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.
VIDEO PREMIERE: Sainte Howard Motion Picture has delivered greatness to the world again. Andre “Dretegs” Hawthorne dropped his new music video for “Memories”, as expected on 12/12/19. Dretegs’s therapeutic lyrics are convincing, to enjoy the ride on the enticing and soothing riddim. “Beautiful in everyway”, complimented a fan on IG @dretegs. “Been waiting on this one, The Earth needs your artistry, Upfulness!” More positive energy exuded in comments, on social media.
The Earth is your stage Dretegs. ” Love ya sista, Love ya brutha, truth is we don’t live forever.” With only 19 days left for a New Year, messages like this will evoke emotions within many who had to say R.I.P to their love ones. The realistic experience of the journey toward healing is an expression throughout this track. Sit back and let the harmonious track shower you and your family with love, guidance and protection. The “Full Circle” Project is already showing the Power of Reggae with “Memories” premiere.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: TALENTED TUFF GONG ARTISTES
‘Spectacular’ doesn’t even begin to describe the blazing performances of our very own Tuff Gong International artistes that took to the stage at 56 Hope Road to help us to celebrate Bob Marley’s 74th Earth Strong.
The hot Tuff Gong International artistes for the Catch a Fire Celebrations included:
MDeez (Instagram: @mdeezmusic)
Tuff Like Iron (Instagram: @tufflikeiron)
Reggae Powerhouse Band (Instagram: @reggaepowerhouseband)
Aaron Nigel Smith (Instagram: @aaronnigelsmith)
One by one, they delivered a crowd-pleasing performance that Lively Up the Reggae Jam Session. Their significant contribution to the 74th Earth Strong Celebration had a profound impact on the success of this event. We thank you.
This past Saturday (March 9) rising reggae band Royal KhaoZ graced the 9 Mile Music Festival stage for the first time ever. Performing alongside some greats, they had the pleasure of joining the lineup with Nas, Julian Marley, Capleton, Sizzla and more. I would love to schedule an interview for you to chat with the guys about their 9 Mile experience.
This Bronx based group is steadily hitting the music waves. They have already worked with some of the most renowned reggae legends (Toots & the Maytals, The Wailers, Kranium, Luciano, Sister Nancy, and Roots Percussionist of Chronixx & the Zincfence Redemption) over the years. Thriving on their roots and culture, Royal KhaoZ’s music focuses on positivity, love, and empowerment.
Not only do they make music but they create a safe space for other artists to do the same. On Thursdays they host a live intimate jam session, Voice Out Jams, in their Bronx recording studio where they encourage and invite all creatives to share their artistry in a safe and supportive environment. The likes of Junior Reid, Juno award winning Canadian Reggae artist Kirk Diamond, Roots Percussionist, Keisha Martin, Kiprich, Derrick Morgan, Lila Aike, Shuga, New Kingston, Naomi Cowan, Carlene Davis, dancehall artist Kemar Highcon, Alandon, and more have already blessed the stage with their presence. Click here to view one of the sessions – you can check the band out at the 19:50 mark.
About Royal KhaoZ
Dretegs, Bama, and Coco, who have been members since its inception formed the band in 2010 right in the Bronx and have been producing heartfelt and powerful tunes ever since. DamDrumz and Vassell, always familiar with the band’s work, plays on the drums and percussion. Thriving on their roots and culture, Royal KhaoZ’s music focuses on positivity, love, and empowerment. Every one of their songs leave a lasting message that can reach any listener. The band possesses the ability to represent reggae in its truest form, while tastefully applying their own twist to traditional and conventional sounds. Drawing influences from soul, funk, pop, and rock, the group prides themselves on creating raw and organic reggae fusion.
Blending 80’s / 90’s dancehall influences with coolly authentic reggae – Mr Williamz‘ life time dedication to music and experience within the genre sound through on ‘Your Style’ – ft. the melodic tones of the internationally acclaimed reggae artist Pressure.
Known by reggae fans world wide as an original sound system toaster, Mr. Williamz (real name Micah Williams)is a Reggae/Dancehall artist from West London. He has recorded and performed with the likes of: Chronixx, Damian Marley, Gappy Ranks,Hollow Point, Jah Mason, Junior Demus, Mikey General, Pinchers, Pressure, Queen Ifrika, Shinehead, Spragga Benz, Stephen Marley, Supercat and Topcat. He is also the first reggae artist to tour India – doing a 5 city tour with Reggae Rajahs in 2011.
He recently made his acting debut in the feature length film: ‘Yardie‘ directed by Idris Elba.
Mr. Williamz emerged on the reggae scene in 2008 with his first official release: ‘Babylon Helicopter’ for Necessary Mayhem, which was followed by ‘No Cigarette’ – released the following year on Biggest Reggae Anthems (Greensleeves 2009).
Mr Williamz’ authentic style and talent has seen him collaborate with producers such as Major Lazer (Smooth sailing), Shy FX (Bad boy business),Mungo’s Hi Fi (Musically Mad , Computer Age) & Green Lion Crew (The General Comes to Town)- to name a few.