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L3 Magazine | Life. Love. Lyrics.| January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk

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Rocking with The Peach Kings Auresia’s Raices Chronixx’s Queen Majesty Karen Marie Mason Rebranding Your Career Isax Injah Toronto’s Saxophonist


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Music Charts Video Charts Music News New on iTunes Wilfred Limonious Dancehall Art Thank You Mr. President! Lloyd Stanbury’s Reggae Roadblocks

L3 Magazine | January | 2017 | No. 42 CEO and Editor-in-Chief

Natasha Von Castle –

Chief Creative Officer

L3 Group of Companies –

Operations and Distribution Directors Christopher Miller


L3 Group of Companies

Director of Caribbean Promotions Keisha Pinnock

Contributing Editor and Caribbean Affairs Editor Tricia ‘ZJ Sparks’ Spence

Contributing Editor and Music Editor Tre Carn

Travel Editor Stacia Von Castle

Music Review Editor Jennifer Menster

Beauty Editor Kay Cunningham

UK Editor Evelyn Germain

Political Editor: Maxine Tomlinson Senior Writers & Photography

Song River | Marcus Weller | Joah Baston | Zakada Milton | Raul Dunkley Fashion Contributor

Lady Ann Contributing Writers Portia Clarke | Mimi Mamichula | Ayeola George | Zakada Milton | Rico Vibes | Andre Gomez | Pia Jordine | Gelina aka Baby G – UK Correspondent | Michelle Parker | April Stanford | David Peters | SteffyT

Editors Heart... Symbolism; symbolism is used to convey a message without using words. As soon as you see the symbol, you know what the message is. When we see the swoosh on shoes or apparel, we know it’s Nike, and when we see that special font on a soda can or bottle, we know it’s Coca-Cola. Likewise, when we see the image of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (as well as their children), we know the message. We were in the White House … but there’s more. For many years, it was a little difficult to see images of a successful black family. After the Huxtables, there seemed to be an endless showing of handcuffs, pine board boxes or the single-hood. We didn’t see many positive examples of what we can become. We were drowning in ‘reality TV,’ and then the Obamas came along – the modern day Huxtables. Suddenly, we’re reminded of what our family unit looks like. Positive reinforcements had arrived letting us know we can come from a broken family, get an education, pass law school, become a Congressman and then President. What’s more, we can do it with a fly-ass partner by our side who is just as ambitious, and present every step of the way. Yes we can. Yes we can see Martin’s dream, Malcolm’s defiance and the suit of Sammy Davis Jr. rolled into one family. We can do it with class and grace. We can do it without the Maury or Jerry drama. We can do this with a mustard seed of faith and countless hours of effort. Oh yes we can! Hold steady to your ideals and the vision(s) you want to see. If he can do it, and if they did it, then we can too! Thank you President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha for the most magnificent past 8 years!

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January, 2017 Pg. 17 Karen Marie Mason is one of the best in the business. If she can’t help you with your brand, and by extension the money you earn from your career, no one else can - she’s that good. We’ll introduce you! Pg. 19 There is a reason why Lloyd Stanbury has worked with some of the top names in the entertainment industry. In part it’s because of his years of experience practicing law. Then along came Reggae Roadblocks. Pg. 26 Sennheiser meets Jazz performers Chris Standring and Mica Paris for an evening at Cadogan Hall. The audience will be treated to the full concert via a headphon experience! We’ve got the details. Pg. 28 Is President Elect Trumps America good for the Caribbean or the millions of Caribbean-Americans? Political Editor Maxine Tomlinson weighs in. Pg. 34 Hot new music / video / Sound System and artist alerts! The Music department highlight some of the best sounds and people making those sounds in this months ‘Love’ section. You are going to Love this! Pg. 73 Auresia is one of Montreal’s most celebrated performing artists. She has several productions to her credit including her newly released album Raices. The musician speaks to senior writer Joah Baston to talk about her music. Pg. 81 The Peach Kings make out kinda rock n roll! Senior writer and photographer Song River catch up with the duo to talk music, and the balance between being a real life couple and stage couple; not to mention, some of their musical inspirations might surprise you!

On the Cover:

Raising a Killer. How are so many Killers of Women being raised in our community? The answer and statistics will shock you as Editor-in-Chief Natasha Von Castle found out after the death of Canadian singer Nanny Mystikk in Jamaica. A must read on page 67 L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 7

Happy New Year!

The Dancehall Wilfred Limonious Contributed

Art of In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious is a book and exhibition by Christopher Bateman and Al “Fingers” Newman, celebrating the work of pioneering Jamaican illustrator, Wilfred Limonious (1949– 99). Compiled over a number of years, the book features examples of Limonious’ newspaper comic strips alongside his illustrations for the publications of JAMAL (the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy, and his distinctive artwork for the burgeoning dancehall scene coming out of 1980s Jamaica. Includes a foreword by Beth Lesser and additional words from Orville “Bagga” Case and Dr Donna P Hope.

