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BLACK AND WHITE – NEW RELEASE ON 21.11.2017

BLACK AND WHITE Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band

BLACK AND WHITE
Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band
feat. Paola Pierri

Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band feat. Paola Pierri, has proudly taken the baton which continues the journey of a song bearing a rich and meaningful history. Inspired by the United States Supreme Court Case decision of Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation of public schools, “Black And White” was written in 1954 by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. Interestingly, the most successful version to date, recorded by rock band Three Dog Night which reached no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972, was directly influenced by the 1971 recording of Jamaican Band Greyhound, which was a top 10 hit in the UK.

BLACK AND WHITE Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band

Now, Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation Band feat. Paola Pierri, brings a fresh perspective to the world. Blending Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall, Richie Stephens and crew takes you through a journey delivering powerful vocal performances by Stephens and featured vocalist Paola Pierri. As if that was not enough, the song transitions into dancehall territory with DJ offerings from bandmates PAPA LEU and Rankin Lele.
Richie Stephens from Jamaica, The Ska Nation Band and Paola from Italy, symbolizes “black and white working together as one”, as Mr. Stephens puts it.
“Black and White”, produced and arranged by Handel Tucker, was recorded at Tuff Gong Studios and mixed at Mixing Lab Studio, both in Kingston Jamaica.
The single “Black And White”, taken from the album of the same name, will be released 21-11-2017.

Richie Stephens awarded at the ASCAP Awards in London and share this award with three members of the Ska Nation Band.

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ASCAP MUSIC AWARD LONDON2017

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Richie Stephens awarded at the ASCAP Awards in London. Richie share this award with his fans globally and three members of the Ska Nation Band.
The awards were presented to Stephens for his 1998 ‘Sail Away’ (Riddim) which was sampled in Rihanna and Drake’s international hit, ‘Work.’
Stephens was not the only Jamaican honored as Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden was awarded for the writing of ‘Luv’ by Tory Lanez and ‘Let Me Love You’ by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber. Speaking on the honour, Stephens said: “I am over the moon. I am so blessed to receive two international awards in the USA; and now to be honoured in England is a major accomplishment at this time in my career.”
 
“I share this award with my fans globally and three members of the Ska Nation Band,” he said.
 
2017 has been quite the year for the singer, who kicked off the summer in Brooklyn, New York, where he launched his Steely and Clevie- produced album titled Luv-A-Dub Style. The album, which is distributed by VP Records, contains songs like Feel Good All Over; All Night Long, featuring U Brown; Love Her Up, with Sister Nancy; Come Back To Bed and Rain From The Sky.
 
The singer was also one of the top performers at the newly branded Reggae Sumfest, which drew record crowds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.
 
Other ASCAP Awards London 2017 winners include:
 
ASCAP Vanguard Award – Dua Lipa
ASCAP Vanguard Award – The Amazons
ASCAP Founders Award – Steve Mac
ASCAP Song of the Year – Richie Stephens (Work by Rihanna Feat. Drake)
ASCAP Top Digital Song – Richie Stephens (Work by Rihanna Feat. Drake)
ASCAP Top EDM Song – MNEK (Never Forget You by Zara Larsson & MNEK)
ASCAP Film Score of the Year – Joby Talbot (Sing)
 
The full list of recipients is available at the ASCAP website.

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band @ 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

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Singer Richie Stephens & his Italian based Ska Nation Band are heading to Montego Bay, Jamaica this summer. The group is confirmed to headline Reggae Sumfest 2017, which unfolds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay on July 16-22.

Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu was at a lost for words when he received the news about the Sumfest confirmation.

“Speaking on behalf of the band, I can say getting booked for Reggae Sumfest is a big, big feather in our cap. I am excited! It’s a dream come true for all us.”

Rankin Lele of Ska Nation and Adriatic Sound in Italy is also excited about the opportunity to perform at Jamaica’s premier summer festival for the first time. He said the group has a huge global fan base, especially in places like Japan, Italy and other parts of Europe. He plans to reach out to his fans to attend the summer festival in Montego Bay.

“Our fans are our extended family, so once word gets out that we are booked for Sumfest, Joe Bogdonavish and his team, better start preparing for the thousands of Ska Nationites from around the world who will be traveling to Montego Bay to see us create history. We are a traveling band. We are booked for some of the biggest Ska and reggae festivals in Europe this year. We plan to spread the word and excited fans about Reggae Sumfest and Jamaica. Signing us for this gig is a brilliant move that I am sure will pay dividends for Sumfest and Jamaica in a big way” Lele noted.

Richie Stephens, who has travelled the world and performed on some of the biggest international festivals has not performed at Reggae Sumfest in many years.

“We are truly blessed to be booked for Sumfest, the biggest festival in Jamaica, so soon after putting the band together. God is truly amazing! I am ecstatic. I have not performed at Sumfest in more than a decade which will make my appearance there, that more significant” he said.

