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Poppy Can Play. Who Would’ve Guessed?

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The entertainment arena’s full of surprises, isn’t it? The internet’s the perfect place to reveal it all it seems, even when it means telling the world that as gangster as your appearance may be, you’ve got a little Beethoven in you. Such is the case with Jamaican dancehall artist, Popcaan.

The dancehall hit maker grew up with his grandparents and admits that his grandmother does not listen to some of his songs.

On the weekend, the “Happy Now” singer gave a bit of a brief performance on the piano, posting it to Instagram and showing fans that there’s a lot more to him, than many realize. In 2017, the artist told redbullmusicacademy.com that music feeds him life. “Music feeds me happiness and it help me express myself sometimes where me don’t want to say to somebody. Me just say it in a different language, where I sing it off. Music is the best thing. It feeds me everything. It feeds me life,” he had said.

Popcaan grew up with his grandparents in St. Thomas, Jamaica. His grandmother, a pastor, would ensure that he went to church, he explained in the article. He also revealed that as a youth he would listen to the music of Kirk Franklin- a gospel singer. Popcaan, a young, globally recognized name on the dancehall circuit, with songs like “Unviolable”, “Lef My Gun” and “Gangster City” says, Kirk Franklin’s “Gonna Be A Lovely Day” was a song that gave him light amid the darkness that he faced.

He’d say, “It’s gonna be a lovely day, lovely day, lovely day.” Me likes the happiness. My life was rough growing up too, so that song always give me something to hold on to, that it’s going to be a lovely day then, a lovely day still, even though it was rough at that time. It really turned out to be a lovely day after all.

 

In the Caribbean, governments are battling with gun violence and the proliferation of negative images. The question still remains- do artistes, entertainers, movie creators, radio personalities and even the actions of politicians, feed the negative energy, more than inspire change? Share your comments with us below.

Now, take a look at Popcaan’s piano playing skills. He’s not bad!

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Tarrus Riley Gets Personal with NYC on October 1st.

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On October 1st, fans of reggae in New York City will be treated to a one of a kind event, when reggae sensation, Tarrus Riley graces the stage of the world renowned SOBs music venue where he’ll present music off his ‘Blending Life’s Experiences Musically’ EP.

Although listening sessions are a common occurrence in the music realm, Riley who recently delivered to rave reviews from both fans and music industry insiders, an unforgettable musical experience in his homeland of Jamaica, will replicate the latter in New York, according to his team at Destine Media. Simply and expertly, Tarrus replaced the typical album listening affair with a live band experience. “People can expect to have an up close and personal BLEM experience with Tarrus, who will be performing in the famous SOBs for the first time. This event with limited capacity will be a special event for NY,” said his publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson.

In an added bonus and to keep the night’s memories alive, the ticketed admission will include a copy of the coveted EP. Produced by Izy Beats, B.L.E.M (Blending Life’s Experiences Musically) offers a diverse offering of six songs inspired by the crooner’s personal situations.

“I’ve been in one of these songs at some point in my life,” Tarrus recently said.

Doors Open at 7pm.

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Grammy Collectors, Third World Stays Atop the Charts With New ‘Jr. Gong’ Produced Album.

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Undeniably one of the hardest working bands on the scene, ten-times Grammy nominated, Third World this summer celebrated the release of their 22nd studio album, More Work To Be Done , produced by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley.

The Reggae unit recently completed a very successful tour around the world – conquering four continents and 10 countries including USA, Canada, France, Spain, Tunisia, Ghana, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Curacao. The band describes their experience as powerful, refreshing and encouraging.”Touring is everything. We take you on a 45 year symphonious journey.  It’s our way of sharing our passion with the world and thank everyone in person. Third World show is always a little different, there is something there for everyone.” explained a band insider.

The band’s 22nd album has been produced by Damian Marley.

From their modest 1975 beginnings as an opening act for Bob Marley & the Wailers’ World Tour, to present times, Third World has stood the test of time delivering a lasting memory through their showmanship. Shortly after concluding their 2019 winter touring season, and in keeping with the ‘More Work To Be Done’ sentiment, the globetrotting band launched their intercontinental journey at the Issa Foundation Fundraiser at Couples Resorts in Ocho Rios alongside Grammy Award-winning Australian group Air Supply and rising star Koffee.  

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