Reggae

Hourglass – Irresitible Reggae Vibes by Ben Barbic

Meet Ben Barbic:

California bay born and raised Ben Barbic is a multi-talented, genre-blending singer, songwriter, musician, and producer.

Ben has been an avid music lover since he got his first programmable keyboard at the age of 5 yrs old. By 7 he was already a budding songwriter and wrote his first song. He told us: “It was an ode to Martinelli Apple Juice in those little bottles, which I happen to be drinking at the time. It started with; I found a can of apple juice, all covered with leaves,” (Ben laughs).

That was the beginning of a lifelong passion for music, which he has continually developed, drawing his influences from his emotions, feelings, and life experiences.

His first introduction in the music industry was with hip-hop, but it was reggae that stole his heart. He told us: ” If you had to put me in a scene, it would definitely be reggae. I love the music, culture, and vibe of the thing.”

Although Ben’s core genre is reggae, he skillfully infuses his style with dashes of hip-hop, dancehall, and pop, to create a unique and appealing sound. His versatility and originality have been gaining much attention in the music industry and he just had a guest appearance on the well-known podcast “Moment 2 Moment”. Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7cScPnD2OCQ31J8g0IWBBp?si=CY1jk12bQ3eEx0UjFaX6FA&dl_branch=1

Hourglass:

“Hourglass” is an addictive reggae vibe track where Ben dazzles us with impressively constructed rhythmic verses, which showcase sporadic super speedy lyrical delivery.

With a carefree energy and an incredibly catchy tune that keeps your body moving and grooving, this song stays with you, enticing you to return for more.

Ben has a beautifully smooth and charismatic voice that is a delight to listen to. His emotive expression in the delivery of the lyrics “and the time like sand in the hourglass”, connects strongly with the listener.

This gentle reminder alerts us to the realisation that time does slip through our fingers, just like sand. When we asked Ben about the inspiration for this song he told us: “we only have so much time to live life. So, live with no regrets and do the things you love. Live Free.”

“Hourglass” with its chilled reggae vibes and pleasing delivery will charm any listener and if you enjoy music from artists such as Collie Buddz and Fat Freddy’s Drop, then Ben Barbic will fit perfectly on your reggae playlist.

Listen to “Hourglass” on Spotify:

What’s next for Ben Barbic:

Ben is constantly striving to better his music and keep things fresh and exciting. He has several new projects gearing up for release this year, remember to keep an eye out for them.

In the meantime, he has a message for all his listeners: “Search endlessly for your personal passions. Once you find them don’t let anything take you off your path. I approach life with the motto that I’m only stopping when I’m dead. Until that day, I will only walk forward on my path. I try and give a message to everyone to enjoy life and try to find the best version of themselves. If you wake up every day and say, “This could be the best day of my life”, it sets a certain tone. With music and life, I’m searching for the best it can be. This is the only way I know how to live it. I hope you ride with me on this journey.”

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Ziggy Marley’s New Album Features A Group Of All-Stars

A Star Within Stars 

As the son of the Reggae giant Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley did not just follow the steps of his father but rather made his own steps in the music industry. Ziggy, together with his siblings formed the Melody Makers soon after their father’s death. Ziggy performed with Stephen at the funeral and soon after, they formed the group with Sharon and Cedella. Even though they are carrying the surname of their father, who is known as a great artist, they still face failures and still struggles in the music industry. They realized that it is not on the name who already has but is the name you are going to make on your own journey. 

Melody Makers’ album in 1988 entitled “Conscious Party” won a Grammy award as the Best Reggae Album and broke almost all of the mainstream in the music industry that time. They incorporated reggae, rock and pop elements into this set of music in their album.  Ziggy managed to mark his own upbeat element in their songs. Their track “Tomorrow People” is one of the songs that gained so much attention and respect from all of the listeners. After so many years, they made a huge wave of supporters and followers. 

Through the years, the siblings made a record, and Ziggy went on his own. He first released his first solo album in 2003 with the title, “Dragonfly”. His next album, “Love Is My Religion” was released in 2006, and this made a huge change in his music journey. He won the Best Reggae Album of 2006 Grammy Award. He then continued to make award winning albums. His self titled 2016 album took again the award for Best Reggae Album, making way for his own record of seven Grammy award wins in the said category. 

At this moment, Ziggy Marley announces his latest new album, “More Family Time”. This new album features a set of all stars including Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Busta Rhymes, Tom Morello, Alanis Morissette, brother Stephen Marley, and even actress Jamie Lee Curtis to name a few. The lead single entitled “Play With Sky” will be the best part featuring the star, Ben Harper. 

“Gather the children around and have a listen to the first single [“Play With Sky”] with brother Ben Harper from my upcoming kids/family album More Family Time,” Marley posted via his Instagram with the single’s arrival on Friday. “And hey, have some fun while doing it. JAH know the children could use it in these times.”