Welcome to the first official week of Summer! It's a great weekend to be in NYC! VP Records and Summer Stage host a free concert on Saturday in Central Park. Then on Sunday, Roy Wilkins Park is the place to be for the 5th Annual staging of Groovin in the Park. After a weekend filled with great Reggae music, stay in the city on Monday as well for Ky-mani Marley's album release party and you'll see why this is the perfect weekend for Reggae Lovers in NYC.
Also included in this week's spotlight are tours you do not want to miss as well as new videos from Third World and Shaggy.
What's going on in your area? To be considered for inclusion in an upcoming spotlight, contact us at ReggaeReflection@ReggaeReflection.com. Have a blessed week!
Judy Mowatt joins the line-up for Groovin in the Park!
Groovin in the Park heats up Roy Wilkin's Park this Sunday! Judy Mowatt is the latest Reggae artist to join this already excellent line-up that incudes Lt. Stitchie, Morgan Heritage, Capleton, Cocoa Tea, Luciano, Michael Bolton and Billy Ocean! Reggae Reflecton will be there so look out for photos coming soon!
VIP Records Celebrates 35 years with FREE concert in Central Park
VP Records is celebrating 35 years in the business with a FREE concert that will take place in Central Park on Saturday, June 28th from 2 - 7pm. The concert featuring VP Reggae and Soca Artists Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann LyonsSummer Stage Concert Series .
Tour Spotlight: Morgan Heritage and Chronixx start new tours
Morgan Heritage Strictly Roots US tour begins June 24th
Morgan Heritage has been on mission. They have been touring non-stop since their April release of Strictly Roots, their 10th studio album. The next phase of their US tour kicks off on June 24th in Albany, NY and extends through the end of July with dates all over the East Coast including an appearance at Groovin in the Park this weekend in NYC.
Fans can expect to hear old favorites from their extensive song catalog and new selections from "Strictly Roots", which features collaborations with Chronixx, Jemere Morgan, Jo Mersa Marley, J Boog, Eric the leader singer of Rebelution, and Bobby Lee of SOJA.
Morgan Heritage’s “Strictly Roots” album reached no. 1 on the US iTunes Reggae Chart and Billboard Reggae Chart, debuted at # 2 in Switzerland and Holland, #8 in the UK and Germany and #4 in France on the iTunes Reggae Charts. "Strictly Roots" is still holding strong in the top 10 Billboard Reggae Chart.
You can also catch Morgan Heritage again on the Catch a Fire Tour that runs later this summer with Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, and Tarrus Riley.
Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption gearing up for the UK
On the heels of the successful US Capture Land month long tour which ended recently on June 20th in Miami, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption are gearing up for their Reparation UK Summer Tour. The Reparation Tour kicks off on June 26th at the Glastonbury Music Festival and ends on July 19th in Glasgow, Scotland. Dre Island will join Chronixx on the tour.
"Chronixx and the ZincFence Redemption's obvious love of Reggae music was apparent in their overall presentation at Irving Plaza. Their generous set never faltered in energy characterized by lyrics that created a storyline and most importantly, a seamless ability to move artfully between the traditional Reggae beat to the modernization of the sound that successfully blended older styled presentations with a newer one" Grace Vanriel #LRNYC Check out the full review and photos of Chronixx's show at Irving Plaza on 7/6 http://bit.ly/ChronixxIrivingPlazaNYC
New Music Spotlight: Ky-mani Marley launches Maestro
Ky-mani Marley's last album was the 2007 release of "Radio". Now, the long awaited new album from Kymani Marley is almost here. Maestro is Kymani's Marley's 6th album with an official release date of Tuesday, June 30th. A NYC release party will be held the night before on Monday, June 29th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Special guests include Matisyahu and Gentleman who are both featured on Ky-mani's new album. No-Maddz has also been added to the bill, making this an extra special not-to-miss event going on next week in NYC.
New Video Spotlight
For upcoming events, make sure to check out our Reggae Reflection Calendar. Stay tuned for continuous updates. 2015 features some of the best festivals and concert tours we have seen in a long time!
