Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Augustus Pablo is a legendary figure in reggae music, widely acknowledged, along with King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry as one of the prime architects of dub music, which has had a profound influence on hip-hop and electronica. Pablo was also a first-rate producer who launched the careers of such reggae legends as Jacob Miller and Hugh Mundell. He was also a highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist who played not only on his own recordings but as a session man on a number of great roots reggae recordings of other artists. He was an enigmatic figure who rarely performed in public, touring internationally only a handful of times in his nearly 30 years as a reggae artist. His greatness is demonstrated by the fact that two of his albums appear on most lists of the top reggae albums of all time--King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, widely considered the greatest dub album ever recorded and East Of The River Nile, one of the greatest instrumental reggae albums ever recorded.
Recorded in 1977 and initially released in Jamaica after the atmospheric, hypnotic title track created a sensation as a single release, East Of The River Nile was released internationally in the United States in 1981 by Shanachie Entertainment, following Shanachie's release of Pablo's Rockers Meet King Tubby Ina Firehouse as Pablo's first U.S. release in 1980. The release of these two critically-acclaimed albums propelled Pablo into mainstream consciousness for the first time. These releases began a nearly 20-year relationship between Pablo and Shanachie as the main North American outlet for Pablo's music up until his death in 1999. The enduring beauty of East Of The River Nile stems from its entrancing marriage of rhythm and melody, led most often by Pablo's uncanny soloing on melodica. The release by Shanachie Entertainment of East Of The River Nile on vinyl LP is the first time it has been legally available in vinyl form since 1989.
Augustus Pablo was born Horace Swaby in St. Andrew near Kingston, Jamaica in 1953 and was a teenage prodigy. At an early age Pablo was drawn to the sound system dances and in his early teens frequently cut school to hang out in downtown Kingston record shops and recording studios, absorbing everything he heard. Proficient on keyboards, by chance he tried playing a melodica belonging to a friend's girlfriend; entranced by it, he was told by the girl that he could have it. In young Swaby's hands, the melodica—essentially a child's toy—became an evocative solo instrument. One day he was standing outside Aquarius Studio with the melodica and Aquarius proprietor/producer Herman Chin-Loy, who happened to be searching for a unique sound for a recording, spotted him and asked him to play on a track. The result was successful and soon Pablo was playing on sessions regularly for Chin-Loy, who bestowed on Swaby the nom-de-plume Augustus Pablo, which Chin-Loy had invented as a vehicle for his instrumentalists. Pablo soon teamed up with school chum Clive Chin, whose parents owned Randy's Records recording studio, and scored such classic hits as "Java" and "Pablo In Dub." Early on, Pablo established his own sound system, Rockers International, and his own labels and began producing both his own recordings and for other artists. He forged a close relationship with King Tubby, the hugely influential producer, engineer and sound system operator generally acknowledged as the inventor of dub music. Pablo's 1975 dub recording "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" was a huge hit and the album of the same name because a reggae classic. Throughout the 70's Pablo recorded prolifically, re-cutting classic Studio One rhythms in heavier style and creating his own original rhythm tracks. His own recordings were either instrumentals, in which lead instruments played melody throughout, or dubs, which moved snatches of melody in and out of the mix. He also produced many great recordings by established artists such as Leroy (Heptones) Sibbles, Dillinger, and Johnny Osbourne, as well as new talent which he frequently discovered, including Hugh Mundell, Jacob Miller, Tetrack, Delroy Williams, Norris Reid, Jr. Reid, Junior Delgado and Earl Sixteen. The release of the single "East Of The River Nile" and album of the same name in 1977 was another landmark. The single, which was a radical re-working of a recording Pablo had originally done for Herman Chin-Loy, was unlike any other reggae recording or, indeed, any other piece of music anywhere. Its impact was immediate. Pablo continued recording and producing both his own works and that of other artists up until his untimely death at the age of 46 in 1999 from a collapsed lung devolving from a nerve disorder - Myasthenia Gravis. His work was always informed by a strong sense of spirituality and devotion to Rastafari. Pablo's legacy is multi-faceted, encompassing a number of certified reggae classics, a body of work of great originality and substance, and an exemplary devotion to artistic and spiritual purity.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Celebrated and world-renowned independent record label Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce their exclusive partnership with leading YouTube multi-channel network INDMUSIC. INDMUSIC will be focused on enhancing Shanachie’s existing YouTube channel and content while capitalizing on Shanachie’s eclectic and diverse catalog of music. “We’ve been searching for the right YouTube partner for some time” says Rick Rosenberg, Shanachie’s SR. VP, Sales & Marketing/Digital. “After meeting with INDMUSIC executives Brandon Martinez and Arshan Shadri, I knew that INDMUSIC had the independent spirit to match Shanachie, while also possessing the skills and knowledge to make sure we are maximized in the growing and changing space that is YouTube. We are excited to be working with INDMUSIC.”
