An 11 track album dedicated to the world by Jamaica’s internationally adored reggae hit maker, Tarrus Riley, is about to be unleashed on August 28th. “Healing” is the the first Jamaican reggae album written and recorded entirely during COVID-19.
In true Tarrus fashion, the entertainer hosted a Zoom session on Thursday night, sharing with media from around the world, a few of the singles that make up “Healing.” Down to earth and cool as could be, he smiled and resonated the irie Jamaican vibe throughout the hour long listening party. He even took a few questions, telling of his personal handling of the global lockdown experience and expressing optimism for live shows in the not so distant future. “Music has kept me sane during this time,” said the ‘She’s Royal’ singer. He said he’s not one to want for much else and indicated that he’s been hard at work, spending quite a lot of time over the lockdown period, in studio. The 11 track deliverable attests to Riley’s admission.
The album features a collaboration that Riley is particularly excited about. Expressing brotherly love for Jamaican dancehall beauty, Shenseea, the artist introduced a single, which features the dancehall artist. Smiling and excitedly hyping the track, Tarrus gave his audience a sneak peak into the single, which hears Shenseea lifting her vocals like never before heard. “You ah go hear the rest of it when the album release on August 28th,”’ he said gleefully. The track is undoubtedly one of the heavy hitters on the album.
Among the medicinal melodies being offered by the reggae singer are tracks like “Remember Me,” “T.I.M.E” “Babylon Warfare,” “My Fire,” with Dexta Daps and “Blessings.” In a pre release note on the album, the releases are described as highly topical yet spiritual. Tarrus notes that this album, ‘Healing’ is given to the world at a time of unprecedented uncertainty ; a time when one must imagine a future where mankind must move forward without the comforts of the past.
St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous Says, “We Will Get Through This,” as La Soufrière Volcano Threatens Disaster.
The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been placed on disaster alert by the island’s Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves as the La Soufrière volcano exhibited a change in eruptive activity. The island is now on red alert which means an eruption is imminent, according to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization.
Soca artist and song writer, Skinny Fabulous, in a social media post on Thursday night said, “Prayers be with us. Our volcano has gone into an elevated state of activities that suggest that an explosive eruption is imminent or at least highly probable. I trust that persons while being urgent, wont panic. Easier said than done I know but let’s all act in accordance with all the guidelines and protocols and do so safely. We have been planning for this for weeks. We will get through this.” Beneath his sentiments on Instagram, fellow Caribbean entertainers posted emotional expressions of hope for safety.
Evacuation orders are in place in about a dozen districts of St. Vincent, affecting roughly 6,000 to 7,000 people, a spokesperson for the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, or UWI-SRC, told CNN.
The volcano has had five explosive eruptions — in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979 — according to the seismic research center.
Help on the way.
On Twitter, NEMO officials said cruise ships were heading to the islands to assist with evacuations. CNN reported that Carnival Cruise Lines is sending two ships — the Carnival Paradise and the Carnival Legend — to evacuate residents. The report stated that each ship will accommodate up to 1,500 residents who will be transported to neighboring islands, which have agreed to offer refuge out of harm’s way.
Koffee Wins NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International Song.
After making history in 2020, securing a Grammy win as the first woman and youngest artiste to win the Best Reggae Album award with her 2019 EP, Rapture, Jamaica’s Koffee is making headlines again. On Thursday, the ‘Toast’ singer won an NAACP Image award.
Her hit single, ‘Lockdown’ was nominated along with Blessed by Buju Banton, Pressure (Remix) by Koffee feat. Buju Banton, Tanana by Davido feat. Tiwa Savage, and Temptation by Tiwa Savage. The Dane Ray produced single was nominated in the category of Outstanding International Song. ‘Lockdown’ was released in July 2020. The song’s video has amassed over 46 million views on YouTube since being uploaded in 2020.
The NAACP Image awards will be televised on BET and on CBS on Saturday, March 27th.
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