Last year, Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band released their debut studio album titled “Internatio­nally,” which included hit singles “Fire Fire,” “Foundation,” “Internatio­nally” feat. Sud Sound System, Kingston “Salento” and “Original Style” feat. Sean Paul & Gentleman. A new, yet to be titled sophomore album will be released before the end of the year.

 

 

HOT NEW SINGLE & VIDEO BY RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION BAND FEATURING BOUNTY KILLER

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HOT NEW SINGLE BY RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION BAND FEATURING BOUNTY KILLER

HOT NEW SINGLE BY RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION BAND FEATURING BOUNTY KILLER

 

Kingston: In 1996, two unlikely Jamaican artists, DJ Bounty Killer and singer Richie Stephens teamed on a song called “Mania” that was included on Bounty’s ‘My Xperience’ album. The combination proved lethal and immediately set the dancehall world in a musical frenzy.

Almost 22 years later, Bounty and Richie have partnered again, this time with Richie’s Italian Ska Nation band on a hot new Ska track called “Bad Boys In Town.”

“It was over 20 years ago that I had a new riddim and was looking for a young artist to do a combination song with” Stephens recalled. “Bounty immediately came to mind so I drove to his home in Seaview Gardens and played the riddim with my vocal for him. He loved it! Bounty’s unique DJ style combined with my deep baritone vocals proved magical at the time and as they say the rest is history.”

The new Ska song and accompanying music video will be released in early May and if the early vibe on the street is anything to go by, they have another hit on their hands.

“Bounty was very receptive when I pitched this new project to him. We are good friends and we respect each others talent. We are both very concerned about what’s happening musically in Jamaica and the legacy we are leaving for the young youths of today. Fact is that Ska is an important part of our musical history that has been tossed aside. Sad to say other international musicians have taken it up and are making strides globally. The time is now for us to embrace our past and make it work for us in a positive way” he noted.

The music video for “Bad Boys In Town” was shot with a number of young, talented dancers in Kingston a few weeks ago. The video release comes just ahead of Stephens & Ska Nation’s upcoming performance at Reggae Sumfest 2017 which unfolds in Montego Bay in July.
Produced by Pot Of gold & Adriatic Sound

Bad Boys In Town – Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band feat. Bounty Killer

Voice: Richie Stephens, Bounty Killer

Backing Vocals: Paola Pierri

Musicians:
Drum: Antonio “Fossa” Miglietta
Bass: Raffale “Papa Leu” Leo
Guitar: Raffaele “Papa Leu”
Keyboards: Alessandro “Maestro” Garofalo
Sax: Luca Manno
Tromba: Giancarlo Dell’Anna
Trombone: Gianluca Ria
Brass arrangements: Luca Manno

Recorded by Raffaele”Papa Leu ” Leo @ Pot of gold studio, Adriatic sound studio
Studio assistant: Vincenzo Morello
Mixed and mastered by Wacko @ Pot Of Gold studio Kingston Jamaica

Art work: Emanuele “Rankin Lele” Tafuro

Video Director: Kemstyle

 

INTERNATIONALLY – LUCA TARANTINO REMIX

INTERNATIONALLY REMIX

Internationally ( Luca Tarantino Remix – Dance Version )
Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band feat. Sud Sound System
Available from 16 april 2017 Internationally Remix and video lyrics of the Salento’s young producer Luca Tarantino

CAT MUSIC, BIG UP MUSIC & G FORCE SOUND presents the NEW FIRE FIRE REMIX.

Richie Stephens feat. SKA NATION BAND - Fire Fire (B-Man Remix, prod. by Big Up & G Force)
Richie Stephens feat. SKA NATION BAND - Fire Fire (B-Man Remix, prod. by Big Up & G Force)

Richie Stephens feat. SKA NATION BAND – Fire Fire (B-Man RMX, by Big Up & G Force)

Big Up Music(Boier Boiescu) and Andreas Romano from G Force Sound in collaboration with DJ B MAN and Cat Music!

Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band – Everybody dance remix (Official Videoclip)

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Happy new year to all the massive & crew !!!
Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band just released the music video of their 5th single “Everybody dance remix” from Internationally album
directed by Ismo

 

Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band – Smile (official videoclip)

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Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band just released the music video of their 4th single “Smile” from Internationally album.
This song is about being happy no matter what’s the situation.
Live is yours to live put a smile on your face…
Richie Stephens and the Skanation band style.

WATCH THE NEW SKA VIDEO!

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NEW SKA SINGLE/VIDEO PAYS HOMAGE TO PRINCE BUSTER & OTHER MUSIC LEGENDS
The late Prince Buster, the King Of Ska who passed away on September 8 and other Jamaican music legends are being honored with a massive tribute song/video to be released on 7 nov 2016. The song titled Foundation Sound was recorded in Jamaica by singer Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation band at Penthouse Records and arranged in Salento Italy at Adriatic Sound studio

‘Prince Buster was a musical pioneer who paved the way for other Ska legends who followed’ said Richie Stephens who provides lead vocals on the track.

