Wednesday, 29 July 2020

BOB MARLEY 75th ANNIVERSARY.: LEGACY DOCUMENTARY SERIES CONTINUES WITH EPISODE FIVE – 'PUNKY REGGAE PARTY' – OUT NOW

On 24th July, episode five of Bob Marley's Legacy documentary series continues with 'Punky Reggae Party,' an insightful look back at Bob's time in and impact on London and the rest of the United Kingdom. Dating back from the mid-'70s to this present day, 'Punky Reggae Party' explores how Bob's music and ethos captured the Zeitgeist, detailing his signing to Chris Blackwell's Island Records, and the welcomed arrival of his sound and the impact he had in the United Kingdom, especially the London-born children of the Windrush generation.(Los Angeles – July 24, 2020)

Featuring interviews with music aficionado Don Letts, MP and former shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, award-winning British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE, and Chris Blackwell as well as journalist and broadcaster, Chris Salewicz, British-Nigerian women's rights activist Seyi Akiwowo, the daughter of a Rasta, Hak BakerMarika, and photographer Adrian Boot, this compelling new 22-minute short touches on a post-war, multi-cultural Britain, the rise of punk, and how Bob Marley, the ultimate rebel, fitted into all of this and helped unite a country through his music. 'Punky Reggae Party' is available to watch on Bob Marley's Official YouTube Channel. Watch HERE.

Also, today sees the release of one of the world's best-selling and most loved albums of our time, LEGEND is available now on limited-edition picture disc. Featuring many of Bob's most memorable songs, from "One Love/People Get Ready" to "Get Up, Stand Up," "Is This Love" to "Jammin'," "Could You Be Loved" to "Three Little Birds." The album also includes eight more classics, in celebration of #BobMarley75, and is available from today in a limited-edition picture disc presenting the iconic cover shot backed with a previously unseen image of Bob. Purchase HERE.

Last Sunday, eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning Ziggy Marley performed an extraordinary one-off, virtual performance, paying homage to his father's timeless catalog. Ziggy performed eleven of Bob Marley's legendary tracks in an intimate setting that was livestreamed on Bob Marley's official YouTube channel. Watch the archived livestream videos HERE. Following the concert, Ziggy participated in an exclusive Q&A on CEEK's Virtual Reality content streaming platform, and a select number of 360VR tracks will also be available on CEEK's platform. The audio of the full performance, Ziggy Marley – Bob Marley 75th Celebration (pt. 1), will be available as an e-album, on July 31, listen HERE.

In other news, Ziggy Marley released a brand new single, "Play With Sky (feat. Ben Harper)" today. The track, written by Ziggy, comes from his new upcoming family album, MORE FAMILY TIME. This release is a follow up to his 2009's Grammy® and Emmy winning album, FAMILY TIME, and is due out on September 18. Listen to 'Play With Sky (feat. Ben Harper) HERE.

Last week, members of the Marley family, in conjunction with Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music, released a reimagination of the late Bob Marley's iconic anthem, "One Love," featuring musicians from all corners of the globe, artists from conflict zones and children living in vulnerable communities to support UNICEF's work to reimagine a fairer, more just world for children whose lives have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. All net proceeds from the sale of streams of the recording will directly support Reimagine, UNICEF's global campaign to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children and to ensure the post-pandemic world is more fair and equal for every child. Visit unicef.org/ONE-LOVE for further information and to donate. Every US$1 donated to ONE LOVE by the public will be matched by jewelry brand Pandora up to the value of US$1 million dollars. The new song and video are available now. Watch the Marley family's video for the seminal song, "One Love" HERE. Promotion ends on July 17, 2021.

