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“Greetings! You probably didn’t know this, but thanks to you playing the song “Radio,” performed by Ammoye and produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, the Canadian Songstress has earned her first Juno Nomination for Best Reggae Recording 2013! As one of Canada’s most prominent female vocalists, Ammoye’s genuine approach to music, no matter the genre, has made her one of the most requested by artists like Michael Bublé, Kreesha Turner and Dubmatix to name a few. Now she’s one of the most requested by Radio, Mixtape and Selectors worldwide. Ka … Boom! Savouring the silk in Ammoye’s voice, UK audiences has made “Radio” one of the most requested, Italian listeners request the song weekly, as have Caribbean fans. Building momentum in the US, “Radio” has been added to rotation on Tony Carr’s ‘This is Reggae Music’ on WPFW FM in Washington DC. Boston’s Vibe 105.3 FM’s Froggy Madd Squad says the song “is one of his favourite songs,” while Toronto”

Natasha Von Castle - L3 Magazine

“VALIDATION from the Jamaican market is always a concern for reggae artistes in the Diaspora. Born in Halse Hall, Clarendon, singer Ammoye immigrated in 1994 to Canada and for the past 10 years has been plying her trade in Toronto. She is an unapologetic lover's rock act, likening her sound to that of JC Lodge, but says she also tries a fusion of dub beats and house music. According to Ammoye, reggae is a big part of the music landscape of multi-cultural Canada thanks to the success of Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Shaggy. "These artistes have helped to push the music in the younger segment of the market. Things are definitely getting bigger and better for reggae in Canada," she said. Recently, in Canada, she copped the Caribbean Music and Entertainment Award and was named Top Reggae Artiste earlier this year. Her latest track is a lover's rock song called Radio. The single is produced by Kemar 'Flava' McGregor, who first heard her singing backing vocals on a project for fellow singer”

“As if the celebrations commemorating 50 years of independence for both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago weren’t enough, this weekend offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Caribbean culture, and much of it is free. The event many people associate with Caribbean culture is the Scotiabank Caribbean Festival (a.k.a. Caribana). Finally, despite postponing its planned Urban Music Fest at Yonge and Dundas Square until November, there’s still plenty to see and hear at this year’s Irie Music Fest over at Nathan Phillips Square, Friday through Sunday. Make sure to check out local acts Ammoye and Odel along with out-of-town headliners such as soca diva Fay-Ann Lyons, Jamaican reggae star Richie Spice and legendary reggae crew Third World, who found massive success with their cover of the O’Jays’ Now that We Found Love in 1978. ”

“50 years of independence for both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago weren’t enough, this weekend offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Caribbean culture, and much of it is free. The event many people associate with Caribbean culture is the Scotiabank Caribbean Festival (a.k.a. Caribana). The fest has been in full swing since the middle of July, but its most iconic event — the Grand Parade — makes its mark on the city Saturday, finding Finally, despite postponing its planned Urban Music Fest at Yonge and Dundas Square until November, there’s still plenty to see and hear at this year’s Irie Music Fest over at Nathan Phillips Square, Friday through Sunday. Make sure to check out local acts Ammoye and Odel along with out-of-town headliners such as soca diva Fay-Ann Lyons, Jamaican reggae star Richie Spice and legendary reggae crew Third World, who found massive success with their cover of the O’Jays’ Now that We Found Love in 1978. ”

“Conveniently, the civic weekend also coincides with Jamaica's Independence Day, and this time the folks have gone all out. They have laid on a gala bash next Saturday, with photo displays of the happenings of the past 50 years, a dinner featuring Jamaican cuisine in a Hope Gardens setting put together by guest designers from the Jamaica Horticultural Society and an after-dinner party. The entertainment features a variety of Jamaican and Canadian stars, including performances by Jay Douglas with the All-Stars Orchestra, Derrick Harriott, Leroy Gibbons, Kreesha Turner, Steele, Nana McLean, Ammoye, Blakka Ellis, DJ Eugene Chang, Dwayne Morgan, Heritage Singers, Iyah Yant Drummers, Kafaye Rose, KasheDance, Letna Allen, Rachael-Lea Rikards, Robert Owen, Stephen Lewis and the KCC Choir, Wire, and Miss Universe Jamaica 2012, Chantal Zaky. Perhaps the most ingenious expression of the Independence spirit I have seen is in front of my local Jamaican store in the suburb of Scarborough.”

