IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: TALENTED TUFF GONG ARTISTES
‘Spectacular’ doesn’t even begin to describe the blazing performances of our very own Tuff Gong International artistes that took to the stage at 56 Hope Road to help us to celebrate Bob Marley’s 74th Earth Strong.
The hot Tuff Gong International artistes for the Catch a Fire Celebrations included:
MDeez (Instagram: @mdeezmusic)
Tuff Like Iron (Instagram: @tufflikeiron)
Reggae Powerhouse Band (Instagram: @reggaepowerhouseband)
Aaron Nigel Smith (Instagram: @aaronnigelsmith)
One by one, they delivered a crowd-pleasing performance that Lively Up the Reggae Jam Session. Their significant contribution to the 74th Earth Strong Celebration had a profound impact on the success of this event. We thank you.
This past Saturday (March 9) rising reggae band Royal KhaoZ graced the 9 Mile Music Festival stage for the first time ever. Performing alongside some greats, they had the pleasure of joining the lineup with Nas, Julian Marley, Capleton, Sizzla and more. I would love to schedule an interview for you to chat with the guys about their 9 Mile experience.
This Bronx based group is steadily hitting the music waves. They have already worked with some of the most renowned reggae legends (Toots & the Maytals, The Wailers, Kranium, Luciano, Sister Nancy, and Roots Percussionist of Chronixx & the Zincfence Redemption) over the years. Thriving on their roots and culture, Royal KhaoZ’s music focuses on positivity, love, and empowerment.
Not only do they make music but they create a safe space for other artists to do the same. On Thursdays they host a live intimate jam session, Voice Out Jams, in their Bronx recording studio where they encourage and invite all creatives to share their artistry in a safe and supportive environment. The likes of Junior Reid, Juno award winning Canadian Reggae artist Kirk Diamond, Roots Percussionist, Keisha Martin, Kiprich, Derrick Morgan, Lila Aike, Shuga, New Kingston, Naomi Cowan, Carlene Davis, dancehall artist Kemar Highcon, Alandon, and more have already blessed the stage with their presence. Click here to view one of the sessions – you can check the band out at the 19:50 mark.
About Royal KhaoZ
Dretegs, Bama, and Coco, who have been members since its inception formed the band in 2010 right in the Bronx and have been producing heartfelt and powerful tunes ever since. DamDrumz and Vassell, always familiar with the band’s work, plays on the drums and percussion. Thriving on their roots and culture, Royal KhaoZ’s music focuses on positivity, love, and empowerment. Every one of their songs leave a lasting message that can reach any listener. The band possesses the ability to represent reggae in its truest form, while tastefully applying their own twist to traditional and conventional sounds. Drawing influences from soul, funk, pop, and rock, the group prides themselves on creating raw and organic reggae fusion.
Blending 80’s / 90’s dancehall influences with coolly authentic reggae – Mr Williamz‘ life time dedication to music and experience within the genre sound through on ‘Your Style’ – ft. the melodic tones of the internationally acclaimed reggae artist Pressure.
Known by reggae fans world wide as an original sound system toaster, Mr. Williamz (real name Micah Williams)is a Reggae/Dancehall artist from West London. He has recorded and performed with the likes of: Chronixx, Damian Marley, Gappy Ranks,Hollow Point, Jah Mason, Junior Demus, Mikey General, Pinchers, Pressure, Queen Ifrika, Shinehead, Spragga Benz, Stephen Marley, Supercat and Topcat. He is also the first reggae artist to tour India – doing a 5 city tour with Reggae Rajahs in 2011.
He recently made his acting debut in the feature length film: ‘Yardie‘ directed by Idris Elba.
Mr. Williamz emerged on the reggae scene in 2008 with his first official release: ‘Babylon Helicopter’ for Necessary Mayhem, which was followed by ‘No Cigarette’ – released the following year on Biggest Reggae Anthems (Greensleeves 2009).
Mr Williamz’ authentic style and talent has seen him collaborate with producers such as Major Lazer (Smooth sailing), Shy FX (Bad boy business),Mungo’s Hi Fi (Musically Mad , Computer Age) & Green Lion Crew (The General Comes to Town)- to name a few.
Riding on my bike, I enjoy a beautiful and clear Summer night with a soft breeze, hinting that Autumn is not far away. I arrive at the local hot spot, Suede Caribbean Restaurant to DJ Norie’s press party for his annual “Anything Goes Live” Concert Series.
As I enter I’m greeted with a hue of partygoers and flashing cameras. I turn and to my surprise I see Hip Hop reality show celebrity, Safaree, who unfortunately lost his uncle 6 days ago to a violent knife attack in his Palmdale home. Safaree is slated to perform at DJ Norie’s ” Fire in the City” Concert this Friday at Irving Plaza.
Looking around, I see a tall slender Sister in a black see-through 50s style dress, with a black camisole and skinny jeans. She’s Carmel in color with a loose curly Afro, an adorable smile, and a spicy attitude. She’s known to many as DyDy . On the opposite side of the outdoor space is the voluptuous Dancehall artist Tifa, dressed in a grey mesh mini dress with a black body suit, black booty shoes, styled with shoulder length curly black hair . Catching the attention of any man within a five foot radius!
Meanwhile DJ Norie is graciously catering to the paparazzi, as onlookers sway to the music, chitchating and enjoying the vibe while sipping on their colorful cocktails.
Join the Power of Reggae family to see these artist and many more at the “Anything Goes Live Series” this Labor Day weekend. Click the link below for further information.
Wednesday, July 12th was another successful event for Power of Reggae at Milk River thanks to the vibrant energy and voice of rising star, Kelissa Anbessa. We learned a lot about Kelissa’s musical upbringing and life experiences during her interview with Power of Reggae and TGM Radio on Monday, July 10th. Kelissa was born and raised in St. Andrew, Jamaica and also spent time living in Kingston. She grew up in a musical environment, which interested her from a young age as her parents were both part of the reggae band “Chakula.” Her musical journey continued when she studied in California and lived in Africa.
The only thing better than her voice, is the energy that Kelissa brings to a room and she seems to only choose to share the stage with artists who carry that same positive energy. The show opened with another powerful female, Khepe-Ra Maat Het Heru, who is another unique and passionate individual with an incredible voice. She also took time to speak and inspire about social issues affecting us as a people and the world. At this Milk River event, the energy in the room could be felt by all as Kelissa’s passion and humility resonated with the audience from the moment she stepped up to the microphone. Before singing each song, Kelissa spoke to the audience about her experiences and thoughts and all eyes were on her at all times. Kelissa sang songs from her new Spellbound album, such as “Spellbound” and “Wake Up and Live.” Her lyrics are powerful and the words could be understood clearly during this special acoustic performance.
Another highlight of the performance, was her choice to have Hector Lewis, the “Roots Percussionist,” with her on stage playing the drums alongside her. His seemingly effortless contribution of that roots reggae beat was truly the icing on the cake.
Kelissa has a presence about her that cannot be put into words, you have to see her perform live or meet her to understand. Even Chronixx, with whom she toured on the Chronology tour, was found in the audience at Milk River to support Kelissa. You can tell that her love for the music is so real and that she wants to share that joy with the world . She also took the time to meet and greet all of her fans after the show and actually listens to what they have to say, which is not something that all artists take the time to do. If you have the chance to see Kelissa perform live, please do so! She is a true artist of the mind, body, and spirit.