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.@EliseDashMusic Overcomes Pandemic Challenges On “Soldier”


On the rise Jamaican Singer Elise Dash has been blessing people near and far with great vocals. Having done her share of cover music over the years, she has been inspired to get extra creative and start making original music. Now presenting her original debut, we get to hear the single, “Soldier“.

Produced by French label Bat Records on a Riddim inspired by the late Sugar Minott’sVictim Of Society“, the Covid 19 pandemic brought inspiration and extra creativity to Elise Dash to make this single. On the track, she speaks on overcoming restlessness, insomnia, and many other stressful episodes that she has faced in over a year since the pandemic become prominent. Delivering great vocals, you can instantly feel the emotions she has been experiencing, and she puts everything together in a way that makes you want to replay it over and over. A live show performer, she has been one of the many affected by the various lockdowns in the music industry, and had to resort to online platforms to showcase her talent. Looking up to artists like Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alton Ellis, and Sly & Robbie, Elise Dash looks to make her own mark in music, and create history along the way. But first, she has to keep soldiering on through this pandemic. Get a spliff, a serious work ethic, or get to praying.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Judy Mowatt – Black Woman (1977)


In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take the time out to feature Women who have made great contributions to our music culture. While we celebrate the Women all year over here, we recognize some through our Oldies Sunday section. Today we close off the month, and our selection comes from a Woman who has made great strides, the legendary Judy Mowatt with “Black Woman“!

Produced by Judy Mowatt and Geoffrey Chung and released through Ashandan Records in 1977, this is one of Mowatt’s most important songs as she promotes, loves, and pays tribute to the Black Woman, and her pride and immense strength. The Black Woman has experienced and endured so much, and Judy’s song has gone on to be more than a tribute, but a song that has lived through generations, and inspired many. “Black Woman” is featured on Mowatt’s 1979 album of the same name, which is another important feat for her as she was recognized as the first Jamaican female recording artist who took on the role of producing the album in its entirety. Since the release of “Black Woman”, Judy Mowatt has gone on to become a legendary artist with various releases, and also became the first female artist to be nominated for a Reggae Grammy in 1985. As we close off the month, may we continue to celebrate the Women, and most importantly, protect them.

Thank You Judy Mowatt!

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.@Kris_Karz Gets In The Zone On Timothy David Featured, “ENERGY”


Kris Karz continues to put out quality content as he gears up for a full length project for 2021. With music and visuals reaching the people near and far, Kris has been putting in a lot of work, and we know he’ll reap greatly in due time. Having released the singles “HEARTBREAK” and “LOVE“, he follows up with “ENERGY“!

Featuring vocalist Timothy David on the hook and released through Kris Karz’s Kngly Studios, Karz continues his pursuit of finding someone to call his own. With a funky production supporting Kris’ smooth lyrics, we’re definitely feeling it, and we expect it to catch people off guard very soon. With a catchy vibe and production you can’t but move to, this is just another taste of what’s to come on Kris Karz’s upcoming project. A visual is on the way for “ENERGY“, so stay tuned!

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The Heptones’ “Heptones Gonna Fight” Featured In New @SnowFallFX Episode


Are you a fan of TV shows? What do you get into? For some, the FX series “Snowfall” is a must-see TV show. With a story set around the beginning of the “Crack Epidemic” in 1980s LA, it has been hailed as one of the best crime dramas out. On episode 6 in season 4 of the series, a familiar Jamaican hit can heard, and it comes from the iconic, The Heptones!

During a scene featuring “Snowfall” character Khadijah, The Heptones’ 1968 release “Heptones Gonna Fight” can be heard throughout. Produced by “Sir CoxsoneDodd for Studio One, the track was featured on the group’s “On Top” album. It has been sampled by Garnett Silk, Shy FX, and former member Leroy Sibbles. It would seem like an injustice if you have a Film or TV Show and not have some Jamaican music as the soundtrack. “Snowfall” can be seen weekly on FX on Cable, or on Hulu.

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Ragz To Richez Production Aims To Become The Next Hit Factory


Jamaican Record Label Ragz To Richez Production is a young label on the rise, but has managed to connect with some of the best in the game already. Founded in 2016 by Manchester born Vannesa “Halie” Dixon, the label has provided unique sounds and produced charting singles for the likes of Vershon, Macka Diamond, Qraig (from Voicemail), Devin Di Dakta, and many others. With the year 2020 being seen as one of the label’s biggest years, it’s on the way to exceeding expectations in 2021.

2020 saw Ragz To Richez Production making all the necessary moves to become a fixture in various parts of the world. One of the releases that caught the ear of many was Ding Dong’sMirror”. Released in May 2020 on the “Public Figure Riddim”, the single quickly amassed thousands of plays on various digital music streaming outlets, and became one of the songs that ruled the summer thanks to being performed at events like Reggae Sumfest 2020. A music video was also made for the single, and has since scored over 800,000 views on Youtube.

Following Ding Dong’s hit for Ragz To Richez Production, Qraig, and emerging artists Intence and Kemar Highcon followed up with the singles “Outside Mi Deh”, “What’s Love”, and “Whap!” respectively. Officially released in Summer 2020, they helped to enhance Ragz To Richez Production’s profile as they became some of the year’s biggest singles. Both Qraig and Kemar’s singles scored high streaming numbers, while Intence’s video for his “What’s Love” single scored over 1 Million views on Youtube. Thanks to their various collaborations and releases, Ragz To Richez Production has been highly requested by some of Jamaica’s top artists, and praised by some of the music industry’s leading figures.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Gem Myers – One Man Woman (1986)


In recognition of Women’s History Month, we take the time out to feature Women who have made great contributions to our music culture. While we celebrate the Women all year over here, we recognize some through our Oldies Sunday section. Today, our selection comes from one of Jamaica’s greatest Vocalists, Gem Myers with her track, “One Man Woman“.

Produced by Fab 5 and released through Stage Records in 1986, Gem Myers makes it clear from the start that she has no time for entertaining conversations from other men, and no time for playing around as she’s a one man woman. No time for intimidation, exploitation, confusion, and the boderation, Gem can only deal with one person, and he is doing what he’s supposed to to keep her happy. In a time when people celebrate having multiple partners or playing games with people’s hearts, Gem is a woman who would be referred to as a “one burner”. “One Man Woman” was a popular single when it was released, and was the first track on her 1987 album of the same name. Since “One Man Woman”, she has went on to release more music before being a staple at various events over the years in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and parts of the world. We truly believe she’s an underrated Vocalist, and she should be celebrated more. We hope our article starts a conversation in the right direction.

thank you gem myers

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