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Capleton, Isasha, Turbulence and More Bring Goodness Back, with New NYC Production .

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The timing couldn’t be more appropriate. The action, perfectly synced. It’s almost as though the Universe called on Caribbean singers like Isasha, Turbulence, Capleton and others of the reggae music movement, to speak up. 

Messengers often abound from the least likely places, they say. Over the years reggae music has told of a need to unite, positively impact others and steer clear of evil. New York City’s Synthdicate Music label is now the channel by which this vibration is suddenly being re-awakened. New reggae music with real power is about to penetrate, and for the team at Synthdicate Music, known for Soca riddms like the Ghostbusters riddim and the Bash Gyal riddim, this, their second reggae riddim, presents an opportunity to give what’s needed amid global unease. “Isasha was the first artist to lay vocals on this riddim,” explained Victor Wells, best known as DJ Future. He heads the team at Synthdicate Music and explained that a casual meeting with Isasha in New York a few months ago, led to a commitment by them both, to work on an EP for the artist. “His single, ‘Cyah Draw Mi Out,’ laid the foundation for what is now the Rankin Skankin riddim,” explained Wells. Eleven artistes – each of them humbly rooted in the Rastafarian faith bring positive energy to a world that is reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are so humbled by the outcome of this project. Jamaican reggae artist, Capleton starts off the riddim with ‘Rastafari Guide’- talking about unity and the importance of positive thought,” said Wells. He acknowledged the impact that music’s lyrics have on those who listen. “The current energy around the world right now was ammunition enough for us to ensure that this riddim was purposeful,” he said. 

Trinidad and Tobago reggae artist, Isasha was the first person to record on the Rankin Skankin riddim.

The riddim goes retro with a one drop bounce that’s amped up by the vocals executed by the cast of artistes, which includes Fantan Mojah, Jah Thunder, Lutan Fyah, Nello Player, Mobyle Malachi, Qshan Deya and Dejazmatch Kwasi among others. “This goes against the typical grain. We’ve included a number of less commercially known artistes but they’re all deserving of the acknowledgement because the work speaks volumes” said Wells. Highlighting the excitement among members of the camp, for the release of the new riddim, the Syndthicate team affirmed that Capleton is in very high spirits about this one. “He’s very happy with what this has turned out to be. He’s really excited,” said another member of the team. 

Synthdicate Music – a label with a team of music visionaries that collectively boast over 40 years of music experience, is eager to give people around the world, music they can hold firm to, strengthen their souls with and sing along to, in these uncertain times. “We’re just doing our part to show love to everyone and encourage peace and unity at a time when the world needs it most.”

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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Skip Marley, Cedella, The Wailers, Shaggy Team Up with Emilio Estefan for New Single.

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The Marley name continues to be synonymous with positive moves. In the most recent news, Bob Marley’s daughter and grandson have collaborated with the Wailers- the legendary band that toured with the late Marley, between 1972 and 1981.

Cedella Marley, now 52 years old, along with Bob’s grandson, Skip Marley are featured on the new single, ‘One World, One Prayer.’ Jamaican reggae sensation, Shaggy also sings on the track which is described as “a powerful song focused on unity, love and inclusion beyond cultural differences.”

Reggae icon, Shaggy.

With a latin fusion, the reggae artistes collaborate with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Farruko ; and ironically, the song was produced by the husband of singer, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, who is a 10 time Grammy award winner. “When I wrote the song about two years ago, I wrote it thinking about how we, as human beings, have to love each other more, be kinder to each other and to nature,” said Estefan. “Who would have thought that we would be living this current situation, and that the message of ‘One World, One Prayer’ would resonate so strongly?” he said.

Cedella Marley- the daughter of the late, Bob Marley is on the new single.

Noting that the simple things in life must be appreciated, Estefan added, “especially the love that begins with our families and extends to our community and beyond, because in the end, we are all ‘One World, One Heart’.”

The Wailers are due to release a new album later this year.

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