“I believe that Caribbean Rumble is the ideal addition to the Rumble Series brand,” says promoter Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin. “The Caribbean plays a vital role in sound clash, so showcasing some of their most talented sound systems was critical. I truly enjoyed the whole clash…but I have to admit…it was the mystery round that really sparked a buzz for me, as sounds had no choice but to be innovative and quick on their feet with tunes from whatever genre they picked (singers, God Bless, ganja man, etc).”
Caribbean Rumble is the newest clash in Irish and Chin’s Rumble Series. Designed to convene and identify rising selectors and sound system stars in the arena, the Rumble Series has evolved into an effective platform of producing international sound champions. Established in 2016 by Irish and Chin, the Rumble Series consists of 6 clashes in 6 countries, which serve as the preliminary/feeder clashes for the renowned World Clash, which is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary through out 2018.
Following the recently concluded Canada Rumble (Mystic Sound) and Caribbean Rumble (3 Sevens Sound) are the U.S. Rumble (May 5, 2018), Japan Rumble (June 9), Euro Rumble (June 23) and U.K. Rumble (tbd) sound clashes. All Rumble Series champions will meet on the World Clash stage in October 2018, where they will face defending champion King Turbo.
Caribbean sound systems including Taurus (Trinidad and Tobago), King Animosity (Virgin Islands), Poison Dart (Antigua), OGS Genesis (Bermuda), Dub Star(Montserrat) Code Red (Jamaica) and champion sound 3 Sevens were the main ingredients of the wildly successful Caribbean Rumble. Thousands of Antiguans and international pay per view fans were afforded an authentic taste of competitive sound system entertainment. By all accounts, the inaugural Caribbean Rumble was nothing short of a musically charged spectacular.
The winning 3 Sevens Sound was launched in 1992 in the village of English Harbour, Antigua. Played by MC Panther (Handel Bailey) and Selector Federal (Okharie Barnes) at Caribbean Rumble, 3 Sevens proved why they are one of Antigua’s most feared sounds upon defeating Code Red in the final rapid fire aka “tune fi tune” round. “This is the biggest victory of our career! Winning the first Caribbean Rumble is a huge accomplishment for our sound, so we are naturally excited,” says 3 Sevens Sound member Jeron “Booby” Samuel.
Irish and Chin is at the forefront of international sound clash promotions. They have dedicated a 20+ year career to the preservation of sound clash, the rich music art form and culture, which originated in Jamaica. While World Clash has done a phenomenal job of showcasing the talent of sound systems from around the globe while raising the bar for sound clash entertainment, the conception of the Rumble Series was vital to keep the sport young, fresh and active.
It was only months ago that Vybz Kartel, quite possibly dancehall’s greatest lyricist ever, was the talk of the town. Even from behind bars Kartel was putting out more hit songs than any other entertainer out of Jamaica.
Fast forward in time and Buju Banton’s release from prison is only 8 months away, all of a sudden he is all the reggae and dancehall community is thinking and talking about. In December of 2017, the biggest topic in dancehall was how Vybz Kartel would become a free man after his upcoming June appeal. Today all fans care about is where Buju Banton’s first concert will be after his release.
It’s been nine years since Buju was arrested at his home in Florida and eventually convicted on drug-related charges. Since that time his music has remained a staple within reggae and dancehall circles, but Buju’s fans haven’t had much in the way of new music. Vybz Kartel on the other hand was releasing new music almost every week, not only new music but hit songs.
Banton’s last studio album, the 10-track project Before the Dawn, was released in September 2010; one day after his first court case ended in mistrial and won a Grammy Award for best reggae album. A mere handful of tracks have dropped since then, most notably “Jah Army,” collaboration with Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Other releases, including the solo cut “Set up the Mic” and “Those Dayz,” collaboration with Agent Sasco, were culled from older recording sessions.
Demand for Buju Banton’s music remains high despite his prolonged absence from the recording studio. A$AP Rocky recently named him “one of my favorite reggae rappers,” while DJ Khaled stated: “I love Buju so much. His music is like praying.”
With Banton scheduled for release from McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia in December, anticipation is building for new recordings by the artist. “There is a big void without Buju Banton in the music,” says veteran reggae singer Cocoa Tea. “We would like to see Buju free because Buju is one of I and I soldier. People make mistakes along the way and no man is perfect, but I and I love Buju Banton like how Jesus love little children… So we would love to see Buju Banton on the street.”
“He was always touring, always working. He started that work as a teenager, and he worked until he was decades into his career,” says Pat McKay, director of programming for reggae at Sirius XM. “In that time he built a world community fan base.
They still miss him and they still want to hear from him. His work still has value, it’s still quotable and the aspirations of that work will always ring true. He was consistent about what his interests were; about feeling as if he represented the voiceless. He was very, very concerned with those he felt that he spoke for.”
As for Kartel, fans are still hoping for his release this year but that is on their back burner, for now all they that is Buju Banton and when they can see him perform after his release.
