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Macka B teams up with members of Steel Pulse and Birmingham based production team, My Boyz Beatz

After many hours of fun and games in the studio, My Boyz Beatz proudly presents a massive Macka B track, ‘The Youth Are Being Hypnotised’. The track inspires us to be our best selves reminding us that despite all the surrounding influences, there is infinite potential within us all. GT’s production has expertly lifted the track to higher levels, putting together a band of master musicians including members of Steel Pulse, Selwyn Brown (keyboards) and Amlak Tafari (bass) alongside Gary Moore (guitar), James Crosdale (synth’s) and David Skins (drums)

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A History of the Jamaican Recording Industry: Vol 2 – Out Now

The growth of the Jamaican recording industry… Records have played an integral part in the history of Jamaican music and the importance of making records, as opposed to making music, can never be overstated. These are the stories, told through first-hand accounts wherever possible, of the men and women… manufacturers, musicians, singers, deejays, arrangers and record producers… who made the records and who made the sound of reggae available worldwide.

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Macka B & Goldie to appear alongside Slade & Robert Plant in "Black Country Beats" exhibition

Black Country Beats celebrates the diverse musical genres that emerged from the Black Country between the 1970s and 2000s. It spotlights a selection of iconic artists whose styles were influenced by the unique heritage of the region and by the social and political change that happened here during their formative years.

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Veterans and Young Lions of Reggae unite on the Generation Gap Riddim, mixed by six-time Grammy award winning engineer, James “Bonzai” Caruso

Red A Red Music Group and Maroon Productions present an exciting rebirth of a foundation riddim: The Generation Gap. This era-spanning project features some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians, with vocal cuts by veterans Mutabaruka and Lutan Fyah, as well as emerging talents Imeru Tafari and Autarchii. Co-produced by Jermaine Joseph, Linton Hinds Jr and Donovan Joseph, the Generation Gap Riddim takes us back in time and provides a clear look to the future. The riddim is an up-tempo reimagining of the 1983 classic, ‘2000 Years’, originally recorded by the harmony group Time Unlimited. True to the Generation Gap concept, two of the co-producers are father and son. Original Time Unlimited lead singer Donovan Joseph hands the mantle to his son Jermaine ‘Autarchii’ Joseph, who reinterprets his father’s ‘2000 Years’ on the riddim. Further continuity is added by the presence of legendary guitarist Earl Chinna Smith - whose High Times band played the original cut.

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L.A.B release new single, 'Real Ones' ft Aotearoa based artist 'Kings' and an energetic trap remix by 'QUIX'

Globally, more countries are beginning to take notice of L.A.B. The past months have seen radio airplay across stations such as BBC Radio 1xtra & 6 Music, Jazz FM & Reggae.fr (France’s largest reggae radio station), plus glowing reviews in Vive Le Rock! & Blues & Soul Magazine. ‘Real Ones’ is set to show off a different side of the L.A.B sound as the world starts to listen.

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Introducing Beneil Miller

Hearing this soulful release it’s difficult to believe that Beneil Miller was “not considering singing as an option” but “was more into piano… listening to Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo”. Beneil Miller’s music transcends categorisation and transports us all to kinder, calmer places… and there’s much more to follow.

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Macka B and Top Secret ask "Can Your Wife Answer Your Phone?"

Macka B has the ability to take any topic and turn it into a song.  My wife can answer my phone is no exception.  Macka B always brings a positive message to any given situation always dealing with reality.  Produced by one of Jamaica's top producers,  Top Secret Music, the track is set over a heavy pulsating reggae rhythm mixed in true Jamaican style with an authentic 70's feel.

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Tate Britain features Tann-i Brown track “Worries & Troubles” as the soundtrack to their exhibition celebrating 70 years of Caribbean-British art

Tannoi’s 1985 smash hit ‘Worries And Troubles’, recorded for Greensleeves UK Bubblers imprint has been chosen by the Tate Britain as the soundtrack to Between The Islands, the recently opened acclaimed exhibition that traces over 70 years of Caribbean art.

Music

L.A.B Take Home Four New Zealand Music Awards (Aotearoa Music Awards)

The band have been awarded Single Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Group & Best Roots Artist, adding to the two awarded in 2020. L.A.B are the first act since Lorde in 2017 to win both Single & Album Of The Year in the same year, and are the first Independent act since Scribe in 2003 to win Single Of The Year. This adds to the three Waiata Māori Music Awards won earlier this year. 

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Multi-platinum Maori/New Zealand Band, L.A.B release new album for Christmas

L.A.B return with their new album, L.A.B V, their fifth in five years. Following on from a string of albums & singles that have reached number one at home in New Zealand, L.A.B V features a band continuing to experiment with multiple genres, while staying true to the L.A.B sound. The album sees the band combining their eclectic sound into a compelling journey that moves across reggae, soul, funk & blues.

