Il ritorno di Jah Mason/ Dalla Giamaica a Roma per l’anniversario di Pakkia Crew

Roma. L’appuntamento per i reggae lovers è il prossimo 30 Aprile 2019 a Intifada (Via di Casal Bruciato, 15) per assistere alla performance live di Jah Mason live direttamente dalla Jamaica. Per celebrare il loro dodicesimo anniversario l’affermato sound system romano Pakkia Krew propone questo ospite di eccezione: Andre Johnson, al secolo appunto Jah Mason. L’artista, classe ’73, è originario della parrish di Manchester in Jamaica ed è cresciuto in una famiglia cristiana. Da adolescente veniva chiamato “Perry Mason” ed è con questo primo nome che si presenta sulla scena con il suo singolo di debutto “Selassie I Call We” nel lontano 1991. Nel 1995 si evolve in Fire Mason e comincia ad entrare nell’ordine Bobo Ashanti del movimento rastafariano. La sua vicinanza alla fede rasta gli permette di identificarsi e suonare col suo attuale stage name ovvero Jah Mason. Sicuramente i più appassionati ricorderanno la sua hit storica “My Princess Gone”, canzone che ha contribuito fortemente ad accrescerne la popolarità, come anche la sua amicizia col cantante internazionale Jah Cure, il quale gli ha dato l’opportunità di apparire ed esibirsi in diversi suoi shows in Jamaica. Il 2002 marca l’anno di uscita del suo primo album “Keep your joy & working so hard”. Da quel momento l’Artista ha pubblicato diversi lavori discografici come “Wheat and tears” o “The Saga Bed” pubblicati da importanti etichette quali Greensleeves Records , Vp Records ed è stato anche distribuito da Warners.

David Jeffries di All Music ha descritto Jah Mason come “un’artista agile senza sforzo, in grado di comunicare amore, pathos, rivoluzione, spiritualità e persino sensualità”.Tra le sue hits oltre alla big tune mondiale “My princess gone” che abbiamo già menzionato, possiamo annoverare “Mi Chalwa”, “Ganja for life”, “A lion look” e molte altre.

Non a caso il Nostro vanta la pubblicazione di ben 19 albums, l’ultimo dei quali, “Love & Wisdom”, è uscito nel Novembre del 2015. Saremo lieti di accoglierlo ancora una volta a Roma, città in cui l’artista manca da anni. Per il warm up e l’after party verrà proposto lo show dancehall con Vito outta Yard Beat, A star bene ed ovviamente Pakkia crew a fare gli onori di casa. Per il compleanno numero 12 della “Green Family of Rome” non si escludono sorprese con special guests artists e dancers che supporteranno lo show per una serata in perfetto stile caraibico.

Eugenia Conti

 

F.A.M.E. FESTIVAL / The first edition in Barbados will start on the 18th of May

Next month it’s time for the first edition of F.A.M.E. Festival, the new project gather two main people: Margit  who is living in Barbados and Bady who felt in love with the island and its culture after she had the occasion to travel there several times for business. “More people are helping to make it possible, some locals and foreigners professionals”, the humble main promoter Badraine Lejeune said to our michrophones…

“At the beginning all started because of our love for the island, for the culture” – she continued – “Also for the international melting pot we found there and the love for art. We decided for the first edition to do one entire day and night, looking for the next editions to be longer.”

FAME is a movement of Food, Art and Music lovers that want to get people together to enjoy life with respect for the Environment. The Fame team organises Festivals middle term focus is the Caribbean and South America where local artists get a podium next to international names. Part of the festival is creation of awareness for environmental local issues, education to healthiness through the discovery of necessities : healthy food & activities.

TEXT ANNOUNCEMENT

FAME team invites you to an event where you can relax and enjoy a gathering using all your senses.

FAME stands for FOOD, ART, MUSIC and ENVIRONMENT, the main topics of our event.

Savour healthy, fresh and local food and drinks with respect for the environment.

Participate in art workshops, enjoy sports activities and art displayed alongside joyful music performances.

The line up joins Caribbean with International known acts as Lee Scratch Perry, godfather of this first edition.

Enjoy both the inner and outer environment, with time slots where yoga sessions, lectures on nature and health practitioners doing mini consults (massages…) will happen!

