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Omar Mansoor Cruise Collection 2021

July 23, 2021

Omar Mansoor debuted his Cruise Collection ‘21 in association with Top Model Foundation at The Royal Horse guards Hotel in London featuring chic and airy dresses in hues of watermelon colour.

Picture by Colin Chau/TOP MODEL

The Cruise collections  have come a long way since they were first created in the 1920s .With it’s attention-grabbing Watermelon hues and indulgent staples, Mansoor’s debut of 2021’s Cruise served us the optimistic energy we were all lacking. Now, with hopeful anticipation of jet-setting and island hopping, you can get your hands on these straight off the runway, designer collections for the chicest summer looks we can’t get enough of. 

Whether exploring a tropical resort or making the most of a sunny day in the city, there’s always a need for the perfect casual-chic ensemble for a day that’s open with possibility. 

Omar commented that all material used  in this collection is from dead stocks which would have eventually disposed as land-fills. the things that bring us comfort and strength

José Guadalupe Posada

Whether island hopping or enjoying a casual sunny day, an airy, easy fit is definitely envogue. During sweltering forecasts with their voluminous sleeves and billowing silhouettes these pieces are the chicest way to ace comfort and style.

Photos: Colin Chau 

Show production: Top Model Foundation


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Yxng Bane ft Stefflon Don // MTV BTS Exclusive of ‘Birthday’

July 22, 2021

With the chemistry at 100 on the fun filled set of ‘Birthday’, MTV captured the Behind The Scenes action in an exclusive video that serves up all the vibes, charm and sexiness of two of the UK’s Black Music sweethearts Yxng Bane and Stefflon Don. Taking in one-to-one moments with director Kevin Hudson who explains how the ‘Birthday’ theme is created through use of “loads of colours, big bold shapes, balloons, disco balls, lots of frills, lots of glitter, everything to do with a Birthday!”, the BTS also checks in with Yxng Bane who confirms the record will be “your new favourite tune, every time it’s your birthday!”
WATCH YXNG BANE FT STEFFLON DON // MTV BTS EXCLUSIVE OF ‘BIRTHDAY’
Having topped the Afrobeats chart with the single, streamed globally over 1.3 million times on Spotify and performed exclusively for VEVO, Yxng Bane and Stefflon Don continue their rampage of hits with the release of ‘Birthday’.

Check out the Behind The Scenes now for some action shots and exclusive interviews with two of your UK faves! STREAM/DOWNLOAD: YXNG BANE – BIRTHDAY FT STEFFLON DONWATCH YXNG BANE – BIRTHDAY FT STEFFLON DON

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LEADER OF THE UK STREET SOUND, C MONTANA, DELIVERS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MIXTAPE ‘NEVER GIVE UP’

July 22, 2021

The London based rapper is in full effect! The recent release of his track ‘Boss Is Back’ hit hard among the UK rap scene, setting the perfect stage for mixtape ‘Never Give Up’. In less than 3 days the GRM premiered video received over 315,000 views and became one of the UK’s top trending music videos on Youtube worldwide, illustrating just how strong the profile of C Montana has become.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: C MONTANA – NEVER GIVE UP

With rap critics and fans eager to hear a full project of his steet tales, ‘Never Give Up’ lives up to its name in both the message and in the delivery, with the use of stories from the rappers lifestyle, we get a sense of how he has stayed consistently forward thinking through all adversities. The pictures he paints with the use of aggressively delivered vocals sums up exactly what you would expect for someone who is championed as the voice of the streets. This 8-track mixtape will keep your head bopping from start to finish, as we are blessed with a variety of different emotions from each track. With extremely lively bangers that are ready to rock club venues, emotionally led hood ballads and even tracks that bring a bashment flavour, the versatility that ‘Never Give Up’ conveys, truly displays C Montana’s rapping ability, demonstrating why he is a force to be reckoned with.

The opening track ‘DXB’ is an instant vibe, with a drill beat fused with a touch of grime. It shows that affluent feeling that C Montana loves to sprinkle in his music. ‘Jumpy’ displays the technicalities and intricacies of flows that the rapper possesses, you’ll hear this track blaring out of corners all over the UK. ‘Madness’ with its unusual female vocal samples immediately sets the tone for the track, the energy that C Montana delivers his verses with is unrivalled. ‘Rice and Peas’ is one for the clubs, the hook has a melody that will instantaneously have your body swaying. The chilled out vocal delivery paired with the heavy party vibe of the beat is an ideal match. ‘Badness’ brings that bashment flavour, another track destined for the clubs. Yet again C Montana delivers gritty, forceful vocals that will have your head banging. ‘Boss Is Back’ is already a heavily respected track, with high energy and serious lyrical content. this track shows C Montana at his best. ‘Never Give Up’ is the very essence of motivation music, with a banging instrumental and bouncy flows, you’ll hear this track coming from car speakers all over London. The final track ‘No Cap’ is a definite dance-floor filler, with the R&B vocals on the hook, the rapper compliments that with hard hitting lyrics and flows. All together this body of work will propel the London based rapper to the next level.

