KEZNAMDI – JAMAICA’S NEXT CHAMPION

 

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Reggae artiste co-writes with Justin Beiber’s writing partner

Following the highly successful release of ‘As Crazy As It Is’ – an international collaboration with Grammy-nominated EDM artiste Zhu on Sony/Columbia Records, Reggae chanter Keznamdi will launch his latest single ‘Champion’ via international music powerhouse blog TheFader.com  this Thursday (October 8). The single will be available for download on iTunes and all other digital platforms the following day.

The reggae/pop infused track, co-produced by Keznamdi and Sobe Entertainment, was co-written with Justin Beiber’s writing partner and four time Grammy Award winning songwriter Poo Bear. Champion is an anthemic ode encouraging ‘dedication, discipline and drive’ as a means of triumphing over the obstacles and harsh realities that life presents.

“I always aim to make good music that people can enjoy and feel inspired by,” said Keznamdi. “I think this track captures both perfectly so I’m really excited to send this out to the world. It was also a great experience working on a song with Poo Bear, one of the best writers around the world. I think collaborations like this are great for our genre and can help to better position our music globally.”

Champion was pre-released to select local and international disc jocks two weeks ago and has garnered tremendous airplay already. With positive feedback across the board, coupled with the international attention of the Zhu collaboration, Keznamdi is poised to become Jamaica’s next musical champion.

“We are putting a lot of energy into promoting Champion locally and globally,” said co-manager Matthew Lawrence. “We are targetting US college radio and online mainstream blogs as well as our core audience. We also hope to have a high-profile online premiere partner for Friday to help continue Keznamdi’s reach to new ears and markets around the worldwide.”

 

A music video for Champion is slated to be shot later this month. Follow @Keznamdi on all social media and YouTube for updates and new content.

 

Listen to the track here – https://soundcloud.com/keznamdi/keznamdi-champion/s-tbgRW

For further information contact:

Matthew Lawrence

Manager – Keznamdi

876-294-9245

 

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WINNERS OF 34TH ANNUAL IRAWMA AWARDS

SINGER AJ Brown and Third World received top honours at the 34th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Bailey Hall in Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Sunday evening.

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Brown, lead singer of Third World, was inducted into IRAWMA Hall of Fame along with singer/producer singer Ed Robinson.
Brown was pleased with the acknowledgement.

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“It’s a milestone for me. This is the first award that I’ve been given outside of Jamaica. It shows my appeal is expanding, and the fact that I’m now the lead singer for Third World is bearing fruit,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Third World walked away with the Best Caribbean Entertainment Group award.

Brown, who had a successful solo career, has been touring with the band since August 2013.

He said filling the shoes of longtime vocalist Bunny Rugs was a challenge he was willing to undertake. Rugs died in February 2014 of cancer.
“I listened to the songs and played them in my sleep. Third World has a big catalogue, so I had to buckle down. My mission is to reproduce the sound that was recorded on these albums…I feel I’m doing a good job maintaining the integrity and essence of Third World,” said Brown.
“Third World has incorporated some of my originals in their set and that’s a nice way to create a newness and freshness,” he added.
Those originals include My Father My Friend, All Fall Down, When You Love and Love People.
Co-founded by guitarist Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore and keyboardist Ibo Cooper 42 years ago, Third World is one of reggae’s great bands. They are known for hits such as Now That We Found Love, 96 Degrees in the Shade, Try Jah Love, and Reggae Ambassador.
Other IRAWMA winners included: Tarrus Riley (Best Male Vocalist); Inner Circle (most outstanding show band); Latin musician Tito Puente Jr and broadcaster John T Hodgson (Award of Honour); Ploomie Lewis, Desmond Patterson and Osbourne Elliot (South Florida Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Music Industry for Over 40 years).
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Established in 1982, IRAWMA acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artistes, songwriters, performers and promoters.
SOURCE : JAMAICA OBSERVER
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