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Shanachie Announces Signing Of The Big Ska Band!

Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce that we have concluded a deal to release the new album by The Big Ska Band, led by Grammy-winning producer/bassist Joe Ferry (producer of The Skatalites, Dr. John, Sue Foley, etc. The first Big Ska Band single from the album, "Carry On", which features lead vocals by Corey Glover of Living Colour and Joey Ray, will be released in late September with an album to follow early next year.  In addition to Corey Glover, featured on the album will be Lester Stirling and Nathan Breedlove of The Skatalites, and Alan Jax Bowers, drummer/percussionist with Jimmy Buffet.  This powerhouse line-up, the latest version of Big Ska Band, hits the road beginning this Fall.



Long-time Powerhouse Indie label SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT Proudly Announces Launch of their First Merchandise Web Store, a Partnership with New York Based MerchDirect.com.

Shanachie Entertainment is proud to announce the launching of their first merchandise web store. This exciting venture will launch with clothing attire featuring logos as well as album art from the label’s illustrious catalogue that includes collectors’ items from the worlds of vintage blues classic reggae and world music. SVP/Sales & Marketing/Digital Rick Rosenberg states, "Over the years, we’ve had quite a few inquiries from long time Shanachie followers about where they can get a t-shirt or a sweatshirt with our famous logo.” Rosenberg continues, “However we are a record label—not a clothing store. While merchandising opportunities existed, it wasn’t until we discovered the seamless process that MerchDirect offers that we felt it was time to create this opportunity for our fans to purchase the merchandise they are looking for without having to go full borne into the merchandise business.” Rosenberg adds that Shanachie is starting small, but hopes to expand on their new web store as time goes on. “Right now we are offering a few select items with our logo, the logo of our respected and famous historical blues label Yazoo, and some of our more iconic album covers from artists such as Augustus Pablo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Culture and others. However, we hope this is just the start to being able to provide the fans with unique items and merchandise that they won’t be able to get anywhere else”.

The Shanachie Merchandise web store is live now and can be accessed at shanachie.merchdirect.com

About Shanachie:
Shanachie Entertainment is one of America’s most successful and long-lived independent labels, and its story is a fascinating tale of a constantly evolving company animated by a relentless drive to bring outstanding music and video to audiences worldwide. The label has released projects of legends, hit-makers, musical masters and cult icons in the realms of R & B, jazz, alternative music, reggae, blues, country music, singer-song-writers and more. Whether scoring radio hits and Grammy Awards or simply bringing to market critically-acclaimed recordings, Shanachie has been proud to present the work of an array of brilliant artists. Additionally, Shanachie’s video division has released an impressive catalog of documentaries, concerts, movies and TV shows.

Legendary Multi-Platinum Selling R&B Diva, Songwriter, Pioneering Hip Hop Star & Actress Angie Stone Readies for New CD November 2015!

Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Lenny Kravitz to Moby, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube and Alicia Keys, to name a few. Rolling Stone Magazine once declared, "When soul music was in the lost and found, she came along to claim it." It is this belief that has made Stone the go-to woman for three different record labels when they were creating a new sound and vision. In the 70s it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records, when she was one of the first recorded female rappers/singers in the ground-breaking trio Sequence. Their hit "Funk You Up" is a classic that gets folks moving to this day! Fast forward, Clive Davis tapped Stone's iconic sound in the early 2000's, when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label and Stone Love.  The in demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she's starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. November 2015 Stone will release her new CD Dream on Shanachie Entertainment in collaboration with Conjunction Entertainment Inc. Music Executive/Producer Walter W. Millsap III (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez) and TopNotch Music.  The album's first single, "2 Bad Habits," is soon to ship to radio.  At last Angie Stone's story will fully be told as she will be a featured artist later this month in an upcoming episode of  BET/Centric TV's Being, which profiles notable artists and personalities.

"As much success as Angie Stone has had, I still feel that she is under-recognized, given all the things that she has achieved, " notes Shanachie General Manger Randall Grass. "When you put it all together, her story is amazing, from being part of the first female rap group to being one of the best, most soulful vocalists of the past couple decades to her work as a songwriter and actress. We are very excited to be working with her and look forward to truly tell 'the Angie Stone story' to its fullest!"

