Singer-Songwriter Natel is back with another original dancehall infused, pop track. This time the Jamaican “Rude Bwoy” teamed up with songstress, Kim Nain, alongside Webzsta Inc.’s producer, Bcanic, for the catchy track. As it released, “Sweat” instantaneously took over the summer, with various dancers from the world taking to the track while posting videos of their routines on social media platforms such as YouTube and Instragram. The song also hit several charts including France’s NRJ Top 40 charts and UK’s Urban Club Charts almost instantly and is still charting alongside artists such as Jay Z, Chris Brown and Stylo G.
The team got together with dancehall icon, Mr. Vegas to create a remix for the hit, produced by Natel Music Records, the remix is planned to release late november. Fans who caught a snippet on Instagram stories have already given the track two thumbs up and are patiently waiting for the new release.
Considered one of North America’s premium publications, focusing primarily on urban lifestyle, art, fashion, politics and religion of the Caribbean territories. The Canadian based L3 Magazine shines the spotlight on Jamaican dancehall star Aidonia in the October edition of its supplement.
Featured on pages 24 and 25, the 4th Genna boss who has been riding a wave of success over the past year elaborated on his recent musical exploits in Europe and North America, his 2017 summer anthem ‘Yeah Yeah’, amid divulging some deets about the upcoming album slated to release in the first quarter of 2018.
Alluding to the still-untitled album the entertainer said, “I want to provide fans with something exceptional, hence I believe as an artiste it is extremely important to take the time and effort to mould each record in the best way I possibly can."
CreativA MediA | Bad Mind Never Prevails! That’s a fact! Let this phrase settle in your mind! These words are lyrics featured in the first single from LFS Music titled “No Weapon”; five newly added faces to the Caribbean music scene. Already, their sound is causing much chatter in the musical sphere. It makes sense that it would; their promising talents individually make their unit quite distinct.
Frontlined by award-winning songwriter turned performer, Nkosi “Kosi” Blackburne and his brother Jabari “Jabz” Blackburne, LFS also includes a professional drummer (Jamal “Kiddo” Joseph), Producer/Sound Engineer (Julius “Whixxkid” Le Gendre) and Disc Jockey (Curtis “DJ Toonkie” Julien). Their belief, in the paramount importance of positivity, motivated the use of an excerpt from one of the most popular biblical verses; “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper".
No Weapon’ is filled with positive connotations that accompany the happiest music in the world; Soca. “All them try they go fail”, “Try again”, “Dash them with holy water” and “Once we have faith we straight” are four of the many phrases that speak to triumph and faith. The track was written by Nkosi and Jabari Blackburne and produced by Twin Island studios with additional production by Kasey Phillips of Precison Productions.
As they prepare to hit the ground running for Carnival 2018, they are guided by one specific equation; Loyalty + Focus = Success (LFS). No reasoning is required to indulge in positivity, but if one is mandatory; look at the world.
Amidst a full roster of activities for the season, dancehall troubadour Aidonia is currently immersed in the studio working on material for his upcoming album.
Despite releasing ‘Project Sweat’ two years earlier, for which he received an honourable mention from Billboard Magazine and a top ten debut on the iTunes 100 Albums Chart. The ten-track compilation was presented as an EP and not an album. However, this latest body of work will mark the deejay’s official album debut since his emergence on the scene over a decade ago.
Alluding to the lengthy timeline for the album Aidonia says it’s all about timing and he wanted to deviate from the norm, but still, provide an offering that fans and the wider populous will appreciate musically.
“I want to provide fans with something exceptional that will transcend time and geographic boundaries. I am not a big fan of expendable music, hence I believe as an artiste it is extremely important to take the time and effort to mould each record on the album in the best way I possibly can. If I expect people to buy this it’s only fair that they receive their monies worth.” – Aidonia said.
“I want when someone downloads or puts my album into their player they can listen to the entire compilation from start to end without having to skip a song because it’s perceived as a sub-par effort.” – He added.
With no specific release date set, the ‘Yeah Yeah’ minstrel intimated that an approximate timeline would be for the first quarter of 2018. The compilation will be executively produced by his own 4th Genna Music imprint. When quizzed about possible collaborations a seemingly tight-lipped Aidonia says the album is still in its infancy and he doesn’t want to divulge too much at this time but hinted at a few surprises.
Meanwhile, dominating the FM airwaves and social scene with tracks like ‘Yeah Yeah’, ‘Fire’ and ‘IG Girls’ the deejay is now gearing up for a series of performances in Freeport and Nassau (the Bahamas) later this month.
Internationally, Aidonia’s summer anthem ‘Yeah Yeah’ was recently added to the ‘B-List’ of BBC 1Xtra’s Playlist where it now enjoys premium daytime rotation among a plethora of international A-listers.
Enjoying arguably the best year of his career, dancehall star Aidonia appears to be on a resolute path to conquer new terrains amid broadening his musical horizon.
Back from a three-week stint in Europe where he connected with new and existing fans while reaffirming his brand. The 4th Genna boss has now turned his attention to Africa, a growing market for Reggae and Dancehall that has the potential to eclipse Reggae-havens Europe and Japan in the foreseeable future.
With his sight firmly fixed on the Motherland, Aidonia late last week released a collaborative effort titled ‘My Queen’ featuring Ghanian superstar Shatta Wale. Recorded in New York City the Platinum Kids/Calli B produced single will be featured on their upcoming EP titled ‘Platinum Kids and Friends’ which is set for release later this year.
"In recent times I have been making a greater impact internationally especially in North America. I just got back from Europe and the support was overwhelming. So now we are looking into other markets where we can expand brand Aidonia and Africa is nicely poised. They have been calling for some time now so we are finally answering that call. This collaboration with Shatta Wale is just the first of several major projects in the work for the rest of the quarter." – Aidonia explained.
Also on the international front, the ‘Banga’ hitmaker continues to soar with his latest club anthem ‘Yeah Yeah’ which on Friday (September 1) was added to mainstream radio in Britain. The single was annexed to the ‘B-List’ of BBC 1Xtra’s Playlist which means the track will now enjoy premium day-time rotation alongside the likes of A-listers such as Drake, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyonce, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Busta Rhymes, French Montana among others. A feat accomplished by only a select group of Jamaican acts. A seemingly elated Aidonia said he was pleased with the revelation,
"The song has been doing extremely well but the news of its addition to BBC caught me totally by surprise. I was made aware by a member of my management team and I just want to say a big thank you to everyone including the fans who were integral in making this happen."
Locally, Aidonia wrapped up a pair of exhilarating performances at the just concluded Smirnoff IMAGE and the Pepsi Refresh Tour finale. The deejay his now back in the studio working on several upcoming audio and visual releases for the festive season.