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.
Happy Sunday! Today we celebrate a lil Dancehall, and a lil Soca with our “Oldies Sunday” selection. Going back to the year 1993, we tune in to the late Byron Lee and his Band The Dragonaires’ hit, “Dance Hall Soca“! Featuring Soca Artist Preacher and Dancehall Artist/Football Coach Admiral Bailey, we get the best of both worlds as Dancehall and Soca fans alike joined forces and partied away without care! The track was featured on the Band’s 1993 album of the same name, and it’s a fun song that became one of Byron Lee’s signature hits, and you could say one of the songs that paved the way for many Dancehall/Soca collaborations over the years. With the superb instrumentations from the Band, and Preacher and Bailey’s contributions, you could wave your rag, wine, and do the “Soca Bogle” to your heart’s content. Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @13thStreetPromo.
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.
Popular Recording Artists, Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin, will be launching a revolutionary band in Jamaica Carnival this season.
The newest band on the block, Rebellion, will see Lyons and Bunji’s One World Rebellion partnering with Solid Agency and M7 Events (hosts of the popular Soirée SPF, SPF Weekend and Marbana Beach Club). “Right now, the team is constructing all the parts needed to make sure everything comes together fruitfully,” Lyons said. Rebellion will have its official launch on December 8 at their base, Rebellion Yard, beside Emancipation Park. The launch party which is expected to be a spectacular affair will be under the theme ‘Revolt’. According to Lyons, the theme, “is rooted in history and is based on the background of various cultural revolutions from the Africans to the American natives’ fight for freedom.”
When legends collide, expect greatness. First off, Happy Birthday to a living legend, Machel Montano who celebrates his 44th year today. In celebration of his time on earth and looking back at a great career, he teamed up with fellow legend Farmer Nappy on the track, “Day One“! Produced by De Red Boyz, the Artists speak on friendships that have fun together, and last a lifetime. For those who are day one supporters of their careers including the Xtatik days, Machel and Nappy have come a long way from being kids in the 80’s embarking on music careers. Something you share with your true “day ones” to look forward to many more great times together. Getting ready for Carnival 2019 with the crew? Keep this one in rotation and fete all day long. Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Recently, subscribers of popular streaming network Netflix, were treated to a bunch of new content. One of the new programs included the series, “She’s Gotta Have It“. Adapted from the 1986 Spike Lee Joint, the storyline revolves around a young woman and her three lovers. The series however features a great selection of music from Hip Hop to Reggae for its soundtrack. Lending their sounds to the series included Reggae Artist Fanton Mojah, Reggaeton Artist Daddy Yankee, Reggae Band Steel Pulse, Dancehall Artist Opal, and Soca Artist GBM Nutron! In episode 2, you can find Fanton Mojah’s “Kingston Town” which features Capleton and Turbulence, Opal’s “This Me Know“, and Daddy Yankee’s “Hula Hoop“. In episode 4, you can find Steel Pulse’s “Can’t Stand It“, and GBM Nutron’s “Scene” (plus a shout out from the series’ Protagonist). Season 1 of the series is out, so you can “Netflix and Chill“. You can check out the tracks below!