How was your Valentine’s Day? Was it filled with Flowers, Chocolate, fancy dates, and a wild night? No? He was busy? Well…um…that’s sad to hear. If you know what’s up, then you might be the Sidechick, and we have some music for you today! Many recognize today, February 15, as “International Sidechick Day“, and we kick things off with our very own Spotify Playlist! If you know you have him on lock a couple days a week, if you know that he’ll appear at the drop of a dime, if you know you can rock his socks off better than his main lady can, then vibe to this Playlist at a high volume. If you’re not the Sidechick, and you two really couldn’t spend VDay together, then check out our “Dancehall Love” Playlist and make up for time lost. Press play on The Sidechick Day Playlist below!
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.”
Recently, the Boom Energy Drink team made Junction, St. Elizabeth, and Mandeville, Manchester their two stops on their “Badda Dan All Island Road Show“. Hosted by Chi Ching Ching, Snoop Rok, and the Boom Divas, residents came out and enjoyed what Boom had to offer including participating in a few of the events. They were also treated to performances from Tanto Blacks, Omari, Ikaya, Mr. Lexx, Chi Ching Ching, Laden, Vanessa Bling, and Tifa. Check out the fun highlights below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Battling ugly girls shouldn’t be something Singer IKaya does but with her new single, she does just that. Here on Onstage she speaks on her new single “Ugly Girl“, her career so far, her greatest moments in her career, aiming to bring more positive and empowering music, and fighting against violence against women. A good interview here, IKaya also premiered her “Ugly Girl” music video. IKaya is a dope artist and I do wish her more success in the future. Check out the interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Reggae Music owned a part of last night’s festivities and one artist to play her role was IKaya. Here she delivered a few of her singles, covered “Drunk In Love” and even had Brown Shuga accompany her for a song. Good to see IKaya doing her thing at Sting, looking forward to her new developments in 2015. More performances later. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Another day, another mixtape huh? Leggo! The good music keeps flowing to the internet and today DJ Peps is the current carrier. Titled “Pree My Medz“, Peps presents 51 minutes of great conscious reggae and dancehall songs. This is a great blend and Features acts such as Vybz Kartel, JahVinci, Ikaya, Protoje, Tommy Lee, and Konshens. Download it below and share your feedback in the comments section.