Etana leads the way for Tad’s

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY HOWARD CAMP­BELL

WHEN Etana and mu­sic pro­ducer Tad Dawkins met in the sum­mer of 2017, it was to dis­cuss her record­ing a song for Old King Cole Rid­dim, a com­pi­la­tion al­bum from his com­pany,

Tad’s In­ter­na­tional Record. Their talks soon ex­panded.

“We started to talk about a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Tad’s (In­ter­na­tional) Record and Free­mind Mu­sic (Etana’s com­pany) to put out her next al­bum. That was the birth of Reg­gae For­ever and here we are with a top-notch Grammy-nom­i­nated al­bum,” Dawkins told the Ja­maica Ob­server.

Nom­i­na­tions for the 61st Grammy Awards were an­nounced yes­ter­day. Reg­gae For­ever, 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy, A Mat­ter of Time by Pro­toje, As the World Turns from Black Uhuru, and Re­bel­lion Rises by Ziggy Marley are the nom­i­nees for Best Reg­gae Al­bum.

The awards take place on Fe­bru­ary 10 at Sta­ples Cen­tre in Los An­ge­les.

Dawkins is not sur­prised that Reg­gae For­ever made the Best Reg­gae Al­bum cat­e­gory.

“It’s un­de­ni­ably the best reg­gae al­bum for 2018,” he said.

It is the first Grammy nod for Etana and sec­ond for Tad’s In­ter­na­tional Record. The com­pany’s first was Gre­gory Isaacs’ Brand New Me in 2009.

Reg­gae For­ever was re­leased in March and co­in­cided with Etana’s 38-date tour of the United States with Hawai­ian singer J Boog. She pro­duced some of the songs on the 13-track set along with drum­mer Kirk Ben­nett and DJ Frass.

It was one of four artiste al­bums re­leased this year by Tad’s which op­er­ates out of Kingston and South Flor­ida. Ge­orge Nooks’ For You; Dean Fraser’s Melodies of D E B (a trib­ute al­bum to Brown); and Dub, Sto­ries and Po­etry by DYCR are the oth­ers.

“We re­leased these al­bums to stay in tune with the in­dus­try as well as to ease the strain on our re­lease list­ing, con­sid­er­ing the long list of artistes for whom we are plan­ning to re­lease al­bums for in 2019,” Dawkins ex­plained.

The Ul­ti­mate, the com­pany’s com­pi­la­tion of dance­hall and hits, was re­leased in Septem­ber.

Dawkins said 2019 may be the busiest in terms of al­bum re­leases since he started the com­pany in the early 1980s. Al­bums by Mar­cia Grif­fiths, Bri­gadier Jerry and An­nette Bris­sett are on the cards, as well as a new song by Den­nis Brown, to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the singer’s death.


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