Jo is currently on the road performing the entire Comfortable EP as the opening act on Stephen Marley’s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life Tour. The tour spans over 30 cities in the United States and concludes in New Orleans, LA on May 24. See full schedule below.
Jo’s Comfortable spans pop, hip hop, EDM and dancehall influences while showcasing his deft vocals, clever songwriting and flourishing production skiills. Each of the EP’s riddims (except for “Bogus” which was produced by his uncle Damian Marley) were created by Jo, working alongside his father’s keyboard player Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, with Stephen Marley handling the final productions. Many of the EP’s songs focus on Jo’s personal experience with women and their complex relationships. On the sleek electro-dancehall hybrid title track, which is also accompanied with a video, he cleverly rhymes about a budding relationship contrasted by his sweetly sung hook. On “Bogus,” he addresses a lack of sincerity in some women, while club-friendly tunes like “Bad So,” All To Me” and “Perfect 10” ft. Jemere Morgan deliver romance with a rude boy twist. On the EP’s first single “Sunshine,” Jo nimbly rhymes over a bubbling dancehall rhythm embellished by gentle guitar strands. Jo came up with “Sunshine’s” melodic hook while singing to his baby sister and is one of the EP’s most intimate songs.
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STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY KICKS OFF HIS U.S. HEADLINING TOUR
REVELATION PART II: THE FRUIT OF LIFE
TO GEAR UP FOR HIS 2014 SUMMER ALBUM CARRYING THE SAME NAME
Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Premieres Never-Before-Heard Track “Rock Stone” featuring Capleton and Sizzla
The Latest Installments Feature Hits from Tessanne Chin, Sean Paul, Snoop Lion, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Sizzla, Mr. Vegas, Bunji Garlin and more
Established in 1993, Strictly The Best is the first annual reggae compilation in the business. This year’s installment, which features an explosive collection of trendsetting hits on two separate discs, will mark the series’ 20th anniversary on December 17, 2013. Year after year, the Strictly The Best series unveils a comprehensive collection of the genre’s most popular tunes and breaking hits. The go-to compilation features the genre’s biggest stars and is also a platform for new talent to gain notoriety in the industry.
This year’s Strictly The Best Vol. 48 includes 2013’s most sought-after smooth sounds in lovers rock and roots. Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin, who is a top contender on NBC’s The Voice this season, delivers a spine-tingling ballad on “Incredible Love,” while roots empress Etana celebrates life’s blessings that are often taken for granted on the title track of her most recent effort Better Tomorrow. Reggae’s royal family Morgan Heritage makes a grand entrance with “Here Come The Kings,” the title track off their most recent album, and delivers a powerful plea on “Forgive Me” towards the close of the album. No. 1 Billboard hitmaker and UK’s reggae pop icon Maxi Priest also shines on his latest chart-topper “Easy To Love,” which will be featured on his 2014 album on VP Records. Volume 48 will provide the perfect soundtrack to unwind and reflect over the holiday season for years to come.
U.S. Tour Kicks Off This Week
17-track set is co-executive produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, who is known for cranking out hits for superstars such as Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco, the Fugees and many more. The album features guest appearances from R&B divas Estelle and Melanie Fiona to soca stars Bunji Garlin and Kes the Band. Global dancehall ambassadors Major Lazer also lent a hand with co-production on the title track.
“This is the Gyptian album that I want people to hear,” the singer says. “Each album that I do advances my career but this one is Gyptian—the next level.” Read more…
East Coast GYI U.S. Tour – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley, Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis & Black-Am-I
ANNOUNCE U.S. EAST COAST TOUR RUNOVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Ghetto Youths International announce new U.S. tour dates that span across the East Coast throughout Labor Day weekend. The shows will feature performances by rising Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis along with reggae heavyweights Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Julian Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley. Read more…
GYI Announce U.S. Tour – Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa & Christopher Ellis
THE MARLEY-OWNED LABEL, GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL, ANNOUNCES THE SET UP SHOP TOUR
A U.S. Pacific Coast Run in June Featuring Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley
(Top row from L to R is Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis. Front row from L to R is Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Jo Mersa.)
Ghetto Youths International is proud to announce U.S. dates for the Set Up Shop Tour. The Pacific Coast run – spanning Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada – will feature performances by rising Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis along with reggae heavyweights Damian “Jr Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley. Read more…
DJ @JustDizle and @DeejaySos cooked up something really spicy for your ears,
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