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Guyanese Roots Canadian Hip Hop Star For Induction Into The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame

By NAN ET Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 7, 2023: Guyanese-roots, Canadian Hip Hop Icon, Maestro Fresh Wes, born Wes Williams, will become the first Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. 

The festivities take place in Halifax, NS during JUNO week, March 20-24th, 2024. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978 by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to honor Canadian musicians for their lifetime achievements in music.  Maestro will also perform at this years Junos. 

Maestro Fresh Wes and Drake

“I am honored to create my first scholarship at this awesome campus. It is my goal to have more black youth interested in trades and be involved in career paths such as welding, carpentry, plumbing etc.”  A sentiment of many, as scholarship applicants have already begun. There is not a shortage of rappers, but there is a shortage of black youth involved in learning trades,” Maestro commented.  

Maestro has always felt that his role is to give back for the success he has been blessed with.  In 2016 the NSCC (NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES) presented Maestro with an honorary diploma based on his positive impact on the community.  

His first book, ‘STICK TO YOUR VISION,’ (2010), was mandatory reading for 10th grade students in the province.  The Wes Williams Projectat the Akerley Campus has also inspired several adult students.  Realizing the impact he could have, encouraged the artist/ author and mentor to initiate the MAESTRO FRESH WES SCHOLARSHIP for black youth enrolled in NSCC Akerley Campus in Dartmouth NS.

 “I am honored to create my first scholarship at this awesome campus. It is my goal to have more black youth interested in trades and be involved in career paths such as welding, carpentry, plumbing etc. A sentiment of many, as scholarship applicants have already begun. There is not a shortage of rappers, but there is a shortage of black youth involved in learning trades,” commented Maestro. 

Maestro continues to mentor youth with his third children’s album “Maestro Fresh Wes Presents STICK TO YOUR VISION “FOR YOUNG ATHLETES” available now on all platforms.  The album produced by Dub J, Warren Williams, Black Orchid and Surgeon and The Butcher featuring artists, JD Era, Roger Mooking, Rochester AKA Juice , JRDN, Keysha Freshh, Charmaine  and introducing 11-year-old Shavonne Washington.  Recorded in Saint John NB with Stephen Hero & Paul Milner, mixed in Toronto by Secret Suburbia. 

Listen to Maestro Fresh Wes Presents ‘STICK TO YOUR VISION – FOR YOUNG ATHLETES HERE

Capleton To Return to the UK After 13 Years

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 3, 2023: Renowned Rastafarian reggae sensation, Capleton, is set to make a triumphant return to the United Kingdom after a hiatus of 13 years, as he recently secured a work permit for his upcoming performance in the country.

This landmark achievement is attributed to the relentless efforts of Cabel Stephenson and Tameka Reynolds, the visionaries behind Free People Entertainment, who have paved the way for Capleton’s resurgence in the lucrative UK market, the Jamaica Gleaner Reported.

Cabel Stephenson, the head of Free People Entertainment, shared insights into the challenging journey that led to Capleton’s long-awaited return. He emphasized Capleton’s exceptional qualities as an artist, humanitarian, and a compassionate human being. Despite facing objections, they overcame the obstacles, focusing on Capleton’s loving and humanitarian nature. His philanthropic contributions to his community, particularly to the less fortunate and indigent, set him apart as a community leader who doesn’t discriminate against anyone based on their orientation.

Capleton has exciting plans for his UK return, including a special guest appearance scheduled for December 2023 and a spring tour throughout the UK in 2024. His current international tour, organized by Free People Entertainment and Mediacom, features upcoming performances in France and various European destinations, capturing the authentic vibe and energy that European audiences cherish.

The artist is also gearing up to release his first studio album in over a decade, a project expected to rejuvenate his local fanbase and reaffirm his status as a reggae icon.

Which Reggae Album Will Make The Grammy Cut?

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 20, 2023: Sixty five albums have submitted entries to the Recording Academy to be considered for Best Reggae Album category in next year’s Grammys. However, this was down from 67 last year and 125 the previous year, World Music View reports.

As of October 11, final-round voting for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards is underway.

