Though born and raised in Jamaica, Damian Marley is truly an international reggae star. His albums have sold all around the world and he has toured on multiple continents. In the past few years he has collaborated with household names from North America such as Jay-Z, Nas, Skrillex and Bruno Mars, along with local artists.
His style combines themes and sounds from all around the world and that same multi-cultural approach is evident on the video from his latest Grammy-award wining album, “Stony Hill.”
Entitled, “Speak life” the video depicts Damian Marley sprouting words of wisdom and encouragement such as:
Live a humble and meek life
Ordinary day of the week life
Try to search and seek life”
This is set to the background of mesmerizing guitar licks and rhythmic African percussion. This is not the only area of the video where the continent’s influence is present as the video was shot in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, during his tour of Africa. It features several beautiful shots of ordinary Ethiopians as they go about their daily activities with Amharic (official language of Ethopia) subtitles playing throughout the video.
Shot by Jerry Henry, the creator of the documentary “Africa, I promise” the video is also a display of the reverence that continues to exist between the Marley family and Ethopia. Yet another example of how our heritage has been exported by our cultural flag-bearers.
Below is a video of Damian’s tour of Africa.
Contributed by Brian ‘Kaz’ Kazaara.
The weeks have been moving along soooo fast, it was just Monday and now it’s almost the end of Wednesday. I hope all is well, hope you haven’t missed me too much, I have a lot of backed up articles, so look out for that!
I have something new for you, nothing nuh nice like new music, right? Today I’ll be sharing “Crazy Over You” by Ras-I featuring Runkus and Royal Blu (Faves). The instrumental for this song gives me a neo-soul feel with a touch of jazz. I love it. The lyrics follows suit with Ras-I’s voice coming in nice and sultry, caressing my heart… and eardrums. Crazy Over You describes a love story known to many people; beautiful, sturdy like a Nokia 3310, crazy love. Ras-I, Runkus, and Royal Blu take turns singing their love fable. Each having a different vibe but fitting perfectly on the track. Take a listen to Crazy Over You!
“Babe you know it’s true,
My love goes crazy over you…”
@RasI_Musique on Twitter & @Ras_I_Musique on Instagram.
@Runkusinno on Twitter & Instagram.
@TheRoyal Blu on Twitter & Instagram.
Today we have “Potential” by Jeeby Lyricist, the first single from his forthcoming EP. The track was mastered by Damitjon and produced by Shawn Smith. It has a Neo Soul feel to it, Jeeby poetically recites the lyrics over a hip-hop rhythm. He starts off with the line, “Have you ever been afraid of your potential?” and follows up urging you to chase your dreams. The verses are filled with motivation, pushing you to put your goals first, and ensure you protect yourself, mentally and emotionally.
In telling his own story, Jeeby provides his lyrics as a guide for us to do the same, and follow our dreams.
The artwork was done by Abigail Titus, @Tinysunthing on Instagram. Take a listen to “Potential” by Jeeby Lyricist, tell me what you think in the comments below.
“Make sure all your actions reflect the things you talk”
@JeebyLyricist on Twitter & Instagram.
This lovely February morning, we have a new single from Protoje, tilted “Bout Noon”. 2018 has started off with a continuation of the highly appreciated 2017 trend, persistent amazing music releases. I really think he should have dropped this song before Valentine’s Day ’cause it’s for you and your lover. It is to set the mood to lock weh for the night, and day too… ’til about noon.
The single was produced by Winta James and Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory; it was written by Protoje while on a flight heading home. He’s singing about how much he missed his lady, and some of the reasons why he loves her. I also have to take a moment to big up my artiste’s word play! As well as that sweet guitar riff that can be heard under the chorus, it is addictive. The song makes me want to hug up my bae and rock away, just like the visuals in the lyric video.
Bout Noon is just a taste of the Reggae star’s upcoming fourth studio album, and we’re eagerly awaiting what he will be bringing to the sound system this time around. The single art was created by Yannick Reid, and the music video was created by Ikem Smith. Watch the video for “Bout Noon” by Protoje below.
“Me catch a prophecy, fi kotch you pon top of me,
A you property,
So settle pon it properly”
@Protoje on all social media platforms.
I hope you’re doing well, and not missing me too much. Today I have “Socialize” by Leno Banton featuring Kyraxx, this new track was produced by JLL. In the song Leno and kyraxx make advances at ladies of their liking, each trying to persuade her to come his way. Urging her to stop behaving antisocial. It’s a bop, it’ll have you singing along and wanting to dance. The cool song artwork was created by Paige, @PaigeZxmbie on twitter. Take a listen to “Socialize” by Lano Banton and Kyraxx.
@LenoBanton on Twitter & Instagram.
@Kyraxxs on Twitter & @Kyraxx.s on Instagram.
This song isn’t new but the music video is, the single was released last year, April. Here is the official music video for “Skin Toned” by Royal Blu and Runkus. These young artistes refreshingly bring up racism, and how hard it is for black people to survive in this world.
The song was produced by JLL, and the music video was directed by Tim Foresta and Thandi Sebe, and produced by Daniel Krause.
“We all come from God…”
@Runkusinno and @TheRoyalBlu on Twitter & Instagram.
Art Noise is introducing a residency travel program to recruit independent creatives of Africa or Black descent and those of non-African descent as well who have interest in African arts and culture to engage in a three month travel program in over 3 different African countries for 2018.
The Program is designed for independent visual creatives, designers, and cultural studies students across the world and aims at benefiting students by providing them with valuable educational and work experience in contemporary and ancient African arts and culture and by assisting them in accomplishing their goals. There are opportunities to work with various creative sectors and demographics of people in our selected countries.
Allowance, travel, health, accommodation, safety and insurance will be available all to students selected for the program and this program is open to individuals in any level of education (regardless of their admission status) between the ages of 18 – 35 years and provides the opportunity to work within Africa and to gain experience in various areas.
Learn more: http://artnoiseng.com/art-noise-residency-travel-program/
Today we have a new single by Sevana, it is “Justice”, produced by The DrumKeys. On the track, she speaks about the blatant disregard of the effects the earth faces because of us, humans. I first got a taste of the song at Sevana’s benefit concert, A Shirt For A Show, held late year. I really liked the bridge, don’t get distracted by her beautiful voice, the message is a strong one. The lovely cover art is by Richard Nattoo (@DjSinista1). Take a listen to Justice by Sevana.
“The earth will serve us justice
will outlive you and me.”
@CallMeSevana on Twitter and Instagram.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances that came up in my personal life, 876Lover will be taking a short break. During this period I’ll be posting a minimum of one article per week. I will try to do more but at this time it seems to be highly unlikely. The break will be from today until March 15th. I’m really sorry everyone, I hope you can understand.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Today I have new reggae music for you, it is “Raggamuffin” by Koffee; the youngest new artiste on the scene. In Raggamuffin, Koffee “sing-jays” (deejays) perfectly on the beat; she keeps you paying attention, so as to not miss any flows. I’m finding it hard to even describe to you the niceness that is her flows. She introduces you to Original Koffee in this track, you get to know exactly what she’s about. Take a listen to Raggamuffin!
“It give me joy fi write rhyme pon beat.”
Follow @OriginalKoffee on Instagram and Twitter.