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Here’s the Top three Zhaneirie’s Valid Summer Highlights.
1. Reggae Sumfest
“ It’s OUR destiny, OUR future, OUR present,” – Joe Bogdanovich
If you’re creating a bucket-list for 2019, then you might want to put Jamaica’s music festival Reggae Sumfest on your list! Thumbs all the way UP for the Chairman of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest, Joe Bogdanovich. The vibes and energy was just right and,
it was all that a music lover of dancehall and reggae ‘wanted it to be’. The night encompassed different hosts that added a little personality to the event thanks to Nikki Z, Quite Perry, Ms. Kitty just to name a few. The crowd also enjoyed testimonials as Yanique ‘ Curvy Diva’ was almost brought to tears when she reflected on her journey from an intern, media personality interviewing artists to finally owning the stage during her performance at Reggae Sumfest 2018. With acts such as Stonebwoy from Ghana, his powerful lyrics of encouragement was nothing short of amazing. The night was blessed with the appearance of the ‘ Lyrical Scientist’ – Agent Sasco performing hit singles from his recent Hope River album. But, the return of dancehall artiste Shane O took the crowd by storm “ Jah mek di lightning flash…oh my gosh, dem no waan see the ghetto yute em…” the song was perfect for the comeback moment. Leave it to I-Octane and Ding Dong to steal hearts through their generosity. During their performances, both artistes decided Reggae Sumfest was the time and place for giving. I-Octane invited a peanut vendor on stage to dance to ‘Man a suffer too long’ which is a popular anthem for many. Ding Dong, on the other hand, gave more than spotlight to a young boy for dancing to one his songs, he received $500 US dollars possibly more to go towards his school fees. Speaking of saving the best for last — Spice, Damian Marley, Beres Hammond, and Popcaan ended the festival with a Bang. The festival was a full week of events that included Beach, White parties, Inspire Awards, Street dance, Sound Clash, The Blitz, Sumfest Symposium, and ending with two festival nights.
2. Tifa ‘Curry Goat & Champagne’.
It is never too late to S-P-E-L-L it out with this feisty artiste. You can tell a strong woman by her determination and Lady Latifa Brown alias Tifa is one such woman. The artiste never fails to disappoint her fans even if the obstacles are there. Nevertheless, she always manages to make the best out of negativity. With the release of her debut album, Curry Goat & Champagne, she revealed that she might be leaving the music industry for good. It always pays to be a great artist, with this album, Tifa demonstrated that she is fully capable of connecting with both worlds of dancehall and hip-hop. This one was like a strawberry dipped in rich black chocolate for her fans, just the way they liked it. Retirement – the intro from the album, a sweet but hard reality for most of us. It’s a stage where passion and ‘damn your hitting that dead end ’ hits home. From the album, Tifa also played on a romantic dilemma with her song, Weh Yuh Feel Like, a song about an ex-boyfriend, produced by Andre ‘Suku’ Gray of Ward 21 fame. It’s a great song to play after playing Thank You, Next on your playlist dedicated to an ex-boyfriend.
With collaborations such as, I’m Da Man, with Agent Sasco, the album had so much of a finesse swag. Other impressive collaborations on the project were one of the dancehall favorites Tanto Blacks and Teetimus. The race isn’t over as yet, the world needs more album, hang in there Tifa!
3. Kash ‘Oh Lord’
It’s so unfortunate that the most common sounds to a Black man’s ears are the sounds of bullets. At one point in time, Garvey said “ The world has made being black a crime, and I have felt it in common with men who suffer like me. And instead of making it a crime, I hope to make it a virtue.” That hope was seamlessly reflected in this new upcoming artiste, KASH in his song
“Oh Lord”. It is true, for the most that anybody can write a song, but writing and conveying emotions is an innate gift and KASH was born with it. Black on Black crimes yields the same pain as being called a ‘Negro’, ‘Baboon’ ,’Colored’, ‘Africoon’, and their favorite Ape self explanatory for that Apeshit. Assuming that 925 was the general code for ‘suspicious person’ or ‘Black man walking’ — police brutality is evident in Jamaica. Till death do us part…How do we feel the emotions of others? A scene of black clothes, hearse music followed by shadows of rain and tears comes to mind when “ Oh Lord ” is playing nearby. Kasheme Ingram brings sobering memories to his fans with this single. Before KASH signed a record deal with Romeich Entertainment, he was known for his single “ Feel Secure” and a summer party collaboration song with Wayne J “Summer Rave”. Oh Lord music video is produced by Romeich Entertainment- Brick Town Society and distributed by Johnny Wonder Distribution. The song has amassed over 170,000 views and counting since it’s release on Youtube. The single focus on the heartfelt issue of gun violence and affects the emotions of anyone who listens to it. And, if after you finish crying, take a listen to his newest single, Mek Wi Party. In all honesty, he stole the world’s heart 3 years ago with his cover of Sam Smith song, Stay With Me. And, that is exactly what his loyal are going to to do! Stay with KASH.
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