NEW RELEASE/ Single and videoclip “Dancehall Rapper” by Reddman Uk (Yah man Records Prod.)

The new single and music video “Dancehall Rapper” by ReddMan UK, produced by Morello Selecta for Yah Man Records, gives us one of the deepest sounds of the new year and is accompanied by some of the best views in West London.

As we announced, the scratchy beat was created by the popular DJ and Producer from Salento Morello Selecta and arranged by the virtuous skills of Alessandro Garofalo, historical Italian keyboard player, honorary member of Sud Sound System and Ska Nation Band. The strong voice of the Artist, Reddman UK, spreads a meaningful message for the international Dancehall / Hip Hop musical scene.

“Dancehall Rapper”, song realized by the Salento label, has the aim to retrace the evolution of the musical reproduction, highlighting moments of history and music. Everything started with Audiocassettes, CDs and Mp3s, until the current Era of IG and Youtube. The Artist underlines how each of these instruments  has marked an important part of the global musical history.

The video is directed by Leonardo Urso, who made the viewers fall easily in love with the City for excellence, London City, capturing some magic shootings of a surreal red sky. This song jumps into the analog past to return quickly to the digital present. We could admire in this video the disruptive beauty of nature with the suggestive sunset above the city full of buildings and skyscrapers.

“Dancehall Rapper” is available from June 2nd on all digital platforms and YouTube.

Eugenia Conti

Interview with the recording artist Bamm Holt: “I’m ready to tour the World keeping the heritage of my grandfather John Holt alive”

Bamm Holt, recording Artist from Jamaica, based in the U.S., 27 years old, well known as John Holt’s grandson and Junior Holt’s son, is ready to tour the World keeping the message of his great predecessor alive but showing his own musical skills as well. We interviewed Bamm while he is in studio recording his new album that will be released early in 2020.

“Bamm Holt is ready. Mi neva waan people hear mi song dem an’ sey, ‘A John Holt grandson dat an’ him soun’ suh?!’ Right now, mi ready fi di world”, you declared in a previous interview. How much do you think is important to continue to preserve the heritage of your grandfather, the legend John Holt, to impact the World in a positive way?

It’s very important to keep the heritage of my grandfather alive. His influence on the reggae world is so emblematic. His songs gave you messages of love, encouragement and even a party vibe. It’s a honour to be his grandson. That’s why keep his name alive is my main goal right about now.

“Mi glad to finally get it out. Wi making different music, something dat people can look forward to listening”, you told the american medias.You sound like a very versatile artist. You can easily switch from reggae, raggamuffin to hip hop. Which is the musical genre that you feel you are most used to?

 I feel like I’m most used to Reggae, as it was the first type of music I heard the calling of reggae from the day I was born. Coming to America at a young age I grown to love hip hop. But reggae will always be my first love.

“One Thing” is your song produced by Gold and Goals Productions that got great feedbacks online. We could appreciate you in a brilliant reggae-fusion version. Your father, Junior Holt, is gonna be also a big inspiration for you. What is the main thing that you learn from him in this artistic journey?

Thank You. “One thing” is also one of my favourite songs.

Yes, my father is a main influence on my career. He taught me to never give up. In life, music, doesn’t matter.

You keep to represent for Spanish Town, your parrish in Jamaica, but from a while you are living in New York. As you said the approach with this city make you understand your attitude for hip-hop music too. Which are your biggest influences of the USA hip-hop scene? And with who would you like to have a feature in the next future?

When it comes to hip hop I don’t really have an influence. I just figured out that Jay Z and Kanye West sampled one of my grandfather’s song in one of their albums. I think it was Encore. It would be a pleasure to work with them.  

You are actually working in the American market already and you are ready to drop your new album early in 2020. What do you expect from the European market and what are your goals in this side of World?

