.@OfficialYaksta Shares His “Ambition” & Wise Words In New Video


When it comes to delivering “Message Music“, there are some artists who have it down to a science. In return, they have maintained a very long and rewarding career, and their lyrics make quite the impact generation after generation. For Recording Artist Yaksta, he’s no stranger for delivering that type of music, but today we see and hear a bit more from him in the video for his latest single, “Ambition“.

Shot by Dezignr Studios, Yaksta gets into “Bush Lawd” mode, and shares a few gems with the people over some Afro Boi Entertainment and Wuss Musikk production. When many artists focus on the luxurious living and share it in their songs, Yaksta looks to do the opposite here. With lyrics about having your own business, investing in Farming, Blockchain Technology, and Real Estate, and making life decisions that will be more of assets than liabilities, Yaksta is just doing his part in ensuring that his listeners young and old get motivated by his words, and help to build themselves and each other. Whether you see him in Farming gear, or donning a robe to collect his Degree, he promotes the idea of having ambition. Yaksta delivers his messages in the best way he knows how, and we know they will stay in the minds of many for years to come. Investments over braffing, stay focused, and take care of you and yours. If you’re unfamiliar with Yaksta (formerly Yaksta Carvanie), check him out in our “Radar” feature.

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.@KxngIzem Scores “Dubby’s” Win, Prepares Upcoming EP Release


Emerging Recording Artiste Kxng Izem has been consistently building his brand, and delivering a unique Reggae Fusion sound to listeners worldwide for a number of years. With a collection of singles and projects to his name, he looks to build his ever-growing catalogue in 2021, and beyond. His work hasn’t gone unnoticed however, and he recently gained some well needed recognition for it.

2021 saw the advent of the first staging of the “Dubby’s”, an online award event series held by Dubwise Jamaica, the premiere event that was an early advocate of the “Reggae Revival” movement. Co-founded by Jason Panton, the “Dubby’s” was birthed out of a need to recognize local artistes for their contributions to the Jamaican music culture. Held on February 27, Kxng Izem emerged a winner in the “New Coup Breakout Artiste Of 2020” category. Fellow nominees in the category included Leno Banton, Blvk H3ro, Runkus, Joby Jay, Wayne J, and Royal Blu. 2020 found Kxng Izem releasing the singles like “Cool and Easy”, “Brighter Days”, “Stone Love”, and “Sunday Morning”, and looks to follow up with the release of his latest EP, “Wildfire”.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Mighty Sparrow – Jean & Dinah (1956)


Closing off another “Black History Month“, today’s Oldies Sunday selection salutes another Black talent who has made an impact on the world and the music culture. Today, we check out Calypso Icon Mighty Sparrow, and go back into time to check out his track, “Jean & Dinah” a.k.a. “Yankee’s Gone“.

Arranged by Cyril Diaz And His Orchestra and released through the Kay label in 1956, this was a song that featured Mighty Sparrow shedding light on the large-scale Prostitution that American Military bases supported in Trinidad and Tobago during the post-war period, the desperation that many Prostitutes went through after the closure of said bases, and the departure of the troops. He mentions a few names other than “Jean & Dinah” (The track was also called “Jean & Diana”) who did what they had to do to make a sale, but when things got bad, their businesses had to downscale. Sparrow also mentions that Night Clubs were feeling the pinch too as they were the go to spots for Military personnel to hang out, and the meet up spot for many Prostitutes to conduct business. With Sparrow’s social commentary and well written lyrics, “Jean & Dinah” became not only his first hit, but the song lead to him becoming a winner in the 1956 Trinidad Road March competition, and wearing the crown at the 1956 Calypso King/Monarch competition. “Jean & Dinah” has become one of his most famous songs, and it helped him to bring Calypso music to various parts of the world. It was covered by American Actor Robert Mitchum in 1957 (A Gentrification move?). A true legend, Mighty Sparrow went on to become “The Calypso King Of The World“, and his influence, sound, and wit birthed generations of artists and the blending of musical styles.

THANK YOU MIGHTY SPARROW

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.@OfficialWayneJ Takes It To The Streets With “We A Rock Dem”!


For many child stars, the life that they’re accustomed to stops when they hit puberty. For child stars like Dancehall Artist Wayne J, his music career has grown gradually as he matures. While many will remember the little boy that graced stages with his unique songs, the teenager has been developing his flow, and sharpened his lyrical game since then. Today, we check him out in the visual for the single, “We A Rock Dem“!

Directed by II Fold Creative Studios and shot at locations like the Balcome Park Primary & Junior High School and the Freedom Skate Park, Wayne J takes it to the streets as he fires off hot lyrics over a Mirror Ink Productions beat, and connects with the people as they are sharing good vibes and unity. Wayne J doesn’t hold back as he talks like the “Young Boss” and “Gyallis” that he is, and staying as fresh as ever. He collaborated with Blvk H3ro last year on the “New MillenniumEP, and you can expect to hear him on more tracks this year. Let the music rock you!

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We Pay Tribute To The Great U-Roy With Our Latest Playlist!


On February 17, 2021, the world lost a legend, the great Ewart “U-Roy” Beckford. A man who is the Daddy, the Father, the King, and the Originator of what you know as toasting/deejaying/rapping, he has left behind a great legacy for many others to follow and be inspired by. He may be gone physically, but we know he’s gearing up to nice up every session in the afterlife. Today, we pay tribute to his greatness with the “Sampling U-RoyPlaylist!

The “Sampling U-Roy” Playlist features some of his classics, and some of the tracks that sampled them. With artists like Dennis Brown, Def Jef, IDK, Dawn Penn, and Talib Kweli borrowing from the great Daddy U-Roy, you’re in for an enjoyable and informative listen. May we continue to honour our greats and give them their flowers while they’re still here. All hail the original King of Dancehall! Walk good U-Roy.

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.@FVRFVN & Khal-XL Trek Through The “Lonely Road” On New Track!


Trini artist FVRFVN is looking to return to music with a bang after taking some time off last year. With production being a welcome addition to his songwriting skillset, he is working on becoming one of the more prominent names in his Island, and soon the rest of the world. Kicking off his 2021, he releases the new track, “Lonely Road“.

FVRFVN showcases his production skills on this as he collaborates with Trini artist Khal-XL. Together they share lyrics about the battles they’ve faced in life, running away from the internal demons, but show that they’re handling it step by step. The Covid 19 pandemic has brought on situations that affect us mentally, and while we’re on a lonely road with them, we just have to do our best to move forward on the road to recovery. FVRFVN looks to follow up “Lonely Road” with more music this year, and he anticipates the addition of new listeners from around the globe. Hang in there, stay strong, and stay safe!

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