 

FOOD is an essential part of everyone’s lives. It gives us the energy and nutrients to grow and develop, in a way to be healthy and active, but also to move, work, play, think and learn… The world produces enough food for everyone but the spread is not fair. Yet every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger or malnutrition and over 800 million people still go to bed hungry. This is why FAME Team is standing for a conscious alimentation. All food specialist & stands will have to provide local, fresh and quality products.

ART is infinitely adaptable, and necessary to each culture. Art is something that reveals the hidden truth. Art is something that is the essential part of human life, it plays an immense role in our society. In each one’s life we need new innovative ideas, we need some creative ways to express our feelings, to approach others with understanding feelings. This is why FAME Team is welcoming Bajan local artistes to come and show their arts and crafts to a mix public made of locals and foreigners. Promoting Bajan culture, educating children to different way to express their feelings, point of view. Art is a storyteller.

MUSIC is in everything around us, nature, movement… we are surrounded by sounds and we live with them in harmony. Music is the expression of the soul and it brings people together, to enjoy moments as Festivals. FAME Team is aware that music is the best way to gather people and stir up emotions as joy, excitement… This is why we selected many talented artistes to perform at our festival, headliners joining forces to local artistes in a way to promote Bajan music. We want to push Bajan culture and its artistes and create an atmosphere where local artists get a podium next to international names. Fame Festival line up is eclectic passing from gospel, to reggae, to soca without forgetting some sunny house music. Open to all kind of music lovers

ENVIRONMENT is an important issue, we have to start living sustainably, it’s our new challenge with great opportunities for all. We are responsible for the future of our children and we have to learn to fully protect our environment. Humanity’s entire life support system depends on the well-being of all the species living on earth (plants, animals…). This is why FAME Team dedicated one of its topic to environment, and to its protection. Some conferences will take place in the morning & during the day, and some videos will be projected on the stages during the intermissions in a way to educate and give opportunities to the people, children coming to have more ideas to how live life better through the conscious of their own sensibilities and the world around. Our philosophy : Protect your environment to better yourself !


OBJECTIFS 
 

What ?

  • Create F.A.M.E MICROCOSM : Eco-friendly / Ethic / Democratic / Open to ALL ( Free for Children under 14).

  • Stimulate Caribbean music industry

  • Support Caribbean Economy

  • Make discover international and local artistes

  • Make customers enjoying a unique experience through meeting and sharing

  • Spotlights on important topics : Environment / Health)

  • Make F.A.M.E Festival a brand internationally known & export the concept in other countries of the word.

How ?

  • Organizing  and set up different areas dedicated to art, music, food & environment gather in a place (bellow more details reg each category).

  • Developing awareness, consciousness about the environment.

  • Educate & Share vital informations to people and children.

  • Partnerships/Supports by different locals & internationals actors (brands, media, universities, doctors…).

  • Inviting international headliners to support local artist

Where ?
  • Culture Yard, Ocean Stables, Newcastle, St John, Barbados. The choice of taking this venue came with our interest to find a place in Barbados surrounded by nature, where the environment is visible. We want to create a microcosm where people can make a real connection with each other, and the Culture Yard atmosphere allow it. Following the eco-friendly and family friendly values we assure that the venue will provide all needed to keep a festival in a different vibe. Nothing to compare with the events going on in Barbados Island. Something completely organic & natural. s, push local creations.
 
LINE UP :
 

Lee Scratch Perry (JA)

Mad Professor (UK)

Dennis Bovell from Matumbi (BB)

Macky Banton (UK)

Red Star Lion (BB)

Tabhita (BB)

Angela Patrice (BB)

Sista Mary (UK)

Dub Conductor (UK)

Tuff  (BB)

Ayito (FR)

DB Step (BB)

Day Dream (JA)

Albert & the Culture Yard house band (BB)

Check the plane tickets, don’t lose the chance to explore the culture of Barbados and enjoy great music at the same time.

Eugenia Conti

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band to perform at the National Stadium in Kingston

Kingston, JA: Singer Richie Stephens and his 17-member Ska Nation Band will headline this year’s Grand Gala, the premier entertainment event for the celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Independence at the National Stadium in Kingston on August 6, 2018.

The entertainment event will be attended by a number of Jamaican dignitaries, including Governor General Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange; Speaker of the House Pearnel Charles; Chief Justice Zaila McCalla; Jamaica Defence Force, Chief of Staff Major General Rocky Meade; Police Commissioner George Quallo; and Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams.

