Sly & Robbie to release Reggae Connection
Sly & Robbie and Jam Masters are gearing up to release their most recent studio album, Reggae Connection, on the Taxi Records label. The project will be available on August 27.
Reggae Connection, co-produced by Kaz Asonuma, is the follow-up release to the 2013 Grammy-nominated reggae album New Legend, Jamaica 50th Edition.
Reggae Connection has 10 tracks and features an eclectic group of musicians who shower Jamaican talent over Sly & Robbie's masterfully arranged reggae rhythms.
The album's first single Gangsta Luv is sung by the up-and-coming all girl Jamaican group KGN21 with dancehall/reggae artiste Mr Vegas. Also featured on the album are cameos from several international acts.
Flexxx off to the UK
Dancehall artiste Flexxx is making a return to the UK after five years. His last performance in the UK was as a member of the Alliance dancehall group, spearheaded by dancehall/reggae artiste Bounty Killer. That tour also featured Mavado, Future Fambo, and Stein.
"The fans can look out for good performances as usual. London has not seen me for three years, so it is like a welcome-home party. London has been a home away from home and my career has always been shining there. It feels great to reunite with the fans," stated Flexxx.
Tour promoters Humble Lion, Richie Rich and the Alliance are kicking off the tour with a main show tomorrow at Zanzibar Night Club in Sydenham. Flexxx also has dates in Sydenham, Manchester, Bristol, and Birmingham.
Festival CD features Aaron Silk and more
German festival Reggae Jam has released its newest compilation CD featuring Aaron Silk, Luciano, Anthony Cruz, Yami Bolo, Iba Mahr, Natural Black and Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal, as well as European performers.
"It's a nice vibe being on the album. The reception it has been getting in Europe so far has been really great," said Silk, who recently performed at Reggae Jam in August. The festival featured over 20 local and international reggae
acts over three days in Bersenbruck, Germany.
Silk's single, Blessed Rise Empress, is one of two love song on the compilation, which features primarily conscious reggae music. The CD will be distributed by Groove Attack Distributions in Germany.
Blessed Rise Empress follows Silk's January release, a remake of his brother's Oh Me Oh My. Both songs will be part of Aaron Silk's upcoming album which he is projecting to complete by year end.
Charley Black busy on int'l circuit
Popular dancehall artiste Charley Black is getting ready to wrap up his tour of Europe.
"The tour has been very good, so far. Everywhere I've performed the people love me," said Charley Black.
He is currently in France for a number of dates. "Right now, we are in France and we are getting more bookings. Every day, management is telling me that we have more bookings, so it looks like we will be here until the end of the month," he said.
After the tour of Europe, Charley Black will head to the continent of Africa where he is scheduled to perform on a series of shows in Zimbabwe.
'Akwantu: the Journey' to screen at IOJ
The feature documentary on the Maroons, Akwantu: the Journey, will be screened at noon today in the Institute of Jamaica's Lecture Hall at the corner of East and Tower streets, downtown Kingston.
The screening is free to the public.
August 23 of each year is designated by the United Nations as The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and acts as a reminder that Africans were the main agents of their own liberation. Akwantu: the Journey celebrates a people who not only resisted slavery, but also inspired others all across the Americas, including the great Toussaint L' Ouverture in Haiti.
The documentary explores the exploits of Nanny and Cudjoe and the roots of the Maroons' distrust of outsiders. Jamaica-born, New Jersey-based director Roy T. Anderson researched the history of his ancestors and created the feature-length documentary.