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Michael Doherty’s Music Log Review: Rocker-T “The Return Of The Tru Ganjaman”

19 Sep

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“Though I do like reggae, I don’t listen to a whole lot of it, partly because it sometimes begins to feel repetitive to me. But Rocker-T (Toby Petter Herskind Sorensen), on his CD The Return Of The Tru Ganjaman, does some interesting and delightful things with the form. And he’s joined by several guest musicians, including Mykal Rose and Ras Indio. This album really grew on me. Yes, it deals with a lot of the same subjects, same themes as most reggae music – peace, marijuana, and so on – but so much of it feels new here, even as those particular subjects are tackled. The main thing is that this music makes me happy, and we can all use some of that these days.

“Yankee & Yardee” is reggae with a heavy dance beat. I have absolutely no idea what he’s singing here, at least for much of the song, but I’m enjoying the groove. And toward the end he calls out a few familiar names: “Sugar, Dennis and Gregory/Peter, Bunny, Bob Marley.” Folks that current musicians acknowledge a debt to. Gappy Ranks (Jacob Lee Williams) then joins Rocker-T on “Need Some,” which has more of a familiar feel and has a positive sound. Mykal Rose and Mr. Williamz join him for “Disgrace.” “Why is it that they can’t unite?/Why is that they can’t stand together?” Good questions, and presented over a catchy groove.

The song that really got me excited about this disc is “Herbalist.” It is so catchy, so joyful, and it features Mama-T on vocals. The first time I listened to this album, this is the song that grabbed me, the song that turned my day around with its positive, bright sounds. It’s a wonderful track, dedicated to the herbalists “who bring all the healing,” and knocking the ridiculous war on drugs. “Let go the herbalist, you let him be/Let go the herbalist, you set him free.” And of course you can dance to it. So there. It’s followed by another stand-out track, “Man Ah Warrior.” It has just a bit of a New Orleans Dixie jazz vibe that makes me love it. It’s an overall fresh sound, and by this point in the disc I was totally in.

Bass player and vocalist Skip Wicked (Spencer Burton) of Indubious joins Rocker-T on “Chillum,” an unusual and excellent song with something of a tribal rhythm and some impressive vocal delivery. I want to lose myself in the beat, close my eyes and dance until the walls disappear. It has that kind of power, you know? And it’s followed by yet another highlight, “Garden Of Goodness.” It’s funny that a song celebrating marijuana should begin with the sound of someone coughing. But there you have it. This song is a lot fun, and has a delightfully fresh and bright feel. “In the garden of goodness/There’s a weed for releasing my stress/Oh yes, it’s the best/In the garden of goodness/Marijuana caught my interest.” Jah Wave and Ras Indio join Rocker-T on this track. Then Prezident Brown joins Rocker-T on “Blazing Everyday,” obviously another song about smoking marijuana.

Just a couple of months before the release of this CD, Rocker-T put out a disc titled Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes, which contains twenty-three versions of “Tru Ganjaman.” If that CD didn’t provide enough of that song for you, this CD gives you “Tru Ganjaman Megamix,” which I suppose is the title track. Oddly, I don’t find this track nearly as compelling or enjoyable as everything that precedes it. This one ends with coughing. And the tracks that follow it are all remixes of earlier songs, including two versions of “Real Singer Smoker” (I prefer the Phibes Remix) and two versions of “One Million Matches.”

CD Track List

  1. Yankee & Yardee
  2. Need Some
  3. Disgrace
  4. Herbalist
  5. Man Ah Warrior
  6. Chillum
  7. Garden Of Goodness
  8. Blazing Everday
  9. Life Over Death
  10. Tru Ganjaman Megamix
  11. Ganja Slengin (Nickynutz Remix)
  12. Real Singer Smoker (Mt. Analogue Remix)
  13. One Million Matches (Yungg Trip Remix)
  14. Militant & Real (Ill Text Trap-A-Lot Mafia Remix)
  15. Real Singer Smoker (Phibes Remix)
  16. One Million Matches (Mylk Remix)

The Return Of The Tru Ganjaman was released on June 17, 2016. By the way, the digital release of this album contains three more tracks.”