‘We also have to pay homages to trailblazers like Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Derrick Morgan, Toots & the Maytals, Phillis Dillion, Monty Morris, Byron Lee and the Dragonairs and the great Don Drummond’ Stephens reiterates.

For the project, producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, created a reinterpretation of the famous Simmer Down riddim played with the horn section by legendary saxophone player Dean Fraser and Everton ‘Pesso’ Pessoa on trombone. Ska Nation band horns players Gianluca Ria and Giancarlo dell’ Anna created a brilliant musical solo which was arranged and produced by Papa Leu and sax player Luca Manno.

‘Go tell it to the nation that Ska is the foundation’ Stephens croons in his opening salvo. ‘First Jamaica international music and we should never loose it’ he implores.

The release of the album Internationally and single The Foundation is a powerful sign that the Ska genre is making a come back in a big way. And the fact that Fire Fire from the album was nominated for an international award at the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) in Los Angeles, CA is a clear indication that the Ska revolution is not ending anytime soon.

FOUNDATION SOUND
Produced by Donovan Germain for Penthouse Records and Richie Stephens, Papa Leu, Rankin Lele
for Pot of Gold and Adriatic Sound
WRITERS: R.STEPHENSON, C. DOOD
Publishers: Greensleeves pub LTD, Concord Music Group Inc
ARTIST: Richie Stephens
MUSICIANS: Drum: Robbie Lyn
Bass: Robbie Lyn
Keyboards: Robbie Lyn
Guitar: Raffaele “Papa Leu” Leo
Sax: Dean Freaser, Luca Manno
Trumpet: Giancarlo Dell’Anna
Trombone: Everton ‘Pesso’ Pessoa, Gianluca Ria
HORNS RECORDED AT: Adriatic Sound Studio, Trepuzzi, Italy
ARRANGEMENTS: Raffaele “Papa Leu” Leo, Luca Manno
RECORDED AT: Penthouse, Kingston, Jamaica
BACKING VOCALS: Richie Stephens
MIXED BY: Kevino “Bunu” Elliot
at Penthouse, Kingston, Jamaica
Mastered by Riccardo “Ohm Guru” Rinaldi
at Le Dune Studio – Ravenna – Italy
Studio Assistant: Morello Selecta
Video Director: Federico Giannace for Macoola & co.
Artwork: Emmanuele “Rankin Lele” Tafuro
Photos: Federico Giannace

many thanks to:
Stefano Manca & Sud Est Studio, Guagnano, Lecce, Italy
backing vocals Paola Pierri, Giovanna, Gaetano Carrozzo at trombone, in the video.

HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD

RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles, CA: Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band are heading to Hollywood in November. The Ska group earned a nomination for 'Best Reggae Album' at the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) that takes place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at The Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD

RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles, CA: Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band are heading to Hollywood in November. The Ska group earned a nomination for 'Best Reggae Album' at the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) that takes place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at The Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION HEADING TO HOLLYWOOD
Los Angeles, CA: Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band are heading to Hollywood in November. The Ska group earned a nomination for ‘Best Reggae Album’ at the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) that takes place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at The Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.



Los Angeles, CA: Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band are heading to Hollywood in November. The Ska group earned a nomination for ‘Best Reggae Album’ at the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) that takes place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at The Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

The nomination comes less than a year after the release of the group’s debut studio album Internationally, which include hit singles Fire Fire, Foundation, Internationally feat. Sud Sound System, Kingston Salento and Original Style feat. Sean Paul & Gentleman.

“Wow! God is truly amazing! We are overwhelmed to have earned our first nomination at the HMMA Awards. I am fired up about how things are going with us so far” said Stephens from his home in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu was just as elated.

“This first nomination is a special moment in my music career that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I would like to thank our fans, especially those here in Italy, the rest of Europe, Jamaica, the USA and Canada. We also thank our management team for believing in us” Leu noted.

The 2016 HMMA recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums including film, TV, movie trailers, video games, commercial and music videos for both mainstream and independent artists from around the globe. The awards event features live music performances, celebrities appearances, award presentations, an exclusive VIP reception, and a dinner banquet.

‘O SOLE MIO Today 24 sept VIDEO PREMIER ON STAGE TV

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Today SAT 24 sept at 9 pm ON STAGE TV with Winford Williams

Live on CVMTV.COM
Jamaican’s Premier Entertainment Television Show
Get ready!
#osolemio

RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION BAND REINTERPRET “O Sole Mio”

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available from 25 september 2016 on line in all digital store and major platforms 

Richie Stephens is a popular jamaican singer and producer , GRAMMY AWARD winner; with Motown and other prestigious label background, where also Rihanna recently sampled the “Sail Away” riddim produced by his own label Pot of Gold in her single Work, interpret the song that symbolizes the Neapolitan repertoire.