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The Dancehall Wilfred Limonious Contributed

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Karen Marie M

Rebranding Your Career in Contributed

After years as a successful record company executive, Karen Marie Mason decided she wanted to make a bigger impact in the arts, more creative collaborations and more involvement in the community. Social good was on her mind. She wanted change. Known as a branding expert after creating successful marketing plans for Mary J Blige, Kris Kross, Ziggy Marley, Supercat, En Vogue, Gerald Levert, The Fugees, and Busta Rhymes during her tenures at Sony and Elektra, she cut her teeth with projects from Sade, Michael Jackson and Alexander O’Neal. Karen knows her stuff! She began creating collaborative and innovative programs that combined her love for marketing and branding with her desire to do social good and bring about change. She wanted to create ongoing experiences that would have an impact and build relationships that would last, and that’s what she’s done. Shifting the paradigm, Karen has created a legacy of building and implementing campaigns that are different, against the grain yet successful and impactful. “We get excited about working with artists, brands and companies that want to do good, support causes, engage their fans and usher in change” she said from her offices in Atlanta. If you are an artist or brand who is determined to create bold and effective campaigns and collaborations, and you want long lasting experiences and innovative programs that produce social impact and ultimately societal change, then Karen and her agency is the asset you’ve been looking for!


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Lloyd Stanbur Reggae Roadblocks Contributed

Lloyd Stanbury is hailed as a Caribbean pioneer in the field of Entertainment Law. His expertise and experience span a range of related activities including the practice of law, media management, artist management, music production, event promotion, research, creative industries policy development, and lecturing. Mr. Stanbury started his journey in the business of music in 1983 when he organized and presented the Sly and Robbie 10th Anniversary concert in Kingston Jamaica. His impact on the international music scene began in 1990 with his role as co-founder and vice-chairman of the world’s first all-reggae radio station, IRIE-FM, established in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Stanbury had specific responsibility for the station’s legal and business affairs, the supervision of its music-programming department and the coordination of the IRIE-FM concert series “White River Reggae Bash.” In 1999, Mr. Stanbury established the Caribbean Music Expo (CME), and served as its Executive Chairman. Between 1999 and 2004, the CME staged a series of international music business conventions and training workshops, which resulted in participation from hundreds of musicians, music and media business representatives, as well as civil society and government organizations from more than 40 countries. As an entertainment attorney and artist manager, Mr. Stanbury has represented such top artists, music producers, and corporations as Chronixx, Protoje, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Robert Livingston, Super Cat, Half Pint, Freddie McGregor, Steely and Clevie, Queen Ifrica, Busy Signal, Arrows Recording, and Garnett Silk. He has participated in and presented at several international music business conventions, including MIDEM in Cannes, France; WOMEX in Rotterdam, Holland; A&R Worldwide in Los Angeles; the New Music Seminar and the College Music Journal Conference, both in New York City; the National Association for Campus Activities Conference in Atlanta; the Music and Internet Conference in New York City; South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Conference in Nassau, Bahamas. As a champion for structured development within Jamaica’s entertainment industry, he has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of music associations and copyright collection societies. Lloyd Stanbury continues to practice as an international music business consultant with offices in Jamaica and South Florida, where he resides with his wife Janet Stanbury. He is the author of the book “Reggae Roadblocks – A Music Business Development Perspective.” Contact: and


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Chronixx and New Music Alert Contributed

Roots Reggae musician Chronixx unveiled the visuals for ‘Majesty’ from his forthcoming debut album, Chronology. The roots singer takes a moment to uplift the Queen’s with his laid-back smooth vocals, providing a fresh interpretation on the Studio One classic instrumental cover version of The Spinners ‘I’ll Be Around’ by Otis Gayle. Directed by Che Kothari, the accompanying visuals, set in a rustic cabin surrounded by the lush St. Mary, Jamaica scenery, tells the tale of Chronixx serenading his majesty in a dreamy scenario with an unexpected twist. The track was premiered by David Rodigan as Rodigan’s Scorcher on the Selector’s influential BBC 1Xtra radio show. ‘Majesty’ was included on the Spanish Town-native’s mixtape Roots & Chalice before becoming a stand-out hit with crucial support from the Reggae community around the world. The Lover’ Rock song currently borders 250k plays on Soundcloud. “Majesty, which was originally recorded for the Roots and Chalice project, is one of the strongest pieces of music from the mixtape, so we needed to do a visual for it,” Chronixx says. “It became a very important piece of music to me based on how it came out after doing the production and recording of the song. It started to feel like a very important song so we decided to make it a part of the Chronology album. “It’s more a spiritual vibration that we tried to bring across which is mainly about the divinity within the woman and the balance that can be found within i & i.” ‘Majesty’ also serves as the first visual from the forthcoming album, ‘Chronology’ slated for an early 2017 release. The long-awaited debut follows critically-acclaimed The Dread & Terrible Project in 2014 and Roots & Chalice mixtape in 2016.