It is no secret in the dancehall community that Popcaan and Vybz Kartel are not on the best of terms. Many believed it was a loyalty issue, as Popcaan did not seem to be there for Vybz Kartel when he was going through his hardships, specifically, the murder trial and subsequent conviction.
Popcaan is now revealing the real reason for the break up between him and Vybz Kartel. According to the unruly one, Vybz Kartel is just jealous and envious of Popcaaan’s success. The world boss can’t stand the fact that is former prefect has progressed past him.
“Since I have been around Vybz Kartel, a lot of people used to hate Vybz Kartel, but he stayed on top. I learn that lesson from him and that is why he, Vybz Kartel, hates Popcaan today. I will forever be on top … because I learn that from him,” Popcaan said.
Popcaan is currently one of the most successful dancehall artists and even have one of his songs featured in a popular Coco-cola commercial.
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder.
18 Karat Reggae, the sister website of 24 Karat Reggae and also the leader in promotion of dancehall and reggae music is now adding video creation to their promotion package.
For artists who want to promote their music but only have audio, there is no need to worry. For 100USD, 18 Karat Reggae will create a video for the audio and then promote the video.
18 Karat Reggae has always offered a more effective promotion package both in cost and visibility over other promoters like the Jamaican Star and the Jamaican Observer. Those publications charge hundreds of dollars while 18 Karat Reggae only charge 50USD. Both 18karatreggae.com and 24karatreggae.com are more popular than the online Star and Observer when it comes to entertainment.
Before now only the 50USD was available but after noticing that a lot of upcoming artists did not afford videos, 18 Karat Reggae decided to add that service to their package for an addition 50USD fee, for a total of 100 USD.
Below is a video 18 Karat Reggae recently created for Reggae artist <a href=”https://24karatreggae.com/2017/10/21/hosny-bronx-brings-refreshing-reggae-music-to-the-world/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Hosny Bronx</a>.
“We take pride in promoting music so when an artist did not have a video and we had to turn them away we felt like we were not living up to our name,” says Ivan Brown the vice president of 18 Karat Reggae.
“With this new service we can honestly say that we are offering a 360 degree of promotion to musicians, producers and promoters.
To promote with 18 Karat Reggae, send them a message on their Facebook page: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/18karatreggae/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>18 Karat Reggae</a>.
The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is going to honor Bounty Killer for being the most influential dancehall artiste of all time and Gaza fans are not too thrilled about that. Most Gaza fans believe that it is Vybz Kartel who should be receiving the honor as the most influential.
As always, whenever these discussions come up, 18 Karat Reggae likes to go directly to the fans and hear what they have to say.
So below we list who believe are some of the most influential dancehall artistes of all time in no particular order. Please vote on who you believe is the most influential and if your artist is not on the list you are free to add them and vote for them. Also leave a comment letting us know why you believe that the artiste you voted for is the most influential.
Back in 2015, when Andrew Holness was Jamaica’s opposition leader, his favorite song was Clarks just like his favorite shoe and his favorite artiste was Vybz Kartel.
Now that Holness is the leader of the country he can no longer embrace a convicted murderer, thus Kartel is no longer even in the Prime Minister top five artistes nor is any of Kartel’s songs in Holness list of favorite songs.
So 18 Karat Reggae asked the Prime Minister who is his favorite artiste now that he has jumped off the Vybz Kartel bandwagon.
“Oh, that’s easy,” he said. “Let’s start with Bob Marley, because he’s number one on the list. Then we would have to do Dennis Brown, then Beres Hammond.”
I would also have to add Chronixx to the list and you have to consider the younger ones, now I’m seeing Protégé, Etana and Queen Ifrica,” he concluded.
So there you have it, the Prime Minister of Jamaica top 7 Reggae artistes are:
- Bob Marley
- Dennis Brown
- Beres Hammond
- Queen Ifrica
Of course Jamaica’s greatest, Sizzla, did not make the prime minister’s cut. But for a man who once had Vybz Kartel as his favorite that is to be expected.
As for Holness’ favorite songs, most of them were from his favorite artistes.
“There are so many of them! But Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic is just such a beautiful song. Redemption Song is another beautiful song. But I like Chronixx and he’s had a few hits that have resonated with me. I like his most recent one, ‘do it for the love, not for the likes’. Nesbeth’s song is great as well. I find that that’s my theme song, My Dream.”
The man responsible for one of the hottest dancehall classics of all time, Nah Sell Out, is riding high once again.
Khago was once riding so high that many in the dancehall circle even gave him a victory over Sizzla in a lyrical feud that the two had. Something happened and Khago fell off his high horse and subsequently off of dancehall’s rador.
Now the Caan Cool singer is back and he is back in a big way, riding high on the billboard reggae chart.
The sinjay’s firsl album, Walk a mile, makes it debuts at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
The album features songs such as Let Me Love You, Stronger, Die for Your Love, Why You Walking Out and Born to Win.
Khago’s album is ahead of Chronixx’s Chronology, which is sitting at number nine.
According to Khago, his album would have been number one on the chart if other artistes were not buying their own music in order to climb the chart.