Singer Diana Thompson releases EP ‘Trumuzic’ and single ‘Luv 4 U’

The singer known internationally as Diana Thompson (aka DD Rose) has released her latest EP record, “Trumuzic,” and a single, “Luv 4 U.” Both singles have been proudly published on the Mind Music Production independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Grooving with the original reggae and roots sound and produced with public radio and global sensations in mind, “Trumuzic” and “Luv 4 U” are evidence that Diana Thompson is a true voice of the island tone today.

Diana Thompson / DD Rose cites as main artistic influences Tarrus Riley, Marcia Griffiths, Tessanne Chin, Queen Ifrica, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston. DD Rose’s own sound takes elements from the roots and reggae traditions and adds to this her own, updated style which will appeal to fans of pop music, reggae and dancehall alike. This sound is warm, welcoming, and elegant, making for uplifting, toe-tapping music anyone can lose themselves in.

Speaking of the themes of her music, Mind Music Productions writes that, “DD Rose really wants her fans to get the true feelings found in every musical note and word she sings. She wants her fans to get transported in the rapture of her songs such that they can be taken to a place of respite for the moment, thus enabling them to have a renewed vision about life’s problems they may face, knowing that with God all things are possible.”

Thompson herself has been cited as saying, “Music has the power to unite all people irrespective of their class or race. I believe in the regenerative power of music to heal the soul from the ills it encounters daily.”

Jamaica’s Diana Thompson grew up in St. Thomas. By the age of 12 Thompson was already singing live at church, and was leading the choir by 15. Soon after, she was appointed director of both the youth and adult choir. While reserved in her private life, DD Rose’s natural stage presence is explosive and entrancing. She was encouraged to compete as a singer, and won several medals from silver to the national gold. Her frequent performances in the community made a name for her as a beloved artist.

She has worked with such prominent musicians as John Holt, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Sizzla, Queen Ifrica, George Nooks, Nesbeth, Kililah Rose, Uncle Johnny and Yvad, among others.

She has performed at such popular Jamaican venues and events as the Ocean Palms Night Club in St Thomas, the Independent show in Long Bay, Portland, the Rebel Salute 2012, the Reggae Show at Emancipation Park 2012, Charity at Hectors River for Survivors/Victims of Fire, the Red Bones Club, the Allshmar Jerk Center, Portland Jerk Festival Show in 2013, Rebel Salute 2016, Hotel Round Hill, and a great many more.

DD Rose’s tireless work ethic as a performer has been described as enabling her “to hone and to routinize her stage presence such that her performances are electrifying, ecstatic, and heart throbbing.”

“I would like to thank all my fans,” writes DD Rose, “without whose support I would not be here. I am forever indebted to their kindness, blessings, and love. I will always keep you in my heart and prayers… I will remain committed to you all in making feel-good music. Most important, in all of your life endeavors, put God first and remember to show love to all of God’s children. One Love – DD Rose.”

“Trumuzic” and “Luv 4 U” by Diana Thompson / DD Rose are available online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Judah Metaphysic XVI releases new LP ‘Tell Me Why’

The singer and songwriter of reggae music known as Judah Metaphysic XVI has released his latest LP record album, “Tell Me Why.” It contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes.The record has been proudly published on the Mind Music Production independent record label, entirely without financial or managerial support from the corporate music industry. Brimming with heart and soul, and pulsing with warmth, spirit and righteousness, “Tell Me Why” is a reggae record coming from the true roots of the traditional sound.

Judah Metaphysic XVI cites as main artistic influences such legends of the roots scene as Bagga Judah, Jackie Mittoo, Pablo Black, Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, and many more. He also considers musicians from other genres as important to his sonic creativity, musicians like John Lennon and the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Celine Dion and Julie Andrews. The upshot of all this music is that Judah Metaphysic XVI has a well-rounded, top-shelf style of reggae with a highly polished production and a raw, natural tone.

Speaking of the aims of his new record, Judah Metaphysic writes, “After many sessions of making feel-good music, we have created an album that we are proud to present to our listening audience and our ever-loyal fans. ‘Tell Me Why’ will capture your imagination and ears with rapture and rhapsody that will lift your spirit and warm your heart.”

Judah Metaphysic XVI was born in Kingston, Jamaica as the youngest of five children. His father having been killed as a result of political unrest, Judah was raised by his mother from a very young age.

“I was saddened and I felt helpless,” he writes of this. “But despite all the challenges that I faced, I always had a love for music.”

He found a broken guitar and glued it together. It had four strings. He took it to 12 Tribe Headquarters (of the Rastafari movement) where it was tuned by Bagga Judah himself.

“I started to rehearse with Sangi Davis and Nipty Napty,” writes the singer. “I began to hone my singing skills with the 12-Tribe band. Rehearsal was moved to Bob Marley’s home. After several rehearsals Bob Marley identified me as being ready for the 12 Tribe Show.

Judah came to California on tour with the band in 1982.

