Sunday, 23 December 2012
Now although this is just one of a number of love songs featured on the mixtape, this was the first one that really captured my heart. In fact, it often leaves me wondering whether there is someone out there with some 'Poorman's Loving' for me...
Randy Valentine - Poorman's Loving
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Peace, Love, & Reggae Music
General Gen xx
Having been Stylo's main inspiration throughout his career, Stylo recently decided to do a cover of his Dad's original tune 'Press Up' as he continues the legacy.
Stylo G - Press Up
Produced by So Shifty
What you know about #ChingChangWallah?
Weray Ent - Ching Chang Wallah Ft Skob, J.O.A.T, Tribal Magz, Vibe Squad & Gizmo
Whilst I thoroughly enjoy this every time that I watch it and it never fails to put a smile on my face, it feels like such a shame to see this man go back to this mere task of fixing a fan. I would personally be more than honoured to have a dubplate from this unnamed male so if anyone could sort that for me I'd greatly appreciate it. On a final note, dare I say it but he rides riddim better than some of these 'artists' that we have making music these days! I guess talent can't be bought after all.
Disclaimer: This video does not belong to me and I do not know any of the parties featured in the video.
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Well today I wanted to introduce you to a man who is here to bring about an R_V_lution and is none other than an artist who goes by the name of Randy Valentine. If like myself, you LOVE foundation Reggae music, you LOVE to hold a vibe to a one-drop riddim, and you LOVE positivity in music, I am almost certain that you will LOVE this.
On his debut mixtape 'Bring Back The Love' he puts his own original twist on some of our favourite Studio One riddims including the ones which I have mentioned above, and really allows us to reminisce on what Reggae music is all about.
It's a must have for your collection, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on, and someone that I look forward to hearing more from in the near future. As Uncle Bob would say "Feel it in the one-drop," and get downloading!
The Jazz Cafe stage may have been the last stage to be graced with the physical presence of King of Rocksteady; Alton Ellis, but on the 1st of September 2012 Alton's presence could be felt within the venue once again as Ghetto Youth's recording artist Christopher Ellis exhibited a show like no other. Before the show I stated that Christopher Ellis would not only make history on this night, but would tear the house down and as per usual, he did not fail to deliver! The 1st of September 2012 was the night which would bring us Christopher Ellis' first solo show in the UK, on Alton Ellis' birthday, and in the very last venue which Alton performed in. One could say that history was made before he even picked up the microphone...
Having sold out the venue, Christopher stepped out on to the Jazz Cafe stage to perform in front of a full house and laid down a superstar performance. It was a solid performance with a sentimental feel, a performance that took advantage of the intimate nature of the venue and really engaged the crowd, but most importantly a performance that will never be forgotten.
Serenading the crowd with his smooth and soulful vocals as he sung his way through his own catalog of hits including favourites 'End of Time' and 'English,' Christopher had the crowd in awe. Always paying tribute to his father, Christopher went on to put his own flair on a number of tracks from Alton's extensive discography which saw him delve into 'Breaking Up' and a number of Lovers classics. Looking back on the tracks that were performed on the night which varied from the more thought provoking material such as 'Why Can't We', to the heavily sought after Alton material, to singing in Yard Style on Dancehall, I have come to the conclusion that there couldn't have been a soul that left Jazz Cafe feeling unsatisfied!
A number of surprises on the night came in the form of special guests from all over the World. International superstars Bay C from TOK, Gappy Ranks, and Julian Marley all joined Christopher Ellis on stage as they performed 'Don't Change Your Number' 'Knocking at My Door,' and my personal favourite 'Trench Town.' From the choice of special guests down to the music which he produces, it is clear to see that this is an artist that prides on quality over quantity and goes to all costs to maintain high levels of professionalism in his work.
I'm sure that everyone in attendance on the night will agree that it was an absolute pleasure to be a spectator of a show of that calibre, and to witness such a raw talent getting one step closer to taking over the World! From this show it has become even more apparent to me that Christopher Ellis is an original artist who isn't afraid to be different. Whether he is singing on a one-drop riddim or appearing as a guest on a show, you will always find this guy spreading nothing but love and positive vibes. Not only is he a true asset to the UK music scene, but also to the global Reggae scene because artists of his nature certainly don't come around every day. With that being said, I wouldn't limit this recording artist to just the Reggae scene because there's definitely a lot more to come from him!
As I leave you with some live footage from the night, which doesn't quite do it justice might I add, I hope that I don't have to wait too long until I can spend another night with Christopher Ellis...
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
It's definitely been a WHILE since I last updated my website but a lot of my attention has been required elsewhere. Whilst I do apologise for the neglect, I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes which I will be updating you on in the near future...
