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August 7, 2019 0 Comments Editorial

Noise Cans – Man, Mask, Music, Mission

Editorial by Angel Love


Brooklyn Celebrates Bermuda’s Gombey Tradition in A Masquerave  at Brooklyn Museum

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, the Biergarten, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden at the Brooklyn Museum, illuminated with a colorful array of masks, flags, costumes and neon, in a celebration of Bermuda’s Gombey Masquerade traditions, with Noise Cans. The museum was packed with people dancing and celebrating Carnival from the center of the Garden to the circumference of the parking lot. The massive came out and received a highly energetic and stellar show from Noise Cans, complete with music, choreography, neon lights, masks, Stilt Men, flags waving and flying flamingos. We caught up with Noise Cans to discuss his highly successful Masquerave at the Brooklyn Museum and his artistic vision for the future.

Interview

Angel: How did this musical journey begin for you?

Noise Cans: I began mixing Carribbean elements with electronic sounds. I wanted to be more than a deejay and incorporate Carnival aspects true to my culture. I wanted to produce and perform to create an exhilarating experience for audiences, like you would get at a “Cirque du Soleil” or at an actual Caribbean Carnival. I’m from Bermuda and we have Gombey, with masks, drums and costumes. Traditionally, when they walk out and lead, 1-2 participants follow the unique sounds they create and then by the end of the night, it’s an entire troop of people following the rave. I wanted to highlight my individual culture in my art form and form my own troop. I’m not a Gombey, per se, however I pull inspiration from that, with my own interpretation. Art imitates Art. My Art connects with me personally and I in turn hope it would lead to linear connections with others. Then they can really feel and relate to the whole musical and cultural  experience.

The Origins of Gombey, date back to slavery and slaves were allowed to perform with the Master’s permission at selected time. The masks were worn as source of protection to hide their identity, so they would not face repercussions at a later time for celebrating.

Now masks are worn in many places to celebrate culture. The Gombey traditionally wear hats and entire costumes, however I wear just the mask, and I don’t wear the hats and full costume, because of the performance aspect. But to this day the Gombey are always mysterious, no one knows who actually plays the Gombey.

Angel: In a way the annimity adds a sense of freedom as you create who you want to be in a given moment.

Noise Cans: Exactly, it’s about freedom of expression.

Angel: I appreciated how the Brooklyn Museum event had an earlier Mask making component for children and their families. That was so educational from an artistic, cultural and historical point of view.

Noise Cans: I actually suggested this during the event planning and coordination. I usually prepare two masks prior to every show and it’s a very meditative experience for me. When I plan a show I want to make sure people feel like part of the show, thus the dancers, flying objects, Stilt Walkers, and I incorporate the two masks into my performance by giving it as a cultural souvenir to two participants who win the dance-off competition. Each mask is sign and dated, adding a personal memory to the individual’s curation of experiences.

Angel: Do you design your own masks?

Noise Cans: No I have with a designer I work with, but I’m heavily involved in the artistic direction and process. I have two masks that I currently use for performances and I am working on engineering a new mask that incorporates electricity into the art of mask making. Eventually, I want to do a future Art Exhibition, showcasing all the performance masks I have worn to various parts of the globe.

Angel: You performed three songs- “Alive” and “Know Bout” from your recent EP, “Dutty Mas” and then your latest Single, “Life.” Talk to us about these three songs in particular

Noise Cans: “Life” –I dedicated to Micro Don.  I mean, his passing, it was very shocking, considering I caught up with him the week before. Anytime your peer and someone close to you dies, it causes you to re-evaluate your life and where you are in life. This song was scheduled for release, the same week he passed. I didn’t even want to promote in a way, because now things suddenly changed. But thinking about it more, I felt like I still had to let fly. The older we get, the more we understand death. That’s why I say live life, you don’t know when we may go. This was a huge reminder to live and celebrate life, his life and our lives. He was our peer and brother. His vibe was so full of life, it just matched the song lyrics.

Angel: Thank you for this dedication and honoring Micro Don in this special way. The last time I saw Micro Don at one of his “It’s Just Dancing” events he was just ecstatic to see me and I remember feeling like wow Micro is so happy tonight. I think the song is so befitting because he taught me to live every day with a strong appreciation for yourself and others. I’m learning from him in life and death. I really love the song “Alive,” you shot the video at Trini Carnival?