The 65 entries are as follows:

Right Right Time – Johnny Osbourne
Bad Juvi Mixtape – Pablo YG
Ah Mi Yard – Perfect Giddimani
Destiny – Lee “Scratch” Perry & Bob Riddim
I Give You Love – Mykal Rose
Windrush Baby – Aleighcia Scott & Rorystonelove
Root – Shavarr
Rude Gyalaxy – Shevvy
Shakespeare – The Bassman Sly, Robbie & The Team Taxi
Black Man Time – Richie Spice
Spirits Eat Music – Sundub
Power – Chris Thomas The Ceo
Clarks A Clarks – Jah Thomas
4:14 – Valiant
Jamaica Festival Song 2023 Competition – Various Artists
Legends Of Jamaica, Vol 1: A Tribute To Ska – Various Artists
1 Rifle Riddim – Various Artists
Tropical House Cruise To Jamaica (The Asian Edition) – Various Artists
We Remember Bob Andy – Various Artists
Pacific Coast Reggae – Clint Warren
22 – Yaksta
Golden Spoon – Maroon Yasus Afari
Glory – Akae Beka
Destiny – Alborosie
Pop Punk Goes Reggae Vol. 1 – Nathan Aurora
Bread & Butter – Anthony B
Shellshock – Ballyhoo!
Born For Greatness – Buju Banton
Undercover – Bead N Bone
Simma – Beenie Man
No Excuses – Charly Black
On A Mission – Blvk H3ro
Firm And Strong – Brotha George
Cali Roots Riddim 2023 – Collie Buddz
Time & Color – Bulby York
No Destroyer – Burning Spear
Vers(E) – David Cairol
Celebration – Common Kings
Happy Hour In Dub – Hollie Cook
Long Way Home – DMP
Rocksteady – Corbin Dooley
Dandy Shandy – Earthkry
Ziggy Stardub – Easy Star All-Stars
Pleasure Point – The Expendables
Ready For Battle – Marcus Gad
Mad World – Gentleman
Love In Time – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Riddim Full Of Culture – Green Lion Crew
Golden – Marcia Griffiths
Dreaming From An Iron Gate – Groundation & Brain Damage
Boots Rock Reggae, Vol. 1 – Cas Haley
Charka – Hempress Sativa
444 – Honorebel
Dancehall Gift – I-Octane
Undeniable – Jah Cure
Pleasant Place – Jahmali
Vintage Reggae – Jonfx
Kingston To Cali – Aza Lineage
Echo Mountain High – Long Beach Dub Allstars
Colors Of Royal – Julian Marley & Antaeus
Twelve – Mc Norman
No Love – Byron Messia
Havana Meets Kingston In Dub – Mista Savona & Gaudi
New Born – Norrac
Jah Love Surround Me – Zamunda

Dominican Film On Indigenous People wins Best Documentary at Canadian Film Festival

News Americas, Toronto, Canada, Weds. Oct. 17, 2023: “Territory,” a short film focused on the indigenous people of the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica- the Kalinago, recently won the Best Short Documentary at the 18th annual Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF).

The film is the first submission by Director Jael Joseph to the festival, which took place in Toronto from September 6-22, 2023. “Territory” tied for the title with “Negra, Yo Soy Bella,” a film by Puerto Rico’s Vashi Korin.

“To win on my first try, it’s just an incredible feeling and I dedicate this win to my late parents and the Kalinago people of Dominica, who are still navigating how to best protect and retain their culture, traditions and identity and whose trust and openness allowed me to share their stories,” commented Joseph.

In her acceptance speech, she thanked family friends, colleagues and mentors singling out CTFF founder, Frances-Ann Solomon from whom she drew “inspiration and influence.”

CTFF celebrates the talents of established and emerging Caribbean and African filmmakers, presenting a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse and shared cultural stories.  The 2023 submissions surrounded the theme Eco survivors bringing to focus the impact of climate change on Caribbean Small Island States (SIDS) and Canada. 

Films selected into CTFF are reviewed by a programming committee – composed of film industry professionals- actors, producers, critics, tech), representing a mix of Caribbean islands, who determine winners in various categories.

