Next month, Juke Boxx Productions releases its version of the popular Stalag riddim often referred to as "Stagalag". The updated version of the phenomenally successful Stagalag features tracks from Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Assassin, Kip Rich and DeMarco, Tarrus Riley and Chuck Fenda. I-Octane and Romain Virgo also take turns on the riddim cover. Timeka Marshall and Spice represent for the ladies, while singjays Chino and G Whizz bring their youthful flair to the iconic riddim.
"There was so much demand for a project like this after the release of Boops," explained Juke Boxx founder Shane C. Brown. Indeed, when Juke Boxx released its first ever riddim cover as a tribute to the late Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson, the response was almost overwhelming. "Our Facebook page was flooded with comments, praises and requests from all over the world,"
The Stagalag is a worthy Boops follow up; it is arguably the most popular reggae riddim of all time thanks in part to popularity of Tenor Saw's Ring The Alarm. Producer Winston Riley brought the 1973 instrumental of organist Ansel Collins and saxist Tommy McCook to life on the original Stalag 17.
The classic version boasts the vocals of U Roy, Big Youth and Sister Nancy among numerous others.
Mixing the classic and contemporary sounds of the Juke Boxx Stalag project fell on the able shoulders of engineer Errol 'EB' Brown and his son Shane C Brown.
EB's remarkable and exhaustive career started under the guidance of legendary producer and uncle Arthur Stanley 'Duke' Reid CD, carried through at Treasure Isle and excelled at Tuff Gong. As both a live and studio mixing engineer, EB's talents have been utilized on mixes for the spectrum of reggae music from Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Gregory Isaacs to Beres Hammond, Third World and Lauryn Hill. His extraordinary achievements have earned him many accolades including Grammy recognition, an Emmy nomination, induction into the IRAWMA Hall of Fame and most recently, a JARIA Honour Award.
Shane's mixing credits are no less impressive. Shane has been called to mix on literally thousands of tracks by significant artistes, producers and records labels worldwide. His extensive list of mixing credits includes projects for Universal France, Barkley Records, Geffen and Sony. He has lent his talents to tracks by Jamaican luminaries Jimmy Cliff, Marcia Griffiths, Dean Fraser, Chakka Demus and Pliers, fallen stars Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk, international talents Chakka Khan, Cleb Khaled and Alfa Blondie and current stars Luciano and Sizzla, just to name a few.
The father/son mix enhances the instrumentation musicians Kirk Bennett and Aeion Hoilett and background vocals provided by Nikki Burt into what will likely be regarded as a modern classic. "The Juke Boxx Stagalag riddim is best described as 'old style, new swagger'," Shane advised.
Source: Jamaican Star
Roxroy McLean, Star Intern
Popular artiste Chuck Fenda, aka The Living Fire, says he is surprised with the reactions he has been getting from fans about his single Real Man, which has so far sparked a mixture of negative and positive feedbacks.
The veteran act, born Leshorn Whitehead, recorded and released the song on Germain's Penthouse Records music label four weeks ago, but the ratio of negative comments generated on the popular website Facebook, has caused the singer to become concerned.
In the song Fenda speaks passionately on behalf of women who are not treated specially by their men. He says: "Girl yuh need a good man in your life ... yuh nuh wah nuh man fi a mek yuh cry, nuh man fi come a tell yuh lie. Dis a weh yuh want, attention girl dem deh things mek yuh feel alright."
"Him put ring pon yuh finger and then park yuh like car, a run back a deejay like him a star and anytime yuh talk, him wah fi turn it inna war. A dem thing deh mek unuh a drift weh suh far."
However, the words seem to have sparked the outrage of several men as the song continues to get increasing public attention.
"From mi do the song people a lef message pon mi Facebook page and things. A lot of male fans sad about it," said Fenda via telephone.
He also said that he is puzzled by the negative comments, which have been posted on the singer's Facebookpage. For him, the song was derived from listening to countless females complaining on streets about the attention they get from their partners.
"It's (Real Man) just a natural inspiration, and to what certain females talk about. Di females dem love it and mi have male fans who a say 'deejay mi like it, but anuh yuh fi do that' ... but it's really a soul-searching song, which a couple can listen and learn deeply from," he added.
This is not the first time since the experienced reggae singer became popular that he has come under public pressure as one of his previous hits, Gash Dem and Light Dem also had strong backlash, and was even banned by some .
Comments like, "Mi cah rate Chuck Fender fi dah one yah" and "Deejay wah kind of fool fool song dis?" have surfaced on the singer's Facebook home page, but Fenda has come out asking for fans not to take it so personal.
"Dem tek it too personal, like say it a mash up dem relationship," he said.
There are also certain comments threatening the singer. "Today mi see a man say, mi cyah perform dah song yah pon stage and all dem things deh ... wi tek it serious yes, but a we govern di streets," he added.
Chuck Fenda said that he hasn't made any official report to and if Real Man is controversial, the release of his Amardale Fire will have an even greater impact.
