Pepper Releases New Single “Good Thing Going” ft. Slightly Stoopid

It’s hard to believe that in all of the songs and albums put out between Pepper and Slightly Stoopid, respectively, that not once has it come about them actually recording a song together; Even after double digit tours dating back to the early 2000’s! Well that has changed now that Pepper’s new single “Good Thing Going” features Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid!
It was announced in a recent interview with drummer, Yesod Williams, when he shared with The Pier: “I’m more than happy to say that our brother, Miles (Doughty) from Slightly Stoopid will have a whole verse on ‘Good Thing Going.’ Me and the boys were talking one day, months ago, about new music and it dawned on us, we’d never done a collaboration with Stoopid, AKA the first band/people we met when we moved to San Diego from Kona on May 12, 1999!”

[Related: Interview: Yesod Williams of Pepper]

“Good Thing Going” is a version the band adapted from an old reggae artist they love in Sugar Minott. Miles was able to track his verse with the help of his engineer James Wisner, aka J-Wiz, amid Stoopid’s Sounds of Summer Tour. “Kaleo had a demo version of the cover he had worked up at home,” Yesod shares. “So we literally texted Miles on the spot and that was that! Extra big shout out to Miles and J-Wiz for pulling the verse together while prepping and being on the ‘Sounds of Summer’ tour!”

The song will be the first taste of new music following Pepper’s 2016 release of Ohana. This will also be the first time Pepper has had a guest feature on a song since the late, great Josh Fischel of Bargain Music guested on “Stormtrooper” from the 2002 release of Kona Town.

You can pick up “Good Thing Going” on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Watch: Pepper – “Good Thing Going” (ft. Slightly Stoopid)

Related Links:
Pepper Website
Pepper Facebook
Slightly Stoopid Website
Law Records Website

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: Sugar Minott – “Good Thing”

Listen: Pepper – “Stormtroopers” (feat. Josh Fischel of Bargain Music)

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311 Reveal ‘Beautiful Disaster Imperial IPA’

Just a few months removed from making their 311 Amber Ale widely available for all to enjoy via Luekens Liquors, 311 recently announced that they will be releasing their follow-up effort in November in the form of an IPA. Once again teaming with Rock Brothers Brewing in Tampa, FL., the band has announced that the brand new, “Beautiful Disaster Imperial IPA” will soon be hitting the shelves!
311’s debut beer release 311 Amber Ale was a long-time coming, having been brainstormed upon for years dating back well before its release in 2015. Rock Brothers Brewing proved to be an important catalyst to bringing the idea to life, as they were able to come along “with an authentic model that made it possible for the band to make the beer they wanted.” The beer featured a golden-amber pour with caramel and malt accents, paired with a forest-like aroma and a clean finish.

[Related: Review – 311 Amber Ale Beer]

Much to the delight of 311’s fans and beer enthusiasts alike, enter the fresh, new Beautiful Disaster Imperial IPA which will debut November 3! In describing the flavor that can be expected for the IPA, the band released an update to help their soon-to-be-drinkers get a feel for what’s to come:
“We started with a base malt that imparts a subtle nutty flavor and combined it with others that add a malty sweetness and clean finish. We used Mosaic hops for aroma and flavor, combined with the right amount of bittering hops to give it a little bite. Kumquats provide the unique citrus flavor, a touch of tartness and that beautiful orange color.”

Mosaic hops – how fitting! Those who indulge in this mighty fine beverage can expect high volume with ABV clocking in at 11.3%. This will be a limited edition beer, only available in bomber bottles of 750mL. Tentative dates for online orders are slated to begin in early January — check back at The Pier soon for a review of the new release, and follow the link for the official website for Beautiful Disaster Imperial IPA by clicking HERE!

311 Fall Tour, Beer Release New Year’s Eve Show

In addition to the announcement of their next beer release, 311 is getting ready to hit the road for 19 shows this Fall with a run of dates from October 7 – November 4. The band notated that the tour will be focused on cities that are “less frequented” from 311.