When I say behind the scenes, I am referring to catching up with UK Reggae sensation Bitty Mclean, spending the night with Christopher Ellis, and last but not least, interviewing international superstar Mr Vegas. As usual, there are a few new mixtapes and new releases that I am bursting to share with you so please do continue to stay tuned!
I also want to thank everyone who has supported me on my journey thus far, and the regular visitors to the site. We have only just begun...
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Peace, Love & Reggae Music
General Gen xx
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Produced by Washroom Entertainment
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Having been signed to the Ghetto Youths record label founded by the Marley Brothers, Christopher Ellis has been fortunate enough to be working and performing alongside some of the best in the business. At the moment, Reggae royalty Christopher Ellis is working on his debut album produced by brothers Stephen Marley and Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley. This album is not only highly anticipated by many, but is already set to go down in history as a classic. As we look forward to the release of this a bit later on in the year, we can witness the man himself bring the Jazz Cafe stage to life on Saturday 1st September 2012.
Seeing as Christopher has been doing a vast amount of touring all over the World in Jamaica, France and several states in the US blowing people away with his sweet vocals which we are already accustomed to on his tracks English, Yard Style and his rendition of Willow Tree, it was only right that he put on a show for us here in London.
On the night Christopher Ellis will be showcasing not only his talent, but his years of stage experience which he has accumulated from touring with his father over the years and he will be doing so alongside some very special guests.
Guaranteed to rock the Jazz Cafe stage for one night only at London's Jazz Cafe on Saturday 1st September 2012, you do not want to miss out on this one. To purchase tickets to see Christopher Ellis live for just £10 and be a part of history in the making you can call the ticket line on 07956 596 445, or click here.
Monday, 6 August 2012
Downloads can be accessed throughout this article or by clicking the following links; Street Code, Gyal Kin Ketch A Fyah.
Konshens - Stop Sign
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Chill Spot Riddim
Produced by Chimney Records
Video directed by RD Studios
The following track on his 'Ooh Baby Riddim' often leaves me lost for words as we see the product of UK talents Shola Ama and Christopher Ellis coming together to let us in on the secrets of their 'Puppy Love.' Not only is this a purely UK production, but a track which possesses the sweet Reggae sounds that we all know and love. Have a listen and purchase via iTunes here...
Regardless of whether you want to download the mixtape or simply have a listen to it, all you need to do is click here.
On the Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June, I found myself travelling down to the second instalment of Gappy Ranks' Official North West Street Party on Oldfield Road in North West London. Living up to it's expectations this Diamond Jubilee Event was a day packed full of entertainment for the whole family with a bouncy castle and face painting for the children, competitions and give aways, and food and refreshments on sale all day. As if this wasn't enough, there was also a showcase of live performances from some of the UK's hottest talents alongside some of the UK's most reputable sound systems and DJ's. This entailed the likes of Gappy Ranks, Christopher Ellis, Future Kidd, Silver Star, Seani B and Bugzy Sound just to name a few.
Whilst the turn out and the music were great, and the good vibes were in abundance, the most refreshing part of the event for me was to see so many people from so many different walks of life congregate together, listen to good music and just enjoy themselves! Now if you did so happen to miss out on all of the fun for one reason or another, or you simply want to relive some of the performances from this event, you can stream and download some of the performances and live recordings here. So Gappy, same time next year?
Peace, Love & Reggae Music x
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Produced by DJ Frass Records
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
General Gen: Firstly, I am aware that there’s a little story behind the name Chan Dizzy, would you mind sharing that with us?
Chan Dizzy: (Laughs) You know that story there, Jah know! It's about underage drinking. One day some friends and I were drinking a drink called Moet and Chandon right. After getting totally mashed up out of our minds, somewhere a voice in my head said to me "Yo take these two bottles and break them together." When I did that, the only thing that was left was the little part of the bottle that said 'Chan.' From that time my friends just started calling me Chan.
General Gen: Now that we know about the origin of the name, could you tell us a bit about how your career in the music industry actually begun, and how the Chan Dizzy that we know today came about...
Chan Dizzy: It began after I left high school in 2000. I used to go around to this studio with a friend of mine who's an older artist called Tonto Irie who used to carry me to King Jammy's and all of them places. I was totally in love with that lifestyle from early. The whole music atmosphere and everything! After doing that for a while, I linked up with a friend from high school and we started up our own little production thing. Usually we’d build beats and then go to a studio, book time and record there, so it started from that time. I was also a rapper from that time, and I was doing it for years. Then I was signed to a label called Orange Hill. That’s where I met Russian…
General Gen: That was actually going onto my next question...Before exerting your talents in the Dancehall scene; you were heavily involved in the Rap scene. Why did you decide to make such a major transition?
