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Friday, August 24, 2018

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Don't count Ammoye out

Singer Ammoye's song, Don't Count Me Out, is number one on the Rebel Vibez Top Ten Canadian Reggae Chart. It is produced by Donovan Germain.

Ammoye, who has called Toronto her home for the past 23 years, shared the inspiration behind her latest single.

“It stems from going through and coming through the other side after a brief health scare around my voice, after developing nodes on my vocal chords. I was in Jamaica at the time, recording my album The Light, when we discovered the nodes. I was immediately put on voice rest for the rest of that year,” she explained.

She continued: “While in Jamaica I took the opportunity to just write for the album. I felt inspired to write about feeling underappreciated sometimes, especially when you know you have talent and something to offer but feeling discounted and held back. This song is about encouragement and hope, faith, and belief in oneself, trusting that what is for you will never pass you. Therefore, for anyone who has ever felt discounted at any time in his or her life, this song is for us.”

This is Ammoye's third chart-topper. Radio and Baby It's You also went number one on Canadian reggae charts.

Originally from Halse Hall in Clarendon, Ammoye began singing in church. After moving to Canada, she formed Sisters in Christ, and later became a member of Voices of The Underground Artiste Movement.

She has earned four Juno nominations for Best Reggae Recording. Her most recent nod was this year for The Light.

“My journey in music has been challenging yet very rewarding for me. There have been highs and lows but the highs certainly have outweighed the lows. It's a journey I would never change or trade because all of it has made me the artist and Light worker that I am and becoming today,” said Ammoye.

She has released two albums, Haffie Win (2010) and The Light (2017); and two EPs, Kicking Rocks (2007) and Baby It's You (2013).

ANOTHER MASTERPIECE FROM OMI?

In 2015 they collaborated on Cheerleader, which topped charts in more than 20 countries. Now, singer OMI and German producer Felix Jaehn are hoping for similar success with Masterpiece. The uptempo track encourages women to find beauty in themselves.

In an interview with Billboard magazine, OMI spoke about his growth as an artiste. “I think it captures one aspect of the growth. The upcoming album has so much regarding diversity, well, the vibe of each song [differentiates]. I am happy that it is setting an example.

It is very radio-friendly. So, it is easy to listen to. But, at the same time, it shows that some [effort] was put into the project,” he said. There is no release date nor title for his new album, a follow-up to 2015's Me 4 U. That set was certified gold in the United States for sales of over 500,000 copies.

It featured the monster hit Cheerleader, which was certified multi-platinum in the US, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The follow-up single, Hula Hoop, was a hit in Europe.

EVERYBODY FOOTLOOSE WITH SIZZLA

Known for its old school music, Footloose ups the ante with its Showtime Edition tomorrow at Mas Camp, Stadium North in Kingston. Sizzla will be the featured act.

“Our patrons know we always deliver and this time is no exception. Sizzla will decorate the venue with his usual high-energy performances, while taking patrons back in time on his older hits,” said promoter Tyrone Dixon of Broadway Productions.

While the DJs at Footloose are usually kept secret until showtime, Dixon expects the build-up to Sizzla's performance will be just as entertaining.

“There is something about old hits that takes us down memory lane. The music and the fashion gives us a feelgood vibe,” he said.

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