C Montana is a regular on BBC 1Xtra as a renowned participant of DJ Kenny Allstars ‘Voice Of The Streets’. With his lead single ‘Boss Is Back’ receiving heavy radio support, including a premiere by BBC 1Xtra Snoochie Shy, you can only imagine the reception ‘Never Give Up’ will receive. The driven rapper has videos with millions of views under his belt. His debut video ‘Drug Dealer’ now sits on just under 2 million views and its growth shows no sign of slowing down.

It’s clear that C Montana is ready to deliver what his supporters need! After an eventful 2020 he seems to be heading full steam ahead and smashing all expectations. Tapping in to the all-to-familiar feeling of isolation, whether it’s due to Covid or being incarcerated, the subject is crucial to the heartbeat of this project. C Montana tells us “I wanted to release ‘Never give up’ as a way to motivate people not to let their Ls defeat them as well as give them a vibe to bump in their cars now that we are allowed out”. As we are given insight and go deeper into what’s really behind the London rapper’s lifestyle, we also get to enjoy the lavish, luxurious feeling that C Montana is renowned for. Delivering a varied approach on recognisable drill sounding beats, each track gives us a feeling of the issues and challenges the London based rapper goes through on a regular basis. ‘Never Give Up’ is going to be a timeless UK rap classic that will be used as a shining example of the growth of the UK music scene.

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BRAND NEW Hardest Bars freestyle from Big Narstie as the platform partners with Kiss FM’s Ellie Prohan

June 18, 2021

Since launching season 3 of the groundbreaking freestyle series, Joey Clipstar has been unstoppable! Featuring in Notion Magazine the “general manager of Link Up TV and CEO of Hardest Bars” has been praised for his work “with the likes of Drake, J Hus, Stormzy, Cadet, Fredo, Russ, and Stefflon Don, many of whom weren’t big on the scene when Joey found them. Now, they’re superstars. No wonder Joey’s built a name for himself as a tastemaker.”

Launching a brand new freestyle each week, Joey has not disappointed with the line up of artists dropping fire on the mic. Opening the season, The Landlord himself, Giggs stepped up and has been followed by Smoke Boys Swift and Deepee, SV from Nottingham, Hope Dealers, Kemzi and this week, freshly crowned BAFTA award-winner, Big Narstie.

Premiering on Link Up TV, the brand new freestyle also hit Kiss FM for a first spin as DJ Ellie Prohan announced a brand new partnership that will mean Kiss listeners will be the first to hear the fresh new freestyles each week on the airwaves.

As one of the major A&R’s in the UK rap scene, Joey’s ear for talent sees him pass the mic to noteworthy MC’s of both known and unknown profile. Birthing names such as Stormzy and MS Banks, Hardest Bars is one of the UK’s most influential and sought after platforms when it comes to locating new talent and the art of free styling. Stay tuned to Link Up TV every Thursday at 9pm via YouTube with audio available on DSP’s the following day, and Kiss FM every Tuesday from 11pm with Ellie Prohan.

WATCH BIG NARSTIE – HB FREESTYLE – https://youtu.be/gT77zahmY6U

Catch the video on Link Up TV now and stream/download on all DSP’s 

Stay tuned to Link Up TV, every Thursday at 9pm via YouTube, with audio available on DSP’s the following day.

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JAMAICAN REGGAE STAR JESSE ROYAL ARRIVES WITH SOPHOMORE ALBUM ROYAL VIA EASY STAR RECORDS OUT NOW

June 18, 2021

Today, Jesse Royal – one of Jamaica’s most charismatic young stars – releases his sophomore album Royal via Easy Star Records. The singer-songwriter has been a key player in the island’s current reggae movement along with his contemporaries Chronixx, Protoje, and Koffee, and returns this summer with his modern take on the genre.  

STREAM/PURCHASE: JESSE ROYAL – ROYAL

On Royal, Jesse’s messages are rich and conscious, possessing the fervor of reggae and Rastafari at its core while mixing in elements from a multitude of genres. “On this album you will hear elements of hip-hop, jazz, blues, Afrobeats and dancehall but reggae is the backbone that holds everything in place. We can’t run from the authentic energy and vibes bestowed upon us by the Most High because that is what makes us great; there are things that you learn along the way, but greatness is when you know yourself,”  Jesse says about Royal.