Chan Dizzy: I kinda stepped away from the rap scene, I love it with all my heart and everything but rapping in Jamaica is very hard. You have a lot of rappers and they do it and they do it well, so respect to them but it's hard to support yourself off of doing Rap music in Jamaica. I was doing it for a few years actually; signed to Orange Hill and even though I was a rapper, I would write Dancehall music for other artists. It was after meeting Russian that he said “Yo, you know seh you too bad fi do rap inna Jamaica. You need to try and do some Dancehall things for yourself you know.” So I decided to try it, and just fell in love with it!
General Gen: Would you agree with me in saying that your collaboration with Russian on the Dancehall hit ‘Strange Face’ was your breakthrough track?
Chan Dizzy: Well I always try to keep my music as real as possible. I don't really go outside of the realms of things I don't know. I’m not gonna try and make up things so anything that I say is either something that happened to me or a friend or somebody I know. That way, we get songs that are relatable to everybody. The Hello Badmind thing now, you know Jamaica is a country where the ‘crab in a barrel’ mentality is still alive and well within some people so whenever you start to progress, people are always doing things to try and bring you down. So I just wanted a song to try and speak for that. Being an artist, I just grabbed my pen and paper and did what I do what I do best.
General Gen: Within your musical journey I’m sure that you have come across a number of so-called strange faces and bad mind people. How do you manage to keep yourself away from these kinds of people?
Chan Dizzy: How I manage, I just keep my circle small and stay real to my real friends. I know that music comes with a lot of things; the fake people and the people who want to hype you up and par with you because they see opportunities. I know that that will come with music but I just try to stay true to my real friends and my real people…Keep my circle small.
General Gen: As a consequence of the substantial amount of support that you have been getting, the demand for you to perform in places all over the World has vastly increased. Where have you been performing lately, and how are you finding the overall travelling and touring experience so far?
Chan Dizzy: Well I recently came back from my first European Tour which was successful! We went to France, Norway, Sweden, Germany and a few other places. It was good, Jah know the reception; it’s a whole heap of love that I got out there. I was really overwhelmed by the response of the crowd in some places that we were in. It’s a lot of love man, I look forward to going there again to perform. The experience so far is like a dream come true! When you see things in magazines and see them on TV and then you actually get to experience it when it’s right there in front of you where you can touch it and see it, it’s a great feeling.
General Gen: With your ability to easily adapt to a number of different sounds, you have already worked with the likes of Chimney Records, TJ Records, Steven McGregor, Russian, and more recently I-Octane so who are you currently working with and on what projects?
Chan Dizzy: You dun know, I like to stick to the home team still so I’m working with the rest of the Head Concussion producers right now. Sensi, Sniggy who we have the Herbalist tune from which is going pretty well. We have a few more tunes from Sensi to be released; we have a single with Russian currently called ‘Do My Ting.’ We have a lot of artists; we have something from Jamie from the YVP label called ‘So Bad’ on the Top Soil riddim. The work never stops, mi always a work!
General Gen: Another big
collaboration with Russian was ’21 Gun Salute’ which in fact has a very
interesting concept; could you explain the concept of the track to us?
General Gen: Another big collaboration with Russian was ’21 Gun Salute’ which in fact has a very interesting concept; could you explain the concept of the track to us?
Chan Dizzy: Alright just the name alone made a lot of radio DJ’s fearful before they even listened to the song or understood what it was all about. It’s really not a gun song or a violent song or anything like that, it doesn’t support violence. It’s like using that kind of thing to talk about the net of a relationship. You know like when a soldier dies, to see him off they give him a 21 gun salute, that song was created to paint a picture of that situation. But that song is doing really well too. When I performed that song in Europe, the girls really loved that song.
General Gen: Speaking of
collaborations, what artists would you be interested in working with other than
those that you’ve already worked with and your Head Concussion Records family?
General Gen: Speaking of collaborations, what artists would you be interested in working with other than those that you’ve already worked with and your Head Concussion Records family?
Chan Dizzy: Other artists right now would be Mavado or Aidonia. Aidonia is my general so I’m looking forward to working with him soon. Just those few right now.
General Gen: In the UK we
do have an artist going by the name of Big Man Zest who did his own cover of
your track ‘Hello Badmind.’ Have you heard it?
General Gen: In the UK we do have an artist going by the name of Big Man Zest who did his own cover of your track ‘Hello Badmind.’ Have you heard it?
Chan Dizzy:No, I haven’t heard it.
