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Download : Versatyle’s new single I Needed You Baby – Entertainment

Posted by Dresonic on May 23, 2009

Versatyle's song art

Versatyle's Song Art

Download :  I Needed You Baby

Representing the island of Jamaica, Versatyle displays creativity and passion in his music. Versatyle also sings, writes and performs with the group RuguNation which is also Jamaican based. Check out Versatyle on myspace or contact him by email at rugunationmusic@gmail.com for dubs, or shout outs.

Check it out SonicSurfers….!!!!Dresonic certified link….!!!!

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Buju under fire for his statements – Entertainment

Posted by Dresonic on May 4, 2009

As the Buju Banton, ‘Marley is not the greatest’ debate rages on, a reader, Newell Morgan, responds to the Gargamel’s statement published in the Entertainment section of yesterday’s Observer.

Buju Banton

Deejay Buju Banton needs to know people are not slave driver’s protégés because they do not agree with what he is saying. A slave master’s protégé is one who becomes very angry when challenged because his way is the only way. He uses derogatory words to describe people; he does not credit nor reward people for their work and he is far from humble and believes in ‘switch and bait’.

Buju needs to put what he said in context – since he is certain that we have taken him out of context – so that we can “treat him fairly”.

Bob Marley opened the door many years ago and no one, as yet, has been able to walk through. Do not be fooled, there have been song-writers, musicians, promoters, disc jockeys and sound system players, artistes and promoters who have all worked hard to make this music strong, but were never credited. Point taken, but as we move forward we cannot stray from the music and expect greatness.

When Peter Tosh was asked to describe reggae music, he said, “This is a spiritual music with spiritual ingredients for spiritual purposes. It’s a music you feel.”

Are we still using the ingredients? Could that be part of why we are coming up short? Or could it be that artistes do not find benefit in a mentor or guide who will inspire growth?

Have proper business plans given way to might, brute force and hustle? Reggae music was made to take over the four corners of the earth; the founders had a solid vision and during some rough times they worked overtime to perfect their craft. So if people were to calm down and be open-minded and go back to basics and revisit the work ethic and the ingredients of the founders, they would be much better off for having done so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bob Marley is not the greatest musician – Buju

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

Recording artiste Buju Banton says that Bob Marley is not the greatest Jamaican musician and that this fixation on the reggae icon has hurt the growth of the music.

Banton… I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago

Banton respects Marley’s music but argued that calling him the greatest logically implies that no better can follow.

“I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago, but as a pretext of a living being, working earnestly. If man cannot do what others have done in these times we might as well die,” he told a mixed crowd at the launch of Rasta Got Soul, his new album, at the University of the West Indies on Thursday. “You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don’t believe that, because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don’t kill our culture with one living one. Enough is Enough.”

Currently Bob Marley’s album Legend continues to top iTunes reggae charts in every major reggae market except Japan, even as Mavado, Banton and Jah Cure released new albums this month. Downloaders in 19 of the 22 listed countries are buying Marley’s 1984 album above any other reggae album on iTunes, arguably the Internet’s most popular online music store. These online sales will add to the album’s sales which have surpassed 20 million. Comparatively, the average reggae album sells some 5,000 units worldwide.

Bob Marley

Banton’s comments received claps from the crowd. He then evidenced his point with reference to Marley’s sons who receive the brunt of the comparisons. “Bob had nine sons, allow the youths to be who they are destined to be, because once you do that they automatically fade away. Don’t line me up with anybody. Don’t parallel me and then you find you kill I. I can learn from the great ones and can learn by the wheel, but I don’t want to be that someone who you only see in that shadow,” said Banton who had been compared to Marley with his 1995 release Til Shiloh.

That album had songs in the reggae folk tradition with Untold Stories being its classic hit. Even 14 years after the release it’s frequently compared with Marley’s Redemption Song. Til Shiloh had set the standard for subsequent Banton releases, but Banton has been torn between two lovers: dancehall and reggae. But on his new 15 track album both genres are included. Banton released Reggae Got Soul via his own record label Gargamel Music Inc, via a Tommy Boy distribution deal.

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