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Multi-platinum band, L.A.B release "Mr Reggae", the first single from their forthcoming album, L.A.B V

Following on from multiple number one singles and albums, alongside a growing list of platinum sales and awards across New Zealand and Australia, L.A.B return with the new single, ‘Mr Reggae’, inspired by jam sessions at their hometown beaches, the track captures the feeling of summertime in New Zealand.

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Aleighcia Scott pips Marley and Koffee to Number One

Aleighcia Scott celebrates her second consecutive release day number one on Apple's UK Reggae single chart with her new single, "Cry".  It was a thrilling race to the top of the chart, Aleighcia's Release Day Reasonings live from Jamaica via her social platforms providing the impetus to catapult her to the number one chart position ahead of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" and Koffee's "West Indies."

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Macka B's Secret To Free Your Mind

“Free your Mind” is an acoustic remake of the Joe Higgs' classic “Let Us Do Something/Journey To Freedom”.  The sound evokes the spirit of Stairway To Heaven mixed with Simon and Garfunkel. Macka B always delivers music with a message.

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Before Zero Records Mixes Marimba With Dub In Genre Bending Release

Whilst touring in Bogota, Colombia with El Gran Latido, Kibir La Amlak recorded Iber Jose Gomez, a renowned Marimba player from the Colombian Pacific Coast. Together they created this genre bending piece of music 'Mother of Song (Queen Marimba)'. A blend of Afro-Colombian melody with a UK style digi-dub drum and bassline.

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Beneil Miller – Sailing In Love (Acoustic Version)

  • Artist(s) Beneil Miller
  • Composer(s) Beneil Miller
  • Label Serenade
  • Release Date 14th Feb 2022
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A friend in Boston proposed “a project while I was still at Berklee and asked if I had any originals… the song itself, ‘Sailing In Love’, is seven or eight years old” and the inspiration came from one of Cayman’s beautiful seaside idylls.

“I don’t know how to describe it… it’s not even a beach just rocks that have been there for millions of years. I was out there and the whole chorus came to me. But it’s a combination of people contributing over the years … different players… different places.”

Beneil Miller’s music transcends categorisation and transports us all to kinder, calmer places… and there’s much more to follow.

“But this is the first of many songs! I intend to do some more singles and a full length album by the end of the year.”

That’s definitely something we can all look forward to…

Written & Performed By: Beneil Miller
Video: Patrick Lopez

 

Link with Beneil

https://facebook.com/beneilmiller

https://instagram.com/lavakeyz

https://soundcloud.com/beneilmusic

https://youtube.com/c/BeneilMiller

https://ffm.bio/beneil

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An enchanting mbira line summons ancestral forces on the new collaboration by Ma1co1m & Kibir La Amlak – Fi Di Kingdom

  • Artist(s) Ma1co1m x Kibir La Amlak
  • Composer(s) J. Thomas & M. Brudeseth
  • Label Before Zero Records
  • Release Date 11th Feb 2022
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MA1CO1M x KIBIR LA AMLAK – FI DI KINGDOM

Before Zero Records

4 Track Digital EP with instrumental & dubs

Release: 11 February 2022

Stream: https://ffm.to/fidikingdom

Ma1co1m, a young member of the RasTafari faith, is an artist difficult to categorise. His maternal heritage Ugandan, his paternal Norwegian and he himself currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden. Ma1co1m hails from a new generation of RasTafari musicians, who, although rooted in the ancient foundation of RasTafari reggae and inspired by the greats from Bob to Bunny to Prince Fari, his principal musical inspiration comes from the works of Vaughn Benjamin, aka Akae Beka / the voice of Midnite. It therefore goes without saying that Ma1co1m’s lyrical content is heavily steeped in mysticism, with an often ethereal quality, somewhere between prayer and poetry.  90’s born and raised against the backdrop of millennial culture, Ma1co1m has long followed a calling away from the virtues of the modern world and rooted himself in permaculture projects in Uganda, plant medicine and a keen advocate of sports, athleticism and fitness. Ma1co1m is an artist with a mission and a vision, in the divine inspiration of Haile Selassie I, ‘to become a member of a new race’.

Fi Di Kingdom, is the first of many collaborations between Ma1co1m and London based producer and sound system, Kibir La Amlak. A track that was allowed to become exactly what ‘it’ wanted to be, the riddim was built on a Friday, vocals recorded on Saturday and video shot on Sunday. Just as with Ma1co1m as an artist, one will struggle to accurately confine this track to a specific genre, it’s definitely dub, but also hip-hop and trap, its slow in tempo but in places feels fast paced, its electronic and acoustic, yet one thing which is undeniable is its heavy and deep. An enchanting mbira line summons ancestral forces, the nyahbingi drum sanctifies the ceremonial proceedings and the drum and bass roots the track like a tree well planted by a river of water, providing the perfect tapestry for Ma1co1m to deliver a combination of poetic, prayerful, chanting, rapping, singing, militant yet gentle word sound and power.

