October has been a trying month for Dancehall artist Mr. Vegas. Since news of his then girlfriend’s infidelity broke Vegas has weathered the storm and even though after publicly voicing his feelings on the matter he has shown a resilience not easily matched by many in the same situation. The times are still tough for Mr. Vegas, but he has latched on to the one thing that has always brought him happiness, his music, which has proven to be a great asset is his healing process and now with a new sense of purpose he has been knocking down hours in the studio. Fresh off the press Vegas blessed Boomshots with two new cuts, “Rise Again” which he recently performed at Joe’s Pub in New York City for a fundraising event benefitting the Rochouse Foundation and a special bonus track “Bare Tingz” both guaranteed to get heavy rotation. Remember where you heard it first – Run tune!
Check out the video for “Bare Tingz” after the jump…
Jack it up selector! The Heatwave cram the biggest UK hits to come out of Jamaica into one crazy mix: 50 years + 83 tunes x 73 minutes = approximately five million rewinds. These songs have been pulled up, wheeled, rewound and replayed literally MILLIONS of times – in bedrooms, house parties, blues dances, nightclubs and raves throughout the UK.
To celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence, The Heatwave’s quickfire insanity-inducing DJ style is applied to half a century’s worth of classic tracks. 50 years of Jamaican sounds hyping UK ravers. How many times will you rewind this mix?
Not to be outdone, Mr. Vegas has assembled an all-star group of djs for a remix of his hit “Sweet Jamaica.” Check out the video below….
Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica! Sweet Jamaica” just got alot more flavor. “Sweet Jamaica”, has a whole new set of names attached to it and an all star video to prove it.
Joining Mr Vegas, Shaggy and Josey Wales on “The Voices of Sweet Jamaica” is Shaggy’s fellow Grammy winner, Beenie Man, rising star Christopher Martin, foundation deejay U-Roy and dancehall super group T.O.K. , as well as the ‘good’ gyal Ce’Cile and international performer Barrington Levy. When you add in Tony Curtis and Singing Melody (one half of Jamaica’s favorite harmony group, LUST) as well as Marcia Griffiths, Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGregor and Leroy ‘Heptones’ Sibbles the “The Voices of Sweet Jamaica” are a virtual who’s who of the nation’s musical legacy.
Tomorrow night, some big names are coming together to raise funds for Japan earthquake relief led by Japanese sound system Mighty Crown. Check out the details below…
“Reggae 4 Japan” is a benefit concert being produced by Japanese sound system Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin, in conjunction with VP Records, to support Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief on June 5, 2011 at York College Auditorium in Queens, New York. Additionally, IrieJam Radio is the event’s official media sponsor. Profits from the event will be donated to the American Red Cross — Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Efforts.
This unprecedented benefit concert will bring together members of the Reggae music fraternity/industry to support relief for Japan. To date, top artists including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor and the Big Ship family, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Mr. Vegas, Gramps Morgan, Peter Morgan, Alaine, Tanya Stephens and Etana have committed to the cause and will perform at “Reggae 4 Japan.” The artists on the line-up have an overwhelming amount of respect and concern for Japan, as the country is on the ground responding to the disaster and continuing recovery operations. All of the artists are thankful for Japan’s great endorsement and genuine love of Reggae music and culture over the years, displayed through decades of successful tours, commercial success and fan support in the country. The artists deem their involvement with “Reggae 4 Japan” as a way of saying thanks and giving back. Ultimately, the producers are grateful that the concert will financially support relief efforts, continue to shed light to the public on the crisis in Japan as a result of the Earthquake and Tsunami and further display the& Reggae music industry’s commitment and support of Japan during this critical time of need.
When : Sunday 5 June 2011 Doors Open 4pm Showtime 6pm
Where : York College (9420 Guy R Brewer BLVD, Jamaica NY)
Admission : $75 VIP, $60 General, $50 Balcony
I couldn’t quite keep it to one tune per year as I was also trying to make sure that all the key artists from this period were represented. I think I did pretty well in the end but I’m sure I left out some notable vocalists. I KNOW that there are hundreds of BIG TUNES that didn’t get featured.
I suppose there’s always someone who gets left out at a birthday party. Big up Lady Saw, Kiprich, Cecile, TOK, Terry Ganzie, Serani, Spice and all the other artists whose invites got lost in the post.
So here’s The Heatwave’s history lesson aka bashment birthday party. 25 years of dancehall. As Benjamin points out at some point, this is one for the iPod.