Classic Titles From The Legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo Available Digitally For The First Time!

Hot on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s founding by Joseph Shabalala, Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce the debut digital release of three “best of” compilations that together comprise their greatest work: Best Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Best Of - Vol. 2, and Classic Tracks.  Founded in the mid-sixties in South Africa, the revered vocal group has performed and recorded with greats such as Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, and of course most famously, Paul Simon on the legendary Graceland album.  With a joyful sound unlike anyone else, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s beautiful harmonies and rhythms are sure to delight you as much as they delighted Paul Simon and many other of the biggest names in the world of music.   All three titles will available digitally for the first time ever on 7.24.15, are available for pre-order now, and for a limited time will be on sale for $7.99 each.  Check them out on iTunes:

Best Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo 
The Best Of - Vol. 2 
Classic Tracks 

Incognito Releases Charity Single To Aid Earthquake Victims In Nepal

In the wake of the recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, UK Jazz band Incognito has released a single/EP, “Send Your Love”, to raise support for the victims of the disaster.  Band leader Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick states:


"In response to the great tragedy suffered by the people of Nepal, we felt compelled to use our talents and resources to take immediate action by coming together to make a song for Nepal. All the funds raised will be donated to UNICEF(US) to help some of the 1.7 million children who require humanitarian assistance. UNICEF is already on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families.  The result of our efforts is... Incognito “"Send Your Love””.  Your  support will go a long way towards helping to provide basic health care, nourishment, sanitation, shelter and funds towards the clearing and rebuilding in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake.  Thank you and One Love!
Peace… Bluey”.


“Send Your Love” is available on iTunes here.

Spring Starts With A Bang at Shanachie!

Shanachie Entertainment roars into Spring 2015 with 4 exciting releases for the month of April!


The Sax Pack - Power Of 3
Featuring 3 of the most revered saxophonists in the world of music, let alone Jazz, The Sax Pack is a delight to listen to.  Bringing the talents of Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, and Steve Cole together for a third time in the studio, Power Of 3 is sure to delight both old and new fans alike.  Highlights include  the sensual ballad “Shine On,” the joyous and funky “Power Of 3” plus more brilliant Sax Pack originals!  Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.  Also, check out their video for "Sooner Or Later" here.



Bluey - Life Between The Notes
The masterful mind behind legendary UK Acid Jazz outfit Incognito, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick has been writing and producing top quality music for decades.  Now, in his latest endeavors, he has ventured into the realm of solo recordings (while still recording and touring actively with Incognito).  His first solo effort, Leap Of Faith, was met with universal praise for its ingenuity.  With Life Between The Notes, Bluey delivers the same creativity, originality, and infectious melodies and grooves he’s so well known for, all while bringing a completely fresh musical palette to the table.  Highlights include the uplifting “Tomorrow Never Lies,” the hard driving “Dance To My Drums,” the soulful “Hold On,” the Latin-tinged “Columbus Avenue” and much more!  Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.

ConFunkShun - More Than Love
ConFunkShun has been one of the most respected and renowned bands in R&B History since the mid 70s, still receiving significant radio airplay on their plethora of hits from the 70s and 80s even to this day.  Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, the band has returned to the studio to put out a new album, and it is as if they’d never stopped recording.  With a delightfully fresh, yet timeless collection of original songs, More Than Love is certain to woo a whole new generation of listeners while still thrilling longtime devotées of the band.  Highlights include hot singles “Your Night” and “I Miss You, and much, much more!  Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.  Also, check out their videos for "Your Night" and "I Miss You".

Orgone - Beyond The Sun
With a high-energy sound all their own, and an impressive resumé including working with superstars Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green, Orgone is all at once a throwback to a bygone, golden era in music and also a revolutionary and original group in today’s music scene.  Filled with exuberant grooves and melodies that practically compel the listener to break out in dance, Beyond The Sun is a must-have for all fans of funk music.  Highlights range from the “in the pocket” funk of “Don't Push Your Luck” to the evocative balladry of “No Pain” to the clubby-jam of the title track and the scorching instrumental workouts on “Meat Machine” and “Sabi.”  Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Debuts @ #3 On Billboard Blues Chart With “So Delicious"!