His “Majesty”

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Chronixx On T Coming to a City Near You NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES: 3-02 in NEW HAVEN, CT @ Toad’s Place 4-08 in DALLAS, TX @ Trees 3-03 in BOSTON, MA @ Paradise Rock Club 4-09 in AUSTIN, TX @ Euphoria Camping and Music 3-04 in NEW YORK, NY@ Irving Plaza Festival 3-07 in DETROIT, MI @ El Club 4-10 – New Orleans, LA – Republic New Orleans 3-09 in LOUISVILLE, KY @ Mercury Ballroom 4-13 in FT. LAUDERDALE, FL @ Revolution 3-10 in COLUMBUS, OH @ Al Rosa Villa 4-14 in JACKSONVILLE, FL @ Mavericks at the Landing 3-11 in CHICAGO, IL @ Metro 4-15 in ATLANTA, GA @ Masquerade 3-14 in LAWRENCE, KS @ Granada Theater 4-16 in ASHEVILLE, NC @ The Orange Peel 3-15 in DENVER, CO @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom 4-18 in CARRBORO, NC @ Cat’s Cradle 3-17 in SEATTLE, WA @ The Showbox 4-19 in NORFOLK, VA @ The Norva 3-18 in VANCOUVER, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 4-20 in SILVER SPRINGS, MD @ The Fillmore 3-19 in PORTLAND, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 4-21 in PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 3-21 in SACRAMENTO, CA @ Ace of Spades (TLA) 3-23 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Fillmore 4-26 in MONTREAL, QUEBEC @ L’Olympia 3-24 in REDWAY, CA @ Mateel Community Center 4-27 in LONDON, ONTARIO @ London Music Hall 3-25 in SANTA CRUZ, CA @ The Catalyst 4-28 in TORONTO, ONTARIO @ Rebel Complex 3-26 in RENO, NV @ Whitney Peak Hotel – Cargo 4-30 in HUNTINGTON, NY @ The Paramount Concert Hall 3-28 in FRESNO, CA @ Strummer’s For more information on the tour, or to request 3-31 in SANTA ANA, CA @ The Observatory Chronixx in your City, visit: 4-01 in LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Fonda Theatre 4-02 in SOLANA BEACH, CA @ Belly Up 4-04 in TEMPE, AZ @ Club Red 4-05 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ Sunshine Theater 4-07 in HOUSTON, TX @Warehouse Live - Ballroom


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When Sennheise /Concert / Chris Standring By: Evelyn Germain - UK Editor

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Audio specialist Sennheiser has teamed up with jazz musician Chris Standring and special guest soul star Mica Paris for a one-off concert at Cadogan Hall on March 5th. In what will be a UK first, the majority of the audience will listen to the concert through top of the range Sennheiser headphones, coupling the excitement, passion and unpredictability of a live performance with superior, studio-quality sound. Following in the footsteps of Grammy-Award winning US fusion band Snarky Puppy, whose recording session for We Like It Here took place in front of a live audience, Standring will be accompanied by a full band and string section as well as a number of special guests. The first singer confirmed is soul sensation Mica Paris, with additional guests to be added in due course. Jazz FM are media partners for the event. Nigel Williams of Jazz FM: “As someone who has been listening to great jazz artists for decades, when I heard Chris play live, I felt that his music would translate beautifully to CD but that there was an edge to the sound that can only really be captured live. This event offers the best of both worlds and is a great way of embracing both the traditional concert-going experience and advances in the way we can listen to music.� SoulandJazzLive will be capturing this unique recording session in both 4k video and sound with partners Sennheiser. L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 27

Trumps Amer Good for the Caribbean? By: Maxine Tomlinson - Political Editor

People in the US, and around the world watched in shock as votes were cast, and Trump was declared the winner of the Presidential race. On January 20th he will be elected the 45th President of the United States, and while we try to understand the final decision of the Electoral College, one question that lingers is: will President Elect Trump be good for the Caribbean? The US has approximately 4 Million Caribbean immigrants (this statistic does not include children of immigrants born in the United States) who contribute to the American economy while supporting their home economy. What’s more, the Caribbean Basin Trade and Partnership Act enacted by President Bill Clinton in 2000 benefits textile workers the most, but will Trump expand on that by creating more benefits? He is the art of the deal after all! At 70 years old, he is the oldest person in American history to be elected President, and he is the first President since Dwight Eisenhower to win the nomination for President of a major Political party. Elected on a wave of divisiveness, dis-cord, racism, misogyny, intolerance and some would say pure hatred, I’m not sure how he will work with Prime Minister Holness, Prime Minister Keith Rowly or Freundel Stewart. These leaders are collectively pushing for improved relations and trade. America has never been a great country for all as is falsely portrayed. America has typically been a great country for a privileged few – the WASPs to be exact. Yes, WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants), or to be precise – privileged White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants. That said, those of the poorer classes always had the hope and aspiration of elevating themselves further in society through sheer hard work. Now that we DO know who is in office, the challenge is how best to confront this elephant in order to create a better world for our children. If you’re not concerned yet, listen to what the Caribbean Council has to say: “Mr Trump’s approach may have significant strategic implications for the Caribbean, not least because his views do not accord with the way that the region has previously tried to manage its relations with the US. The Trump doctrine would set aside the emollient approach that the region has become