In addition, the Marley Family is announcing the Wrangler® x Bob Marley collection that was created through a collaborative process with Wrangler in celebration of what would be the icon's 75th Birthday in 2020. The 11-piece collection launching Monday, July 27, features heavy reggae influences and revivals of Marley's favorite Wrangler styles, including one men's and one women's denim jacket, four men's and three women's tees, and two unisex lasered shirts. Wrangler has worked with the Marley family over the past year to design a unique collection that commemorates a music icon who has inspired generations of people through his commitment to fierce idealism and powerful songwriting. In celebration of the collaborative collection, Wrangler will donate $25,000 to The Bob Marley Foundation. The Bob Marley Foundation, is a Jamaican nonprofit organization focusing on Education, Music & Culture, Environmental Protection, and the health and well being of the Rastafarian community. For more information, please visit: www.wrangler.com

On July 31, the acclaimed 'Marley' documentary will be screening in virtual and select traditional cinemas worldwide. Directed by Oscar-winning Kevin Macdonald, the documentary features a combination of legendary music concerts, rare footage, and interviews with Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Chris Blackwell and many more. Blue Fox Entertainment will release the film theatrically. For more information, please visit:
https://www.bluefoxentertainment.com/films/marley

Earlier this month in continued observance of the late and legendary Bob Marley's 75th Birthday, and in honor of the July 1 International Reggae Day celebrations, an official music video for Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," was released. Directed by Kristian Mercado Figueroa and shot in Jamaica and New York City, the powerful visual explores two tales of a family divided by country but connected by their love and want for a better life for their children. We see a strong and loving Mother strive to look after her children in their homeland. At the same time, the father works tirelessly, isolated in New York City, working as a taxi driver to better provide for his family back home. The video shines a light on the importance of family and connection while confronting the genuine struggles many families face in the modern world, often forced apart due to poverty. The video for "No Woman No Cry" debuted on Bob Marley's Official YouTube Channel. Watch HERE.

Lastly, SiriusXM continues with Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Radio on channel 42 through August 13. The limited-edition channel features the music of Bob Marley and his band The Wailers and highlights studio and live performances, widely popular songs, and rare tracks. Additionally, listeners will hear recordings from the Marley family as well as artists who are a part of the iconic brand and label founded by Bob Marley, Tuff Gong. Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Radio is available on the SiriusXM app in the Hip-Hop/R&B category, internet-connected devices and smart speakers in your home. For more information on Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Radio, click HERE.

Bob Marley: Live at the Rainbow Theatre during a run to close out the Exodus Tour. London, England, U.K. 4 June 1977. Photo copyright Adrian Boot (All Rights Reserved)
Bob Marley: Live at the Rainbow Theatre during a run to close out the Exodus Tour. London, England, U.K. 4 June 1977. Photo copyright Adrian Boot (All Rights Reserved)
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Friday, 24 July 2020

SPORTS TEAM DEBUT ALBUM 'DEEP DOWN HAPPY' SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 HYUNDAI MERCURY PRIZE 'ALBUMS OF THE YEAR'

Today Sports Team's debut album 'Deep Down Happy' is announced as one of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year'. The prestigious accolade celebrates and promotes the best of British music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. The shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel and was revealed this morning on Lauren Laverne's show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The news comes after Sports Team released their critically acclaimed debut album 'Deep Down Happy' on 5 June and achieved number #2 in the Official Album Charts, which holds the highest first week sales for a debut album by a British band in four years, and is the fourth highest selling debut of 2020. The band also became the biggest seller of the week, leading on physical sales (10K), digital downloads, and scoring the biggest vinyl sales of a debut record by a British artist in 2020, with a #1 on the Official Vinyl Chart. The six piece also announced their biggest UK tour to date, with the band back on the road doing what they do best next Spring and headlining O2 Academy Brixton on 29 April 2021.  Listen to 'Deep Down Happy' here