“YouTube is a difficult platform to navigate for so many labels especially as they work with such robust catalogs of artists. As experts in monetization and the proper asset management, labels we've been working with find tremendous value in our approach to YouTube strategy," states INDMUSIC CEO Brandon Martinez. "Shanachie has a tremendous history and an excellent roster of talent and we're looking forward to teaming with them on engaging those best practices to collectively take both of our businesses to the next level."
About Shanachie Entertainment (www.shanachie.com)
From an upstart purveyor of traditional Irish music, Shanachie Entertainment has evolved to become one the of the most respected and diverse record labels in the music industry. Shanachie’s recordings have covered virtually every corner of the globe, unearthing gifts from many of the world’s greatest artists who may never have been heard by the masses were it not for their recordings. On the verge of celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Shanachie continues to flourish bringing a unique combination of musical quality, marketing and promotion expertise and personal attention to an ever-growing roster of special artists. Their eclectic roster and rich catalog spans every genre from R&B, Jazz, Reggae, Rock and Blues to Folk, World Music, Country, Gospel and beyond. Their artists have been featured on esteemed programs as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show,” “The View” and NPR among numerous other national outlets. With a string of commercial Radio hits, numerous Grammy wins and other prestigious industry recognition, Shanachie also has a video division, with over 150 titles including acclaimed documentaries and concert performances.
About INDMUSIC (www.indmusicnetwork.com)
INDMUSIC is YouTube’s largest independent music network with over 3.5B video views to date across its 1300 artists and labels including Mad Decent Records, Stones Throw Records, Robbins Entertainment, Okayplayer, Brendan Benson, Major Lazer and Soul Khan. Music on YouTube currently has poor monetization due to fractured rights’ issues - INDMUSIC solves this problem by specializing in optimization, monetization and analysis of YouTube distribution strategies for independent music content creators. INDMUSIC helps its partners monetize YouTube views without sacrificing creative control or rights to their content. The company was instrumental in claiming thousands of User Generated videos using Harlem Shake, which translated directly into increased digital download sales and generated valuable demographic, geographic and viewer watch habit insights for the artist, label (Mad Decent) and INDMUSIC. Founded in 2011 by Brandon Martinez and Jon Baltz, INDMUSIC is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
In accordance with our rich history as a purveyor of some of the best Reggae Music ever to be released, Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce it’s re-release of Rita Marley’s controversial (and wildly successful) single “One Draw”, an anthem for the pro-marijuana movement. The song, which was a Top 30 Billboard Dance Club Hit, hasn’t been available digitally until this Shanachie release.
It is important to realize the significance of ganja (marijuana) in Rastafarian culture and in Jamaican culture generally. Many (though not all) Rastas regard ganja as a spiritual aid and smoke it for purposes of meditation or ceremonially. In Jamaican society generally it is reasonably common for it to be smoked recreationally or simply as a way to deal with the stresses of life but also ganja tea has been used medicinally traditionally. It is regarded as an organic, herbal plant with beneficial uses, rather than a drug. Ironically, it seems that America is just now coming to a more Jamaican understanding of marijuana and the re-release of the full hit version of "One Draw" celebrates that development.
