Jamaican dancehall artist Karamanti, who has collaborated with some of the biggest African reggae acts in the past (Stonebwoy, Sonniballi, Iwan etc.), has just shared a brand-new song and video, done with emerging Malawian artist Godson.
The afro-dancehall track is titled Wa Gwan, and on it Karamanti displays her lyrical prowess, and shows why she is constantly sought after for musical synergies. As this is her third collaboration with an artist from Malawi – the second this year – Karamanti sings:
“mi no know weh a gwan dung a malawi but everyday a new artist a badda me dem waa fi link up wid di Karamanti mi no care ya man caa mi hungry
so from di message upful and it highly and i naa violate di almighty yu can send on di beat mek mi vibes it and mek we wake up di youth dem weh numbly.”
The official video for Wa Gwan, which was shot in both Jamaica and Malawi, was also released and shared on Karamanti‘s YouTube channel. And the song can be streamed and downloaded from all major music platforms.
NuLinkz Riddim is the latest dancehall compilation from Blakkwuman22 Music. The project, which is being tagged as trap-dancehall, has a total of five tracks, and features new music from Mikey Dangerous – the #1 dancehall artist in Quebec – Double Braine (more popularly known as Keron Williams), emerging Jamaican lyricist M.A.P, and label owner and producer Karamanti. Each artist met the moment as they delivered relatable lyrical content in their respective songs.
Mikey Dangerous – a committed Rastafarian – used the opportunity to salute all black “Freedom Fighters” dating back to the 50s and 60s; a time when Nelson Mandela was actively working to end apartheid in South Africa. As for M.A.P, he aggressively admonishes child molesters and pedophiles on his track “Beast Mode”; while Double Braine, who resides in Toronto, Canada, sang about the ever sliding “Currency.”
Karamanti has two songs on the NuLinkz Riddim. The first – “Kut Di Linkz” – was the inspiration for the entire EP. It was penned and voiced for another producer, but when that project fell through, she contracted beat-maker Miguel Martin to compose something that would fit the already recorded tune. Her second song is “Dawg Collah,” an unworldly track that highlights the fact that global societies have become blasphemous and unapologetically profane.
All songs on the NuLinkz Riddim were mixed and mastered by AudioTraxx Production (Old Harbor, Jamaica) with the exception of “Dawg Collah,” which was mixed by Tandra Jhagroo in Kingston. The NuLinkz Riddim is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and all other streaming platforms.
Last evening Karamanti and her team were notified that her song “Mi No Nyam Pork,” which is on the “Natty Dreadlocks Survival Riddim” by Jungle Lava Production, will be featured on Roots FM’s What’s The Verdict, tonight (Sat. August 27th).
Each week the show presents new music from various artists and ask the listening public to weigh in on which they think is the best. Roots FM can be heard online from anywhere in the world, or on the 96.1 FM dial in Kingston, Jamaica. It starts at 6pm.
This Saturday, August 20, Our Ting Our Way, the open mic event designed to give artists an opportunity to perform infront of, and be judged by their peers, will have its first staging since the reopening of the entertainment sector.
OTOW will be held at a new location: Green Spice Bar & Lounge – 62 Balmagie Ave, Kingston 11 – in Waterhouse, from 7pm to midnight; with popular selector DJ Stanhype on the turntables, and dancehall artist Karamanti as host.
For those not familiar with OTOW, it is basically a gathering of artists – predominantly lyricists – capable of exciting an audience with his or her lyrical prowess. They get together in a small venue and trade bars (lyrics) over various tracks. Only the best lyricist is left standing!
GAP – an acronym for God Answer Prayer – is the title of the latest dancehall rhythm driven project from Blakkwuman22 Music. The just released compilation features several emerging dancehall artists, namely: Kerry Starr, Ras Bentley, M.A.P, Amnon, and label owner and producer Karamanti. It was inspired by the song God Answer Prayer, which was first featured onKaramanti‘s latest album – Spiritual Warfare – released in December.
As is the case with all undertakings at Blakkwuman22 Music, it was made clear to everyone involved that no negative and/or derogatory content would be accepted. To that end, all the songs are being tagged as inspirational dancehall; and most importantly, they all stand in direct contrast to the noise that is currently being used to mislead the masses.
Having publicly committed to injecting more conscious lyrics into the minds of youths via her music, Karamanti felt compelled to do the project and is pleased with the outcome. The beat for GAP Riddim was built by Lamar Thompson exclusively for Blakkwuman22 Music, and all songs were mixed and mastered by AudioTraxx Production.
The Gap Riddim is now available on all digital music platforms.