Still tuned in to the final season of the Starz hit show, “Power“? Still wondering who shot Ghost? Anyway, while checking out episode 14, we noticed a familiar sound in the first scene. It was nothing but Jamaican Icon Sister Nancy’s 1982 classic, “Bam Bam“! Produced by Winston Riley, this song did so much for the music culture as Sister Nancy was regarded as the 1st Female Dancehall Artist, and the first to tour internationally as one. We’ve featured “Bam Bam” a few times on here, so check out this link for more content. Salute Sister Nancy!
Singer/Actress/Reality TV Star Amara La Negra has been enjoying an enormous amount of buzz since crossing over to the US market thanks to her appearances on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami“. Since then, she has signed record contracts, and made her brand spread everywhere. Making time for the studio however, she has released her latest single, “Insecure“. Produced by Theron Thomas of Rock City and Supa Dups (with Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor making a cameo appearance), Amara wants to get to the bottom of things as her intuition is tingling when it comes to matters of the heart.
This marks Amara’s first official single for her upcoming debut album, and her second release in recent weeks with the first being the Sister Nancy sampled, “What A Bam Bam“. What’s next for the Afro Latina bombshell? Stay tuned. Check out the track below.
What a Bam Bam! With one of the most sampled Dancehall singles to date, Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” continues to make more noise all over the world! Adding to the list of Artists who have blessed the sample is US Recording Artist, Tamar Braxton! With her new Album, “Blue Bird Of Happiness“, she recently announced that it will be her final Album as she’ll be focusing on her family. “Bam Bam” received the sample treatment on the track, “Run Run” which was produced by Troy Taylor and Bridgetown, and appears as track 3 on the Album. “Bam Bam” was released in 1982, produced by Winston Riley, and has been sampled/featured on tracks by the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Guerilla Black, Lauryn Hill, Kat DeLuna. The single was even featured in a Reebok Commercial.
Dancehall/Reggae Producer Don Corleonie is also featured on Tamar’s Album. He is credited as a Writer on the final track, “Empty Boxes“. Check out “Run Run” below, “Blue Bird Of Happiness” is available here.
Chantice Gervais is a UK based Youtuber who represents for the Caribbean, and those living the “Natural Hair Life“. One thing she highlights a lot more, is her love of Dance. Recently she teamed up with her friends Dancers Tina Omotosho and Jackie Kibukz, and Choreographer/Videographer Bismark Anobah for a dose of “Positive Vibrations“. Donned in African inspired garb, they performed to the tunes of Chronixx’s “Majesty” (Get it here), and the Sister Nancy classic, “Bam Bam” (Get it here). Showing off various styles, the video should inspire you to get on your feet, and learn a move or few. A nice clip for all to see, with songs that will sure to call for a gun finger salute. You can find Chantice at Youtube.com/Channice123. Check out the video below!
They call him “Hov“, they say he’s not a Businessman, he’s a Business…man, but we know him as Jay-Z! Recently he released his 13th studio album titled, “4:44 (Buy Here)“, and many were blown away by the direction he took with the content. One of the standouts however is “BAM (Get It Here)“, his collaboration with the “Gongzilla“, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, combined with the sampling one of the most sampled Dancehall singles of all time, “Bam Bam (Get It Here)” by the iconic Sister Nancy. Today, they unleashed the visuals for that track. Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat and shot during Jay’s recent visit to Jamaica, we get a glimpse of Kingston including the iconic Trench Town, the infamous Tuff Gong Studio, and guest cameos included Hip Hop Producer Young Guru, Recording Artist Kabaka Pyramid, Junior Reid, Former Miss World (and Damian’s Mama) Cindy Breakspeare, and the elements of what makes our music culture so amazing! No more talking, watch the video below!
For those who aren’t familiar, Va$htie is an American DJ/Designer/Blogger/Director who is of Trinidadian descent. For those who are familiar with her, you may have seen a few of her videos, worn her Sneakers (She designed a special Air Jordan II and has a line with Puma), or raved to her DJing at a party. Tonight, after a heads up on her Snapchat recently, she released her Island-flavoured “West Indian Summer” Mixtape. Featuring over an hour of Dancehall, Reggae, Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata, Merengue and Soca, Va$htie pays homage to the sounds that raised her. Featuring selections from Johnny Osbourne, Protoje, Machel Montano, Romeo Santos, Buju Banton, Celia Cruz, Daddy Yankee and many more! If you represent the Caribbean, I encourage you to wave your flag while blasting the decibels out on this mix! Just in time for the Labor Day Weekend, may this provide the soundtrack to your raving! Check out the Mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.