Noise Cans: Yeah that video builds upon itself and it was like mixed emotions to me in Mask, cause every Caribbean island has unique ways of celebrating Carnival, but there are a lot of similar components between the islands ”some people look like who the f-ck is this ?” Others are wanting to pose for Selfies, kids think I’m a character and want to hug or embrace. At the end of the day, I love what I represent and at Carnival anything goes; you can see anything and that’s how we shot the video for “Alive.” “Know Bout” features Bunji Garlin and brings that real soca, carnival vibe too.

“Life” –I dedicated to Micro Don.  I mean, his passing, it was very shocking, considering I caught up with him the week before. Anytime your peer and someone close to you dies, it causes you to re- evaluate your life and where you are in life.

Angel: Tell us about the Performers you collaborated with on Saturday.

Noise Cans: Kim was the first person I collaborated with. I appreciated her authenticity and the way she danced. I kept telling her I was working on something and it finally came to fruition. I then invited Aja Carthon to dance with us. I needed a Hype Man because I don’t talk when I deejay or when I am in Mask. I get into full character, like when Super Man transforms, so then DJ Jam Central joined the Noise Cans.

I get into full character, like when Super Man transforms.


Angel: The massive turned out and turned up for your Masquerave. Why do you think this event was so successful?

Noise Cans: I was speaking to a friend about this after the show. New York has an All–or-None response. They will either love you or call you wack and talk about you when you leave the stage. I love the energy in New York and I am so glad we were so well received by the community here. I think there was the aspect like people did not know what to expect also. There is a lot of planning that goes into the Masquerave, what we end up creating is highly structured and organized noise.

Angel: How do you create music that is especially unique?

Noise Cans:My music is Caribbean at its core. The center of the music has its baseline music beds, and vocals fully fused into Caribbean sounds and then it’s mixed with electronic sounds.

There is a lot of planning that goes into the Masquerave, what we end up creating is highly structured and organized noise.

Angel: You released “Dutty Mas” in March 2019 and your latest single, “Life.” What’s next for Noise Cans?

Noise Cans:  “Life,” is Number 5 on Beatport up there with Skrillex and Dillon Francis, big producers so the video will come out soon. We went to Jamaica and shot some vibes at a market in Tivoli Gardens. There was a mixed response to me in Mask but then when people realized I’m true to the vibes, they jammed with us.  I want to release some more singles and I am currently working on a new project.

My music is a Carribean at its core. The center of the music has its baseline music beds, and vocals fully fused into Carribean sounds and then it’s mixed with electronic sounds.

Angel: Thank you for sharing with Power of Reggae and we look forward to more of your music and events.

Noise Cans: Thank you so much Angel, thank you for the feature, thank you to Brooklyn Museum and the entire Brooklyn Massive for embracing Noise Cans.

Noise Cans on Apple Music

Written by Angel Love

Photographs by Erick”Hercules”

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June 28, 2019 0 Comments Editorial, News

Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid and Max Glazer Headline A Socially Conscious Concert

Editorial by Angel Love

City Parks Summer Stage Brings A High Caliber of Live Performances to Von King Park

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, The New York City Massive gathered in Von King Park from the stage center to the circumference of park for a politically charged music concert of reggae, rap and hip-hop music, presented by City Parks Foundation and Capital One.

New York City Renowned Selector, Max Glazer of Federation Sound excited the crowd with dancehall and reggae tracks from the 90’s and beyond. Jesse Royal opened the musical stage with a militant stage presence and solidarity with the crowd, commencing his set with “Power to the People” chants. This was followed by a stirring performance of “400 years” from his album “Lily of Da Valley, “Easy Star Records. The lyrics of this song permeated the crowd with the past and current atrocities faced by people of color and immigrants in the United States. Four days earlier on, June 19, 2019, Senator Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell ignited political controversy at the first House of Representatives Hearing on Reparations in twelve years:

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea. We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, we ‘ve elected an African American President.  I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it,” he said. “First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. We’ve had waves of immigrants as well, who have come to the country and experienced dramatic discrimination of one kind or another.”-Mitch McConnell, Senator Majority Leader, Hearing on Reparations, June 19, 2019

The crowd listened to every lyric of “400 Years” with a remarkable silence, the words propagated throughout the summer air:

Huh
400 years and counting (counting) 
400 years and counting (counting) 
400 years and counting (counting) 
And it still don’t add up (it don’t add up)
Get up and do something
Don’t be counterproductive
All the people really want is peace and equality
Talking ‘bout reparation, for the Black Nation
Africa awaits and creates us
Black sweat and tears
For all these years 
ripening the fruits of evolutio
n oh

500 years and counting (counting) 
500 years and counting (counting) 
500 years and counting (counting) 
And it still don’t add up (it don’t add up)
Get up and do something
Don’t be counterproductive
All the people really want is hands and our hearts together

This gave way to Royal’s songs “Greedy Babylon,”  “Generation,” and fan favorite “Modern Day Judas.” He then delivered his inspirational song, “This Morning.” Jesse welcomed his first surprise guest to the stage, Alandon, who reminded the crowd to grow in love and prosperity with the lyrics of “Grow Money Grow.” Royal then welcomed a second surprised guest, Don Shepherd from The Nomaddz, who greeted the crowd with the lyrics of “Wha Dis” from the Walshy Fire produced, soon to be released album, “Heaven On Earth.” The crowd sang along in unison and Shepherd turned to Jesse and said, “What di blouse and skirt, like dem already know the lyrics.” Shepherd really brought down the house with an energetic performance and the crowd cheered with exhilaration.

Max Glazer returned to the stage for a second set, announcing the passing of New York City Prominent Selector, Micro Don (Rampage Global Sound, “Rice and Peas” and “It’s Just Dancing”):

“We were to come here together after his event earlier, Summer Bounce, but he never made it. I was not going to do this because we were so close, but I know that he would want me to continue on.”Max Glazer, said tearfully.

Max selected “Sorry” by Foxy Brown and the poignant lyrics rang loud for the loss of a New York City Cultural Icon.   People in the crowd embraced each other, some shedding tears, others discussing who he was and what he meant to them. Glazer followed up with more conscious tunes such as Dennis Emmanuel Brown, “Love and Hate” and New Reggae Sensation, Koffee’s hit, “Toast.”

Following this segment, Kabaka Pyramid ignited the crowd with songs like Ini Kamoze “Here comes the Hotstepper,”Chaka Demus and Pliers, “Murder She Wrote,” and Tenor Saw “Ring The Alarm.” Kabaka gave an extraordinary performance with his rap, hip-hop –fused reggae lyrics. He performed songs  from the Kontraband album “Kaught Up,” “My Time,” “Never Gonna Be A Slave,” on the “Cane” riddim, a DJ Frass production.  Kabaka delivered “No Capitalist” and “Herb Defender” from his 2013 album, “Lead the Way.” The lyrics from his new single  “Mr. Gunman,” were amplified by today’s unrelenting gun violence :

 “Please Mr. Gunman, tell me what you get out of killing, what you get out of blood spilling?

Pyramid delivered universal messages for social change and consideration throughout his performance.

Faces in the Crowd included Artists: Isasha, Khari Kill, Khalilah Rose and Ras Shiloh. Micheal Goldwasser, CEO of Easy Star Records and staff of Easy Star Records were present.  First Lady of Dancehall, Lady Ann, getting ready to embark on her 90’s Dancehall USA Tour in August 2019, spoke on her full support of the revolutionary artist line up:

“Mi haffi come out to support the youth.  These youths hold the order, and sing the right thing and deliver the right message. Love and Big Up to Jesse Royal and Kabaka Pyramid from The First Lady of Dancehall, Lady Ann.” –Lady Ann, Veteran Reggae Artist

The combination of a great DJ and line up of artists and stellar live performances makes this a New York City Concert to remember. 

Written by Angel Love

Photograph of Micro Don from his Instagram Page

Photographs of Concert Taken By Father German, CEO of Power of Reggae.Com

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June 26, 2019 0 Comments Editorial, News

Selah Marley’s “A Primordial Place” at City Point in New York City

Editorial by Angel Love

Selah Marley Transforms a New York Space Into A Natural Oasis

“It’s an indoor jungle! I called it “A Primordial Place” because for me it represents a world prior to human destruction, and at a time when nature and the Earth were allowed to blossom, and so it’s the beginning of time, and I just wanted to exemplify that in my work.Selah Marley, Curator of “A Primordial Place”

Selah Marley held her first sensory art exhibition in New York City, at BKLYN Studios, City Point, in New York City, on May 3 and May 4, 2019. The art installation entitled, “A Primordial Place,” represents a world untouched by man and industrial changes.