Rita Marley states:
"The release of One Draw in 1981 was during a very significant year for myself and my family. I never thought it would create the level of global controversy that it did, while still selling over 2 million copies. With the release 30 years later amidst all the discussion on the legalization of herb in the states, it shows how relevant and timeless music can be. To all Fans and Friends, Thank you for standing by me. We are happy to re-release "One Draw". Hope you enjoy now or better than you did before….Jah Bless you all."
A portion of proceeds from "One Draw” will benefit The Alpha and Omega Senior Daycare Center. This is the newest addition to the Rita Marley Foundation and the planned opening is for July 2014.
Friday, January 10, 2014
As the 56th annual Grammy Awards approach, Shanachie Entertainment proudly congratulates renowned R&B/Jazz singer Maysa Leak on being nominated for a coveted Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for her song “Quiet Fire”, off the Blue Velvet Soul Album. Having performed and collaborated with a plethora of greats in the R&B and Jazz worlds, including Stevie Wonder, Incognito, Pieces Of A Dream, Jonathan Butler, Will Downing, and Dwele, just to name a few, Maysa has established herself as one of the most respected vocalists in the industry. Blue Velvet Soul is Maysa’s 10th studio album, and with this Grammy Nomination, she has proven that she is still reaching for new heights of creativity and excellence. Be sure and tune in to the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which are being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA at 5:00pm PST. The show will be broadcast on CBS at 8pm ET.
To hear a stream of “Quiet Fire”, head here: http://bit.ly/1d5daQX
For more info on Blue Velvet Soul, head here: http://bit.ly/1i2Eq5S
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Renowned R&B, Jazz and Broadway chanteuse Jennifer Holliday, who created and defined the role of Effie “Melody” White in the smash hit musical Dreamgirls, is set to release her first studio effort in 23 years! Over the years, Holliday has made waves as a singer and actress, as well as scoring Tony and Grammy Awards, performing at the White House multiple times and collaborating with a plethora of greats such as Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and more. Now, Holliday is set to unveil her master work, The Song Is You, on January 21, 2014 on Shanachie Entertainment. The album, titled after Holliday’s rendering of a Jazz Standard made famous by Frank Sinatra, is the consummate example of passion, class, and musical excellence. Featuring Jennifer’s soaring, emotive vocals cascading over lush horns and strings, The Song Is You navigates through a tasteful selection of Jazz, Broadway and R&B standards, as well as some lesser-known but equally beautiful numbers. Having won legions of fans throughout her illustrious career, Jennifer Holliday is poised to make her indelible mark on the music world once more.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
As 2013 enters the stretch run, Shanachie Entertainment is seeing an unprecedented run of critical acclaim for its dynamic roster of soul/R&B artists with 9 nominations for the 2013 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards—the largest such show devoted to independent soul music. In Soultrack’s own words “this year's finalists are superb and represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2013”. The finalists representing Shanachie include:
- Independent Album Of The Year - "The Man"
- Male Vocalist Of The Year
- Song Of The Year - "Jesus I Want You"
- Female Vocalist Of The Year
Maysa & Bluey
- Song Of The Year - "Good Morning Sunrise"
- Female Vocalist Of The Year
- Male Vocalist Of The Year
Sandra St. Victor
- Female Vocalist Of The Year
Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson
- Duo Or Group Of The Year
Brand New Heavies
- Duo Or Group Of The Year
Swing Out Sister
- Duo Or Group Of The Year
Voting for these great awards is open to everyone! To be eligible to vote, simply go to SoulTracks.com and sign up for the Free email newsletter (signup box is located on the upper left of the Home Page). A personal ballot will be emailed to every person on SoulTracks' list on October 18. All votes must be received by October 30!