So Delicious, the seventh studio album from renowned Blues/Rock outfit Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band blew out of the gate and already is making its mark on the blues world, debuting this week at a lofty #3 spot on the Billboard blues chart.  With strong support from independent retail—including release week in-stores at legendary locations like Landlocked, Indy CD & Vinyl, Culture Clash, Shake It, Grimey’s and Vintage VinylSo Delicious continues a string of critically and commercially acclaimed releases from The Rev and his unique musical crew.  Now in the midst of a flurry of tour dates which span both the U.S. and around the globe, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are setting themselves up for an even greater level of success and notoriety as a group that is truly keeping the blues alive and well.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is something of a phenomenon in today’s music scene.  Amidst a bevy of so-called “roots” artists, the Rev. and crew truly embody the roots of American music.  Citing legends like Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters as influences, the Big Damn Band’s music exhibits a more genuine homage to the early blues greats than almost anything produced today, all delivered with a ferocious energy.  In light of the authenticity of their sound and vibe, legendary Shanachie Blues imprint Yazoo Records is the perfect match for The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.


For more info on the Big Damn Band and their tour schedule, head here.

Check out the album on iTunes and Amazon.


Legendary Shanachie Blues Imprint Yazoo Featured on iTunes Blues Page!

Some of Shanachie Entertainment’s most treasured material is now being featured at iTunes!  Yazoo Records, an early American Blues, Country, Jazz and Roots label acquired by Shanachie in 1989, has long been a definitive source for the very best in authentic early American music.  With titles from legends like Charlie Patton, Skip James, Big Bill Bronzy and Barbecue Bob, Yazoo is keeping the blues alive after all these years.  Click here to see the titles being featured at iTunes, and take a step back in time as you discover and rediscover these gems of Americana.

For more info on Yazoo, head here.

Phil Perry & Marion Meadows Debut @ #1 and #2!

2015 is off to a roaring start for Shanachie Entertainment.  With a bevy of exciting newly signed acts (including The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Teedra Moses, Jeff Bradshaw, and James Lloyd, just to name a few), Shanachie is poised to have a banner year.  Kicking off strong for 2015, Phil Perry and Marion Meadows have debuted at #1 and #2 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts for the week, respectively.  Perry’s A Better Man showcases his supple, emotive tenor better than ever, and Meadows’ Soul Traveler brings the sensuous, otherworldly vibes that have made him a Smooth Jazz star.  Stay tuned to keep abreast of all the exciting releases coming down the pike and experience why Shanachie is hailed as one of the premiere purveyors of quality music, year after year.

Check out A Better Man and Soul Traveler on iTunes.

Legendary Broadway & Jazz Singer to perform LIVE at NYC Barnes & Noble Store

Legendary chanteuse Ann Hampton Callaway, who is in the midst of a massive Coast to Coast tour in support of her lush live album From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project, will perform live and sign copies of her new release at the Upper East Side, Manhattan Barnes & Noble Store on Thursday December 11th @ 7:00pm.  Callaway, who is hailed as one of the premier vocal performers in the world, will bring her incredible charm and stage presence to her faithful and adoring fans as she performs a few songs from the new album while interacting with guests.  There will be priority seating given with the purchase of From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project

The event will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  The address for the store is:

86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY  10028

The venue can be reached by phone at 212-369-2180.  Click here to see the event page on Barnes & Noble’s site.

From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project From Ann Hampton Callaway Available Now! Win Ann Hampton Callaway Concert Tickets!

Ann Hampton Callaway’s lush live album, From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project, is available everywhere now.  Check out the album on iTunes and Amazon, and click here to listen to a stream of Ann performing “Misty” from this dynamic release!

