Okay so, it is time to, once again, check on the goings of one of our absolute favourite artists of... of ever, the incomparable Queen Omega who, over the course of the past couple of years or so (and pretty much every other year in her career before that) has been in the process of dropping some very impressive material and I have to say that he latest creation may just be one of her best as the dynamo from out Trinidad links with Lion's Flow Productions from out of France to send out the HEAVY 'See You Down'.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Of course something that helps to build a legacy and notoriety which lasts beyond you is when you have someone directly continuing to display your work to the masses. When the generation after you and the generation after that knows who you are and has some type of grasp on what you did in your own era -- and then has a reverence for the work -- you may have something very special and may be in the process of 'building' a reputation which will last as long as humankind does. Let us take, for example, the case of my absolute favourite producer and favourite label of all time, Philip 'Fatis' Burrell and the notorious Xterminator Productions. There is first the direct method of remembering the work of Burrell and Xterminator: The label would be very instrumental in the careers of bona fide Reggae legends Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Beres Hammond and Cocoa Tea, and it would also see to stardom a variety of especially gifted vocalists such as [but not limited to] Turbulence, Mikey General, Prince Malachi and Chezidek. The work done in the case of all of these wonderful artists, and others, will find its way onto the tongues and lips of someone, somewhere in the world FOREVER. In those instances, however (as is the case right now - and for pretty much everyone) (trust me. I know), you may be unlikely to know the source of the material that you're singing, outside of the artists (and, then again, maybe not). The actual work of making sure that people remember the XTERMINATOR name directly is most vividly being done in another way.
|2018 & 2019|
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Okay so, we look up and the calendar tells us that it is that wonderful time of year again when people like you and me take a look at the news and attempt to make entirely inaccurate predictions about what is coming as, recently, the nominees for the 2023 and 65th Grammy Awards were announced and today we, do what we always do and take a look at the nominees for Best Reggae Album and, again, make predictions which have NO chance of coming true.
Last year, there was a bit of controversy as US band, SOJA, beat out five different Jamaican acts to take the award and many fans (and others) had a problem with them winning. This year, no such thing is even possible as all five nominees are Jamaican based artists. The list also includes three former winners (one of whom has won twice) and a previous nominee as well. I will say that I was somewhat surprised not to see Shenseea given a nod for her debut "ALPHA". I'm also thinking that it's somewhat surprising not to see Horace Andy get a mention for the extremely well received "Midnight Rocker" collaboration with Adrian Sherwood. But,, as for those who DID get the call - let's do it!
|"The Kalling" by Kabaka Pyramid [Ghetto Youths International & Bebble Rock Music]|
I'm sure it's happened, but it is very rare that the album which I feel is the best of the year is even observed amongst the nominees, much less actually wins the Grammy. Because of that, I was VERY happy to see my current favourite (and likely winner, unless someone does something TRULY stunning in the next six or seven weeks), Kabaka Pyramid's "The Kalling" listed here and, though I feel he has the least chance of winning, getting his name into the mix can be a very good thing going forward. For as talented as the Pyramid is, however, he will struggle mightily to eclipse what he set forth on "The Kalling" which was, in retrospect, probably one of the single greatest displays of a tangible SKILL that Reggae has seen in a very long time..... at LEAST.
|"Gifted" by Koffee [Promised Land Recordings]|
|"Scorcha" by Sean Paul [Island Records]|
When Sean Paul makes an album, it gets nominated for a Grammy: It's just the way of the world. 2023 will find the 2004 winner celebrating not only his SEVENTH honour from the Grammy's, but his second consecutive following "Live N Livin' from this year. "Scorcha" was not quite as potent as its most immediate predecessor, but it would go fairly well received and it's absence from this list would have been a much larger shock than its inclusion. "Scorcha" was fun and, thought it did have more worldly ambitions, somewhere in its midst, fans could piece together a relatively decent Dancehall effort. Looking back now, it may've been just a touch stronger than we gave it credit for being and Sean Paul has, wonderfully, grown to become someone who always seems to have the best interest of the music at heart and "Scorcha" was certainly no exception.
|"Third Time's The Charm" by Protoje|
|"Com Fly Wid Mi" by Shaggy [Mr. Luva Luva Inc]|