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Konshens Delivers New Single Under Oakland Music Label; Admits to Overuse of Alcohol.

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Jamaican dancehall star Konshens last week announced his upcoming album project, Red Reign, with the release of the revealing and introspective lead single, “Can’t Stay Sober.”

The track, which premiered via The FADER, marks Konshens’ first release through Ineffable Records, label arm of the multi-faceted Oakland-based music company Ineffable Music Group, which will release Red Reign later this year. 

A moody and provocative meditation on the pros and cons of self-medication produced by Jamaica’s Good Good Productions, “Can’t Stay Sober” neither advocates for, or condemns, drinking and drug use.

Konshens

The artist who is best known for bashment essentials like “Bruk Off Yuh Back,” “Gal a Bubble” and “Do Sumn,” this time uses the track to comment on the toll that the pandemic and recent societal upheaval have taken on the collective consciousness of people around the world, and the steps he and others are taking to cope.

“The current climate of the world is forcing you into a state where it’s almost like you can’t stay sober,” Konshens says. “I’m not encouraging it, I’m acknowledging the reality. This is a stressful time, and people are searching for an escape,” he said.

Konshens was driven to write “Can’t Stay Sober” after taking stock of his own drinking, and admitting to himself he might have a problem. “Right now, I drink way too much and this song helped me to realize that, and now I’m taking steps to kick it.”  A video for “Can’t Stay Sober,” co-directed by Konshens and Kenny Gray, will follow on March 24th. 

Ineffable Music Group, which owns and operates venues and festivals and manages and releases music from artists like Stick Figure and Collie Buddz, launched Ineffable Records in 2019. It has quickly ascended to the top of the Billboard reggae labels chart, placing second only to Universal Music Group in terms of total album sales in 2020. 

Anticipated for release in Q3 2021, Red Reign will feature collaborations with reigning dancehall queen Spice, among other guests, and production from Rvssian, Track Starr, Silent Addy and Jonny Blaze

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Jamaica’s Lila Ike Calls for More Caribbean Unity.

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Grenadian artiste, Jeverson.

Caribbean artistes, Sabrina Francis, Lila Iké, Patrice Roberts and Mr. Killa recently performed at the Grenada Caribbean Music Festival. The event was hosted at Port Louis Lawn, St. George’s on June 22nd. Grenadian artiste, Jeverson, was also a part of the experience. He said, “Our festival has thrived thanks to the incredible support from our community. It was key to spotlight Grenada – ensuring that the Vibes Stage entertainment exclusively featured Grenadian acts.”

Jeverson – a singer, songwriter and businessman, was the first as the first Grenadian to make an appearance on the popular television series ‘American Idol.’ “We’re really proud that our event started on-time – our production team did an amazing job ensuring that everything ran smoothly for our patrons to deliver world-class entertainment,” he said of the event’s production.

Afro Caribbean Pop, Reggae and Soca Hit Grenada

Sabrina Francis

On Saturday, Grenadian songbird, Sabrina Francis set the tone for the evening’s festivities. Her signature blend of Afro Caribbean Pop and RnB, was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Together with The Treehouse Band, she delivered songs like, “Cocoa Tea” and “Mama Say,’ among others. Jamaican reggae artiste, Lila Ike, who is herself, fast becoming an international sensation, also graced the event’s stage. She performed an hour- long set, which featured songs like “I Spy”, “Where I’m Coming From” and her latest, “He Loves Us Both” – a track done collaboratively with, H.E.R. Ike called for more unity among Caribbean people during her performance. She praised her Grenadian counterparts for welcoming her with open arms to their island.

The event would later be energized with Soca artistes, Patrice Roberts and Mr. Killa, delivering their high impact performances. Backed by the A-Team Band, Roberts gave those present her all, singing, ‘Anxiety,’ Old and Grey,’ and ‘ Mind My Business,’ among her countless other hits. Son of the soil, Mr. Killa, known for his memorable stage shows, did not fail to bring further excitement to the show, in the end closing the festival with just a sample of what’s to come for Spicemas 2024.

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Soca & Dancehall Week Wrapped. Hoppy – “It Was The Right Time to Pay Tribute.”

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Trinidad and Tobago has experienced the effects of Scorch Radio’s concept of a Soca and Dancehall week and by the looks of it, it may be the start of an annual staging. The series of events, which included several panel discussions, ended with a massive concert at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Saturday night.

Shenseea, Popcaan and several local entertainers, including Isasha and Sackie, thrilled the crowd of young partygoers on the final night, but even before that, the energy of the concept had been felt across the island. In the lead up to the weekend, Caribbean Musicon was held and focused on sharing ideas and discussing areas of concern in the promotion of Caribbean music, to global audiences. Free to enter and experience, the four day symposium featured several panel discussions and even offered students an opportunity to learn some of the career paths that are available to them in the business of entertainment.

Among those who spoke at the live panel discussions throughout the series, were globally known songwriter and singer, Angela Hunte, Soca artiste, Farmer Nappy, event promoter, Jules Sobion, National Carnival Commission CEO, Keiba Jacob Motley, cultural entrepreneur and producer, Lorraine O’Connor, UberSocaCruise publicist Jodi Covington, music producer Kasey Phillips and former Major Lazer member, DJ and Producer Jillionaire. Several members of the TriniBad genre’s advocates, inclusive of artistes and producers, along with Dime Media’s, Delicia Patterson, were also included in the mix.

Singer, Songwriter Angela Hunte

Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and the Arts as well as the Ministry of Sport and youth Development of Trinidad and Tobago, the cumulative event was deemed necessary by Scorch Radio boss, Kwesi Hopkinson. “We felt it was the right time to not only pay tribute to these artforms, which have shaped and colored our lives, but to also have those essential discussions about the industry and the way forward, and our respective roles and responsibilities in advancing and evolving our industry toward achieving more and more success,” he said.

On June 19th, Stink and Dutty was held at the Savannah, in the lead up to Stage Show on Saturday night. The well known event, which is a carnival staple, saw fete lovers emerge in all their glory. “This is the greatest party in the world,” said Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis, at the event last Wednesday. “I doh care what nobody say, this should be a staple for tourists when they visit the island. They should get a Bake and Shark, doubles, or whichever Trini food they prefer. They should visit Maracas Beach, Caroni Bird Sanctuary, but after all that… and before they leave… all fun-loving tourists should definitely attend Stink N Dutty,” he said. The Stink N Dutty event featured artistes like Angela Hunte, Mical Teja, Voice, Skinny Fabulous, Jamaica’s Jada Kingdom and Rajah Wild and T&T’s Yung Bredda Entertainment.

On Saturday night, even amid a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that shook the ground, patrons at the Stage Show took in the stageside excitement of Shenseea. She preceded Popcaan who generated tremendous fan love. The enthusiasm for dancehall music, as a Caribbean genre, was evident, particularly among the youth. On stage, Popcaan revealed that he is presently working on a new album and would be recording while in T&T.

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