Road International Returns to New York @DestineMedia

As the summer season comes to an end, the musical vibes machine is back in New York and ready to entertain their fans and continue to gain some more fans. Over the past few weeks Road International has performed on the large stage throughout the United States and in the middle of the ocean.

Yes middle of the ocean! In September, Road International had the privilege of being a part of the first Long Beach Reggae Jerk Festival, which featured Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Sister Carol, Ken Boothe, U-Roy and the Abysinnians just to name a few.

Held in Long Beach California, DJ Roy of Road International not only warmed up the crowd of several thousands but he was also one of the hosts for this historical event. Immediately after this weekend Road International was off to Miami where they were confirmed for seven events in a three day period.  

For Road International its what they love doing and never perceived as too much events. "As long as we have hands and selectors to attend an event we are there. We give thanks to the promoters for choosing Road International and giving us the opportunity to entertain the people" says Stretch. After their hectic schedule in Miami it was time to get ready for the First Welcome to Jam Rock Reggae Cruise, which took place October 20th - 25th. Road International was slated as a DJ for one of the day events and DJ Roy did not disappoint as he had the crowd of several hundreds jamming on the top deck f the Norwegian Pearl. 

At night DJ Roy, would then change hat and become the voice that updated the entire cruise of the star studded line ups each night. Road International has returned to New York and is ready for their Annual Act Your Age, Not Your Shoe Size event. This event scheduled to take place this weekend, Saturday November 1st at XQuisite Night Club in Queens, NY. With music by Massive B, DJ Young Chow, Noah Wid Di Powa and Team Take Ova, it is evident that this party will be fun filled.
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Nesbeth (@DJNesbeth) To Release "Victory" EP

In this exciting time of reggae resurgence, Entertainment Soul announces Nesbeth's highly anticipated upcoming "Victory" EP. Although it may feel as if the conscious reggae star took a musical hiatus, Nesbeth has steadily continued his musical journey by drawing from life and penning an arsenal of new music.

Recently signing with the London based label Entertainment Soul, Nesbeth is feeling revitalized and ready to share himself through his music with the world. "I see the songs as parts of my body, each song plays a significant role" says Nesbeth.  

Delighted on the creative control given to him by his new label, the"Victory" EP represents a more mature side of Nesbeth. When recording "Victory" it is evident Nesbeth was on a mission to uplift the people and assist listeners to find a sense of motivation and perseverance through his music. On this 5 track EP each single has a special message, the lead single "Taste Victory" is an inspiring single that many can relate when feeling like they have hit rock bottom yet, is able to taste that victorious day approaching. 

The fourth track (and instant 'gratification' track for buyers of the iTunes pre-order 4th Nov) "Hundu Lay Lay" gives you a warm & soulful feel of Africa with it's uplifting tribal drum and vocal rhythms. But it speaks of trouble in the land and enormous strength among it's people, drawing eerie echoes of current affairs, whilst Nesbeth chants "Hundu Lay Lay", throughout the chorus. A joint collaboration from some of reggae music prominent producers, Nesbeth also took on a role as producer while recording his "Victory" EP. 

In conjunction with M.Shaw, Nesbeth wrote the five tracks each showing a different style. The EP was proudly produced by DJ Frass (Taste Victory), Merrick Shaw (Even Though)and Nesbeth himself. Nesbeth hopes that his musical message will be heard and shared. "I want to make music that will stand the test of time. With Victory I want to anoint the oppressor and the oppressed. I hope all these songs reach out, to the masses and inspire the nation to strive for their victory. Word sound is power." Distributed by Zojak Worlwide, "Victory" EP will be available on all digital platforms on Monday November 17th, 2014 and will shortly announce the immediate released track on all pre-orders.  

Track Listing 

1. Marijuana - Produced by Nesbeth 
2. Jah Jah Handpick - Produced by Nesbeth 
3. Taste Victory - Produced by DJ Frass 
4. Hundu Lay Lay - Produced by Nesbeth 
5. Even Though - Produced by Merrick Shaw
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Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2014 Makes History


The First Annual Sold-Out Voyage Breaks New Ground for Genre The first annual Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise broke new ground by captivating nearly 2400 passengers with an entire week of authentic reggae experiences aboard the Norwegian Pearl ship.

WATCH: Video recap of what transpired on the 5-day voyage.

The cruise, which set sail from Miami on October 20 with stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its October 25 return, sold out within one month after it was announced. People came from all over the world. Even though the ship embarked from the United States, 44% of the passengers were international representing almost 50 different countries.  

"There was such a unique blend of people. It meant a lot to see the music bring unity between such a diverse group of people," observed Damian Marley. Filled with jaw-dropping performances from reggae's top artists to legendary jam sessions from world-renowned DJs and sound systems, Jamaican music was celebrated on every spectrum. From themed movie theater selections (Dancehall Queen, The Harder They Come and Third World Cop), to pick-up soccer (football) games, to poolside jerk chicken, the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise also made sure to give passengers a slice of the island's culture every day. 

