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OLDIES SUNDAY: @Eddy_Grant – Gimme Hope Jo’Anna (1988)


Today, we give thanks for the progress we have made as a people, especially People Of Colour. While we have had our share of slip ups, we’ve made historic moves, and changed lives for better overall. Today on Oldies Sunday, we want to recognize a contribution to positive change. Today, we highlight Guyanese-born Recording Artist/Producer/Musician Eddy Grant and his track, “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna“.

A self-produced track that was released in 1988 through Parlophone/EMI, “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna” found Eddy Grant doing his part in promoting change for Black people and other people of colour. Released during the Apartheid era in South Africa (an Institutionalized racial segregation that existed there from 1948 to the 1990s), Eddy Grant cleverly penned lyrics speaking out for the end of Apartheid, making references to Archbishop Desmond Tutu who fought against it, highlighting the South African cities of Durban, Soweto, Province of the Transvaal, and personifying Johannesburg, the largest South African city that was symbolic of the National Party government that fostered Apartheid.

“Gimme Hope Jo’Anna” was not intended to be a hit single for Eddy Grant who returned to music after a brief hiatus, but it became an anti-Apartheid anthem that expressed change in South Africa, and brought International attention to South Africa. It enjoyed chart success in Europe, became popular in the UK, and was soon banned by the National Party (they later removed the ban to use it during their campaign for the 1994 South Africa general election). Despite its ban, “Gimme Hope” already did what needed to be done, contributing to the end of the racial segregation in the early 1990s. The track was included in Eddy Grant’s 1988 “File Under Rock” and 1990’s “Barefoot Soldier” albums, and is one of the most important songs of its time. The track was also performed in various parts of the world including India as it represented a different message, it was performed for the late Nelson Mandela for his 90th birthday, and was referenced in various sporting moments. “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna” was a part of more controversy in the early 2000s when an adopted version was used in a promotional campaign for Yoplait. The track also found popularity on Social Media platform TikTok.

Since the release of “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna”, Eddy Grant released more music. Now living in Barbados since the 1980s, he runs the Blue Wave Studio, introduced a new genre of music called “Ringbang“, pursued other businesses, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Guyana, and even sued Donald Trump for the unauthourized use of his hit single “Electric Avenue” for a campaign. Eddy Grant has enjoyed a successful music career, with “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna” being one of his most important songs.

Thank You Eddy Grant For This Classic!

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Sizzla’s “Wrath” Single Goes Viral On @TikTok_US!


Social Media platform TikTok has been the go-to for many Content Creators and Musicians to gain viral success, and grow their following. Earlier this year, we highlighted Dancehall Artist Shenseea’sPon Mi” becoming a fixture thanks to a series of remixes on TikTok, now Dancehall/Reggae Recording Artist Sizzla Kalonji is gaining a new audience thanks to his 2004 single “Wrath” becoming a trending sound.

Produced by the late Daniel “Blaxxx” Lewis, and Andrew Bradford a.k.a. Dancehall Artist Buccaneer on the “Blackout Riddim“, “Wrath” was Sizzla in one of his most aggressive states. The song’s content dealt with being on guard at all times, Sizzla avoiding becoming a target for Law Enforcement, and various individuals and groups who wish for his demise, and it quickly became a hit for the Artist.

This past Summer, Tiktoker Kalise Brooks used Sizzla’s “Wrath” line “Me nuh waan no r***cl**t man back a me” for a video sharing her displeasure for her partner wanting to be a part of her “Girls’ Night Out, and it quickly took off. With over 720 videos released, “Wrath” was used by the likes of Comedian Babajaay, Sheneik The Menace, Educator/Recording Artist/Actor SirPlus, and Recording Artist 1Bynz all sharing hilarious scenarios. If you’ve been enjoying the content, let us know your favourite ones.

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UPDATE

Kalise Brooks, the Creator of the TikTok trend, shared how it all came about.

I was just at home and Sizzla’s voice came to me with the concept. I asked my son what he thought about it and he said, ‘Yes mommy that’s funny, you should do it’. So I did it, and my son edited it and uploaded it up for me lol…and I kept seeing a lot of people liking it and commenting, and then he said, ‘Mommy people using your sound!’. I found out through a friend that your Article about the trend was featured on (IG) @Augusttown876’s page. ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Blessed love for the highlight.

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Queenie & Dowey Make A Bold Statement In “One Man To Mi Goodie” Video!


