Ole time sinting come back again! Veteran record producer Jeremy Harding is currently putting the finishing touches to Dancehall Anthems, a compilation of fresh recordings of classic dancehall and reggae tunes. On the album, the likes of Sean Paul, Wayne Marshall, Bugle, Blvk H3ro, Runkus, Royal Blu and Agent Sasco render their versions of popular vintage hits by Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Louie Culture, Papa San and several others. Among the notable contributions: Kabaka Pyramid’s take on Michigan & Smiley’s “Nice Up the Dance” and Beenie Man’s update of “Zungguzungguguzungzeng” by Yellowman.
Buju Banton has donated his cash winnings from this summer’s Jamaica Festival Song Competition to a charity of his choice: the Sunbeam Boys’ Home, based in Old Harbour, St. Catherine. “I am just doing [this] to show these youths that someone cares. I want them to be part of their future and make an impact,” he said in an Observer interview. “For me, helping [charities] goes across the board, not just the ones that sound good and are prestigious. I also work with the Mount Olivett Boys’ Home in Manchester, and this is just part of my efforts to give these youngsters some hope.” Banton’s winning entry “I Am a Jamaican” copped $3 million in cash and prizes shares among the entertainer, the songwriter and producer.
Released this past summer, the new version of Bob Marley’s call-to-action classic “One Love” has been dubbed “a global anthem for 2020.” The track features members of the Marley family, established and iconic musicians, artistes from conflict zones and children living in vulnerable communities. All proceeds from sales of the recording will benefit Reimagine, UNICEF’s global campaign to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming “a lasting crisis for children.” The jewelry brand Pandora (a UNICEF global partner) will match every dollar donated by the public to “One Love,” up to the value of $1 million. Says UNICEF, “We are delighted that the Marley family and Pandora have lent their generous support, creativity and love [as we] reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children, through global solidarity and cooperation.”