‘Live n Livin’/ Zoom Interview with Sean Paul: “I want this album to be about unity in the dancehall community”

We had the chance once again to interview the worldwide top celebrity Sean Paul, one of the most famous singers out of Jamaica. He released his album “Live n Livin” last March 2021 produced by his own label Dutty Rock Productions. This album achieved an excellent overall response all over the world and was especially appreciated by reggae and dancehall lovers. The epic album has 16 tracks featuring many Jamaican veteran artists as well as those from the new school: Buju Banton, Bugle, Ward 21, Sotto Bless, Busy Signal, Mutabaruka, Stonebwoy, Masicka, Govana, Intence and many more.

We have reviewed together some of the best tracks on the record such as “Crazy” with the legend Buju Banton, “Schedule” with Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Chi Ching Ching, “Guns of Navarone” Remix with Mutabaruka, Jesse Royal and Stonebwoy & “Everest “feat. Masicka and Skillibeng.

International recording artist Sean Paul put all these names together spontaneously, also to show that unity in dancehall music can be achieved.
“I wanted this album to be all about unity in the dancehall community. Unity includes not only the people who are the hottest right now, but also those from a different era. Fighting each other is a bad thing we have developed in our music genre and it needs to change. I’m trying to be the change. This is the kind of leadership I want to show. “– said Sean Paul.

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Article and interview by Eugenia Conti

Answele releases his first official EP “In Control” (Prod. by Young Pow x Ghetto Youths International)

Answele shows the World his skills with the release of his first official EP “In Control”. Of course we have the Grammy Winning Producer Young Pow at the production. He followed Answele’s career from his first steps in the musical business. We had the pleasure to find out about this young and gifted singer in 2017. Then we had the opportunity to work in association with Young Pow to bring him on tour in Europe in 2018 as I-Octane open act Artist traveling in Countries as Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.

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BRAND NEW COLLAB/ Masicka & Tarrus Riley in “CORNER” (Prod. Dunw3ll)

It’s not the first time Masicka suddenly amazes his larger and larger fanbase with a surprising brand new hit. This time the Genahsyde’s supporters got double amazed because he just dropped the videoclip of “Corner” on his Youtube Vevo Channel featuring the popular jamaican recording Artist Tarrus Riley. The song has a strong message about friendship, the main topic sounds to be the realness between friends. “Corner” will be included in the first Masicka’s official album titled “438” that will be released soon and will be full of surprises. Continue reading “BRAND NEW COLLAB/ Masicka & Tarrus Riley in “CORNER” (Prod. Dunw3ll)”

Asian Dub Foundation is n.1 in the Uk charts with the anti-Brexit single “Comin over here”

After an intense campaign on social networks, their protest song of Asian Dub Foundation “Comin Over Here”, featuring comedian Stewart Lee, reached No. 1 on the UK single download charts on the very first day of Brexit!

The money raised from “Comin’ Over Here” will be donated to the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), a charity that supports young refugees striving to live independent and successful lives in the community.

Steve “Chandra” Savale, leader of Asian Dub Foundation, exclaimed: “This is an amazing result for a leftfield track that satirises casual anti- immigrant rhetoric. It’s struck a real chord with people because it’s both a tough tune and funny which is a rare combination. We’re happy that this unexpected pairing of one of Britain’s most brilliant comedians and most consistently radical band has raised a defiant smile in very challenging times and it shows that there’s still a lot of people out there that believe the UK should remain an open, progressive and welcoming place. It’s also incredible to think that in terms of actual sales, ie people deciding to buy the track rather than simply engaging a Spotify playlist, we were ahead of Ed Sheeran, Wham and Dua Lipa!”

Their anti-Brexit campaign got the support of other musical celebrities such as Rage Against The MachinePete Doherty and more. Continue reading “Asian Dub Foundation is n.1 in the Uk charts with the anti-Brexit single “Comin over here””

WEEK IN DUB / Papa Leu’s new album got a track for every day of the week

Breaking language barriers through the music.
The target has been hit in full with Papa Leu new album “WEEK IN DUB”, produced by the Salento independent label ADRIATIC SOUND.

On the frontline with a lot of topics and high quality music productions always, this time Papa Leu releases a soundtrack dedicated to every single day of the week, individually customized and on the dubline which makes every track peculiar, playing his skills with mixing techniques, musical mood, “sound aesthetics” inclined to original ways every time.