I really don’t know what to expect from the European market but I hope my music will get a good reaction over there too. I know they are in love with reggae. I just want to provide them with that musical genre. My goal is to hopefully tour that side of the World soon, by the grace of God. In the meantime look out for the “1000 Volts of Holt”, a tribute/remake for John Holt with me and my Father Junior Holt.

What is the main message you want to convey to your peers who are trying to undertake your same career?
The main message I want to convey to my peers is that music lives in all of us: young , old, new and the faded ones. It’s just you to find your right tune.
Can you give a special greeting for Gege Vibes Magazine?
Big up Gege Vibes for this interview. Major plans for the future. Going to mash up the new year.
Eugenia Conti

CASALABATE MUSIC FESTIVAL / Il 4 agosto la sedicesima edizione sul palco al cospetto di Torre Specchiolla (Salento)

Casalabate Music Festival 2019 è la notte dei Massive B, festival salentino che giunge quest’anno alla 16esima edizione con gli ospiti speciali da New York City, il famoso dj e producer Bobby Konders e la sua crew, che si svolge nella località balneare di Casalabate.

Il Festival è esponenzialmente cresciuto negli anni, acquistando di edizione in edizione un pubblico di estimatori e appassionati sempre più folto anche perché, fin dalla sua nascita, ha avuto come “padrino” d’eccezione Sir David Rodigan, leggendario Disk Jockey e giornalista, ospite sempre attesissimo nelle edizioni precedenti, che ha portato alla ribalta la marina salentina con il suo slogan “Casalabataaaa accendino!!!”, diventato poi un vero e proprio must.

Per l’edizione 2019 sul palco al cospetto di Torre Specchiolla, nella suggestiva cornice sul lungomare di Casalabate, si alterneranno alcuni tra i migliori esponenti della scena Reggae nazionale tra cui Rankin Lele e Papa Leu di Adriatic Sound con Morello Selecta, Petra de Sule con Striunizzu dal Salento, Bad Side Massive, Zakalicious, Fireburn, MoreLove, StartaFyah e, per la prima volta sul palco di Casalabate, Brusco una delle figure più importanti della scena reggae italiana con le sue super hits, conosciute e amate da tutti.

Altro ospite d’onore, direttamente dalla città di Portmore, Jamaica, il recording artist Bay-C, noto membro della formazione jamaicana T.O.K. che, dopo aver creato hit di grande successo con il suo gruppo come “Gyals yuh ah lead” e “Eagles Cry”, è attualmente in tour in Europa per il suo progetto solista “Straight outta Portmore” supportato dal potente sound system Yard Beat.

A tenere le redini della serata ci saranno Bobby Konders e Lando Hype dei Massive B, celebre Sound System di New York fin dagli anni ‘80, popolari a livello globale per aver prodotto artisti del calibro di Elephant Man, Burro Banton, Vybz Kartel e molti altri del genere reggae, dancehall e hip hop.

l Festival è diventato anche un vero e proprio progetto di riqualificazione e valorizzazione urbana, integrando nel proprio programma musicale e di intrattenimento anche CAD Casalabate Art District (già avvenuto dal 24 al 28 luglio), manifestazione di street art, che ha visto artisti locali e internazionali riunirsi a Casalabate sotto la direzione artistica di 167/B Street per ridipingere diversi muri della marina. L’evento ha ospitato nella serata finale il live dell’artista jamaicana Tanya Stephens, da sempre impegnata nel sociale e nell’attivismo a favore della propria comunità.

Eugenia Conti

UPCOMING TOURS/ Damian Marley Europe Tour 2019 starting next week from Sheffield, Uk

