StiddilyBongSkeng! Leno Banton continues his spiritual ascent as he unleashes the new tune named, “Mind, Heart, Soul (MHS)“. With RiddimBoss handling Production, the “Student of Love” encourages everyone to have a clean heart, be pure in thought and action, walk more with God, all while riding the Riddim like a Cyclist through heavy traffic. If you still aren’t familiar with the Young Banton, check out our Interview with him here. Even if your heart’s bitter, the Most High’s grace will wash it clean, so ring his bell today! Leno’s currently working on a follow up to his 2016 “REM SZN” project so stay tuned. Artwork by Khari Kamau, photo by Destinee Condison. Check out the track below!
The Hope Gardens Shell Bandstand served as the perfect backdrop to showcase some of Reggae’s young royals to an eager audience of Locals and Tourists all with one thing in common…a love for the Culture. I personally gave up on Music in Jamaica until I came across these new school of Reggae Royals who through their socially conscious offerings, give honour to the many men and women who preceded them in the genre…
Words By ShannyDeLioness
Photos By Samantha Singh
The gates opened at 7:30 Pm and the DJ for the night Yaadcore kept the early patrons entertained on the turntables, and DJ Jimmy Q of NewsTalk 93 FM handled hosting duties. By 9 Pm, the venue was almost full and the show kicked off with the opening act Sevana. Featuring cuts off her Sevana EP and even debuting a new song and a remix to Protoje’s “Love Gone Cold” (she was featured on the original), she had the audience mesmerized as she belted out tune after tune. I still refused to believe she did all that on a sore throat (Editor’s Note: She’s my Hero!!). By the time ZJ Sparks gave Protoje & The Indiggnation the greatest introduction ever, the venue was packed with patrons who were eager to sing and dance along with them.
A new wave of Roots Reggae and Reggae Fusion Artists has been popping up in Jamaica in recent years, making a change in the playing field and pleasing listeners. With the Reggae Revival introducing us to Artists like Protoje, Jesse Royal and Jah9, not only are we listening to some great music, but we have new platforms to enjoy them. One member of the new wave, Leno Banton, has been leaving a mark at every point in his journey as an Artist. 13th Street Promotions recently reached out to Leno to know more about his musical journey, the REM Collective, meeting Protoje, and how his legendary Father influenced his sound.
Words by @SwadeDaVillain
13thStreetPromotions: We’ve finally met up and got an Interview! A 13th Street Promotions x Leno Banton link took too long to happen. Bless up! For those who are new here, who is the Artist known as Leno Banton?
13thSP: Even though you’re a newcomer, the journey to getting here must’ve been a long one. Tell us about how you got your start.
In every young Artist’s life, there comes that time where they put in a lot of work on their rise to the top. Leno Banton is one of those Artists who stepped on the scene with a brand and a crew to match, and all he wants now is to be seen and heard worldwide. Recently, he was booked to perform at the Imprint event in Kingston, Jamaica. In the first episode of his “Da MEDz” Vlog series, he shares his thoughts and visuals before and after the event. We got a chance to see him prepare for his appearance, solo performance, and meeting with Recording Artist Protoje who he deems as an Influence in his career. Leno’s REMSZN project is available here for those who aren’t familiar with his music. Shot by Jordan Morris, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
We’re still experiencing “REMSZN” as Recording Artist Leno Banton and Producer SNR Beats continue to hit you with the groovy music! Today, Leno celebrates his birthday with the release of the visual for “Classic“! Directed by Jordan Morris and Khari Kamau, the Young Banton is in his element as he drops the music to keep your head banging. Be on the look out for more visuals from his “REMSZN” project (which is available here), and get familiar with his REM Collective! Bless up on another year Leno! Listen to the Young Banton nuh man! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
From the heavens come forth the highly anticipated project from the 90’s Babies Leno Banton and SNR. Titled “REMSZN“, this 17 track creation is an exhibition of the “Ganja Phenomenon” covering various topics and flipping lyrics over the eclectic Production styles from SNR. With a blend of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Grime, listeners old and new can witness the rise of the Rapid Eye Movements as they set to leave their mark everywhere. Leno has managed to keep his name buzzing for quite a while thanks to his singles, and his appearance at the recently held “Off Springs” Concert. Time to get groovy, and welcome some new music in your life by checking out the project below and share your thoughts in the comments section.