“I decided to settle down in the United States and to start a family. In 1984 I started to perform with the Jubenites group of the 12 Tribes. Many reggae shows took place with this group. I performed with several musicians namely: Sister Carol, Ninja Man, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, and many other local artists. I also performed alongside the Steel Pulse band and Visionaire.”

Judah’s life has been based and founded on music, particularly in the form of roots reggae.

“I always hear a song in just about everything I do. Without music I could not survive. I can distinctly remember all the song that healed me when I was in a moment of mental anguish.”

The following is taken directly from Judah Metaphysic XVI, himself.
“Music is the very essence that builds me up. I can hear the sound of music vibrating in my head. I often vibrate these rhythms in my music like that of a mocking bird making musical beats. Writing and singing music is like indulging in a cooking exercise. I used this metaphor of someone cooking a special dish because one has to put in special ingredient to bring out a special flavor.

“Music is a life force. The very tone of the music is life. The message of my music is for my fans to embrace the love of all human beings. They should cast away all fear, keeping in mind the adage: why gain the world and lose your soul? Realize that there will always be a brighter day. My hope is that peace and forgiveness will preside. Stop pointing your fingers to lay the blame on others and look into yourself and behold the inner beauty of your courage and forthrightness. One Love and Jah Bless.”

“Tell Me Why” by Judah Metaphysic XVI is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Ryveela releases new single ‘Ghetto Prayer’

The singer and songwriter of reggae music known as Ryveela has released his latest single track, “Ghetto Prayer.” The track has been released on the Reggae Fever Innovations independent record label with neither the participation nor support of the corporate music power structure. Loaded with soul, spirit, and the genuine tones of the roots reggae tradition, “Ghetto Prayer” by Ryveela is warm and healing music for all the people of the world.

Ryveela cites as main artistic influences such legends of the reggae sound as Sizzla, Capleton, Bob Marley and Luciano. Ryveela’s own sound and style are somewhere between all of these, having a cutting-edge feel and an old-school groove and vibe which runs throughout and makes it move. This dichotomy makes sense, too, coming as it does from a singer from Point Hill, St. Catherine just north of Spanish Town in Jamaica.

But sound is only part of his art. A large portion of “Ghetto Prayer,” like all music from Ryveela, is in the theme and message. His official bio reads, “Cognizant of the many talents already out there, Ryveela is making his mark by deliverance of his own style of conscious energies mixed with social commentaries. His main aim is to make listeners sit up and take notice. Ryveela wants to reach to as many people as possible.”

Fame is not the star’s main focus, either. Rather, he wants to effect positive change in the world around him.

“By challenging myself to find topics that are reality-based and singing them to my target audience, topics that aren’t cliché, people will find my music inspirational,” writes Ryveela of his music.

Ryveela released his debut song, “Care No More” while previously signed to a Jamaican label. He writes music to help and mend, raise and support humanity at large.

“I am a conscious reggae artiste,” he writes, “who only promotes Love and respect to my fans. My songs have messages of upliftment and words of wisdom promoting hope to get out of our everyday struggles.”

Inspired by the voices of dancehall and reggae who came before, Ryveela is ready to take up his place among those who bring happiness through music everywhere. He writes of this, “Marley served as a voice in his time; music is meant for healing and good vibes. That’s my mission, that’s what I’m about.”

“Ghetto Prayer” by Ryveela is available online worldwide. Reggae fans should get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Ras Marcus releases new LP ‘Turn Another Page’

The singer and songwriter of roots music known as Ras Marcus has released his latest LP record, “Turn Another Page.” The LP has been proudly published on the Mind Music Production independent music label without support from the corporate music industry. The album comprises no fewer than 13 original tracks from the artist for an approximate total listening time of nearly one full hour. Partly traditional, yet with fresh innovations which bespeak a brand of reggae the world has not yet heard, “Turn Another Page” by Ras Marcus is at once a return to classic roots music and a worthy addition to the reggae canon at large.


Ras Marcus cites as main artistic influences such contemporary titans of the reggae and toasting scene as U Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth, Ranking Joe, Sister Nancy, Sugar Minott, Capleton, and Beres Hammond. His own signature mode of roots reggae often sounds unlike anything fans of the genre are likely to be familiar with, while at other times he invokes the same spirits of the tradition which gave rise to perennial favorites like the Marley family and Desmond Dekker and the Aces.


Describing of the major themes of “Turn Another Page,” Ras Marcus writes, “My music shares the sweet essence of life through real music which embodies the upliftment, the joy, and the happiness of one’s mind, body and spirit. My fans will realize that the message of Rastafarian will ever be true and inspiring. Keep in mind that as we trod along life’s way, one have to make sure that when you know that you have something good don’t just throw it away.”


The understanding – or overstanding, as it is often stated in Rastafari – of self and of personal identity is central to the way of life that is Rastafari. This way of life is a central idea in the music of Ras Marcus.


He writes that the message of his new album, “Turn Another Page,” is “The message of understanding one’s self and that there is a divine power that guards over us and gives us the ability to create music for the world. The music that I sing will help to unify the nation through the message and teachings of Rastafari.”


