Reggae Reflection Spotlight:  Week of 7/13/15

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Welcome to this week’s Spotlight.  We have another DVR alert for you this week.  Last week’s reminder was for Shaggy on the NBC Today show (read all about his appearance below), and this week’s DVR alert is for OMI on ABC’s Good Morning America program on Tuesday morning followed by his appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the same day.  

This week’s Festival Spotlight is the 5th Annual Jamaican Jerk Festival.  It will take place on Sunday, July 19th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens,  a favorite park for outdoor Caribbean festivals taking place this summer. This year the festival features performances by Romain Virgo, Sanchez, Fab5 and Carlene Davis.  

Also in this week’s Spotlight, we have links to our full review of  Groovin in the Park,  Shaggy on the NBC Today show, new videos from Sean Paul and Alborosie, tour dates for Ky-mani Marley & Collie Buddz and more!  Email us at for Spotlight consideration! 

In Review!  #GroovinInThePark 2015  Full Review & Photos 

Artists in the Spotlight! 


Omar Samuel Pasley,  more popularly known by his stage name OMI, is a Jamaican-born singer signed to Sony’s Ultra Music Label.  OMI  has just reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with his  reggae-infused pop song, Cheerleader.  The song has been charting world-wide and has been steadily climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart since it entered the chart in May. 

Tune in or set your DVR to record OMI performing in Times Square  on ABC’s Good Morning America show airing Tuesday,  7/14  at 7:00am   and again later the same day on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight show airing on NBC at 11:30PM. 

OMI Jamaican Singr

Watch Cheerleader 


Last week Shaggy brought lots of Reggae excitement to the NBC Today show on Tuesday morning with an outdoor performance in Rockefeller Plaza as part of their Summer Toyota Concert Series.  He opened with his latest  Billboard  chart-topping  hit “I Need Your Love” which Shaggy describes as a “the beginning of a new chapter”.  When asked by Matt Laurer of the Today Show about the  “new chapter”, Shaggy responded by saying  “We’ve been doing it for such a long time. I wanted to come back into pop music with something with a bang.  I collaborated with a lot of guys – Costi,  Mohombi, Faydee and we did this amazing record and it just feels like a rebirth of a new energy; it’s connected.”  And then referring to the large audience gathered, Shaggy added “ these people, they love it – it’s an amazing audience!”  to the cheers of the fans, many waiving their Jamaican flags in the air.   Shaggy then wrapped up his set along with Rayvon on hand to perform his classic hits Angel, Mr. Boombastic and It wasn’t me.   Watch the videos below. 

Festival Spotlight:  The 5th Annual Jamaican Jerk Festival 9/19 NYC


5th Annual Jamaican Jerk Festival Sanchez Romain Virgo Fab5 Carlene DAvis

Tour news for Ky-mani Marley  / Collie Buddz 

Ky-Mani Marley Maestro Tour Dates


Ky-mani Marley has announced some new tour dates to promote his latest album ‘ Maestro’ which was released on 6/30 and debuted as the hot shot number one spot on the  Billboard Reggae Chart.  Just last week that number one spot belonged to the his father  for the Bob Marley, Easy Skankin – Boston 78.  

Ky-mani’s Maestro tour dates for July include dates on the West Coast  kicking off on July 11th in Bellingham, WA. We haven’t seen the full tour schedule yet, however we have seen dates announced so far for Providence, RI on 9/19 and Cambridge, Ma on 09/17. Stay tuned for additional tour announcements. 

Collie Buddz  Blue Dreamz Tour

Collie Buddz Blue Dreamz Tour

Collie Buddz Blue Dreamz Tour

Collie Buddz just kicked off his Blue Dreamz tour at the Levitate Music Festival  in Marshfield, MA on 7/11.  He’ll be performing at a number of venues on the East Coast throughout the month of August.    Have you seen Collie Buddz recently?  We found this recent video footage he posted of his crowd surfing adventure in Belgium!  Wow!   

New Video Spotlight – Sean Paul  / Alborosie

Jul 6, 2015  – Sean Paul premiere’s the video for his single Take It Low, shot and directed by the powerhouse females from Scorpio 21 in Jamaica. 

July 8, 2015 – Music video by Alborosie performing Rocky Road Directed by Tony Fisher © 2015 Shengen Ent

New Music Spotlight:  On The Corner Riddim

On the Corner Riddim is the latest riddim compilation produced by Damian Marley and Ghetto Youths International. It features 10 tracks from an impressive roster of artists. 

Release Date : June 23rd  2015

Tracklist :

1. Kabaka Pyramid – Well Done
2. Iba Mahr – Talk If Dem Want
3. Wayne Marshall – On The Corner
4. Tydal Kamau – Babylon Can’t Get Away
5. GYIINTL – On The Corner Riddim Instrumental
6. Chronixx – Ghetto People
7. Jesse Royal – Cool and Deadly
8. Julian Marley – Lemme Go
9.Black-Am-I – Ways and Works
10. Determine – Passenger

For additional upcoming events, be sure to check out our Reggae Reflection Calendar. Stay tuned for continuous updates. 2015 features some of the best festivals and concert tours we have seen in a long time!  

Happy Birthday!! 

John Holt Birthday

Remembering the late John Holt B. July 10,

Mojo Morgan birthday

MoJo Morgan – b. 7/11/

Lady Saw Birthday

Lady Saw b. 7/12/

Daniel Bambaata Marley

Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley b. 7/12

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