold and Silver. Each will give holders priority entry and free access to the main floor with a guest, as well as various discounts and options to upgrade. Black and Gold cards give additional access to the two VIP areas.
There will also be opportunities for club guests to win VIP cards over the next few months.
"A privilege is a special advantage and we are reminding all our guests that they are special to us, with or without a card, so continue to look out for more from the Club Privilege team," said Smith.
'Til Kingdom Come' for Octane, Chan Dizzy
Dancehall/reggae singjay I-Octane and deejay Chan Dizzy have released Til Kingdom Come. Produced by Tarik Johnston, aka Russian, of Head Concussion Records, Til Kingdom Come addresses 'bad mind'.
Vowing that their enemies won't hinder their progress, I-Octane and Chan Dizzy give praise to the Almighty for all the blessings received throughout their careers.
Already, Til Kingdom Come has more than 10,000 YouTube views since its release last week and has earned strong airplay across ZIP FM and other local radio stations.
For I-Octane, 2012 has already seen the release of Walk With Jah Jah, Mama Food Put On (produced by Buju Banton's son, Markus Myrie) and Money Me Want on the Riva Stone rhythm. Meanwhile, Chan Dizzy released his first single of the year, Mi Nuh Care, on the Off The Bench rhythm last week.
Sizzla, Rose to shoot 'Hail H.I.M.' video
Sizzla will shoot a video next week for his single with Khalilah Rose, Hail H.I.M, on a rhythm produced by Zazzy that is slated to come out soon.
The video will be directed by Skanka, who is from Africa but living in Portland. The video will be filmed in Cockburn Pen, St Andrew and centres around teaching people in the slums the truth about the Almighty and to never lose faith.
Jabez booked for multiple events
After making a significant mark in 2011 with his powerful New Jerusalem album, gospel minister Jabez is ready for even higher heights of ministry in 2012. The singer is already booked for a number of upcoming events in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Africa and South America (Guyana and Panama) via Glory Music Bookings and Management Company and his manager, Nathan Cowan.
One appearance, 'A Night With Jabez', will take place next month at the Bay View Eco Resort & Spa in Portland in recognition of Reggae and Black History Month. The resort, which will host a 'Celebrity Thursday' each week, opted to start the series with the inspirational Jabez.
Jabez whose correct name is Clive Provost and is widely known for his singles, Drinking From My Saucer, and Prayer We Pray, said, "I have to thank God for all the results garnered last year, which continue to be reflected in this year's activities. My aim has always been to minister through music and I am extremely thankful that the message is being received, not only locally, but also internationally. There is a lot more to be done and I am in the process of putting together new singles with the legendary producer Tommy Cowan and the number-one female gospel minister, Dr Carlene Davis OD, who is also of Glory Music".
In reference to last year's New Jerusalem album, Jabez said, "it continues to do well and I am thankful to everyone for that".
In addition, Jabez is preparing to release a slew of videos, saying "those will be out soon and available to both the local and international audiences".