Sports Team have built an incredibly loyal, impassioned fanbase, who carried the Gaga x Sports Team chart battle conversation on Twitter. From a Lewis Capaldi summoning circle which lead to support from the superstar (proving witchcraft does work), to TV fisherman Jeremy Wade, and Sam Fender, Sports Team fans were out in force, showing comradeship for the future of guitar music. With no record stores open, and no live shows due to lockdown, the six-piece still managed to achieve the biggest selling album of the w­­eek in Independent Retail, a mammoth feat for Britain's next breakthrough band.
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The 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year':
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Sports Team - Deep Down Happy
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Kano – Hoodies All Summer
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
Charlie XCX – how i'm feeling now
Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA
Georgia – Seeking Thrills
Lantern On The Lake – Spook The Herd
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Porridge Radio – Every Bad
Anna Meredith – FIBS
On Lauren Laverne's 6Music interview Alex says: "[Deep Down Happy] sounds scrappy and flawed and you hear the dynamics between all of us in it. I think that's what people want from a debut album... how much spirit we can pour into it. It's a culmination of 150 tour dates last year, and for it to lead to this is unbelievable. [Mercury] is more than we could have ever have expected."

ABOUT 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize. The 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize judges are: Anna Calvi – Musician & Songwriter; Annie Mac – Broadcaster & DJ; Danielle Perry – Broadcaster & Writer; Gaz Coombes - Musician & Songwriter; Gemma Cairney – Broadcaster & DJ; Jamie Cullum - Musician & Broadcaster; Jeff Smith - Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2; Jorja Smith – Musician & Songwriter; Mike Walsh - Music Consultant – Kendal Calling/bluedot Festivals, War Child; Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo; Tshepo Mokoena – Editorial Director, VICE.com; Will Hodgkinson - Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times. The Chair of the judging panel is Jeff Smith.

As all events are currently subject to Government guidelines, it is likely that a live awards show will not be happening in September as planned. However the overall winner of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize will be announced on 24 September 2020. The Prize's broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be providing extensive television and radio coverage of the Prize and more details will be announced shortly.

The Prize's new digital music partner, YouTube Music will also be streaming the artists' performances to international audiences beyond the UK.

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 SPORTS TEAM UK TOUR
20 April Dublin The Grand Social
22 April Leeds Leeds University Stylus
23 April Manchester The Albert Hall
25 April Nottingham Rock City
26 April Glasgow SWG3
28 April Bristol SWX Bristol
29 April London O2 Academy Brixton
Connect with Sports Team
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PRAISE FOR DEEP DOWN HAPPY

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Noisy release new single & Video 'Where's your Head?'....Support Yungblud on UK Spring Tour

Spending lockdown in their home studio in Worthing, it seemed only fitting for NOISY to take over the seaside town to film their latest video for new single ‘Where’s Your Head?’. The high-octane song is appropriate now, as it dives into the importance of looking after your mates through hard times. 
Earlier this year, the trio headlined a sold-out Camden Assembly, following the release of their debut EP ‘Press Space To Play’, which featured single ‘Bring The Drums Back’, an ode to homegrown dance styles in the UK. The band look forward to performing live again and join YungBlud on his Spring UK tour, with their first date confirmed on March 17th 2021 at O2 Forum Kentish Town.
“'Where’s Your Head?’ is a song about looking after your mates and trying to understand what they’re going through if they’re having a hard time. It’s about living for Friday night, but remembering to check in on your mates on Saturday morning. With the subject being quite close to home we wanted to shoot the video all around our hometown Worthing, going to all the places where we’ve met and hung out through the years of knowing each other.” – Cody

Comprised of singer Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer, the band is the culmination of several years of hanging out at skateparks. They’ve been Noisy for the past year and a half, an 18-month period that’s seen them build a makeshift studio in Spencer’s house and put it to good use: coming up with a name, and then a suitably clamorous sound to follow. To Noisy’s quote, the band are for all the Friday guys, for all 20-somethings smashing it on a weekend, spending five days aching, and then getting out and doing it again. 
Noisy release new single 'Where's your Head?'....Support Yungblud on UK Spring Tour
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“Breaking out from Worthing's pubs and skateparks with a hybrid of hooks” - DORK
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Miraa May x Haile - "Say Yeah" out on Island Records

Miraa May, songwriter, performer, artist and sheer force of nature follows her critically acclaimed Dark EP, co-write on Jorja Smith’s Top 10 hit “Be Honest” and recent paean to her new-born son, “Baby”, with her new Island single “Say Yeah”. Featuring Haile, the latest episode of Miraa’s YouTube mini-series ‘Miraa & Friends’ goes behind the scenes of the making of the track. An official video for ’Say Yeah’ will drop in a couple of weeks.

