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COLLIE BUDDZ (Bermuda)
Collie Buddz, from the isle of Bermuda, has done something not impossible but something once seemingly very implausible. He’s become the most buzz-worthy current Reggae artist over the past few years. In the summer, 2007, Collie Buddz’ Columbia Records self-titled debut album stormed the charts entering the Billboard Reggae Chart at first position. The Reggae singjay became an international star when this album then went on to debut across the world at the top of every chart from Japan to Germany. With much of the production coming from Collie himself, he delivered a solid debut with contributions from Supa Dups, Shea Taylor, Bang Out, Screwface, Bobby Konders and Crown N Kah-So-Real to name just a few. Released just a day before US Independence Day, Collie’s debut album could be heard blasting out of car windows from Brooklyn to Kingston all summer long. Critically speaking, Collie’s debut was a monster. Speaking of his first single, an undeniable summer anthem titled, “Come Around,” Source Magazine proclaimed, “This 24 year old shotta has got an anthem spreading across the seas.” “The song is a monster,” claimed Miami New Times. And, Hip Hop Weekly said, “Collie Buddz is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter.” The industry excitement about this new voice in music manifested in many ways namely by inspiring Collie’s musical peers to either create their own remixes of “Come Around,” or join Collie on the official remix of the single. Everyone from Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill and Paul Wall to G-Unit and Shaggy contributed to the anthem.
Incorporating influences from Hip-Hop to Soca, Collie’s music nevertheless has a rock-solid foundation in Reggae -- and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration -- that is a rarity even in Jamaica. But, to say he’s connected to the Caribbean community would be an understatement. Collie Buddz, born Colin Harper, has become the Caribbean culture’s resident ambassador.
Dont miss Collie Buddz when he enters the stage in Grå Hal, Christiania with his full liveband “New Kingston Band” .
ASSASSIN AKA AGENT SASCO (JAMAICA)
It’s not often that an aspiring deejay on his very first attempt at making a career out of dancehall actually does. But living up to his epithet, Assassin only needed one shot. In the summer of 1999, just one year shy of his graduation from Kingston, Jamaica’s Camperdown High School, the Assassin—so named by schoolmates who during cafeteria clashes witnessed, time and again, his lyrical dexterity cause his contender’s demise—was welcomed into the fold of the dancehall fraternity. On what he calls a “recognizance mission,” the self-assured deejay/songwriter seeking to explore the possibilities his creativity could spawn gave the lyrics for “Big Up All Di Shotta Dem,” a song he’d written, to his friend Briggy.
Briggy passed the words to his uncle Spragga Benz who actually voiced them on Steelie & Clevie’s Street Sweeper riddim. “I was trying to see if I could just end up writing,” says Assassin, who had plans to go to the University of the West Indies after graduation to study mass communications with a focus on journalism. “I said I would try this for the summer and see if I could do this. You hear a lot of horror stories about the industry so I was seeing if I could tolerate it.” Armed with the support of his family and friends who always believed in the skills of the boy who says he’s been deejaying since he could talk, Assassin (born Jeffrey Campbell on December 22, 1982) found that this “summer job” was better than any internship. “I was listening to the radio and the disk jockey was saying this song from Spragga is wicked,” Assassin proudly says. “If I could put something together for a disk jock to find it interesting then chances are I could continue to do it.” And he did.
Assassin’s definitely competing for the favor of his contemporaries, all of whom are, minus a noted one or two, about ten years his senior. So far Assassin has released enough songs to complete two albums. “Ruffest & Tuffest,” on the much applauded Diwali riddim by producer Steven “Lenky” Marsden, exposed him to an audience outside of Jamaica. But the Infiltration, his first album and Part One of a multi-album deal he signed with VP/Penthouse Records slated for release in the fall of 2005, combines his hits from late 2004 and early 2005 with 12 exclusive tracks. His material is well-balanced. There’s “Idiot Ting” on the Renaissance Crew’s Stepz riddim which chronicles the life and times of irresponsible people. “Growing up in my economic situation and my social condition you find people come to school with the name brand bag and name brand shoes, but the teacher is sending them home because the school fee situation is not together so that makes you wonder, he says of the inspiration for the song.
Guide & Protect
Something´s Gotta Give:
Hand Ina Di Air:
Do we even need to introduce KAKA? The next big thing straight outta Denmark! From the feature on Wafandes “Gi mig et smil” to the latest single “Bang Bang (Reggaejam)” he always delivers with quality and feelin!
BANG BANG (REGGAEJAM)
WAFANDE feat KAKA -- GI MIG ET SMIL
SAFARI SOUND (SE)
Swedens topatop sound, originally from Malmö but nowadays based in Stockholm. With a djshow on Swedish P3 and regular mixtape releases Safari made a name for them self´s across the globe. Shirkhan & Sammy K always deliver a nice blend of dancehall, reggae, dubs & remixes.
YOUNGBLOOD SOUND (DK)
Scandinavias youngest sound? Might be, but dont mistake them being young with unexperience. These guys hosted more parties and filled more clubs then sounds that been in the game for ages. Get ready for a wicked selection spiced up with own productions and dubs!