For CTFF Festival Director, Diana Webley, “Territory” was awarded Best Short Documentary as it “provided a rare peek inside the Kalinago Territory in Dominica.”

“It is a film that reflects the current political situation and we wanted to shed light on it,” she said.

In “Territory,” Jospeph and her film crew, spent ten days following Anette Sanford, Samoza John and Natasha Green, descendants of the island’s first people, who gave their take on the individual and communal challenges they faced as residents of the 3,700 acre Kalinago Territory- an area on the island’s northeast that was ceded to the Kalinago 120 years ago. The film delves into the political struggles they face and focuses on the loss of their language and inability to use their land for economic development.  The issues of the Kalinago were further juxtaposed against their recovery from Category 5 Hurricane Maria and the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The film also featured guest appearances by Kalinago Chief Lorenzo Sanford and Hon. Cozier Frederick, parliamentary representative for the area. 

Joseph, a media entrepreneur and communications consultant, who splits her time between Dominica and Canada, is a Toronto Metropolitan University, (formerly Ryerson University) graduate, and was inspired to create this film alongside her research paper entitled, “Territory: Commonalities between the Reclamation of the Kalinago Language and Connection to Land.” For the paper she interviewed over 25 persons and developed some of the interviews into a 10-minute podcast called “Woryijan; Kalinago women and Intersectionality.”

While the award also signifies a personal achievement, Joseph sees its wider impact as a testament to the incredible power of storytelling.

Territory Director Jael Joseph poses with her award for Best Short Documentary.

“It’s my hope that territory continues to serve as a beacon of the storytelling tradition, shining a light on untold narratives and fostering understanding and unity in our diverse world,” said Joseph.

This experience has solidified her mission to champion the Kalinago people; and so far she has given support to events such as the Kalinago Spelling B competition through her brand Black Island Girl Multimedia, and has served as a vocal advocate for other initiatives within the community.

“I am really rooting for my Kalinago brothers and sisters,” says Joseph. “This documentary is just the start. I want to bring positive change to the community and commit to using my platforms to share their story and to impact their lives for the better.” 

“Territory” was funded with support from an anonymous donor as well as the proceeds of prize won from The Creative School’s 2022 Johnny Lombardi Award for Creative Endowment. The film can be viewed online till September 22nd as part of CTFF, and will be screened at more film festivals worldwide.

The CTFF Award ceremony was held on Sunday 17th September 2023 at the Studio Theatre Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. The list of winners are:

Best Feature Documentary

“It is Not Past 08 12 1982”- Ida Does (Suriname)

Best Short Documentary (TIED)

“Territory”- Jael Joseph (Dominica)

“Negra, Yo Soy Bella- Vashni Korin (Puerto Rico)

Best Short Film

“Here Ends the World We’ve Known”- Anne-Sophie Nanki (Guadeloupe)

Best Comedy

“My Maxi”- Andrei J. Pierre (Trinidad & Tobago)

Best Animation

“It’s Nice in Here” Robert-Jonathan Koeyers (Curaçao / Amsterdam)

Caribbean Spirit Award

“Tabanca”- Lauren Marsden (Trinidad & Tobago / Canada)

Intersect Award

“My Lady of the Camelia”- Édouard Montoute (French Guiana)

Impact Award

“Powerlands”- Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso (USA)

Innovation Award

“Yubism: Life and Art of Yubi Kirindongo”- Corry van Heijningen (Curaçao)

Best Cinematography

“Eden River”- Jack Evans (Belize)

Watch “Territory” HERE.

The Dance Grenada Festival Returns For A Fourth Season As A Hub For Cultural Innovation And Diaspora Engagement

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Oct. 5, 2023: The Dance Grenada Festival returns for its fourth season on the beautiful island of Grenada.

Taking place under the theme: “The Time is Now: Unification under the Grenadian Sun,” this year’s festival focuses on the important role dance plays in the preservation of culture and history, the promotion of cooperative economics, and as a key contributor to the important creative industries sector, known as the Orange Economy.

