As you may or may not know, I blog all the dancehall and reggae stuff over on SoulCulture. It's called SoulCulture, but that doesn't mean soul/r&b music, it's about music that comes from the soul. Hence reggae posts.
p.s. SoulCulture.co.uk is probably the best non-dancehall and reggae site in England for the two genres so check over there for regular updates.
Shola Ama does reggae with new song "Puppy Love"
R&B singer Shola Ama was one of few women of colour representing on the UK charts in the nineties, alongside Des’ree, Gabrielle, Eternal, Jamelia and Shaznay from All Saints (all I recall at this moment). The north-west Londoner burst onto the scene with her top five charting cover of Randy Crawford‘s “You Might Need Somebody,” her 4x platinum-selling debut album Much Love, plus several other successful singles – namely garage anthem “Imagine” and featuring on UK dancehall artist Glamma Kid‘s “Taboo”. Read more
Pop singer Sinead O'Connor does reggae on "How About I Be Me?"
Don’t worry, this isn’t a boring (but great) power ballad like “Nothing Compares 2 You” so calm down. In fact, it’s a reggae song. Don’t be surprised – Sinéad O’Connor has been a reggae lover for a while.
From touring with world-famous producers Sly & Robbie, releasing a reggae album in 2005 titled Throw Down Your Arms [where she covered the likes of Buju Banton, Burning Spear, The Abyssinians and Peter Tosh], the singer also made a surprise guest appearance at one of “Mr. Loverman, Shabba” Ranks’ party back in the early ’90s. Read more
Shaggy performs on American show Jay Leno
Grammy-award winning Boombastic kinda guy, Shaggy recently took to Jay Leno’s stage to perform “Dame” (pronounced da-meh, think it’s Spanish) with Kat DeLuna. Read more
Hip hop band The Roots play reggae with guests Shaggy, Rayvon, Patra & more
Okayplayer’s Dancehall website Large Up recently hosted a “Dancehall All-Stars meet The Roots session” at the 2011 Okayplayer Holiday Jam. Watch as renowned beat-boxer Rahzel opened proceedings manipulating his mouth to recreate Chaka Demus & Pliers classic “Murder She Wrote” before introducing global superstar Shaggy to “Boombastic” and freestyle over a beat-boxed Stalag riddim much to the crowds delight, then world-famous hip hop band The Roots set-up mid flow for a jamming session featuring the lady regarded as a precursor to x-rated females in hip hop Patra, Mr. Easy, Rayvon and Red Fox. Read more
Sean Paul ft. Ester Dean – “How Deep Is Your Love” | New Music
“How Deep Is Your Love” is the latest cut to spring a leak from Sean Paul‘s forthcoming album, Tomahawk Technique (named after the infamous hair-do). Features sometime-singer/full-time hit-writer Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj etc.) built by undercover dancehall producers Stargate. Read more
Sneakbo & Stylo G – “Call Mi A Naija” | Music Video
Following a short stint banged up, Sneakbo is back with a new video for the roads in form of “Call Mi A Naija”. On what is basically a collaboration of the two hottest UK artists right now, Nigerian (“Naija”) via Brixton Sneakbo gives his take on Jamaican-born (“Yardie), fellow south Londoner Stylo G‘s banger “Call Mi A Yardie”. “Call me a Naija! I do rap, my uncle’s a 419er” isn’t something to be proud of (419 = “Obtaining Property by false pretenses”), but tell me you didn’t wheel-up the bar. And anyway, when has bragging about crime been frowned upon? Read more
Lea-Anna "Murder" | Music Video
London’s leading dancehall singer, Lea-Anna, is gaining some momentum at the moment. Following the minor breakout success of “Kisses” earlier this year and “Sway” most recently, “Murder” is the latest song doing the rounds. Having brought you the fire remix featuring Ce’Cile alongside UK rappers Lioness and Lady Leshurr yesterday, now is time for the official video. Feeling this Robbo Ranx-produced jam a lot. Look forward to seeing this on all the channels and radio stations. Where it deserves to be.
Mavado ft. Ace Hood – “Emergency” | Music Video
I’ll be real with you, first time I heard this I didn’t really like it. Mainly because I wanted to hear reggae or dancehall. Sounds a bit better hearing it again though. Definitely one for the hip hop fans, so I can’t be too mad and anyway, I can always listen to “Settle Down”.
Enough of me gassing, check the visuals of the two We The Best signees, Mavado featuring Ace Hood over the Boi-1da produced track. Read more
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