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3876819831?profile=RESIZE_710xDancehall artist Stylo G is out thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and his passport after his car was broken into while parked up around Tower Bridge Road in London earlier this week. The artist took to instagram to plea for the return of his passport telling the robbers they can keep the jewelry  but he needed back his passport to make money . Stylo also tried to get the assistances of the local hustlers / goons to help with the retrieval of the jewelry  and passport in a now deleted instagram post


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3858257097?profile=RESIZE_710xReggae songbird Lila Ike is set to join her mentor Protoje on an upcoming tour of Europe.

The Lost Experiences European Tour begins on April 8 and ends on April 26.

The duo will perform at multiple venues in Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.

Dates for the UK will be added in the coming weeks.

The upcoming tour follows Lila's just concluded Sound System solo tour.

The Indignation Collective artiste has had a tremendous year with the hit single Where I'm Coming From.


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Buju Banton's New Album Is Finished

3852626046?profile=RESIZE_710xWith just about a dozen studio albums and at least half a dozen more compilation albums under his belt, the last being Before The Dawn, released in 2010, many have been waiting, wondering what The Gargamel’s next body of work will be like, especially since his release from incarceration. Now, the wait is almost over.

Yes, Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, is set to release his latest album in just a couple months.

According to Banton’s co-manager, (producer and CEO of Penthouse Records) Donovan Germain, “Buju’s latest album is just about complete”.

“Actually we’ve finished, it’s just to look about the paperwork – contracts, and for people to sign off on. Because you know, dealing with a major label (Buju signing with hip-hop business mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label last year) is kinda different from what we do in our industry … . Everybody has to sign off,” Germain explained.

What fans can expect

Germain says this new Buju album will have something for everyone.

“It is an album that is geared towards the various parts of the audience that loves Buju … dancehall, lover’s rock, cultural aspect, etc. Because of the fact that Buju has been away for 10 years, we try and give each section of the audience a little something for themselves,” said Germain.

The album, though not yet titled, is set to be released within a couple months.

“We are probably looking at around April (for the album’s release). That is the timeline we are working with, barring any unforeseen changes,” Germain said.

Work started on the album last year May, although Buju had been doing other recordings prior, and was even featured on the track Holy Mountain on DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd album.

And that wasn’t the only thing that The Gargamel has been up to entertainmentwise, since his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’.

Buju was also featured on the movie soundtrack for the third and latest instalment of the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys For Life (which premiered on January 17, 2020) with Murda She Wrote.

No interviews until album’s release

Germain, however, indicated that there would be no interviews forthcoming from Buju until after the release of his new album.

“Let me tell you why we arrived at that position at this time. In essence, if you had Buju for an interview over the last year, what would they ask him?”

If not about his incarceration, then what?

“When the album is out, then Buju will start doing interviews, because at least there is something to talk about other than prison. The only thing dem can talk about right now is prison, because he has not done anything for the last 10 years. He just came from prison, he doesn’t want to think back or relive that experience,” Germain explained.

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In our new series, we look at eight cities where live music has exploded — from legendary hubs like Chicago and Nashville, to rising hot spots like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Portland, Maine. We also look at some far-flung destinations where the music the music is worth the journey. One of those places is Port Antonio, Jamaica, a formerly sleepy spot that features rum bars, street parties, and some of the best music in the world.

Even though he grew up in Kingston, Shaggy had never been to Port Antonio, the town on the northeast coast of Jamaica, until 1999, when his wife suggested a trip to the remote town. “I had to chop through bushes to get to this beach, and I didn’t even know how to swim,” the reggae star says. “I was like, ‘I don’t wanna go to no damn beach!’ But it was so pristine. I ended up spending the whole day there.”

Shaggy is one of many musicians who have discovered the lush, enticing, and secluded charms of Port Antonio, not far from the birthplace of jerk cooking. Diplo, Santigold, and Shaggy (who bought 10 acres of beachfront land) have property in the area. Geejam, a hilltop boutique hotel run by former record executive Jon Baker, features a very private studio where Drake, Harry Styles, Florence and the Machine, and recently rising British singer-songwriter Jorja Smith have worked, some blocking it out for months at a time. (Drake took over Geejam’s upscale Bushbar for a 24-hour bash, inviting local artists to party with him; the space also hosts live music Fridays and Saturdays.) At songwriting camps on the property, producers and writers have converged to write material for Dua Lipa and Alicia Keys. “Any hotel with a studio can put the most high-tech room together,” says Baker. “But the reality is that you can’t put in the Caribbean and the Blue Mountains as your decor.” The cabins have themes, like Rock Steady and Ska.


