Bella Blair has been putting in work, and it will show when she releases her new EP, “Aura” this Summer. In the meantime however, she keeps the ball rolling with the video for her latest track, “Hot Gyal Sumting“! Directed by AJG Logan, Bella not only gives us the slick delivery of her song, but displays the attitude like “We run tings here, zeen?” along with her female costars. To the ladies who know how to be the center of attention, the ones who know they’re the ish, the ones who know they have it all together, this is for you! If you don’t understand, it’s fine, it’s a “Hot Gyal Sumting“! Check out the video below, and follow us on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Earlier this year, we let you in on a few Artists that you should look out for in 2018. Featuring some of the best Female acts you may or may not have been aware of, we’ve decided to follow up with a Spotify Playlist featuring even more! From Dancehall, to R&B, to Reggae, to Pop, we continue to highlight the diversity in our unique Jamaican Music Culture. Let this Playlist be your guide to discovering new talent, or providing the soundtracks to your day to day life! Get your headphones or speakers ready, and tune in to some GIRL POWER below!
In our “2018 Predictions” post, we predicted that there will be more Women making their way onto the Caribbean Music scene. In an Industry that hasn’t always been kind to the Female Artist, we have enjoyed the works from many over the years, but we have also asked for some who can step outside the box and give us music that’ll blow us away! The following Artists have been slowly making their name out there for some time, and aim to be mentioned along with their established peers.
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
We mentioned the songbird in our 15 Artists to look out for feature last year, and she has been making steady progress since her debut single, “So Shy“. This year has already seen her start off in a good way with “Doe Try Me“, with promises to deliver even more music. She steals the scene with her voice, and you need her in your playlists.
Jane has been on the scene for a while, but made a lot of noise in 2017 thanks to her single, “Too Late“. A member of Zinc Fence Records, she made her debut in 2014 with “Babylon” and has been on the radar of many ever since. Last year saw her music being featured in the Amazon Video series, “SYN”, and this year may be the year she releases a full length project! It’s not too late to get familiar with her.
3. Rhiya Luna
Formerly Shie Musik, she was featured in our 15 Artists to know post as well as she was coming back off of a hiatus. She has lent her voice to various Dancehall singles, and with the new moniker she aims to touch on more genres. With singles like “It Up“, “Bandwagon Selecta“, “Sweetest Love” and her latest “Again“, let her music put some light in your life!
Comedian/Youtuber/Actress/Singer/Model Bella Blair hasn’t been slowing down at all. With her appearances on and offline, she has been working to put her brand on a bigger platform. Continuing her lane as a Recording Artist however, she has been teasing her fans with the hashtag, #ICanDoBetter recently, which is the name of her new single. Today, we get a behind the scenes look at her new video and promotion for the single. For those who are familiar with her many characters, you know she makes sure she looks good! “I Can Do Better” is out now, and you can check it out, and the BTS content below.
It’s time to have a laugh thanks to the comedic styling of Kyng Taj and Bella Blair! While the original idea was to feature both in separate posts, why not double the laughter in one package? In Bella’s new skit, she plays the role of a young Jamaican lady who tries to impress her potential American love interest. While many can relate to trying their best to make a great first impression in dating, how many have experienced it Bella’s way? Tune in to find out. In “Marriage Counseling“, Kyng Taj plays the role of a man frustrated with his Wife and in order to fix things, he and his Wife visit the Marriage Counselor (played by Andrew Maragh). Will they resolve their marital issues? Or will things go left? Watch the videos below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Grammy winning international recording artiste Sean Paul will join Bassnectar and Tiesto in headlining Jamaica’s first ever EDM Festival, Paradise Lost Jamaica. Grammy nominee Jah Cure and Busy Signal who invaded the EDM scene with the mega hit “Watch Out Fi Dis” produced by Major Lazer also adds to the impressive line-up of over 45 top acts. Paradise Lost will take place at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios, Jamaica from March 10-12, 2016. Pre-sale tickets were sold out in just three days, with ticket purchases coming from over twenty countries. This three-day festival is already seen as the rebirth of the global Spring Break destination this year and for years to come!