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accustomed to since the end of the Cold War. For the countries of CARICOM, the implication is that what little influence they may still have in Washington could disappear entirely unless they ally themselves with much stronger regional, hemispheric or international partners. It suggests that only Cuba and perhaps the Dominican Republic will be able to find ways to exert leverage in a Trump Washington.� Your feedback is always welcome L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 29


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ut Sound from Montreal Blackout Sound System is a collective hailing from the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. Ambassadors of French-Creole, the group has developed a solid track record for event conception, organisation, technical direction, music production (dubplates) and has warmed up the crowd for international artists such as : Uroy, Pablo Moses, Earl”China” Smith, Steel Pulse, Third World, Alborosie, Bounty Killer, Collie Budz, Ti Wony, Samx, Mc Janik, Admiral T, Danakil, Raggasonic and Beenie Man. Blackout Sound System is also an engine that helps generate support, promotion and communications for emerging artists. Based in France and in Canada, the collective’s originality is derived from its team work. For the last 15 years Selectors Bisso, Tchalys, Gwad and Kultcha Mighty relay the good vibes and different projects in Europe and in North America. Members are based in Montreal for one side of the pond, and Toulouse, France for the other side In Southern France, Blackout Sound has a residency at the PV BAR and at the Reggae Pub in Toulouse where they hold monthly events. In Montreal, the crew is known for its many appearances across the Plateau and in the downtown areas for the last 8 years. This takes the form of the MTL Dub Sessions. Blackout Sound System also has a list of appearances at international events such as Garorock MTV Fest (France), Reveils Electroniques with the BooM Bus Red Bull (France), London to Birmingham (UK), London to Amsterdam (Holland). In Canada they were at the Reggae Muskoka Festival in Ontario and at the International Reggae Festival of Montréal. L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 43

Music We Lov / Artist Feature / Coozie

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Mellers A multi talented musician, Coozie (fresh out of high school), kick-started his career touring Japan with U-Roy, Jackie Mittoo, Mikey Jarrett, Lone Ranger and Prince Buster. He has played bass, rhythm guitar, keyboards and done arrangements for some of Reggae’s most notable names, including Lee Scratch Perry, Sugar Minott, Horace Andy, Max Romeo and Jackie Mittoo. Along with his band Anthem, “Coozie” Mellers has played to full capacity crowds in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Bermuda, St Croix, Canada and The USA. In other instances, he has supported or shared the stage with Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, The Wailers, The Isley Brothers, The Neville Brothers; Glen Jones, Tony Orlando, The Temptations, George Benson, Freddy Jackson, Big Youth, Barrington Levy, ‘Gyptian, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick and Judy Mowatt (one of Bob Marley’s backing vocalist) and a host of other stars. He also appeared on “The Conan O’Brien Show” with International Reggae icon, Sister Carol. Courtney “Coozie” Mellers is currently focused on another phase of his musical journey, that of solo artist! Since the release of his new single, “You’re the One,” has been enjoying across-the-globe spins and has occupied the top spot on The U.K.’s, “Reggae Space.” Success in such a short time is not surprising. Coozie is a respected multi dimensional music mind. “You’re the One” is a product of that talent. “As soon as I recorded the track, the lyrics came quickly,” he said. “I wrapped it up in no time.” Every true connoisseur of music and particularly, Reggae Lovers must check out this beautifully penned and arranged masterpiece. It’s “...the one!” L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 45

Music We Lov

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jah - Player of Instruments Hailing from Toronto, Canada, saxophonist Isax has brightened the sonic landscape from corner bars to concert halls, performing and recording with many top artists throughout his illustrious career. His musical journey began in his teenage years with Canadian legends Lighthouse and Downchild Blues Band. Subsequently drawn to the deep grooves of Toronto’s Jamaican Reggae scene, his playing flourished in a very open musical environment. Isax’s musical abilities were welcomed in the Rastafarian community and the following years led to performances and studio work with all of the great Jamaican musicians that passed through Toronto, including Jackie Mittoo, Dennis Brown, King Jammy, Ken Boothe, Morgan Heritage, Dean Fraser, The Abyssinians, Etana, Queen Ifrica and Sly and Robbie to name a few. Isax has lent his signature sound to recordings by Gregory Isaacs, Alton Ellis, Richie Spice, Queen Ifrica and Ken Boothe as well horn section work for many Canadian Reggae artists. During the past 2 years, as a member of Richie Spice’s band, Isax has travelled several times to Jamaica and performed or recorded with many top artists and producers, including Earl Chinna Smith, Donovan Germaine of Penthouse Records, Steven Stanley and the great Clive Hunt. Recently, the musician was featured on VP Records “We Remember Dennis Brown” playing sax and flute on the two instrumental tracks. Isax has several instrumental singles released and one full length cd titled “Isax Interpretation” on the Jahmix label. Continuing to develop his “Jahzz Muzik” sound, Isax has completed his second CD for release in spring 2017 and is remaining active in the studio and live arenas of Toronto. L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 47