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For more on Rocker-T, check out his website: www.rocker-t.com

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WORLDWIDE VIDEO PREMIERE: I-Octane “Let Me Love You”

15 Sep

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Visit World A Reggae Now To Watch the “Let Me Love You” Music Video!

International Reggae Artist I-Octane to Release Video for “Let Me Love You”

As the anticipation for I-Octane forthcoming 2018 “Love and Life” album intensifies, the reggae star has released the “Let Me Love You” single.

Produced by multi-talented renowned producer Matthew “Esco Da Shocker” Thompson, the sentimental single displays the amorous side of the crooner, as his female fans have been cravingly clamoring. “Everywhere in the world my amazing female fans are always cussing me and asking for more love songs. Love is a universal language, doesn’t matter if in Russia, Kenya, China. We all relate to the word L.O.V.E. So since the song came about, they’ve been singing it and filming themselves, sending it to me, showing me love, and in turn i want to show them love as well“.

The reggae troubadour paired the single with beautiful visuals filmed and directed in Jamaica by acclaimed Bling Blang Work co. Behind The Scenes footage was recently released as a teaser for the audience (Watch HERE)

While the single “Let Me Love You” is available on all major online digital stores (smarturl.it/letmeloveyoubuy) via I-Octane’s new deal with San Francisco based Independent Distribution Collective (IDC), the video will premiere September 15th, 2017 on WorldAReggae.com

 

NEW RELEASE! Zahira’s new single “Stand Strong” is OUT TODAY!

8 Sep

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The new single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. 

Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single Through her own Zahira Music Productions Label

It is said that all which is planted in the spring will yield a bountiful harvest in the fall, and this is truly the case with STAND STRONG, the new Single from West Coast Reggae, Soul, Pop, and R&B artist ZAHIRASTAND STRONG is an internationally inspired release, written during ZAHIRA’s travels in Peru in collaboration with Mexico-native producer Alann Ulises. The new Single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. STAND STRONG will be released worldwide on all major digital services on September 8, 2017, and will be followed with a new music video, release shows, and the “Beyond Time Tour” along the West Coast in November 2017 featuring Indubious, ZAHIRA, and art by Lindy Kehoe. This Single’s cover art is a painting by visionary roots artist DiP SouLion with additional design by Digital Mirror Graphics.

ZAHIRA is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. ZAHIRA’s original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica, with a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician, as well as her energetic performances, inspire others to be strong and positive. Being part indigenous, she utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.

This prolific songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. In 2013, she released the singles “Summertime” and “Easy Days,” and in the spring of 2014 ZAHIRA released Rise Up, her first full-length album. Her newest release since her winter 2016 single “Ascension,” STAND STRONG is an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock, and EDM, all driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. “STAND STRONG is a reminder to respond with love to all situations, especially in challenging times,” says ZAHIRA. “Its essence activates a higher perspective on life and encourages us to take responsibility for our own vibration. This song is a call to the creator to remind us to be strong even when crazy troubles get in our way. To stay balanced amongst the polarities of this dualistic world.”

No stranger to the music industry, ZAHIRA has worked with several globally renowned artists including LucianoKRS-OneBibi McGillYami BoloRed FoxIndubiousRocker-TJah Levi and Sol Seed. She has worked with producers and engineers such as Don OneVince DiLorenzoSolji HamiltonJaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, ZAHIRA has played to crowds at several festivals and locations around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her band, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured ZAHIRA on their track “Root Down” on their album From Zero.

ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performed songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif, and indigenous languages to share her message with the world.

