Protoje Produces All-Woman ‘Rock & Groove’ Riddim Compilation Album

first_imgDespite the gains made in the last 20 years by women in reggae, the music is still dominated by producers who usually look to their male counterparts for hit songs. With acts like Jah9 and Etana also doing well, Cowan believes the all-woman concept is warranted. In December, singjay/producer Protoje stood up for the ladies with the release of his Rock and Groove Riddim album. It features songs by singers Naomi Cowan, Lila Ike, Sevana, and Jaz Elise. She had a breakthrough hit in 2018 with “Paradise Plum.” The Rock and Groove album has songs by each artist, accompanied by a dub version.  “We are in a time in our society when women are being uplifted and recognized in music, so it’s only natural we made this happen. Women’s voices matter even more when we are together because the public listens to us more,” she reasoned. Lila Ike, Sevana, and Jaz Elise are part of In.Digg.Nation Collective which recently signed a distribution deal with RCA Records.center_img Protoje, a pivotal figure in Jamaica’s roots-reggae revival, approached Cowan last year to be part of the album which is released by his In.Digg.Nation Collective label. Cowan, whose song on the project is “Peace of Mind,” says more compilation albums of this nature are needed. Cowan is the daughter of singer Carlene Davis and Tommy Cowan, who had a successful career as an artist, producer, and marketing executive. “That would be awesome if there were more of these. I wholeheartedly think there should be more projects like this because it’s relevant,” she said. “Sweet Inspiration” by Lila Ike, Sevana’s “Haul And Pull,” and “Rock And Groove” are the other songs on the Rock And Groove album.last_img read more

Whicker: Nervous start, big finish for Dodgers in NLCS opener

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It was a game they couldn’t lose, and yet for an hour or so it looked as if they might.Dodgers fans don’t believe in gift horses or free lunches, not after 29 years.Their nerves were stretched when the bedraggled, strung-out Cubs took a 2-0 lead over Clayton Kershaw after four innings in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.True, that’s usually a small hurdle for the Dodgers, but they didn’t have Corey Seager and they hadn’t been such ponderous favorites before. But they used walks and homers and the singular sensation that is Yasiel Puig to catch up and pass the Cubs, and they wound up winning, 5-2.Chris Taylor’s go-ahead homer preceded Puig’s blast that made it 4-2. Charlie Culberson, the replacement for the injured Seager, had a game-tying sacrifice fly. The Dodgers’ bullpen was fresh and smothering. Tonight they go for a 2-0 lead with Rich Hill on the mound, for a while anyway.All of the Dodgers’ perceived advantages going into the NLCS, were dampened considerably when their series roster came out.Seager’s name was not on it. His slide in Game 3 of the Division Series at Arizona caused a lower back injury that still had not loosened by the time Manager Dave Roberts had to submit the 25-man.list.The Dodgers pride themselves on versatility and depth but Seager’s absence is a stain they cannot fully bleach. They activated Culberson, hero of the division-clinching game last year, to play shortstop Saturday in Game 1. It illustrated how much the Dodgers had changed since their season ended in the chilly darkness of Wrigley Field last Oct. 22.Of the eight position players who started Game 6, only Justin Turner was in the Game 1 lineup Saturday. Andrew Toles and Josh Reddick are gone, Seager is hurt, Adrian Gonzalez is shut down with an injury, and Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Chase Utley were on the bench.The Dodgers figured to miss Seager on multiple levels, but especially against Chicago. He is 7 for 17 lifetime against Jon Lester, who is the scheduled Game 2 starter, and 5 for 8 against Jake Arrieta, who will probably work Game 4 on Wednesday.The Dodgers were 93-42 when Seager started this year, which means they were 11-16 when he didn’t.The Cubs hit Kershaw hard in the first three innings without result, including a tattooed line drive by Anthony Rizzo that Puig caught in right field.In the fourth, Willson Contreras smacked a single to center, and Albert Almora waited for a 3-and-1 pitch and mashed an indifferent slider over the left-field wall.Quintana, who had faced the minimum 12 Dodgers in the first  four innings and had not given up a fly ball out until the fourth, struck out Enrique Hernandez to lead off the fifth. Then he couldn’t get home umpire Lance Barksdale to approve any of his close pitches to Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes, walking them both.That brought out the crowd-pleaser in Puig. He got the count to 2-and-1 and absolutely crushed a double into the left-field gap. Forsythe scored on that, and Barnes came home on Culberson’s sacrifice fly – the kind Vin Scully, who was here Saturday night, always called a “run-scoring fly ball.” The Dodgers had oozed into a 2-2 tie.Quintana left after five innings, turning Game 1 into a bullpen battle that the Dodgers thought they could win. Chris Taylor, batting first in the sixth inning, testified to that. Taylor had sent center fielder Almora to the base of the wall for his drive in the fourth inning  Here, he jumped on Hector Rondon’s 97th mph pitch and sent it into the right-center pavilion to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2.Roberts was now in a situation that he calls “counting outs.” He got Tony Cingrani into the game to retire Rizzo , who was 4 for 24 against him. He brought in Kenta Maeda to get two in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Then Brandon Morrow came in to get Kyle Schwarber on a fly ball and to strike out Javier Baez, who at that point was hitless for the postseason.The Cubs stuck with lefty Mike Montgomery to begin the Dodgers’ seventh,  and Puig delivered a majestic fly ball that sent Schwarber to the wall in left. Puig did not flip his bat and was about to trot to first base when the ball sailed out by an inch, making it 4-2.The final four outs were counted by Kenley Jansen. The race had been won by the freshest and the deepest, and now the Dodgers need to win three more before the Cubs catch their breath.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more