New Video from Derrick Lara - In the Ghetto
'In the Ghetto' is a brand new video by Derrick Lara of the reggae trio the Tamlins, dedicated to all the ghetto youths that struggle every day.
In 1983 Lara joined the Tamlins, initially on recording sessions with Sly & Robbie. Through the years Lara has remained with the group, although all members pursued concurrent solo careers.
Prior to joining the Tamlins, Lara recorded many tunes with artistes such as Beres Hammond, Everton Blender, Anthony B and many other artistes, as well as endless background vocals. Derrick Lara's solo career is being revamped and he released an album called 'Reality' last year. There is a new a album in the works and plans to tour as a solo artiste in the near future.
'In the Ghetto' is produced by Lara Music Productions. Watch the video on Youtube below!
Rica Newell releases new Reggae Single Them Fools Have Failed
The new Reggae single, Them Fools Have Failed, by Rica Newell is now out! This is the first new track from her upcoming solo album, "Love is the Word" . The single was released on 6/19/15 and is now available for download on iTunes!
Rica is a former back up singer for Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers and currently sings backup vocals for Stephen Marley. Her upcoming solo album "Love is the Word" will be released on Rica's independent label, Rica Unit.
Listen to a preview of Them Fools Have Failed on Soundcloud.
Download #ThemFoolsHaveFailed on iTunes
Follow #RicaNewell Online
Etana has released the video for "I Rise", the title track on her 2014 album released in the fall of 2014. The album which reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart is still holding steady in the top 10, currently at #6 as of this week. Etana wraps up her current US tour this week.
Jah 9 follows up Gratitude, the 4th video from her debut album, New Name. Jah 9 will be on an East Coast Tour with with Dub Tonic Kru from July 25 - August 2nd. She is currently scheduled for 9 shows in 9 days! We won't be surprised if more shows are added!
In this week's Reggae Reflection Spotlight, we feature the following hot items!
- Groovin in the Park Festival in NYC coming up on June 28th
- Kabaka Pyramid and Iba Mahr will be kicking off their Young Lions tour later this week.
- New Music Videos from Alaine and Stephen Marley
- Jah Cure release date for his new album "The Cure"
Festival Spotlight - 5th Annual Groovin in the Park NYC June 28th
Groovin in the Park 2015 takes place on Sunday, June 28th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Once again they have announced a stellar line up including outstanding Reggae artists Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Capleton, Cocoa Tea, and Lt Stitchie. They will share the stage with R&B sensation Billy Ocean and Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton. Veteran Jamaican Broadcaster Barry G will have the honor of hosting this year's event.
Tour Spotlight - Kabaka Pyramid and Iba Mahr with The Bebble Rockers
NEW Video Spotlight
Alaine - Favorite Boy
The Official Video for Alaine's latest single '"Favorite Boy" on the Country Bus Riddim by Chimney Records has been released. This is the first video from her new album "Ten of Hearts" and is sure to capture your heart as well.
Stephen Marley - Ghetto Boy
The official video for Stephen "Ragga" Marley's new track "Ghetto Boy" featuring Jamaican dancehall stars Bounty Killer and Cobra. Directed by Shaun Escayg and shot in Jamaica, Stephen's message aims to #BreakTheCycle and address gun violence with today's youth. (source: Stephen Marley Youtube)
Jah Cure announces "The Cure" Album release date
Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher "Sketch" Carey, Clive Hunt, Llmar "Riff Raff" Brown, Justin "Jus Bus" Nation and Trevor "Baby G" Washington James. The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover "All of Me" (which received over 5 million YouTube views), "Rasta" (currently #1 on Clinton Lindsay's NY reggae singles chart), "That Girl" and "Life We Live" as well as brand new singles including "No Friend of Mine" "Made In California," "I Surrender" and many more. (source: VP Records press release)
We have heard a sneak peak of the new album and we think you will love it!
Jah Cure currently has tour dates slated for Europe this summer and makes a return appearance on the Welcome To JamRock Cruise this fall.
Some additional great news! We hear that Cure Fest will return to Jamaica this fall. Stay tuned for more information!
Keep up to date with Jah Cure on his official website - http://www.jah-cure.com/
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