Image: Jada Kingdom. Credit: Courtesy of Mad Decent.
Even in the topsy-turvy reality of 2020, the end of August is peak season for reggae and dancehall. During any other year, London would be preparing to shut down the West End of the city for the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street fair. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, preparations would be underway for the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day. This year’s festivities in London will be reduced to a virtual rave shown on the digital screens of Piccadilly Circus, and Brooklyn’s carnival is canceled altogether. But even if the big events have been paused by Covid-19, nothing can stop the music. Wherever you plan to celebrate the last lap of summer, we’ve got your soundtrack right here.
Jada Kingdom is a gifted singer-songwriter who goes by many names. Some call her Twinkle. Some call her Muma Heavy. Some call her the Banana Boss. With the release of her new single, “Budum,” on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, the world is about to call her a star. “It’s been such a crazy year with the pandemic,” Jada said in a statement from Mad Decent. Twenty-twenty has also been a crazy year for Jada, who was featured on Vybz Kartel’s To Tanesha album and on Popcaan’s FIXTAPE, and who recently dropped her own mixtape, E-Syde Queen: The Twinkle Playlist.
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