Saturday, June 27, 2009

My tribute to MJ

I just spent my time looking over some of Michael Jackson’s video and to add to the chorus, he’s definitely up there in the stars.

My favorites videos are Remember the Time, the whole Egyptian theme gets me all the time. It’s always strange to see MJ interact with women, it always seem so awkward, I think it’s because he was so shy.

The imagery he evokes in his music and videos are just out of this world. Stranger in Moscow with the Black and White and the rain, just bring out the struggle to find yourself in a world that seems so lonely. In you are not alone he starts the video with him walking alone past the paparazzi and the cameras are flashing with him looking oh so sad. I honestly believe that Michael was a lonely man. I enjoy Liberian girl, with all the celebrities, it’s just out of here, especially with him making fun of all the stars, how important they think they are. The child that is trapped in him always comes out.
One of my favorites for content and video is “They don’t care about us” filmed in Brazil, the drums beating, the harmony, the colors (I love that red shirt I want one), the way it’s performed, below the beat! The message is more intriguing.

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, Sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kike me
Don't you black or white me

Weather skin disease or skin bleach, although he embraced all cultures of the world, his African-ness was still alive although he wished not to be defined by it. The same message was echoed in “Black or White. He incorporated dances from all around the world in 1 video. I especially liked the Indian woman and him in the streets.

Can’t forget “You rock my world”, his character reminds me of Jim Carey in the Mask. He’s always fusing different cultural elements in his work. I believe to some extent he was very academic about his music. For instance we see Chris Tucker is used in this video, it could almost be an off shoot of Rush Hour with the Chinese element and Chris seems to be a big MJ fan from him doing the musical number in the movie. How brilliant was making all the sounds of the movement of the life of the club coincide with the beat of the song. I loved that.

The best dance move for me was the extended spin and the lean, whenever I see it I’m still amazed. His best look for me is his “Don’t stop til you get enough” video look. That was when he was a handsome young man.

Thriller scared the scrap out of me when I was younger, but I couldn’t stop watching it. The man, the legend, the rumors. No other what they say about him, there will not come another like him in my lifetime. It’s so sad it came as such a price to his emotional balance. There’s so much to say good and bad, but only God will be the final judge of a man. Rest in Peace.

Friday, June 26, 2009

New Music:Timeka Marshall feat Busy Signal: Feel Fah

I like this one. She's improving, which is very good thing, beat is tight. The vocals sound very smooth. The only thing I don't like is the T-I-M-E-K-A and the "song finish" on the end. I guess this song is to get her name out's Timeka!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

The world's greatest musician

LOS ANGELES -Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" who once moonwalked above the music world, died Thursday as he prepared for a comeback bid to vanquish nightmare years of sexual scandal and financial calamity. He was 50.

Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.

"It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known," his brother Jermaine said. Police said they were investigating, standard procedure in high-profile cases.


I kinda didn't want to post anything until tomorrow when this has really set in. At this poing I still don't believe it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Oakleys Baby!

Is this how Timeka will look when she wears her Oakleys. She will be the official Caribbean spokes person/model for the brand which usually targets athletes.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Music: Gialiani and Fojo: Remember the Time

Fojo is releasing alot of music this year, some very good stuff...however, Michael Jackson is broke and might sue you for this one, he wants his share of the Cuffy Bob that you will make off of this.

Remember The Time - Don Gialiani feat. Fojo

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Spotlight: Gialaini

Written by him.

Born and raised in the capital city Georgetown, Guyana as Carlton Jevaun Washington referred to as "Gialaini" developed an early love for music listening to records and cassette tapes of music greats from my dad's collection. the release of Jay Z' 'Reasonable Doubt' in '96 and Mase's 'Harlem World' album in '97 completely turned my attention and focus on hip-hop music. (my rap influences are: Jay Z, Mase, Nas, Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Juelz Santana and Kanye West). From there on, making beats on desk tops, freestyling and song writing was practically a regular day for me in the early years of high school. After high school, a few friends and i formed a group called 'Ragz to Richez' in around 2002, and thats when my recording career began. Our group was short lived but we did make a few hits ( After Party & V.I.P ) which were very incouraging even after we were no longer together. I then began my solo career working with popular producer, singer, song-writer 'Fojo' of 'Platinum Studio' and the song titled "Rude Boi" featuring Fojo was an instant hit. The music video premiered on every local television station simultaneouly and got great reviews in Ent. newspapers, magazines and websites. The releases of dancehall crossover 'Get Down' featuring Typheon and Malo and rock crossover 'Escape' featuring Andrew soon followed and were both recorded at the 'Brutal Tracks Studio'. Im currently working on a video for "Escape" after completing the "Mr. Universe" video which was done for a freestyle track and im also working over time to complete my album titled "Destined" as soon as possible.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Music from Timeka Marshall

Ms. Marshall is pumping them out. New singles were released this week.