Since ZAHIRA debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul and reggae material, she has undergone a metamorphosis into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, and electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, ZAHIRA has also written songs for various films and television commercials. This devoted vocalist’s voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners. ZAHIRA radiates pure light and positive energy on stage and brings her audience on a journey beyond time and space.

“Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it.” –Zahira

 

To order STAND STRONG on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/zstandstrong

For more information about STAND STRONG or upcoming tour dates, please visit ZAHIRA’s website and social media pages via http://zahiramusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email contact@zahiramusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

LIVE TODAY: Zahira on The Dianna Bellrose Show

1 Sep

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ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming.

Join Her and Dianna Bellerose Today!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/diannabellerose/2017/09/01/empowering-and-inspiring-women-globally–stand-strong-soul-songstress-zahira

Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single

29 Aug

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Reggae/Soul Songstress ZAHIRA to Release the New STAND STRONG Single Through her own Zahira Music Productions Label

It is said that all which is planted in the spring will yield a bountiful harvest in the fall, and this is truly the case with STAND STRONG, the new Single from West Coast Reggae, Soul, Pop, and R&B artist ZAHIRA. STAND STRONG is an internationally inspired release, written during ZAHIRA’s travels in Peru in collaboration with Mexico-native producer Alann Ulises. The new Single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. STAND STRONG will be released worldwide on all major digital services on September 8, 2017, and will be followed with a new music video, release shows, and the “Beyond Time Tour” along the West Coast in November 2017 featuring Indubious, ZAHIRA, and art by Lindy Kehoe. This Single’s cover art is a painting by visionary roots artist DiP SouLion with additional design by Digital Mirror Graphics.

ZAHIRA is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. ZAHIRA’s original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica, with a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician, as well as her energetic performances, inspire others to be strong and positive. Being part indigenous, she utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.

This prolific songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. In 2013, she released the singles “Summertime” and “Easy Days,” and in the spring of 2014 ZAHIRA released Rise Up, her first full-length album. Her newest release since her winter 2016 single “Ascension,” STAND STRONG is an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock, and EDM, all driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. “STAND STRONG is a reminder to respond with love to all situations, especially in challenging times,” says ZAHIRA. “Its essence activates a higher perspective on life and encourages us to take responsibility for our own vibration. This song is a call to the creator to remind us to be strong even when crazy troubles get in our way. To stay balanced amongst the polarities of this dualistic world.”

No stranger to the music industry, ZAHIRA has worked with several globally renowned artists including Luciano, KRS-One, Bibi McGill, Yami Bolo, Red Fox, Indubious, Rocker-T, Jah Levi and Sol Seed. She has worked with producers and engineers such as Don One, Vince DiLorenzo, Solji Hamilton, Jaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, ZAHIRA has played to crowds at several festivals and locations around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her band, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured ZAHIRA on their track “Root Down” on their album From Zero.

ZAHIRA was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performed songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif, and indigenous languages to share her message with the world.

Since ZAHIRA debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul and reggae material, she has undergone a metamorphosis into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, and electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, ZAHIRA has also written songs for various films and television commercials. This devoted vocalist’s voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners. ZAHIRA radiates pure light and positive energy on stage and brings her audience on a journey beyond time and space.

“Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it.” –Zahira

 

To pre-order STAND STRONG on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/zstandstrong

For more information about STAND STRONG or upcoming tour dates, please visit ZAHIRA’s website and social media pages via http://zahiramusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email contact@zahiramusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

IDC is so honored to work with international reggae artist I-Octane!

22 Aug

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Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) – International recording artist I-Octane has announced his recent signing with Miami based management company, Beautiful People MGT, and a deal with San Francisco based Independent Distribution Collective (IDC). The latter set in preparation for his highly anticipated 2018 album.

Fans of I-Octane have been clamoring for a full length anthology since his 2014 hit filled “My Journey” which topped #4 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Since then, the reggae star has delivered numerous worldwide top charting singles, while continuing extensive touring from his hit filled repertoire.

