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‘Beyond The Return’ Agenda – Son And Grandson Of Reggae Legend, John Holt Set Their Eyes On A Major Return To Ghana

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The year 2019 in Ghana didn’t only get the global spotlight as a very historic year in Africa’s modern history, but as well opened the heaven gates for Africans in the diaspora to repatriate.

Afronation, Afrochella, Detty Rave – 3 of the biggest events held in December last year has become very key reasons for diasporeans to do a pilgrimage or return back home. Other affiliate events in lieu with the “Year Of Return” agenda to mark the 400 year African Slavery commemoration in Ghana brought to bare our rich tourism, strong heritage and more importantly the business opportunities Ghana offers the world beyond in its hospitable and peaceful embrace. 

It is on this premise that The Holt Family (Junior Holt and Bamm Holt – son and grandson of the Legendary Reggae Singer, John Kenneth Holt) have set their eyes keenly on Ghana to make a return.

Year 2020 which was supposed to be an extension of the “Year Of Return” was dubbed “Beyond The Return” by the Ghanaian Government as well as the Ghana Tourist Authority. Unfortunately, the global pandemic this year truncated plans and other activities captured for this year’s, thus, couldn’t make Junior Holt and his son, Bamm Holt’s entry into Ghana. Nonetheless, they are still very optimistic about coming to Ghana, hopefully in the year 2021. 

Coming from a Family of Music, Junior Holt and Bamm Holt are also into music and have started making inroads before they step foot in Ghana. For the past one month, King Lagazee, multiple award winning Reggae/Dancehall Selector on Hitz 103.9fm have been playing their music back to back on the airwaves. Without boring you with too much words, take a read through their biography, respectively and get to know them more before the step foot on the Motherland.

 

About – Junior Holt

Junior Holt, born Garth Holt, is the son of Reggae Legend John Holt and Yvonne Leslie. Junior was born in the Maxfield Ave area of Kingston 13 and then moved to the country side of Jamaica with his Grandma Leslie at age 7. He attended the Maud Mack School in Westmoreland then moved back to Kingston at age 13, where he went to the Tarrant Secondary.

Junior started to sing at age 15 but not on a professional level. His main inspiration was his Father and then Dennis Brown. It was the year 1988 at the time he went to Spanish Town to live with his mom. Shortly after he was then introduced to DJ Hammer MouthChronicle and Gary Minott who had the inexperienced artist sing on dubplates and sound systems such as, City Rock, Strike Force, Turbo Crown, Impression Disco, and the big champion sound, Killaman Jaro.

Junior Holt’s name start to ring an alarm in St. Catherine Jamaica. The young Holt started to gain more confidence in the music so it was time to hit the road to Kingston. He was introduced by his Mom to producer Ski High from Tuff Gong, who recorded three singles with the young singer. They were released in 1988 and did well in Europe. He was working at the Epiphany night club in New Kingston every Thursday night, under the supervision of Bobsie Grange.

He was doing opening acts for Tony Rebel, Mighty Diamonds and Jack Radics. In the year 1993, he ran into Youth Promotion Producer Lincoln (Sugar) Minott, who recorded 2 singles from the artist and released them in Europe. In that same year Junior came across DJ Skullman, who also recorded 2 singles with the young singer. Those 2 tunes did well on the local scene and earned the singer the privilege to perform on Border Clash 93, which was the singer’s first major show.

In 1994, Junior Holt was introduced to Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley from Tuff Gong Records, by singer Anthony Mattai. The singer was soon signed and started to work on tracks with musical wiz, Handel Tucker. Soon after he was introduced to Singing Canary Sanchez and gained more popularity singing on the champion sound Sexilus which is also owned by Sanchez, which played every

Wednesday night at StandPipe Kingston Jamaica. That was a place where you would find most artist hanging out.

