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December 7, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

Buju Banton Completes His Long Walk To Freedom and Makes His Way Home

Buju Banton Completes His Long Walk To Freedom and Makes His Way Home

 

 
New York, New York (December 7, 2018).
My destination is homeward bound, though forces try hold I down. Breaking chains has become the norm. I know I must get through no matter what a gwan.” 
-Buju Banton “Destiny”

These poignant lines from Buju Banton’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Inna Heights’, have taken on added significance as the artist born Mark Myrie seeks to rule his own destiny. Today he took a giant step forward in that journey.

After serving seven years behind bars following a problematic trial and controversial conviction, the Jamaican-born artist has at last completed his Long Walk To Freedom. On Friday, December 7th Mark Myrie was released from prison-one day early-and accepted voluntarily deportation back to his island homeland of Jamaica. Currently enroute home, Buju Banton is filled with anticipation over the simple things so many of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives. When asked the first thing he was looking forward to when you return home, the artist’s response was: “A clean glass of water to flow through my system.”

This Walk to Freedom has been a long and traumatic one. Not only traumatizing for Buju himself, but also for his family as well who was stripped of a father, provider and friend. But with the love and support of family, friends, and fans, he pushed through day by day. He would rise at 7am and start his day with a prayer, followed by an apple, orange or ripe banana. During his incarceration, Myrie stripped himself of the moniker “Buju Banton” and immersed himself into the reality he was confronted with by living in the now and not looking back at the past. He also occupied himself with reading, meditation, and led study groups amongst his fellow inmates.

As he makes his way back home, the world awaits him and continues to celebrate his life and contribution to music. Dates for his Long Walk to Freedom Tour is still being finalized, with the first show taking place in Jamaica next Spring.

Buju’s absence from reggae’s creative community has been long and painful as well. “There is a big void without Buju Banton in the music,” veteran reggae singer Cocoa Tea told Billboard for a recent feature about the anticipation surrounding Buju’s return. “Buju Banton’s music makes bad people wanna do good,” said Beres Hammond, who has recorded numerous collaborations with the artist. “I really wish that he was out here. We’re missing one of our messengers, ya know? This is me speaking from the heart. We need people like him out here.”

“He was always touring, always working. He started that work as a teenager, and he worked until he was decades into his career,” said Pat McKay, director of programming for reggae at Sirius XM. “In that time he built a world community fanbase. They still miss him and they still want to hear from him. His work still has value, it’s still quotable and the aspirations of that work will always ring true.”

Although he has not release any new songs since ‘Before the Dawn,’ which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, Buju’s music remains popular. During the past year alone, he racked up over 22 million streams on Spotify alone.

He returns to a genre that’s recently been honored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Just last week, UNSECO added “the reggae music of Jamaica ” to its esteemed list of humanity’s cultural treasures considered worthy of recognition and preservation. “Originating within the cultural space of marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae Music of Jamaica… functions as a vehicle of social commentary, as a cathartic experience, and means of praising God.” There could be no better description of Banton at his best.

For over 20 years Banton devoted his career to singing about injustice, resistance, love and humanity. A voice for the voiceless, Buju has used his platform to spread hope, peace and love. Today he returns to society as millions of fans await his return to the studio and the stage. But first he will take some time to just relax and enjoy the comfort of his family.

As the artist’s management team prepare and make the necessary steps to help him acclimate, Buju sent this message to all of his fans and supporters: “I am looking forward to seeing and thanking all my fans and in due time that will happen. For now I would like to take some time, unite with my loved ones and just give Jah thanks.”

Today Mark Anthony Myrie aka Buju Banton is a free man, ready to continue spreading the message of peace and love. As he once sang in “Destiny,” Buju has now spent his time in the region of the valley of decision and now is the time to move forward. “You know not the destiny of a next man / Why hold him? Set him free.”

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November 28, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

Jahmiel Tackles Social Injustice In New Single “We Feel The Pain”

New York, New York (November 27, 2018). In a recent release by Jamaican recording artist, Jahmiel tackles worldwide social issues in a creative and profound manner. The newly released single titled “We Feel The Pain” lashes out at the constant injustice lower economic class of people face worldwide.
The ‘Greatman’ continues to prove his growth as an artist turning his new work into a musical masterpiece highlighting the oppression of the less fortunate whether living in the ghetto, being of a minority or being of a lower socioeconomic class. Showing his frustration in the visuals and on the track, you hear and see Jahmiel passionately plea to the people that they are living in an open prison and their lives are not a priority to government.
The world is like a open prison, cah we no have no freedom / Police kill a innocent youth Weh no strap, so dem give him gun / We know dem plan up fi rule and control everything/ Dem Nuh wah we Mek it out, dem Nuh wah Fi see we a win/ Yeah we see dem smile , but that no genuine/ Government no give a f### Bout our living/ 
The single not only invites listeners to realize the struggles many face throughout the world, but Jahmiel also appeal for people to regain the power and awaken the power within themselves.
The system nah no heart/ So me no wah you Tek dem serious when dem talk/ A better fi me and you that dem no win/ Cause when dem keep we down, a we dem profit offa/ No trust dem food youth a better you go plant/ Inject dem chemicals fi keep we lifespan short/ The people have the power so me wah you know that/Dem plans can’t work if me and you stop.
In popular music today singing anything but a love song or about the monetary success in life sometimes constitute a risk. And tackling complex issues like class, race or the environment in a song can especially be a hard sell. Jahmiel taking this step in a time of intense debate, social issues driving the news cycle, presidential campaign, music that choose to take this direction is more vital than ever.

