We’ve been waiting for this! Maybe this is the year for love, here I have a brand new single from Evaflow. He recently released “Familiar Stranger” featuring Sara Lugo. Here Lugo’s honeyed melodious voice flows through as the chorus, while Eva shows his spectacular lyrical styling and immaculate rhyming. The groovy instrumental that flowed beneath the lyrics was a mixture of reggae and hip hop with jazz embellishments. The track was produced by Protoje and The DrumKeys.
Evaflow explains, “The term Familiar Stranger has many meanings, not all of them romantic. While it represents longing for someone a connection is yet to be made with, or may have already been made with, but is constantly tested by time and space, it also hearkens to the creation of a goal that has not fully manifested in the physical, and an envisioning of a time when it actually does.”
Take a listen to “Familiar Stranger” by Evaflow featuring Sra Lugo. The lyric video was created by Eric Howard. Drop a comment below and let me know what you think about the song.
On this Expression Wednesdays I have the second solo single from Notis Heavyweight Rockaz, “No Bad Dayz”. This single follows “Raggy Road”, this time lifting our moods even more to say no bad dayz. No Bad Dayz is a lighthearted reggae song, the Rockaz sing about being optimistic and persevering. I liked their first single and I’m pleased with the second one as well. Take a listen to No Bad Dayz by the Notis Heavyweight Rockaz.
“No bad days, everyday’s a good day
Give Jah the praise, no need to worry”
The Featured Image is by Dennis Fyffe, @The_Denni or @UniversalReggae on Instagram. Follow @HeavyweightRockaz on Instagram and @NotisJa on Twitter, you can also visit their website, Notismusic.com.
I’m here to represent for the group of people who sit and wait for Protoje to bless the universe with new music; he never disappoints. Last week Proto dropped “Truths and Rights” featuring Mortimer and it took my Twitter timeline by storm, with good reason. The song was produced by Winta James, and I’m not being biased when I say him have the formula… the rhythms from him are good and unique.
Truths and Rights speaks up for the youths in society… the future of the country. As well as the evident inequality that befalls the masses. They encourage us to think keenly about the choices we make in life, and inject that a little love can go a long way.
“When all the youths need is a chance, not a bly“
I thought strongly about typing out the entire second verse, for you to see why I am so moved by this song. There’s so much wrong in society, and people need to hear and see it, people need to be the change. And it can simply start by caring about each other, we’re all human beings. Take a listen to Truths and Rights.
“Until the day that my soul takes flight, Babylon will hear my voice,
cause we deh yah so fi truths and rights.”
I can’t decide if I like Blood Money or Truths and Rights more, comment below with the one you like more.
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The Oxford Shire Ultra Lounge was the place to be on Tuesday night. We witnessed the official release of the “Upful Reggae Riddim” with it’s own party. The Shire at 1A Oxford Road is a new venue on the scene but it’s intimate atmosphere is promising. The bar space was illuminated with disco lighting, preparing us for the ‘party’.
The early patrons seemed pleased with the oldies that graced the air as Dr. Kool spun from his Dj booth. It reminded me of the early session at any dance. Soon after the Deejaying switched to Grei Show, with some roots dub mixes bringing a youthful flare of Reggae.
The vibrant host, Mama Mitzie, welcomed us to the space, sharing details of what we’d experience that night. Before introducing the first performer, and one of the producers of the Upful Reggae Riddim, Eesah. Backed by the Brick Wall Redemption Band, Eesah came out with a fiery energy contrasting his smooth voice. He went through four songs including, Big Tings, which seemed to be a crowd favourite, and Run Ova Dem, a message to all duplicitous persons.
Mikey General followed, starting off with his song, Miss Taylor Bwoy, an autobiographic song. “What happen to Miss Taylor bwoy? Him shoulda be a lawyer…” was a line from the song, he didn’t follow the norm of society and changed his lifestyle to one he thought suited him better, he became a Rasta. He sang, Is The Revolution Still Happening, which is on the Upful Reggae Riddim, and African Story.