Depending on the venue, supporting acts on the tour will include Rebelution, Pepper, Roots of a Rebellion, RDGLDGRN and more. Surrounding the release of their Beautiful Disaster Imperial IPA, 311 will also play a special release show on November 4 right down the road from Rock Brothers Brewing in Tampa at The Cuban with support from The Supervillains and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

Trying to make plans for ringing in 2018?
311 has you covered there as well, having just announced a special New Year’s Eve 2018 show to be performed at The Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ. Special guests on hand will include the return of the Phunk Junkeez (who are set to release a new album), The Original Wailers, Black Bottom Lighters and DJ Soulman. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 29 – they are expected to go fast so be ready if you are trying to make moves — Find their upcoming tour dates by clicking HERE!

Related Links:
311 Exclusive Blog
311 Website
311 Facebook
Rock Brothers Brewing
Luekens Liquors

Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: 311 – “Beautiful Disaster”

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MP3 Leak of the Week: Angela Hunte

Angela Hunte, a recent collaborator with Slightly Stoopid on the song “One Bright Day”, made her mark writing producing some of today’s biggest hits for Jay-Z Alicia Keys as well as Britney Spears. “R.A.W.” is Angela’s debut release of her own music that dropped 9/22/17 and we’re featuring “In Da Mornin” for FREE….

You can download Angela Hunte’s song “In Da Mornin,” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Sept 30th, 2017.

Angela Hunte – “In Da Mornin” — Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)

Angela Hunte’s “In Da Mornin” Background:

It’s hard to believe that R.A.W. is Angela Hunte’s first release of her own music. She’s been producing and collaborating on music for decades and it’s nice to get an intimate peak at an artist who has seen success in her work with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg to Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse to reggae-rocks beloved Slightly Stoopid.

Her debut EP features 8 songs with vocal guest appearances by Tarrus Riley, Taranchyla Brooklyn Rose. Hunte’s longtime musical partner DJ Buddha handles the majority of production, with assists from Jerry Wonda (The Fugees, Santana), Dready (Busta Rhymes, Vybz Kartel), house DJ Gregor Saito and reggaeton producer Nesty

“For me, ‘raw’ is starting over,” Hunte says of the title, which is short for “Reasons and Words.” “I am putting skin back on layer by layer that I have had to shed. I feel like I peeled off these layers of bitterness and let it go with this project.”

Despite Hunte’s background in hip-hop, pop, soca, among many other styles, the steady constant of R.A.W. is saoked in reggae over very smooth tones and soulful deliveries.

When Slightly Stoopid producer engineer James Wisner contacted us about this release, one of the first songs that stood out to us was track 3 with “In Da Mornin.” The song is a reggae riddim with a fun intro around bouncing vocals that ends up being the repeated chorus throughout the track.

When discussing the song here’s what Angela Hunte told The Pier: “In Da Mornin’” is about a moment. The ‘morning after’ is always a time when two people can share a brief moment alone. Whether it’s reflecting on the night before or making that decision to stay or go, the mornings always bring light into any situation. The production is so flawless to me. It has a great balance of culture and mainstream sounds.”

You can purchase Angela Hunte’s debut EP, R.A.W. by clicking HERE!



Angela Hunte Background:

Angela Hunte, the Brooklyn-born, Trinidad-raised artist began her recording career in the ‘90s, as a member of 7669, a Motown Records girl group whose style could be described as TLC or Salt N Pepa by way of Bone Thugs and Onyx. Following their sole album, 7669 East from a Bad Block, she learned the art of songwriting in the studio with iconic hip-hop producers Easy Mo Bee (best known for his work with the Notorious B.I.G.) and Salaam Remi, who would later bring Hunte into the studio with Amy Winehouse and Nas. Remember those “little kids” singing on Nas’ “I Can” (from 2002’s God’s Son)? Those were all Angela Hunte, putting her uniquely-pitched, high-register vocals to creative use.