In 1995 Junior migrated to the United States, where he was introduced to Sir Coxone Dodd by Ansel Meditations. He recorded 5 singles for the Studio One label and by February 1996, “Still In Love with You”, was released in NYC and getting regular rotation on the airwaves. In 1996 Junior moved to Connecticut and met Richie Calbut Mcpherson, and recorded a few singles that were getting regular rotation on the local radio stations. In the year 2000 Junior Holt teamed with Richie Calbut and put a 5-piece band together which was called the Calbut Band.

The band lead singer which was Junior Holt all did well with shows all over Connecticut and some boroughs in New York city. In 1997 Junior Holt and ace DJ Mellow under the guidance of Valri Dotty Allen, entered the Apollo Theatre in Harlem NYC with the hit song, “Sipping Champagne.”

They both came out a winner and the song was released in Hartford, CT. Junior Holt then met up with King BenjI, owner of Tronic One Records. They immediately went into production on his new album called ‘Good Vibes”. Everyone who hears the album says it is going to be a # 1 seller. Junior Holt is now currently recording with Wattage Label under the leadership of Courtney Johnson who is also Ceo for the company.

Recording Artist Don Fyah Wyah Hines also plays a great role in the Artiste Career as his road manager by earning the singer a few reputable shows down in the western side of USA. Junior Holt plans for the future is to continue his father’s works by singing good music and still set the trend his father did. You will be hearing from Junior Holt.

 

About Bamm Holt 

Born In Spanish Town Jamaica, Son Of Junior Holt and Shawn Campbell.  28 Years of age I introduce you to Bamm Holt. Being the grandson of Legendary Reggae singer John Holt, Bamm has always been influenced by music since he can remember. He recalls singing on his Uncle’s homemade sound at the age 6 at a time when sounds use to clash.

The musical element of Reggae, Dancehall, and soft rap are the tools that helps create his own unique sound. Being brought up in Brooklyn New York is where he developed a love for Hiphop. 

While in the process of releasing his first EP at a time when new sounds are being discovered, he intends to make his own path in the music industry while still keeping the Holt legacy alive.

 

Social Media 

Bamm Holt

Instagram : @bammh0lt_ 

Facebook: BammHolt 

 

Junior Holt 

Instagram: @originaljuniorholt

Facebook: OrignalJuniorHolt 

Music Links  

“Tribal War”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L6hf0KBxq0w 

“One Thing” 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PZeJZugY4yg

Tribal War 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/tribal-war/1527469805?i=1527470016

https://open.spotify.com/track/6BsoKNbbBAgi1kTvE2Vik3?si=YPtUtOiXS6mX6BIqJ_Jvrg

One Thing 

https://open.spotify.com/track/00VOizz8aVVqVieGMNrSbL?si=zjkndHTkQf29KZjOnF72hQ

https://music.apple.com/us/album/one-thing/1503989508?i=1503989512

     (Source: Elorm Beenie)

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Morgan Heritage artiste, FayRoss, is out with new single “Race” – LISTEN

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‘Race’ is an essentially stimulating single from multi-talented talented musician and songwriter, ‘FayRoss’ – an emerging songwriter and producer from Nigeria. The song delivered in Pidgin and a dash of Yoruba languages acknowledges a story of love, affluence, and choices -where a man who loves a woman is not the one that gets her because love sometimes is compromised for the comfort of affluence.

FayRoss is a uniquely gifted artist who also models and acts in his spare time. Race is his first single after his sign up to 1A1V Music. He seeks to carve a niche for himself with his infectious Afrobeat and pop-infused style within the African music industry.

The single promises to morph into a monster hit as major media houses around the world have shown excitement towards his 1A1V Music sign up and Morgan Heritage affiliation.

In partnership with 1A1V Music, the Grammy Award-winning group label and home to Morgan Heritage, ‘CTBC Nation’ looks to solidify FayRoss as one of the iconic stars rising from the shores of Africa.

