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Jamaica Salutes Legendary Songwriter Thom Bell In Our New Playlist!


As we close another Black History Month, we use this last day to honour a Jamaican who helped to shape the musical landscape. His name is Thom Bell, and he is the co-creator of the “Philadelphia Soul” that reigned the 1970s. A Songwriter, Producer, Composer, and Arranger, Thom Bell gave the world classics, and has influenced generations. Today, we salute him with our latest Playlist titled, “Jamaica Sings For Thom Bell“.

Featuring 14 tracks (more would’ve been added if they were available for streaming), we highlight some of the Jamaican Artists who have covered songs that were either written, produced, or arranged by Thom Bell. From John Holt, to Horace Andy, to Boris Gardiner, to Alton Ellis, to Etana, we hear covers of classics by The Delfonics, Deneice Williams, The Stylistics, and more. Listeners can learn something new, or reconnect with songs that affected them in ways when they first heard them in the new Playlist. Soul Music along with R&B sounds have a heavy influence in Jamaican music, so it’s only right that many of the American classics were covered by some of the Jamaican greats. The late Thom Bell gave the world something special, and his work will continue to entertain and inspire. Thank you for everything Thom Bell, rest well.

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Rhiya Luna Delivers At Etana’s “Reggae Forever Tour” Salisbury Beach Stop!


Grammy nominated Recording Artist Etana recently kicked off her US summer Tour in promotion of her latest album, “Reggae Forever“. From April 13 to August 3, Etana brings the hits to stops including Texas, New York, Florida, and California. Over the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26), she made a stop in Massachusetts at the Surfside Salisbury Beach. Opening for the Reggae Artist was upcoming Recording Artist, Rhiya Luna!

With her set lasting an hour, Rhiya Luna treated the audience to some classic Reggae and R&B hits, and a few of her original compostions showcasing her diversity. With DJ Garfield’s assistance, Rhiya kicked things off with Bob Marley’sIs This Love“, and included the Sam Cooke classic “Bring It On Home To Me” before closing with her tracks “Really Like You“, and the soon to be released “Me & I“. She was well received by those in attendance as some danced and assisted in performing with her on stage.

Formerly known as Shie, Rhiya Luna’s sound is a blend of Dancehall, Reggae, R&B, Pop, and Afrobeats. Based in Massachusetts, USA, she has been working her way up with the singles “Be Ok“, “Love Pursued“, “Dreams“, “So Good“, and “Sweet Reggae Music“. Rhiya Luna’s next performance will be at the Smoke On The Water” Sunset Cruise in Gloucester, Massachusetts on July 27. More upcoming performances and updates can be found on her Instagram page at @RhiyaLunaMuzic.

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@IshaBlender Has An “Epiphany”!


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.”

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews @EtanaStrongOne


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After making a couple changes in her career and seeing some not so great results, Reggae artist Etana has devoted to improving it. Tonight on Onstage she spoke about this and more with Winford Williams. Here she spoke about her misstep, working on a new album and working with different producers, her “Trigger” single, touring, and encouraging artists to be more organized with their careers. Good interview, she also premiered her “Trigger” music video. Despite her misstep I know Etana will bounce back bigger than ever. Check out the interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews @EtanaStrongOne


Etana

After taking the time out of her career to focus on family, Etana came back on the music with new material and joined Winford Williams on Onstage to have a chat. Here she spoke on working with VP Records, family life, parting with Fifth Element Records, working on her 4th album and her single “Trigger” and the story behind it. She also premiered the video for her collaboration with Jo Mersa Marley, “Thy Will Be Done“. Etana has always been a highly respected artist and I do look forward to more from her. Check out the interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW VIDEO: @EtanaStrongOne x @JoMersaMarley – Thy Will Be Done


EtantJoToday’s new video comes from the combination of Etana and Jo Mersa Marley. Titled “Thy Will Be Done” we hear Etana and Jo Mersa dropping message music and speaking on the issues affecting Jamaica and its people. In the video Etana’s part is shot in different communities highlighting the youth and the adults that reside there and also scenes of her performing at an event while we see Jo Mersa delivering his part in the studio. A great combination here as the “Strong One” and the 2nd generation Marley deliver conscious music that will reach the ears of many. Great shots of the various communities and the people that reside there. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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