Dancehall artiste Iyara has recorded a single, 'Free Up The General', which is a tribute to Bounty Killer, who is currently in lock-up after being charged with assault. The young deejay will also be doing a video for the single and will get the support of several other key members in the Alliance camp.
Since Alliance leader Bounty Killer was arrested and charged for assault on his girlfriend almost two weeks ago, the mood in the camp has not been good. Iyara has stepped out to voice his grief in the hard-talking single.
It's also the first time a member of the camp has come out with a song in defence of the 38-year-old dancehall icon. In the song Iyara states, "Jamaica people need fi see Killa in the streets, the 'Grung Gad' inna him range or di cruiser jeep... taking the visa anuh nutten, Rodney behind bars a big sumten."
The deejay, born Eric Sommers, said he recorded the single because, as artistes, that's their only form of expression.
"Well, first the reason I recorded that song was to express my feelings about the situation. You know we are artistes and when we have a message we send it through our music. So this tune (Free Up The General) is just my way of showing my support to Bounty and I know other members feel the same," said Iyara in a release sent toTHE WEEKEND STAR.
In closing, he went further and said, "Buss up di lock and fly di grill, Alliance need di general."
The song which was produced by Serrain and Dave of Open Air Music has been a buzz in dancehall circles where Bounty Killer's lock-up has been a hot topic since his arrest on April 5.
The self-proclaimed 'Poor People Governor' was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. According to the allegations, on March 26 Price and the complainant went to a nightclub and returned to his house.
Allegations are Price and the complainant had a discussion with regards to them continuing their three-year relationship. It is alleged that the complainant refused to continue the relationship and she was slapped across the face by the accused and held down on a bed.
Price has been denied bail after numerous appeals to the court and will return to court on Friday. On the same day that Bounty Killer returns to court, a promotional video shoot for Iyara's single has been planned and is expected to be well attended by leading Alliance members.
Bounty Killer is known for singles such as Sufferer, Look Into My Eyes and Fed Up.
Source: Jamaica Star
Tosh 1, the son of the late great reggae artiste Peter Tosh, will make his debut performance in Jamaica, at Life Fest Peace and Love Concert slated for May 1.
Tosh 1 will join Damion and Stephen Marley, undoubtedly two of Jamaica's mega international stars, on stage to deliver a historic performance at the Ranny Williams Centre.
Concert organisers view this latest addition to the event line-up as a very significant step, as years ago veterans and Peter Tosh performed together on stage for a similar occasion, a peace concert.
"Life Fest Peace and Love Concert will see history repeat itself as the offsprings of iconic Jamaica roots and culture veterans team up to deliver at the Carlyle Foundation second staging of what promises to be the most memorable concert of 2010," stated Event Coordinator D. Escoffery of D'Empire Management.
According to Jawara McIntosh aka Tosh 1's biography, his personal taste in music became influenced by the beats and lyrics of his uncle Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley and his father Peter Tosh. With his first remake of Tosh'sYou Can't Blame the Youths, he proved to himself and fans that he was ready to awaken the spirit of his father and deliver the message to his generation.
Other artistes slated to perform at the concert include international recording sensations Jazmine Sullivan, Liam Bailey and Alison Hinds as well as Capleton, Queen Ifrica, I Octane, Richie Spice Konshens, Chino, Laden, Briggy, Tajji and Spragga Benz.
The event will be hosted by 106 & Park's first hostess, Free, and Jamaica's own DJ Bambino. MCs for the event will be Isis and Burger. Gates open at 7pm, show time at 10pm.
Tickets are available at all leading ticket outlets: and VIP advance ticket prices $1,000 and $2,000, at the gate $1,500 and $2,500, respectively.
Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Carlyle Foundation which operates under the motto 'Preserve the YOUTH ... Preserve the FUTURE', to assist deserving high/secondary-school achievers who have demonstrated the ability to excel academically in their future endeavours.
Sponsors for this year's event include Boomtunes, Spragga Benz Music, D'Empire Management, Team Force Audio, Ghetto Youths International, THE STAR, Grace Kennedy, Yardflex.com, RE , Nesta Brand, HYPE TV, Sign Channel, Events R Us and Dancehallreggaeweseh.com.
A from Baby Tash dubbed Nuh Diss From No Bwoy has been generating much excitement in the dancehall world, especially among her fans.
The itself is one where she underscores her rude-girl credentials. But, what makes the song so controversial are choice lines which mention artistes such as Mavado and Kartel, and a comical line that seems a little vanilla at first, but appears to definitely diss Blak Ryno where she takes aim at his hasty exit from the Portmore Empire.
"The song is not meant for any offence to anyone, I am just playing with words. So far, I have been getting a crazy reaction to it on my fan pages on MySpace and Facebook ... now they are looking forward to some even crazier things from Baby Tash," she said, laughing.
In May, Baby Tash will be making an appearance as a guest judge on the popular 'Dancin' Dynamites' television show. "I will also be performing on the semi-finals," she said.
Source: Jamaican Star