Vice For President EP provides variety, thoughtful lyrics

Vice for President

Vice for President

By Diamond Media

As President Barack Obama’s tenure nears its last leg, many of us are beginning to ponder: who will be the next Leader of the Free World? The usual suspects are bound to throw their hats in the ring, but this time around, a dark horse will emerge to represent the people. Armed with his animated production skills and sharp pen game, Vice Soulectric is amidst his campaign trail for POTUS, with his inaugural effort, Vice For President.

Vice for President

Vice for President

The six- track extended play release allows Vice to take center stage, where he’s the sole artist featured on the majority of the track list. Whereas “Treadmill Lifestyle” plays out like a tale of three different perspectives in which fellow buckeye, G. Huff connects with Vice and Beantown’s, REKS, to tell a well observed story, it’s the Guilty Simpson assisted, “Troublesome” that tells the ugly truth that’s plagued America, over a futuristic bass heavy banger. Vice continues to address the nation on “Hate Myself,” which points out the idiocy of tearing down one another for a vain personal gain.

 
“I really think it’s a shame that in these days in times more artists don’t dedicate more of their content to uplifting or enlightening the huge following of fans they have at their disposal,” states Vice, when asked about his decision to make a political statement for his debut.

Whether it’s “Brag Rap,” with Vice’s bold statement of “rapping only if you’ve got something to say,” or the EP’s closer, “Nine to Grind,” you’re bound to catch a bevy of beats and bars from the Ohio based phenom, who crafted this project to not only channel his message, but to showcase his skills on the mic, in addition to the MPC, all while helping to contribute towards Ohio’s undermined legacy as a bastion for Hip-Hop culture. Based on a platform of the need for both political reform and personal growth, Vice keeps his markets targeted on the very establishments that have proven to be our greatest obstacles. Vote, Vice for President.  Vice for President (EP) can be streamed at AudioMack ,SoundCloud and  iTunes–OnPointPress.Net.

Reggae singer Etana performed at UN to promote Ebola fight

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Reggae singer Etana  received a standing ovation after her performance at the UN on 3/2/15.

By Tiffany Mea

On Monday, March 2, 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, reggae singer Etana and her band took the stage at the private concert “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future,” led by United African Congress, Give Them A Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.

Etana  delivered a breathtaking set – performing songs off her latest album I Rise as well as her single “Better Tomorrow,” which has been chosen as the campaign’s official anthem. After final remarks from the National Chairman of UAC Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, Etana returned to close the show with a grand finale performance of “Better Tomorrow” featuring Independent Artists United, where she brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation. Starting this week, fans can buy “Better Tomorrow” and all the proceeds go towards children orphaned by Ebola and rebuilding the communities affected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Reggae singer Etana wowed the audience at the UN on Monday, March 2, 2015.

The song is currently featured on the iTunes. The “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” event was hosted by NY1 News anchor Cheryl Wills with remarks from the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United Nations Vandi Minah, Italy Ambassador to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi, TV personality and humanitarian Lisa Vanderpump, Dr. Howard Zucker (Acting Commissioner of Health for New York State) and former head of the NAACP Dr. Benjamin Chavis. The evening featured additional performances by Chieck Hamala Diabate and Band and Artists With One Voice, a collaboration of singers from Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Cameroon and Mali.

The concert was made possible through a partnership between the UAC, GTAH, the Permanent Mission of São Tomé and Principe, the Permanent Missions to the UN of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and the Observer Mission of the African Union as well as numerous nonprofit and community organizations, health professionals and faith-based groups. The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will act as the 501(c) 3 nonprofit fiscal conduit. A series of online video shorts highlighting the issues and featuring the song “Better Tomorrow” was presented at the event.

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Reggae singer Etana sang at the UN to stop Ebola.

“When I wrote the song ‘Better Tomorrow’ I thought of Africa and how rich and beautiful the continent is yet there are so many struggling and suffering people and only a handful of very wealthy people,” Etana said. “I also had similar thoughts of people in America, South America, Jamaica, Haiti and India. I wanted the world to feel like I feel, that there must be a better tomorrow. When I heard that someone was so moved by the song that they wanted to use the song to help people affected by Ebola I was overwhelmed with emotions. I am so happy to see the song doing exactly what I wanted it to do – help, heal and strengthen humanity. I am grateful to everyone participating in the mission to help make it a very successful one. One perfect love to each and everyone.”

“We are honored to be asked to support this noble effort. Etana is the right artist to represent and ‘Better Tomorrow’ is the perfect song,” said Richard Lue, director of business development at VP Records.–OnPointPress.net.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley: Reggae has lost its soul, style, flavor

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley in happy times.

By Carmen Glover

On February 6, 1945, Robert Nesta ‘Bob” Marley was born in Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. He would be 70 today. Marley died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981 from skin cancer. Marley’s name is synonymous with quality reggae music that infuses the soul with pulsating, conscious, profound meaning, nuance and power.

