The Improvement of he’s new single “stand by me, is now producing a good and unique result.
Dr. Michael C. Wheeler’s review:
We are pleased to announce our first winner in the category of Best International Artist: Mr. Phil Joseph. An ambition of ours here at Current Music Thoughts was to bring to our readers excellence in music making within the independent world – and I’m sure you know how many artists there are to hear. That being said, there are individuals who are making music that just jumps out and screams to be acknowledged. Such an artist is London-based Phil Joseph and his unique, tasteful, and masterful rendition of the classic Ben King tune “Stand by Me.” It has upbeat dance and reggae elements which breathe new life into the track as if giving it a second-wind during the midnight of the original’s popularity.
Featuring the rapper Malik on the verses it is original and yet at the same time such a beautiful homage to classic American music. This reason, more than any other, is merit enough for the award as in a period of waning interest in the USA Mr. Joseph gives us a positive nod. It’s a love song – but at the same time we’re all wondering if there is a dual meaning saying “stand by me and everything is going to be OK” and from this side of the pond, we appreciate it. Congratulations Mr. Joseph on an outstanding achievement, we will be anxiously awaiting many more tunes.
Recognized by Rolling Stone as “Bahamian junkanoo pioneers,” the Baha Men are best known for their Grammy Award-winning, triple-Platinum single, ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’. Featured in major motion pictures and chanted throughout sports stadiums around the world, the band unleashed a revolutionary form of Caribbean pop that permeated American pop culture. Nearing 100 million cumulative streams worldwide, the band continues to prove its longevity and ability to craft high energy pop hooks. Their latest single, “Take A Chance (Motion Repeat)”, produced by Patrick Romantik (Enrique Iglesias, Prince Royce), Dim Crux, and Cool & Dre, explores Latin stylings fused with the bands signature, Grammy Award-winning Caribbean sound.
Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a very prolific and versatile Singer/Songwriter/Producer. One need only listen to his broad-based catalog of songs to realize that this songwriter has his finger on the pulse of today’s trends of music.
Settled in The Caribbean (maybe for the sunny disposition), Saint Lucia to be exact, he has fine-tuned his songwriting skills to amass numerous genres of music, ranging from Reggae. Rock, Pop, Country, R&B and Christian, a feat not easily achieved by other songwriters.
Bitten by the music bug at a very early age, Emmanuel has been a disciplined student of the art of constructive songwriting. More importantly, he strives to express positive, life-changing messages through his lyrics. It can only be said that Emmanuel is a fresh gem in the music industry, with melodies expressive of memorable standards that will live for decades to come.
Open your mind and anticipate a world of melodic mastery, lyrical grandeur and feelings of recollected splendour.
Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer has either won or reached the finals of numerous International Songwriting Competitions, previously won by Billboard chart-toppers. His track “Live today like it’s our last” was featured on the British compilation CD “A World Od Sunshine” from Ramshaw Records.
Many of his songs have received extensive airplay on UK, US, Canadian and European radio and internet stations and in December 2019, his press release “Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer Pours His Heart Into New Single” is featured in over 200 Popular US Online Entertainment & News Magazines.
Dane Salmon aka “Booba Starr” was born on November 6 in Kingston, Jamaica where he spent his early childhood before his parents moved to the Greater Portmore area of St. Catherine. Booba interests in music began in high school when he started writing poems and songs and began to entertained friends and family. Shortly after leaving high school, Booba Starr’s interests in music took on a more serious tone as he began to hone his skills and talent by performing on the “Hard Drive sound system; it was this experience that gave him the confidence and the awakening that he wanted to entertain people through music.
Booba Starr is musically influenced by the great reggae artists of the eighties and nineties as well as greatest group of them all, Bob Marley and the Wailers. With his immense talent and versatility, Booba covers a wide range of styles across the reggae spectrum ranging from today’s contemporary reggae to the old school classic of the eighties and nineties. Whether dancehall, Roots, or Culture, Booba Starr easily transition from one to the next without skipping a beat.
2010, Booba Starr was introduced to Trevor “TC” Clarke, producer and owner of Jafrika Records, who produced his first single “Things Change”. During that same period, Booba Starr also produced other recordings with other producers.
2011, Booba Starr invested in his own recording studio and began to record his own music; he also started, along with fellow artist “Jami Dred”, to collaborate with the Austrian Record Label “Lyrical War Records”. Booba also voiced “Roll Out” on the “Bomb Weh Riddim” which was produced by Dimmie Joe Muzik & G5 Entertainment. He has voiced several singles, “Neva Easy”, “Prison Neva mek fi Dawg” and “From Dusk Till Dawn” for Sweat Boxx Productions which were produced by Julius Mitchell.
Booba Starr latest single “Hackle Di Body” is produce by Deon Gray for the Jafrika Label.Inspired by The Most High King Selassie I and life experience, Booba Starr has matured as an individual and a musician.
Booba Starr is a tired less warrior who looks forward to a bright and promising future in the music industry as performer and producer. With his confidence, determination, hard work, and guidance from Jah, Booba Starr will definitely be a major force in Reggae music for years to come.
Chuck Fenda (born Leshorn Whitehead, in Brooklyn) first came to prominence in Jamaica when recording with King Jammy in the late 90s. At the start of the new century he embraced Rastafarianism and aligned with 5th Element records, who released his debut Better Days in 2004.
The harsh-voiced deejay’s third album, Fulfilment, is a somewhat mellower affair than 2007’s The Living Fire. But with the 2009 world economy still reeling, the Poor People Defenda’s messages of spirituality and social justice are more powerful and pertinent than ever.
The Living Fire contained controversial single Gash Dem an Lite Dem, which despite radio bans (for allegedly inciting vigilantism) was a huge success. His coarse vocals (not dissimilar to Sizzla in pitch) and crude yet effective imagery will be an acquired taste for more refined ears, but this new effort is a solid grower of a record that benefits from a single producer’s touch.
This record’s comparative mellowness is mainly the result of the rhythms, supplied almost entirely by producer Kemar McGregor. McGregor’s take on the one-drop is considerably slicker and less bass-heavy than fans of bygone eras of roots reggae will be used to. Yet it is this contrast between his catchy, lovingly-created backings and Fenda’s brash, pained invective that helps the album succeed.
Chuck opens with mission statement I Am for the Poor on McGregor’s new Ghetto rhythm. The sufferers’ themes continue with Heights (using the ’83 rhythm) and Survivor (on the Rocksteady) before a switch to horticulture for Herbalist Farmer (over the Drop It).
Shane Brown, who worked on The Living Fire, contributes his synth-string-driven Nylon rhythm for It’s Getting Serious. Other guests include the angelic I Wayne on the ballad Thin Line; the deep voiced Bushman on Tough Time; and basic dancehall veteran Sammy Dread with a recut of his hit M16, renamed Bad Boy.
For the final act Fenda shows his tender side. The set’s only love song, Girl You Make Me Cry, is made all the more poignant by his strained delivery. Two prayer pieces, Why Should I and Our Father, conclude a rewarding listen.