After dropping his critically acclaimed album, ‘Tru Colors’, and touring the globe alongside Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley this year, Wayne Marshall is poised to take his sound to the next plateau.
On August 27, the Jamaican dancehall singer will make his national TV debut performance on BET’s ’106 & Park’ for its special Caribbean Carnival takeover episode.
That same week, he plans to drop his hip hop-flavoured video (directed by Maybach Music’s Jon J) for the album’s latest single, Go Harder.
The multi-talented singjay shot the video in sunny Miami, featuring artiste Waka Flocka, Ace Hood and Cham, as well as Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, who produced most of Marshall’s new album.
Hailed by the Associated Press as “a refreshing curve to the dancehall game,” Tru Colors is Marshall’s first album in more than a decade.
The 13-track collection, released on the Marley-owned label, Ghetto Youths International,
and distributed through Thirty Tigers/Sony RED, was written almost entirely by Marshall.
Tessanne Chin, NBC’s The Voice winner, also contributes lyrics on the album’s closing track, On The End. The album features an all-star cast of collaborations, including Ace Hood, Cham & Waka Flocka on Go Harder; Aidonia, Assassin, I-Octane, Jr. Gong, Bounty Killer & Vybz Kartel on Go Hard; Assassin on Stupid Money; Bounty Killer on Be On The Alert; Tarrus Riley on Nah Give Up and Capleton on Strike Dem.
The album follows his 2013 digital-only EP, Tru Colors, (Ghetto Youths International) and his 2003 LP, Marshall Law (VP Records).
Dancehall artiste Spice is getting ready to create a musical tidal wave in the US.
The So Mi Like It artiste can’t wait to perform for her US fans during her upcoming October- November tour.
“It will definitely be a great time. I always have so much fun performing for my fans because their energy is great and they sing every song, word for word. As it gets closer to the time, I’ll announce all the stops so fans can know exactly where I’ll be to perform and hangout with them after the shows,” said Spice. The entertainer did an excellent set at the recent Dream Weekend Live.
“I was the first female to perform there and, according to the promoters, it was an excellent performance and the feedback was great from fans. I managed to earn an encore and the fans even sang happy birthday to me. So I’m extremely grateful for and humbled by that,” said Spice.
He is set to make his first appearance in Guyana over the weekend, but his imminent performance in the country has been met by heavy resistance by at least one outreach organisation.
Joshua Generation, the Youth Arm of Love and Faith World Outreach Ministries, have made it clear that they do not support the move by Hits and Jams Entertainment to have dancehall artiste Alkaline perform at their Jamzone Summer Break.
The youth outreach group is hoping the organisers will think twice about the artiste’s appearance. In their letter to the country’s national newspaper, Starbroeke, the group gave reasons why they oppose Alkaline’s performance.
“We’ve decided that we will take a stand and make it known that we do not appreciate and will not condone Hits and Jams bringing artistes like Alkaline to our land. This is a position we maintain in relation to this particular artiste and any others whose music and lifestyle do nothing to positively uplift our youth,” they said.
The youth group used the artiste’s ban in other countries to support their stance. “It has been made public that Alkaline, Tommy Lee and other artistes of similar nature have been barred from performing in some countries, therefore, begging the question as to why we should expose our youth to this level of vulgarity.”
The letter goes on to state that Alkaline and other dancehall artistes, including Tommy Lee, play an important part in the deterioration of the society’s moral standings. Not only is the group asking that the artiste’s performance be cancelled, but they are also calling on the nation’s president to act on getting local radio stations to stop playing the artiste’s music.
Despite the opinions of the youth organisation, it seems to be all systems go for the young artiste. The Weekend STAR was told by a member of Alkaline’s management team that the artiste will be performing as scheduled.
“The promoters have assured us that he will be performing as scheduled, nothing has changed,” the representative said. The 19-year-old entertainer, who has been booked for the show since June, is set to perform on Saturday.
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Etana I RISE Tracklist
1. Selassie is the Chapel
2. How Long
3. On My Way
4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
5. Jamaica Woman
6. I Rise
7. Richest Girl
8. Love Song
9. By Your Side
10. Passing Thru
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
14. Jam Credits
Etana released the first single for the album ‘TRIGGER’ earlier in the year, and has received rave reviews and airplay on some of the top radio shows across the world. The song depicts the harsh conditions of a young man who has been rendered jobless due to deplorable economic conditions, back against the wall as his mother suffers from Cancer, he turns to the dark side of society. The song is based on a true Jamaican story and social issue of unemployment and lack of opportunities that continues to plague many countries.