More Than one year ago the unstoppable reggae singer created, in conjunction with ADRIATIC SOUND, young label owned by producers and singers Rankin Lele & Papa Leu (grown up artistically with Sud Sound System), and an ensamble of 9 of the most renowed musicians in Salento and involving them in the RICHIE STEPHENS AND SKANATION project.
From this collaboration they come up with the album “INTERNATIONALLY”, released last april and entirely dedicated to ska, original music genre originated in Jamaica. Internationally has been promoted in Tokio, Japan, last may and in few months the tour reached Haiti, Jamaica and Italy where Richie Stephens and Skanation performed many time to promote their new project.
“ INTERNATIONALLY” had an excellent international feedback and has been on the top of many chart, same as 2 singles Fire Fire and Internationally videoclip, especially Internationally has gone as viral dance in japan where is actually smashing up every reggae party.
Internationally, also, has been played and still being played in various radio station worldwide like BBC1xtra in London, IRIE fm, KOOL fm, VYBZ fm in Jamaica, Linkaje Radio New York, 90.9FM New Jersey, Wavs 1170 Florida, played in many other radio in California, Caribbean and south america.
Still in many chart I TUNES, BBC1xtra, New York top 40 chart, Weekly Star top 10.

After 2 months in Salento , costantly close to Skanation, Richie already lover of italian opera singers sound, started to get close to opera and traditional music , especially neapolitan and salentina. Totally lost in these genre with strong cultural roots that those genre represent, decided again with the inseparables Rankin Lele & Papa Leu.

Poliedric Richie Stephens pay tribute to our country through one of the most popular song worldwide “O SOLE MIO” released officialy back in 1898.
This is the first time in history where a jamaican artist performed a song entirely in old neapolitan language.
In Less than a week Richie studied at his best the way to use his voice , pronunciation and the magic mean of the song and recorded the song in only 45 minutes.

To perform the song at the best, Richie Stephens , collaborated with some of the greatest master and teachers : the mandolin player Antonio Calsolaro (one of the major frontman of the salento traditional music by 3 generation, violin player Roberta Mazzotta which has been member of Cherubini Orchestra (directed by Riccardo Muti), the Tenor singer Raffaele Pastore from La Fenice in Venice and Petruzzelli theater in Bari.

Strong by his project with the duo Rankin Lele & Papa Leu , Stephens wanted to propose this new version of “O SOLE MIO” in Ska key,
Skanation band created the perfect sound capable to blend and harmonizes to the maximum with a song so popular on a planetary level.

A tribute to italian’s music heritage and culture that states the stong legacy between Jamaica and our country.

It will be available in all the major online store and platform from the 25th of september: the single, dancehall remix and videoclip directed by Federico Giannace, shoot between the GIOVANNI PAISIELLO theater in lecce and the old village of Specchia in Lecce

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dal 25 settembre 2016 disponibile online

in tutti gli store digitali

e sui canali annessi


Richie Stephens, famoso cantante e producer jamaicano, vincitore di un Grammy Award con esperienze nella Motown e altre prestigiose etichette discografiche, di recente persino la superstar Rihanna per il singolo Work ha campionato “Sail Away riddim” prodotto nel 1998 dalla sua Pot of Gold, interpreta la canzone simbolo del repertorio partenopeo.

Più di un anno fa l’inarrestabile reggae singer ha dato vita, insieme ad Adriatic Sound, giovane etichetta italiana del duo di cantanti e produttori Rankin Lele & Papa Leu, nati e cresciuti artisticamente con i Sud Sound System, ad un ensemble con nove dei più rinomati musicisti del Salento coinvolgendoli nel progetto Richie Stephens e the Ska Nation Band. La collaborazione si è tradotta nell’album “Internationally” uscito lo scorso aprile e interamente dedicato alla musica Ska, genere musicale originario dell’Isola Jamaicana.
L’album è stato presentato in Giappone, a Tokyo, lo scorso maggio, e in pochi mesi il tour ha toccato Haiti, Jamaica e Italia dove Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band si sono esibiti in numerosi live per promuovere il nuovo progetto.

Internationally ha avuto un eccellente riscontro internazionale ed è stato al vertice di numerose classifiche musicali, così come i videoclip dei due singoli Fire Fire e Internationally, quest’ultimo diventato un “balletto virale” soprattutto in Giappone dove impazza in tutte i reggae party. Il disco, inoltre, è entrato nella programmazione di varie emittenti radiofoniche mondiali specializzate da Bbc1xtra a Londra, Irie Fm, Kool Fm, Vybz Fm, in Jamaica, Linkaje Radio New York, 90.9 FM New Jersey, Wavs 1170 Florida, proposto in molte radio della California, Caraibi e America Latina. Presente in molte classifiche Itunes, Bbc1xtra, New York Top 40 Chart, WeeklySTAR Top 10.

Dopo due mesi trascorsi nel Salento costantemente al fianco della Ska Nation Band, Richie, già amante del timbro dei cantanti lirici italiani, ha cominciato ad appassionarsi sempre più all’opera e alla canzone popolare, in particolare a quella salentina e napoletana. Totalmente rapito da questi generi e dalla forte valenza culturale che rappresentano, ha deciso di interpretarli insieme agli indivisibili Rankin Lele e Papa Leu.