From October 20th-23rd, the four-day festival will feature nine dance workshops that will take participants on a journey across the African Diaspora. Among the classes will be Caribbean Contemporary, Afro-Cuban, Soca, Traditional Grenadian Folk Dance, and Hip Hop taught by internationally acclaimed dance artists from Grenada, Trinidad, New Orleans and New York.

The Dance Grenada Festival is a central hub for dance innovation, scholarship, and entrepreneurship. It celebrates its fourth season at a pivotal time for the cultural and creative industries sector with the recent creation of the Grenada Office Of Creative Affairs.

“At a time when we are pushing the creative arts and the orange economy in Grenada and providing tools and resources for what can be viable careers, we have to create the spaces for unity and collaboration as well as economic empowerment,” says Founder and Artistic Director, Shola K. Roberts.

“We cannot do this by ourselves, and there is strength in unification. There is strength in coming together to continue to spread this message of the cultural, educational, and economic value of dance and the creative arts. Dance Grenada is proud to be a source of the continued support needed to grow this important sector on the island and beyond,” added Roberts, a Caribbean Dance expert and professor of dance at Arizona State University.

As the premiere dance festival taking place in a cultural epicenter like Grenada, Dance Grenada continues to serve as a unique platform for engaging international cultural exchange and empowerment. It expands exposure to African diasporic dance styles and techniques among Grenada’s artistic community, illuminates the island’s traditional dance styles and all that Grenada, known as The Spice Island of the Caribbean, has to offer.

The Dance Grenada festival also provides consistent support and investment in the dance and wider creative sector through its cultural and educational programming, student scholarships, and advocacy.

In addition to an array of dance classes and performances, other festival highlights include  a series of panel discussions featuring local and international talent, cooking demonstrations   with beloved Grenadian chefs Belinda Bishop and Joachim Joseph and an international vendor’s marketplace. Dance Grenada will bring university students and faculty to the island and  honor some of the island’s renowned cultural practitioners for a second year in a row.

“This festival is a hub for legacy, scholarship, innovation and entrepreneurship as we try to connect our brothers and sisters across the diaspora in the name of dance,” says Roberts.

For more information on Dance Grenada and how you can purchase tickets to this dance festival, visit dancegrenada.com.

About Dance Grenada

Dance Grenada, A Dance Festival provides a platform for Grenadian and International dance artisans to share and increase their knowledge base of traditional and contemporary dance styles and techniques through dance workshops, performances, panel discussions and symposiums while contributing to the larger Grenadian and international dance community.

Comedian Majah Hype Faces Backlash For Comments On Guyana’s Caribbean Identity

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 29, 2023: Popular Grenadian born, US-based comedian, Majah Hype, born Nigel Theron Joseph, is facing a backlash following remarks made on the Talkthatshhhh podcast, where he questioned Guyana’s status as a Caribbean country due to its geography and culture. The comments ignited a firestorm of debate and criticism.

During the podcast, Majah Hype stated: “It’s definitely curry chicken…the only person that you gonna hear say that is Guyanese people, and they not Caribbean,” in response to a question about cuisine. He continued: “Because it is in South America, we show dem love, we accepted them, but they not Caribbean…that is like the only English speaking country on the continent.”

In response to the online backlash, Majah Hype posted a video clip of himself engaging in a humorous debate, accompanied by impersonations of Guyanese people. The video garnered thousands of likes and comments. He captioned the post, expressing his surprise at the level of disrespect and threats he received and promising to share the messages he received.

However, social media users criticized him for not acknowledging his mistake and attempting to deflect blame. Some urged him to take responsibility for his comments, while others emphasized the need for unity among Caribbean people.

Majah Hype, known for his comedic impersonations of Caribbean cultures, expressed his astonishment at the intense reaction, particularly from the Guyanese community. He emphasized that he had represented Guyana positively for over a decade.

Despite the controversy, Guyana is recognized as a member of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and has a rich history of contributions to Caribbean culture, including cricket.

Majah Hype’s comedic career has been built on his ability to mimic various Caribbean accents and mannerisms, earning him a substantial following.

We Asked AI To Write A Song Bob Marley Would Write Today. The Result Will Shock You

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Sept. 26, 2023: Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley was and remains, the greatest reggae singer of all time even though he has been dead since 1981. With songs like “One Love,” “Redemption Song” and “Buffalo Soldier,” his legacy will live on forever.

