SPARK-ENT OCT 23, 2012 DUBTONIC KRU, KONSHENS, MOJO MORGAN


DUBTONIC KRU’s ADVENTURES OF THE JOURNEY TOUR

 

When one embarks on a journey, you always expect some amount of adventure… An open minded approach always makes it so much more interesting.

 

As for us Dubtonic Kru, the move we made when we decided to Independently start mapping out “The Journey” , to further develop our musical carreer, started as and continues to be a great adventure. “The Journey” 2012 part 2 fell nothing short of that.

With exactly 46 concerts in 42 cities, completed over a period of 9 weeks, traveling over 14,000 driving miles across country, one can only imagine the level of anticipation, adventure and surprises that’s been a part of the experience.

 

 

 

From being billed with and having played alongside some of the Blues legends of Mississippi in the home town of Blues King, BB King, to sharing stage with our counterparts Midnite at the Midwest Reggae fest. The Journey continued to move through popular as well as remote areas of the U.S.

 

 

 

We journeyed, we slept, we wined and dined, had petty fights but most of all laughed at ourselves.

Here is one instant in which you can laugh.

 

We’re now in Rock Island Illinois having just arrived from Minneapolis Minnesota, this is the fifth stop on the tour. As we begin unloading our bags, getting ready for check-in at the Holiday Inn, very tired but always thrilled to interact with our fans, we heard a bunch of voices yelled in a passing distance, hey! Dubtonic Kru is here!!! reacting to that, we turned around from unpacking to acknowledge. At first glance, was a group of people sitting across from the hotel at a Pub. Based on their posture, we assumed it was them, especially when among the group was the the image of a woman frantically waving… a bit of a waving frenzy begins….. A few of us proceeded to walk over with CD’s as well as our newly released DVD in hand to greet… As we got closer and closer we suddenly realize that our most enthused fan among the group is actually a manequin in the glass window just behind those seated…Can I tell you, “laughing spoil”.

The joys of touring.

 

The next scenario was not the most pleasant but as we mentioned earlier, adventures comes with varying experiences.

 

We were stoked to be in Austin Texas yet again, having played at the Prestigious SXSW Music Conference several months earlier as well as the Wild fire reggae fest and the Austin Reggae fest. It’s gonna be at the Flamingo Cantina again and we’re so excited, we always look forward to going back… great hospitality… they always makes us feel at home and it’s a great venue to play at.

Word on the street is that it’s the first game of the new football season, which would explain the extraordinary buzz around the city,even though Austin is usually a pretty lively town. We’ve just learned from the hotel front desk that our hotel reservations are gone and all hotels are booked solid, of course as a result of the influx of football crazed fans descending on the town. It’s a couple of hours from showtime and we have no rooms…Yes, we have a dilemma.

We begin checking around and finally we find a hotel with just a couple of rooms left but the operator warns us that it’s first come first serve. As we enter the hotel lobby, we find the owner arguing with a customer who wants to know why she can’t get a copy of her voided credit card transaction, We exchange courtesies with the clerk at the desk and ask to view the rooms before we decide….Upon our return and as the clerk begins the paperwork, the owner yells “You can no longer have the rooms”, even though the rooms were still available…The owner and clerk then begins a heated argument regarding the decision to refuse us the room, At our insistence as to the reason for his decision, the owner instructs the reluctant clerk to call the police …He grunts angrily,”I want them out now”!…So the police are on the line trying to get some clarity to the situation and the clerk calmly explains, “My boss is refusing to sell a couple of rooms to a bunch of peaceful and courteous customers”. A long conversation ensues between ourselves and the owner who is becoming increasingly more irate by the minute…and after a long verbal standoff, we decide it wasn’t worth it and wouldn’t be comfortable in such a hostile environment anyways. However, it all ended well as we spent the night in a much much better place…Sprawling surroundings and hospitality fit for Kings.

 

Now, can someone tell me… Has this not been an adventurous journey?

To top it all off, the reason why we are here in the first place… Music and connecting with our people… We perform to varying audiences each night from such different  backgrounds and finds constantly a very similar reaction, A high level of appreciation of our art form and it has certainly been overwhelming.