“A Primordial Place” consisted of a mystical, lush garden of flowers and ferns. The beauty of this botanical exhibition was in the details of flower-filled tunnels, grassy terrains, a majestic Tee Pee, and pendulous flowers, ferns and trees.

Marley curated the setting for the exhibition by varying the temperature (5 Climate Temperature settings were used) and lighting (bright lights, red lights, purple light, fluorescent and black light effects). Dancers arrayed in Zulu- inspired costumes, in all white to represent purity, performed with flowing choreography. Marley carefully added layers to the cultivation of this art experience, by handcrafting each costume and creating story telling choreography. The exhibit itself attracted lovers of nature, art, music, fashion and cosplay. One painter brought her own acrylic painting to show Selah Marley. Model Josephine Yvonne Ventress, dressed as a mermaid on the final day of the exhibit, after visiting a few days prior:

“I was like, do you want a Mermaid to be at your event? She was like “Yeah sure, are you the Mermaid?” I said “Yeah!” She sent me the link to RSVP, I came on Thursday, and my jaw literally dropped. It was mystical, beautiful, just magical and a completely different world. Therefore, I wanted to bring an experience as well because she was giving so much to people. I wanted to be a supporting factor for all of Selah Marley’s effort. “A Primordial Place” was a wonderland, a mysterious world that encouraged me to wear the mermaid costume I curated in 2016. In terms of the costume design, my mother hand stitched my tail for a custom fit. I put so much energy into making my mermaid expression. I always have to have a mystical kind of wig, I usually would wear contacts- but not this time. I used an actual fishing net and seashells for the bra. I used a special sheer looking fabric to hand-design the individual scales for a 3-dimensional effect or lifting of each individual scale. Additional accents included tons of glitter, extravagant and elongated, turquoise eyelashes and my bubbly and effervescent personality, to pull off this look.” – Model and Designer, Josephine Yvonne Ventress

On the final night of the exhibition, Selah Marley celebrated the success of “A Primordial Place” with her many fans, supporters, family and friends, with an after party. Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley and owner of House of Marley Brand, beamed proudly amongst the crowd with his sons, Joshua “YG” Marley and Nico Marley.

Selah’s mother, Lauryn Hill, Maternal Grandmother, Model Slick Woods, and Eden Marley, Founder of The Garden of Eden Foundation, were present at the exhibition’s opening. Selah Marley cultivated an extraordinary cultural experience in New York City, like no other.

Written by Angel Love

Culmination of Photographs taken by Angel Love and Najee Pack

June 9, 2019 0 Comments Editorial, News

Tarrus Riley B.L.E.M. EP Release Party

International recording artist Tarrus Riley has a new project on the way he is excited to share with his fans and music lovers worldwide. The project produced by Andron “IzyBeats” Cross, is titled B.L.E.M (Blending Life’s Experiences Musically).


In Jamaica we don’t say blend we say blem, and that stands for a mixture. The project is called B.L.E.M, and it’s an acronym for Blending Life’s Experiences Musically. Every song has a different feeling and a different mood, its mood music. Its a little touch of international, a little touch of afro beats a little touch of our Caribbean scotch bonnet pepper in the blem” says Tarrus Riley.


The five (5) track project produced by Andron “IzyBeats” Cross, highlights the multi talented Tarrus Riley showcasing his ability to create music in every style. “It was important for me to produce Tarrus Riley outside of what many are use to, didn’t want the ragamuffin voice Tarrus, I wanted to showcase the melodic, sweet voice and put a spin on it” says Andron “IzBeats” Cross.


Today Tarrus Riley release the cover of B.L.E.M, which was created by Joshua Brown, creative director at Creative Titans. The album cover signifies the explosive energy and vibe Tarrus and IzyBeats deliver on this five track project. With features from Ghanian artist Stonebwoy and new sensation ‘Reggae royalty’ Lila Ike, this project delivers a ‘fresh sound’, which many will hold near and remember as a the voice of T4000 aka Tarrus Riley.
TRACK LIST 

1. G.Y.A.L. featuring Stonebwoy
2. Kryptonite
3. Feel It
4. Trust Issues featuring Izy
5. Waters featuring Lila Ike
Blending Life’s Experiences Musically
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
Singy Singy EP Release Party inside Katra in NYC
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
T4000
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
The many phases… Great EP Singy Singy
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
Genie Sweetness and Singy Singy
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
Noah Powa Keeping the same Energy
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
Macka Diamond in D Building!
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
Producer @izyareyoukiddingme
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
Tarrus Riley & Andron “IzyBeats” Cross
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
DJ Paul Michael & Genie Sweetness
Photo Credit- Alisha Camille
March 29, 2019 0 Comments Editorial