Il poliedrico Richie Stephens omaggia la nostra terra attraverso una delle canzoni più famose al Mondo “’O sole mio” brano pubblicato per la prima volta a Napoli nel 1898.


Per la prima volta nella storia un artista jamaicano ha eseguito una canzone interamente in lingua napoletana antica.

In meno di una settimana Richie ha studiato al meglio l’impostazione della voce, la pronuncia e il magico significato della canzone, ed entrato in studio, ha registrato il brano in soli 45 minuti!

Per poter interpretare nel modo migliore il brano, Richie Stephens si è avvalso dell’aiuto di grandi maestri con un autorevole curriculum: il mandolinista Antonio Calsolaro uno dei maggiori interpreti della musica salentina da tre generazioni, la violinista Roberta Mazzotta che ha fatto parte dell’Orchestra della Cherubini diretta dal Maestro Riccardo Muti, il tenore Raffaele Pastore della Fenice di Venezia e Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari.

Forte del progetto intrapreso qualche mese prima con il duo di artisti salentini Stephens ha voluto proporre questa nuova versione di “O sole mio” in chiave ska, la Ska Nation Band ha creato un suono a regola d’arte in grado di armonizzarsi al massimo con il brano così celebre a livello planetario.


Un tributo alla cultura e al patrimonio musicale italiano, dunque, che sancisce il forte legame tra la Jamaica e il nostro Paese.

Dal 25 settembre 2016 sarà disponibile online in tutti gli store digitali e sui canali annessi il singolo, il remix dancehall e il videoclip diretto da Federico Giannace, girato tra il teatro “Giovanni Paisiello” di Lecce e il borgo antico di Specchia (LE).

Excellent video shoot for ” FOUNDATION SOUND” NEW VIDEOCLIP COMING SOON!

Excellent video shoot for " FOUNDATION SOUND"

Excellent video shoot for " FOUNDATION SOUND"

Excellent video shoot for ” FOUNDATION SOUND” sudestudio in Salento

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Un progetto musicale nato dall’incontro sul palco tra l’inarrestabile cantante Richie Stephens, famoso producer e vincitore di un Grammy Awards, e il duo di cantanti e produttori salentini Rankin Lele e Papa Leu. Ad affiancarli, un ensemble di musicisti salentini provenienti da alcune delle più importanti esperienze musicali e bandistiche del territorio. Il loro primo album, “Internationally”, è un omaggio alla musica Ska, quella vera e originale senza la quale il reggae di oggi non sarebbe potuto esistere, un ponte ideale tra Giamaica e Italia, che gratifica gli appassionati del genere e avvicina i più giovani, che così hanno l’opportunità di approcciare sonorità genuine. La voce di Richie Stephens è trasportata dal sound fresco di Ska Nation che sprigiona passione in ogni sua nota, costruendo meticolosamente una musica decisa, ricercata nella cura di stile e strumenti.

Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound and Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden presents:

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Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound and Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden are ready to premier the brand new videoclip “Internationally,” the title track from the hot new album from Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band feat Sud Sound System !!!!

INFECTIOUS NEW VIDEO BY RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION BAND CREATING MUSICALLY SPARK “INTERNATIONALLY”

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Italy: Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound and Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden are getting ready to premier the brand new videoclip “Internationally,” the title track from the hot new album from Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band which was released globally in April 2016 on all digital platforms and stores. The new video will be officially released on Wednesday August 3, and follows the successful released of the lead single “Fire Fire” in June.

“Internationally” which was recoded in Jamaica by Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band features the popular Sud Sound System of Italy, which celebrates twenty-five years in the music business earlier this year. Group members Don Rico, Terron Fabio and Nandu Popu were invited to collaborate on the title track which has been warmly received by fans in Italy and seems destined to be a big hit globally.

The videoclip which was directed by young movie-maker Federico Giannace Lucan was shot at locations in Tokyo, Japan; Kingston, Jamaica and Lecce, Italy. For the past 6-months the director has traveled the world with Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band capturing video images to give life to the lyrics of the song. “The hope of the video is that ska music becomes a universal language with an ‘Internationally’ flavor” Lucan said.

Video Teaser:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrOIxkfGqWE&feature=share

So far “Internationally” – which was co-produced by award winning Jamaican keyboardist and composer Steven “Lenky” Marsden – is getting rave reviews from the international music community. The song has an international sound which is infectious and makes everybody who hears it want to dance.

“Internationally” has impacted in a positive way people of all races and age groups which demonstrates how powerful music and dance can be to create unity between races and generations.

Many professional dancers have participated in the project with their own dance choreography including Rifical Team from Jamaica, Japanese dancehall dancers Rey, Joy, Sway, Aami, Hiro_Milky, Mami, Gunhype, Diki, Zingi, and Sawasap Salento Dancehall School Team Lecce and Salento BrokOut.