Music We Lov / Artist Feature / Orisha

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Sound Orisha Sound is a music project based in Kingston Jamaica. Front person of the band – Orisha, is of Slavic and Brazilian decent. Singer, multi-instrumentalist (she plays over 15 instruments), and DJ, she was a child-prodigy at the age of 9 who toured Europe and the United States. She’s appeared on stage with Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, Anthony Hamilton, Flo Rida, Snoop Lion, Sizzla, Sly & Robbie, Beenie Man and many others. They all appreciate her energy. Combining elements of Reggae, Dancehall, EDM and world music, Orisha first gained fame with the debut single “Beautiful Sin” released by Universal Records and InGrooves Fontana in 2012. After this international single was released, the flood gates opened with fans wanting to connect, and labels wanting to sign. In 2013 Orisha signed a deal with RBC records (Snoop Lion, DJ Quick, Ice Cube, Game) and released the 15-track album “Cupid.” The album was produced by Billboard Platinum producer Andrew Lane and Jamaican producer Shel-K. Songs were written and co-written by Orisha Sound. Two songs from the album – dancehall track “Embrace It” ft Sizzla Kalonji and Reggae tune “Sunshine Lady” featuring Wayne Daniel were on the charts in several countries and reached number one in Jamaica. The videos for “Beautiful Sin” and the sultry “Make Me Moan” were premiered on MTV and have also received rotation on stations all over the world. The hit single “World War Three” featuring Grammy winning King of the dancehall Beenie Man is still hitting the iTune’s charts and is getting worldwide radio/ TV rotation. L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 49

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Vybz Kartel – Coloring This Life Spice – Indicator Popcaan – Nah Idle Charley Black – Hoist and Wine Demarco – Backaz Bunji Garlin – Road Bunx Sean Paul ft. Tory Lanez – Tek Weh Yuh Heart Ed Sheeran – Shape of You Tifa ft. Fayann Lyons – Big Bumper Machel Montano – Lip Service Kranium – Something to Hold On To Alkaline – Block and Delete Tory Lanez ft. Kranium – We Can Nature – Love Aidonia – Dat a Dih Ting Dexta Daps – Mi C Mi Bed N Miss U Vybz Kartel ft. Bunji Garlin – Bicycle Ride Damian Marley – Nail Pon Cross Chronixx – Majesty Major Lazer – Light It Up

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Vybz Kartel – Coloring This Life Spice – Indicator Charly Black Damian Marley – Nail Pon Cross Chronixx – Majesty Major Lazer – Light It Up Gappy Ranks – Pon Di Lawn Vybz Kartel ft. Bunji Garlin – Bicycle Ride Jah9 – Humble Mi Protoje – Can’t Feel No Way *Based on recent YouTube views

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Feeling guilty about Christmas indulgences? Want to work off the dreadful holiday buldge? A simple home workou start burning calories. Most people forget that rigorous dancing is actually the perfect cardiovascular workout! Da been high-impact, and whining, or “twerking� as the mainstream has referred to it, incorporates and uses great le body strength, flexibility and balance. You can get down to these songs and practically use every part of your body So, turn up these songs, elevate your heart rate, tone those thighs, work your waistline and attack those calories time!!


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Aidonia – No Boring Gyal (Buddy Bruka) Vybz Kartel – Fever Eugy ft. Mr. Easy – Body Salty – Tic Toc Party Next Door – Not Nice Vershon – Barbie Doll Vybz Kartel ft. Bunji Garlin – Bicycle Ride (Soca Remix) Dexta Daps – Feel Good Aidonia – Caribbean Girls Alkaline - Fleek Dexta Daps - Whine For Mi Vybz Kartel - Lipstick Yemi Alade - Johnny

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Raising a Kille Nanny Mystikk’s Death By: Natasha Von Castle | Photo: Raul Dunkley

Domestic Violence is a very personal topic. Most of us know a woman who has been physically, sexually or emotionally abused. Some of us have intervened in an effort to remove the female from the toxic situation, and some have turned their hearts and ears off, as if to suggest the problem doesn’t exist. The problem still exists. The United Nations says that 1 in every 3 women experience physical or sexual abuse (mostly) by an intimate partner. 35% of women worldwide have experienced this abuse, and half of the women who were killed globally, were killed by their intimate partner. Look at 3 women around you. It is estimated that one of those women is being abused. I now know one woman who was being physically abused. Her name was Dacia McCalla. She was a musician pursuing her dreams under the name Nanny Mystikk, and in December, 2016, she was viciously murdered by her husband in front of her children. Her death was not necessary. Speaking to lead detective Constable Barrett from the Linstead Police Department, confirmation of Dacia’s death became crystal clear as he described the nature of her injuries, and the location of her body. He filled in the picture by letting me know that “Dacia had planned to leave her husband. Things were not working out and she wanted out of the relationship.” As it turns out, she was killed while going through the door. Though the detective didn’t tell me, I suspect that Nanny was being abused throughout her marriage, and I think her closest friends knew what was happening and didn’t say a word; didn’t try to intervene; didn’t get Nanny help. Their conscious must be bothering them. According to Canadian, every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. In the U.S., the statistic is calculated as 1 in every 3 women is killed by their intimate partner, and in Jamaica, statistics are not known, however based on cases reported, they are similar to that of Canada