“Say Yeah’ is the third new song Miraa has released in 2020, following “Woman Like Me” & ‘Baby’ and is the start of a new chapter as she embarks on the journey of motherhood.
 
Miraa recently featured in a new documentary created by The Face magazine called ‘Voices of Jamaica’ which followed 15 artists on a week-long writing retreat put together by UK producer Cadenza. The film features Jorja Smith, Miraa May, Amine, Proteje and legendary producers Dre Skull, Guilty Beatz, & P2J amongst others.
 
Miraa has also been busy filming, and now releasing, a mini-series of studio sessions on her YouTube channel titled ‘Miraa & Friends’ giving an insight into what goes down in the studio. The 7-part series (the first 4 episodes have been released and remaining 3 have been put on hold until post Ramadan) features artists and producers including Jevon, Cosima, Sam Tompkins, Big Zuu, Samm Henshaw, Knucks, Moss Kena, & Luke Gomm.

A prolific and much in demand songwriter, Miraa has recently worked with Nafe Smalls on the mixtape track ‘Bad For Me’. On the live front 2019 was a great year for the Algerian born, Tottenham raised artist who sold out two headlining shows in London, performed at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds Festivals, The Ends Festival and BBC 1Xtra Live in Birmingham. Miraa’s much anticipated debut album will be released later this year.
https://miraamay.lnk.to/SayYeah
MIRAA MAY x HAILE – SAY YEAH
“Miraa May preaches unshakeable self-love” – Guardian
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PICARD BROTHERS release their new single 'IT'S NOT OVER'

Having firmly cemented their names as international producers, playing pivotal parts in the creation of records by BeyoncΓ©, Diplo, Mark Ronson and Madonna, Picard Brothers today release new single ‘It’s Not Over’.  It follows the release of a flurry of celebrated remixes from the French duo, including the Remix of Flume "The Difference" and the Remix of David Spinelli "The Promise", released on Boston Bun’s label Circa 99.

""It's Not Over" is our vision on 2020 French house music! It's a sound we're trying to develop on our project that is due to come later this year" – Says Picard Brothers.

Picard Brothers first entered the public consciousness almost by chance, after coming across a twitter post by renowned DJ Diplo, calling for French DJs. They sent over some of their songs and, a week later, the two French brothers came face to face with one of the biggest DJs in the world. He loved their music, and the duo soon became part of his core production crew The duo then found themselves as key ingredients in the creation of a number of huge hits, chiefly ‘Electricity’ by Silk City and Dua Lipa, which they co-wrote with Diplo and Mark Ronson. Their extraordinary working relationship with Ronson grew into co-writing eight of the songs on his Late Night Feelings LP, including smash single ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’.
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Monday, 13 July 2020

AFROBEATS SUPERSTAR TIWA SAVAGE RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE "dangerous love"

Nigerian-born singer, songwriter and fashion icon TIWA SAVAGE – widely regarded as the 'Queen of Afrobeats' – released her brand new single, "Dangerous Love," via Motown /Island Records on the 8th July. The song is the first official single taken from her long-awaited fourth studio album 'CELIA', aptly named after her mother. Listen to "Dangerous Love" HERE.

Produced by Cracker Mallo and recorded in Tiwa's home city of Lagos, Nigeria, "Dangerous Love" is the perfect blend of R&B and Afrobeats. With a powerful, enchanting chorus and silky 'afro' beat throughout, the mid-tempo record is a representation of Tiwa's musical growth and preview to her upcoming project.

"Dangerous Love is such a vibe! It's a song that is basically about a girl who is dipping in and out of a 'relationship' with a guy that really doesn't deserve her time or attention. She knows that he is bad for her but she gambling with her heart anyway." Says Tiwa Savage. "I feel like every girl and maybe guys too can relate to this one."

