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Beenie Man, Bounty Killa Rep For The Culture, In Epic VERZUZ Clash.

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Caribbean Culture, and more specifically Jamaican culture has made it onto the world stage amid a global outcry for normalcy, as the effects of COVID-19 remain in news headlines globally. Jamaican dancehall superheroes, Bounty Killa and Beenie Man held their own on Saturday night, giving fans of reggae and dancehall and further to that, Caribbean culture, the truest taste of the most authentic dub stand off, they’ve seen in years.

Clashes of the 90’s era came with much lyrical ammunition and while Saturday night’s setting was a far cry from what most of that era may have been used to, a peaceful, well executed dancehall clash unraveled just after 8pm on VERZUZtv’s Instagram Live platform. Over 400,000 people tuned in to see a couple of Jamaica’s finest going head to head in what has since been dubbed the most engaging virtual showdown.

Both Rihanna and Buju Banton were spotted in the LIVE viewing the epic clash.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa drew an audience of high caliber celebrities from the US, among them, P Diddy, Ashanti, Rihanna, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, actress Gabrielle Union, regionally acclaimed and internationally loved stars like Konshens, Spice, Popcaan and Buju Banton, among countless others. The platform, created by US producers, Timbaland and Swizz Beats offered fans and celebrities alike a show like no other and with over 1 million followers on the Verzuztv platform itself, the mileage post event will likely be invaluable.

Today, one media house reminded fans of the fact that both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa have been banned from the US, having been denied visas to enter the North American country. It was urged that dialogue on the issue should now be given precedence, something that would allow both artistes to push Jamaica’s dancehall culture to millions around the world. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was undeniably proud of his countrymen, the leader tweeting favourably about the icons.

 

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Shurwayne’s Teamed Up with The Best of the Best out of Jamaica. There’s No Stopping Him Now.

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From the likes of Beres Hammond, to Queen Ifrika, Buju Banton, Richie Spice, Capleton and countless others, a pioneer in reggae and lover’s rock engineering, has joined his versatility and unique flair with a sound out of Trinidad and Tobago. Together, and complimented by a youthful musical dynamic that’s been described as the next best thing out of Jamaica, a couple of powerful musical masters are set to unleash pure magic in music, later this month. 

“Making this connection has been a blessing. I have to especially thank Jamesy P out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for making the initial introductions,” said well-known Trinidad and Tobago artist, Shurwayne Winchester. Known for his major accomplishments in the Soca music industry over the years, Shurwayne’s now mixing things up a little, delving into Lover’s Rock and he’s definitely made the right link to make it happen. Rohan Dwyer is responsible for mixing “Memories” by John Legend and Buju Banton on Buju’s 2020 album, Upside Down 2020- an album that’s been absorbed and commended by Billboard and Rollingstone. “Just the opportunity to work with Rohan on this project, has opened my appetite for fresh sounds and styles. I’ve immersed myself in the music because I believe that’s the only way to truly replicate the sound perfectly, and so far, the pre-release reviews have been great,” said Shurwayne. 

The single, ‘True Love,’ which features support vocals by Jamaican boy band, 8, is melodic as it is lyrically pronounced. 

“We’re at a crossroads in time presently. For years many have sat back and questioned the direction that the music of today, had been heading. Now, in this present time with all that’s happening in the world, so many people dying of the Covid-19 virus, and of course, intense race relations in the US and other parts of the world, music must be the healing source. We have to use the music to deliver the right messages to the people,” said the former Road March, Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch champion of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Jamaican boy band- 8.

Shurwayne hailed the talent of the boy band, saying it’s been a true pleasure to work alongside the young musicians who make up 8. “These young musicians who also double up as vocalists, are really talented,” said Shurwayne. Adrian Bacchus, George Campbell Jhada Dwyer, Moses Estick, Matthew Gillespie, Jordon McLeary and Dimetri Wynter bring the Jamaican reggae melody that can’t be missed, to the new single that’s set for release on August 21st

“What we want people to do is fall in love with music again. My aim has always been to bring quality to my audience all over the world. We strive to bring music that has staying power, music that will stand the test of time. Rohan has been a producer for Beres Hammond as well as so many other artistes over the years and these artistes’ music has stayed with us,” said Shurwayne. The new single is now available for pre-order. Music lovers are encouraged to be first in line to receive the track by visiting, https://smarturl.it/ShurwayneTrueLove

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Rihanna’s Still Working on that 9th Album. Tells Fans It’ll Be Worth The Wait.

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Would you believe it’s been four years since Barbados born, international music sensation, Rihanna released her last album. That album was called Anti, if you remember and since that time, fans worldwide, have been clamouring for the release of a ninth album. The singer however says she’s not going to put out an album just because people are anticipating one. In fact she says she’s gonna make that album worth the wait.

Rihanna spoke candidly with ET’s Rachel Smith about R9 recently. She admitted that she understands that her fans are n desperate need of her new music, but she’s making it worth the wait.

“I am always working on music,” said the artist, however she explained, “when I am ready to put it out in the way that I feel fit, it’s gonna come out. And you’re not going to be disappointed when it happens. It’s going to be worth it.”

Fifteen years ago Rihanna released her debut album, “Pon de Replay.” “I’m 15 years older. I thought that was just a few years ago, now it’s like a decade plus,” she reminisced during the video chat. The 32-year-old said she is really grateful to still be here and able to expand on other ventures. ” It’s been fun and I can’t even complain,” she said.

The Fenty Beauty entrepreneur will launch her new skincare line, Fenty Skin tomorrow, exclusively via FentySkin.com. Rappers A$ap Rocky, Lil Nas X, and supermodel Paloma Elsesser all appear in the campaign.

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