Marley’s music and lyrics have the ability to soothe “No Woman No Cry;” unite “One Love,” and “Three Little Birds;” rebuke and reject friction “War;” chart history “Chant Down Babylon, and “Exodus;” respond to conflict “Crazy Baldheads,” and “Bad Card;” seduce “Bend Down Low,” and “Mellow Mood;” and unwind as in “Kaya.”

Bob Marley in his trademark cap.

Bob Marley in his trademark cap.

As the reggae landscape continues to evolve, sometimes the genre is unrecognizable from the era when Marley, Jacob “Killer” Miller, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer,The Burning Spear, Third World, Culture, Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, Chalice, Junior Reid, Dennis Brown, The I-Threes and other icons toiled meticulously to produce a musical prototype that inspired pride and caused fans to leap to their feet and dance with abandon.

What passes for reggae in this current musical climate is disturbing in some quarters, disappointing in others and embarrassing in far too many instances. While there are some singers, including Marley’s children, who seem committed to carrying on the legacy of inspired reggae music that the iconic musician perfected, it would not hurt if, today, on his birthday, music lovers take some time to savor the exquisite sounds of authentic, inspiring and enjoyable reggae music by listening to Marley’s music.

It’s a great way to say Happy Birthday Bob, reggae music misses you!–OnPointPress.net.

 

Reggae singer Jah Cure has signed with VP Records

Jamaican reggae singer Jah Cure.

Jamaican reggae singer Jah Cure.

By Tiffany Mea

Jamaican singer Jah Cure, one of reggae’s greatest voices, inked a new deal with VP Records to release multiple albums, including The Cure, slated for Spring 2015. Expressing enthusiasm about signing to the label he said:

“It is time for me to sign with an official company. VP is the largest distributer of reggae music and that is a fact, so I am happy to say I am in the best place right now for me. I look forward to build together and feel and sense good things to come.”

The artist has a history with VP Records. He released two albums – Freedom Blues (2005) and True Reflections…A New Beginning (2007) – with the label, but was not officially signed as an artist. VP Records is thrilled to finally have the reggae star on their roster. The company’s A&R, Neil Edwards, said that he has “worked with Cure for over 13 years now, so this has been in the making for some time.” He added: “Cure’s sound is so unique. It resonates with roots reggae listeners and R&B lovers alike.”

The highly anticipated LP The Cure will be a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with pop fused elements. Consisting of production from the island’s legendary Clive Hunt and Llmar “Riff Raff” Brown (amongst many others), the collection will feature Cure’s brand new singles as well as current hits like “Rasta,” his John Legend cover “All of Me,” That Girl” and “Life We Live.”–OnPointPress.net.

Iconic singer/musician Jeffrey Osborne delivers flawlessly at BB King Blues Club

 

Singer-Songwriter Jeffrey Osborne was exhilarating in his performance at B. B. King Jazz & Blues Club in NYC on January 23, 2015.

Singer-Songwriter Jeffrey Osborne was exhilarating in his performance at BB King Blues Club in NYC on January 23, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

On Friday, January 23, five minutes after the scheduled 8:00 p.m. show time, the stage at BB King Blues Club in New York City’s Time Square suddenly went dark. Then, from the shadows, the unmistakable voice of iconic singer-musician Jeffrey Osborne filled the room with the sultry strains of “Stranger.”

Osborne sang a capella as he emerged onstage to a surge of lights, screams, followed by the swell of his musicians on horns and drums that took “Stranger,” which he made famous as the lead singer of the group, LTD, to its poignant crescendo. The crowd burst into rapturous singing, waving their hands and dancing along, reveling in the exquisite experience of joining along as Osborne sang with flawless precision.

Greeting the appreciative audience at the song’s conclusion, Osborne said that he “flew in from LA where it’s about 70 degrees warmer than New York.” He talked a bit about his early life in Providence, Rhode Island, his passion for music and his disgust for current entertainers who use disrespectful names for women or whose voices and styles are indistinguishable to fans.

During his performance of "Stay with me Tonight" Jeffrey Osborne took of his shirt to reveal his trim, lithe physique and rippling muscles beneath a taut fitting black T-shirt.

During his performance of “Stay With Me Tonight” Jeffrey Osborne took of his shirt to reveal his trim, lithe physique and rippling muscles beneath a taut fitting black T-shirt.

Osborne then treated the audience to more of his hits from his LTD days including “Love Ballad,” “Concentrate on You,” and ” We Party Hearty” before he belted out his hit “On the Wings of Love,” while couples embraced and danced along. He shared snippets of his background between songs, describing  performing in the past with singers such as Michael Jackson. He also spoke fondly of his long partnership with George Duke, who worked with him on his first three solo albums. Osborne then performed Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” while also paying tribute to Jazz great John Coltrane.

And then it was time for him to delve further into his musical collection and deliver impeccably on hits such as “Stay With Me Tonight,” as he took the patrons on a journey that spanned hits from his extensive repertoire.  About 9:20 p.m. he delivered his showstopper: “You Should Be Mine” (The Woo Woo Song) to the delight of the patrons. Osborne then mingled with the crowd who eagerly demonstrated their ability to “Woo Woo.”