Children from around the world have also joined in with their own spontaneous comments and dance in a show of unity against racism and mental limitations.  Music and dance have always been a meeting point between different communities of the world and comes to life in this video in a large global expressive experience.

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NEW VIDEOCLIP / disponibile dal 3 Agosto 2016

Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound & Steven Lenky Marsden presentano il videoclip di “Internationally”, singolo contenuto nell’omonimo album di Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band uscito lo scorso aprile in tutti i canali digitali.

Dopo il videoclip del primo singolo estratto “Fire Fire”, Mercoledì 3 Agosto 2016 é finalmente online quello di “Internationally” feat. Sud Sound System, che proprio nel 2016 hanno celebrato i venticinque anni di attività musicale. Don Rico, Terron Fabio e Nandu Popu sono stati lieti di collaborare alla title-track di questo progetto di calibro internazionale.

Il video vanta la regia del giovane movie-maker lucano Federico Giannace ed ha la particolarità di essere stato girato in diverse città del Mondo: Tokio in Giappone, Kingston in Jamaica e Lecce in Italia. Il regista che ha viaggiato nel Mondo insieme a Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band ha dato così vita alle parole del testo.

Lo scopo del video è far comprendere infatti quanto la musica, in particolare quella ska, sia diventata un linguaggio universale dal sapore “Internationally”.

“Internationally” vanta la produzione del celebre tastierista e compositore giamaicano Steven “Lenky” Marsden ed ha un sound tutto da ballare, travolgente ed amato in ogni nazione.

Molte le crew di ballerini professionisti che hanno partecipato al progetto con le proprie coreografie: in primis Rifical Team dalla Jamaica, a seguire i dancehall dancers giapponesi Rey, Joy, Sway, Aami, Hiro_milky, Mami, Gunhype, Diki, Zingi, Sawasap ed infine le squadre salentine Dancehall School Lecce e Salento BrokOut.

 

Inoltre tantissimi bambini di varie nazionalità con tutta la loro vitalità e spontaneità, uniti contro il razzismo, le diversità, le limitazioni mentali, “Internationally” arriva in maniera diretta a colpire tutte le fasce d’età e popolazioni. A dimostrazione di quanto importante sia l’ unione generata da musica e danza, che da sempre sono state momento di incontro tra le varie comunità e rivivono in questo video una grande esperienza espressiva globale.

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RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION BAND @ Bande A Sud

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Un progetto musicale nato dall’incontro sul palco tra l’inarrestabile cantante Richie Stephens, famoso producer e vincitore di un Grammy Awards, e il duo di cantanti e produttori salentini Rankin Lele e Papa Leu. Ad affiancarli, un ensemble di musicisti salentini provenienti da alcune delle più importanti esperienze musicali e bandistiche del territorio. Il loro primo album, “Internationally”, è un omaggio alla musica Ska, quella vera e originale senza la quale il reggae di oggi non sarebbe potuto esistere, un ponte ideale tra Giamaica e Italia, che gratifica gli appassionati del genere e avvicina i più giovani, che così hanno l’opportunità di approcciare sonorità genuine. La voce di Richie Stephens è trasportata dal sound fresco di Ska Nation che sprigiona passione in ogni sua nota, costruendo meticolosamente una musica decisa, ricercata nella cura di stile e strumenti.

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Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation with Sud Sound System on Irie Fm

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Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation with Sud Sound System on Irie Fm

 

Richie Stephens for Haiti rebuilding effort

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Richie Stephens for Haiti rebuilding effort

by May 3rd, 2016

from IRIE FM

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Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the country is still under reconstruction and Richie Stephens is enthusiastic to rebuild the spirit of the people.

Music News understands that an entire community was rebuilt and will be handed over to the Haitian government on Wednesday, May 4 and Richie Stephens along with his recently formed Ska Nation Band of Italian musicians were invited to perform.

Richie Stephens says his aim is to rebuild the spirits of the people.

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band / Sail Away – Japan Tour

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Richie Stephens Will be in Japan from May 19 to June 11 now open for bookings SAIL AWAY TOUR 2016 touring all over Japan.
He will be at One Love Jamaica Festival 2016 May 28 & 29 in Tokyo with special guest from Italy the Ska Nation Band feat. Rankin Lele, Papa Leu and Luca Manno at Saxophone to promote the new album Internationally.
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INTERNATIONALLY – Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation / Promo Medley – Adriatic Sound

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INTERNATIONALLY – Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation / Promo Medley – Adriatic Sound

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band is a link with Jamaica and Italy coming together musically to create this outstanding ska album titled “INTERNATIONALLY”. .. This album contains 14 tracks which were produced in the original undiluted ska style authentic to the bone… It’s music for every one all around the world as the title suggest Internationally

Out now new album !!! INTERNATIONALLY – Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band

