Awesome video showing ‘behind the scenes’ of the making of the Major Lazer video for ‘Bumaye’.
“The Major Lazer crew set out to Kingston, Jamaica in January, to shoot the official music video for their latest single, “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” of their new album “Free The Universe”. This is a behind the scenes look at how it all went down.
Purchase “Watch Out for This (Bumaye)” and Get Free The Universe on iTunes now: http://smarturl.it/FTU-MajorLazer
Shot by Damien Baddy
Edited by Neo Fresco ”
Check Diplo getting his hair styled for the vid and the cutest Major Lazer fan in the world 🙂
Ok, so we finally saw a bit of sunshine in London today. When the sun comes out – Dancehall comes on. With Nottinghill Carnival on the near horizon (25th and 26th August 2013) what better time than now to start scouting out the best tunes for the Dancehall scene this summer. Here’s our top 3 – fresh out of Jamaica – with some blinding summer riddims to make you wanna whine and kotch.
First Up – can’t stop playing it – straight out of Portmore Jamaica- DAMINANCE with ‘Tipsy’ (released January 2013). Move over Popcaan someone about to take ur place – whenmiparty.com ‘ s one to watch. Daminance, aka Kimarlo Williams, 24, is a Jamaican Dancehall singer / song writer who started singing at a very young age. Initially he formed band ‘Frass Squad’ in 2006 (along with his Yung Outlawz Productions label) and then went on to start his solo career with stage name ‘Robbery’ – now known as ‘Daminance’. Daminance is currently working on a mixtape along with producer Prince Villa. Also check out his tune ‘Da Party’. In the meantime here’s ‘Tipsy’ :
Second up to get you into the summer carnival mood is Flash Raggedy with ‘Party’. Flash Raggedy, aka Miguel Beckford, hails from Rockfort, Kingston, Jamaica. Flash has also been singing from a young age and like many big stars starting out singing at Church on a Sunday. Here’s ‘Party’:
J Capri ft Charly Black – Whine and Kotch. Not much more to say other than watch the video. Nice to see a female dancehall artiste aside from Lady Saw. Definately prefer this to her more current collaboration with Konshens – ‘Pull up to mi Bumper’ – the girl obviously only got one ting on her mind 😉
Dont forget to follow http://whenmiparty.com on soundcloud @whenmiparty – here’s our 2013 carnival playlist – enjoy and shake your tail feather
If, like us, you listen to BBC 1Xtra, you’ll already be familiar with this genius idea championed by DJ Target. The twitter hashtag #TARGETSNOTICEBOARD was started recently for new and unsigned artists (anywhere in the world) to get their work featured online and even live on air during DJ Target’s show – how amazing is this opportunity for artists struggling to get noticed in the industry?!
Here are a few up and coming artists fresh off the noticeboard today:
1. Young Slugz with ‘Perfection’ (they’re looking for a female vocalist for their tracks)
2. Roll One Up – Drama Feat Jamie Lewis @jayeluk @gmta drama
On Sunday 26th May, The Indigo2, North Greenwich, played host to Choice Fm’s DJ Abrantee’s Afrobeat night ‘Afrobeat Sundays’ with live performances from Joey-B (Strawberry Ginger), D-Black (Oh Vera) and other UK Afrobeat Djs; following the success of the sold out Christmas Special.
We arrived at the night around 11pm to a bustling crowd getting down to some classic RnB and Hiphop (thinking ‘hello? where are the Afrobeats?’). At around midnight the live performances started, with Ghanaian acts Joey-B and D-Black only doing their sets after 1am. The performances were smooth and well rehearsed with DJ Abrantee regularly coming on stage to speak to the crowd and introduce the next artist who had flown in from Africa especially for the night. Great Azonto dancers accompanied the singers – were they from the London Azonto all-stars?
‘Strawberry Ginger’ (featuring D-Black and E.L.) has been a massive hit for Black Avenue Muzik act Joey B. Joey B only came onto the scene recently after featuring as an unsigned artists on D-Black’s hit tune ‘Oh Vera’. Black Avenue Muzik signed him in a matter of months. His new Azonto beat single ‘Benedicta’ is out soon – will he stand alone in the charts without D-Black? Only time will tell.