The winners will be announced at the SoulTracks international broadcast on Monday, December 9. Sign up now and vote for your favorite Shanachie Artists on the 18th!
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
R&B/Soul luminaries and longtime friends Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson have partnered up to create a fresh, vibrant new sound! Having sold millions of albums, and between them worked with heavyweights such as Kanye West, The Roots, Santana, R. Kelly and many others, Syleena & Musiq have established themselves as two of the premiere vocalists in the R&B & Soul landscape, and are excited to release a record together for the first time. The project, entitled 9ine, will be released digitally on 9.9.13, followed by a wide release on 9.10. Featuring the production talents of Reggae hit maker Kemar McGregor, 9ine promises to be a musical treat! To hear the lead single from 9ine, the feel good Reggae track "Feel The Fire", head here. Syleena & Musiq are planning a tour in support of their new material.
To keep updated on the latest developments on the 9ine project, connect with Syleena & Musiq on Social media:
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Continuing the relentless schedule of diverse, high quality releases coming out on Shanachie this year, two very different yet both highly gifted women are releasing albums: Exciting new signing Chanté Moore, with Moore Is More, & Keiko Matsui with Soul Quest.
Chanté Moore - Moore Is More
Moore Is More marks Chanté's 25th year in Show Business, and is her 8th studio effort. Displaying her versatility and vocal prowess on tracks that range in style from energetic Dance/Hip Hop to sultry Jazz to soulful R&B, Moore delivers a work that is fresh yet timeless. With her first record in 5 years coming out and a role in R&B Divas: L.A. alongside Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson, Michel'le, Lil Mo & Claudette Ortiz, Chanté Moore is poised to once again make her indelible mark on the entertainment landscape. Moore Is More is available for pre-order on iTunes & Amazon.
Keiko Matsui - Soul Quest
One of the most prolific artists in the Jazz World, Keiko Matsui is known for her distinct, crisp and hauntingly beautiful sound. Soul Quest, Keiko's 32nd album, does not disappoint, delivering the qualities her devoted fans have grown to expect and love, while introducing a bevy of fresh ideas and concepts. Having concluded a whirlwind Spring Tour, she is poised to start an equally relentless run of dates, starting in August and carrying through October. Soul Quest is available for pre-order on iTunes & Amazon.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Shanachie is pleased to announce the addition of another talented and highly respected artist to the ever expanding roster: Dallas born, Holland based R&B/Soul Chanteuse Sandra St. Victor. Sandra has a rich history: she's the former lead singer of acclaimed soul/funk/rock group The Family Stand, has been a vocalist for the likes of Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson and many other major artists, and her songs have been recorded by luminaries such as Prince & Chaka Khan. Now, for the first time in 12 years, she is releasing a solo project! Her new album, entitled Oya's Daughter will be released in September 2013, and features the producing talents of Mark de Clive-Lowe (Lauryn Hill, Jody Watley, Sy Smith, Omar) and Ty Macklin (India.Arie, Erykah Badu, N'dambi, Noel Gourdin).
To hear Sandra's new single, "I Prefer", head here.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Shanachie Entertainment is pleased to announce the newest member of the growing R&B/Soul roster, multi-talented entertainer Marques Houston. Marques broke onto the R&B landscape in the early 90's with the Hip Hop/R&B boy group Immature/IMx, and proceeded to release 6 albums with the mega boy band over the next decade. Houston then embarked on a solo career in 2003 and has since released 5 studio albums totaling over 1 million units in sales. Marques is also a well known screen actor, having been featured in seven films and two TV shows. Additionally Marques has collaborated with music industry heavyweights such as Destiny's Child, Jermaine Dupri, and 50 Cent.
Now, in 2013, Houston is putting the final touches on his 6th studio effort, entitled Famous, slated for an August 27th, 2013 release. A buzz single and video, "Speechless", have already been leaked and quickly built awareness that Marques Houston is back. The video can be seen here. In addition, Marques has rolled out a brand new single, "Give Your Love A Try". Check it out on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1awFiwZ. To see a sneak peak of the forthcoming video for "Give Your Love A Try", head here.