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and the U.S. We have a problem. We are raising killers. Somewhere along the way, men have warped facts to think that abusing women means they have the ‘power’ and ‘control’ in relationships. The common thinking “I’ll beat her so she submits” is developed with the following symptoms: jealousy (questioning a womans every move), control (controls every activity such as when to leave the house, and when showers can be had), isolation (makes the partner

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move away from family and friends), forced sex, and holds rigid gender roles (man must do this, woman must do that). Where do men learn these behaviours? Sadly, statistics say that men learn violence at home, and carry it into adulthood. Also, some women who see abuse growing up will enter into an abusive relationship. This means we have to do better. We have to make children a priority so they are not exposed to abuse. We have to stop raising killers. The Rastafarian faith believes that women should be honored and respected as the Womb-an. Why can’t we all be Rastas in our approach towards the thinking and acting of the value of women? In the time of putting this article together, it is reported that 64 women were murdered in Jamaica at the hands of their spouses to end the year 2016. Countless other women are being abused and literally on deaths door. Esteemed musician, Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory initiated a Crime Free Christmas campaign. The aim was to reduce the violence experienced through PSA’s in the form of soul moving songs recorded by 12 of Jamaica’s recording Super Stars. The campaign has had maximum effect in Jamaica and the Diaspora, but, when journalists write about the project, they leave out domestic violence. Murder by way of robbery and violence to children receive attention as it should, but violence against women is not front and centre. Why? As a part of school curriculums around the world, all boys becoming men should be taught how to control and manage anger and how to relate to women. This must be ongoing and at all stages of education. Discussions must be held between Fathers and Sons, and Mother’s and Sons about domestic violence. Until we speak openly and honestly on this topic, and make violence towards women a public shame, we will continue to raise killers. Rest in Peace Nanny Mystikk. Your legacy will forever live in the hearts of your children, and those of us who knew and admired you….

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Auresia’s Wor New Album Raices By: Joah Baston

2016 has been a busy year for Auresia. The musician has been in and out of her hometown, Montreal, and in and out the studio to work on new music, and the Canadian singer has spoiled her fans along the way! After spending some time in Cuba, she came back to Canada and launched a new single called “Stay A Little Longer,” an infectious English & Spanish tune with Gerald Thomas Collymore. In August, she opened at the 2016 Montreal International Reggae Festival. In September came the live video clip of Stay A little Longer shot in Baracoa, Cuba, followed by the launch of another single and video, “On The Road,” which appears on Auresia’s new album, Raices (meaning ‘’roots’’), which was released in November 2016. Trading in the youthfulness and fun of her first two records (Auresia and Risin’) for a more refined sound, Auresia delivers a raw, truthful interpretation of everyday life and the realities of being a strong woman. No change, however, in her angelic voice and in her deep-rooted passion for Reggae and Latin music. Recorded between Cuba and Canada, Raices is a true labor of love. Fully comprised of organic instrumentation, the album impressively blends Roots Reggae and Afro-Cuban rhythms with folk-pop lyrics and melodies. JB: Feels like the world’s got to know about you more! Can you tell L3 readers a little bit about you; your origins? And how you got into the wonderful world of music? A:

I am Ukrainian. My parents are from Ukraine. I grew up in Western Canada. We grew up in a Ukrainian community, so there was a lot of music. My Mom and Dad would sing. My Dad played the accordion while my Mom played the piano! We’d often have dinner parties where we’d all sing together. So, there was a lot of music. That happened quite often, as I remember growing up. My dad, especially, was really into music!


Was your Dad a professional musician?


My father was a more serious musician when he was younger. In Ukraine, he played at the local Town Hall for all the parties, weddings and various events. But, as he moved to Canada, music became more of a hobby.

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How were you otherwise introduced to playing music? Did you take music lessons? I read that it all started as young as 3 years-old for you...


I was singing all my life! My parents made me sing with my brother at those parties. We would sing together cute little Ukrainian songs. It was fun! I also sang in playschool. Then, I sang a lot of lead in church. At elementary school, I took choir for a couple of years. I took piano lessons for eight years, starting when I was seven years old. That was a good musical background for me. Then I quit the piano and bought a guitar. I fell in love with playing it! L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 73


Do you compose all your songs on the guitar?


I like composing with the guitar! That’s what I started composing on and it felt so natural. I think my family musical background helped because I did not take guitar lessons. I taught myself on the guitar. I thought it was good for writing. Classical piano is so restrained: You have to play it a certain way. It does not leave a lot of room for creativity. So, guitar was like something I have been longing for, I guess. Playing the guitar came naturally to me. It’s cool!


Do you remember at what age you wrote your first song?


Oh, I wrote it when I was 6 or 7 years old. I was on a camping trip with my parents. I was writing in the car! I think I probably annoyed them because I kept singing it in the car, over and over again!


Is this a song that you continued singing afterward?


No, not since I was a kid! (Laughter)


So, guitar and piano. But people who follow you, the fans of you and your music have also seen you play other instruments in concert, like the flute...