The capstone of her writing career came in 2009 when her song “Empire State of Mind” was recorded by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The track, which Hunte also co-produced with Al Shux, became the first ever No. 1 for Jay-Z, spending five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and winning multiple awards at the 2011 Grammys. “Empire State of Mind” now sits next to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” among the most iconic NYC anthems, having soundtracked storied championships by the New York Yankees and Giants. It’s still the only pop No. 1 in Jay’s illustrious career.

Working with Diddy and Jay-Z brought things full circle for Angela, both of whom she knew during her youth in Brooklyn. When Jay-Z mentions 560 State Street on “Empire State Of Mind,” he’s referencing the apartment building where he and Hunte resided in the 1990s.

When Major Lazer were tapped to create a reggae soundtrack for Snoop Dogg’s transformation into “Snoop Lion,” Diplo recruited Hunte to join a team of songwriters and producers working in Jamaica. She wrote seven of the twelve songs on 2013’s Reincarnated, appearing as a featured vocalist on lead single “Here Comes the King,” among other tunes. An appearance in Vice’s documentary on the project enhanced her visibility, leading to further reggae work with acts such as Gyptian and Slightly Stoopid.


Related Links:
Angela Hunte Website
Angela Hunte Facebook

Huge thanks again to Angela Hunte for allowing us to share her new song “In Da Mornin” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
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Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Jay Z – “Empire Sate of Mind” (feat. Angela Hunte)

Listen: Slightly Stoopid – “One Bright Day” (feat. Angela Hunte)

Watch: Snoop Lion – “Here Comes The King” (feat. Angela Hunte)

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Josh Fischel’s ‘Music Tastes Good’ Fest. Enters Year 2

Just four days after Josh Fischel put on his first festival, Music Tastes Good, he passed away on Sept 29th, 2016; he was 47-years-old. He did what felt unreachable in bringing the entire Long Beach community together over an event that, in its inaugural year, required 4 stages shutting down 8-9 blocks of downtown over 3 days. 1 Year later, Josh’s spirit is abundant in Music Taste Goods second year.

The second year will be a 2-day music, food and art festival taking place on Sept 30th – Oct. 1st at Downtown Long Beach’s beautiful waterfront Marina Green Park with influential alt-rock trailblazers, (and one of Josh’s favorite bands) Ween and Sleater-Kinney headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In addition to music and art, there will be ‘The Taste Tent’ featuring award-winning chefs from Long Beach/New Orleans. This is a festival unique to Long Beach representing the cultural melting pot of music, art and food.
[Related: Interview – Josh Fischel]

Josh was a 6 foot 4 troubadour who could barely play guitar, but he could sing with vocals that roared, triggering both chills and tears. Moving from New York to Long beach, CA in the mid-late ’90’s, Josh started out following Sublime on tour, documenting them as a Filmer which lead to him directing, as of this writing, Sublime’s lone documentary with Stories, Tales, Lies Exaggerations in 1998. That same year, he formed a band called Bargain Music and until 2005 they released multiple albums and toured, performing everything from reggae-rock to folk psychedelic rock, bluegrass, to well, it would probably be easier for me to list what they didn’t play.

In 2005 he formed a group called The Fiction that continued to experiment across multiple musical backdrops as Josh loved to conceptualize without boundaries. As the years went on, Josh began hosting Riotstage at various venues in Long Beach in what he described as: “this odd amalgamation of different art styles. From performance art to almost theatrical kind of stuff to rock roll, all kind of mixed together… We’ve done it at a bunch of different places. Some outdoors, existing theaters and it’s always a big group of people.”