In this way, Papa Leu created his personal synthesis between experimental and “classic” style of dub to start a journey through an innovative sound that will drag people towards new unexplored destinations.

Compositions, instrumentals and master has been done at Adriatic Sound Studio based in Trepuzzi (Italy). This project requested months of preparatory work and we had the chance to find out how hard it was visiting the team in studio who was coordinating the operations in great detail.

Inside the Album there are collaborations with prestigious musicians such as: Emanuele “Rankin Lele” Tafuro, Antonio “Fossa Drummer” Miglietta, Alessandro “Maestro” Garofalo, Luca Manno and Marco Rollo.

WEEK IN DUB is available on all the digital platforms and stores from 24 of December 2020.

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Eugenia Conti 

Interview with J Written: “People have the power every day to change the way they look at themselves”

Today we have interviewed a new rising star from Jamaica: J Written. The young Artist Jason Rasheed Wright, stage name J Written, was born in 1994 and he was destined for musical prowess from an early age.

Growing up with his mother, father and two sisters, J Written’s life was blighted by financial instability and constant moving around various areas of Kingston, Jamaica.

“I was unable to socialise with my peers because of my parent’s fear of negative influences,” says Written.

“I was forced to stay inside the house with my sisters. This is how I found out writing and reading was an easy way to escape the grey reality. I wrote daily journals and personal articles on the wall of my homes.”

Writing poems, speeches and essays helped sharpen the tools he uses today. He joined the debate team at his high school Bridgeport High, which gave him the confidence he needed power.

He later discovered a talent for dance even forming a squad at the age of 16. The troupe known as the Acez Dancers took Kingston by a storm.

Despite those moves, he felt there was something missing in his life. He was still writing but dancing and writing was not enough.

I was also studying for my flying pilot’s licence and completed the first part of my training but was unable to complete the process due to economical pressures.

So, at the age 18 he started to fiddle with his old broken-down computer at home, selecting and building beats. Then he started to sing on his own riddims putting a title to one of his productions called “Top Floor Music”.

His passion for music continued: he was often visiting various prominent studios in Jamaica, including JAMINS in Trench Town.

JAMIN studio Fifth Street Trench Town has become his camp where his career began to take a new socially conscious shape. His first notable release was as lead singer with the Right Band. The track is entitled “Remember December”, which focuses on the economic stress of Christmas.  Next up he got a major release featuring international Recording Artist Alborosie entitled “Fear to Understand” that gives a different highlight in J Written’s musical journey.

Gege Vibes: Hi Written what’s up? At what stage is your musical journey?

J Written: I just observe what I see happening around me, then I transform it in lyrics of my songs. I’m also lucky cause right now I have a support team who is managing me and I’m trying to achieve the highest standard in what I do.

G.V. About highest standards in your career, what about your experience with Bunny Wailers? How did it start ?

J.W. We became connected through King Calie and Dre Tosh when they brought bredrens who I was with at that time to his museum to rehearse for a couple of shows. Over time his son and I became close, but the family did not know me as a singer, I was just the bredren around the musicians. Now they appreciate my artistic skills as well.

G.V. : What do u think is the biggest result you actually achieved during your career then?

J.W. To be honest I’ve done so much in my career, but the real highlight of all if it was when someone reached out to me saying that somehow I helped to make his burden lighter. He just listened to one of my songs. I think that’s what all artists should aim for. It means to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

G.V. You just talked about positivity. In your opinion why is it important for the new generations to keep doing positive reggae music?

J.W. I believe in all the positive music, no matter what the genre is. I found over time that I express myself better using Reggae, but whatever style is used to bring across the message is a thumbs up for me.

G.V. What’s the message beside your single ‘Fear to understand’ featuring Alborosie? And how was to collaborate with him? 

The song “Fear to understand” is showing the people who believe that they are a failure that they have the power every day to change the way they look at themselves.

G.V. Are you planning to release any official album?

J.W. Albums and more projects are always at the forefront of my mind, if I even tried to slow down and stop it would be like trying to bottle the sea. There’s lots more projects coming soon. I am currently in studios  working on my EP due to be released early next year 2021. I generally just go with what my energy tells me.

Eugenia Conti