In the last episode of Noisey Jamaica II our host Walshy Fire heads to the hills with a group of Nyabinghi Rastas to learn more about the musical movement. Walshy also links up with Ras Malekot to discuss reggae from its start to what it has evolved to today.Follow Me
Noisey Jamaica heads to Portmore to meet up with Notnice, the man behind the sounds of Popcaan and many more. Then they head to Kingston to meet up Alkaline, an interview you don’t want to miss.
Yesterday the House of Marley was blessed to meet and interview Etana, reggae’s beautiful leading lady. It was a big day for Etana as it marked the release day of her 4th album “I Rise”. We were given a sneak peak of the album and we put it on blast non stop in the office. Etana’s mesmerizing voice and positive words uplift the soul and can make any worry you have slowly creep away. Peep the interview below and the wise words Etana gives to aspiring artists.
Dee: What inspired you to write “Wrong Address”, and did you think this song was going to be such a huge success on reggae music charts?
Etana: I had no idea. But my aunt is the person I wrote that song for, who applied for a job and didn’t get it. The song is not like reggae reggae so I didn’t even think it would fit on the radio.
How did you balance obtaining your nursing degree with your passion for music?
It wasn’t a passion of music that made me decide to not go to school. I was just bored and tired of going to work after school and doing the same thing over and over again.
What advice would you give aspiring artists who can’t decide whether to stick with school or pursue their music dreams?
You have to follow your heart, that’s all it’s about really. You have to know within you what you want for yourself and you always. You always have to follow your heart and do whatever makes you happy.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from being in the girl group “GIFT”?
Following your heart, and not being afraid of expressing myself , and doing what I think is right for me.
If you could go back in time what advice would you give an 18 year old you?
There is so much time in the world to do everything, so pace yourself.
What is it like being a woman in a male dominated genre of music?
I always know that I have to go hard, and go hard everyday. A little harder as long as I possibly can, thats all it is.
What was your first reaction when you heard your name being called at the International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist?
I was a little shocked, it makes you feel good that you are being acknowledged at such an event. To even be nominated is a good feeling.
Etana’s I Rise – Track Listing:
1. Selassie is the Chapel
2. How Long
3. On My Way
4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
5. Jamaica Woman
6. I Rise
7. Richest Girl
8. Love Song
9. By Your Side
10. Passing Thru
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
14. Jah Jah
15. Jam Credits
In episode 4 of Noisey Jamaica 2, we link up with some of the best new Jamaican artists from Jon Bakers Gee Jam Studios. Noisey links up with Chris Blackwell (Island Records Founder), and we also get introduced to some Major Lazer affiliates.Follow Me
Welcome to JamRock Reggae Cruise, hosted by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley will be going down October 20th – 25th. Making pit stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, this cruise for reggae lovers will be one to remember. Tickets are sold out but if you managed to get one then LUCKY YOU!
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Big thanks to FareWell NY for creating this amazing zine!Follow Me
Noisey Jamaica II: Episode 3 features House of Marley favorite Jesse Royal as he takes us to his farm up in the hills of Jamaica.Follow Me
Here is part 2 of Noisey’s Jamaica II series, were Walshy Fire heads to Reggae Mountain to speak with Chronixx, one of the leading voices in Jamaica’s reggae revival.