In detailing the inaugural year of the festival, Josh Fischel was building something he wanted to live on that would have a positive impact on the community. In our final interview with Josh, he explains: “I wanted it to be a multi-day festival. I also thought that we have to get people in town use to it. Because what we are doing is not something the city is use to. We have seen some resistance and we hope to prove that we are responsible and that this is a really great thing that, eventually, will just be a part of the fabric of the city.”

The Pier plans to be in attendance for this years festival and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating an event that, along with Josh’s discography of music, will continue to breathe life into his spirit. To pick up your tickets or for more information on Music Taste Good Festival, click HERE! — If you go, they’ll have Josh Fischel pin’s at the festival merch booth!

Watch: Music Taste Good 2017 Line-up Announcement:

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Music Taste Good Website
Music Taste Good Facebook
Bargain Music iTunes

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Photo By: David Norris

Watch: Josh Fischel – “Get Out” (Live Acoustic Sublime Cover)


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Video: Jaya The Cat – Sweet Eurotrash

Jaya The Cat is a Dutch/American reggae/ska/punk rock band originating from Boston, MA, currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They’ve been around since 1998 and have released 6 studio albums with their 7th set for a Nov. 17th release with A Good Day For The Damned via Bomber Music. The band has recently released a new music video for their single “Sweet Eurotrash.” The song is as the title indicates as inspired by a night full of shenanigans that could come from partying in their current hometown of Amsterdam. You can pre-order Jaya The Cat’s new album by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Macka B to Release New Album ‘Health Is Wealth’

British reggae artist dancehall toaster, Macka B, is gearing up for the Sept. 29th release of his upcoming studio album, Health Is Wealth via VP Records. The album features tracks produced in Jamaica, Germany Japan alongside recordings made in Macka’s Black Country heartland as well as the London studios of Mafia Fluxy Stingray.

A career that’s spanned 30 years, you’ll find a deep catalog of albums, EPs and collaborations. Macka B was born Christopher MacFarlane in the West Midlands town of Wolverhampton, England, near Birmingham. As a youth, he played violin and sang in the school choir, but reggae remained his first musical love.

With his forthcoming album, Health Is Wealth, Macka B is riding the momentum stirred by his now viral videos lyrically breaking down the benefits of produce and vegetables. The focus track for the album is “Wha Me Eat (remix)” a vegan anthem given new life and fully supported by Macka B TV, newly launched ‘Wha Me Eat’ health supplements and clothing line. The Album includes 16 total tracks with a guest feature from Maxi Priest on a rendition of Ras Michael’s “None A Jah Jah Children.” The album will also include the viral hit of “Cucumba” and last years single release of “Gangster.”

You can purchase Health Is Wealth via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Macka B – Health Is Wealth Track-list:
MackaBCover1.) Health Is Wealth
2.) Gangster
3.) Wha Me Eat (Remix)
4.) Natural Herb
5.) Legendary Reggae Icons
6.) 70’s Legendary Reggae Icons
7.) Cucumba
8.) Speaker Pon Fire
9.) Jah Jah Children feat. Maxi Priest
10.) Our Story
11.) Lyrical Chef
12.) Excess Baggage
13.) Nah Go Back There
14.) See Them From Far
15.) Mama Africa
16.) My King


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Macka B Website
Macka B Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Macka B – “Gangster”

Watch: Macka Be – “Cucumba” (Remix)

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Interview: Jimmy Cliff


A forefather of reggae music and a once in a generation voice, Jimmy Cliff has been a music icon since he first began recording music in Jamaica in the early ’60s. Cliff’s collection of hit songs is practically endless, ranging from uplifting classics like “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” to powerful protest songs like “Vietnam” and “Piece of the Pie.” His music and role as “Ivan” in the revered 1972 film The Harder They Come played a significant part in taking reggae from the island of Jamaica and spreading it across the world.
Jimmy Cliff, born James Chambers, is now 69 years old, but he still retains his youthful energy and remains an active force in the music industry. Five years since his last album Rebirth, Cliff is on the verge of releasing another new album. Earlier this summer, Jimmy Cliff revealed the first taste of his new music, dropping a music video for “Life,” the first single off his upcoming album. The video was shot in downtown Kingston, where Cliff’s music career first took off as a young teenager.

