Quickies: Prophecy eyes int'l market
Reggae artiste Prophecy is slated to embark on a tour of the United States Tri-State Area next month. According to his publicist Karl Durrant, Prophecy is now signed to a major international company and is expected to create a name for himself on the local and international music scene.
The tour was organised by United States record label Evolutionary Management & Music Promotions, owned by renowned New York-based promoter Theresa Kemp, who is currently doing major work with Prophecy. "Prophecy is one of the most profound voices in reggae music today and he represents everything that is good in music," Kemp said.
Prophecy recently performed at the recently concluded Western Consciousness, where he was well received. He is also slated to make eight appearances on the upcoming IRIE FM Road Tour.
The reggae artiste recently returned from South Africa, where he performed at three AIDS awareness concerts with Rita Marley and Chakademus & Pliers. He is also expected to release a music video for his new single, Can't Keep Still, in the coming weeks.
Spice for Guinness Greatness in the Streets
Swansea, Clarendon, will come alive with dancehall's reigning princess, Spice, and the Guinness Mobile Music Machine tomorrow night. The event will take place at the Kansas City Bar and ends at midnight.
Spice, who will also be hitting the streets for the other Guinness Greatness in the Streets events, says not only is she happy to be part of the Guinness promotion, but also loves the idea of connecting with her fans in various parts of the island.
Popular selector Nicco Bam Bam will be there delivering the musical juggling and, according to Spice, she is aiming to make it memorable. "It's definitely going to be a night to remember, so I want everyone in the surrounding areas to come out and have fun with us," she said.
Spice is known for songs such as Fight Ova Man, Rampin' Shop with Vybz Kartel, Slim vs Fluffy, Jim Screechie, Hot Patty Wine and Fun, featuring hip hop legend Missy Elliott. She is also expected to release an exclusive single called Take Him Out, featuring R&B star Mya, in a few weeks.
The Guinness Greatness in the Streets promotion started a few weeks ago and has already hit some of the hottest bars in Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine and St Mary, and more. Patrons not only get the chance to interact with some of the island's best selectors, but also benefit from the affordable $900 Guinness bucket deals all night.
Debut reggae album from Nando Griffiths
Recording artiste Nando Griffiths, son of legendary jockey Winston Griffiths, is gearing up to release his debut reggae album called Yaad and Abroad. He is also preparing to release a video for his song Ride All Night, which he says is a perfect representation of his blend of island-pop - reggae and dancehall.
Since its release to radio several weeks ago, Ride All Night has been garnering a steady increase in rotation. Another single from the Yaad and Abroad album which is receiving rotation on local radio stations is My Everything, which sees the artiste delving into singing.
The full Yaad and Abroad album can be purchased via ITunes and eMusic as of June 2012. Nando is inviting fans to look out for the Ride All Night video in coming weeks on local TV and popular cable stations.
Material Girl wants to be tougher Mama
Madonna wants to be a tougher parent. The Masterpiece singer raises daughter Lourdes, 15, son Rocco, 11, and adopted son David, six, and daughter Mercy, also six, and admits she could be harder on them.
When asked if she is a tough mother, she replied: "I think I am, but honestly, I don't think I'm as tough as I should be. I think I need to be maybe tougher. It's hard, though. Every day is a negotiation."
Asked about pictures of Lourdes smoking, taken in New York last month, Madonna said she "wasn't very happy". Speaking on US show 'NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams', she added: "Cigarette smoking I'm not very fond of, for anyone. I don't approve of anyone smoking cigarettes, most of all my daughter."
When host Harry Smith pointed out that in the video to her recent track, Girls Gone Wild, she is seen smoking, Madonna defended herself, saying: "Yeah, I don't smoke. That's just an accessory, Harry. There's a difference. She smoked that cigarette before I did that video, so she didn't' get that from me, OK?"
The 53-year-old star was also asked if there are two versions of her, an off-stage one and an on-stage version. She replied: "There's probably 25, but to my children there's mostly the one that comes home and says, 'Have you done your homework?' and 'Why are you wearing that?' and 'Why did you say that?' and 'What are you eating that for'?"
Madonna's latest album, MDNA, is out now and she is preparing for a world tour during the summer.
Chuck Fenda sounds crime 'Warning'
International reggae artiste Chuck Fenda criticises crime with his new single, Warning, which is reportedly gaining international popularity.
Produced by Notice Records on the Heart and Soul Rhythm, Warning encompasses the positive elements of reggae music. Warning attempts to address the crime and violence that is continually affecting communities, in and outside Jamaica.
Fenda explains, "I am fed up with the high crime rate in Jamaica and other parts of the world. I am also tired of seeing children being abused so I decided to address some of the same issues like I did in Gash Dem."
While Chuck Fenda unmistakably denounces acts of crime and violence, he also believes that people against peace will reap what they sow. The song will be included on Chuck Fenda's upcoming album and the artiste is expected to leave the island soon for several shows in Europe on a promotional tour.
"Warning is a cry to be a part of the solution instead of the problem," he concluded.