New York, NY—Last weekend, Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) honored living legend Danny Dread and several other Jamaican sound system culture pioneers at the inaugural “Echoes of Sound System” event at National Stadium’s Indoor Entertainment Complex, in Kingston.
International Recording Artist Christopher Ellis Release Single “Still Go A Dance” Produced by Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley
Kingston, Jamaica. January 31, 2020. As the world readies to descends on Jamaica for “Reggae Month” February celebrations (officially proclaimed and first staged in 2008), Christopher Ellis, the progeny of the late great “Alton Ellis” known as Godfather of Rocksteady, has delivered a nostalgic ode to the beloved era with “Still Go A Dance“.
On the timeless track-bound, Christopher ‘s rich soulful voice sings and reminisces of a time where reggae dominated the dance floor. It was a time when one forgot the outside turmoil and basked in the rocksteady vibes of Alton Ellis, Gergory Isaacs and Delroy Wilson. “Still Go A Dance” says it all, it is a celebration for the love of music and culture. Times have changed but popular street dances are a staple and as the crooner passionately boasts, we “Still go a dance same way”.
Produced by GRAMMY award-winning Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Christopher’s lush organic voice sits masterfully between the distinctive, slower rocksteady style that Damian’s masterfully updated while keeping intact the foundation.
Christopher Ellis “Still Go A Dance” releases today, January 31st on all digital services worldwide from Ghetto Youths International.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER LAMOUR ELLIS was born the youngest male progeny to “The Godfather of Jamaican Rocksteady”, the late ALTON ELLIS. Talented in his own right, the soulful 28 year-old Roots Reggae, R&B crooner has been astounding audiences with his incredibly natural, smooth vocal stylings since the age of 11. The Jamaica Gleaner notes, “His look and sound closely mirror those of his dad, he has beyond a doubt inherited the soulful vocals of his father.”
Born on March 12, 1982 in London, England, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS frequently performed with his legendary father on world tours, leaving lasting impressions on international audiences across the globe, including in the territories of: Jamaica, New York City, Italy, Germany, London, Spain and Canada, to name but a few. But, it wasn’t until the fledgling songbird was about 14 years old that he started to realize how groundbreaking his father’s legacy was, what his father meant to the country of Jamaica and the enormous influence that his father had on the development of the reggae and dancehall music genres.
Christopher humbly comments, “I feel privileged to have this great man as my father, to be involved with and learn from such a great man is completely an honour for me.” The talented singer-songwriter looks at the time that he spent touring with his famous father as a period of learning. Christopher reminisces, “For me, singing with my father was more like schooling; it prepared me immensely for my own career.” During his learning curve years, Ellis found himself perfecting his song writing talents and passion for music by performing regularly at venues such as the Jazz Café near his home in London, England.
Jo Mersa Marley Pens A Special Song for His Daughter Titled ‘Nothings Gonna Harm You’ Produced By Her Grandfather Stephen Marley
Kingston, Jamaica. January 31st 2020. It’s a family affair that transcends generations in a penned lyrical letter to a daughter, produced by her grandfather, ahead of a great grand-father’s posthumous birthday celebrations; Jo Mersa Marley releases “Nothing’s Gonna Harm You“.
For many African culture’s, ancestor veneration is prevalent. Prayers are made to the ancestors, who can be a source of inspiration, help and protection in one’s life, such is Jo Mersa introspective as he reflects on love, life and family while chanting to his forefathers. “Nothing’s gonna harm you not while I’m around” sings the third-generation Marley on the meaningful song to his daughter that was produced by his father, five-time GRAMMY winning Stephen Marley.
“The inspiration for this song was mainly a message to my daughter letting her know that she’ll be well protected because that’s my job as her father” said Jo Mersa Marley.
On the eve of Reggae month (February) and ahead of the 75th Birthday celebration for his grand-father Robert Nesta Marley, Jo Mersa Marley releases the meaningful single paired with a captivating lyric video. “Nothing’s Gonna Harm You” is more than a song, it is a daily mantra repeated worldwide by parents and guardians who commiserate with Jo’s words “Demons are prowling everywhere nowadays“.
“Nothing’s Gonna Harm You” is be available today, January 31st on all digital services worldwide from Ghetto Youths International and lyric video available now on Ghetto Youths International official YouTube/VEVO channel.
REGGAE ARTIST TAJ WEEKES NAMED GOODWILL AND BRAND AMBASSADOR OF SAINT LUCIA AMBASSADORS TO CREATE AWARENESS OF SAINT LUCIAN CULTURE, ART
January 15, 2020 – Castries, Saint Lucia – The Government of Saint Lucia has announced Reggae artist Taj Weekes is among the names of twelve Saint Lucians appointed as Goodwill Ambassadors and one of nine as Brand Ambassadors. “The Saint Lucia Goodwill Ambassadors programme is proposed as a tool to actualize the national cultural policy in a number of key areas,” Minister Fortuna Belrose stated. “They are citizens of Saint Lucia who have achieved international acclaim and the overall objective of the programme is to serve as a catalyst for socio-economic transformation and the development of human capital in all sectors related to the creative arts and the industries, sports, visual arts, gastronomy and music,” the Minister went on to say.
The Ambassadors are expected to represent Saint Lucia locally, regionally and internationally by leveraging their profile and celebrity status to tap into access for growth and to forge strategic partnership between the Cultural Development Foundation and other related agencies. The title of “Your Excellency” will be conferred on the Goodwill Ambassadors, as well as the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit Gold. In announcing the Brand Ambassadors Minister Belrose stated: “It is imperative that such citizens be recognized and allowed to leverage their profile/celebrity status to locate ad access opportunities for the growth and development of Saint Lucia in their respective sectors. Given that culture helps to shape the uniqueness of a destination the brand ambassadors program will provide the platform to identify individuals who are best placed to create local and international awareness of our culture, arts and creative industries.”
Upon hearing the news, Weekes stated: “Thank you to the Government and People of St. Lucia for conferring upon me the role of Goodwill Ambassador and Brand Ambassador. People often ask what drives me to do what I do outside of the music. Simple – love and gratitude for the “good’ hand that Jah blessed me with. When you appreciate what you have been given, sharing it is instinctive, because your contentment is complete with the act of giving. However, receiving the designation by the government and people of Goodwill Ambassador and Brand Ambassador is humbling. THANK YOU. It is more fuel on the fire to continue to do what I do. As always, ‘Vibes High, Message Mighty.'”The Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries will be hosting an official ceremony at which time all of the official instruments will be conferred on the Goodwill and Brand Ambassadors.