 

RACE AUDIO STREAMING & DOWNLOAD LINK

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/iam_fayross/song/race

Other Links: https://orcd.co/fayross-race

 

RACE LYRIC VIDEO YOUTUBE LINK

https://youtu.be/SKviXXhF2eA

 

 

MORE ABOUT FAYROSS

The singer was born into a musically inclined family as Okhagbe Friday Arigamhe, and has been musically inclined from a young age. He mastered the art of playing the Piano and Guitar by himself before adopting the skill of music production from his older brother. He is the sixth of seven children, and hails from Okpella, in the Eastern part of Edo State, Nigeria. His music career officially started in 2012 and has gained steady momentum, as he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon in his quest to attain greater heights.

He has been in the business of developing a lush combination of infectious Afrobeat rhythms and pop-infused hooks to the global stage, and seems to have mastered his art. The young artist has released a number of well-received Afrobeat anthems that have seen him grow a steady following worldwide. His debuted solo release ‘poker’ saw him gain critical acclaim internationally, garnering a following in the thousands across the globe.

He is currently signed to top-tier US label, 1A1V music, a company that is invested in assisting him to propel his talent across the shores of Nigeria, making a sizable dent in the global market. His latest release, ‘Race’ showcases the artist’s ability to set a strong positive vibe with upbeat rhythms and euphoria-dripped hooks bringing us into a show-stopping Afrobeat bliss. His latest EP is due for release in 2021, with the aim of taking further steps to stardom.

 

CONNECT WITH FAYROSS

 

https://www.facebook.com/CallMeFayross/

https://www.instagram.com/iam_fayross/

https://twitter.com/iam_fayross

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New Ghanaian Afrobeats artiste, Gakpey makes Industry debut with New Song ‘Man Dey’, song drops on June 19.

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Budding young Ghanaian Afrobeats artiste, Gakpey is ready to make his major industry debut
appearance with his new single “Man Dey” which will be released on June 19, 2020 under
BlakEye Rekkodz.

“Man Dey” a soothing afrobeats song by Gakpey is aimed at inspiring and motivating the
masses on their daily struggles as they grow through life.
“Man Dey” by Gakpey is produced by Ghanaian producer, Gidi Siq to kick start his music career
professionally under BlakEye Rekkodz on Friday, June 19.

Kindly Pre-Save “Man Dey” by Gakpey here: https://bit.ly/ManDeyByGakpey

ABOUT GAKPEY

Born Gakpey Christian Mawuli is a Ghanaian Afrobeats Singer who hails from Vume in the Volta
Region but lived all his life in Kaneshie in the Greater Accra Region. He started his childhood
education in Kaneshie Daycare Center and proceeded to Covenant Educational Centre to write
his Basic Education Certificate Examination which he passed and got admitted to Saint Thomas
Aquinas Senior High School to pursue his high school education. The music making process
started for Gakpey in Senior High School as he joined a musical group, “ASQUAD”. He released
his first ever recorded sound in 2016 titled “Where Are You”, an RnB song while still part of the
group, “ASQUAD”.

In 2019, he got signed onto BlakEye Rekkodz, A Ghanaian talent management and grooming
label who is focused on redefining new artistes with international appeal.

Kindly Connect with New Afrobeats artiste, Gakpey on all social media platforms via
@GakpeyMusic

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/ @GakpeyMusic
For press engagements and further information, kindly email via [email protected]

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Get To Know Tokz, A Fast-Rising Rapper/Singer

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Tokz known in real life as Godwin Awlime is a Ghanaian songwriter, rapper, and singer who grew up in Dzodze and was born to Mr. Lawrence Awlime and Mrs. Josphine Klah.

Born on 2nd March 1982 at Dzodze in the Volta Region of Ghana, He had his basic and Junior High education in Dzodze at Fiagbedu R.C Primary and Continued to Dzodze Central JHS respectively.

His immense interest in music fully manifested in junior high school. Thanks to his mother who had a range of musical collections, he usually sneaked in to listen. His music is influenced by RnB and Hip-Hop culture. His love for the culture had him learning for himself, a self-taught experience.