North America largest Caribbean Concert best of the best pays homage to 90’s Dancehall Artist with headliners Shabba Ranks and Super Cat sharing the same stage for the first time in U.S.A

Miami, Florida  (March 27, 2019).  With much anticipation, Best of the Best Music Concert, (BOTB) has made their first announcement for their 13th annual staging. The premiere Caribbean summer concert returns to Bayfront Park, in Miami Florida. The promoters of Best of the Best Concert are pleased to announce a cast of some of reggae/dancehall and soca most electrifying artists for this year staging. Set to be held on Sunday May 26th, 2019 organizers have put together a historic line up paying tribute to 90s dancehall.

The long-running Memorial Day weekend – destination event, is brought to you by Rockers Island, XO Management, and co founder Steven ‘Jabba’ Beckford who are pleased to announce the release of their first announcement of artist on this years Best of the Best Music Fest. 
“Every year we look to celebrate Caribbean music and this year is no different. We decided to carve out an era, which so many of us love and reminisce on all the time. This era was ground breaking for dancehall and reggae music in many ways and that is the 90s era. We had some of our biggest artist in dancehall during the 90s era many of them still reign today. Therefore, we decided to pay homage to 90s dancehall, with some of the hit makers of them time. Not to mention for the first time in America The Emperor Shabba Ranks and Don DaDa Super Cat will be sharing the same stage in the United States” says Steven ‘Jabba’ Beckford.

As one of the premier concerts for dancehall and reggae music outside of Jamaica and celebrating their 13th anniversary, on Monday March 25th, Best of the Best Music Concert made their first artist line up announcement. The lineup reflects a 90s theme with some of the newest sensation in dancehall like Noah Powa who had a stellar 2018. Noah Powa, who for many is known as a selector has embarked on a musical career, which is garnering a new fanbase with his relatable hits like, ‘Keep the Same Energy’, ‘Feel it’ and his recent collaboration with Grammy Award winner Shaggy ‘Money Up’.  Performing on the Best of the Best stage as an artist for the first time Noah Powa is definitely pleased with his career and acknowledgement by the promoters and fans. 
“I have received a tremendous outpour of love and excitement from my fans since the announcement, and persons are messaging me letting me know they are looking forward to see my performance. It’s a great feeling to know the work is finally paying off and I will be one of the acts on this mega stage show”says Noah Powa.
Confirmed are Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Bushman, Frisco Kid, General Degree, General B and Round Head, all artist have mega hits and anthems from the 90s, which brings forth an enjoyable recollection of the past when their songs are played or performed. The rareness of having all these acts on one concert bill, is something many fans are excited about and looking forward to. 
“I recall living in Jamaica during the 90s and the stage show vibes were always so energetic and full of entertainment. An artist like Frisco Kid, who is still one of my favorite artist from that era, had so many hits from he enter the stage, I am looking forward to this show. Not to mention the Emperor and the Don DaDa Supercat on the same stage, history”says Alecia McKintosh of Tampa, Florida.  
“Also a remarkable year for Soca music we had to book one of the three (3) road march winners of this year’s Trinidad carnival, Skinny Fabulous out of St Vincent, with the big bad song Famalaay” says Steven ‘Jabba’ Beckford.

With another artist lineup slated for late April, Best of the Best promoters are pleased with the initial response to their announcement. 
“For the past few months the Best of the Best office has received numerous emails and messages from patrons, many of whom purchased their early bird tickets without even knowing the lineup. Upon the release of the lineup we have definitely seen and increase in ticket sales and social media buzz, surrounding this show” says publicist for Best of the Best Ronnie Tomlinson.

 

For over a decade, Best of the Best Music Concert has developed a destination getaway to Miami for people from around the globe to enjoy; great company, music and live performances from some of the top artists of the Caribbean. Fans of BOTB not only enjoy a mega music festival on Sunday May 26, 2019, but they get an entire weekend dedicated to producing the “best” events during Miami Memorial Day weekend.
  Tickets are currently on sale and flights are quite low right now to Miami right now, making this a good time to plan a getaway with your family and friends. For more information log onto www.bestofthebestconcert.com

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