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.
After delivering a triad of noteworthy performances at the 2017 installment of Reggae Sumfest along with Beach Cawvinz in Portland and Alligator Pond over the Independence weekend. It is clear that the Dancehall community has given 4thGenna recording artiste Govana the stamp of approval as the next big star emerging out of Jamaica.
Patiently honing his skill-set under the tutelage of Aidonia for a number of years, the Spanish Town native whose given name is Romeo Nelson has officially stepped out of his mentor’s shadow to become a solo act and is already commanding attention with uptempo tracks like ‘No Complaining’ and ‘Happy’. The latter currently occupies the No.7 spot on the Magnum Pree Dis Dancehall Top Ten chart.
However, it’s his latest effort ‘Gyal Clown’ recorded on the Genna Bounce rhythm (also features the monster hit ‘Yeah Yeah’ by Aidonia) that has thrust him even further into the spotlight subsequently leading to several international players expressing an interest to work with the fast rising star.
According to Govana, “Gyal Clown is definitely opening a lot of doors for me presently. Aside from being one of the most rotated songs for the summer, several overseas agents have been reaching out to my management team wanting shows and also to collaborate on various projects, for that I am thankful. However, at present, I am not at liberty to speak on everything but when the time is right all will be revealed.”
Govana further explained fans can look out for a lot of new material in the months ahead both audio and visual. He recently released the official video for ‘Shallow Grung’ a gritty street composition that has amassed over 100,000+ views via Vevo since it premiered late June. The video was shot by burgeoning director 300K
In retrospect of his journey and current rise, Govana said, “The journey has been like a roller coaster in a lot of ways, but there is nothing that I regret. The tougher the battle, the sweeter the victory. I’ve had to fight to reach where I am and the fighting has helped me to cement myself in the streets of Jamaica. I’ve paid my toll and I’m happy to finally see the highway,” he added
Grammy nominated Reggae artiste Wayne Wonder continues to deliver world class music with the release of his single “Falling”. The track which was produced by Tony Kelly became available for streaming as of July 18, 2017. “Being consistent within the music industry takes hard work. I have been blessed with a talent that I am able to utilize in a positive way to bring forth good music. I respect all my supporters that have helped to keep my work relevant over the years”, Shared Wayne Wonder.
With the video already racking up over 60,000 views, Wayne Wonder describes this project as a sure hit. “The video was shot and directed in Kingston, Jamaica by Parpworth. I shot the video in Jamaica to maintain that authentic Caribbean flavor that the rest of the world craves. My fan base is much diversified and composing tracks that appeal to each demographic takes hard work and this one is a sure hit”, he said.
Speaking with the internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, he shares that the success this single has seen thus far is based on experience and a good marketing team. “My team and I are focused on bringing this single to the top. We put together a very effective marketing plan and we are seeing positive results. The single has already made its way on to the European market and we are working tirelessly to dominate the Caribbean Reggae scene. I’m promoting this single while touring because the work never ends, currently, I have shows lined up in France and Canada”, he shared.
Wayne Wonder, who is known for hits such as: “No Letting Go”, “Bounce Along”, “Slowly But Surely” and “Perfect Proposal” shares that he will be releasing a slew of new singles that will appeal to the new generation while still pleasing his day one fan. “In coming months, I will be presenting a new catalog to the Reggae scene and I am positive that my fans will enjoy each track presented. Music is evolving and it is important to grow but at the same time be grounded” Shred the singer.
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Considered one of the most important seasons on the social calendar especially for entertainment. Top-flight deejay Aidonia is making sure his presence is felt across the space this summer.
Arguably one of the best year of his career, the 4thGenna Music recording artiste continues to dominate not only through concert appearances but also with the release of several singles and videos including his overnight hit ‘Yeah Yeah’, the follow-up to the monster single ‘Banga’. Produced by 4th Genna Music and Emudio Records the song continues to gain tremendous traction across the globe while bullying its way onto several charts across the diaspora.
Though still in its infancy ‘Yeah Yeah’ is already being considered by several industry players as a top contender for ‘anthem of the summer.
When cancelled so we had to kick things into high gear. Aside from the rhyming it was just the timing. We give thanks for the response because it’s really moving fast.”
Delivering a commendable set at this years Reggae Sumfest the ‘Banga’ hit-maker not also thrilled his fans but was also named ‘Best Dress Male Entertainer’ of the night as he emerged on stage donning a yellow and white designer ensemble, for which the fans, especially the female populous showed their approval.