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Shanti's Mailbox - Reggae-Dancehall News Bulletin On Radio Razo [24th May 2018]

Author: [Regula Rebel, CEO of 13play]
Reader: Abena Mandy
News Platform: Radio Razo [105.2 on Either or 103.8 on Cable]
Online Listening: razoamsterdam.nl or salto.nl

Main Radio Show: Thursday Night Showcase
Thursday Night Showcase Host: GrandMasta Blayz
Time of Show: Thursdays, between 9pm and 11pm GMT.
Radio Razo Location: Amsterdam

News Bit 1
Positive Vibration – Liverpool Festival of Reggae 2018

Following the first wave of artist announcements late last year, the UK’s award-winning festival of reggae, Positive Vibration, has added even more big names to its already huge line-up, including:
Mungo’s Hi Fi with Eva Lazarus
Dub Pistols
BrukOut featuring Seani B & Stone Love
Tru Thoughts Records with Rodney P, DJ Skitz and Wrongtom
Sinai Sound System

Taking place over the 8th & 9th June across the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, the festival will also feature performances from Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band, Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound System, Adrian Sherwood & Creation Rebel, Iration Steppas with Murray Man, Misty in Roots, Don Letts, Channel One Sound System, Manudigital with Parly B & Bazil, Capital Letters, Radikal Guru with Echo Ranks & Cian Finn, Dubkasm with Solo Banton, and Count Skylarkin’ presents ‘Derek’s Island Discs’.

News bit 2
It has been a repeat career success for UB40 when the trio’s latest album, ”A Real Labour of Love”, entered the charts at number two in March. Their album is now among the top 40 best-selling albums of the year.

Aside ”A Real Labour of Love” getting UB40 to the top best-sellig albums list, The number 40 then again makes a significant appearance on the trio’s concert history, as they are currently celebrating their 40 years of musical success. While the band prepare to play the Coventry leg of BBC Music's Biggest Weekend this Sunday, Ali Campbell assures fans that the band is set to entertain them in a great grand euphoric style like never before.

News Bit 3
Jamaican reggae superstar Beres Hammond is set to bring his mightily soulful sounds to a run of UK dates this summer, and will be joined by genre traversing performer Sanchez at these shows.

Hammond has enjoyed a lengthy career that has seen him produce various styles of music over the decades, with funked up reggae jams in the 70’s fusion band Zap Pow, to the digital beats of the 80’s dancehall 'What one Dance Can Do'. In the 90s he enjoyed great success with classical hits like 'Tempted to Touch' and 'Who Say', 'Putting up Resistance' 'Come Back Home' and 'Double Trouble' and he will deliver all of this at his run of summer shows.

Sanchez will also work through his huge back catalogue at the shows, dipping into R&B, hardcore dancehall, reggae, and religiously calming cuts that enhance the spiritual vibes of his act. His first hit, 'Loneliness,' recorded in 1988, is still one of his biggest tracks and this, plus plenty more, will wow crowds at the handful of August dates the duo will play.

News Bit 4
After releasing Undercurrent in 2017, Matisyahu has returned with his latest single “Coming From Afar” featuring Jamaican reggae singer Mavado. “Mavado is the truth,” Matisyahu said of working with the artist. “Getting the chance to work with a real artist in an industry filled with lots of generic singer was a gift.”

The single is a rambunctious reggae-infused track that finds both Matis and Mavado bouncing along in their comfort zones as they swap verses. Matis sticks to rapping this time around, while Mavado provides the melody. “Having the opportunity to create with him was one of the highlights of my career so far. He is truly a special star and we are coming from afar,” Matis added.

News Bit 5
After concluding his west coast tour in San Francisco on 5th May and flying straight away to Jamaica to headline the tomorrow today Culture festival, Kabaka Pyramid then sets ready for release his latest album called "Kontraband".

The " Kontraband " album which was executive produced by Stephen Marley and Damian Marley is laced up with 16 powerful tracks.

The album has guest appearances by Pressure Busspipe, Stonebwoy, Damain Martley, Chronix, Akon and Nattali Rize.

News Bit 6
Reggae/dancehall artistes in Ghana are currently waging war against the rise of drug abuse among the youth in the country.

The abuse of drugs such as tramadol and codeine is on the rise and are destroying many young lives. The abuse has killed some people already, this being so appalling, most Ghanaian reggae-dancehall artistes have shown serious concern by campaigning against the illicit abuse of tramadol, codiene and similar drugs that are only to be taken per a doctor's prescription.

Over 10 artistes have released their "Say No To Drug Abuse" song and there's still some more of such camapain songs to be released shortly.

News Bit 7
Releases from Ghana

1. Black I, our guest on Thursday Night Showcase last three weeks has announced the release of his music video on 7th June.

His "Wontunmi Tuntumi" music video was shot in Cape Coast where the most historic trans-Atlantic slave castle is. Some of the scenes in the video show areas around the castle, making the video a must-see to the curious diaspora citizens that haven't yet visited the Cape Coast castle. .

2. Abban, the rie Ites Studio label's reggae artiste, has also released a very beautiful lovers rock reggae video to his latest song, Agoro.

The video is being given a proper massive promo on multiple TV stations in Ghana, making possible a wider viewing by many.

In the video, Abban shows off as a top class character, something not so common in most reggae videos.

3. This week Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Shatta Rako released his "TakeOver MakeMoney" music video which features Uganda's smooth singer David Lutalo.

This is the remix version of the song, and it's another must-see video fans of both artistes wouldn't like to miss.

4. StarQuinn, after recording 4 songs and ending the list with her version on the Busy Riddim wouldn't take a week's rest last weekend.

She went on, though fatigued, to shoot the video to her version on the famous Gringo Riddim last Saturday.

Being a video her team wants out urgently to warm up her fans, fans are hinted to expect the release before the month ends.

The Queen's Style music video was shot by Randy of Code Black Media.
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