.@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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OLDIES SUNDAY: @Rihanna – Pon De Replay (2005)


Yesterday (February 20), Pop Queen Rihanna celebrated her 33rd birthday. It’s been a long time since the Bajan sensation emerged on the scene, and now she’s one of Pop’s most iconic artists. Today on Oldies Sunday, we present to you the song that started it all, “Pon De Replay“.

Produced by Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, and Evan Rogers, “Pon De Replay” was released through Def Jam Records in 2005. The track finds Rihanna requesting the DJ turn her favourite music up so she and her friends can enjoy the party more. The song was the first single off her 2005 debut album, “Music Of The Sun“. The song has Pop, Dancehall, R&B influences, and it turned out to be a hit for the rising star. Prior to its release, it was a part of collection of demo tracks Rihanna recorded in 2004 in hopes she got signed to a record deal soon after. “Pon De Replay” caught the attention of then President of Def Jam Jay Z, and after a successful audition for him and Music Exec. L.A. Reid, Rihanna signed a 6 album contract with the label, and the rest is history. “Pon De Replay” went on to sell 3 Million copies, become a top 10 single in various countries, and catapulted Rihanna onto the Pop scene as the next big star. Fast forward over a decade and a half and a few billion streams later, Rihanna has become one of the most successful artists of all time, is one of the most influential personalities of all time, and has enjoyed lucrative careers in Music, Film, Fashion, and Beauty. It all started from that demo tape.

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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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