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Buju Brings the ‘Summer Bubbler’. Entertains Fans Online. VIDEO INSIDE.

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New music now making the rounds, reggae and dancehall heavyweight, Buju Banton stays focused and happy at home in Jamaica, delivering to fans worldwide, pieces of himself via online platforms like Instagram. On Wednesday, on the heels of news that he’d unleashed a brand new summer bubbler with the ladies in mind, Gargamel solidified the promotion of the track with a mini concert that engaged fans from as far as Ghana.

It’s been almost two years since Buju’s career, like that of many other Caribbean artistes, has been halted- with no major concert events being planned. He appeared alongside Beres Hammond on a virtual stage in February this year, but of course, that was nothing like a live show would be. Still, Buju’s creativity remains powerful and present.

The latest single, “Summer Body”, is aimed at offering fans a little fun and enjoyment, according to the artist. In a statement, the song is described as one that borrows signature sounds from the 90s reggae/dancehall era and features Buju’s quintessential deejay style over a hardcore Dancehall riddim. The song was produced by Buju himself, alongside dancehall staple Jon Jon. According to Buju’s team, the new release encourages fans to celebrate life, remove doubt and any sense of restriction from their minds.

On Wednesday, as he engaged fans on his Instagram live, Buju smiled happily, singing his new release and even belting out familiar tunes from the past. Take a look at how that went down…

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Shenseea’s New Video “Run, Run” Bashed As “Demonic.” Rvssian Retorts.

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In just five days, Shenseea’s latest music video, “Run Run” has been streamed over 2.4 million times on YouTube. Whether that’s fueled by criticism over the “demonic” imagery of the video, as some call it, or just plain curiosity and fan loyalty, we’re uncertain, but 2.4 million streams in a week, is big news.

Costuming from the new video for “Run run

Earlier this month, Shenseea announced her new management alignment with Canadian, music exec, Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby. In an Instagram post, the Jamaican artist who had previously been managed by Romeich Major, said she was happy to now have a manager with “such dynamic character on my team.” Shen alluded to big moves ahead, saying, “we’re about to unfold a new chapter.”

Just a few days later, a promotional video was posted to her IG, showing what was on the way. The video for “Run Run” portrayed visuals that leaned more toward the international trends seen in videos like Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s “WAP” and Lil Nas X’s “Montero” music videos. Some fans dug in after the video’s release on Friday. “Omg, I’m so sorry for Shenseea… she don’t know what she’s getting into,” one person wrote on YouTube. Another said, “We need more music videos with artists ascending into Heaven, normalize ascending instead of descending into hell.” Some even posted prayers for their Jamaican dancehall sweetheart.

The new single is the first track off of Shen’s debut album. On the weekend, Shenseea posted a scene that showed her being lowered into what one can only assume is “hell.” She wore bull horns in the excerpt. She told fans this was her favorite scene.

In response to comments against the visual creativity, producer Rvssian took to Twitter. “They say people sell them soul. But how much do these type of things go for? 😂 and is a store or what? Mi confuse😂😂” he retorted. He continued by saying that he praises God and has given all his success and credit to Him, lashing out at critics with biblical reference, saying, “The Bible say Matthew 7 – do not judge…do you know the rest? But you guys are more holy than we are- look into ya self.”

His response was quite similar to one given by incarcerated dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel who was asked about allegations that he had sold his soul for fame, by On Stage host, Winford Williams, prior to his incarceration.


HERE’S SHENSEEA’S “RUN RUN” VIDEO

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Best of the Best Returns with Big Dancehall, Reggae and Soca Acts Taking the Main Stage on Columbus Weekend.

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The Best of the Best Music Festival has announced its full confirmed line up for the 15th annual staging of what’s been dubbed, the largest Caribbean Concert in North America. The event returns to Bay Front Park, Miami Florida on Columbus weekend, Sunday October 10th, 2021.


The holiday weekend will kick off on Friday October 8th with a Best of the Best pre-party, followed by the official Best of the Best pool party on Saturday, October 9th , with the Best of the Best Music Fest – Jabba’s annual ‘Jabba Strike Back – All Black Edition, immediately thereafter. “Taking into consideration the safety of our patrons, the uncertainty of the workforce and the climate of the travel industry, we decided to push Best of the Best to October for this one time only. This will allow persons to plan travel, book hotel and feel more comfortable as the CDC guidelines are more conducive for our style of concert,” said an event spokesperson.

Dancehall phenom, Spice sits heavy on the cast for this year’s Best of the Best main event on Sunday, October 10th, and she’ll be joined by Grammy Award winning reggae sensation Koffee, known for major chart topping singles like, ‘Toast,’ ‘Raggamuffin,’ ‘Rapture,’ and ‘Lock Down’. Additionally, the legendary Tanya Stephens has been added to the lineup, along with trailblazer, Lady G with her singles, ‘Breeze Off,’ and ‘Nuff Respect’.

Soca music will be on full show at Best of the Best 2021. Among the soca artistes billed to perform this year are, Alison Hinds, Bunji Garlin, reigning Road March champ of T&T, Farmer Nappy , Skinny Fabulous, Lyrikal, Patrice Roberts and Problem Child. Other top tiered Caribbean artistes also forming part of the major Columbus weekend event are, Tarrus Riley, Teejay, Jo Mersa Marley and Abby Dallas.

Retha Boone-Fye, program officer and director of Miami’s Black Affairs Advisory Board, in a statement said, “It is a celebration of Caribbean heritage. It has been kind of downplayed because it has been doing well for so long. Best of the Best has earned its reputation based on the fact that it is in its 13th year; This particular festival also hasn’t had any negative incidents and we are very proud of that.” The event has, over the years, welcomed a diverse community of record-breaking crowds from around the world. Ultimately, it has become the perfect getaway for music aficionados who prefer to “experience” live Caribbean music.

Tickets purchased for BOTB 2020 edition of the festival are still valid and can be used for access to this years’ Best of the Best Music Fest. BOTB will be postponed until Sunday, October 10th, 2021.

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