Jesse collaborated with like-minded colleagues to let the creativity flow. He tapped guest vocalists from the incarcerated dancehall legend Vybz Kartel, Grammy-nominated reggae star Protoje, Ghanian lyricist Stonebwoy, former Raging Fyah lead vocalist Kumar, rising Jamaican singer Samory I and the island’s versatile artist/producer Runkus on the 11-track set. The Royal album incorporates live instrumentation and programmed riffs, experimental and traditional sounds, all of which contribute to Jesse’s most impressive body of work to date. The rich production features Grammy-winning Sean Alaric (responsible for Koffee’s “Throne” and Teyana Taylor’s “Bad”) who produced over half the album, along with Jesse Royal himself, Natural High, Dretegs, iotosh, Yared Lee, Romario Bennett (also known as Runkus) and Wayne Thompson.

The LP follows his 2017 debut Lily of Da Valley, which held the #1 spot on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart for consecutive weeks, but Royal is a much more liberating album for Jesse. 

“I was way tamer of an individual on my previous album,” says Jesse of Lily of Da Valley. “This album is much freer. We tried interesting melodies that I probably didn’t trust before and I expressed things that I typically wouldn’t, so that’s also why we called this project Royal. Because reggae is truth music –we burn certain fire, but we don’t want to be labeled as people who only do one thing because music doesn’t really have a specific language, mood or a message, the artist imparts that,”  he adds. 

The messages delivered throughout Royal are militant yet divinely inspired, profoundly moving and politically provocative. Whether he “dismantles Rastafarian stereotypes” (Billboard) on “Natty Pablo,” reaffirms African excellence with rapid-fire rhymes on “Black” or “contemplates the true meaning of wealth outside of material goods” (The Fader) on “Rich Forever” feat. Vybz Kartel,  the lyrics on Royal run deep. New York Times proclaims to “play loud” and chose the latter song as “music to cook to.” His rebel spirit and edge are evident, appealing to the next generation fighting for change. The release also unveils a softer side of Jesse on the romantic single “Natty Dread” celebrating his love for his ride-or-die lady and on the standout track “Home,” a heart-wrenching letter to his daughters explaining his absence in their lives while he is on the road touring as a musician. Through vivid storytelling rooted in the belief of a universal truth, Jesse Royal’s music carries a message of hope, strength, love, and consciousness. 

Listen to Royal: moremusic.at/Royal 
 

2021 Tour Dates:

Jun 13 – Royal Album Launch – Miami, FL @ Oasis Wynwood [Tickets]

Jul 2 – 9th Annual RIDE Festival – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Town Park [Tickets]

Oct 9 – Reggae Rise Up Vegas 2021- Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center [Tickets]

Oct 21 – St Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park [Tickets]

Royal Track Listing:

1. High Tide Or Low feat. Samory I

2. LionOrder feat. Protoje

3. Dirty Money feat. Stonebwoy

4. Natty Dread

5. Home 

6. Rich Forever feat Vybz Kartel

7. Natty Pablo

8. Black 

9. Like Dat feat Runkus

10. Differences 

11. Strongest Link (Do My Best) feat. Kumar

Stay up to date with JESSE ROYAL by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.

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YXNG BANE SERVES UP SLICK COLLABORATION WITH STEFFLON DON FOR HOT SUMMER SINGLE ‘BIRTHDAY’

June 18, 2021

Serving up one of the slickest collaborations of the year, platinum selling rapper Yxng Bane releases ‘Birthday’ featuring British rapper/ singer songwriting sensation, Stefflon Don.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: YXNG BANE – BIRTHDAY FT STEFFLON DON

Produced by powerhouse producer Rymez (Bugzy Malone, Headie One, Stefflon Don, Kamille), the instantly percussive synths brush up against a thick, bass-filled beat as shimmers of ad-libs set the anticipation of the record. Yxng Bane confidently manoeuvres through melodic, rhythmic bars as he delivers his signature sound, before Stefflon Don pulls up with a soulful, seductive verse delivered in a blend of English and Jamaican patois for her blessing on the track. Meanwhile the record builds through the verses in to a magnetic, timeless hook that is set to become a Birthday anthem for years to come. 

