Black Star Foundation is a non-profit organization which has been committed to promote reggae music in Holland for more than 14 years.
The foundation organizes reggae events and concerts, manages and handles bookings for artists/bands, publishes music on its own label and supports and develops new talent.
Upcoming event: Leah Rosier instore @ Concerto (Amsterdam)!
Friday 17 November Leah Rosier and Black Star Sound play in Concerto Recordstore in Amsterdam to present their new album 'The Black Star Tracks'. Free entrance! From 19:00 till 01:00h.
EP release 'Exile Di Brave meets Black Star'!
Friday 25 Aug. 2017 EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica) released his new EP on the label of Black Star Foundation! Exile Di Brave presented his CD in record store Concerto (Amsterdam), followed by a performance with TwoRoots band at Reggaebomb (Utrecht).
The album will be available digitally and in limited edition CD. Listen or buy the songs here!
Coming soon: more new releases on Black Star label!
The coming months Black Star Foundation will release more new releases on our label: the album 'The Black Star Tracks' by LEAH ROSIER (Holland), 'Black Star Melodies' by ASHER-E and the riddim CD 'World of Righteousness' with tracks by ANTHONY B, LUCIANO, MIKEY GENERAL, JAHBAR I (Jamaica), MARLON ASHER (Trinidad), BRAINPOWER, RAPHA PICO, LEAH ROSIER, ROBINA SOUILJEE and ASHER-E (Holland). More info soon....
Black Star report of Rebel Salute Festival 2017 (St. Ann, Jamaica)
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January 2017 the annual Rebel Salute Festival took place on the North coast of Jamaica. Check out the compilation movie with NO-MADDZ, LONE RANGER, SISTER NANCY, CHAKA DEMUS & PLIERS, ANTHONY B, BUSHMAN, LEROY SIBBLES, DERRICK MORGAN, COCOA TEA, JESSE ROYAL and SANCHEZ.
Black Star Sound at Weddy Weddy Wednesdays (Jamaica)!
On Wednesday 18 January 2017 BLACK STAR SOUND performed at the legendary Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, the weekly party by STONE LOVE SOUND in Kingston, Jamaica.
Check the movie:
BLACK STAR SOUND in Poland!
18 and 19 November BLACK STAR SOUND played in Poland! Selector Den-Den and MC Michelle played at the One Love Sound Fest and the day before at the Before Party. One Love!
Michelle to Jamaica with SBMG!
October 2016 Michelle accompanied the Rap / Hip hop / Dancehall crew SBMG and their label Top-Notch to Jamaica so the group could record a video clip for their upcoming album and they also worked on a riddim with the original Firehouse Crew!
Summer tour BLACK STAR SOUND has ended!
BLACK STAR SOUND played at some nice festivals this summer, like Rastaplas Festival (with MC JAHFORTH, RAPHA PICO and MR. AYA), Zwarte Cross Festival (with MC JAHFORTH) and Rototom Sunsplash Festival (with MC JAHFORTH, RASSI HARDKNOCKS and MR. AYA).
On our way to Rototom Sunsplash Festival (Spain), we did a 'Tour de France' of 7 performances in the South of France with MR. AYA and LEAH ROSIER!
BLACK STAR and LEAH on Jamaican radio
On Thursday January 28 BLACK STAR SOUND played a dubplate selection of 45 minutes on Bess FM, one of the biggest national radio stations in Jamaica. Also LEAH ROSIER has had an extensive interview about her upcoming album Only Irie Vibes. Live stream: Bess FM
LEAH ROSIER & REBEL JAM at Top2000 a gogo
The Top2000 a Gogo is the musical ending to the year on NPO 3, presented by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk and Leo Blokhuis.
LEAH ROSIER and REBEL JAM band played a number of Top 2000 pop songs in their own reggae stylee!
Broadcasted on Dutch national TV on 29 december 2015. Watch here!
OUT NOW: Lovely Girl riddim!
On 12 November 2015 Black Star Foundation released it's third riddim 'Lovely Girl' with the artists LUTAN FYAH, SPECTACULAR, VIVIAN JONES (Jamaica), OSAGYEFO (Ghana), MR. AYA, YELLAM (France), JOGGO, K-WIDA, BREDDA MARCUS and LEAH ROSIER (Holland). The album contains 12 tracks, incl. 2 dub versions.
Listen to the album on Spotify / Buy the album via iTunes.
Black Star showcase at Rototom Sunsplash (Spain)!
BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN and MC’s MICHELLE & JAHFORTH have played at Rototom Sunsplash and showcased 2 artists on Black Star label: LEAH ROSIER (NL) and MR. AYA (FR) with live band RISE & SHINE (FR). RISE & SHINE band also played with the Jamaican artists KAZAM DAVIS and EXILE DI BRAVE. Different performances at the Showcase stage of Rototom and on Rototom Sunbeach!
Finals Benelux Reggae Contest 2015!
Saturday 18 April the Benelux Reggae Contest took place! Finalists were HEARTWASH, HEIGHTS MEDITATION and WALK ON THE MOON (Bands) and DHAZED, MITTY BEN WALKER and PASCION (MCs/singers). The winners are HEIGHTS MEDITATION and PASCION!