Also at the heart of the Rastafarian way of life and of roots music, therefore, is the concept and practice of love.


“As a Rasta I will always show love to everyone,” Ras Marcus writes. “My music is always sending the message of love, peace, equal rights, and justice to everyone in this universe. I hope that my fans will never give up on their dreams and always keep in mind that in the midst of challenges, you must find a way to work with what the Almighty has given to you. Jah bless and one love.”


“Turn Another Page” by Ras Marcus is available online worldwide. Get in early.


-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Stride Music Production releases new reggae LP ‘Drum Stick Riddim’

The record label known as Stride Music Production has released their latest reggae music LP, “Drum Stick Riddim.” The record comprises 10 original reggae tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It is a compilation album showcasing a wide spread of authentic island groove, including the talents of Jimmy Riley, Ras Fraser Jr, Mr. Fre-ssh, Eudecous, Lavaah Goodaz, Half Pint, Lady G, Pam Hall, Lutan Fyah, and Ras Ghandi. “Drum Stick Riddim” by Stride Music Production has been distributed to over 750 retailers online worldwide.


“Drum Stick Riddim” is a legitimate return to roots reggae traditions and principles. Songs like “Where There’s a Will” and “Let No One Stop You” are uplifting and empowering in ways only reggae music can provide, while tracks such as “International Suffering,” “Roots and Culture,” and “First Commandment” remind humanity that there are no divisions between people but the ones evildoers imagine for us. “Mi Life,” “Move On” and “Roll On” are true sounds of independence, while “This Is Love” and “One Away Soldier” are fine representations of the contemporary reggae sound at its best.


The record is perhaps most notable for its expertly balanced blend of traditional roots and contemporary reggae. Certain elements of dancehall occasionally appear without obscuring the overall roots ambience and reggae sound. Most importantly, its overarching tone is one which will please listeners of any genre of music.


Stride Music Production is based in the Dunbeholden District of Greater Portmore in St. Catherine, Jamaica. The production company prides itself on creating and making available roots reggae from the locale where the heart of reggae music beats stronger than anywhere else in the world. Fans of such homegrown artists and dancehall heroes as Kabaka Pyramid, Chronixx, Konshens, Darrio, Teetimus and Vybz Kartel are certain to be greatly enthused by this new offering by Jamaica’s own Stride Music Production record label.


“Drum Stick Riddim” by Stride Music Production is available online worldwide.


-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Ananda Rasa Kirtan releases new album ‘Mulani – dub Kirtan’



The multinational, multicultural band called Ananda Rasa Kirtan have released their newest LP record album, “Mulani – dub Kirtan.” The record is comprised of eight unique reggae tracks for a total listening time of a full hour. Warm, full of groove, culturally rich and spiritually fecund, “Mulani – dub Kirtan” by Ananda Rasa Kirtan is an album in a colorful class of its own.


The music of “Mulani – dub Kirtan” is an innovative blend of roots reggae, raga, and kirtan. Raga is an eastern style composed of scales particular to the Indian subcontinent, and kirtan is a form of devotional chanting in the Sanskrit language which belongs to the Bhakti traditions of Hinduism, Sikhism and some forms of Buddhism.


While these musical sources may seem too foreign for one another to correspond, the clear fact is that dub reggae and kirtan (or “dub kirtan”) intertwine seamlessly. The raga chord progressions, too, which have formed a sonorous platform for kirtan chants for millennia, likewise dovetail with such elements of reggae as its unmistakable rhythm guitar and interspersed bass lines. Ananda Rasa Kirtan’s translation of these two seemingly disparate styles is remarkably intuitive, as if this cross-cultural music had been there all along.


“This album brings together two worlds of music, kirtan and roots reggae, which both have their roots in spirituality,” writes bandleader and music scholar David Estes.


Estes grew up in India learning primarily Western music at an international boarding school. Upon hearing “Kaya” by Bob Marley at the age of 12, he became enthralled by the reggae sound and went on to play guitar, keyboard, and vocals in reggae and rock bands. After later spending several years in the United States, he returned to India where he practiced kirtan, meditation, and seva (service) as a full-time resident in daily ashram life. It was here that he began his ongoing study of Indian music and Indian instruments, including tabla, harmonium, and Hindustani vocal.


Speaking of the themes of Ananda Rasa Kirtan’s new album, Estes writes: “Mulani – dub Kirtan shares with the listener a mystical, spiritual and musical experience of the cosmic energy vibration invoked by chanting the sacred Name in Sanskrit. These chants are sung to the steady pulse of roots reggae rhythms with dub elements in various progressions and moods of Indian raga scale melodies. This mystical, spiritual and musical experience is of ‘Mulani’ – roots, source, foundation, beginning (sanskrit) – the infinite.”


Regardless of what the music fan may or may not think of world religion or spirituality as a whole, the aforementioned musical experience is a fresh, unsung beauty, and something every listener deserves to hear firsthand.


“Mulani – dub Kirtan” by Ananda Rasa Kirtan is available online worldwide. Get in early.


-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer





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