“To be invited to perform at Grand Gala for the people of Jamaica ranks as one of our biggest and most important assignments since the group was formed two years ago” Stephens disclosed.

The ‘Life Your Life” singer, who has travelled the world and performed as a brand Ambassador for the Jamaica Tourist Board, (JTB) spoke about the significance of this assignment.

“Ska is big internationally, especially in places like Japan, parts of the USA and Italy but we don’t celebrate it in Jamaica anymore. This is an opportunity to educate the youths of Jamaica about Ska and let them know that this beautiful music originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady, reggae and dancehall music. In fact Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff, all started out playing ska as teenagers. Ska is the mother of reggae. Without Ska there would be no reggae” he explained.

Stephens said his passion for ska was developed as a youngster.

“My dad was the person who introduced me to Ska. He was one of the baddest ska dancers in town,” he confessed.

Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu, who is from Salento, Italy spoke about performing at Grand Gala.

“This assignment has historical and cultural significance” Leu confessed.

“We in Italy love Ska music. We are elated that the government of Jamaica has given us this platform to showcase music that was originally created in Jamaica. It is my dream that this performance set the stage for some sort of cultural exchange between Italy and Jamaica” Leu reasoned.

Rankin Lele of Ska Nation and Adriatic Sound in Italy spoke about the opportunity to perform in Jamaica again, having performed at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay last summer.

“Performing at Sumfest last year was a life changing experience. In everything we have done since we always represent Jamaica. We feel we are unofficial ambassadors of this beautiful county that gave us this great music Ska” he noted.

In 2016, Stephens & The Ska Nation Band released their debut studio album titled “Internationally.” “Root of the Music” – the title track and lead single from their second full-length album will be released in August. The lyrics bear testament to the many genres Jamaica has gifted the world, while the musical arrangement seamlessly blends these styles together.

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JUNIOR KELLY (2018) / “Urban Poet is the number one underground album”

Gege Vibes met Junior Kelly in Melkweg, Amsterdam during the event Easter Special Reggaeville (April 2018). Reviewing his last album “Urban Poet” and deepening in the main songs as “I wanna be your hero”, “Everybody needs somebody” or “Power to the people”, we also talked about his charity project called “People helping people” focused in sharing food with poor people on the roads in Jamaica. Ultimately, Jr Kelly invited the youths to don’t lose the spirituality because of the technology.

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti Shooting : Giulio Lofari Editing : Young Man Productions Special thanks to : Junior Kelly, Reggaeville.

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MR VEGAS (2018) / “I want to bring a smile into other people’s lives and make them less depress with my music”

Gege Vibes meets this time the veteran Mr Vegas in Salento, Italy. Basicly this interview collects the Mr Vegas best memories and deepens into his rich carreer started around 20 years ago. His music ranged over from the reggae to the dancehall, from the rub a dub to the soca. The artist, winner of Mobo Awards and captivating performer on stages all over the World, explains us that he only try to bring a smile into other people lives . We obviously talk about his homeland Jamaica too.

Interviewer Eugenia Conti Shooting Valentina Rubino Edited by Gege Vibes Prod – @bannysh Promotion for the event I’m Black and White Party – Salento Contro il Razzismo Venue : Womb Lecce

 

MASSIVE B EUROPEAN TOUR / Il 10 Marzo di nuovo in Italia con una data in Salento (Video Interview Credits)

Come ogni anno torna in Europa il prestigioso sound system Massive B con Bobby Konders e la sua crew direttamente da Brooklyn, New York City. Il 10 Marzo sono di nuovo in Italia con una data in Salento, ospiti ancora una volta di Adriatic Sound, etichetta e sound system reggae salentino composto da Papa Leu, Rankin Lele e Morello Selecta. Il party si terrà a Squinzano (Le) nella rinomata black venue dell’Istanbul Cafe’. (Guarda la video intervista per Gege Vibes Magazine)

Il Sound System Statunitense è noto a livello internazionale per le proprie selezioni reggae, dancehall e Hip hop. Sono delle figure rispettatissime sulla scena mondiale dagli anni ’80.
Ogni domenica sera Bobby Konders e Jabba conducono Fire Sunday sulle frequenze di Hot 97 la radio urban di New York, seguita dalla notte reggae rituale della grande mela al The Buzz Night Club dove ospitano settimanalmente i maggiori artisti reggae.

