New York, New York (December 11, 2013) . Tessanne Chin left Adam Levine and millions of viewers speechless with her December 9 performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel. Its no doubt that Tessanne Chin is a fan favorite on The Voice because of her amazing range, amazing personality and powerful voice.
With a searing version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, which had the audience on their feet cheering Tessanne Chin poured out her heart. As the powerful vocalist Tessanne is she ended her song with a sustained note that showcased her strength and has cemented her place in the show’s finally.
“That was crazy what just happened,” Levine said. “the sheer talent is just..I think that is probably the most flawless and graceful performance I’ve ever heard on this show.”
This season’s competition started in September and had 48 artistes and has now reached it final round where only 3 contestants will be competing against each other for the top spot.
“To have come this far is an honour in itself. to move forward would be a way for me to thank you for all your support. It would be a chance to change my life. I love you,” said Tessanne Chin.
Not too far was Tessanne’s mentor and one of her biggest supporters International superstar Shaggy who was overwhelmed when he saw that – what was just a mere belief pf his, has now manifested for the world to see..
“I knew from the day I asked Tess if she would be interested in trying out for The Voice, she have what it takes to reach this far. Now she has been approved by the rest of the world that she is truly a star” says Shaggy.
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Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) – Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Harder They Come has inspired countless reggae music love-ins on college campuses and among Jamaicans around the world. Now the iconic movie can add a dancehall rhythm to its list of tributes, as One Jam Music releases Bounty Killer’s blazing Harder — a devastating response to all his challengers, and the teaser to One Jam’s latest production, the Harder Than Hard album slated for release in early 2014.
Harder Than Hard is the brainchild and labor of love of One Jam Music, a boutique reggae music label. The project was inspired by the classic 1972 Jimmy Cliff film written and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor D. Rhone. Considered a cult classic, The Harder They Come was the first film made in Jamaica shortly after independence, one of the most successful independent films of all time and “the soundtrack album has joined Marley’s catalog as reggae’s cornerstones” (SF Chronicle).
Continuing the firsts, Harder Than Hard will be the first riddim-driven album that will use samples and themes from one movie as the basis for all the songs on the compilation. The album, slated for release in early 2014, will feature a star-studded cast of established and rising dancehall and reggae artists and will lead off with the single Harder from Grammy nominated international star Bounty Killer.
On the eve of “Sting” 2013, dubbed “The greatest dancehall show on earth,” the dancehall world has been eagerly awaiting a response from Bounty Killer to challenges and insults hurled at him in recent months from Mr. Vegas, Anthony B, and most recently Mavado. The Warlord has finally responded, and it is with devastating impact. The musical response Harder, which conjures up memories of a favorite dancehall era when lyrical battles were en vogue and reached their highpoint at Sting, draws dialog samples from The Harder They Come, and in true Killer style delivers a verbal lashing to his challengers.
While the single for Harder will be available on all major digital outlets served by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital, the 40-year legacy and enduring potency of The Harder They Come is being celebrated by the film’s owners, International Films Limited (IFM) and their distribution partners. IFM, Syndctd Entertainment and Xenon Pictures will digitally release the film on iTunes and through VHX in late December. A blu-ray is set for Spring 2014 and various Harder They Come theatrical screenings / reggae music parties will roll out through 2014 on college campuses and with Jamaican diaspora groups and roots reggae groups in Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto and all over the globe.
About One Jam:
One Jam is an organization that seeks to unify people through music, sports, and social initiatives. As one of our slogans says, “Whether Yaad or Abroad, all are invited.” Through our boutique music label, One Jam Music, we aim to make music that can be appreciated and enjoyed by a global audience, including Jamaicans at home and abroad.
The 1973 U.S. launch of The Harder They Come led to four decades of smoke filled late night-screenings around the world. When Bob Marley and the Wailers first toured America later that year, they appeared in many of the same theaters that were screening The Harder They Come.
This uniquely homegrown Jamaican film has gone on to become one of the best regarded independent features of all time. The Harder They Come’s six year run at The Orson Welles Theater in Boston is the second longest continuous theatrical run in American history (second only to the film’s Midnight Movies cousin – Rocky Horror Picture Show).
For 40 years, critics and audiences from all walks of life have sung the praises of Perry Henzell’s gritty, groundbreaking masterpiece that brought reggae music to the international stage, helped make Jimmy Cliff a worldwide star, and demonstrated that music and art can change the world.
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, Ivan records a song for an unscrupulous music mogul, Mr. Hilton, who exploits naïve young artists because he controls the business. When Ivan’s song becomes a hit but he sees none of the money, the simple country boy turns outlaw.
At war with both the police and rivals in the ganja trade, Ivan rises quickly to the top of the pop charts …and the most-wanted lists.
New York, NY- International reggae/dancehall sensation Cruz Rock has dropped another episode on his Webisode show. Guiding his fans and viewers on his journey through the music business, also interviewing the amazing people he meets and knows that supports his movement and he does the same in return. You can view this webisode right here on dancehallstars.com! If you would like to know more about Cruz Rock or catch up with his webisodes or music you can check out his website at www.cruzrock.com. Stay connected with Cruz Rock on your favorite social network sites: facebook.com/CruzRockMusic, twitter.com/CruzRockIyatola and instagram: @CruzRock
Dancehall artistes Twin of Twins have changed the concept of their popular dancehall social commentary single Up Wid Di Money, in which they pretend to be robbers who prey on other artistes in order to alleviate the pain of poverty.