What if Bob could write another song? While it’s not possible in real life, it is possible, in a way, thanks to ChatGPT. News Americas reached out to the artificial intelligence system to see what it thought a Bob Marley song would resemble today.

Here are the lyrics to the song ChatGPT wrote:

(Verse 1)
In this modern world, full of chaos and strife,
Searching for a path to a better life.
Where the people stand divided, in their daily grind,
But I can hear the call of unity, it’s deep inside.

(Chorus)
One love, one heart, let’s come together today,
In this world of confusion, we’ll find a better way.
One love, one heart, let’s rise above the hate,
With compassion and kindness, it’s never too late.

(Verse 2)
In the concrete jungles, where the sirens wail,
Lost souls looking for hope, as they set sail.
Through the storms of life, we must find our guide,
In the spirit of togetherness, we won’t be denied.

(Chorus)
One love, one heart, let’s come together today,
In this world of confusion, we’ll find a better way.
One love, one heart, let’s rise above the hate,
With compassion and kindness, it’s never too late.

(Bridge)
Though the world may try to tear us apart,
We’ll stand as one, with love in our hearts.
In the face of darkness, we’ll be the light,
Spreading peace and harmony, day and night.

(Verse 3)
From the mountains to the oceans, and the cities wide,
Let’s bridge the gaps that separate, let love be our guide.
No matter where we’re from, or the color of our skin,
We’re all part of this world, let the healing begin.

(Chorus)
One love, one heart, let’s come together today,
In this world of confusion, we’ll find a better way.
One love, one heart, let’s rise above the hate,
With compassion and kindness, it’s never too late.

(Outro)
So let’s sing this song of unity, loud and clear,
In the spirit of togetherness, there’s nothing to fear.
With one love, one heart, we’ll find our way,
In this world of unity, we’ll seize the day.

UWI Honorary Degrees For Distinguished Caribbean Entertainers

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 22, 2023: The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is set to confer honorary degrees upon fourteen remarkable individuals, including several Caribbean entertainers, during the Class of 2023 graduation ceremonies, commencing on October 7.

This cherished annual tradition, coinciding with the regional university’s 75th jubilee celebrations, serves as a tribute to the exceptional contributions these honorees have made to their communities and society at large.

These distinguished individuals will join the ranks of hundreds of graduating students across The UWI’s Five Islands, Cave Hill, St. Augustine, Mona, and Global (formerly Open Campus) locations, marking the culmination of their educational journeys.

Below is the schedule for the 2023 graduation ceremonies and the esteemed list of honorary degree recipients:

Five Islands Campus – October 7

Sir Leroy ‘King Short Shirt’ Emanuel

Sir MacLean, born 28 February 1942 and better known as King Short Shirt, is an Antiguan singer, best known as one of Antigua’s longest standing and most successful calypsonians, but later producing gospel music.

Cave Hill Campus – October 21

Alison Hinds

Recording Artist Alison Hinds performs on stage during the Caribbean Village Festival at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater on June 23, 2019 in Miramar, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

Alison Hinds, born June 1st 1970, is a British-born Bajan soca artist based in Barbados. She is one of the most popular soca singers in the world.

St. Augustine Campus – October 26-28
Heather Headley

Heather Headley performs onstage at the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by L. Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Heather Headley, born October 5, 1974, is a Trinidadian-born American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the titular role of Aida. She also won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her album Audience of One. In 2018, she recurred as Gwen Garrett on the NBC medical drama television series Chicago Med.

Mona Campus – November 3-4
Hugh Beresford Hammond, OJ

Beres Hammond OJ, born Hugh Beresford Hammond on 28 August 1955, in Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica, is a Jamaican reggae singer known in particular for his lovers rock music. While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s.

Stay tuned for these inspiring celebrations of achievement and recognition at The UWI’s graduation ceremonies.

