Etana to release a new album, Spragga’s Chiliagon is now available, Scholarships for Alpha Institute and Ziggy Marley honoured.


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Reggae songbird Etana is preparing to release her latest project entitled, ‘Dimensions’. The project is an eight-track EP, which she describes as a collection of moods, which she shares her many musical sides with her fans.

The EP comprising of love songs, message songs and touches a little on marijuana, with a roots reggae type of vibe. Singles include the one drop-Esque Long Draw; the soulful Rock My Body and Love Is Us. Two versions of the track One More Time are featured, with Beenie Man and Pressure Buss Pipe on one version each. Titles Mended Love, The One, and Stop It are also on the set.

Dimensions will be officially released on November 8 on the Freemind Music/Zojak World Wide imprint. However, it will be available for pre-order tomorrow on all streaming platforms.

Etana’s 2018 project “Reggae Forever”, earned her first Grammy nomination in the Reggae category, becoming the first female artist to be nominated in the category since 1997.


Veteran dancehall artiste, Spragga Benz has dropped his first album in nearly a decade. The album titled Chiliagon was recently released and can be described as an eclectic mix of Dancehall, roots, riddim, drum and bass, garage, grime, and hip hop.

“Chiliagon”, is the deejay’s 8th studio album produced by Andrew Oury, Paul Fowler, Cristy Barber, and Spragga himself. The 15 track album sees the deejay explore various sounds and is now available on all streaming platforms.


A total of 10 scholarships have been provided to the Alpha for the 2019–2020 academic year to the students of the all-boys Catholic school. The scholarship amount of US$49,738.66 will cover expenses for 10 returning music students in the areas of vocational and academic training, counselling, meals along with a stipend, and transportation costs to and from school.

The scholarship recipients are required to maintain certain standards as a basis of receiving the scholarships. Students will to attending school regularly, be model students, and also keeping a journal with feedback from teachers regarding their academic performance, writing two blog posts per term for Alpha’s online platforms, and delivering public presentations about their experiences.

Lauryn Hill through her MLH Fund was able to finance the scholarships with help from The Bob Marley Foundation; New York City-based independent reggae labels Easy Star Records and VP Records; Jamaica’s GeeJam Resort; Southern California reggae-rock bands Slightly Stoopid, and Pepper (with their label Law Records); Boston based reggae/dub outfit King’s Highway and Steve Wilson/The Denizen JA.

The Alpha Institute, formerly known as Alpha Boys School, has been instrumental in moulding many industry giants, drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace; the Grammy-nominated deejay Yellowman; the late Desmond Dekker; vocalist Owen Grey, and veteran roots singer Johnny Osbourne.


The Grammy-winning reggae superstar Ziggy Marley was among five honorees recognized by the Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) at the organization’s second annual Ambassadors of Peace gala on Thursday, October 3, in California.

The organization, which was founded by music executives Steve Schnur and David Renzer in 2012, seeks to highlight art and music as a means to attain peace. Ziggy, was presented with the CCFP’s inaugural special artiste’s award for peace, in a ceremony attended by over 400 executives in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles at the home of entertainment attorney and CCFP Advisory Board member, Gary Stiffelman.

The Reggae superstar has been recognized in this capacity in 2015 when he was honoured by the Jewish National Fund with a Shalom Peace Award in.


That’s all we have for you this week in the EZONE. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @jamaicatoday.com for all your Entertainment, News and Reviews.


Juliane Robinson

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