Additionally we at Shanachie Entertainment are giving Ann’s loving fans the chance to win two free tickets to see Ann perform LIVE in concert!  What better way to experience why Ann is hailed as one of the premier live performers in the world!  For a chance to win, simply purchase From Sassy To Divine and send in a photo with proof of purchase to contest@shanachie.com.  Acceptable proofs of purchase:

- iTunes receipt

- Paper or email receipt from a physical retailer

- Email receipt from an online retailer such as Amazon

If you’ve already purchased the album, you still qualify to enter…simply send your receipt from the date of purchase.  A winner will be randomly drawn for each of the shows listed below and will receive two free tickets to see Ann LIVE!  Please note in your email entry which show you’re entering the contest for.  All travel arrangements are the responsibility of the ticket winners.

  • November 25, 2014 - 54 Below - New York, NY
  • November 26, 2014 - 54 Below - New York, NY
  • December 4, 2014 - Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
  • January 2, 2015 - The Royal Room at the Colony - Palm Beach, FL
  • February 12, 2015 - Abravanel Hall - Salt Lake City, UT

All entries must be received no later than Friday, November 21, 2014.  Winners will be notified prior to the show they've entered for.


2014 has seen Shanachie Entertainment release a bevy of stellar music in every style, from long time greats like Jennifer Holliday to exciting new acts like Avery*Sunshine.  As the late Summer turns to early Fall, Shanachie is pleased to announce the release of albums from two legends: Jazz/Broadway chanteuse Ann Hampton Callaway, and Reggae luminary Willi Williams.

Ann Hampton Callaway’s album, From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project drops Tuesday, September 16.  The album, a beautiful live concert recorded at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City, features Callaway’s supple voice soaring over exquisite piano arrangements of some of Vaughan’s greatest songs.  There is a significant buzz on the record around the Jazz community, with Callaway’s performance being unanimously hailed as nothing less than extraordinary.  In support of the record, Ann is in the midst of a busy coast to coast tour which runs all the way through Spring 2015.

Willi Williams’ album, Unification: From Channel One To King Tubby’s With Willi Williams & Yabby You drops Tuesday, September 30, and is a “lost” treasure of a recording of Williams in association with fellow roots Reggae legend Yabby You. Recorded at both the fabled Channel One and King Tubby’s studios in the late seventies, the golden age of reggae, this project is an absolute must for collectors and lovers of classic Roots Reggae music!  Williams is also planning a tour in support of the release.

Shanachie Signs ConFunkShun For New Album

Shanachie Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of classic R & B/funk band ConFunkShun and will release the band’s first new studio album since their initial break up in 1986.  ConFunkShun initially broke through in the "golden age" of self-contained R & B bands in the 1970's, joining such ground-breaking ensembles as Earth, Wind & Fire, War,  The Meters, Kool & The Gang and many others as innovative hit-makers.  ConFunkShun had 25 chart singles from 1977 – 1986, including 5 Top Ten hits and sold millions of albums.  The band broke up when Michael Cooper went  solo in 1986; he enjoyed a successful solo career in the ensuing decade.  After playing some successful performances in the new Millennium the band reunited with key members, including lead vocalists Michael Cooper and Felton Pilate.  The new album will be released in the Fall following a heavy touring schedule this Summer.  This signals the true re-emergence of one of R & B's greatest bands!



Jamaica’s Luciano, the foremost singer of roots reggae to have emerged during the past twenty years, celebrates the release of My Soul,  a brand-new inspirational single, with a coast to coast U.S. tour which runs through June and into July. My Soul, released on Shanachie Entertainment June 5th, is an inspirational ballad which adds another flavor to Luciano’s already diverse palette, including a rock-style guitar solo. Produced by C & I Productions, the team who produced Luciano’s 2005 album JAH WORDS, My Soul is a conscious attempt to deliver his message in a musical setting that will be accessible to a wide variety of listeners, not just reggae fans.

