This is what she did on her single “don’t it” which was produced by Red Boom from Hard at Work Music, a Jamaica based record label. The track exposed her to a different audience who overwhelmingly insisted on a video, which was produced and released to TV in May 2012. Karamanti spent the month of July/2012 engaged in a nationwide media tour which had her performing and/or being interviewed on all the major entertainment radio and TV programs in Jamaica. That media tour was followed up with a Canadian tour which saw her hitting the stage on major events such as the Montreal Reggae Festival and the Toronto Rasta Festival. After returning to Jamaica, Karamanti learnt that another single she had recorded for Food Palace Music (owned by Pharfar in Denmark) months earlier, was now released and had gained traction.
The song, which is called “read”, began to get heavy radio rotation and had even entered a few charts. One of which was the Top Ten Conscious Chart which airs on Jamaica’s Roots FM. “Read” was the number one song for the week of November 2nd2012. The song also captured the attention of one of the biggest promoters in Sweden who eventually booked Karamanti for her first European tour which occurred from April to June 2013.
Karamanti had shows in Gothenburg and Stockholm as well as Aarhus and Copenhagen in Denmark. Prior to leaving Jamaica, Karamanti worked ceaselessly on her first studio album which was digitally released on April 25th, 2013.The album is called Dancehall Retaliates and it addresses some of the negative stereotypes about Dancehall music, culture and lifestyle. The project features production from two of Jamaica’s most sought after young producers; Ricardo “Red Boom” Reid and Shamarie “Digital Sham” Bogle. Dancehall Retaliates is available on all major online music stores and has been getting good reviews from both the public and the media. At the beginning of 2014 Karamanti found out that she was nominated as best female solo artist for 2013 by the Dancehall Industry Awards.
Additionally, one of her videos for the song “rise” (which is on the album Dancehall Retaliates) was nominated as best dancehall video for 2013. Also, Reggae France included Karamanti’s album Dancehall Retaliates in the WINS REGGAE © (formerly WEB REGGAE AWARDS ©) in the category for Dancehall Album of the year for 2013. In this category, Karamanti went up against two other Jamaican heavy weights, Vybz Kartel and Mr. Vegas.
Even though she did not win an award, Karamanti was determined not to slow down as she began to collaborate with a lot of local and international artists and producers on various projects. She connected with Ghanaian producer Infectious (aka Riddim Boss), and did a song entitled “Letter 2 Ghana” which immediately created a buzz in that country. The success of “Letter 2 Ghana” attracted quite a few emerging and established African artists and producers to Karamanti. She has collaborated with Iwan, Sonniballi, Blasto and several other African acts.
From Jamaica Karamanti has collaborated with 3 Starr (from Mavado’s Gully Squad), veteran Mikey General, Asante Amen and many others. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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