 

It is an absolutely great feeling when your audience night after night, stays with you, absorbs and dances energetically to the end.

What can we say but to continually give thanks!

Sometimes the road is rocky, sometimes it’s smooth, But one thing is for sure, the musical journey continues 🙂

 

 

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Konshens Announce the Title of His
Sophomore Album ‘Hotel Room’
International Dancehall Artist Konshens announces the title of his Sophmore Album ‘Hotel Room’.  Here is what Konshens had to say about the title and expectations of his upcoming album to be released 2013.

 

Q. So how did you come up with the title ‘Hotel Room’?

 

“The last album ‘Mental Maintenance’ had me on the road for the majority of the year, I was unable to go to the studio and voice as often as I would like. So we brought the studio on the road and voiced in the ‘Hotel Room’.

 

My producer and engineer Mark Hize is also my DJ when on the road., so more time after a show we vibe and voice a song. On this album if you hear a soca song its possible that we just done perform a Trinidad and then go back to we room and voice. You may hear a bad one drop and we were probably in Africa at the time.

 

So the title really signifies the hard work we put in this past year on the road, thanks to ‘Mental Maintenance’ and the work we continue to do while on the road and voicing every chance we get in and out of the ‘Hotel Room'”.
Q. Looking back at 2012 and the success of your worldwide debut album ‘Mental Maintenance’ and what it has done for your career, are there any expectations for your Sophomore album ‘Hotel Room’?
 
 
“Naaa.  From a creative standpoint, which is the only part a try to focus on, I have no expectations nor will I even try to compare this album to the first. All I’m doing is coming real again with the same effort put into every track and hope the end product is good enough to gain public approval.
I’m already in love with it now though, final is gonna be crazy. My aim is just to make another great album. Let my team worry about the numbers”

CONTRIBUTED BY : DESTINED MEDIA

 

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MOJO MORGAN’S PERSONAL LIFE TAKES A TOLL ON HIS PHYSICAL HEALTH

JA, U.S.A (Mpr Consulting/Shuzzr PR) – Morgan’s Heritage youngest band member has given his family and fans quite a scare after he fell critically ill and consequently was admitted at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Florida .

International reggae artist Mojo Morgan has released a statement:

They say when your on your last, you will have all the time in the world to reflect. With the grace and mercy of the most high and all the support from family and friends, it has never become more clear that “New Dawn” symbolizes a rebirth not only for it’s listeners but also for me personally.

After just coming out of a bitter breakup over the last 1 1/2 years. Of which I take full responsibility for with the mother of all of my children except my last. It has finally taken it’s toll on my physical health.

Combined with starting a new family, promoting “New Dawn”, the recently released “The Return” EP from MH and currently in the studio finishing both the new MH studio album and my solo debut full length album. They have all added their share of mental stress.

My spiritual strength is for sure intact. The father above has shown me that when he is for us, no one can be against us. If we put all our trust in him, all will be well with us all. I’m grateful because he has provided me with a strong woman to support me during this transitional phase of my life. The love of all my children along with my entire group and father has been my most vigilant reinforcement.

To the world I send my never ending thanks and love for all the prayer, love and support that has been pouring in from all directions. It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life for me. And I’m on my way once again to being able to say I’m 100% feeling good.

Rasta Love, Rasta Rock

Doctors have concluded that Mojo contracted a viral infection. They were unable to narrow it down due to the severity of his condition when admitted, but his symptoms were likened to that of Viral Meningitis. He was therefore treated rigorously for this infection. Though his blood pressure surged due to this infection, all his vitals have since been normalized. A few minor results are still pending but they expect Mojo to be released any day now.

Mojo Morgan will be joining his siblings as Morgan Heritage hits the stage on November 2nd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Thereafter Mojo will be back on the promotional trail spreading the spirit and essence of Nina Simone with the “New dawn” single featuring his brother Peetah Morgan. He admits that he chose the song wanting to introduce the legendary R&B Jazz vocalist Nina Simone to a new generation to echo the sentiments that no matter life’s tribulations, each new day brings hope, a renewed faith and a chance to try again..