MASSIVE B costituiscono anche una delle maggiori e prolifiche etichette discografiche di musica reggae e dancehall del mondo. Con il suo stile inconfondibile ha rivoluzionato la musica reggae e hip hop fin dall’inizio degli anni novanta quando Bobby Konders, fondatore del sound, all’ epoca dj e produttore di house music, diede alla luce il remix di Ghetto Red Hot del dj toaster jamaicano Super Cat. Non dimentichiamo che il singolo fu prodotto a due mani insieme al giovanissimo Salaam Remi che incoraggiato da Bobby Konders divenne di li a poco uno dei maggiori produttori americani, spopolando le classifiche con cantanti del calibro di Ini Kamoze, Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse. I due, Salaam Remi e Bobby Konders, remixando verso la metà degli anni novanta canzoni di artisti jamaicani come Bounty Killer, Cutty Ranks, Junior Demus, diedero vita ad un vero e proprio genere musicale che conosciamo oggi come Ragga Hip Hop, facendo esplodere questi artisti nel mercato hip hop mondiale e allo stesso modo influenzando indelebilmente tutta la scena e il sound hip hop di quel periodo. Forte dell’ esperienza positiva avuta con i remix degli artisti jamaicani Massive B records stamperà periodicamente singoli e riddims dancehall con artisti famosi e meno noti che diventeranno presto la scuderie dell’ etichetta, nomi come King Kong, Chronicle, Half Pint, Nicodemus, e succesivamente Chezidek, Collie Budz, Bunjy Garling, Movado, Vybz Kartel.
Fin dall’ inizio Bobby Konders decidere di metter in piedi il proprio sound system, chiede e trova collaborazione in Jabba, un personaggio molto rispettato nell’ ambiente della dancehall di New York, carismatico ed energetico Jabba diventerà ben presto la voce ufficiale del sound. Si avvicineranno poi al sound Big Dog, Chudney Shotta, Xman.
Negli anni Bobby Konders consoliderà il rapporto artistico con il veterano della dancehall jamaicana degli anni 80’ Burro Banton, il toaster dall‘inconfondibile voce che registrerà la maggior parte delle sue produzioni per Massive B Records, diventando a tutti gli effetti il terzo padrino del sound oltre a Jabba e Bobby Konders. Sono innumerevoli infatti i singoli di Burro Banton di produzione Massive B che spopolano letteralmente in tutti i party dancehall.
Bobby Konders e Jabba si occupano costantemente di produzioni di dubplates, di nuovi e influenti riddims, sono i dj resident a HOT 97 la famosa radio urban di New York, dove ogni domenica sera dalle 9 alle 11 conducono On The Reggae Tip uno dei più longevi programmi reggae di tutti i tempi, e organizzano i più importanti eventi dancehall soca hip hop della grande mela.
Il concerto annuale On the Reggae Tip un format ideato da Massive B è stato una vera e propria piattaforma di lancio per l’ esplosione della musica dancehall e registra ogni anno il tutto esaurito.
Bobby and Jabba sono anche tra gli ospiti fissi del Best of The Best Concert di Miami. Organizzano il Massive B HOT 97 Truck, un camion pieno di altoparlanti con dj, mc, ospiti speciali e ballerine, il più seguito della Labour Day West Indian Parade la più grande sfilata in maschera del Nord America un evento con oltre 3 milioni persone che si tiene ogni anno per le vie di Brooklyn.
Massive B fa ballare ogni settimana New York City all’ evento reggae dancehall della domenica di Brooklyn, il famoso Fire Sunday al Buzz NightClub.
Negli anni sono state moltissime le collaborazioni di Massive B con TOK, SHAGGY SUPER CAT, BURRO BANTON, JOHNNY OSBOURNE, DEAN FRASER, ROOTS RADICS, BOUNTY KILLER, ELEPHANT MAN, tutti questi artisti devono tanto alla passione e all’amore per questa musica di Bobby Konders e Jabba, alla diffusione e alla promozione capillare dei dischi provenienti dal Massive B studio di Brooklyn. I 45 giri della label Massive B, distribuiti in tutto il mondo, sono sempre stati delle perle nella discografia di tutti i collezionisti di reggae music, capaci di accendere party a tutte le latitudini, dancehall, soca, roots, rub a dub, hip hop, con il suo sound inconfondibile e versatile l’etichetta di Brooklyn ha segnato la storia della black music degli ultimi 20 anni. I Massive B possono essere riconosciuti come una vera istituzione nella musica reggae.

Eugenia Conti