In addition to new music, Jimmy Cliff also received the keys to the city of Montego Bay, Jamaica for his extraordinary contribution to the island’s music industry. To further honor him, the city plans on renaming Gloucester Avenue, known as the Hip Strip, to Jimmy Cliff Avenue. Cliff is certainly no stranger to awards. He’s won two Grammy Awards for best reggae album, been inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame, and received Jamaica’s Order of Merit honor. However, these latest awards hold a special place to him. Cliff grew up just miles down the road from Montego Bay and was able to share the special occasion with family and hometown friends.

We got a chance to speak with Jimmy Cliff about his latest awards, as well as what to expect on his upcoming album. The reggae pioneer shared some of his earliest memories making music, let us in on some of his favorite current reggae artists, and discussed what he sees as the direction of reggae music. We also get an update to the reported, and long awaited sequel to The Harder They Come. It was a lovely conversation with a man who has seen it all, and we can’t thank Mr. Cliff enough for taking the time to chat with The Pier and to Moore Media for arranging the QA.

Interview: Jimmy Cliff

You recently released a new single called “Life” and returned to downtown Kingston to shoot the music video. What inspiration did you draw from returning to the city where your music career first took off?
Cliff: I went downtown to do the video because it’s a place that kind of gave me my first thing. It’s where I first heard my voice. I recorded my voice for the first time. I heard my voice played back to me in downtown Kingston. To do the video down there with all the friends, and all the places that I know, it was like a full circle type of a thing.JIMMYCLIFFxLENSHOT_STMALO7

The songs for the album, the inspirations came from all over, not just Jamaica, but all over. But Kingston is…I came out of Montego Bay, but Kingston is the city that really kind of gave me everything. When I left the country I came to Kingston, and it gave me everything that I wanted to do.

Why did you decide to put out “Life” as the first single, and what is the deeper meaning behind the song?
Cliff: The single “Life,” is really a song of the Tree of Life, and we’re all apart of the Tree of Life, and it’s also about living your life here and now. I just think that I chose this one first to try and remind people that this is the time. Now is the best time. 

You’ve always been able to lend your voice to different types of music and a wide range of genres, can we expect to hear that on this upcoming album?
Cliff: Yeah! I’m an innovator, I always like to innovate. I like to be a bit different, maybe one step ahead of things. So some of that is on this album for sure.

Have you decided on a title for the album yet?
Cliff: I went into the studio to make some hit singles, I didn’t go in to say I’m gonna make an album. But it’s an album. So what am I going to name the album? There are various titles going around in my head. There is one title, so my district, 12 miles from Montego Bay is called Somerton, and earlier this year I received an award for lifetime achievement, and that was really, really cool. So at that time the idea came to me, why not call the album Somerton. So that’s one of the ideas. There’s another song on the album called “Internet,” and there’s a line in that song that says, “free for all” because everyone can download things when they want, as opposed to how it was back in the day, when you had to listen on the radio or TV. Now you have it all on the Internet, you just download it, it’s free for all. So that line, I may use it, and put it out in two sections. There are two different sets of songs on the album. One are like social, political, conscious songs, and the other set is songs of relationship and love. So I may put it out as two EPs, and the first set I might call Free For All, kind of meaning freedom for all, because it fits the kind of time that we’re living in right now, politically and socially. And then the other set I would call Love For All

You’ve received plenty of awards over the years, but what does it mean to you to receive the keys to the city of Montego Bay and to have a street being renamed in your honor?
Cliff: It’s nice because it’s my hometown city. It’s has a little more meaning than some of the others for that reason. I appreciate it quite a lot. There were quite a few familiar faces there, some of my schoolmates were there. So, it was cool!

