Rising Dancehall Artist Kenny Bling signs to U.S Based Afar Music Group

June 24, 2017

Immersed into the dancehall scene at a young age, the Montego Bay, Jamaican native’s introduction came from his father, popular dancehall DJ Scully Brown,who was a one of the top DJ in the 80’s, on the Electro Force Sound System. From his paternal influence to the sounds of Bob Marley, Shaggy , Vybz Kartel, Protoje among others, Keneil Brown aka Kenny Bling, perfected his writing and lyrical skills which eventually led him to his 2015 debut L.I.F.E EP gaining him recognition.

Setting the pace for summer 2017, Kenny Bling’s career continues on to a positive journey with joining Afar Music Label and his first release under the label “Mi Chargie”. The single on AMG’s Level Up Riddim which also features Jr Reid, Nesbeth and D Medz has been getting heavy rotation on the airwaves in Jamaica from radio stations like Zip fm, Irie fm, hitz92 and Sun City to name a few.

The streets as also taken on to the song with endorsements by the likes of well known selecta like Boom Boom. “Mi Chargie” which talks about the age old theme of friendship and loyalty will deliver a video to be filmed in Kingston Jamaica as Kenny Bling and his team begins to gear up for an island wide promotion just in time to coincide with the staging of Reggae Sum Fest Jamaica biggest Festival.

At present time Kenny Bling is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming sophomore EP. “Mi Chargie” can be previewed HERE, and available on iTunes.



Collie Buddz To Perform In ST. Maarten For The First Time

January 26, 2017
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SIMPSON BAY–The line-up for the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily being filled with top musical acts. Saturday, March 4, will feature top reggae sensation Collie Buddz as the final performance of the evening on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay.

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This will be the first time Buddz has performed for the Regatta and organisers are certain he will fit in well with the list of artistes scheduled to perform.

He began his musical career at an early age while growing up in the Bahamas where he was inspired by the sounds of the reggae and dancehall music of his island home. His rise to musical stardom began surprisingly in the UK and Europe with his hit single “Come Around” which topped the charts before it made its way to Jamaica. Since breaking onto the scene Buddz has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé to bring his smooth sounds and upbeat rhythms to the masses.

Regatta Coordinator Nila Hoogenboezem said: “We are delighted with the artistes scheduled for the Regatta weekend. We try to offer the Regatta fans a mix of performances to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes and adding Collie Buddz to the line-up has added a nice mix of reggae to an already exciting schedule.

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“Collie Buddz is slated to perform after the Antiguan sensation Asher Otto takes the stage. Both artistes will bring a great Caribbean mix to the party schedule and with the added surprises planned we are sure that the audience will walk away from the show fully satisfied.”

VIP tickets for the Saturday evening concert can be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, e-mail .


Sean Paul Disses Justin Bieber and Drake over Dancehall “Exploitation”

September 29, 2016
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CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday September 9, 2016 – Sean Paul has called out megastars Drake and Justin Bieber, taking them to task for using Jamaican music without giving credit.

“It is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall-orientated music but don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it,” the Jamaican dancehall legend told The Guardian.

“A lot of people get upset, they get sour. And I know artists back in Jamaica that don’t like Major Lazer because they think they do the same thing that Drake and Kanye did – they take and take and don’t credit.”

While Paul says that he still enjoys Drake’s music, he views the way the Canadian star infuses dancehall less as a tribute and more as exploitation.

Paul is equally dismissive of the term “Tropical House” being ascribed to a genre which draws from dancehall. Tracks such as Rihanna’s “Work” and Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” have been placed in that category.

As Paul works on a new album, he nevertheless understands the importance of keeping up with trends in order to stay relevant. He’s worked with Wiz Khalifa and Blood, the producer who crafted Bieber’s “Sorry,” and believes he can serve as the much-needed link to dancehall’s origins.

“Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with rap, and that’s fine with me,” he told The Guardian.

“Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t. So I want this album to bridge that gap.”

Other critics of the appropriation of dancehall include Azealia Banks, who dismissed Rihanna’s “Work” video, which features Drake. She said that it reminded her of a Sean Paul video, “except not as fly.”

Mr Vegas has also been a leading voice in the debate against the misappropriation of dancehall and spoke out against Drake for failing to credit deejay Popcaan on the hit song “Too Good.”

Sean Paul is credited with taking dancehall out of Jamaica and onto the world stage in the early 2000s.

His “Get Busy,” “Gimme The Light,” the Beyoncé-featuring “Baby Boy,” and “Breathe” with R&B singer Blu Cantrell all helped place him among the world’s pop elite.

His 2002 album Dutty Rock launched dancehall into the mainstream, but musical tastes changed and the genre fell out of favour and off the international charts.

Dancehall has nevertheless returned to the world stage over the past year, with Major Lazer’s “Lean On” becoming the most streamed single of all time, and Bieber’s hit “Sorry” mixing a subtle dancehall beat with pop and featuring dancehall moves in the video.

Next came Drake, who drew on dancehall throughout “Views From The Six,” while dancehall talent Assassin made his mark on Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Paul recently regained centre stage with “Cheap Thrills,” his chart-topper with singer/songwriter phenomenon Sia, which landed Sia her first Billboard number one.


Everton Blender represented Jamaica at Caribbean Music Festival in Beijing China

June 30, 2016
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Veteran roots singer Everton Blender was the sole representative from Jamaica at the recently held Caribbean Music Festival in Beijing, China.

Blender performed alongside artistes from Caribbean territories including the Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Barbados. He delivered a creditable performance riddled with many of his hits.

“It was a really good experience, especially being my first time performing in China I received a warm welcome from the locals, and there were even Jamaicans in the crowd as well.

There was an interpreter on the stage so I even sang some of my lyrics in Chinese, much to the delight of my Beijing fans,” said Blender.

The event, featured musicians and bands from Caribbean countries with embassies in Beijing, providing a forum for the embassies in Beijing to work together to showcase the Caribbean.

Organised by the Ministry of Culture of China, presented by China Arts and Entertainment Group, in collaboration with the embassies of the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, the music festival is also part of the China-Latin America and Caribbean Year of Culture Exchange.

According to Brad Hemmings of Caribbean Entertainment, the artiste-booking agency which provided the performers for the festival, the first staging was quite encouraging.

“The successful first staging will, undoubtedly, mean continuity and expansion of this cultural-exchange activity, going forward. It not only provided opportunities for cultural exchange but a stage for our Caribbean artistes to showcase their amazing talent to a virtually untapped Asian market,” Hemmings added.

Other Caribbean performers at the four-day festival included Rupee, Tizzy, Mr Killa, Mitchell Brunnings, David L and Lil Bitts.

Source: Jamaica Star

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