OLDIES SUNDAY: @NoiseyMusic Presents: Toots Hibbert And The Congos – Jamdown (1981)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday feature comes from Noisey Music’s “Found Tapes” series. What is considered the “Holy Grail” of Reggae films is “JamDown” that features Reggae artist Toots Hibbert and cult Reggae group The Congos. Released in 1981 and directed by Emmanuel Brown and Theiry Deknut, this featured rare early footage of Toots, and The Congos, who were at the height of their fame, performing songs from their respective catalogs. The Congos are a Reggae group that was formed in the early 1970s and the members included “Ashanti” Roy Johnson, Cedric Myton, and Watty Burnett. Their most famous contribution to Reggae was their classic “Heart of the Congos” which was produced by Lee “Scratch” PerryToots Hibbert is a Reggae Singer who started his career with his group The Maytals in the 1960s. Watch the film below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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PICS: @AppletonJamaica x @JaDreamWeekend Rum Rules Paradise Launch Event

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The invite promised the unveiling of “A match made in heaven where dreams come true” and @twentythree at J. Wray & Nephew’s Head Office served as the perfect backdrop to do just that. As you walked through the doors of the 23 Dominica Drive venue you sensed that you were about to witness “Something truly special” unfold before your very eyes. Media representatives and some of Kingston’s social, corporate and music influencers witnessed the truly special union of J. Wray & Nephew’s Appleton Rum Special and Jamaica’s premier summer getaway Dream Weekend. The official contract was signed by J. Wray & Nephew Marketing Manager Gary Dixon and Dream Entertainment Director Scott Dunn.

This year’s staging of the event will be dubbed “Appleton Special Dream Weekend: Rum Rules Paradise“. Below are some photos from the event, more will be featured on Facebook.com/13thStreetPromotions. Many thanks for the invitation and many thanks to Shana Reid for her contribution. Check out her Lifestyle Blog, ShannyDeLioness.Blogspot.com!

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NEW VIDEO: @PayAttentionJA Highlights – Jan. 31, 2015

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It was a night of excellence at the 1st staging of Pay Attention for 2015. Featuring Five Steez, Jane Macgizmo, Rseenal and Gully Cash, patrons were entertained by the talent showcased and witnessed another rise in Jamaican Hip Hop. Held at the C&C South Beach, we get concert footage courtesy of Vision High Filmz. Stayed tuned for the next staging! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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INTERVIEW: @KingBiggsSOL x @InnovoEnt

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If you’re a listener of Jamaican Hip Hop, you might be familiar with the Rapper/Producer and now Entrepreneur Julian Morrison a.k.a. “King Biggs“. Affiliated with the Sons of Liberty collective and Equiknoxx Music, Biggs has made room along with his song writing and production for Innovo Entertainment. I’ve had the chance to chat with him recently about this new venture, his aims for it and future endeavors.

13thStreet: King Biggs, you’re known in the Jamaican Hip Hop circles as a Rapper, Producer and a part of the Sons Of Liberty collective, now you’re dabbling in a new venture. What is Innovo Entertainment?

KB: Innovo Entertainment is a brand that produces interactive entertainment experiences for adventurous and tasteful young Jamaicans. It will produce parties but that won’t be the flagship. New entertainment options such as fitness challenges, entrepreneur expos and events celebrating international culture will give people something else to do other than party. The ethos of Innovo Entertainment is the celebration of the effects of Globalization on 80s and 90s babies in Jamaica. Most of the events involve activities so patrons don’t come and stand still, they’re a part of something unfolding before their eyes.

13thStreet: What made you decide to start this venture? When was the idea brought into existence?

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Mixtape Movements: @ToddlaT x @Protoje Present: England Be Wise Mixtape

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What happens when you put UK’s Toddla T and Jamaica’s Protoje in the same studio? England Be Wise! Straight from the bomb shelter today, the Bass Don and the leader of the new Reggae Revival deliver a special mix of Protoje’s hits with Reggae, Hip Hop, Grime and Jungle in promotion of the upcoming “Ancient Future” album. Always wanted to hear Protoje over a SchoolBoy Q beat or an old school Dancehall Riddim? Look no further! Make some space in your day today, get the best herbs or your favourite drink, and build a vibe to this dope mixtape! Check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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