Celebrating the release, they share the blockbuster visuals for ‘Birthday’ on Yxng Bane’s YouTube channel, directed by MOBO award winning director Kevin Hudson. Brimming with extravagance and decadence the ‘Birthday’ settings instantly captivate as the two stars make a joint performance on screen packed with fun-loving vibes and good energy. Speaking in an exclusive behind the scenes video shot for MTV, director Kevin Hudson explains how the ‘Birthday’ theme is created through use of “loads of colours, big bold shapes, balloons, disco balls, lots of frills, lots of glitter, everything to do with a Birthday!”. Meanwhile Yxng Bane confirms the record will be “your new favourite tune, every time it’s your birthday!”

Yxng Bane Ft. Stefflon Don – Birthday

The release of ‘Birthday’ follows what has already been an exciting year for the chart-hitting star as he continues to add to his wealth of certified sales, chart positions and hundreds of millions of streams. From his own release of ‘Dancing On Ice’ alongside Nafe Smallz & M Huncho, to his bevvy of heavy-hitting collaborations with Wes Nelson for UK Top 40 record ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ and his inclusion on the epic line up for Disturbing London’s ‘Drip’, which also featured Tinie, Ivorian Doll and Poundz, Yxng Bane’s ability to sonically cross between street records and the rhythmic world of pop is an undeniable skill. Whilst Yxng Bane and Stefflon Don have remained at the forefront of UK music, the time for them to collaborate is now. Having both gained Top 10 chart positions in the UK, Stefflon Don has also broken an international market with 2.3 billion streams, entries on the Billboard charts and an incredible following of over 2.7 million on Instagram.

Gifting us with their inescapable influence and a long-awaited collaboration, Yxng Bane and Stefflon Don release ‘Birthday’ via Disturbing London.

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838 ANNOUNCE DEBUT PROJECT ‘BEFORE THE STORM’, WITH THE RELEASE OF ‘LOSE MY MIND

June 8, 2021

PLACING THEMSELVES IN THE CENTRE OF THE UK HIP HOP SCENE, 838 ANNOUNCE DEBUT PROJECT ‘BEFORE THE STORM’, WITH THE RELEASE OF ‘LOSE MY MIND’.

Make way for 838, the London duo that have come out of nowhere to place themselves in the middle of the U.K. Hip Hop scene.  

Consisting of two members, Kay and Astro, the pair have already released a number of records via Spotify, teamed with YouTube videos that have had an exceptional response, placing 838 firmly on the map of upcoming artists. 

New release ‘Lose My Mind’, taken from their debut EP ‘Before The Storm’ is the perfect introduction to 838 if you’ve not yet had the pleasure. Produced by Shxrkz, ‘Lose My Mind’ is different, and that’s exactly what they’re aiming to be. Identifying that there’s a space for raw, versatile, fresh energy; 838 are playful, confident and creative in their artistry with ‘Lose My Mind’. Glittering 808’s shine through the core of the record whilst Kay and Astro effortlessly pass vocals back and forth with soulful passion, topped off with layers of ad-libs and nature-call synths. Lyrically they’re real, relatable and eloquent – unafraid to touch their own emotions and lay their souls bare, they resonate in an entirely different way to many artists of their generation and have the class and combined energy that places them in a league of their own. Describing the single on their own terms, 838 say “This is a song many can relate to, this track is about questioning your motives, thoughts and emotions when in a situation where you don’t know what you want.” 

Both born into music-loving families, the duo met at secondary school. Kay was fed an eclectic musical diet of 80s & 90s rap, hip hop, grime, ragga, dancehall, reggae, soca, rock and heavy metal whilst Astro delved in to the world of rap and 90’s hip-hop, teamed with an early taste for RnB, Afrobeat and Fuji which grew with time. Determined in whatever they set their minds to, the pair soon forged an unshakeable friendship and were confident to create adventures in the company on each other. Starting with a quest to play basketball, which became a serious pastime for a number of years, they soon found their calling in music and switched their focus to it. 

Having been on an extensive journey as friends and experimented with their musical craft to define a sound that embodies 838, the duo mark the arrival of their debut project with the impressive and unmissable single ‘Lose My Mind’. Spoken in the determined and confident voice that has never let them down to date, 838 explain “As far as our debut project goes, it’s an introduction into the world of 838, our sound and philosophy. It’s gonna be phenomenal.” 

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: 838 – LOSE MY MIND 

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PROFIT THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH: HOW TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS|EVENT

June 4, 2021

This June 8th at 2pm Startups Magazine have teamed up with Klyk, who aims to create a new thoughtful, responsible technology standard for a modern business to bring together a fantastic lineup to talk about sustainability within business.

Startups Magazine champions tech startups – the entrepreneurial heroes disrupting industries and the creators challenging norms and breaking boundaries. 