 

LINK WITH KIBIR LA AMLAK

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www.beforezerorecords.com

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www.twitter.com/beforezerorecs

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Single Title: Fi Di Kingdom

Artist: Ma1co1m x Kibir La Amlak

Producer:  Kibir La Amlak

Label: Before Zero Records

Composers:  J. Thomas | M. Brudeseth

ISRC Codes:

1 – Fi Di Kingdom – Ma1co1m x Kibir La Amlak – UKH4E2100011

2 – Universal Healing Dub – Kibir La Amlak – UKH4E2100012

3 – Fi Di Kingdom (Slew Goliath Mix) – Ma1co1m x Kibir La Amlak – UKH4E2100013

4 – Fi Di Kingdom Instrumental – Kibir La Amlak – UKH4E2100014

Release Date: 11 February 2022

Smartlink: https://ffm.to/fidikingdom

 

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Tate Britain features Tann-i Brown track “Worries & Troubles” as the soundtrack to their exhibition celebrating 70 years of Caribbean-British art

  • Artist(s) Tann-i Browne
  • Label Greensleeves Records
  • Publisher(s) Greensleeves Records
  • Release Date 14th Dec 2021
  • Client Tate Britain
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Tannoi’s 1985 smash hit ‘Worries And Troubles’, recorded for Greensleeves UK Bubblers imprint has been chosen by the Tate Britain as the soundtrack to Between The Islands, the recently opened acclaimed exhibition that traces over 70 years of Caribbean art.

Tannoi hit hard with four massive tracks in the 80’s (all collected on the Greensleeves compilation ‘Nice Up The Dance’); now reborn as Tann-I Browne, his recently released ‘Rebel Soul’ album has been met with much love and indeed is a work of art itself.

Exhibition details follow:

LIFE BETWEEN ISLANDS

CARIBBEAN-BRITISH ART 1950S – NOW

UNTIL 3 APRIL 2022

This exhibition explores the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other British artists whose work has been influenced and inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage.

Spanning visionary paintings to documentary photography, fashion, film and sculpture, Life Between Islands traces the extraordinary breadth and impact of Caribbean British art, in one setting.

This exhibition celebrates how people from the Caribbean have forged new communities and identities in post-war Britain – and in doing so have transformed what British culture and society looks like today.

The exhibition features over 40 artists, including Aubrey Williams, Donald Locke, Horace Ové, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner and Alberta Whittle.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor.

 

Notes to Editor

Exhibition information: https://bit.ly/3s3NLqQ

Exhibition trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noL1RfYB8wU

 

Tann-i Browne Links

Web: www.tann-ibrowne.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tannibrowne

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tannibrowne

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tanni3browne

Current Album, ‘Rebel Soul’: https://biglink.to/RebelSoul

Greensleeves compilation ‘Nice Up The Dance’: https://open.spotify.com/album/6G28BcPRKpzKJaGYRphcK5?si=2k9KgvrtRv-L2cJgqSeVcg

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L.A.B – ‘Proud Man’ live at Massey Studios

  • Artist(s) L.A.B
  • Composer(s) B Kora
  • Label Loop Recording Aot(ear)oa
  • Publisher(s) Loop Publishing
  • Release Date 10th Dec 2021
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Here’s a special live version of Proud Man, taken from the new album ‘L.A.B V’, out 17 Dec 2021

Pre-order: https://ffm.to/labv

🔔 Subscribe: https://youtube.com/c/LABMusic

Featuring L.A.B performing alongside:
Louisa Williamson (Saxophone)
Jack Harre (Trumpet)
Kaito Walley (Trombone)
Sam Notman (Percussion)

Produced by Loop
Executive Producer – Mikee Tucker
Producer – Dan Clist
Massey University Producer – James Coyle
Sound Engineer – Mike Gibson
Assistant Engineers – Jonas Persson, Nicole Hardie
Mixed by Lee Prebble at The Surgery Recording Studio
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki
Director / Camera Operator – Sarah Hunter
Director of Photography – Shyam Patel
Gaffer / Camera Operator – Ben Dickens
Camera Operator – Ethan James
First AD – Lucas Purser
DIT / First AC – Thomas Williams
Gaffer Assistant / Camera Assistant – Ben Addison-Saipe
Editor / Grade – Owen Watts at The Makers Initiative

Special thanks to Loop, Massey University, College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwhārangi, Lars Vandrey, James Manttan, Kerry Pulham and Transmit.