Between sets Mama Mitzie would return to the stage and engage with us before introducing the next act. In celebration of Marcus Garvey’s 130th birthday, there was a giveaway, courtesy of I-Nation. The prizes were two copies of the book, 100 amazing facts about the Negro (with complete proof) by Jamaican author, J.A. Rogers.
Up next was Silkki Wonda, another producer of the Upful Reggae Riddim. He kept a militant mood throughout his set, he chanted against being corrupt. He sang, I Am A Lion, and finally, I&I A Warrior, on the Upful Reggae Riddim. Dexta Malawi followed with his song, Relax, on the Upful Reggae Riddim. I enjoyed Relax as Dexta had a nice flow, urging one to give thanks in life; he closed his set with a song for the ladies.
We had a short break from the performances to view the official music video for “Ganja I’m Smoking” by Dre Island, this is his song on the Upful Reggae Riddim. The video was directed by Shaydz and recorded by Nickii Kane. Props to you guys, the video is so clean, I like it. Dre Island took to the stage and sang Ganja I’m Smoking, giving us a taste of the song live. I will never get over his voice, and was pleased that he sang Rastafari Way next. He was followed by Ashkenaz who sang his song, Relax in acapella, then Lion Fear No Foes on the Upful Reggae Riddim.
Jah Bouks was the final act of the night, he began by singing “She say she love it Ital!” we were amazed at his love song! He showed his strengths by doing a freestyle pon a riddim requested from the band. He also asked two of his friends to drop a few lines before singing, Love And Unity, which is his song on the Upful Reggae Riddim.
The Upful Reggae Riddim was released under the Black African Museum Record Label/Studio, the promoters of the event. The party was a good vibe to me, we got to experience authentic Jamaican music, whether reggae, dancehall or the in-between, as new sounds keep emerging. So far I really like the songs on the riddim, you can take a listen to some of them, here. My only qualm is that none of the ladies on the riddim were on the show, bring on the ladies next time!
Today I have a lovely lady that caught my eye at the launch of Coming In Hot. Yeza took to the stage and sang her first single, “Everyting Is Irie.” Her confidence and sense of style already had her on my good list, then she opened her mouth and I was even more pleased. She rapped her verses on the riddim and engaged her audience, she’s definitely one to look out for; take a listen to “Everyting Is Irie” by Yeza.
This week we have new reggae music… Again! Ziah from the In.Digg.Nation Collective released his first single “Streets.” What makes it even more special, is that he wrote and produced the song. Ziah stresses the importance of teaching children what is right, and how the role of parents is an important factor in this. He’s grateful for getting the proper understanding as a youth so that he wasn’t lead astray; take a listen to Streets by Ziah.
Today we have brand new Reggae music! Mr. Jesse Royal blessed us with this slow and steady melody called, “Always Be Around.” He preaches that love is the foundation, reasoning with the listener on a personal note. Take a listen, and tell me in the comments below what you think! Did you enjoy it?
We’re in the midst of Reggae Month, so I must do my part by sharing some of the new music slashing through the reggae industry. Jah9 released her album “9” near the end of 2016 to bring us love and light into the new year. And a song that really touched on some deep problems in society, and brings out the inner warrior, in me personally, is “Unafraid.”
9 is available in stores, also follow Jah9 on Instagram @jah9online and find her on Facebook at Jah9online.
Have you ever been in love? Today I’m sharing a song from the tribute album “We Remember Dennis Brown,” it is “Have You Ever” by Marsha Ambrosius; a cover of Dennis’ “Have You Ever Been In Love.” My friend Minkah shared it with me the other day, and I’ve had it on repeat, take a listen.
For the fun of it I’m going to share the original as well, “Have You Ever Been In Love.”
Hi everyone, I haven’t been posting much quotes or photos on Wednesdays but all this new music is giving me life. Today I’m sharing Jah9’s new song with you; it’s titled “Humble Mi” check it out below. It sounds Jah9-esque to me, and I love it.