Social Media Personality/Recording Artist Queen Ladi Gangsta, more popularly known as Queenie, has been a topic of much controversy, and she has managed to make it work for her. Thanks to her many episodes on Instagram Live and TikTok, she has shared so much. When she’s not sharing details about her relationship, she invites viewers to some of her past experiences, but she has kept her flock entertained in every step of the way. Controversy aside, she has been holding her own as an Artist in the past couple years. Today, she uses her music to make a bold statement. We check out the visual for her single, “One Man To Mi Goodie“.

Directed by Sikk Films/Shy Media and featuring her Husband Dowey, Queenie sets the record straight that there is only one man for her. Dowey emphasizes that Queenie is the only one for him, and together they solidify their sometimes tumultuous relationship in video and song. A preview of “One Man To Mi Goodie” gained viral love over the past few months on Social Media, so we expect the music video to make even more impressions. There is one Queenie in the pack, and when she speaks, the people listen. Stay tuned for new developments in the life of Queenie and Dowey.

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Ai Milly Is Living It Up In New “Villa” Visual!


Dancehall Artist Ai Milly has been one of the more talked about Artists in the past few months. With his name gaining traction on Social Media, he has been releasing songs that quickly became favourites amongst younger listeners. TikTok has been one of the platforms that hugely supports his content, and he’s working his way up the Jamaican music ladder. His hard work has been yielding great rewards, and he enjoys it all in the video for the track, “Villa“.

Directed by Magnus Productions, Ai Milly finds himself living it up in Ocho Rios with a few friends, plenty money to go around, and of course the ladies. While he’s enjoying life on the North Coast, he is still getting to work, and making his money stack up. The era of “Chop Dancehall” has produced a few local and regional stars, with a promise that some will have a taste of International success very soon. “Villa” was produced by Carey Villa Records, and fans can look out for even more from the Recording Artist.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Brick & Lace – Love Is Wicked (2007)


For today’s Oldies Sunday selection, we go back to a time when Trucker Hats were back in style, Von Dutch was a brand people were familiar with, Jamaica was trending Internationally thanks to a few great Jamaican Artists, and this Jamaican girl group were on the verge of blowing up overseas. That girl group originally consisted of sisters Nailah, Nyanda, and Tasha Thorbourne, but was later reduced to just Nailah and Nyanda, and they were called, “Brick & Lace“! Today, we check out “Love Is Wicked“.

Produced by Steven “Lenky” Marsden on the “Diwali Riddim and released in 2007, Brick & Lace spoke about a love that despite being everything they wanted and they’d give their all for it, that person that gave the love never belonged to them, and has resulted in hurt. The song’s upbeat production made it a danceable one, and the hook was very catchy. The deliveries on “Love Is Wicked” stood out thanks to Nailah’s singing and Nyanda’s singjaying, and it quickly became a hit in Jamaica, and parts of the world.

“Love Is Wicked” successfully crossed over to the International market, and was featured in the soundtrack to “Bratz: The Movie“, got featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live“, was included in the soundtrack for the “Sims 2” video game, and has enjoyed a number of remixes. Brick & Lace capitalized off the success of “Love Is Wicked” with a debut album of the same name which was released in 2007.

Since the release of “Love Is Wicked”, Brick & Lace went on to release a few more singles while being signed to Akon’s Kon Live label, formed a songwriting team with sisters Tasha and Candace called Bloodline, launched solo careers (Nailah goes by “Nyla” while Nyanda used her name), and the duo is currently enjoying TikTok love as “Love Is Wicked” has been gaining viral success since 2021, and grew even more thanks to TikToker Cynesse. Will the Thorbourne sisters return to the scene as a duo? Who knows, but “Love Is Wicked” remains a classic.

Thank You Brick & Lace For This Classic!

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Bwoizy Sees Green With Debut Single!


Jamaican Content Creator/Media Personality Aamir Cunningham, more popularly known as “Bwoizy“, has been making waves with his dose of humour and unique thoughts on Social Media for quite some time. Thanks to Instagram and TikTok, he has connected with many who can relate to his content and views, and his fanbase has been growing exponentially. As with many who have found viral fame, Bwoizy decided to step into the lane of Music, and he looks to make a dent with the release of his debut single, “I See Green“.

Produced by DarkSideOnTheTrack and with the assistance of Lucas Musiq, Bwoizy is feeling, seeing, and being embodied in the colour Green. Whether he’s about getting to the money, living life the way he wants to, or focused on making it to the top, Bwoizy’s path is lined with Jade, with an Emerald lighting it along the way. The lyrics cleverly reference a few green things here, and Bwoizy presents a song with a catchy flow that we believe many of his fans have already adopted. We hope a certain Political Party doesn’t get their hands on this, and if they do, compensate the young man and his team properly.

Bwoizy looks to expand his brand in many ways, will music be one that gives him similar success as his peers who have ventured into it? Only time will tell.

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