Successful tour in Jamaica!
January 2015 Black Star Foundation and LEAH ROSIER went to Jamaica and it was a big success. In 3 weeks, the Dutch artiste did 6 performances, recorded 4 new songs, shot material for 6 video clips and she was interviewed live on Bess FM, one of the largest national radio stations in Jamaica!
Check the 6 performances:
Black Star bookings for RAPHA PICO
RAPHA PICO & THE ROOTS ROCKERS band has won the Benelux Reggae Contest 2014! This summer, the band performs on many festivals in Holland and Belgium. Black Star is taking care of all bookings.
Black Star releases Rub A Dub riddim (March 2013)!
Rub A Dub riddim on Black Star label by FIREHOUSE CREW and ASHER E. The vocal talents on the riddim are TURBULENCE (Jamaica), TRILLA U (Jamaica), VIVIAN JONES (UK/Jamaica), LINVAL THOMPSON (Jamaica), MARLON ASHER (Trinidad), BREDDA MARCUS (Holland), MR. AYA (France), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) en BRAINPOWER (Holland). More info...
10-year anniversary Black Star Foundation big success
In March 2013 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Black Star Foundation, with SPECTACULAR, VIVIAN JONES, BRAINPOWER, JOGGO, SMILEY, ASHER E, MARLEY movie and many more. It was a big success! Check here for a compilation movie by World A Reggae!
Black Star releases dancehall riddim 'Bad Girls'!(2012)
Bad Girls is recorded in 2009 in Kingston (Jamaica) with the FIREHOUSE CREW.
The vocal talents on the riddim are MARLON ASHER (Trinidad), TURBULENCE (Jamaica), SPECTACULAR (Jamaica), LEAH ROSIER (Holland), SMILEY (Holland), and K-WIDA (Holland) together with LADY G (Jamaica) who recorded the original combination tune. More info...
Megamix of all 6 versions:
HIT THE ROAD in Kingston, Jamaica!
BNN broadcasted a TV- programme 'Hit the Road' on Dutch national TV (September 2012). Michelle (Black Star Foundation) went to Kingston (Jamaica) together with a Dutch filmcrew, Chris Zegers (Dutch presenter) and Tim Knol (Dutch singer/songwriter)! More info...
The Jamaica episode was on Dutch national TV on Wednesday September 26, 21:15, NL3. Watch it here!
Private Performer single by JOGGO!
The single Private Performer by JOGGO is released in August 2012. Lyrics are by JOGGO, music is a riddim by Black Star Foundation and it is written by OSAGYEFO (Ghana), TUFF LION (Virgin Islands) and ASHER E (Holland).
BRAINPOWER ft. KING YELLOWMAN - Mic Bizniz!
Dutch rapper BRAINPOWER recorded a tune with KING YELLOWMAN (Jamaica)!
The single is released on yellow vinyl (April 2011). The videoclip and mini-documentary are great (partly filmed by Michelle of Black Star Foundation)!
BRAINPOWER - DUB & DWARS (album)
Reggae album by Dutch rapper Brainpower, produced and recorded in Holland by Asher E / Black Star Foundation. Released: July 2010
BAD GIRLS RIDDIM (album)
Album with 6 dancehall tracks. Artists: Marlon Asher (Trinidad), Turbulence (Jamaica), Spectacular (Jamaica), Leah Rosier (Holland), Smiley (Holland) and K-Wida (Holland) & Lady G (Jamaica). Released: September 2012
RUB A DUB RIDDIM (album)
Album with 9 reggae tracks. Artists: Turbulence (Jamaica), Trilla U (Jamaica), Vivian Jones (UK/Jamaica), Linval Thompson (Jamaica), Marlon Asher (Trinidad), Bredda Marcus (Holland), Mr. Aya (France), Leah Rosier (Holland) and Brainpower (Holland). Released: March 2013
DEVENTER VIBES (album)
Album with 10 tracks by different young and talented hip hop artists from Deventer (Holland). All reggae riddims are written and produced by Asher E. The result is a very versatile compilation album with different upcoming local artists. Released: September 2013
Order: All the above music is available through Black Star Foundation. All albums (Deventer Vibes by Asher E, Dub & Dwars by Brainpower and Blaze Fire by Osagyefo) costs €10, both singles by Lady K-Wida cost €4 or €6 for both. Both riddims cost €5.
The whole package is only €45!!Check here how you can order this music!
Check out the videoclip of Lady K-Wida feat. King Yellowman:
Black Star Foundation is started up because of idealistic ideas of the founder Michelle Boekhout van Solinge. She graduated in Geography (University of Amsterdam, 1997), travelled a lot in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean and in the year 2002 she lived and worked in Ghana (West Africa). There she got the idea to stimulate the communication between Western and non-Western countries and to bring people with different cultural backgrounds a little closer to each other.
Through art and culture (especially music) the foundation wants to contribute to the cultural integration, in bringing people together with different cultural backgrounds and work together on one project. Music is perfect for that, it is a shared interest from people all over the world, a language we all speak, no matter where you are from. Based on that, Black Star Foundation has developed her activities.