"Nothing like this has ever been done on this scale in the reggae genre. Never before, have you been able to see legends of this level touch the stage for five straight days in such a contained intimate setting. One minute you are eating breakfast next to Sean Paul, then watching a soccer game with Christopher Ellis and Wayne Marshall. Later in the night, you are witnessing a 2-hour set from Bounty Killer, then an historical session with King Jammy's, Shinehead and Damian Marley at 4 am. This is the only place to create these type of vibes, period," states cruiser Maya Mitte. 

On the main stage, Damian, Julian and Stephen represented the Marley family, as well as their label Ghetto Youths International, with solo performances from the entire crew including Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis and Black-Am-I. There were more live sets from legendary bands like the Wailing Souls and Morgan Heritage, multi-platinum pop stars like Shaggy and Sean Paul, roots reggae singers like Etana, Jah Cure and Tarrus Riley and dancehall's biggest names like Busy Signal, Bounty Killer and Cham. On the last night, not even the rain could stop the vibes. 

Stephen "Ragga" Marley continued his set inside the Atrium and brought out all the artists still on the ship for a 3-hour freestyle session, arguably one of the most epic performances in the history of reggae. Whether patrons wanted to hear dub, '90s dancehall, roots or today's hits, there was something for everyone from sunrise to sunset at the various clubs and stages on board and even on-land in Jamaica. 

Hailing from across the globe: London's David Rodigan, Japan's Mighty Crown, Los Angeles' Dub Club, and Jamaica's own Stone Love, Renaissance and King Jammy's were some of the renowned sound systems and DJs that took over the decks throughout the night. Those who stayed up after midnight witnessed rare jam sessions with surprise performances from some of the artists on deck.
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Kabaka Pyramid (@Kabakapyramid) Covers (@JusJahMagazine) Magazine

To many, Kabaka Pyramid has emerged overnight. Known for his spit fiery lyrical ability and message with a cause, Kabaka Pyramid continues to captivate the masses on a global level. Most recently Kabaka Pyramid was selected to appear on the cover of Autumn issue of Jus Jah Magazine.

Jus Jah Magazine is the UK's first lifestyle magazine that is dedicated to Rastafarian livity, reggae music and the African/Caribbean communities.

The magazine aims to provide a complete insight into Rasta culture by covering articles and features on areas including history, reggae music, ital/vegan cooking, Rasta inspired fashion and much more.

 "Kabaka Pyramid was chosen to appear on our autumn cover because of his immense talent. He is an artist that can do it all, write, sing, deejay but also he is an incredibly talented music producer and engineer. Multi-talented artists like Kabaka Pyramid are usually pigeon holed and labelled as just a singer and we wanted to remind people of the number of 'unseen' talents and expertise he has. 

Artists like Kabaka Pyramid do not come around every-day, he definitely has a very bright future in this music business and it was an honour to have him on our cover." said Akousa Dixon of Jus Jah Magazine. For Kabaka Pyramid, it is definitely an honor to be selected for the cover of Jus Jah Magazine and he give thanks for the opportunity to share a part of his journey through this medium. 

"Rastafari is the inspiration for I & I in this time, any opportunity to spread the message and teachings of Haile Selassie is cherished. Much Thanks to the Jus Jah magazine family for carrying on the mission and its a joy to be on the cover of the latest issue. Jus Jah magazine keeping it Accurate!" says Kabaka Pyramid.
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Darshan Recordz (@WILD_LYPH) Raises The Room's Temperature With New Riddim

Darshan Recordz is ready to turn up heat with their recent juggling compilation project “Room Temperature”.

Based out of Atlanta, Georgia the budding label is surrounded with opportunities and contributes to the growth of the Dancehall market within North America.

“Room Temperature” riddim has a harder beat than most singles that have been trending this year, bringing forth a strong militant sound and heavy bass. Munga, Navino and Kdon went in similar directions choosing to voice “war chunes”.  

Artists Laden, Deva Bratt, Kenny Bling and Don Pree/Castro chose to focus on the ladies, voicing “gyal chunes” and party hits. Canada’s own Pop-Dancehall Diva, Tiffie, brings forward an Independent Ladies Anthem with her song off the riddim titled “Miss Independent”. 

The Atlanta based label teamed up with Zojak Worldwide for distribution as well as Reeva Ann Proctor of Empowerment Media Group who will be taking care of the compilations publicity campaign. Currently Darshan Recordz is working on other projects. He has a few compilations in the works featuring, again, artists as heard on Room Temperature as well as singles with Mavado including one featuring Chronixx.
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