Port Antonio is a two-hour drive from the capital of Kingston, with none of the usual tourist resorts and golf clubs. A new highway under construction will cut that time in half, but until then fly into Kingston, stay overnight at the Terra Nova or Spanish Court, stop by the new Kaya Herb House, where you can get a license on the spot for the highest-quality local ganja, and catch live reggae at the Kingston Dub Club in the hills outside of town. Then make your way north to a city (population 10,000) with seven beaches, the unspoiled Reach Falls waterfall, and the Blue Lagoon (yes, where that Brooke Shields film and parts of Top Gun were shot).

Music in Port Antonio isn’t relegated to GeeJam. In Port Antonio, musicians and vacationers pop into rum bars to hear ska. Every Sunday night, you can party to reggae classics at Guinep Tree Bar’s street party “Vinyl Sundays” or Boston Jerk Center’s “Freaky Sundays.” Check out the weekly Roadblock street party at the Cristal Nightclub, and grab an authentic Jamaican dinner at the funky backyard spot Soldier Camp. Shaggy himself has partaken of river tours on bamboo rafts before getting to work. “Other places should adapt and put recording studios in hotels,” he says. “You get the creative juices flowing in that relaxed mode.



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3849329784?profile=RESIZE_710xIn celebration of the 10th anniversary of their visionary, genre-blurring project Distant Relatives, reggae artiste Damian "Junior Gong" Marley and rap icon Nas will perform the album in its entirety aboard back-to-back sailings of Marley's Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise.

The cruise will run from November 30 to December 5 and December 5 to 10, 2020.

Produced by Damian and his older brother Stephen, Distant Relatives was released in May 2010 and debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 57,000 copies in its first week.

The project, which was distributed by Universal Republic/Def Jam, peaked at number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Reggae Albums tallies.

Their last joint performance was September 2011 at Austin City Limits.

Dancehall legend Shabba Ranks will also perform on both cruises, which will have identical artiste lineups.

The complete Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise lineup will be announced soon.

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3849100271?profile=RESIZE_710xVybz Kartel looks to extend is hold on Dancehall through his Son's and proteges  Likkle Vybz and Likkle Addi . The two have been releasing music and racking up views on streaming sites like Youtube over the pass 2 years. Now with the backing of the Dancehall King himself Vybz Kartel the two are gearing up to release a Ep album  titled "Skinny Jeans". The album is expected to be released on February 28, 2020. Check out album over and track listing below


The 10 track EP will feature:

1.Paid Inna Full
2.Skinny Jeans (Remix)
3.Dollar Sign
4.Couldn’t Careless
5.Zara Man
6.Hear Dem
7.What U Gonna Do
8.And She Promised
9.Use to It

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3848927807?profile=RESIZE_710xDancehall artist Kranium is carrying the torch to bring more fire to the genre with his debut album, Midnight Sparks. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and raised in Jamaica, Queens, the star has a unique ear and varied experiences that make him a musical force. The Atlantic Records recording artist prides himself on his diverse ear, crediting Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Drake, J. Cole and Rihanna for helping to shape the last decade of music. “I don’t have a favorite artist. I have favorite songs,” he said during an exclusive interview with REVOLT TV.

On Midnight Sparks, Kranium crafted a similar experience for his fans with features from Burna Boy, Ty Dolla $ign, singer PJ, rapper AJ Tracey, and fellow Jamaican artist Alkaline. Just like a masterful chef, he cooked up the perfect musical stew of Dancehall, Afrobeat and R&B.

REVOLT caught up with Kranium while in London on his European tour to get to know more about his moves. Check out the conversation below.


Congratulations on your debut album, Midnight Sparks! How do you feel about the reception so far?

I feel good. I’m happy with how it came out and I feel like people finally got a body of work from me that they truly love. I see a lot of people have different songs that are their favorite. You know how normally people will have like three songs and that’s it? I feel like this [album] has a variety of records that fans will actually love. Each song for a specific reason.

You have a Ty Dolla $ign feature. You have tracks with Burna Boy. What was it like working with those guys?