THE GOAL OF BLACK STAR FOUNDATION:
The goal of Black Star Foundation is to promote and stimulate artists from abroad and, more in general, to promote the exchange of western and non-western art, music and culture.
The foundation tries to achieve their goal by:
Organizing multicultural concerts and other events whereby the artists themselves will exchange experiences, skills and understanding;
Obtaining financial means and credit facilities for promoting artists from countries outside of Europe;
Cooperating with other organizations with corresponding goals.
ACHIEVED GOALS AND ACTIVITIES:
Talent development and launching new artists: Black Prophet (2003), Osagyefo (2006), Lady K-Wida (2007), Leah Rosier (2011), Joggo (2012) and Rapha Pico (2014);
Tour in Holland with different artists from Ghana: Black Prophet (2003) and Osagyefo (2006/2007);
Different bookings for reggae bands and African groups (2003-now);
Organization of different recurring events, e.g. Bazart Bashment in Club Bazart, The Hague (2005-2006), Black Star Reggae Party in 't Syndicaat, The Hague (2005-2006), Reggae on the Beach on the beach of Blijburg, Amsterdam (2005-2006), Bass Culture / Black Star Wednesdays in Bitterzoet, Amsterdam (2007-2008), Nice Up Di Dance in Cafe The Zen, Amsterdam (2010-2014), Roest Rock Reggae in Roest, Amsterdam (2014) and Sugar & Spice in the Sugarfactory, Amsterdam (2015-now);
Reggae promotion for record companies (Sony/BMG, Universal Music) and venues (Paard van Troje in The Hague, P60 in Amstelveen and Melkweg in Amsterdam);
Organization and promotion of Jamaican reggae concerts in different venues in Holland, e.g. Ijahman & Mighty Diamonds (2006), Max Romeo (2006/2013), Anthony B (2006/2007/2008), Alpha Blondy (2007/2008), Jah Mason & Lutan Fyah (2008), Yellowman (2009), Mad Professor (2010), The Congos & The Abyssinians (2011), Turbulence (2012), U-Roy (2012), Spectacular (2013), Skarra Mucci (2013), Etana & Queen Omega (2014) and Bunny Wailer (2014/2015);
Organization and promotion of Made in Jamaica Reggae Festival in the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam (Holland) with Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Third World, Bunny Wailer and Capleton (2007);
Start up Black Star label and release first album of Osagyefo (Ghana), 'Blaze Fire' (2007);
5-Year Anniversary Black Star Foundation (2008);
Release debut single of Lady K-Wida and within 2 months bookings on big stageshows like Parkpop and Two Sevens Splash Festival (2008);
Release second single of Lady K-Wida with the legendary King Yellowman! Yellowman and Lady K-Wida also performed together in Jamaica (2009);
Giving musical lectures about Bob Marley and reggae music, The history of Jamaican music, etc. E.g. during the theatre tour of the Tribute to Bob Marley band (2008-now);
Reggae promotion on Dutch radio for different Dutch reggae releases (2009-now);
Release reggae CD with famous Dutch rapper Brainpower (2010);
Organization of tour in Holland with artists like Vivian Jones (2009/2011) and Marlon Asher (2011);
Release Bad Girls 'riddim' with 6 different artists (2012);
Management of Dutch/Surinam reggae artist Joggo (2012);
Celebrate 10-year anniversairy of Black Star Foundation in Melkweg, Amsterdam (2013);
Release Rub-A-Dub riddim with 9 different artists (2013);
Release Deventer Vibes CD by Asher E (2013);
Release CD Black Star presents Vivian Jones (2014);
Restart Irielion.com, the online reggae agenda for Holland and Belgium (2015);
Release Lovely Girl riddim with different artists (2015);
Organization and promotion of Rototom & Friends in the Milkyway, Amsterdam with Junior Kelly, The Wailing Souls, Daniel Bambaata Marley (son of Ziggy Marley), Ziggi Recado, Rapha Pico, Leah Rosier and many more (2016);
Tour with Black Star Sound in South of France and Spain (summer 2016).
FUTURE PLANS FOR 2017:
Release albums (or EP) with Exile Di Brave (Jamaica), Mr. Aya (France) and Leah Rosier (Holland);
Dubpoetry project with author/poet Erik Jan Harmens (Holland);
Radio promotion because we need more reggae on Dutch national radio!
Promote and professionalize reggae in Holland. Put reggae on the map as a serious music genre;
Organization and promotion of reggae concerts and events in different venues and at festivals in Holland;
Assist in organizing and programming reggae festivals in Holland (like Future Reggae Ruigoord, Rastaplas, Roepaen Reggae, Zwarte Cross, etc.) and promote reggae for other (non-reggae) festivals;
Work together (e.g. by contributing to the promotion and programming) with (reggae) festivals and other events abroad (like Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium, Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Spain and different reggae parties in Kingston, Jamaica);
Set up a reggae platform in Holland/Europe; more cooperation and knowledge transfer between reggae organizations and artists, professionalize reggae music business.