"Over the years I have listened to other international icons like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Jim Reeves," relates Luciano.  By listening to all these great brothers, I have learned to appreciate other works and see that there are no barriers in music. Although I am well known as a cultural reggae singer, I have an International message and so I cannot deliver it just to reggae fans. I have to extend it to people from all walks of life"

My Soul showcases the evocative timbre and extraordinary power of Luciano’s singing, showing that his talent and ability to touch people’s hearts transcends genre.  With the ongoing controversy over the lack of substance and often negative lyrical content on recordings coming out of Jamaica today, Luciano’s consistent presence as both a touring and recording artist gives badly-needed substance to music fans hungry for uplifting music.

As great as his recordings are, Luciano truly reaches higher heights when performing live, which has enabled him to be one of the most active touring reggae artists in the world today. With the release of My Soul, Luciano demonstrates his continued commitment to artistic growth and musical quality.

Check out My Soul on iTunes here, and get more info on his tour here!


Platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R & B, Jazz and African styles. Like Sade before her, she is now set to conquer America, having just released Rise Again, her US debut. The album’s first single, "Feel Good," is a slinky, jazzy re-mix of one of her major South African hits, a perfect showcase for Lira's soulful, melodious singing style. That unique style led Essence Magazine to name her as one of "Five Unique Artists To Change Music in 2012.” 

"Lira has all the ingredients to be a star in the U.S.," says Shanachie General Manager Randall Grass. "She has a unique sound, a wonderful voice, model-quality looks and is already a popular artist, not only in Africa but in much of Europe as well, with a wide-ranging appeal to Jazz, R & B, World music and Pop audiences."

Rise Again is the perfect introduction to the full-spectrum of Lira’s artistry. Songs such as “With My Eyes” and “Typical” highlight her sultry vocal tone on songs that deal with the subtleties of romantic relationships. “Rise Again,” “Feel Good” and “Believer” are all upbeat, inspirational, feel good anthems that exemplify Lira’s ability to touch people of all different backgrounds.  She incorporates reggae into “Valley Of Darkness” and “Call Me,” a natural move since reggae continues to be a vibrant presence on the contemporary African music scene. “Ixesha,” “Hamba” and “Phakade” are all African-language songs that bring South African musical textures to the fore.

Lira was born in Ekurhuleni, East of Johannesburg, South Africa. Having grown up listening to Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, she began writing songs and performing at age 16. In 2000, she was discovered by the musician producer Arthur Mafokate, who signed her to his label, releasing her debut album All My Love in 2003. The title track surpassed Beyonce's "Dangerously In Love" on a chart-topping run. She was then signed to Sony Music in South Africa and saw her debut Sony album win awards at the South African Music Awards (SAMA), the South African equivalent of the Grammy awards. In summer of 2010 she joined such artists as Alicia Keys, Shakira, K'Naan and John Legend as featured performer in the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert. That year she also made her cinematic debut as the support lead in the Italian feature film Consul. The Star newspaper in South Africa declared her the foremost Adult Contemporary solo artist in South Africa.  The release of her high-end concert DVD, Live In Concert: A Celebration, was certified Triple-Platinum and  knocked Celine Dion's Live In Las Vegas out of the #1 spot on the video sales chart. Her first two Sony albums were likewise certified Platinum. Lira has appeared on the cover of more than twenty magazines around the world and has the largest Facebook following of any South African musician with over 400,000 fans. She also received a BET Awards nomination as "Best International Artist" in 2012. With the release of Rise Again, American audiences will at last experience the magic Lira has brought to audiences in Europe and Africa.

All of the songs on Rise Again are written or co-written by Lira, except the deeply moving “Something Inside So Strong,” written by Labi Siffre.  Lira performed the song for Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebration.  Having just announced a nationwide US Summer tour, Lira is clearly poised for a major stateside breakthrough. 

For more info on Lira, including tour dates, click here.  To watch her new video for “Feel Good”, click here.


Check out Rise Again on iTunes.


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The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
Rusted Root (w/Donna the Buffalo)
Music Farm - Charlotte, NC
Brian Simpson
Berks Jazz Fest - Reading, PA
Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
DSTV Delicious 2014 - Johannesburg, South Africa
Regattabar - Cambridge, MA
Embassy Theatre - Fort Wayne, IN
Club AmVet - South Bend, IN
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Capital Jazz Fest - Columbia, MD