You’ve been a pioneer of Jamaican music, particularly reggae music, for over 50 years. Do you have an earliest memory of reggae music?
Cliff: When I came into the music industry in Jamaica, the music didn’t even have a name. So I kind of contributed to its development. It was called ska then. I put in my energy, and I’m an upbeat kind of artist, and so this ska was perfect for me because it was an upbeat kind of music. There were a lot of other people ahead of me, people I listened to while I was still in school and so it was kind of great to meet them. I was in awe when I met them. It was a good time. Jamaica had just got its independence and all of that. And people were in that kind of upbeat mood. It was kind of a joyful time.

Live music in and from Jamaica practically disappeared for a while, falling back in favor of digital music. Are you excited to see the “Roots Culture” climbing it’s way back into the forefront of Jamaican music.
Cliff: I expect that. I expect that because what we have now, the lyrical content of the music now is more based around the physical you know? The sex and all of that. And from going around talking to people, listening to people I see that they are ready to move into another state of the music. So I think they will go back into the “Roots and Culture” phase of lyrical content and music.

Are there any artists making music now that you are particularly fond of?JIMMYCLIFFxLENSHOT16
Cliff: Let me see…There is an artist called Tarrus Riley, I like him. He’s a really good singer. There is another female singer called Queen Ifrica. I like her. There are various other ones that are quite young and that’s a fact I like to see.

A few years ago we had heard that there was a possible sequel for the movie The Harder They Come, did anything ever come of that, what happened with that effort?
Cliff: Yes! That is still on the table, very much on the front burner. What I’ve learned, when you’re making a movie there are three things. 1 is the script, 2 is the script, and 3 is the script. It’s all about the script! Once you have the script everything else falls into place. So we’re all working on that, just waiting to see when we’re all happy. Everyone saying “Yes! This is it.” Then we’ll go ahead. We thought we would have had something last winter, but everyone didn’t say “Yeah!” to the script. But it’s very much on the front burner.

Well, we cannot thank you enough for your time and wise words. Best of luck with the new album Jimmy!
Cliff: Of course. Thank you!

Watch: Jimmy Cliff – “Life” (Official Video)


Jimmy Cliff Tour Dates

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Interview by: Brian Winters

Jimmy Cliff – “The Harder They Come”

Listen: Jimmy Cliff – “Vietnam”

Listen: Jimmy Cliff – “Piece of the Pie”

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MP3 Leak of the Week: Spiritual

Our friends over at VP Records contacted us about one of their artists, Spiritual, who just moved to Redondo Beach, CA from his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. They suggested we check out his February debut album release of Awakening to which we were excited to feature his single, “Stand Up To Rasta!”

You can download Spiritual’s new song “Stand Up To Rasta,” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017.

Spiritual – “Stand Up To Rasta” — Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)

Spiritual “Stand Up To Rasta” Background:

“Stand Up To Rasta” is track 2 on Spiritual’s debut album, Awakening that dropped back in February and arrives just as reggae music is resurgent in its homeland again thanks to artists like Chronixx and Alborosie. The latter shared Spiritual’s breakthrough hit “Marathon” and introduced him to Clifton “Specialist” Dillon. Under Specialist’s direction, Spiritual has been able to realize his musical vision at last, and deliver an album that can stand alongside the seventies’ classics that inspired him as a youth.

When we were sent the “Stand Up To Rasta” song, Spiritual told The Pier: “Big Raspect to all Humanitarians. Im very impressed with the response I’ve been getting for ‘Stand up to Rasta’, This song is for all Rasta who suffered the damage and brutality we all went through in the past. This is my Spiritual Anthem I’ve written for that purpose, I’m very pleased with all the people who respect and understand this story, Blessings and Honor to my Rasta Teachers who have passed, Bob Marley and Joseph Hill. More love and new life for all my Humanitarian people, blessings always.”