Internationally by Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band on iTunes
Preview, buy, and download songs from the album Internationally, including ”Foundation Sound,” ”Kingston Salento,” ”Fire Fire,” and many more.https://itunes.apple.com/album/internationally/id1097866379…

out now internationally

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band is a link with Jamaica and Italy coming together musically to create this outstanding ska album titled “INTERNATIONALLY”. .. This album contains 14 tracks which were produced in the original undiluted ska style authentic to the bone… It’s music for every one all around the world as the title suggest Internationally
Digital Release: Apr 15, 2016
Audio CD Release: June 10, 2016
℗ 2016 Pot Of Gold/Adriatic Sound/Zojak World Wide

INTERNATIONALLY – Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation / Promo Medley

What’s the Scoop irie fm live performance with Richie Stephens

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What’s the Scoop irie fm live performance with Richie Stephens
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full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO9Pg…

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band is a link with Jamaica and Italy coming together musically to create this outstanding ska album titled “INTERNATIONALLY”. .. This album contains 14 tracks which were produced in the original undiluted ska style authentic to the bone… It’s music for every one all around the world as the title suggest Internationally

Expected Digital Release: Apr 15, 2016
Audio CD Release: June 10, 2016
℗ 2016 @Pot Of Gold / Adriatic Sound / Zojak World Wide
Pre-order available on iTunes now!!!
https://itunes.apple.com/album/intern…

http://www.skanationband.com/

Internationally: Jamaica & Italy in the mighty name of Ska (trailer)

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“Richie Stephens & SkaNation Band is Jamaica and Italy coming together in the mighty name of Ska”

The unstoppeble grammy award jamaican singer and producers Richie Stephens start a great collaboration with the italian reggae singer and producers duo Rankin Lele and Papa Leu, to create a new musical project named Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band, between 2015 2016.
With his captivating voice and a sound that exhibits his passion from every note, Richie Stephens and SkaNation Band will release their new studio album “Internationally”, April 15th (Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound/Zojak Worldwide).

The 14-track album available for pre-order today March 29th is a tribute to Ska. Richie Stephens and the SkaNation band (based out of Italy), came together to create a masterpiece, which listeners can appreciate and become educated at the same time. The album starts with a single title ‘Foundation’, which mentions some of the Ska greats and states that ‘Ska a the original sound, Jamaica’s first big music”.

“I truly think ska music should be preserved and respected by us as Jamaican people for being our first international music” says Richie Stephens.

Connecting with the Skanation band, whose name was given to them by Richie Stephens, while in Italy last summer at the Casalabate Festival, the creative bond was instant. The single ‘Kingston Salento’ shows the connection and love for ska on a global level. With half of the album being completed in Italy and half the album completed in Jamaica, ‘Internationally’ is also symbolic of the passion and impact ska music have on a broader spectrum.

“Ska music is far more loved and respected over seas than in my own country Jamaica” says Richie Stephens. The album ‘Internationally’ follows a theme genre of Ska and gives listeners an ability to dance as well.

Throughout the album Richie Stephens and Skanation band embrace the musical magic of Ska. Bringing to life the message in the song like “Born To Be Great” feat. Sly & Robbie and still giving the listener a feeling of happiness as they sing and dance along. For many music lovers they may view Ska music as ‘older reggae music’, Richie Stephens and SkaNation band definitely changed that stereotype. With singles like “Original Style” feat. Sean Paul and Gentleman, “Internationally” feat. Sud Sound System or “Everybody Dance” (Remix) there is a youthful tone, which highlights the ability to blend age groups and still highlight the great arrangement and greatness of Ska.

Working with some of reggae great musicians on this album like Cleveland “Clevie” Browne, Dean Fraser and Stephen ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Richie Stephens and SkaNation band created a great body of work. From the musical arrangements to the lyrics, “Internationally” definitely does the music and Ska lovers proud.
“I would like every one to listen this album and realize that Ska music is a very serious genre that can stay on top if given the right opportunity like before” says Richie Stephens.

The band is composed by
Richie Stephens as lead vocals and band leader
Rankin Lele, voice
Papa Leu, voice and Guitar
Luca Manno, saxophone
Gianluca Ria, trombone
Giancarlo Dell’ Anna, Trumpet,
Antonio Fossa, drum
Maestro Garofalo, Keyboards
Leo Klaus, Bass
Morello Selecta, dj & machine

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band – Fire Fire (official videoclip)

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Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band – Fire Fire (official videoclip)
Production: Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound, Kirkle Dove Music
Video Director: Federico Giannace
D.O.P. Mosè Ferrari
From their upcoming “Internationally” Album
Pre-order now and get this track as instant grat on iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/album/intern

Kingston: Jamaican dancehall queens Kimiko ‘Versatile’ and Keiva ‘D Diva’ bust a move in the opening salvo of the hot new Ska video ‘Fire Fire’ from award winning corner Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band featuring Rankin Lele and Papa Leu (from Sud Sound System crew – the biggest Italian reggae band) on vocals. ‘Fire Fire’ is the lead single from the soon to be released 14-track studio album Internationally, due to hit stores on April 15th (Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound/Zojak World Wide).