Savage's fearlessness in combining various genres has paid off, earning her abundance of award wins and recognitions. In 2018 she made history by becoming the first female to win the MTV European Award for 'Best African Act'. She has since earned four Channel O Music Video Awards nominations, five World Music Award nominations, MTV Africa Music, BET & MOBO Award nominations and many more.

In 2019 she signed an exclusive recording contract with Universal Records and in September released her first global single titled '49-99' under Motown Records. In May, 2020, Tiwa Savage graced the cover of Billboard Magazine's first issue devoted entirely to Africa alongside Afrobeat superstars Davido and Mr Eazi.
https://tiwasavage.lnk.to/DangerousLovePR
Tiwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where she lived until the age of 11 when her parents decided to move to London. In her early days, like most families, she would attend church with her parents and soon developed a love for performing and relocated to London. At the age of 16, Tiwa found herself singing backing vocals for George Michael. As a result of that session, Tiwa quickly found further work over the years with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Bunton and Blu Cantrell.

Despite having already completed a degree in Business Administration at the University of Kent, she was focused to continue pursuing music and received a scholarship at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. With her newfound strength to push forward with music, Tiwa moved from London to New York City and began taking meetings with various producers and industry professionals. Inspired and stimulated by the lack of true female superstars in her home country, she moved back to Nigeria.

Savage has also been active in her philanthropic endeavors, supporting various youth engagement organizations and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria and further afield. Tiwa also is very active in #JusticeForUwa, loudly voicing her disgust at the rape of a young girl in a church in Nigeria, and creating an instagram page @WeAreTiredNg where rape victims can speak out.
AFROBEATS SUPERSTAR TIWA SAVAGE - 'dangerous love'
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 AFROBEATS SUPERSTAR TIWA SAVAGE
"Queen of Afrobeats." Billboard May 2020 Cover
"(Tiwa Savage) is a woman changing the face of modern music." British Vogue

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Buju Banton releases his much-anticipated album, “Upside Down 2020”

Grammy winner, multiple Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping artist and international reggae superstar and legend,Buju Banton releases his much-anticipated album, “Upside Down 2020,” his first full-length studio album in a decade.  The album is available now to stream everywhere.

The quintessential artist celebrated his return to the worldwide stage following his performance at Kingston’s Famed National Stadium. The Long Walk to Freedom Concert was one of the biggest music events in Jamaica's history and was the launching pad for the tour of the same name. Relive the monumental moment from the history-making Long Walk to Freedom Concert HERE.

His subsequent announcement that he had signed with Roc Nation was followed with Banton releasing four brand-new songs, with accompanying music or lyric videos, “Steppa,” “Trust,” “Memories” featuring the incomparable John Legend and the most recent release “Blessed”. While “Blessed” is now exploding, “Memories” is a Top 20 record at radio and is #1 on the iTunes reggae chart.
https://bujubanton.me/upsidedown2020
 “A national hero. He’s as much a singer as he is a hallmark of Jamaican culture."  - the FADER
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Banton's last studio album, Before the Dawn, was released in 2010
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UPSIDE DOWN 2020 TRACKLIST
https://bujubanton.me/upsidedown2020
1. LAMB OF GOD
2. YES MI FRIEND FEATURING STEPHEN MARLEY
3. BURIED ALIVE
4.  BLESSED - LISTEN & WATCH HERE
5.  MEMORIES FEATURING JOHN LEGEND - LISTEN & WATCH HERE
6. LOVELY STATE OF MIND
7. APPRECIATED
8.  TRUST - LISTEN & WATCH HERE 
9. CHERRY PIE FEATURING PHARRELL
10. BEAT DEM BAD
11. GOOD TIME GIRL
12. CALL ME FEATURING STEFFLON DON
13. MOONLIGHT LOVE
14. CHEATED
15.  STEPPA - LISTEN & WATCH HERE
16. THE WORLD IS CHANGING
17. 400 YEARS
18. RISING UP
19. HELPING HANG
20. UNITY
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