Me and Ty go way back. Me and Ty did like four records prior to this one (‘Hotel’). Burna Boy was my first time. So, when I did the record… I just knew. I’m that kind of person when I do a song. I just decide who would actually sound good on what record. So, I feel like I just listened to the record over and over when I recorded it, and I just know exactly who I wanted on the record, and that’s how that really came about. I just reach out like, ‘I have this record’ and they love it and it just works.

Your first mixtape dropped four years ago. Is it crazy to think about how far you’ve come?

Yeah, it’s crazy when I think about it for real. That I’m still a part of the thing and I’m doing good. I feel like back then was more of like my introduction of who I am musically. The Rumors project was more of an introduction. This one is more like, ‘OK. He’s a seasoned artists now.’ This is me and I’m still creative. I’m still putting out good records. I’m still making good music and I was more involved in the production side of it. Picking out the right records that I want— expressing myself after different experiences, and tour, my personal life, friends, you know what I mean? My surroundings and environment. I feel like that’s the difference between both. The first one was more of an introduction of who I am and now on this project, it’s more like OK, this is what I’ve been through and this is what I’ve been doing.

So, now you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

Most definitely.

You have a diverse international background. You were born in Jamaica, raised in the U.S. You’ve lived all around the world. Tell me how those international experiences have shaped your music.

It influences me a lot because when you come to London, it’s a whole different vibe. You know, the Afro vibe. They still listen to Dancehall, the ‘basement hall’ is what they call it. The ‘grind sound.’ You go to Toronto, it’s a whole different sound and in Jamaica, it’s straight Dancehall.

These things as an artist when you travel, I feel like it plays a lot and it should play a lot in your music because at the end of the day, we all are trying to touch each market musically. Music nowadays is like cooking soup. You know when you make soup you have to add different items. You add your black pepper or your likkle pumpkin or your banana or whatever you’re using in your soup. This is what it is. These songs are a piece of each sound or piece of each experience of each country or continent that you visited. You try to make it into one and that’s what differentiates you from a lot of different artists. It’s just all about using your environment, and using the travels and experiences to make good music.



In the last three years, there has been a huge rise in international sounds. We have Afrobeat in the forefront. Reggaeton is on fire. Where do you think Dancehall fits in the musical landscape for 2020?

I feel like Dancehall has always been a part of it. You can never get enough. I feel like there’s so many records from Dancehall from ‘Work, Work, Work’ right down to ‘I’m Sorry.’ There’s always been Dancehall in the mix. It’s just always not been Dancehall artists themselves essentially. I feel like that’s what it is. If we’re going to speak on Dancehall, we’re going to speak whether it’s production, whether it’s the artist, whether it’s the sound; it’s always been a part 100 percent. It’s been a part every year. The last top records of the decade have had a Dancehall sound to it.

Is there anything you want to leave us with?

For now, it’s just all about promoting the songs from the album like ‘Hotel’ and ‘In Charge.’ I have a lot features just coming out. It’s just more work. I’m the type of artist that doesn’t like to plan on things. I just do things according to my ability, and whatever I got or reap from it, I’m happy with it. You know I’ve been working hard, I been going hard and going to continue to go hard, you know, get the music out there, and just be a part of the conversation, and rep Dancehall music as much as possible.



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Koffee Wins Grammy For Best Reggae Album

2382768777?profile=RESIZE_710xKoffee on Sunday became the first woman to win the Best Reggae Album category at the Grammy Awards when her EP Rapture copped the covered title during the ceremony, held at Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

At 19, she is also the youngest artiste to win the category since reggae gained Grammy status in 1985.

The Other nominees were Third World with More Work to be Done, As I Am from Julian Marley, Steel Pulse's Mass Manipulation and The Final Battle: Sly and Robbie vs The Roots Radics.

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Dancehall entertainer Quada has been offered bail in the sum of half a million Jamaican dollars. After three days behind bars, Quada and his legal team appeared before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court this morning.

Quada turned himself into the police accompanied by his attorney on Tuesday, January 14.

He was arrested and charged by detectives at the Constant Spring Police in St. Andrew for the murder of 30-year-old Miguel Williams in Sterling Castle Heights, St. Andrew on April 17, 2019.

Reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force are that about 3:45 pm, Williams was allegedly beaten, set ablaze and his house torched by Quada and others.

Quada who is signed to PopCaan’s Unruly Camp, was charged with murder along with another man who was also charged with murder, and arson back in December 2019.

Investigations are ongoing.

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