Stephens baritone voice is powerful throughout the video and grabs your attention from the very first note.

Video Directors Federico Giannace, Mose Ferri and Kem Style pan across to a shot with Flexi Doll (Kimiko & Shannon) and Imke from Germany in the next few frames. Other dancers featured in the video include the beautiful Deadre (beach scene); Rifical crew; Elite Team; Rui and Shorti from Japan and Sonia Cubanita from Italy. Musicans include Richie Stephens & the Skanation band featuring Richie on lead vocal; Rankin Lele & Papa Leu – vocals;  voice guitar / Fossa drums and Leo Klaus, bass (former member of Bag a Riddim, the official Sud Sound System support band).

Last November the entire Skanation band made the trek to Jamaica for a two week stay to shoot ‘Fire Fire.’ Scenes were shot on location at Movie Star Bar in Kingston and Hellshire Beach, famous for its white sands and cool, clean waters. Other scenes were shot in Bernalda, Italy, famous for being the hometown of Academy Award filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola’s directorial prominence was cemented with the release of the 1972 Godfather film which revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre.

With over 31 years in the music business, Stephens has seen it all. He has travelled the world, performed on many big international festivals and recorded many different genres of music but this project – the formation of a 9-man ska ensemble – is one that is dear to his heart.

“I am extremely proud of this project which came together last year when I met the band at a festival in Italy. We both performed ska songs and did very well and that’s how the idea came about,” Stephens said of the musicians.

“There was no rush to complete the video, so we put together an impressive team of dancers and three talented videographers (one from Jamaica and two in Germany) who were able to capture a truly international vibe that comes across when you watch the video” he said.

INTERNATIONALLY – RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION new album

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The unstoppeble grammy award jamaican singer and producers Richie Stephens start a great collaboration with the italian reggae singer and producers duo Rankin Lele and Papa Leu, to create a new musical project named Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band, between 2015 2016.

Richie Stephens & SkaNation Band is Jamaica and Italy comin toghether in the mighty name of Ska”

With his captivating voice and a sound that exhibits his passion from every note, Richie Stephens and SkaNation Band will release their new studio album “Internationally”, April 15th (Pot of Gold, Adriatic Sound/Zojak Worldwide).

The 14-track album available for pre-order today  March 29th is a tribute to Ska. Richie Stephens and the SkaNation band (based out of Italy), came together to create a masterpiece, which listeners can appreciate and become educated at the same time. The album starts with a single title ‘Foundation’, which mentions some of the Ska greats and states that ‘Ska a the original sound, Jamaica’s first big music”.

“I truly think ska music should be preserved and respected by us as Jamaican people for being our first international music” says Richie Stephens.

Connecting with the Skanation band, whose name was given to them by Richie Stephens, while in Italy last summer at the Casalabate Festival, the creative bond was instant. The single ‘Kingston Salento’ shows the connection and love for ska on a global level. With half of the album being completed in Italy and half the album completed in Jamaica, ‘Internationally’ is also symbolic of the passion and impact ska music have on a broader spectrum.

“Ska music is far more loved and respected over seas than in my own country Jamaica” says Richie Stephens.  The album ‘Internationally’ follows a theme  genre of Ska and gives listeners an ability to dance as well.

Throughout the album Richie Stephens and Skanation band embrace the musical magic of Ska. Bringing to life the message in the song like “Born To Be Great” feat. Sly & Robbie and still giving the listener a feeling of happiness as they sing and dance along. For many music lovers they may view Ska music as ‘older reggae music’, Richie Stephens and SkaNation band definitely changed that stereotype. With singles like “Original Style” feat. Sean Paul and Gentleman, “Internationally” feat. Sud Sound System or “Everybody Dance” (Remix) there is a youthful tone, which highlights the ability to blend age groups and still highlight the great arrangement and greatness of Ska.

Working with some of reggae great musicians on this album like Cleveland “Clevie” Browne, Dean Fraser and Stephen ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Richie Stephens and SkaNation band created a great body of work. From the musical arrangements to the lyrics, “Internationally” definitely does the music and Ska lovers proud.

“I would like every one to listen this album and realize that Ska music is a very serious genre that can stay on top if given the right opportunity like before” says Richie Stephens.

The band is composed by

Richie Stephens as lead vocals and band leader

Rankin Lele, voice

Papa Leu, voice and Guitar

Luca Manno, saxophone

Gianluca Ria, trombone

Giancarlo Dell’ Anna, Trumpet,

Antonio Fossa, drum

Maestro Garofalo, Keyboards

Leo Klaus, Bass

Morello Selecta, dj & machine

PRE ORDER NOW

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/internationally/id1097866379

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band – Fire Fire (Official Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfyqX-TVhlc

Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation Band

officialwebsite: www.skanationband.com

Pre-order now and get this track as instant grat on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/album/internationally/id1097866379

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band – Fire Fire (Official Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfyqX-TVhlc

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