I took the flute in band class when I was in Junior High School. I absolutely love the flute! I ended up picking it up several years ago and now I play it, here and there, at my shows. Then, I played percussions in high school, as well. Then, I joined a percussions ensemble in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) for a year. I really love music! I knew that I was going to do music all my life... whether or not it would have been my career. Still, it was kind of what I was hoping for. It just felt so good from since I was a little girl! I loved it. Singing was number one to me!


You remember your first gig, right?


The first time I performed my own songs was at an Open-mic in Edmonton, Alberta. I was sixteen. I was really nervous, but I did it. It was really interesting. It was a new thing to me. It’s always terrifying the first time you go on stage to reveal yourself and your art! It was definitely a turning point that night! (Laughter) It was nerve wrecking but exhilarating!


What kept you going, from then on?


Music, passion, love of music. I’ve always used music as a coping strategy for emotions, for what we go through in life, whether good or bad. I was blessed with the gift to sing. It just came out of me so I can express myself a lot through songs. Especially when my Mom died, ten years ago. It happened when I was writing my first album. I dedicated my first self-titled album to her. It was so close to my heart. Many songs were about her. There are pieces of my Mom in those songs.

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Did your parents ever see you perform in concert?


Yeah! They both did, many times.


They must have been very proud of you and to see you that the many years of music training paid off!


Yeah! Although, at the time I was not so happy to be forced to practice. Now, I’m grateful that my parents made me pursue a lot of it! (Laughter) Back then, I was kind of resisting the structure and discipline it takes to learn music. My Dad still comes to a lot of my shows. If I tour across Canada, he will come to the show where he’s living and drive to the next show, sometimes! I’m really blessed to have a Dad who is 100% in and supportive of me.


How would you describe your music, Auresia?


I think it is easy listening, feel good, world rhythmic and sweet melodies. I think my music is fun! I have topics like chocolate and having fun!


Auresia is fun music, I agree! And on stage, you have this glowing energy that cannot be ignored. It makes it very interesting to listen to, on top of the lyrics and the nice melodies.


Oh, thank you!


You work with fine musicians and sound engineers, and it shows. Auresia always sounds good! Auresia has a crisp, clear and recognizable sound.


People say that my voice is crisp, pure and sweet.


Your music embraces many genres, from Reggae, to Pop, to Latin... but Reggae!


I really love Reggae! Reggae is my heart! Every time I pull out my guitar, it’s always a Reggae beat that comes first. I also love Latin music like salsa. Latin music is something that woke up and grew in me a couple of years ago when I wrote the song ‘’Quiero Bailar (Solita)’’ (available on Auresia’s 2nd album, ‘’Risin’’’), after I went to Cuba.


In Reggae, who would you like to collaborate with, if you have the chance to?


Damian Marley and Ziggy Marley... I met him after his concert in Montreal, in September! I would love to collaborate with strong female artists like Queen Ifrica and Jah9.

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The Peach Kin Rock Noir Duo By: Song River

If there ever was the perfect blend of moxie, chemistry and radiancy The Peach Kings certainly have sanctified it. The crowned rock noir duo, Paige Wood and Steve Dies have an undeniably fresh turn in the season of ripe picked rock n roll. Having caught the attention of actress Drew Barrymore and wrapping up their tour with Cyndi Lauper, The Peach Kings are now out headlining their own tour, Night Sweat, as they make their way across the stages. Betwixt their magical ability to write and create love in a rock n roll mood and the setting of Paige Wood’s vocal prowess is mind-boggling. Together with Steve Dies this sultry sexy sound is a head turning, hip churning, rotation of grit and sass! Catch them together out on tour as they spin from their two albums, Handsome Moves and Mojo Thunder, maybe even giving us a little something new as a teaser? You will have to come to a show to find out! SR:

Hey Paige and Steven, how are you both doing?

PW: Hi! We are doing great. Gearing up for getting back on the road for 8 weeks. SD: Working on decompressing at the moment, which is really just re-compressing for the next run. (laughs) SR: PW: SD:

The first thing out of the box I noticed in your video “Thieves and Kings” is that you two have a definite sense of humor. Yes, a bit of humor goes a long way in our book. You should see our video for “Fisherman.” Also, people who take themselves too seriously often come off as phony. Smile, people!


Rock Noir, can you explain? Someone said that about our sound and we liked the image it brought to mind. Stark, lo-fi, mysterious, cinematic. Everything cool about film noir applied to rock n roll.



It is moody music you create? I hear some early influences of the Pixies and Portishead. How much do the influences of 40’s blues and jazz come into play in your work?


A lot actually! I grew up singing jazz and playing jazz music on the piano and Steven also grew up listening to blues albums in his house. All styles that we grew up on and learned helped shape our sound. Shout out to minor pentatonic! L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 81


Your stage chemistry melts the room. Describe what takes place between you.


Well, that’s pretty intimate (laughs) so we can’t give you all the detail but I can tell you that performing and sharing the stage with another musician is always a special connection and can be different every time… sharing the stage with someone you love is pretty cool and sharing the stage with Steven is everything. As Paige says, we just try to “get it up.”


