First off, Happy Labour Day Jamaica! While many will be contributing their energies to various projects today, there will be others who choose to rest and relax, and others who just work like it’s just another day. Regardless, you need music, and we have DJ Shone Alcapone from Belgrade, Serbia with his new Afrobeats mixtape titled, “Shape Nice“! Featuring over an hour of hits from the likes of Burna Boy, Timaya, Mr. Eazi, Afro B, and many others, nothing’s wrong with dancing while you work today.
When was the last time you heard a Gully Bop tune? He was on top of the Dancehall scene for a while, but somewhat faded out. With some saying he’s working on his comeback, today’s new entry may just be a start. Recently his “Wuk Affa Mi” single was sampled by Ghanaian DJ/Producer Juls for the Nigerian Dancehall Artist Burna Boy assisted, “Gwarn“! A song for the ladies, Juls and Burna want them to know that they have the “good good loving” that they need! With Bop’s catchy lyrics that turned him into a viral sensation added, the single also gives the men a warning that if you don’t treat her right, another man will. With a really nice production that blends well with the lyrics, you can’t help but keep this one on repeat! Check out the track below, and don’t forget to share!
John Q, whose given name is John Kwesi Quansah, visited Jamaica recently to shoot two music videos for his latest Reggae Singles “Born Alone” and “Give Me Your Love” ahead of his debut album which is anticipated to be released by year end.
“It’s a pleasure to be back in Jamaica to mark this significant milestone. Reggae is in my blood, and Jamaica is the home of Reggae so it is a seamless match to be able to shoot my videos here,” John Q said. “Born Alone” channels self-love and encourages listeners to empower themselves regardless of their circumstances. The lyrics challenge listeners to take time to make themselves happy, and asks self-evaluating question and encourages them to “Stop trying so hard to be accepted, stop forcing the people to love you”, then settles that true acceptance and loves comes when you are naturally yourself first.
“Give Me Your Love” which is predominantly sung in English and is a Lover’s Rock Reggae song. John Q said the Inspirational track is his way of using Reggae music as a vehicle of change for conscious upward mobility. “We all have greatness in us, but first we must believe it, and then we need to act on it, only then will we achieve our full potential,” he expounded. Ariff Butler, CEO of Bloozick Multimedia, the production company tasked to shoot both videos said his team is looking forward to working with John Q.
Born in West African nation of Ghana, John Q migrated to the United States to further his studies, and has been living there for the past 25 years. He sings in English, Twi and Ga, and is also fluent in Spanish. Despite the upcoming album being his first, his love affair with music started in his teenage years. He was exposed to a variety of genres of music while growing up, but settled on Reggae after hearing Bob Marley’s song “One Drop”. The infectious beat provide soul-reaching inspiration which has been a magnetic-like attraction pulling him back to the music and never allowing him to wander too far.
John Q’s songs including “Born Alone”, “Reggae Babaoo”, “Rain And Sun”, and “Gonna Be More”, his collaboration with Jamaican Gospel Singer/Songwriter Claudius England continues to receive airplay on Radio Stations in the Jamaica, Ghana, the United States, and London.
Detroit based Rapper Chisom brings the Motherland to your part of the world with “Africa Get Money“. Produced by the Rapper, he shows love to Nigeria, the birthplace of his parents, and promises to stunt when he’s back there. With the blend of Hip Hop and Afrobeat, Chisom paints the visuals on the West African culture, food and fashion. From Detroit to Nigeria, Chisom wants to take you on a journey and live it up with him. Throw your bands up in celebration! Off his debut EP, “The Jordan Year“, check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Dancehall artiste D’Angel has been creating quite a stir in Africa with the release of her remix with African Grammy winner and recording artiste Stone Bwoy. The single is called ‘Tingisha’ on the Chaskele Rhythm produced by Rebel Liberation Records. D’Angel shared “since the release of the single, my African fan base has grown tremendously; now I have promoters calling and I am hoping to plan a tour soon”. King Rebel the producer shared that the single is in great demand and it is the “anthem in Nairobi”.
The First Lady who is presently on a North American Tour added that she felt “elated” after several fans reached out to her on social media advising her that the single has been playing on the radio stations in Kenya, Nairobi, Namibia, and Uganda to name a few. She shared “having your fans, selectors and radio personalities reach out to me is amazing; I love all my fans and to know I am doing well abroad is always a great feeling”. D’Angel was recently featured in The Star stated that she was demanding her respect in the music industry. The ‘Stronger’ artiste defended her success and made it clear that she has no intention to slow down. She has since performed on several stages while on tour and has created a long lasting impact on each state she has visited.
Now promoting singles such as ‘Ramp Ruff’, ‘Gimmie Likkle More’ and ‘Whine Factory, D’Angel is eager to return to Jamaica for her promotional runs before leaving again to finish her tour.
Recently, the Onstage team took a trip to West Africa to be a part of the Abi-Reggae International Music Festival and Conference in the Ivory Coast. Among some of the acts included Morgan Heritage, Kymani Marley, Alpha Blondy and more. Here Alpha Blondy was featured for an Interview. Here he spoke about the significance of the Music Festival, the Reggae Music scene and the influences, Bob Marley’s impact, breaking the language barrier, upcoming projects, and more. Interesting Interview for a wise Reggae artist. It’s really amazing to know the impact Reggae music has on the rest of the world. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.