1. The way you love me: A mellow reggae-soul number.

The Way You Love Me - Timeka Marshall - Timeka Marshall

2. Doesn't Matter on the Grease Money Riddim. A mix between reggae and pop, very uptempo. A dance tune.

Doesnt Matter (Grease Monkey Riddim) 2k9 - Timeka Marshall

I don't like it as much. Her voice sits too high on the the riddim, it doesn't ride it. It would be better without the "dub." Also it seems to be along the same line as her previous release LOVE, which I like better.

Can't wait for her and Busy Signal.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Christ-like Soldiers (CLS)

About a year ago The Scene had identified Christ-like Soldiers as an ‘up and coming’ local gospel group that was looking “to spread the message of Christ in various musical genres”.

The soldiers, Joshua Benn and Sheldon McKinnon, remain passionate about what they are doing.

During the interview last year Joshua and Sheldon disclosed that they had produced a few singles and videos with their songs “Check Your Life” and “Christ-like Soldiers Doing their Best” being two of their earliest releases.

They have since been taking steady steps, which both members hope will be the launching pad for much bigger things. They have since recorded the video for their song “Too Blessed to be Stressed” and were able to record their single “Abomination”. Preparations are now being made for them to shoot a video for this song.

New management

In their search for success, the soldiers have changed their management and are now under the watchful eye of Edge Management Association (EMA). This management group headed by Eworth Williams and Kencil Banwarie caters specifically for promoting the performing arts locally.

Kencil told The Scene that Christ-like Soldiers approached EMA for management, and the firm agreed because it sees potential in Joshua and Sheldon. “We recognise that these two guys have potential and that they can have a future in music. They are humble and genuine and they love what they do,” Kencil said.

He said that the priority right now is “trying to establish a fan base in Guyana by exposing the group to concerts”. He also identified the creation of music videos and new songs as being important. Consequently, he disclosed that the management is working with the two singers in compiling an album, which they hope to complete early next year. He also said that the group is making efforts to have its music digitized.

Meanwhile, the duo is doing a lot of promotion on the internet and has an official artiste’s page Videos are also on You-Tube.

According to Kencil, EMA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Righteous Records Entertainment of Trinidad, which has agreed to help any group that comes under EMA management with its music production. He was optimistic that Christ-like Soldiers would be able to benefit from this agreement and said that they are looking for a corporate sponsor who would assist in funding for the video.

Now on board with EMA, the Christ-like Soldiers seems to have added even more ammunition to its plan to do its best.

Meanwhile, both Joshua and Sheldon are continuing pursuing their other career goals. Joshua is continuing his studies in Sociology at the University of Guyana. Sheldon is currently employed at Habit International Supply and is pursuing studies in accounting and theology. And he’s now preparing to get married later this year.

However, their dreams “to make it big” in the gospel industry are still very much alive.


To Blessed

Doing our best

Christ Like Soldiers: Too Blessed

Christ Like Soldiers: Doing our best

Thursday, June 11, 2009

This is how to keep your man

I've been told that this song is making the rounds on the airwaves of Barbados. A Guyanese woman advises Bajan women how to keep their Bajan men. This is very ironic considering the current state of affairs in Barbados where our Guyanese brothers and sisters are being harassed, those who are legal, even those who are just passing through on their way to Guyana or other nations. Thanks to Lloyda for posting it. The quality is not great as it is recorded off the radio. I sure got a kick out of it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Vote for StruckRoot

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Music & Politics: Jory vs the Rapist

I heard it through the grapevine that back in the day someone slapped Jory for singing about him. Turns out that man is now before the courts for allegedly raping a young woman. Jory responds:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009