Is it only possible to relay your intimacy through your music? The animalistic fervor exudes and seduces through your music, then add in the visuals and orgasmic sweats?


It’s probably the most immediate representation of our “intimacy” because music does away with the social aspect of getting to know someone. On the other hand, we’re writing songs, a lot of which are exaggerated and even flat out fiction; so you may think you know us by reading our lyrics, but you’d be wrong.


You could say there is the music side and then there is the private side?

SW: Yes, we’re pretty private people actually. SR:

“Tengo Miedo” gave me goosebumps. Where did the story elements come from lyrically?

PW: We both love spy novels and mystery thrillers. I’ve also always loved James Bond theme songs and that love definitely inspired some of these lyrics. SD: I can only take credit for the Spanish lyrics everything else was Paige, 100%. SR:

Steven who have been some your guitar influences?

SD: Tom Morello, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, John Frusciante, Wes Montgomery. SR:

Do you favor one guitar in particular over another?


Every guitar has its time and I go through phases with each. I really love the growl of my SG, and it’s nice and light so I can thrash it around on stage. Certain guitars I could never play live because they are so finicky and will never stay in tune, but when I’m at home just messing around or writing, they are my go-to pickers because they have the good mojo. The tasty “song juice.” Like this no-name Japanese guitar, I picked off craigslist; things got a baseball bat-like neck and intonation from hell, but that thing has written some really cool licks. L3 Magazine | January, 2017 ft. Nanny Mystikk - Pg. 83

Photo Credit: Michelle Shiers


When writing as a joint effort, what is your process? Is it always together or do you each have your own alone time to work on parts?


There’s no formula really. Sometimes we’ll sit together and write a song from start to finish 100% collaboration. Other times we’ll write parts for each other and bring them to the table, and still, other times will write an element and that element will dictate where the rest of the song goes as we have time to digest it on our own.


In early January 2016 you had set out during your tour to have meet-ups at coffee and tea shops with fans. Such a great idea! How did you go about putting it into place and would you consider doing it again?


We were more interested in making the tour bigger yet more intimate than just playing shows. We also wanted to meet fans and this seems like the right vehicle to do that considering coffee is an essential staple on the road. We quickly learned that any thought of planning to be at a certain place at a certain time was extremely difficult with the unpredictable nature of touring so doing this exact thing again might not happen, but we’re working on something similar for this upcoming tour.


In the song “Sweet Like You” Paige you bring together love and baking. Your songs really go to the heart of a relationship, don’t they?

SD: There’s something about the line “baking cookies through the night / fold away all the pain..” that really stood out to us when writing this. While cookie baking is usually associated with warm and fuzzy feelings, there’s a way it can become something darker, like an obsessive thing that some one can do to avoid facing something painful. Or even the idea that someone may be baking cook ies for someone who will never come home. A sort of denial or delusion fueled by love. PW: As a southern lady I know that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. SR: Lovers, if they will listen, don’t need to pay a therapist...they just need to spin The Peach Kings music. SD: When we write love songs, we don’t pretend that love is so black and white, like all kissy or all misery. SR:

Love is complicated, yet layered isn’t it?

SD: It’s got so many overlapping emotions where you can simultaneously be pissed off and proud of someone, or want your lover to leave you alone, but never actually

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Photo Credit: Beverly Gothic

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leave you. If you understand that and embrace that as normal, you’re in good shape.


Paige who are some of your vocal influences?

PW: My influences range all the way from Joni Mitchell to Tom Waits. You may not hear or recognize a lot of my influences in my voice but they are part of my identity as an artist for sure. Here are a few more throwaways, like Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, Francoise Hardy, PJ Harvey. SR:

You validate through your voice those you’ve just mentioned. It is truly vintage, timeless, and classic... is this who you are at your core?

PW: Thank you so much. My closest friends tell me they think I’m from another time. I’ve always been in love with things that have a rich history and a story behind them. Which explains my love of vintage objects, like furniture and fabric. I’m a very visual person, so surrounding myself with old curiosities always helps me get into the mood when approaching a new story or character that Steven and I are developing in a song or album. My environment is definitely part of my writing process. SR:

You have finished your tour with Cyndi Lauper. How was that overall experience?

PW: We wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. The fact that I got to sing on stage with one of my Idols is something that all remember for the rest of my life. Plus, she’s cool as hell. SR:

When can we get some Peach Kings on vinyl... you are the crack that grooves dream of!


Our album, Handsome Moves has been available on vinyl since 2012, but on this last run of shows we sold out of our last ones. Another run is in the works, but this time, we plan on doing something a little more limited, perhaps colored vinyl with some hand screen printed sleeves... New music. Loads of new music on the way!

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L3 Magazine January ft. Nanny Mystikk  

Nanny Mystikk was a beloved member of the Canadian Reggae Fraternity, and she was also the '1 in 6' women murdered at the hands of their par...

L3 Magazine January ft. Nanny Mystikk  

Nanny Mystikk was a beloved member of the Canadian Reggae Fraternity, and she was also the '1 in 6' women murdered at the hands of their par...