It’s been a while, but we’re bringing this back. It’s time to “Learn Something“! Ever been interested in knowing how well your favourite Artist is doing numbers wise? Today, we introduce you to the Podcast series, “The Reggae Report“! Hosted by Lloyd Laing of Reggaeology.com who has been in this music biz for quite some time, we get a weekly rundown of some of the best (and worst) performers in the Jamaica Top 100 Music Chart. It’s all about the stats, check out the Podcast episodes 1 & 2 below and share. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
In recognition of March being “Women’s History Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few women who have made their contribution to the Jamaican music landscape in the early years. Today’s selection comes from a lady who is considered “The 1st Lady of Lover’s Rock“, Ginger Williams! We look at her single, “I Can’t Resist Your Tenderness“. Produced by Ronnie Williams, this was released in 1972 through UK Records (1975 through Paradise Records), and was one of the earliest Lover’s Rock releases. It was also featured on her 1977 debut album, “Strange World“.
Having started out as a member of the British group Green Mango, “Tenderness (or “Tenderly” on her Greatest Hits album)” became a hit for Ginger Williams as a solo Artist having topped the British Reggae Charts. She went on to release more singles and albums, scoring a few more hits over the years, and recently released a new single titled “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind“. “Tenderness” remains however, her biggest hit.
Recording Artist Koffee has been on a blazing trail in recent months, and today she adds a milestone as she releases her debut EP, “Rapture“! Featuring 5 tracks, she keeps it lyrical and fun as she brought on the hits along with a couple new tunes. With fellow Recording Artist Jane Macgizmo being her only feature and production by Izy Beats, Walshy Fire, Lasanna Harris, SOS Dynamikz, Teflon Zincfence, Sean Alaric, Echoslim, Nicko Rebel, and Frankie Productions, “you cyaa bawl inna life” with this lineup! This a great addition next to our previous report that her hit single “Toast” was featured in the upcoming Horror flick, “Us“! It’s time to press play so check out the EP below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Recording Artist Koffee has a lot to be thankful for. With 2018 seeing her being the talk of the town with her smash hit “Toast” (racking up 16 million views on Youtube currently), signing to Columbia Records, touring the world and touching many with her music, her star has yet to shine its brightest. 2019 so far has seen Koffee making more moves, and this next move that we’ll share might see her standing out even more.
Moviegoers worldwide are anticipating the theatrical release of the Horror flick, “Us“. Directed by Comedian/Director Jordan Peele and starring Trinbagonian-American Actor Winston Duke and Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o, it has been the talk of Social Media as Peele’s previous film, “Get Out” was a huge success. Yesterday (March 11) at US based Conference and Festival South By Southwest (SXSW), moviegoers were treated to an early screening of the film, and fans of Reggae music were delighted to hear Koffee’s hit single as it has been included in a scene of the film. Produced by Izy Beats and Walshy Fire, the song finds Koffee giving thanks for her many blessings, and encouraging listeners to show gratitude. We featured it as one of our 2018 favourites, and we’ve seen it cross many seas and nations since its release, even scoring a “Song Of The Year” award at the recently held Jamaica Reggae Industry Awards (JaRIA). Koffee is currently gearing up to release her debut EP, “Rapture” on March 14 which also features “Raggamuffin” and “Throne“.
“Us” hits Theatres on March 22, but you can view the trailer below. Check out our post on Koffee’s “Toast” here, and share. Be sure to show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
What a ting when someone catches your eye in a crazy way eh? Well for Recording Artist Kali Grn, he’s experiencing just that in “Mesmerize“! Produced by Modern Anciency Music and Knackis Productions on the “Ghetto Blaster Riddim” with backup vocals by Rosh Rebel, Kali details the first time he laid eyes on a special lady, then goes into sharing how they’ve conversed, dreaming of spending key moments with her, and even mentioning walking down the aisle with her. It can get like that sometimes, love is a beautiful thing when handled right. Be on the look out for more from the Mobay based Artist this year! In the meantime, check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
In recognition of March being “Women’s History Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few women who have made their contribution to the Jamaican music landscape in the early years. In our next selection, we highlight the late Singer, Sonya (sometimes Sonja or Sonia) Spence. She was a part of the new wave of promising acts in the 1970s and 80s. Today we look back at her single, “Let Love Flow On“. Produced by Sonia Pottinger (Jamaica’s 1st female Producer) for High Note Records in 1981, this was featured on Spence’s “Sings Love” album that was released in the same year. With a blend of Funk, Reggae, and Soul, Sonya spreads her soft vocals all over the production, and will find you grooving with your favourite person.
While Sonia had a run that birthed a few popular tracks and the release of a few albums, the later days were not very kind to her as she developed a drug habit. She made appearances at various places including Schools (Editor’s note: She made numerous visits to Manchester high when I was a student there) where she would warn against drug abuse, and she’d lend her voice to a few persons along the way till she passed away in 2007.