Tokz

Between 2003 – 2004, Tokz joined forces with Popo, Alaska and Holy Sinner to form A group called D4, whereby they released one album “D4” and most of the songs attributed to the Dzodze Deza celebration. Fast forward, 2005 the group split due to a little misunderstanding on the part of management. Unfortunately for them, Alone the line Alaska and Holy passed on leaving Popoh and TOK who is now Tokz.

Tokz’s unique attributes like voice/vocal texture and the groovy nature of his sound are what sets him apart from others.

In November 2018, Tokz was signed to Granted Soul Entertainment, an initiative by a team of four with expertise in Brand Marketing, Sound Engineering, and Event Organising.

In September 2019 he released an EP dubbed “New Day EP”. He also has a number of good songs to his credit including Philomina, Ageshe, Kpekpezukpe, Mayi, Miesenanu O, Just in Case, Enueglo, Akume He, Madzedzio, Reverse and Work among others.

Tokz

In terms of working with other musicians, he has worked with the likes of Edem, Quamina MP, Toga Vee, Towzy, and few others who are in the pipeline for his unreleased songs. King One Beatz, Mix Master Garzy are some of the few producers the musician has worked with.

As a subject of a music communicator, Tokz would love to work with all acts whose attitude towards work speaks volumes than what they say. As far as they are genuinely going to connect on a lifetime music terms to yield buoyant results, he’s down for it.

The rapper has had a number of interviews on a lot of radio and TV stations Across the country, thus Hstv, Thunder tv, 4syte TV, Volta 1 TV, CTV, GN tv, Homebase TV among others.

Greatest Fear:

His greatest fear is the very day of thinking of being afraid and quitting music in an unpleasant situation.

Greatest Challenge:

Life itself to him is a great challenge.

Motivation:

God, life and experiences are his energy source of life that keeps him moving even if he’s not ready to move.

Tokz

Shows Played between 2018-2020

1. Whitedove pool party – Dzodze
2. Dzodze4love – Dzodze
3. Akple za – Ho
4. Toga Vee concert – Tema
5. Monte Carlo
6. Bkay EP launch – Vienna city ,Tema
7. Abeiku Sarkcess birthday bash – Viena Tema
8. GSE Tadzewu pool party – Volta
9. TJfest with Kelvyn boy – Volta
10. Nu prince video launch – Akatsi
11. Nu prince song launch – Aflao
12. Yfm Jamz with the stars – junction mall
13. Jah Phinga tie n die concert
14. Agbeshie concert
15. Tv3 Hogbe music music keta
16. New day EP launch
17. Dj bullet show – Aflao
18. Three Town Senior High homecoming – Denu
19. Above entertainment label launch
20. White dove show (Kofi ) – Dzodze
21. Domikay show (twerk fest) – Ashaima
22. Volta award nominee Jamz
23. Volta music awards show 2020

Tokz Songs So Far

1. Philomina – https://tinyurl.com/y467sux6
2. Ageshe – https://tinyurl.com/y56qe76h
3. Kpekpezukpe – https://tinyurl.com/yxbhby54
4. Fvck You cover – https://tinyurl.com/y3gmk6xe
5. We no dey see you sef – https://tinyurl.com/yxwbbfmm
6. Mayi – https://tinyurl.com/y5qe944n
7. Miesenanu o – https://tinyurl.com/yy3w8tnl
8. Just In Case – https://tinyurl.com/yxlaxm2u
9. Enueglo – https://tinyurl.com/y47hrxsz
10. Akume He – https://tinyurl.com/y5t8tcyy
11. Madzedzio – https://tinyurl.com/y2cez42y
12. Reverse – https://tinyurl.com/yx43rrck

13. Work – https://tinyurl.com/y6uabyv7

Tokz’s music can be found on, SoundCloud, Audiomack, iTunes, Spotify, Aftown, and all digital platforms.

Tokz

Social Media Handles:

Instagram: @Tokz_gh
Facebook : Tokz
Twitter : @Tokzgh

Written by D.Klass GH

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