Five years ago, Sister Carol and Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse) created the, Back to Basics Educational Fund, to raise money to support two school projects based in communities close to their hearts. The Back to Basics schools is:
• AIRY CASTLE BASIC SCHOOL - St. Thomas, Jamaica • JAMAICA RASTAFARIAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (JRDC) SCHOOL - Shashamane, Ethiopia
0n opposite sides of the African Diaspora, both programs are in desperate need of financial support to keep the school doors open for the youth of their communities. In an effort to respond to the urgent need and to raise awareness, Sister Carol and Sidney invited their friends in the international music community to contribute their talents to the cause. The CD single, Jah Will Help Us All, was created.
To compliment the teachings of Martin Luther King, Sister Carol and Sidney selected the MLK holiday/ their mutual birthday, January 15th to host a fundraiser to raise funds for the Fund.
“Jah Will Help Us All” will be available on iTunes on June 21st, 2012. After such date visit iTunes site to purchase the single to help our cause supporting the youth and families in Jamaica and Ethiopia.
SPI Music Artist: BROTHA GEORGE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
MIAMI, (MAY 15, 2012)
SPI Music along with Gospel artist George Wright, more popularly known as “Brotha George” announces the release of his fourth album entitled “Heaven Bound”. Within the past five years he has received numerous awards for his contribution to the genre whilst progressively infusing a new sound into his music.
Brotha George, while teaming up with Co-Producer Sidney Mills and Executive Producer Dennis Salmon has materialized four albums to date. Releases such as “My Soul is in Your Hands” and “Rescue Me” laid the foundation for his initial audience. The single “Give Me Strength" later dominated the charts in New York and surrounding areas attracting further requests among listeners. The single “Hear My Plea” from the third CD - Worship with Christ - is now in full rotation.
With the anticipated release of 2012’s “Heaven Bound” an enthusiasm stirs amongst his fan base. Brotha George states, “I finally have the opportunity to express my thoughts and reinforce my conviction in Christ with this project”. He has travelled extensively performing in countries such as Holland, England, France, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and USA. Other territories such as Canada, Australia and Japan have witnessed his performances through audiovisual conferencing at conventions.
He has been nominated for four Gospel awards in different categories in the Caribbean Gospel Music Awards to be held in Atlanta, Georgia. As a stellar Reggae artist for two decades “BG” has produced hit songs such as, “You Are the One I Love”, “Settle Bad Boy” and “Secret Admirer” which coincidentally was his first songwriting endeavor. “BG” has given his life to Christ and continues ministering and winning souls for the Lord.
Meta Dia - Lead Singer Shahar Mintz - Guitar Daniel Serrato -Guitar Aya Kato - Keyboard Larry McDonald- Percussions Frederick McCondichie- Drums
Listening, singing, being, Meta Dia (pronounced “Jah” in Senegal) embodies the philosophy of peace and un-derstanding through music. Born in Dakar, Senegal, not many days have passed that Meta has not made music one way or another. As a teenager, he rapped on the streets of Dakar under the moniker ‘Meta Crazy’ and later, knowing almost no one, save maybe himself, Meta moved to New York City to make music. In New York, Meta became enlivened by the Roots-Rock-Reggae that had been transplanted to America by the Jamaican exodus. After putting together a tight core of international musicians from the world over, Meta began experimenting with the sounds he heard in his own life; from the American soul and the traditional Senegalese singers played in his mother’s kitchen, to the reggae, rap and rhapsody on the streets of Dakar and Brooklyn. In the interweaving of these sounds with the numerous Afro-beats and Latin melodies pulsing and floating through New York’s vibrant musical enclaves, Meta and The Cornerstones was born.
Clive Chin renowned Jamaican record producer whose work includes seminal recordings by The Wailers, Dennis Brown, Lee “Scratch”Perry and Black Uhuru, among others said : ”Meta and the Cornerstones have taken us back to the foundation of Reggae music. I’m from the old school and it reminds me of my days. It’s a band that sounds tight and wicked with infectious lyrics. The album is brilliant I give it a 5 star. My personal favorite is ‘Somewhere in Africa’. Clive Chin- VP Records/17North Parade
Meta and the Cornerstones debut album Forward Music (2008) is available on Itunes and Amazon.
A remix of ‘Somewhere in Africa' featuring Peetah Morgan has been released in February 2010 and premiered on National Geographic Music Website.
Meta is currently working on his second album and is recording at Tuff Gong, Jamaica…. Soon come!!