(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Get ready to jump and wave to the sounds of the Caribbean with the latest installment in the award-winning franchise series Soca Gold 2011, scheduled for release fromVP Records on June 14, 2011. Packing tropical heat for the summer, Soca Gold 2011 is the definitive Soca collection featuring artists from throughout the Caribbean and spreading the sounds of carnival to the rest of the world, year round.
This year's compilation has the latest sizzlers from the trailblazers of the genre and is a collection Soca fans traditionally turn to each year to get their fill on the hottest Soca tunes. "This is the 15th anniversary for the Soca Gold franchise," reveals Edwin Howell, executive producer and A&R of the project. "It's the most acclaimed Soca album worldwide and we are proud to deliver all the different artists and singles that excite the Soca massive each year."
The 18-track collective showcases the kings and queens of mas including Machel Montano on his anthem "Coming Again," Iwer George on his carnival smash "Come To Me," Bunji Garlin and Problem Child on "Party Cyan Done," Edwin Yearwood and Patrice Roberts on "Neighbors," and Alison Hinds and Ziggi Rankin on "Baddest Wine," to name a few. It also features Reggae star Gyptian with his "Nah Let Go" Soca remix, Dancehall slayer Busy Signal with "Touch Road," and Chutney Monarch Rikki Jai with "White Oak and Water," to round out the full spectrum of sounds from across the Caribbean and is bound to electrify Soca fans worldwide.
1. Come To Meh - Iwer George 2. Guh Down - Lil Rick 3. Party Cyan Done - Bunji Garlin & Problem Child 4. Coming Again - Machel Montano 5. White Oak And Water - Rikki Jai 6. Touch Road - Busy Signal 7. Tight Spot - Luta 8. Neighbor - Edwin Yearwood & Patrice Roberts 9. Feel Like Wukkin - Destra 10. Nuttin Undah - Lyrikal 11. Drop It - Mr. Dale 12. All Of Your Body - Skinny Fabulous 13. Baddest Wine - Alison Hinds & Ziggy Ranks 14. Mashing Up - Iwer George 15. Nah Let Go (Soca Refix) - Gyptian 16. Buss Ah Lime - K.V. Charles 17. Soak It - Buffy 18. Leave De Cyat - Sean Caruth
Coming off of last months debut of his new album, The Proven Theory, Bronx, New York emcee YONAS is releasing his latest video, this one for the album's new single "Shy Kidz." It's a dizzying, conceptual video that offers visuals as striking as the song is catchy. Which is to say, very. The song, built around a four-to-the-floor, distorted beat, courtesy of producer Sean Divine, and a chorus that features YONAS' voice heavily effected as he sings, "My mind is a runway lately and you are my runaway," pits YONAS on a quest as he searches, perhaps endlessly, for what it is in the world that will fulfill him. Drawn out in metaphor through the video, which is directed by Nat Prinzi and produced by Better Days Productions, YONAS finds himself surrounded by masked women, continually eluded by what he desires most, the lady in red.
VANCOUVER, BC – Wandering Worx Music announced today the latest addition to its multitalented roster – L.A. hip-hop artist TriState, whose album drops later this year on the Canadian record label.
A member of the Gold Chain Military, which also features Wandering Worx artist Planet Asia, TriState has been building his hip-hop career since he first started rhyming in 1992. His triple threat status comes from the three most notable characteristics of his style – a husky toned vibrato combined with clever lyrics and charismatic delivery.
"We're always excited to add uniquely talented artists to our label and TriState is no exception," says Wandering Worx co-founder Rodney Davidson. "We can"t wait to create magic with him in the studio for his upcoming debut with Wandering Worx, and give hip-hop fans out there something fresh and unexpected."
Although Tristate is a new artist for Wandering Worx, he"s already a seasoned performer with an impressive resume. He's been featured on tracks produced by some of hip-hops most notable talent including DJ Khalil (Self Scientific, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Raekwon, G-UNIT and The Game), Thayod Ausar (Xzibit and Lloyd Banks), The Alchemist, Statik Selektah and he"s worked alongside Ne-Yo, The Alchemist, King T, XClan, Ras Kass, Tha Alkaholiks, Bad Azz and many others.
Based in Vancouver, BC, Wandering Worx Music launched in October 2010 as the official record label of Wandering Worx Entertainment. The label"s debut release, Rel!g!on"s "Revelationz 1", garnered critical acclaim, with the record"s first single "Lucid", featuring Moka Only and E.D.G.E, in rotation on Much Music. The label is also working closely with Grammy-winning Vancouver producer Chin Injeti, who produced two tracks on Eminem"s Recovery, which won Best Rap Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Free Download of "Trouble" off General Monks (Planet Asia & TriState) free debut album "Each Step Becomes Elevated" coming May 31, 2011 album will include features by Krondon, Ras Kass, Phil The Agony as well as production by Evidence and Rel!g!on and many others. http://tinyurl.com/WanderingWorxTrouble .