You can pick up Spiritual’s new album Awakening by clicking HERE!

Watch: Spiritual – “Stand Up To Rasta”



Spiritual Background:

Spiritual was raised in Allman Town, and sang in his local choir before embracing Rastafari. He was orphaned at an early age, and could have joined the throngs of young hopefuls at any number of studios and sound-systems scattered throughout the city. Instead, he shunned fame and helped to heal the broken society around him by counseling the poor and needy. Music was in his blood and he continued to write songs, but Rastafari was his true calling.

There are traces of Burning Spear and Culture in his voice, whilst the songs hark back to an era when artists were judged on their integrity, both musical and otherwise.

“I’m a spiritual person, and I like songs with spiritual messages in them – songs about life and our place in it, and that make you think about what you’re doing,” he explains. “I write songs that are supposed to make people feel good about one another, and that can show you something positive about life.”

“I am a servant of Jah for the children of the world with one Aim and one Destiny”


Related Links:
Spiritual Website
Spiritual Facebook
VP Records Website

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The Green Announce First Album in 4 Years!

Hawai’i’s The Green has announced that their new album, Marching Orders, will drop on Oct. 20th, 2017 via Easy Star Records. This is The Green’s first album in 4 years and we’re given a tease as they’ve released a new single with “I Will.”
This will be the bands 4th studio album with a slew of guest appearances that include J Boog, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal, and Island music veterans Fiji and The Mana’o Company.

The Green guitarist and vocalist Zion Thompson shares, “this album truly is diverse. There’s roots, dancehall, pop rock and of course love songs.”

The latest offering from Marching Orders is new single “I Will,” that was produced by the group, along with collaborators Christian Mochizuki and Leslie Ludiazo who also contributed on much of the new album.

Pre-orders for the new album will begin on September 15th where we should hopefully see the unveiling of the cover-art and full track-listing. The album will be accompanied by a 30-date North American tour planned for the Winter of 2018, dates to be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy the lyrical video for “I Will” and check back for more updates as we get closer to The Green’s Oct. 20th release of Marching Orders.

The Green Tour Dates

Related Links:
The Green Website
The Green Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: David Norris

Watch: The Green – “I Will” (Lyrical Video)

Watch: The Green – “Good One” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)

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Sammy J & Anuhea Announce ‘Mixed Feelings’ Fall Tour

New Zealand reggae, soul singer and songwriter, Sammy Johnson (a.k.a. Sammy J) has announced his Fall headlining Mixed Feelings tour where he will have special guest and Maui native, Anuhea.

Since 2012, Sammy J has released a string of singles and collaborations in addition to a pair of 8 track albums with Prelude in 2013 and Lion Roar in 2016. He SammyJohnson_Mixed-Feeling-Tour-Poster-with-Datesplans to continue releasing singles throughout 2017 while putting the final touches on a new album that will drop in early 2018 via Island Empire Records. The Mixed Feelings Tour will show him supporting his upcoming single titled “Sleepwalker.”

Anuhea will be opening up the tour and bringing with her a brand-new album, Follow Me that is set to drop Oct. 6th, four days before tour starts. She’s quoted as describing her record as: “Very pop production on most songs, but with deep thoughts and stories of my life in the familiar Anuhea style that you may know and love. Of course there’s some island reggae jams in there.” She just released a new music video for her single, “I Won’t Settle,” that you can find below.

The tour is mostly east-coast and concluding in the mid-west starting October 10th at the Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL and will conclude on October 27th in Denver, CO at the Marquis Theatre. Sammy J brings a soulful voice over pop with RB and reggae textures in an island setting. I’m sure we’ll see some on-stage collaborations between the 2 artists, not to mention a lot of new music being performed.

Sammy J Tour Dates

Related Links:
Sammy J Website
Sammy J Facebook
Anuhea Website
Anuhea Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Sammy J – “Do You”

Watch: Anuhea – “I Won’t Settle”

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