Words by GabSoul
And we’re back with more tunes for yuh headtops! This week on Now Things, we’re highlighting the ladies of the Caribbean, our veteran dancehall kings, as well as the influence of the sounds of the diaspora.
Heiress to the soca throne Nailah Blackman graces us with another ode to Trinidad’s music culture. Last year, the granddaughter of the Father of Soca, Lord Shorty, paid homage to the genre and professed her love with the hit “Sokah,” heavy with steel pan. For “Iron Love,” produced by Anson Pro, they called upon the Laventille Riddim Section, Trinidad’s #1 percussion group, to add their authentic indigenous rhythms to the track.
The world boss and dancehall’s princess link up again for another big tune called “Secret.” Though the track was originally released in 2017 as a Vybz Kartel single, Shenseea came through to add her spice to the refix, adding the ladies’ perspective to an already fire mix.
The Gully God himself claims his seat on the throne with his new single “Dancehall Prophecy.” Proudly declaring, “look how much things man do fi dancehall,” Mavado calls for his well-deserved praise and homage for the value he’s added to the genre. His drive and undeniable talent is what makes his music timeless, and he reassures us that there’s more fire to come!
Kingston gal by way of the U.K., Alicaì Harley blessed us with another one of her silky tunes. With a nod to her Jamaican culture, “Proper Paper” is dancehall-inflected while encapsulating the sounds of the UK. Slow-wine certified!
Straight out of Mandeville, Jamaica, new artist Stulleisha makes room for herself in the dancehall scene, declaring that it’s her destiny and she “Muss Buss” no matter what the odds are.
Afrobeats producer Mina teamed up with rising dancehall artist Don Sinini, of the UK indie record label Tobago Tracks, for their latest track “Solo.” With the U.K. being so eclectic musically, and Don’s heavy Caribbean influence from growing up in Ladbroke Grove, the duo infuse dancehall, calypso, afrobeat and funky bounce to conjure up a fresh sound.