General Gen: Well my next
question was actually asking if a collaboration between you two be on the cards
but you haven’t heard that and are there any other UK artists that you have in
mind in terms of collaborations?
General Gen: Well my next question was actually asking if a collaboration between you two be on the cards but you haven’t heard that and are there any other UK artists that you have in mind in terms of collaborations?
Chan Dizzy: I’d have to hear the song first and then listen to the artist and see what he’s doing. But I’m always open to doing collaborations, there’s no problem from they’re a good artist and we can vibe musically. Oh and Gappy Ranks, I rate Gappy Ranks.
General Gen: Moving on to
another artist, what’s going with yourself and Masicka at the moment?
General Gen: Moving on to another artist, what’s going with yourself and Masicka at the moment?
Chan Dizzy: (Laughs) With that situation, nothing is really going on you know; just a little exchange of words but nothing more than that still. You know Dancehall has these little things from time to time so it’s just something like that.
General Gen: With ‘The Lord Is My Witness’ having just been released, how would you sum up this
General Gen: With ‘The Lord Is My Witness’ having just been released, how would you sum up this mixtape?
Chan Dizzy: The mixtape, mi nah go lie, I’d give it a 9 out of 10. I think the mixtape was well put together, not exactly the way I wanted it that’s why I haven’t given it a 10 but it’s definitely a 9.
General Gen: On the
mixtape you talk of stealing lyrics – “Nowadays fi teef lyrics is so popular....”
Who were you referring to or was it just a general comment?
General Gen: On the mixtape you talk of stealing lyrics – “Nowadays fi teef lyrics is so popular....” Who were you referring to or was it just a general comment?
Chan Dizzy: It’s really more of a general comment still.
moment you seem to be compiling quite a catalog of hits so is there a Chan Dizzy
album on the cards after this mixtape?
General Gen: At the moment you seem to be compiling quite a catalog of hits so is there a Chan Dizzy album on the cards after this mixtape?
Chan Dizzy: Me and Russian are thinking like the third quarter of next year so right now we still wanna do a little bit of work and build a strong foundation. We’re just out there spreading the works right now.
General Gen: On a final note, with the future in mind, where do you want to be in the next few years?
General Gen: On a final note, with the future in mind, where do you want to be in the next few years?
Chan Dizzy: In the next few years, I’m supposed to be one of the top three artists. Have a couple of tours under my belt, and also an album or two.
Endorsed by a number of artists from the Dancehall scene and mixed by Willy Chin, this mixtape sees Chan Dizzy exert his talents on riddims from a selection of genres. Not surprisingly, Hip Hop is one of them. Brought to us by Head Concussion Records and Black Chiney, download 'The Lord Is My Witness' here and make your own decision on whether or not you prefer Chan on a Hip Hop beat or in a Dancehall style!
Do Sumn Riddim
Produced by Ward 21
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Produced by Wundah, this track on the Good Food Riddim is quickly becoming another one of our favourites from the amazingly talented Christopher Ellis!
Now whilst we have been promised a video for 'Yard Style,' the video is not available yet, so whilst we patiently await its release, maybe you fancy singing along in Yard Style. This track will soon be available for download on iTunes, and I will bring you the video as soon as it becomes available.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Click here to download Assassin - Bun Freaky Act
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Tun Up Riddim
Produced by Dave Kelly
Presented by Madhouse Records/First Name Music
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Paying tribute to the late, great Gregory Isaacs' a number of artists delivered their very own renditions of some of Mr Isaacs' hits on the 'We Remember Gregory Isaacs' compilation. Along with Romain Virgo's rendition of 'Night Nurse' and J-Boog's rendition of 'Cool Down The Pace,' this beautiful rendition of 'Number One' by worldwide reggae sensation Gyptian touches me each and every time that I listen to it... R.I.P Mr Gregory Isaacs
Friday, 16 March 2012
Saturday, 25 February 2012
He's done this time and time again with his tracks Come Into My Room, Pon Di Ting and When You Feel Lonely to name just a few but for me, this one is on another level.
Friday, 17 February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Known as the Gaza prefect and going by a whole host of names such as Fry Yiy, Hot Skull, Boil Brainz to name a few, Popcaan is currently one of the hottest artists in the Dancehall scene. Whether it be due to Raving, his experience of growing up in a Gangster City, or because he's the only man she wants, it is evident that he has gone from strength to strength since his last mixtape.
His brand new mixtape 'Yiy Change' presented by Chromatic sees him voice on a number of riddims from a number of different genres and really is a work of art. To download the tracked version of the mixtape simply click here, or to download it straight to your phone, click here. I would suggest that you download it qui-qui-qui-qui-quick because the mixtape shot!