Tuesday, 13 May 2014

IN THE MIX: ‘Easy’ does it for Maxi Priest + Get ready for an intimate look at like chez NoMaddz

REALITY CHECK: NoMaddz documents their fascinating journey for the small screen 
In the span of almost a decade NoMaddz has taken on a range of projects that run the gamut from live recordings (The Trod series), film (Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come) to even avant-garde theatre (Breadfruit is the New Bread, Baby). Besides books, a foray into television seems like the natural next step. Sure enough, the roots-rockin’ soljahs are currently in the midst of filming The Bongos, a reality series that promises to give fans and curious viewers a rare glimpse into their private world while exploring how the talented, globe-trotting quartet makes the magic happen creatively. With filming now at advanced stage, the pilot episode is already in the can. “Our everyday live is so exciting and people love to be around us,” the bands spokesman Everaldo Creary confides exclusively to TALLAWAH, “and because of that we thought we should just capture the energy [on film] and give our fans a more intimate feel of what it’s like to be in NoMaddz. They will get to know us more personally and see some of our habits.” The Bongos is slated to hit local TV sometime this year.

ON THE RECORD: Maxi Priest hits the comeback trail with ‘Love’ project “
This album is about time and a moment,” admits Maxi Priest of his eagerly anticipated new disc Easy to Love, arriving in stores and online via VP Records June 10. Drawing on the stalwart crooner’s signature mix of lover’s rock, reggae, R&B and Jamaican dancehall laced with universal appeal, the album is led by the titular first single, which featured production work by longtime collaborators Sly & Robbie. As for the rest of the disc, melodically sounding song titles like “Fire in the Skies,” “Hearts across the Universe” and “Every Little Thing” are sure to put listeners in the mood. Pre-order your copy at vprecords.com

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