The year of good music continues right through; last week Friday, “Simma” by Leno Banton featuring iotosh was released. It was Produced by Krs with the featured photo by Monique Kidd (@Kimmmon) and the track artwork by Khari Kamau (@KhariKamau). To put it simply, the duo criticize the girl that left the relationship to pursue another, with more money; all with a sweet lyrical flow to match the riddim. Ensure you keep a keen ear on the lyrics; take a listen to “Simma”.
“Maybe I’m no king and I got no riches
So I can’t buy you things
But I got love to give
But that’s not enough for you”
“I really wish you all the best in life
I really wish that I coulda provide
The lifestyle that you always wanted to live
But the truth is, all I got is love to give”
I have brand new reggae music for you! Today I’m sharing “Lightning Storm” by 5 Star! The first thing that grabbed me was that bassline, the groove is so nice; the rhythm has an original rockas reggae feel to it. On this smooth riddim 5 Star raps animatedly, warning Babylon to be stable before they run into trouble or the lightning storm. His lyrics have a strong militancy, as he pushes to defend himself with protection from Haile Selassie I. Take a listen to Lightning Storm by 5 Star, produced by Kabaka Pyramid and Genius.
On this Expression Wednesday, we have new music from Jah9, last week she blessed us with “Feel Good”. A reggae track enlightening us on the importance of physical health. Jah9 urges us to surrender to the high vibration of the tings weh mek yuh body feel good, no matter where. This song really is the in-depth variation of “drink water and mind your own business”; she speaks of keeping hydrated and practicing exercise, whether yoga, dancing, or otherwise, all on a smooth reggae riddim. As a yoga practitioner and teacher, and a believer of the holistic and natural ways of healing; this is what she wants to bring to the world, and what better way than through her art form.
I must commend Nickii Kane for the accompanying visuals, they are immaculate, and that yellow, it really brings an air of positivity. Take a listen to “Feel Good”, let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Today I have “Conversation & Weed” by Vanessa Bongo, produced by the DrumKeys. I have been waiting for this song, I first heard a taste of it at Love, Light & Fire. The official song has a different feel to it, I like it. I’m not gonna lie, this song sounds like some great music to set the mood for some alone time with your partner. Vanessa has a sultry sounding voice as she speaks to her man, “so I’m waiting for you, cause my body is a temple…”. The lyrics, along with the instrumental, lovely. I have to give a shout out to the background vocalists, the variation was on point. Take a listen to “Conversation & Weed.”
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This project has been out for a while but better late than never. Keznamdi released Skyline Levels vol 1 earlier this year, and I’ve brought it here for you to hear. It’s lovely, the vibe it gives off is when you wake up early on a Saturday morning, burst open your windows to see perfect weather, so you decide to start washing or cleaning. After deciding to clean, you’d put on this EP. The songs compliment each other, you need not skip any, just let it play out, enjoying all of them.
I can’t even pick a fave off the project, but if I was forced to, I think I’d pick “So Right”. Take a listen to Skyline Levels vol 1; comment below your favourite song.
Come here please, take a look at the newest track to touch the street. 17-year old, Koffee, introduced herself to the world with a catchy reggae song. “Burning” was released the beginning of October. Don’t sleep on this song y’all, after listening to it twice I found myself humming it. She is out to give inspiration as she follows her dreams.
“Nothing can’t out my flame, no it can’t quench, can’t cool, can’t tame”
I love the message, and I love her voice. She encourages us to keep passionate, and keep our flame burning brightly. Koffee isn’t the usual, watch out for her, and take a listen to Burning.
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Fresh out the studio, Lila Ike’s second single, “Gotti Gotti” is available on all platforms; stream it on Soundcloud, YouTube or Spotify, buy it on iTunes or Amazon, what are you waiting on? Lila is basically telling off the greedy people roaming the earth. In Jamaica there’s a saying “Wanty wanty nuh get it and getty getty nuh want it” which translates to “those who want it aren’t getting it and those who got it don’t want it.” In this song, miss Lila is playing on the saying; instead she says “you got it but you ever (still) want want…” Leaving little for those who have none at all. Straight out of Jamaica under the In Digg Nation Collective, take a listen to Gotti Gotti by Lila Ike.
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Today I have a new reggae song on the scene, “Punchinella” by Pentateuch Movement. I appreciate the authentic ‘rootsy’ sound of the riddim. In the song he’s telling Punchinella what he has to offer, some reasons she should accept his love. Though, Punchinella has her sights set on someone else. Take a listen to Punchinella, tell me what you think in the comments below!
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We had gathered for the launch of “Lily Of Da Valley” Jesse Royal’s debut album. The event was amazing; it was beautiful to see all the fans come out, despite the rainy weather we had a packed venue. The Serengetti space in Hope Zoo is home to the the Rib Kage restaurant. It was my first time at the newly formed restaurant. The venue was arranged to fit a large stage, as well as space for standing and a few seating options. The green surroundings gave a feeling of being in a forest, a people filled forest though. The venue was filled was warm energy as people milled about, waiting for the start of the show.
The night began with a short question and answer segment; where Debbie Bissoon asked Jesse Royal questions. To name a few, she asked what was his inspiration for the name of the album, what he stood for as a Rastafarian, and for a couple words to young artistes on how to get motivation to pursue this life. He said he got inspiration from his Grandma, when he was younger she would take him to church with her, and he enjoyed hearing the choir singing, “Lily of the Valley.” As a Rastafarian Jesse Royal is fighting for love, family and strength. To give a few wise words to upcoming artistes, his advice is to “follow what’s inside you…” He went on to say there’s a voice inside of each and everyone, and once you reason with yourself and get to understand the being that is you.; you will figure out how to persist on your journey. Only you can figure it out.
Three of Jesse’s favourites off the album are 400 Years, Always Be Around, and Jah Will See Us Through. He explained that 400 Years is a reminder that the struggle nuh done, Always Be Around is from the birth of his first child, it’s telling his daughter, he will always be around. And Jah Will See Us Through is a special song to him, it gave hopefulness in certain situations during this year, this song iterated that, “There’s a God that run bout yah and no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” To close the Q&A segment they played songs off the album for us.
After a short break Jesse took the stage with his full band, firstly giving us 400 Years. He almost went through the entire album. Anyone that’s a fan can attest to his soulfulness while performing. He gained the attention of everyone in the crowd as he sang, we could feel the energy and intent of his songs as he performed. He sang Life Sweet, Stand Firm, Roll Me Something Good, Real Love, Rock It Tonight, Generation, Jah Will See Us Through, Modern Day Judas, and Always Be Around. He ended the lovely night with a meet and greet with the fans.
“Lily Of Da Valley” by Jesse Royal is now available worldwide, purchase the album at JesseRoyalMusic.
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*Drum rolls* Today we have something new from Royal Blu. It wasn’t in the early morning that he released this song but it had your girl wishing that it was. Royal Blu gave us “Early Morning” a while back, it has been on my list. Somehow it came up the perfect time, we’re near the end of the hurricane season but it has been raining almost every single day since the beginning of October; this song makes me feel like it’s raining, it is just soothing. In this track he croons to his lover, telling her how much he needs her, reveling in their love. Big up Dj Densen differently, he produced the track, I love the rhythm. Take a listen to Early Morning by Royal Blu.
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