Mykal Rose Drops Powerful New Album

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 15, 2023: Grammy-award-winning reggae sensation Mykal Rose has dropped his highly-anticipated album “I Give You Love” today, Friday, September 15th! This 13-track masterpiece, produced by Donsome Records LLC, features incredible collaborations with Bounty Killer, Bugle, and Jahmiel.

In a recent statement, Rose explained the inspiration behind the album’s title, revealing it’s a reflection of his life experiences and the various themes explored within the tracks. From social injustice to the high cost of living, humanity’s struggles, and matters of the heart, “I Give You Love” is a musical journey through today’s world.

Some standout tracks include “When Dem Ago Let We Go” with Jahmiel, “This World,” “World Crisis,” “Babylon Burning,” “I Give You Love” with Bugle, and “Steppin Like a Murderer” with the legendary Bounty Killer.

Mykal Rose had high praise for producer Adrian Hanson of Donsome Records LLC, likening his musical prowess to the iconic Sly and Robbie. This album is backed by the talents of musicians like Roel Powell and St Clair Connor, ensuring a sonic experience like no other.

Mykal Rose is celebrated for his solo career and his time with the Grammy-winning reggae group Black Uhuru. His iconic voice has graced chart-topping tracks such as “General Penitentiary,” “Sponji Reggae,” “Solidarity,” “What is Life,” and “Shine Eye Gal,” which were all hits in their own right.

In 1995, Rose made waves with a remake of “Shine Eye Gal” alongside Shabba Ranks, and the song climbed to number 46 on the UK Singles chart.

In 2007, Rose resonated with a new generation with the track “Shoot Out,” produced by Lloyd ‘John John’ James, which dominated local charts.

Adrian Hanson, the producer, shared insights into the collaborations with Bugle, Jahmiel, and Bounty Killer, highlighting the organic and creative process that brought these incredible artists together.

“I Give You Love” is now available worldwide on all major distribution platforms, so be sure to give it a listen and experience the magic of Mykal Rose’s latest musical offering!

Reggae Icon Marcia Griffiths Unveils ‘Golden Album’

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 15, 2023: Renowned reggae icon Marcia Griffiths has graced us with a new masterpiece, and it’s nothing short of classic! Her latest album, aptly titled ‘Golden Album,’ is a musical gem produced by Kemist Music/Donsome Records, making its debut on September 8th across all digital platforms.

This stellar collection comprises 11 original tracks, with the creative input of esteemed names in the industry. The album boasts production credits from Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Clive Hunt, Donovan Germain, Marcia’s son The Kemist, and Adrian Hanson for Donsome Records.

Marcia Griffiths, whose timeless voice recently graced stages across Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean during an extensive tour, expresses that the songs on ‘Golden Album’ mirror her sentiments as she continues her musical journey.

“Music knows no age boundaries. I’ll continue to sing for as long as I live…the message remains, and I’ll keep spreading it,” she passionately affirms.

‘Golden Album’ has already unveiled two captivating singles: ‘Let’s Talk About Music’ and ‘Beer And A Girl,’ both expertly produced by Donovan Germain, with whom Marcia shares a long-standing and fruitful partnership.

Other notable tracks include ‘That Part of Me,’ produced by Damian Marley, ‘Slide’ directed by Clive Hunt and written by Omi of ‘Cheerleader’ fame, and ‘Time Away,’ a collaborative effort with Turbulence, all beautifully crafted by Adrian Hanson. The Kemist showcases his talent alongside his mother on ‘Dont Say Nuttin,’ adding to the album’s brilliance.

Notably, Germany’s Silly Walks Discotheque, renowned for producing Chronixx’s chart-topping hit ‘Smile Jamaica,’ takes the helm for ‘Holding You Close.’

‘Golden Album’ graced the music scene just six days before Marcia embarked on an exciting five-city tour of Japan, where she will serenade fans with the enchanting melodies from her latest creation. After a five-year hiatus, she is set to mesmerize audiences in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, Nagoya, and Hiroshima.

In October, the reggae legend will return to Jamaica, where she will be honored with the prestigious Order of Jamaica, the fourth-highest honor bestowed by her homeland.

‘Golden Album’ is now available worldwide on all major distribution platforms, brought to you by RhythmZZ Digital Distribution.