In print and online, the Startups Magazine team works hard to deliver unique content to startups providing valuable insights from industry experts, advice on business fundamentals and most importantly – a platform to introduce tech startups to the world stage.

Hear from:

  • Kate Jackson, Co-founder and CEO, Now, Sit Down will be discussing the implementation of Circular Economy in your business
  • Sarah Whale, Founder of Profit Impact & Financial Sustainability Consultant will be discussing B-corp certification and financial success in sustainability-focused business
  • Arif Hussein, Founder & CEO, Klyk will be discussing CSR and entrepreneurship

Register now to save your space and you’ll get free access to Business Balance by mindseed SMEs (worth £99 – T&C apply)!👇 https://lnkd.in/gYVzenj

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World Music Day Festival | 21st June 2021

June 4, 2021

World Music Day Festival brings together music cultures from around the world.
Originally started in France in 1982 world music day celebrates 39 years this year.


Dj JDen (UK), Ohno da French (FR) and Veto visuals (FR), have created the
ultimate platform to celebrate this momentous occasion. Combining online and live
performance from Artists and Djs from around the globe over 24hrs including:
Ambo Magic, Dj Policy (Ibiza) Not.Fay (Egypt) , Freeza Chin (Canada),
Another Nguyen (Germany), Frnczzl (France), Nights with Noir (South Africa)

If that wasn’t enough from 6pm GMT we are streaming live from the exquisite
Vietnamese Bar/ Restaurant Banh Bao Brothers
at London’s Leake Str. Tunnel (Waterloo).
Live performances from French Acts and UK acts including
The Black Fish experience , MC Zani , Anton Joseph and more.

Online viewing is free via
http://www.WMDFestival.com

Tickets for live event £5 in Adv. £10 OTD
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-music-day-festival-first-editiontickets-156235746323

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JESSE ROYAL RELEASES “DIRTY MONEY” FEATURING GHANAIAN STAR STONEBWOY FROM HIS FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM

May 21, 2021
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Jesse Royal teams up with Ghanaian Afrobeat/Dancehall star Stonebwoy for “Dirty Money,” where a lilting African-influenced rhythm track propels the lyrics’ unrelenting condemnation of political greed: “If education is key, why you can’t make it free for we? Or is it because you profit from poverty? When you look at me do you see a man or do you see another vote for your party? Not even holy water can clean your dirty money.”



The track is the latest single and fourth release from Royal’s upcoming sophomore album, Royal, due to come out June 11th via Easy Star Records. The single follows “Rich Forever” which had an accompanying video premiered by The FADER this week. The new song “Dirty Money” features a cross-cultural beat, co-produced by Grammy-award winning producer Sean Alaric (responsible for Koffee’s “Throne” and Teyana Taylor’s “Bad”) and Jesse himself and captures the sounds of Jamaica and Africa.
 
The album title Royal describes the quality of music he’s making but also offers a succinct definition of Jamaica’s signature beat. “Reggae is a different tone, a different feeling, a different mood. It speaks to you in different ways, it is definitely royal music,” says Jesse. Jesse adopted a new approach for creating the songs on Royal, collaborating with like-minded colleagues and just letting the creativity flow.  The result is 11 tracks that incorporate live instrumentation and programmed riffs, experimental and traditional sounds, all of which contribute to Jesse’s most impressive body of work to date. The messages delivered throughout Royal are militant yet divinely inspired, profoundly moving and politically provocative, while the album’s multi-textured sonics are rooted in reggae but also incorporate a 21st century burnished palette of influences.  
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ABOUT JESSE ROYAL
 
Jesse Royal is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, performer, and recording artist from Kingston, Jamaica. Renowned for his numerous 21st-century reggae anthems including “Modern Day Judas,” which rails against bad minded people, and 2015’s “Finally,” which was written in recognition of the long-overdue decriminalization of marijuana in Jamaica, Rastafarian singer/songwriter/musician Jesse Royal is one of the island’s most charismatic young talents. His debut album Lily of Da Valley (2017) hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart, and his eagerly-awaited follow-up LP Royal will drop June 11, 2021. Both albums are released by Easy Star Records. Through vivid storytelling rooted in the belief of universal truth, his music carries a message of hope, strength, love, and consciousness. Not just a musician, Jesse Royal is a father, a community activist, a thought leader, and a global citizen guided by his spirituality and sense of righteousness.  Over the course of his career, Jesse Royal has been blessed to collaborate and create with some of the world’s most respected artists, musicians, and producers including Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel, Protoje, Chronixx, Noise Cans, Steve Aoki, Damian Marley, Major Lazer, and many others.
 
 
Stay up to date with JESSE ROYAL by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.
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