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Jeffrey Osborne thrilled an appreciative audience with an exceptional performance at BB King Blues Club in New York City on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Osborne solidified his reputation as a stellar singer, songwriter and musician during the electrifying New York City concert. His voice was as clear as crystal, his dancing was superb and his repartee with the audience was impressive. Spry and svelte at 66, Osborne entertained to perfection in a manner that would put 20- year olds to shame. He was smooth and effortless, showing that substance will always triumph over flash and that entertainers who nurture their talents and take pride in their delivery will be rewarded with a loyal fan base

Osborne was born in a musical family and is the youngest of 12 children. His late father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, who died when Osborne was 13, was a famous trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Osborne was nominated for a Grammy Award and wrote the lyrics for Whitney Houston’s “All at Once.” He has an ardent fan base and his music has appeared on numerous television shows, including “The Bachelor.” If you have never seen him perform, treat yourself to an unforgettable experience with a maestro of R&B, Jazz, Blues and Soul, whenever he is in your town. —OnPointPress.net.

 

Entertainer Eddie Murphy releases reggae single “Oh Jah Jah” on VPAL

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By Tiffany Mea

VPAL Music, the subsidiary label and distribution arm of VP Records, Jamaica’s largest distributor of reggae music worldwide, teamed up with revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release a new single “Oh Jah Jah.” The single will be available January 27, 2015.

The song’s release is not the first time that Murphy has dabbled into the reggae genre.  “Oh Jah Jah” follows Murphy’s 2013 collaboration “Red Light” which featured the formerly named rap star Snoop Dogg who now goes by the name Snoop Lion after spending time recording reggae music in Jamaica.

Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah”  which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, California. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

Murphy released his first single, “Party all the time” with the late Rick James in 1985. He has recorded more singles since then and seems determined to be taken seriously as a single as well as an actor and comedian.

For more information contact VP Records/VPAL at Tiffanym@vprecords.com or through Murphy’s contact Arnold Robinson at arobinson@rogersandcowan.com–OnPointPress.net

Ghetto Youths International set to release new album in time for Christmas

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The members of Ghetto Youths International, which include some of the Marley men (Damian, Stephen and Jo Mersa), Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis.

By Tiffany Mea

Ghetto Youths International, the record label owned and operated by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Julian and Stephen, will release the brand new compilation “Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2” on December 23, 2014. The 15-track compilation follows Volume 1 that was released in February 2013 and peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart.

The latest installment is produced primarily by the Grammy-winning brothers Stephen and Damian Marley. The album features new material from the entire Ghetto Youths roster, including Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Wayne Marshall and the label’s founders, along with dancehall artist Cham. The compilation’s lead single Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s “Is It Worth It? (Gunman World),” which contemplates a killer’s conscience, will be accompanied by short film music video directed by acclaimed visionary Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver and Seal). Set in Morocco, actor Saai Taghmaoui (American Hustle, La Haine and Three Kings) takes on the role of a hitman-for-hire in Elderkin’s latest visual opus.

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In addition to “Is It Worth It? (Gunman World),” Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 features a variety of thought-provoking material. Damian’s motivational opener “Hard Work” is lauded as “a pulsing blueprint for flipping funds” according to The FADER, while his collaborative effort “The Living Breed” featuring Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa, Illestr8 & Biggz General rallies for social change, boasting a powerful hook stating “we are the last of dying breed and the first of a new generation…”

Dancehall’s multi-faceted singjay Wayne Marshall talks about life choices on “On The Corner” (inspired by REM’s “Losing My Religion”) and proclaims to “Nah Give Up” on his single featuring Tarrus Riley. Carrying a similar sentiment, Julian Marley alongside Junior Reid encourages to push forward when times are tough on the uplifting anthem “Never Too Ruff,” while the culturally driven singer Black-Am-I contemplates the beauty and struggle of life back home on “In The Ghetto.”

Christopher Ellis, the son of Jamaican music icon Alton Ellis, “takes classic rocksteady/first wave reggae and gives it a new look” (Vice Noisey) on “Roller Coaster” and gives a fresh take on “Better Than Love” with the remix featuring Irie Love. Jo Mersa (the eldest son Stephen Marley and grandson of Bob Marley) represents a new generation too with his contemporary sound that blends dancehall, pop, and EDM – evident on “Sunshine” and the hypnotic “Rock and Swing.”

The set also features dancehall artist Cham showing how he rolls on “Sh@t” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s hard-hitting anthem “Bongo Nyah” with Damian and Spragga Benz. Then, Stephen and Damian team up again on the mesmerizing track “Strike Hard.” With poignant lyrics matched with top-notch modern production, the genre-bending compilation is sure to reach reggae’s core contingent along with a new generation of fans. The album has been available for pre-orders effective Dec 9-OnPointPress.net-.