SPARK-ENT SEPT 19, 2013 – GRAND THEFT AUTO V features Reggae & Dancehall Acts








Protoje featured on Grand Theft Auto V



KINGSTON, JAMAICA – In the latest installment of one of the world’s most popular video games there is a special treat for contemporary reggae music lovers. Protoje’s hit single Kingston Be Wise is among the roster of Reggae and Dancehall hits on the GTA V playlist. The game was officially released on September 17, and is forecasted to sell 25 million copies in the first year.

The game, like a world onto itself, depicts a major city where players can explore and carry out missions. Often they will have opportunities to drive vehicles around town and are able to choose from a variety of radio stations to listen to music as they travel. ‘Kingston Be Wise’ is featured on Blue Ark FM as one of a select few songs from the past two years. Most of the reggae station’s playlist includes tracks released before the turn of the 21st century.
“Grand Theft Auto Five is already set to break sales records,” said Protoje, a leading figure in the Reggae Revival movement. “It will be a welcome boost for me because it means millions more potential ears for my music. Many of these people would probably not take the time to check out my songs otherwise.”

With many worthy songs in his catalog, Protoje is pleased about the choice made by Rockstar Games, the developer for the Grand Theft Auto series. “This short story was based on the events of May 23rd, 2010, when the Jamaican government deployed its military into Tivoli Gardens in the capital city of Kingston,” the crafty songwriter recalled. “For me it is very important that the message and information contained in this song reaches to as many people as possible.”

‘Kingston Be Wise’ can be found on Protoje’s second (and latest) studio album, The 8 Year Affair, which was released to Billboard acclaim in February 2013.
Grand Theft Auto V Boasts Impressive Dancehall/Reggae Radio Station Feat Kartel, Konshens & More



Jamaica, U.S.A – The highly anticipated latest installment in Rockstar Games “Grand Theft Auto V,”was released September 17th to record breaking sells that have surpassed $800 million in just 24 hours.

The popular game set in modern day Los Santos and Blaine County, San Andreas and its surrounding countryside, has always been known for boasting an eclectic choice of music.   Rolling Stonemagazine has stated that “Grand Theft Auto V,” has “the best soundtrack to date” with their impressive line up of 15 radio stations of all genres such as Hip Hop & Rap station “Radio Los Santos”hosted by Big Boy, Funk, R&B and Disco “Space 103.2” hosted by Bootsy Collins and Reggae, Dub and Dancehall “The Blue Ark” hosted by legendary Lee “Scratch’ Perry.

Digital distribution giants 21st Hapilos Digital have been instrumental in the dancehall and reggae musical selections and facilitations for “The Blue Ark” with such singles as Konshens “Gun Shot A Fire”produced by Warriors Musick, Vybz Kartel & Popcaan “We Never Fear Dem” by Young Vibez and Tommy Lee Sparta “Psycho” by UIM Records, all 3 hit singles are distributed via 21st Hapilos Digital. The company also served as an agent for the Protoje’s single “Kingston Be Wise” and Chronixx “Odd Ras”.

Johnny Wonder,  Executive Vice President and co founder of 21st Hapilos Digital stated that “it’s a proud moment and milestone to have singles we Distribute featured on Grand Theft Auto 5, it was also Pleasure Working With Rock Stars Games and Pushing Dancehall / Reggae Music To New Levels”

Konshens “Gun Shot A Fire” by Warriors Musick Productions – 21st Hapilos Digital on itunes.
Vybz Kartel & Popcaan “We Never Fear Dem” by Young Vibez – 21st Hapilos Digital on itunes.
Tommy Lee Sparta “Psycho” by UIM Record – 21st Hapilos Digital on itunes.