According to Patrick Gaynor of the duo, Mutabaruka’s disparaging comments about the song during his talk show have shed a negative light on the song.
“Mutabaruka called for a ban to be placed on the song because a caller said he did not like it. But instead of listening to the song, which Muta did not hear before, he started to make disparaging comments about the song and the worse type of disparaging comments are the ones based on ignorance,” Gaynor said.
During the controversial ‘Cutting Edge’ talk show, Mutabaruka admitted that he had not heard the song before.
However, he still said he wasn’t supportive of the lyrics, based on what he was told by two callers to the show.
“If me is a programme manager for a radio station, mi nah play it, and if me is Broadcasting Commission and me hear that song a play pon radio, mi a draw dem up. Mi nuh inna dat … Twin of Twins, mi and unno a brethren but unno duh betta dan dat. Nuh badda come tell mi bout nuh artistic expression. Wi don’t live in a society right now where we can sing frivolous things and seh it’s art … . We can’t be frivolous in this time,” Mutabaruka said during the show.
Twin of Twins says the song was pulled from at least one radio station for review as a result of Mutabaruka’s comments. The duo was already executing a promotional campaign in support of the song, which is currently one of the most played in dancehall, and had to make amends to their campaign by recording and releasing a new version of the song called Up Wid Di Money Remix, using the same toasting pattern, but with a spin.
“We made sure to go back to the drawing board and we came up with a remix which now exposes a different subject that is also faced by poor people, and the standard of the song is not watered down,” Gaynor said.
The duo also revealed that the new Up Wid Di Money remix has been getting favourable feedback from the fans and radio stations.
According to Twin of Twins, the original Up Wid Di Money was based on their Stir It Up Vol. 10 series and was making reference to fictitious characters.
The artistes claim that the original message of the song was to expose the inner thoughts of some youths struck by poverty with no positive role models.
The duo also said Up Wid Di Money is merely serious social commentary with a touch of humour, and was written without malice.
“We are very disappointed in Mutabaruka because is someone who wi look up to for years. We are disappointed in how the situation was handled, and we are wondering if there is an underlying motive for his actions. We are not angry, but disappointed,” Gaynor said.
Twin of Twins recently released the accompanying music video for Up Wid Di Money, produced by Swat Productions and Mad Vert Media. The video has received rave reviews online with more than 12,000 views in the first 24 hours it was released on YouTube.com.
To view the video, persons can search for twinoftwinstv on YouTube.com. The video features I-Octane, who was also mentioned in the song, as well as Ninja Man and other aspiring actors.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The murder trial of Dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel and four co-accused continues today in the Home Circuit court downtown Kingston.
However the trial will again be held in camera as the witness from the Cyber crimes unit Patrick Linton is still on the stand and has not been cross examined by the defence.
Jurors were sent home and the courtroom cleared at the start of Linton’s testimony to allow the court to determine the admissibility of certain evidence in the case.
Kartel, the head of the so called Gaza Empire, is on trial for the alleged murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He is jointly charged along with Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams.
Another co-accused, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye was freed of the charges.
With over 70 albums to his name, Sizzla has finally scored his first Grammy nomination.
The Grammy nominees for the 2014 Best Reggae Album were announced over the weekend. Sizzla is up for the “The Messiah” while reggae singer Beres Hammond who was last nominated in 2002 got his second Grammy nomination for One Love, One Life.
Ziggy Marley who is no stranger to the Grammys is up for Ziggy Marley in concert while Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters has secured a Grammy nomination for Reggae Connection and Snoop Lion, also known as Snoop Dog or Snoop Zilla is nominated for his reggae effort, Reincarnated.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Downsound Records (DSR) has made two major announcements intended to spice up the Jamaican Christmas season this year, musically.
Joseph Bagdonavich, the label’s CEO, announced recently on entertainment programs ER and E Prime a $3-million winner-takes-all lyrical clash at Sting, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
Ninja Man, also a contender, will have the duffle bag of cash live on stage to hand over to the winner.
The much-touted event, set for Jamworld Entertainment Complex, Portmore, St Catherine on December 26, will feature international artiste 2 Chainz, dancehall legend Super Cat and current icons including Beenie Man and Mavado.
Bagdonavich, via his company, officially became a full-time partner of Sting, with founder Isaiah Laing last year, after a few years behind the scenes.
The event is dubbed as ‘The greatest one-night show on Earth’.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, which has never happened in the event’s 30-year history, DSR has released a commemorative single, Downsound Christmas, which features label artistes Ninja Man, Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Don Husky and Naazir.
The track was produced by Bagdonavich and Scatta Burrell and will be marketed by DSR’s marketing arm, Contractor Music.
“The song is already generating interests,” said marketing director Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards.
The label has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations, namely Ishawna and Specialist’s Do For Love and Dweet, featuring Ninja Man and Specialist.
Ninja Man was recently victorious in a sound clash against popular radio disc jock GT Taylor at the Irie FM street dance. Ishawna was also engaged in a sound clash at Famous Nightclub for the STAR’s All-Star Face Off.
Naazir and Don Husky continue to work hard in studio and are set to release new tracks.
The entire Downsound Records clique, which includes reggae sensation Nature, will perform at Sting.