“After being in music professionally for over 12 years now, I have grown and I have learned a lot along the way. I did 2 albums and they were both very similar. It was social commentary, more one drop oriented. This album has a lot of different things on it, it is a more versatile I-Octane. It’s more grown. I expect a lot of mileage from this album. I’m going to go to places where I’ve never been before through this album. Different sides of Octane, different vocal range, different sound, this is a totally different I-Octane, but the essence is me.. a grown me..” – I-Octane

Fresh from inking with his new management, the first order of the day for BPM was securing distribution with a reputable company, who would dedicate themselves to the project at hand. “As a fan of reggae music, I-Octane has steadily remained on my playlist, so joining his close-knit team was a honor. Our vision is similar, and our aim the same, so to find a company who would match our goal became a priority. To take the brand that is I-Octane to the four corners of the world”  – W.Morgan, CEO/Founder, Beautiful People MGT.

Speaking on joining the IDC family, I-Octane expressed “IDC is a great accomplishment. Big up my management team. This is big for me as an independent artist. To know that we have IDC on this project, not only for the global distribution but supporting us in all the marketing, promoting and also pushing us. They see the same for I-Octane as I do. They understand the concept, the sound, the growth. It all makes sense since this album is universal, everyone will relate to one song or another. I give thanks to IDC , my team and the power of the almighty“.

Steffen Franz, President/Founder of Independent Distribution Collective echoed a similar sentiment by stating, “IDC is honored to be working with I-Octane, an internationally successful Jamaican artist who has worked for his whole career, to forward the positive and conscious messages that are so important in music in this time. This new project will be wide reaching and it will be embraced by fans and audiences worldwide, and we are excited to be on board for the distribution of this brand-new album.

In business for over 12 years, Independent Distribution Collective (IDC) is a music marketing and distribution company based in San Francisco, California that offers physical and digital distribution, marketing and promotion, artist development services, and music licensing.

An unmatched combination of innate talent, lyrical prowess and versatility, I-Octane resonates with conscious lyrics, sentiments of universal faith, romance, social justice and compassion. The smooth Rastafarian singer who has amassed an impressive slew of hits songs in a few short years, has skillfully positioned himself as an ambassador of reggae music, while maintaining a strong appeal in the streets, where many of his songs have become anthems.

Even with his incredible success to date, I-Octane has just scratched the surface of all he is meant to achieve, however his name is securely cemented a musical legacy comparable to many icons.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/ioctanelive/

Management
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE MGT
mgt@beautifulpeoplemgt.com
Phone number (516) 690-6051

PR/Media
MPR CONSULTING
info@mprconsulting.org
Phone number (347) 292-8005

Join Anthony B on his California Reggae Road Tour!

16 Aug

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Anthony B, the conscious Bobo Dread whose razor-sharp lyrics and entrancing performances have set ‘Fire Pon Rome’ and propelled him to the front lines of reggae music is touring Northern California this September.

Catch him at a venue near you:

Friday, September 1, 2017
Moe’s Alley
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 479-1854
Buy Tix Here

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA
(415) 388-3850
Buy Tix Here

Sunday, September 3, 2017
One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival
Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland, CA
(916) 607-6996
Buy Tix Here

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Belly Up
143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA
(858) 481-8771
Buy Tix Here

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Dub Club @ Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 
(213) 413-8200
Buy Tix Here

Thursday, September 7, 2017
New Parish
579 – 18th St, Oakland, CA
(510) 444-7474
Buy Tix Here

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Mateel Community Center
59 Rusk Lane, Redway, CA
(707) 923-3368
Buy Tix Here

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sea Legs at the Beach
17851 PCH, Huntington Beach, CA
(714) 698-4188

For tour information contact Tullah Carter / Third World Music Group
(707) 332-0747Email
 
For publicity, contact Justine Ketola, (323) 251-0542Email
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