 

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L.A.B – ‘Mr Reggae’ live at Massey Studios

  • Artist(s) L.A.B
  • Composer(s) Billy Kaui
  • Label Loop Recording Aot(ear)oa
  • Publisher(s) Loop Publishing
  • Release Date 5th Dec 2021
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L.A.B live at Massey Studios, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts

 

Inspired by jam sessions at their hometown beaches, the track captures the feeling of summertime in a way that L.A.B only can. The release is the first taste of the new album, L.A.B V, their fifth album in five years, L.A.B V sees the band again combining their eclectic sound into a compelling journey that moves across reggae, soul, funk & blues.

 

Following on from multiple number one singles & albums, alongside a growing list of platinum sales & awards across New Zealand & Australia, L.A.B V shows a band continuing to hone the unique sound that has gained them an ever-growing fanbase.

 

Stream / Download ‘Mr Reggae’ here: https://ffm.to/mrreggae
Pre order ‘L.A.B V’ (out Dec 17): https://ffm.to/mrreggae

 

Produced by Loop
Executive Producer – Mikee Tucker
Producer – Dan Clist
Massey University Producer – James Coyle
Sound Engineer – Mike Gibson
Assistant Engineers – Jonas Persson, Nicole Hardie
Mixed by Lee Prebble at The Surgery Recording Studio
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki
Director / Camera Operator – Sarah Hunter
Director of Photography – Shyam Patel
Gaffer / Camera Operator – Ben Dickens
Camera Operator – Ethan James
First AD – Lucas Purser
DIT / First AC – Thomas Williams
Gaffer Assistant / Camera Assistant – Ben Addison-Saipe
Editor / Grade – Owen Watts at The Makers Initiative

L.A.B. are:
Brad Kora (drums, backing vocals)
Stu Kora (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals)
Joel Shadbolt (vocals, lead guitar)
Ara Adams-Tamatea (bass)
Miharo Gregory (keys, backing vocals)

 

Special thanks to Loop, Massey University, College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwhārangi, Lars Vandrey, James Manttan, Kerry Pulham and Transmit.

 

Mr Reggae written by Billy Kaui.
Published by American Pride Publishing.
Out on Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa.
Copyright 2021 Loop Media NZ Limited
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Aleighcia Scott – Cry

  • Artist(s) Aleighcia Scott
  • Composer(s) Peter “Kongz” Samaru
  • Label Aleighcia Scott
  • Publisher(s) Unpublished
  • Release Date 26th Nov 2021
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Following on from the success of their original team up single ‘I Want You’, it was only natural that Aleighcia Scott and producer Kongz would collaborate once again. The new single, ‘Cry’ is another scorcher born from the unique UK-Jamaican combination of the creators with an infectious groove, smooth horns and the undisputed power of Aleighcia’s voice.

The single charted at number 1 on the UK Apple Reggae Singles chart on release day and has been supported by Craig Charles on BBC 6music, David Rogigan and Seani B at BBC 1xtra and is currently entering it’s 3rd week of playlisting on BBC Radio Wales where Aleighcia Scott has secured a Christmas night show of her own!

Kongz is band leader of Protoje’s Indiggnation band and one of the toughest producers emerging out of Jamaica.  His credits include production for Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid,  Agent Sasco, Pressure Busspipe, Lila Ike and Sevana.

Buy/Stream the latest track here: https://ffm.to/crys

Follow Aleighcia here: https://ffm.bio/nkdonl7

 

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Macka B – Free Your Mind

  • Artist(s) Macka B
  • Composer(s) C. McFarlane / Joe Higgs
  • Label Chinelo Records
  • Publisher(s) Jack Russell
  • Release Date 19th Nov 2021
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The brand new video for “Free Your Mind” is live on Macka B‘s YouTube channel.

Directed by Akil Designs, the video encourages us to incorporate the Freedom of Nature into our mindset.

As always with Macka B, it is a crucial message at a crucial time.

UK Reggae legend Macka B released his single “Free your Mind” on 5 November 2021an acoustic remake of the Joe Higgs classic “Let Us Do Something/Journey To Freedom”.  Joe Higgs is credited as the man who taught Bob Marley and the Wailers to sing.

Free your mind is a beautiful acoustic reggae track featuring Ciyo Brown one of the UK’s finest guitarists. The melodic and harmonious nature of the track reflects Ciyo’s many musical influences.

Macka B is renowned for his positive, uplifting lyrics and “Free your Mind” is no exception. In his unique poetic style, he effortlessly glides across the track with a heart rendering plea encouraging the listener to look within, free your mind and take the shackles and chains from your brains.  The haunting chorus of freedom perfectly complements the acoustic vibes with harmonies courtesy of Peter Spence and Noel Browne.

“Free your Mind” comes at a perfect time when people are searching for answers to what is going on in the world today.

A must for your collection; music with a message.

Link to Listen and share:  https://ditto.fm/free-your-mind-macka-b_6ee6db1e73

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