The 2019 Carnival season is officially on its way, and Dancehall artists are teaming up with Soca’s finest stars for various collaborations. It’s definitely a good look for the genres as it gives them more leverage to different markets, even after the seasons is done. Carnival is an International brand with different cities and countries around the world hosting their own. With more interest in the Caribbean culture over the years, it’s a pivotal moment for Dancehall and Soca to make a greater push for the International market with these collaborations. For those unfamiliar, the Jamaican love affair with Soca and Carnival dates back to the 1940s at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), and the collaborations over time are just great moments in this ever growing union. With their feel good vibes and ability to bring people together, the collaborations will continue. Today we’re featuring a few of the Dancehall x Soca crossovers that are currently making waves on the scene.
With Valentine’s Day just hours away, that loving feeling is definitely upon a few of us. Spreading the love through music today are Dancehall Artist Shenseea (who has been on a roll with these Soca collabs) and Soca Artist Kes on “Close To Me“! This one is definitely a banger as Tano and Brooklyn Decent provided a lovely production here to accompany the Artists get close throughout the song. With Loggo Lionel handling directorial duties for the video, we see all the chemistry oozing onscreen. Big up Jimmy October, Christian Kalpee, Daryl Gervais, Nicolai Ramjass (Brooklyn Decent), and Michael Montano (Tano) who contributed to this song! Whether you like it rough or gentle, just stay close to me when you need that love. Are there any couples in the house? Check out the video below and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Today’s Oldies Sunday was one that should’ve been posted a long time ago, but a recent event inspired its publishing. Remember when Dancehall Artist Shenseea released the visual for her “ShenYeng Anthem“? While many enjoyed the single, there were mixed reviews for the music video because of its intro. With today’s entry, I feel there would be some “outrage” from some folks if this was released today (some folks argue about every little thing online). Today’s entry comes from Chalice (though they were featured before, this song features mostly one of their Vocalists) with their single, “Sayonara“. Written by the legendary Lloyd Lovindeer, this was performed by one of the band’s Vocalists, Wayne Armond. Released through CTS Records in 1986, and Bold Reprive Records in 1987, this track features some Oriental influenced production with Wayne singing about his experiences with a Japanese woman in Jamaica. “Sayonara” (which means “Goodbye” in Japanese) was featured on the band’s “Crossfire” album and was popular in the 80’s and early 90’s. The video for the single was shot in Portland and featured the Boston Jerk Centre. Get familiar with something old by checking out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Shenseea’s doubling up on the features today as she joins Konshens and Rvssian in the visual for “Hard Drive“! Looking like a scene out of Mad Max, the trio come through with another hit on their hands along with a bunch of dancing ladies and Road Warriors! Directed by Marco Ruiz a.k.a. Frame X God, you’ll need a large Popcorn with extra butter as this looks like a release big enough for the Theaters! The single is currently available on all your favourite streaming services. It’s gonna be a hot Summer, ladies it’s time to back it up like a hard drive! Check out the video below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Earlier this year, US Pop Artist Christina Aguilera announced her 8th studio album, “Liberation“. With a couple singles out, fans were looking forward to what the songbird had in store as she found herself staying busy with other activities in recent years. On the album, she found herself collaborating with Reggae Artist Keida, and Dancehall Artist Shenseea on the track, “Right Moves“! Produced by Che Pope, Bryan “Composer” Nelson, and Marcos “Kosine” Palacios, the 3 ladies have their eyes on the men who know how to woo and seduce them with all the right moves. From having chills running up their spines, to having their bodies explored like iPhone apps, the men have to come correct when it’s time to get down. A great combination of Reggae, Dancehall, and Pop on this one, and a unique addition to Aguilera’s project. How did Makeida, Christina, and Chinsea do? “Liberation” is available on all streaming platforms, but you can check out the track below. Show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
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!