Damian Marley is coming back soon in Europe as every year. Rumor mill said that he is working on a brand new album in studio alongside his successful team but for this summer he is still promoting the awarded Stony Hill Album (released in July 2017). Stony Hill European Tour 2019 is starting next week from Uk. Exactly like last year, Jr. Gong will deliver his first set of shows in Great Britain, with a very special guest on stage as the Jamaican singer Assassin aka Agent Sasco. Assassin has dropped some months ago the brilliant album “Hope River” that received a lot of good feedbacks and highlights everywhere.  Would be interesting assist to this combination during the first three shows in the major famous venues of England: O2 Academies. As Jr Gong’s fans could remember, last summer the Zilla performed in O2 Academy Ritz (Manchester); 02 Academy Leeds, O2 Academy Birmingham and obviously O2 Academy Brixton (London). This time he will be in different areas like O2 Academy Sheffield on the 30th of March, O2 Academy Bournemouth on the 31st and O2 Academy Bristol on the 1st of June (all the tickets in Bristol are sold out already). Then the 2nd of June he will finally return in the Capital, London, as special guest of a huge festival in Croydon Lloyd Park called The Ends. Damian will be the protagonist of the Festival’s last night.

While the protagonist of the first night at the End Festivals will be the American Rap-Star Nas who collaborated with Damian in the unforgettable album “Distant Relatives” (2012. It’s so sad to don’t see them in the line up together sharing the same stage and date, but there will be still a lot of great names opening and after Damian’s performance. Here the exact line up and legend of stages.

Mainstage

  • Damian Jr Gong Marley
  • J Balvin
  • Burna Boy
  • Nao
  • Masego
  • Mansur Brown
  • The Compozers
  • Jaz Karis
  • Croydon Fm

 

Ends & Friends Stage

  • Iamddb
  • Seani B
  • Dj Ace
  • Benjiflow
  • Che Lingo
  • Amber Olivier
  • Miraa May

 

Future Stage

  • Endurance Steel Orchestra
  • Amaka
  • Desta Zion

After the Ends Festival, Stony Hill Uk Tour 2019 will be accomplished and Damian will come on the other side of Europe with a gig in Bruxelles, Belgium on the 4th of June and one in Harleem, Netherlands on the 5th of June. Then, it will be a nice stop in Greece with a couple of shows there: 7th of June in Athens for Release Music Festival and on the 8th of June in Tessaloniki.

We can only guess how all the german, italian, french, austrian, swiss, swedish supporters would be disappointed to be unable to see their idol in their own cities. You could wait for the Europe Tour 2020 or if you truly love Bob Marley’s youngest son could still join the crew in the confirmed and mentioned shows. The tickets are available on damianmarleymusic.com/tour

Check the last Damian Marley’s video featuring columbian female artist Karol G. Music never stops!

Eugenia Conti

DJ’S & PRODUCERS COLUMN / Gege Vibes introduces the young producer Frank Filograna from Salento, Italy (Germaica Digital)

Frank Filograna is an italian reggae dj & producer based on Salento (South Italy). He is 31 years old, but already active from about sixteen years.

At the beginning he was a component of ​”​Selection Master​”​, a very musically prolific crew​ from his area. Secondly, he founded ​his label “Filomuzik​”​ and soon after it becames part of the independent “Unemployment Records”, with witch he realizes many international collaborations publishing roots and dub vinyls.

​Actually he is a member of ​”​Veebrazion​”​, an historic local sound system​ from Salento and​ also responsible for programming and promoting musical events in his peninsula.

His style is a roots/dub with a touch of hip-hop and soul, influenced by the Jamaican and Uk scene.

Among his productions we can often find also remixes. In this field, when Frank is attracted by some specific world success, he tries to reinterpret them in very personal reggae-hiphop key.

This is also the case of “Rockstar”, whose melody of the refrain and the Post Malone flow have captured Frank so much to take him, together with Adriano Sure, to give life to a captivating version of this worldwide hit. Then, Frank Filograna started the collaboration with Fabi Benz, a popular dj’s and producer from Germany. This link up allowed Frank to meet the boss of Germaica Digital (the prestigious german label well known for the production of Riddims as Doctor Darling Riddim) that decided to produce it.

SOUNDCLOUD LINK : https://m.soundcloud.com/germaica/frank-filograna-vs-post-malone-rockstar-ft-21-savage-reggae-remix 

 

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