D-Black performed his 2012 hit azonto tune ‘oh Vera’ (which stands for ‘very enormous round ass’) alongside Joey B. For those of you unfamiliar with Ghanaian artist D-Black (aka Desmond Kwesi Blackmore) MTV BASE have crowned him king of GH-rap and an African Hip Hop star.
The first mainstream afrobeat / azonto tune that entered the UK charts was ‘Oliver Twist’ by D’Banj )aka Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo) the Nigerian singer-songwriter, back in Spring 2012. Since that song came out we’ve seen azonto become the new urban dance craze in London and the ‘London Azonto Allstars’ appear on the scene with their part 1 and part 2 videos. Around the same time British artist (of Ghanaian descent) Fuse ODG released his track entitled ‘Azonto’, further embedding the dance into the UK scene with (slightly cringeworthy) ‘step by step’ scenes to show you how to Azonto!
5 months ago Fuse ODG brought out their new remix of ‘Antenna’ featuring Wyclef Jean (check our earlier post here). This tune is properly propelling the afrobeat genre into the mainstream. The tune has a London feel about it and with international artists Wyclef Jean onboard it has managed to diffuse the Ghanaian / Azonto / Afrobeat vibe into a track that already mainstream Radio 1 Dj’s are raving about. D’Banj’s ‘Oliver Twist’ was definitely not met on this level by chart followers.
DJ Abrantee Very much made the night feel like it was an event for Africans in London – and not for those who appreciated African influenced music. There were numerous shout outs to people in the crowd from African Nations – but no real love for Brits who were there purely for the love of the tunes; which was disappointing considering the night was in London and not Africa! Dj Abrantee also has his own Afrobeat compilation Album out (available on Itunes) off the back of the branding for his Afrobeat Sundays club nights – but after attending the night, the album now sounds like a diffused version of the original music and less authentic. Somehow the album didn’t quite match the night’s ‘world music’ vibe, but looking at them as separate entities – both deserve credit in their own right.
Link Up Tv is the Youtube channel for quality fresh new talent coming out of the UK, if you haven’t subscribed yet, you need to now (there is also an App in the Istore or on Google Play). You can also listen to their sounds on Soundcloud here. The platform showcases urban mostly unsigned artists from the UK. Here are a few of our favourite ‘ones to watch’ :
Skore Beezy and Twiss Soprana (AKA Goodfellaz) – ‘Wishing’ will grow on you the more you listen to it. Well balanced with a soft melody and good lyrics. The video is done well with quality production, the main guy is pretty easy on the eyez for the ladies too 😉 which always helps. The duo are from Clapham Junction, London, UK. Also worth a listen is their 2012 track ‘Thick as Thieves’. Follow these guys on twitter @Twissgoodfellaz @SkoreGoodfellaz
Yung Quincy ft Ratlin – ‘Calm’. Yung Quincy is a Choice.fm Dancehall DJ (you can hear him every Saturday 2am – 4am). Ratlin, 22, is a talented rapper / grime / hip hop artist from West London, England. Ratlin’s father was the Reggae record producer, Blacker Dread. Ratlin came onto the urban music scene in 2011 with the release of 2 mixtapes “Youngest in Charge” and “Summertime in Mexico“, during the same year he was awarded and OMA and last year MTV identified him as the one to watch. Ratlin released ‘Crown Me‘ in December 2012 and his first E.P “Infinite Possibilities” is out for release soon. Follow Ratlin on Twitter @Ratlin
Following on from the success of the sold out Christmas Special, Afrobeats Sundays returns to the Indig02 on Sunday 26th May (bank holiday weekend). Choice FM‘s DJ Abrantee will be performing with confirmed guests joining him on stage D Black (Oh Vera) and Joey B (strawberry ginger). Two ticket options available and the night runs from 9pm to 4am. Still some tickets available to buy here http://www.theo2.co.uk/indigo2/view-event.html?eventId=8355
If you wanna ‘try before you buy‘ you can check out Dj Abrantee every weekeday from 16.00 til 20.00 week days on Choice fm (listen live here http://ukrp.musicradio.com/choicefm/live ). You can also buy DJ Abrantee – Afrobeats – the Ultimate Collection on itunes here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dj-abrantee-afrobeats-ultimate/id587038600
We’ll be there doing the Azonto on the night so check back for photos, videos and what we thought of the event 😉