To connect with Marques online/via social media:
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Shanachie has long been one of the premiere contemporary Jazz labels in the business, with scores of Number 1 Hits and a stellar lineup of Contemporary Jazz greats such as Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Michael Franks and many others. In 2010, Shanachie released Transatlantic RPM, from seminal Acid Jazz group Incognito, marking a pronounced foray into the Acid Jazz world. Since that time, Shanachie has gone on to release another Incognito record, Surreal (2012). But this year, Acid Jazz has taken a front and center role in Shanachie's constantly evolving tapestry of genres.
To kick things off, Shanachie released Incognito frontman Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick's first solo album, Leap Of Faith on March 26. Famous for his collaborations with such greats as Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, George Benson and others, and of course for his legendary work with Incognito, Bluey has produced what is being hailed as some of the very finest work of his illustrious career.
Catch Bluey's video for "Got To Let My Feelings Show" here: http://bit.ly/12VCPFw
Check out the album on iTunes: http://bit.ly/14cFVdR
Next on the Horizon comes The Brand New Heavies, another of the early "Founding Fathers" of the Acid Jazz movement in the UK. BNH will release Forward, their first studio album since 2006, on May 21. Featuring the unique talents of original BNH vocalist N'Dea Davenport and Dawn Joseph, and of course their signature infectious grooves pulsating throughout, Forward is sure to please old and new fans alike.
Catch BNH's video for "Sunlight" here: http://bit.ly/11ju6mf
Check out the single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/13v4E9L
Pre-order the album: http://bit.ly/ZNvhra
Rounding out this dynamic line-up is Omar, a talent admired and sought after by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Estelle, and Common. Omar will release The Man, his 7th studio effort, on June 18. Dubbed "The Godfather of UK Soul", Omar has a sound and style all his own, and creative grooves and melodies that make him a rare and distinctive talent and a delight to listen to.
Catch Omar's video for "The Man" here: http://bit.ly/17M1ReG
Check out "The Man (Remixes) - EP" on iTunes...with the single and remixes by some of the world's best remixers, as well as an additional track from the upcoming album! http://bit.ly/13zw4fp
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The Flobots are back in action! After releasing the acclaimed The Circle In The Square last August, the Denver based hip-hop/rock act is back for another round of dates, with 30 shows running from May through mid-June and ranging from Coast to Coast. Joining them on this highly anticipated nationwide tour are Wheelchair Sports Camp, who like Flobots are passionate activists for a wide variety of social and humanitarian concerns, and who share Flobots' extreme popularity on the Denver music scene. For more info on the 2013 Flobots tour, as well as tour dates from the rest of our stellar lineup, head here: http://bit.ly/14WwsZ8 and be sure to check out the powerful full length release The Circle In The Square @ http://bit.ly/ZC1jpP.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The past week has been an eventful one at Shanachie, with two distinctly different yet renowned artists releasing brand new material.
Longtime Smooth Jazz star Brian Simpson released his fifth studio album, Just What You Need, on Tuesday, April 23. Featuring appearances from luminaries such as Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, and others, Just What You Need is some of Brian's very finest work, and is performing very strongly at iTunes, having held a Top 5 spot in the iTunes Jazz charts since its release! For more info on Brian's new album, head here: http://bit.ly/11nJzfP
The Brand New Heavies
Seminal Soul outfit The Brand New Heavies are set to release their first studio album in six years, the highly anticipated Forward, on May 21, 2013. To get things started, the Heavies have dropped a video for their first single, "Sunlight", and this week officially released the track on iTunes. Featuring the soulful vocals of N'Dea Davenport, "Sunlight" sports an infectious groove and a retro-cool vibe that is sure to please old and new fans alike! Die-hards should check for the creative “Sunlight” lyric video as well. Check out the single on iTunes: http://bit.ly/13v4E9L