“ Ammoye, Courtney John, Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man and the World Gets Ready to Jump for Jamaica! Artists unite to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Great Britain, encouraging listeners to ‘Jump for Jamaica.’ Produced by Courtney John for the FiWi Music label, “Jump for Jamaica” is a signature song released in commemoration of Jamaica’s jubilee anniversary. Featuring artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Kreesha Turner, Cherine Anderson, Mr. Lexx, Kardinal Offishall, Ammoye and more, the project is special in part because of its’ cross geographical reach. As a first of its kind, the “Jump for Jamaica” song features premier artists from Jamaica (Marcia Griffiths, Courtney John, Mr. Lexx, T.O.K., Etana, Beenie Man and Cherine Anderson), as well as Canada. Hip Hop Icon Kardinal Offishall infused Bakardi slang, while Canada’s songbird, Ammoye, lends her smooth vocals singing “out of many people / we are one / come together”

“Opening for the Heptones was Canada’s Reggae songstress Ammoye also opened, performing with her trademark sugary voice which immediately connected. Fans sang the punch line to her song, and called her back for an encore! ”

“The Heptones, one of reggae's most celebrated harmony groups, have announced a reunion of their core members for the first time in (purportedly) 35 years. The show will be at the Jamaican Canadian Centre in Toronto on Saturday (January 15). In the show's press release, Sibbles says, "We're really looking forward to performing for the Toronto audience in the New Year. I lived in Toronto, and am very aware of the city's love He told Exclaim!, "We went east and west, to Montreal and Vancouver. I became a household name. After a while, people would recognize me on the street. I did my bit to establish reggae there." Also on the bill are Ammoye, Jimmy Reid, Tony Anthony, Uncle Jonny and more”

“T.O. reggae scene still sizzling "...they're great inroductions to compelling new voices like Ammoye. "I like Ammoye a lot," says Scaram, who invited her to lend her sweet, emotive vocals to Citizen Sound. "She's been recording with Dubmatix and Natewize and is definitely an artist to look out for..." "The first song on the album was inspired by a classic song (Wa Do Dem) and Ammoye's soulful toasting really sets the tone for the CD," he adds."”

“Electronic music has always been a blend of genres: Krautrock, plus funk, equals techno; drum & bass, plus ambient, equals IDM; dub, plus two-step, equals dubstep. So it's no surprise when 21st century artists like Ammoye and Rise Ashen come onto the scene, crafting music that pulls from so many worldly sounds. Haffi Win (the first collaboration between Clarendon, Jamaica reggae chanteuse Ammoye and Ottawa, ON DJ Rise Ashen) shows the duo perusing dance genres like records through a milk crate. On songs like "Coming Up" and the title track, Ammoye busts out melodies that come off confident and gallant while Rise Ashen stylishly keeps his beats controlled and high-concept. "New Recipe" slinks in a breathy-funky way that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rihanna album, while "So Good" comes off all low-end, chop shop hip-hop. Although so much ground is covered on Haffi Win, Ammoye and Rise Ashen posses the wherewithal to know their core audience, backpacks and all.”