Culture Shock LA: "Which-a-Way?" Ford Theatre on June 4th
LOS ANGELES (May 2011) – Award-winning nonprofit community dance collective, Culture Shock LA is proud to present the world premiere of their hip hop dance production inspired by Dr. Seuss, "Which-a-Way?" on June 4 at the Ford Amphitheatre at 8:30pm. The new work, a boy's journey through a fantasy world, marks the fourth year of Culture Shock LA's participation in the Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season.
Tickets for "Which-a-Way?" are priced at $25 for adults, $15 for full-time students with ID and $12 for children 12 and under. Purchases can be made through www.fordtheatres.org and the Ford Box Office at 323 461-3673.
"Which-a-Way?" promises to build on the excitement generated by Culture Shock LA's 2010 work for the Ford, "The Soul Survivors: Seeking Refuge," an exploration of homelessness. Under the artistic direction of accomplished artistic directors, Diane Palaganas and Ritchie Ramirez, the show unites a diverse group of 65 talented dancers from various backgrounds and ages (ranging from 8-35) to bring an original hip hop/street interpretation of the Dr. Seuss classic, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!," to the stage.
"What is amazing about the production is that it continues Culture Shock LA's tradition of story-telling through the urban arts with a cast of community-minded, dynamic volunteer artists dedicated to using their talents to promote a positive message," says Arnel Calvario, Board President and Creative Advisor for Culture Shock LA. "Utilizing urban dance, spoken word, music and visual art, the company has really stepped outside the box with ‘Which-a-Way?' in an effort to really take the audience on a journey through the joys and struggles of life. The goal is to inspire, move, and entertain audiences of all ages while highlighting the importance of literacy. I'm truly proud of our company and the guest collaborators who have joined us as it is truly inspiring to witness innovative art come together for such an important cause," he adds.
Special guest choreographers, including Beau Fournier (Fanny Pak), Audrey Benson, Ray Basa, Elm Pizarro (founder of Boogiezone & Breed), and Michael "Bboy Mpact" Lor will also be adding their flavor to the night. Top DJs under the direction of Jon "Enerjon" Asperin will be on duty at the boards mixing tracks and providing the soundscape for each original routine in "Which-a-Way?"
Each scene in the production will set a different mood. From the stark darkness of the Alone Place to the vibrant flamboyant wackiness of the Fun & Fame land, the whimsical cartoonish staging is designed to make spectators feel as though they are the main character in the journey through this world of fantasy. "We are excited by the opportunity to create a fantasy world; it allows us to creatively think outside the box, but also presents the challenge of maintaining that fantastical setting throughout," says Allison Tanaka, Culture Shock LA's Director of Development and Programs. "The nonsensical and wacky framework that Dr. Seuss provides us with lends itself to so much imaginative interpretation," she describes.
"Which-a-Way?" is made possible through the generous support of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Supervisor Don Knabe's Arts Education Partnership Program, City of Torrance, Target, and the Arts Council for Long Beach.
The whole family is invited to join Culture Shock LA for its presentation of "Which-a-Way?" on June 4 at the Ford Amphitheatre.
ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK LA:
Culture Shock was founded in 1993, as a diverse collective of dancers brought together to share their ideas and passion for the emerging area of urban dance. In recent years, the company has undergone tremendous growth and focuses on educating the public on the history of the Hip Hop culture through discussion, performance, and instruction in art forms related to urban dance, music, poetry, and visual arts. The group hopes to dispel the negative stereotypes commonly associated with the Hip Hop genre by explaining its rich cultural history, showcasing its solid foundation in the arts, and promoting appreciation and respect for its cultural diversity. Culture Shock Los Angeles challenges its dancers with diverse and inventive performance pieces and uses its meaningful youth and outreach programs to further its mission: "We are a troupe of individuals who, through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect for all people."
In 2011, the company's dance education and performance work was recognized by the local Hip Hop dance community at the World of Dance Awards where they were honored as Nonprofit Organization of the Year.
ABOUT THE FORD AMPHITHEATRE
The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.
The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.
This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2011 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org .
Born and raised in Jamaica, and described vocally as a cross between Rihanna, Ke$sha and Beyonce, but with a style all her own, T (rudy has amost overnight caught the eye of leading industry tastemakers both inside the Caribbean and abroad.
Currently Trudy is busy writing songs and working in the studio with tracks from a "who's-who" of award-winning music producers , including Jamaican hit-makers Christopher Birch, Demarco, Conroy Forte, and in the US, Chuckey Charles, Jerry Flowers, Cirocco, Alvin Speights, Chris Bell and VIP (Chris & Craig Reeves).
Her first single "Booty" (which Trudy wrote) is already generating a buzz; 'The song sounds like it could be one of those summer smashes!" says DJ Skee, host of the new music show on KIIS in Los Angeles. Nick Vidal of The Baka Boyz says, "BOOTY is a hot record! It sounds original, like nothing else out there!"
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