NEW KINGSTON SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS

New York City reggae outfit New Kingston is preparing to release its third full-length album KINGSTON CITY on indie reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records. The record, which will come out January 27, 2015, includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.

Prior to signing with Easy Star Records New Kingston self-released two studio albums and toured with the likes of Collie Buddz, The Green, Easy Star All-Stars, Beres Hammond, and many more. The band is a true family affair, featuring three brothers (Stephen, Courtney Jr., and Tahir), who all sing and play instruments, joined by their father, Courtney Sr., who plays bass.

For Easy Star Records, having New Kingston on the roster is a return to its roots for the nearly 18-year old label. “New Kingston definitely stands out in the current scene,” says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. “Their show is dynamic and exciting, they are one of the hardest working bands we have ever met, and every other artist we talk to has nothing but positive things to say about them. Musically, we feel they bring something different to the label, something that feels current, and at the same, brings us back to our earliest days of releasing reggae in New York.”

A pre-order for the record will go live in December, along with some sneak listens of tracks from the record. In the meantime, New Kingston is hitting the road in the U.S. to promote the new album.

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Poor Man In Love, Jamaican fairy tale

by Guillaume Bougard

Kingston, Jamaica February 2006

I had promised myself I’d never produce albums again. Too much energy was spent, too much of my own money was risked, and too little reward was in the cards. Voices (caustic or acidic howls, rather) of too many armchair critics, from too many experts and similar toxic creatures had finally convinced me I wasn’t cut out for that.

Instead, I got involved in a legal fight on behalf of Jamaican recording artists, assisting French lawyer André Bertrand, who singlehandedly crusaded against a coalition of evil forces and their richly paid lawyers and against all odds, prevailed. This epic (and pyrrhic for André) victory forced European copyright and performance right societies to shell out a record $5 million to Jamaican recording artists and musicians in 2005.

Jamaicans are often and unjustly accused of being selfish and devoid of gratitude but it is just not the case with the ones I have met since I started dealing with them. When they received their share of the settlement money, they invited me to Kingston to record music for me. It’s the kind of offer one cannot refuse and I happily broke my promise. So here I was again in February 2006, on an airplane bound for Kingston.

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Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band, French Tour Dates , April 2015

We were told information about Clinton Fearon’s & Boogie Brown Band , French Tour Dates April 2015.

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03.04.2015 Le Moloco, Audincourt
04.04.2015 Le Silex, Auxerre
05.04.2015 Chorus Des Hauts De Seine, La Defense
08.04.2015 Le Fuzz Yon, La Roche Sur Yon
09.04.2015 La Luciole, Alencon
10.04.2015 Le Fil , St Etienne
11.04.2015 L’empreinte , Savigny Le Temple
14.04.2015 La Sirene, La Rochelle
15.04.2015 Echonova , Vannes
16.04.2015 Le Sans Reserve , Perigueux
17.04.2015 La Belle Electrique , Grenoble
18.04.2015 Chateau Rouge, Annemasse
23.04.2015 Kabardock , Le Port (La Reunion)
24.04.2015 Kabardock , Le Port (La Reunion)
26.04.2015 Festival Le Printemps De Bourges

plus summer festivals who will be announced later.

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www.clintonfearon.com

Heartical thanks to Catherine Fearon , Clinton Fearon, Boogie Brown Band , Simon.

Who owned the Rootsman riddim?

Over the past year, reggae’s most popular artists showcased their talent over Phillip “Winta” James and Overstand Entertainment’s Rootsman riddim.  Reggae’s most popular artists took on the riddim in fine style, giving us some of the strongest reggae singles I’ve heard in some time.  As my friend and Reggaeville owner Julian Schmidt points out, the riddim was actually produced in 2013.  And while the singles were released in 2013 on the Rootsman Riddim – EP, they really took off in January 2014 when Chronixx released his Dread & Terrible EP and Damian Marley dropped his  “Is It Worth It (Gunman World)” single.  In my opinion, Jesse Royal’s “Modern Day Judas” is the best reggae single to be released since Damian Marley’s landmark “Welcome to Jamrock” single (2005).  His flow over the first verse of the track is supernatural.

The strongest performances over the riddim came from Tarrus Riley (“Cold Girl”) whose voice is still heads and shoulders above any other artist in the game;  Jah-9 brought heavy lyrical content on the Rastafari-influenced “Reverence;”  Damian Marley decries the gun with his own unique vocal stylings in “Is It Worth It (Gunman World).”

Mad Professor drops new track, album!

‘Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser has little left to prove and no great need to break any more musical ground. In his own right, he has been doing just that for decades.’

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The enigmatic and prolific Mad Professor releases his lead track Atlantic Crossing” from his latest album Dubbing with Anansi, now available on Ariwa Sounds.

Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser earned his title at an early age, when his 10-year-old self amazed friends with his penchant for experimentation by building a radio and telephone system. This fascination with electronics, along with a love of Motown, Philadelphia International, Treasure Isle and music of all types, propelled his career from its infancy and continues to inform his work to date.

A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, by the early 80s he had built his own mixing desk and launched Ariwa Sounds from his front room in Thornton Heath. Early recognition of his talent by the likes of John Peel only expanded through the succeeding decades, and his growing reputation warranted him collaborations with the likes of Sly and Robbie, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka, and Horace Andy, as well as work with artists outside the realm of traditional reggae and dub such as Sade and The Orb.

However, it was with his remixing of Massive Attack’s second album, Protection, in the mid-90s that his profile really increased to legendary status. No Protection was instantly received by all corners of the globe and saw him benefit from a Virgin/EMI international launch pad.

Now, his new LP celebrates the African/Caribbean folk hero Anansi, one of the few fictional protagonists to survive the Atlantic crossing during the slave trade, and the transition made from free, African citizens to exiles in the western world. During a time when to speak in one’s native tongue was strictly forbidden, Anansi and the dubby, percussive, African melodies lived on. Mad Professor takes inspiration from the strength of the half man, half spider, Anansi, but also from the strength of the people who ensured his legend lived on.

Mad Professor utilizes new and experimental audio tricks to create a dazzling dub album, employing melodies that take you from West Africa to the Caribbean. The record expands on the dub sound that the producer has skillfully crafted over the past three decades, developing tracks that match the quality of his impressive back catalogue. Instrumental jams Atlantic Crossing” and Rebels Gathering” set a precedent of flair for the rest of the album, before incorporating the vocal talents of Brother Culture, New Flower, Delroy Williams, Vivian Jones, Vivian Dour, Frankie Paul, and Mad Professor himself, marking a masterful progression of smooth, solid dub.

This track is a taste of what you can expect from the new album – Dubbing with Anansi – which is a magnificent addition to Mad Professor’s already towering discography, cementing the talents of an artist who just keeps giving.

Purchase the album now on Itunes.

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