“If you dig into the canadian reggaescene there is one name that you will definetly discover really quick: Ammoye. Ammoye has worked with Juno award winning artists Dubmatix and Michael Buble, as well as Kreesha Turner, Corey Lee, Anjulie and Najja Calibur of Najjah's World, and others including Rise Ashen for their debut release "Haffi Win" (Balanced Records). Toronto based Ammoye is a multi-genre vocalist and therefore at home in different musical genres such as Reggae, R'n'B and Hip Hop. A unique voice and a style that can deal with a variety of music makes her special! ”

“The lovely and very talented Ammoye released her debut album with Rise Ashen – Haffi Win. Ammoye was a hot number around town and blessed the stage at the annual Jamabana event and at Dubmatix's CD launch party.”

“Balanced Records presents Trouble, a new single from Citizen Sound and vocalist, Ammoye. Teaming up to give you Trouble, they deliver a killer combination of Ammoye’s sultry vocals and the dub-inspired production from Toronto-based producer Aram Scaram. Lyrically, Trouble calls for an end to the violence among the youth. Ammoye’s soulful delivery and dancehall sensibilities compliment this progressive, bass driven, steppers rhythm. This collaboration with Citizen Sound is their first single on Balanced Records and includes the original mix, an instrumental, as well as a fiery broken beat remix from Ottawa's Rise Ashen. ”

“VX now meets Ammoye with the release of the Kicking Rocks EP. Jamaican-born Ammoye has the vocal chops to move seamlessly from soul to dancehall, hip-hop to roots reggae Denise Benson, Eye Magazine -”

“The multitasking, talented Ottawa B-Boy and DJ has a knack for reinventing himself every decade. Eric Vani, aka Rise Ashen, keeps rising out of the ashes. Ashen is launching Haffi Win, a new disc of beat-crazy dance music recorded with Version Xcursion vocalist Ammoye, Friday at the Mercury Lounge. Recorded and produced in Ashen's home studio, Haffi Win (Jamaican for "have to win") is a sexy, funky dancehall record one that took the prolific, and pioneering DJ five years to write and produce.”

“Electronic music has always been a blend of genres: . So it's no surprise when 21st century artists like Ammoye and Rise Ashen come onto the scene, crafting music that pulls from so many worldly sounds. Haffi Win (the first collaboration between Clarendon, Jamaica reggae chanteuse Ammoye and Ottawa, ON DJ Rise Ashen) shows the duo perusing dance genres like records through a milk crate. On songs like "Coming Up" and the title track, Ammoye busts out melodies that come off confident and gallant while Rise Ashen stylishly keeps his beats controlled and high-concept. "New Recipe" slinks in a breathy-funky way that wouldn't sound out of place on a Rihanna album, while "So Good" comes off all low-end, chop shop hip-hop. Although so much ground is covered on Haffi Win, Ammoye and Rise Ashen posses the wherewithal to know their core audience, backpacks and all. (Balanced) SHARE IT!GET IT! ”

“the latest development from the dub-wise Version Xcursion camp is Citizen Sound, which pairs producer Aram Lee with various vocalists. It's a pop-friendly, but quite finely detailed, listen throughout, combining vocal approaches ― from R&B to dancehall to a touch of punk snarl ― to keep things fresh. The best tracks feature Ammoye, whose album is due later this year. She adds sassy soul to the killer bass line of "Trouble" and a more angelic accompaniment to the Eek-A-Mouse update, "Wa Do Dub." The sweet, jazzy sax of Juno-winner Richard Underhill contributes greatly here and in "Riddim Culture”

“Canada’s fastest rising Reggae songstress, Ammoye, has taken her musical career to a new high! Teaming with MTV Canada, Ammoye’s song “Best Friends” was featured in an episode of the networks newest series entitled “Over the Bolts.” The television show follows the lives of Canadian Olympic snowboarders and their journey leading up to the 2010 Olympics (which take place February 12th to 28th in Vancouver, Canada). The series airs Sundays at 10pm on MTV Canada. The song “Best Friends” was written by Ammoye, and features Hip Hop / R&B artist and producer Sav. The music behind the lyrics was composed by Malik who called themselves the ‘musical trio’ for this project. “I got to perform to an alternative music genre which I really enjoyed” says Ammoye. “We gelled really well which came through in the song!” Ammoye’s song “Catch Up” will also be featured in an upcoming episode.”

