Earlier this year, we let you in on a few Artists that you should look out for in 2018. Featuring some of the best Female acts you may or may not have been aware of, we’ve decided to follow up with a Spotify Playlist featuring even more! From Dancehall, to R&B, to Reggae, to Pop, we continue to highlight the diversity in our unique Jamaican Music Culture. Let this Playlist be your guide to discovering new talent, or providing the soundtracks to your day to day life! Get your headphones or speakers ready, and tune in to some GIRL POWER below!
In our “2018 Predictions” post, we predicted that there will be more Women making their way onto the Caribbean Music scene. In an Industry that hasn’t always been kind to the Female Artist, we have enjoyed the works from many over the years, but we have also asked for some who can step outside the box and give us music that’ll blow us away! The following Artists have been slowly making their name out there for some time, and aim to be mentioned along with their established peers.
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
We mentioned the songbird in our 15 Artists to look out for feature last year, and she has been making steady progress since her debut single, “So Shy“. This year has already seen her start off in a good way with “Doe Try Me“, with promises to deliver even more music. She steals the scene with her voice, and you need her in your playlists.
Jane has been on the scene for a while, but made a lot of noise in 2017 thanks to her single, “Too Late“. A member of Zinc Fence Records, she made her debut in 2014 with “Babylon” and has been on the radar of many ever since. Last year saw her music being featured in the Amazon Video series, “SYN”, and this year may be the year she releases a full length project! It’s not too late to get familiar with her.
3. Rhiya Luna
Formerly Shie Musik, she was featured in our 15 Artists to know post as well as she was coming back off of a hiatus. She has lent her voice to various Dancehall singles, and with the new moniker she aims to touch on more genres. With singles like “It Up“, “Bandwagon Selecta“, “Sweetest Love” and her latest “Again“, let her music put some light in your life!
As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at a few songs that were favourites on the Blog for the year. While we can’t name EVERY one, we’ll give you 5 (in no particular order so hold off on the ego) to reminisce on, or get familiar with.
Ending our list today is the one they call “Diggy British“, Protoje with “BLXXD MONEY (a.k.a. BLXXD MONEY)”! Produced by Winta James and released in February, Protoje sees red as he calls out Corruption, Classism, Injustice, and those who practice it in Jamaica. From Government leaders to those names in high places, Protoje starts a revolution, and wants you to be a part of it. Protoje never watched no face when rinsing this tune this year as he has painted the scene red at Festivals, Radio stops, and even at the recently held Prime Minister’s Youth Awards Ceremony. A tune that lifted the veil for many this year. Thank you for checking out our “2017 Faves“(see the rest here). We hope you enjoyed our selections, and we wish you an awesome 2018! Check out “BLXXD MONEY” below!
She has been making waves with her single, “Too Late” recently, but Recording Artist Jane Macgizmo turns it up a notch with the Music Video! Directed by Tricia Bent and shot at the Villas Sur Mer in Negril, the visual features some beautiful shots with the Singer along with a short performance by Dancers Tashnie Hinds, Rochelle Kamicka, Courtney Payne, and Amanyea Stines (who also handled the Choreography duties). With scenes looking like Jane is being featured in a Commercial for a top of the line Perfume, you can’t help but re watching. With Jane Macgizmo’s music being featured in TV Shows, and making appearances all over Jamaica, 2018 better gets ready for wave of new projects. Check out the video below.
While it has been “Too Late” for some this past Summer, Recording Artist Jane Macgizmo is right on time with the way her career is going. Recently she, along with Zinc Fence Records Producer Teflon, were called up to lend their musical hands in the Soundtrack to the upcoming Amazon Prime TV series, “SYN“. Jane’s latest single, “Too Late” will be featured, along with her contribution to the Series’ Theme Song. Original Production by Teflon will also make an appearance throughout the season. She took to Social Media site Instagram to deliver the great news to much excitement, and it goes to show that our music continues to make an impact Worldwide.
“SYN” is a psychological Thriller written and produced by Award winning Jamaican Director/Producer/Writer Toni Morgan Haye (related to the this Blog’s Founder? Maybe lol) that focuses on the main character named Jess (played by Emily Sweet). Jess has amnesia and remembers nothing about who she is or where she came from. The series sees Jess on a journey to reclaim her lost memories, and how her very existence could change the course of reality. The series premieres on October 6 on Amazon Prime TV. Check out the trailer below.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some Jane Macgizmo. Just when the thought comes up however, she pops up with a new single for your head top. Teaming up with Producer JLL and Teflon ZincFence, she delivers “Too Late“. If you’ve ever been caught up in some serious attraction to the wrong person, while the right one slips away, this for you. If you are in the “Friend Zone“, then you should keep this in your playlist. This Dancehall/Pop number sounds like a hit already with its very catchy hook, and compliments JLL and Teflon’s Production greatly. You can just picture yourself in the scenarios mentioned, or even recall one (and maybe face palm if you realized that you’ve lost the right one). Jane’s staying busy behind the scenes working on music with ZincFence Records, and aims to drop a full length project in 2018. Can’t wait to see a visual for this one. We hope it’s not too late for you to let that love blossom with someone, but it’s not too late to listen to this new Jane Macgizmo below!
“Too Late” is also available for purchase on Apple Music (Get It Here).