As we close off another Black History Month and Reggae Month, we’d like the same energy to be kept throughout the year, and the rest that follow. We want people to continue pushing for more black consciousness, and the growth of that good music. With that said, we present to you “The Black Playlist“! Featuring music that look at the Black Man’s struggle, the progression, highlighting our black heroes, and celebrating Melanin, we have music that have touched various generations. We hope this one is kept on repeat and shared. Check out the Playlist below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Isha Williams was a Toddler in the early 1990s, a period of cultural awareness in Dancehall led by a phalanx of Artists, including her father, Everton Blender. Strongly influenced by his message, she followed his path into music as Isha Blender. Her first EP, Epiphany, will be released in October. It contains seven songs with Don’t Be Used, an acoustic number, being the lead.
Blender first recordings began at age 12 with the first being Bad Boy, produced by her father for his Blend Dem label. She continued to record sporadically while attending Garvey Maceo High School in her native Clarendon. Shortly after graduation, she migrated to the United States, settling in South Florida where she is a registered nurse. “Because my dad’s an Entertainer, people think you have to do the same thing, but it doesn’t have to be,” she said. “I kept going away from music, but I was pulled back like magnet to steel.”
Epiphany also contains Testimony, a duet with Capleton, Tonight, Joy, and Babymother. Capleton and Everton Blender were part of the Roots Renaissance of the 1990s that was led by Yasus Afari, Garnet Silk and Tony Rebel. Everton Blender had a series of big hits back then such as Lift Up Your Head, Family Man and Blend Dem. While she counts the ‘old man’ among her biggest influences, Isha Blender says she gets a different vibe listening to different genres. Neo-soul artistes Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, as well as homegrown acts Nadine Sutherland, Etana, Tessanne Chin and Ikaya are also favourites. She is hoping Epiphany will be a career definer. “I want to be an household name as Isha Blender. At the same time I want my songs to uplift and motivate like my Dad.”
Before Ding Dong and Elephant Man flooded the streets with Dancing songs, there was the “Fire Man” Capleton. Recently on Onstage he stopped by to share his new single and more. Joined by popular Dancer Gabbidon, he gave a career update, staying busy, “Gimme Way” and staking his claim as one of first acts to have started the “Dancing Song” trend, and more. With the dancing culture ruling 2015, it’s only right that Capleton got in the mix. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Tonight, the popular CVM TV series Onstage goes live via live streaming. Check out the stream below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Are you familiar with the OVO Sound Radio series on Apple Music? If you have then you’ll notice this episode featured a very special mix by the legendary Black Chiney Sound! In their set we got to hear dub plates old and new from the likes of Vybz Kartel, Tanya Stephens, Collie Buddz, Vershon, Sizzla, and old and new tracks from Foxy Brown, Drake and more! A great listen for fans of both sounds, and for those who have no access to Apple Music, check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
This goes out to all the mamas, the baby mamas, the grandmothers, the aunties…you get the drift. Did you ever notice every year on Mother’s Day you hear some very familiar songs on the radio? Well I can’t be the only one so today my Oldies Sunday selection focuses on 5 Jamaican songs that never failed in getting airplay on Mother’s Day.
#5 – Richie Stephens x Bounty Killa – Pot Of Gold
With a mix of Richie Stephens’ singing and Bounty’s deejaying, this tribute was recorded for the “Pot Of Gold” label and has been a staple every year since it’s release.
#4 – Anthony Cruz – Mama’s Blessing
Released in 2003/2004 on the “I Swear” Riddim, Anthony Cruz sang about the hardships his mother went through to provide the best life for him. Never fails when it comes getting airplay this time of the year.