“The Canadian Black Film Festival concluded its first year in operation with two great documentaries screened for its December Film Club; JAB! THE BLUE DEVILS OF PARAMIN and QUEENS OF SOUND. The program was held at the National Film Board office down town Toronto, where the audience loved both films, and provided great reviews. The program was hosted by Carrie Mullings (Canadian Ambassador to Reggae Music) of Rebel Vibes on CHRY radio. On the panel was Canadian reggae singers Tanya Mullings and Ammoye along with the producer of JAB! Elizabeth Topp. Tanya Mullings award winning music can be found on myspace. Canada’s upcoming, Ammoye, nick named “Canada’s best kept secret”, can also be found on myspace. Elizabeth Topp, Trinidadian born Film producer can be contacted through CBFF. We look forward to her next film.”

“Ammoye's musical style and song writing has been deeply influenced by her upbringing. She was born in Jamaica, and raised by her grandparents in Clarendon, Jamaica where life presented its own unique trials and tribulations. She found solace from a young age by singing in the church choir, as well as at the top of her favourite mango tree in the family backyard, Influenced by Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop and Soul, Ammoye worked with Dubmatix and the album ‘Renegade Rocker’, performing the song “Push”. Other artists on the album include Sugar Minott, Micheal Rose, Alton Ellis, Willi Williams, Pinchers, Linval Thompson, Wayne Smith and Ranking Joe. Ammoye has also worked with Aram and Sassales for Version Excursion who produced her E.P. entitled “Kicking Rocks” Currently being managed by Kaya Entertainment, Ammoye consistently travels across Canada and the U.S. as she works with greats such as Kreesha Turner, Michael Buble, Corey Lee, Anjulie and a host of others. In between tour d”

“Everything's Irie! For the past eight years, the Irie Music Fest has positioned itself as an event that represents the Caribbean as well as the African diaspora. This year's festival is slimmer than those that have preceded it, but organizer Phil Vassell is still hyped about it. "The feedback from visitors, vendors and our sponsors, especially our title sponsor, TD, has been amazing," Vassell says. "There are a lot of people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds coming together and enjoying the music, the arts and food. It is a very satisfying feeling and that's what keeps us going." Music remains the backbone of the festival and highlights include performances by reggae singers Gramps Morgan and Ammoye, Roberto Linares Brown, Byron Lee's Dragonaires, Toronto Mass Choir, Dubmatix, and Jason Wilson. For more information, go to iriemusicfestival.com.”

“Ammoye Shines at 8th Annual Irie Music FestivalBeginning her set with her hit single “Lost Love,” Ammoye had the crowd singing the chorus, and photographers rushing the stage for photos. . ”

L3 Magazine

“Ammoye Opens for Beres Hammond Blessed with an undeniably beautiful voice, Reggae soulstress Ammoye takes fans on a performance ride over the next few weeks the highlight of the ride is opening for Beres Hammond in Oshawa, Ontario. ”

N. VonCastle - L3 Magazine

“ Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now at Harbourfront Centre features an exquisite line-up of talent at 8 p.m. on the CIBC Stage with 2004 Juno Award winner for Reggae recording of the year Leroy Brown. Fiercely-loyal Canadian Rock recording icons, The Rheostatics’ contagious 9 p.m. set will inspire the crowd to celebrate not only Canada’s birthday but also the group’s 25th anniversary of creating good music with their signature humour and intellect. Musical programming during the day includes traditional up-tempo Canadian bush swingers Flapjack on the CIBC Stage followed by the more contemporary, Caribbean-flavoured vocal vibes of Ammoye. On the Toronto Star Stage, tap your feet to some old-time Country stringband music courtesy of The Backstabbers and make sure not to miss award-winning Aboriginal performer Tamara Podemski.”