Directed by Buss Weh films the video provides a heartfelt visual of global injustice to youths, minorities, police brutality, and social economic injustice. Jahmiel is seen with a rope around his neck and chains around his feet, symbolizing being enslaved, you also see various cutaways of worldwide events of people suffering, 9/11 and misuse of power. The ideological fuel that freedom isn’t free is one that many activists have been educating for a long time and for Jahmiel the message needs more voices. At the end of the visual you will see Jahmiel removing the ropes and chains symbolizing the people regaining the power.
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November 15, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

Buju Banton Sends Message Days Before His Release

New York, New York (November 15, 2018).  With only days before his release Buju Banton remains positive and in great spirits. He is currently counting down the days, along with millions of others to his release.
Yet, he would like to send a message from his heart to all before he is released.
In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love. I only want to be associated with my craft. Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which Ive devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me
                                                 -Love Buju Banton
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October 2, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

Reggae Ambassadors THIRD WORLD Release New Single “Loving You Is Easy”

Reggae Ambassadors THIRD WORLD Release New Single “Loving You Is Easy  

First Single Off Their Upcoming Full Length Album, Produced by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

New York, NY Reggae Ambassador’s, THIRD WORLD remain one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time. The band will release their first single “Loving You Is Easy,” off their upcoming full length album to be released in 2019, this Friday September 28. Produced by Grammy-award winning business mogul Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley on Ghetto Youths International, “Loving You Is Easy” gives the listener an insight on their creative ability to maintain their artistry over four decades of music. The single will be available for download and streaming on all digital platforms.

The song embodies a smooth Reggae sound, featuring the band’s beautiful signature harmonies  and charismatic vibe.  Stephen “Cat” Coore, founder and band leader of Third World aptly describes the single as “a cool lovers rock, it is one of those songs that is really catchy and that I think people will like. It’s a sing along.”

 

Loving you is easy cause the way you make me feel,

 Loving you is simple thats the way its suppose to be

Baby with you by my side I feel so young and free,

 I could love you on and on and on and on on and on and on…

 

Strong vocals being synonymous with Third World, the single pays ode to a love interest whose qualities are remarkable and makes love so simple and easy. “It is a great song that expresses a nice thought about love, a people’s interaction with each other from a loving point of view because it says I could love you on and on and on. It is a glamorous way of thinking about love’’ explains Coore.

 

Current Third World members include: Stephen “Cat” Coore (guitar, cello, vocals) Richard Daley (bass), Tony “Ruption” Williams (drums, djembe), AJ Brown (lead vocals), Maurice “MG” Gregory (keyboards, vocals) &  Norris “Noriega” Webb (keyboards, vocals)

 

“Loving You Is Easy” will be available for download and stream on all digital platforms worldwide.  For more information, visit the band’s website at www.thirdworldband.com

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ABOUT THIRD WORD

The ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, Third World is one of the longest lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences.  Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”.

With 10 Grammy nominations and catalogue of charted hits spanning four decades, Third World accolades include, the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal, 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band, New York City Ambassador Award in November 2009 at Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”), 2011 Excellence in Music at the Atlanta Caribbean Festival, numerous awards and accolades from Martin’s International Reggae and World Music Awards,  in 2012 the group was awarded the Ambassador at Caribbean American Heritage Awards in Washington DC,  “The Art of Reggae Music” award for 40 years of quality music and dedication at the 2013 staging of Jamaica Jazz and Blues in Montego Bay, the Keys to the Cities of Atlanta and Key West, National Black Arts Award of Merit 2013 and more.

For further information contact destinemedia00@gmail.com.

July 30, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

To the core foundation thrills at Disability Parade

“Butterfly Girls” Soar at NYC Disability Pride Parade and Beyond
Two young sisters with disabilities who are shelter residents wow parade goers and judges. Decked out in their colorful butterfly finery, Highness, 5, and Makeda, 4, Edgar flitted and frolicked along the parade route. Their beaming faces and youthful exuberance pollinated smiles among fellow marchers and parade onlookers who
lined the streets down Broadway from Madison Square Park to Union Square Park.
“It was an amazing experience. We felt so welcomed and accepted. The girls were getting high fives and shout-outs and compliments on their costumes. And the girls were loving it all, high-fiving back, waving, spinning and twirling around, and sprinkling glitter as they made their way along the parade route,” said Janel James,
the girls’ mom.
Janel is the founder of To the Core Foundation, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that participates in community events in order to raise appreciation of African culture as well as engage with people with autism and special needs as a way to raise
awareness and fight discrimination. She chanced upon information about the 4th Annual NYC Disability Parade & Festival, which took place on Sunday, July 15, in lower Manhattan, at the last minute and quickly registered her group.
Little did she know, that much like the butterfly effect, her seemingly small action would set in motion an exciting ripple of positive consequences.
“It was our first time and, to be honest, we didn’t really know a lot about the disability parade or whether we could pull things off on such short notice, but everyone pitched in to participate,” said Janel, who explained that her impromptu group included other moms who worked on creating costumes; two adult drummers, who teach drumming classes to kids served by the foundation; and a volunteer photographer, who was on hand to record the merriment. The girls’
homemade costumes were capped off with fancy butterfly wings donated by KAIOS International, a company that specializes in providing entertainment and costumes for carnivals, festivals and parades.
“I didn’t know how the girls would react to the whole experience, but we had so
many negative things going on in our lives that I felt we all needed this moment to celebrate our journey,” said Janel, who is a single mom currently living in a shelter as she tries to build a better life for her two daughters, both of whom have special
needs. (Highness is autistic and Makeda has had developmental delays).
“The girls loved it! It was a fun break from all the sadness and challenges we’re experiencing; a chance to be creative, to express ourselves and feel a sense of belonging to a community of like-minded people. I wanted to celebrate my daughters’ journey. To see them walking with such pride and happiness was amazing,” Janel shared. “It gave us all a boost and a spirit of inspiration.”

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