TWIN SINGERS TAKE THE CLASSIC “UPTOWN TOP RANKING” BACK TO JAMDOWN.Helmed by NY-based producer Sugar Bear, “Jamdown Top Ranking” captures the K Queens twins, Kaydine and Kerrine Francis, modernizing Althea and Donna’s signature song, “Uptown Top Ranking.” The 1977 original, produced by legendary tunesmith Joe Gibbs, spent 11 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at the number one position in 1978. Listeners will instantly recognize the familiar “I’m Still In Love With You” riddim, which was most recently repopularized by Sean Paul and Sasha.
Of the brand new release, K Queens stated “it was inspiring doing this song because we can recall family members expressing their love for it and how much they enjoyed it back in the day, ’til now.”
“K Queens did a great job on this classic. Reggae fans worldwide can now add this new version to the universe of reggae classics,” said GTC Entertainment boss and reggae/dancehall artist Rayvon, most famous for his collaborations with Jamaican superstar Shaggy on the #1 pop hit “Angel” and the dancehall staple “Big Up.”
Sugar Bear added “K Queens rendition has brought forth a modern feel to a song that has endured the test of time over generations.” A quickly emerging dancehall deejay in his own right, Sugar Bear finds this single releasing hot on the heels of the “Red Bull” riddim, which features his song “Red Bull,” the title track to the riddim, and songs by other artists such as Elephant Man, Tanto Metro and Devonte, and Rayvon, among others.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, K Queens initially caught the attention of another one of the island’s musical icons, Bounty Killer, who welcomed them to be a part of his Alliance Next Generation. ANG, an extension of the dancehall general’s Alliance family, was established to mentor and assist young artists within the Alliance camp.
INNER CIRCLE’S 50TH YEAR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY GALA
a host of reggae veterans and special invited guests gathered at Circle House complex to pay tribute to the iconic reggae band, Inner Circle as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. The golden gala celebrated one of reggae’s most enduring bands, led by brothers Roger and Ian Lewis. Musicians and artists associated with the band since 1968 gathered and performed together to celebrate this monumental event in reggae history!
The Lewis siblings formed Inner Circle in 1968 as a show band that played in hotel ballrooms and school barbecues. They had an extraordinary run of chart triumphs with singer Jacob Miller from 1974 to March 1980 when he was killed in a motor accident. In 1993, the band won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with “Bad Boys”, which contained the monster hit songs “Sweat” and “Bad Boys”.
Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange was among the attendees who paid tribute to Inner Circle and their contribution to reggae music and Jamaica.
Tommy Cowan served as MC for the evening, which featured the Big Inner Circle Third World reunion Jam featuring Ibo, Cat Coore, Willie Stewart, AJ Brown and Prilly. “They were never after stardom. They just loved the music and wanted to play the music which has always been positive,” said Cowan.
Jam sessions included early Inner Circle members Prilly Hamilton on vocals, Willie Stewart on drums, keyboardists Ibo Cooper and guitarist Steven “Cat” Coore. They were joined by Trevor “Skatta” Bonnick and AJ Brown, current singers for Inner Circle and Third World, long-time Inner Circle keyboardist Bernard “Touter” Harvey, and former Third World drummer Cornel Marshall.
The audience included, Carlene Davis, Michael Rose, Winston Barnes, Lloyd Stanbury, Red Rat, Pitbull, Jo Mersa Marley and members of Lloyd Parks & We The People Band.
Colin Leslie, a founding member of Third World, also attended what he described as “a massive occasion”. “Inner Circle is a symbol of not only success but the reward of hard work,” Leslie added.