A Force of Nature Captures California
DownSound Recording Artiste, Nature, invaded California for the month of August to promote his album, Life’s Journey, and was a force to be reckoned with. The singer flattened audiences from Northern California where he opened for Stephen Marley at Reggae on the River, the biggest Reggae Festival in America, to Southern California where he opened for Steel Pulse in San Diego.
Nature was the only artiste to perform on both days at Reggae on the River in Northern California, and at Reggae on the Mountain in exotic Malibu, California where he played with Kymani Marley and the Easy Star All Stars.
During his visit, Nature worked with British reggae don Pato Banton in San Diego and performed at the prestigious Roxy in Los Angeles with veteran rockers, the English Beat, and had the sold out crowd in the palm of his hands.
The artiste then blew into trendy Huntington Beach to demolish the Beachcomber with Peter Tosh’s band (the Soul Syndicate/ Fully Fullwood band). Another great voice of Jamaican music, Tarrus Riley (with Dean Fraser) invited Nature on stage to perform a duet at the Observatory in Santa Ana and introduced him as the next superstar from Jamaica.
Not forgetting his Jamaican fans, Nature crushed the LA Yard clubs of Jamaica Gold, Medusa, Zanzibar and the Dub Club where he played to a sold out crowd with Warrior King and Sister Nancy.
Nature says the trip was a magical experience and he’s looking forward to revisiting California soon . “It was simply amazing, I was invited by Magic! to hang out backstage at their show with rock reggae stars the Dirty Heads and I also met with superstar producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) who gave me some serious insight into the music business. I’ve learned so much from these great musicians in a short period of time and I’m even more motivated to spread reggae across the globe.”
Nature’s album, Life’s Journey was released in June and contains fifteen tracks, including Love You, Trying Man, World Peace and Love is Everywhere. Nature has been constantly promoting the album since its release in the Spring. He invaded the UK in July and blew away the audiences, including opening for UB40 in London. His performance was so well received that he was booked to open their Spring tour 2016. BBC Radio 2 has been championing his Love You single, while the Don of British Radio, David Rodigan has been championing his hit song Black Tracks.
California radio stations including KPFK, Indie 103.1 Radio and KXLU have been playing several singles from the album, which has been submitted for Grammy consideration.
Nature has returned to Jamaica to recover from the onslaught, but both California and the UK are demanding his early return
Staying true to his new modus operandi of doing whatever is necessary to assist in the upliftment of youths, recording artiste Aidonia last week returned to the island following a sojourn in the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago where he performed at a Youth rally at Valencia Recreation Ground in Sangre Grande.
The Jamaican was the specially invited guest of that country’s Minister of Sports – Brent Sancho who spearheaded the campaign. Aidonia says he was very honoured for the opportunity to not only perform for the youths but also impart positive messages that could apply to their everyday life.
“Firstly, I have to say respect to the Trinidadian government for reaching out to my management team on such an endeavour. The show was great and my performance was well received but the greatest thing is that the people came out and got an opportunity to take away something positive from the rally”. – Aidonia said.
Back on local soil, last Wednesday the 4th Generation boss in collaboration with 21st Hapilos Distribution hosted a media launch for his debut EP dubbed ‘Project Sweat’at the LimeLite Night Club in Half-Way-Tree. The event saw several prominent media houses and a flurry of entertainers and entertainment personalities in attendance among those spotted were Munga Honourable, Dre Island, Chi Ching Ching, Devin Di Dakta, Bramma, Chino, Zj Liquid, ZJ Sparks, Foota Hype, Boom Boom, ZJ Dymond, Team Cashflow, Deablo and the 4th Generation family among others.
In front a full house, Aidonia used the occasion to recount his musical journey from infancy to present before elaborating on the conceptualisation of ‘Project Sweat’. The proceedings culminated with a vote of thanks accompanied by some energized performances from the aforementioned entertainers. Executively produced by 4thGenna Music ‘Project Sweat’ features eleven tracks exclusively for the ladies and is now available on all major digital platforms.
“On behalf of myself and the 4th Generation family I want to say a special thank you to everyone that came out to the official launch of Project Sweat at LimeLite Night Club and showed their support, it was greatly appreciated. Respect to everyone that played an integral role in the realization and success of this project from 21st Hapilos distributions, all the producers, engineers, radio & street jocks, media personnels, promoters, artistes, my management team and family who worked tirelessly and last but by no means least the fans who have continually being loyal to me throughout the years as you know without you there would be no Aidonia. Just know this is the start of a great movement so let us all unite in the name of Reggae and Dancehall and support each other in all our endeavours”. – Aidonia added.
Officially released on Friday, August 28th the EP which debuted at No.39 has soared to the No.10 spot on the iTunes 200 Reggae Album chart and continues to gain traction. The official video for the lead single ‘Nuh Boring Gyal’ is also garnering traction on VEVO and has already amassed over 50,000+ views in only a few days. The visual was shot by Xtreme Art and can be viewed at Aidonia’s official channel Youtube.com/AidoniaVEVO
Nesbeth Wraps Successful Europe & UK Tour with a Bang
After being on the road for almost two months Reggae stalwart Nesbeth wrapped the final leg of his European/UK tour over the weekend with a stellar performance in Gloucester, England.
During the final show the singer used the opportunity to thank residents of the English city and patrons of the previous venues for their continued support of his career amid a reminder that it’s their unrelenting loyalty that inspires him to press forward and remain committed to the journey of spreading positive messages to the four corners of the world.
“Special thanks to all the ones who came out to listen to my messages through my Roots Rock Reggae music, my mission is to enlighten the world about the hidden truth. Word, sound is power. I aspire to travel the four corners of the earth as a true advocate of peace.” – Nesbeth stated.
The tour which commenced in July saw the ‘Ole Gangalee’ singer exposing his brand of music to fans across the expanse of Europe with sojourns at several major festivals including Reggae Geel in Belgium, Germany’s Reggae Jam and Gruner Jager Club in Hamburg. From there Nesbeth shifted focus to the United Kingdom with performances in Manchester, London and Gloucester interspersed with a plethora of media engagements at prominent outlets such as Entertainment London, Round House Radio, UK Radio Wave, Realbeat FM, Mystic Radio Live and One Harmony Radio among a surfeit of others.
Schedule to return to the island later this week to begin promotion on his new single ‘My Dream’, the Jamaican entertainer in recapping said the tour was a great experience and gave him an opportunity to reconnect with fan while introducing his brand to new markets.
“International touring is not only an awesome experience for an artiste, but an extremely crucial tool in one’s growth. When you travel to different countries you have the ability to soak in everything, including the music, and bring it back home to create something completely new from those experiences. You can be that artiste that takes risks and incorporate some new influence that positively challenges people’s way of thinking”. – Nesbeth added.
Distributed by Zojak Worldwide, Nesbeth is currently promoting his five track EP titled ‘Victory’ on iTunes and other digital platforms. Victory is a solid modern roots reggae compilation that builds the foundation to carry his message of upliftment, consciousness, and perseverance.
Proceeds from the track will benefit the United Nations Foundation and Friends of the Earth. Nicole Scherzinger, Natasha Bedingfield, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini and Victoria Justice also appear on the track.
The song was created to support a UN conference in Paris this December that’s aimed at reaching a deal with more than 190 nations to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels.
Love Song to Earth will receive a wide release on Friday, Sept. 11. Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Christina Grimmie and Q’Orianka Kilcher also sing on the song.