Paradise Lost Jamaica announces its second round of acts, joining previously announced headliners Big Gigantic (March 10th, Bassnectar (March 11th), Tiesto (March 12th) and recording artist Sean Paul (March 10th). Additional performers include: KD Rose, Skip Marley 4B, Alrick & Boyd, Arif Cooper, Bella Blair, Bit Funk, Busy signal, Chrycee, D!Y, Deluka, Diva Danielle, DJ Byzzy, DJ Dan, DJ Jeremiah Red, DJ Wizard, ZJ Elektra, Fyah Starter, Guidance, I Candy, iDr, Jah Cure, Kamal Bankay, Killer Whales, LZ7, Oliver Lord, Plaid Brix, Qualiatik, Saynts, and Titans Of Sound, joining previously announced Aluna George, Audien, Big Gigantic, Felix Jaehn, King Jammys, Lance Herbstrong, Natalli Rize, and Zion I! Casablanca Records will curate a luxurious beach front stage, which will feature; Caroline D’Amore, Gazzo and Prince Fox amongst other Casablanca recording artists.
“I’m truly thrilled to be playing at the inaugural Paradise Lost Festival. I’ll be bringing the feels to Jamaica, where our genre has many significant roots, and I expect the crowd to go absolutely coconuts.” -Audien
Fyah Startah, one of Jamaica’s top Electronic DJ says, “This is a dream come true, we love electronic music, it is a part of us. I plan to drop the bass so hard Cuba will feel it. This is my shot we finally have a festival at home and we need it. I think I can speak for all the DJs in Jamaica. We are ready to take on the world and Paradise Lost will be our foundation. This is our event, our country and I will make Jamaica proud on Thursday March 10.”
Paradise Lost Jamaica has teamed up with the Jamaica Tourist Board and other partners to create the ultimate Spring Break and Festival experience. CTM has partnered with the top hotels, restaurants and excursion companies to make the festival going experience one of a kind. The natural beauty and landscape of Jamaica along with hospitality and tourism provides a fun environment for festival goers. Transportation and Safety Authorities along with Law Enforcement Officers have put the necessary plans in place to make getting around the island safe and easy, Ocho Rios will host the best Spring Break experience in the world! We are ready to reintroduce Jamaica to music lovers around the globe and it starts with Paradise Lost Music Festival experience.” states Jason Newman, Director of Marketing and Revenue Development for Caribbean Trans Media Limited.
The pristine beach front 135 acres at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove will form the backdrop of Paradise Lost while offering camping and glamping in Tent City (which will be opened March 8-13, at $99 for 5 days for those who would like to bring their own tent, patrons will also have the option to rent 2-4 person tents for an additional fee.) The location was chosen because of the natural beauty of the land, but more significantly its rich cultural history. St. Ann is the birthplace of Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey, Burning Spear, and Shabba Ranks. It was there that Lee Scratch Perry discovered the Wailers (giving prominence to Marley and Peter Tosh). St. Ann is also the burial place of Marley – who was laid to rest there in his family’s mausoleum. Paradise Lost will be the ultimate EDM Festival in Jamaica – the unforgettable destination, featuring electrifying music, enriching Jamaican experiences hosted in a highly secured and friendly environment.
Well known DJs and local Jamaican radio hosts, duo “Alric and Boyd” said, “We have been waiting for this for over 20 years, finally the big stage is here. Jamaica and the Caribbean know who we are but on Thursday March 10 the world will know who we are as we prepare to head out on tour. Paradise Lost Music Festival is like a dream come true. We will leave it all on the stage. Electronic music in Jamaica is making its way back to the top and we played our role. We salute King Jammy’s this year for his role in inspiring the electronic sound we hear around the round the world today and will pay tribute. For people coming to Jamaica for the first time this experience is one of a life time. We love music and our sound is so unique, we come from sound system culture so our sound and bass are big and undeniable. We can’t wait as the excitement builds around the world. We are ready to welcome them all.”
Jamaica Tourist Board, Trends Media, Jagermeister, and Sprint Financial are the leading sponsors of Paradise Lost Jamaica while others include: Transcel Technologies, Digicel, Hype TV, Onstage, Kroq, Casablanca Records, Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Zip 103 FM, Cardiff Hotel, Sprint Financials, The Jamaica Travel Channel, Jamaica Villa Life, Yard ticket, RIU, The Gleaner, Grand Palladium, Iberostar Hotel, Suncity Radio, Timeless Herbal Care, Iprint Digital, Middlesex Holding and Smokin Acez Media Consultants.