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Marijuana March
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

A NUMBER of local artistes are set to show their support for the legalisation of marijuana (ganja) during a march and mass rally set for the Corporate Area tomorrow. The march, organised by veteran reggae artiste Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions and the Rastafari Millennium Council, is aimed at furthering the debate on the legalisation of the weed which is considered a holy sacrament by followers of Rastafari. The march and motorcade is set to start at 10:00 am from the Mandela Park in Hal

Tarrus Riley to jump-start Jazz in the East
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

The increasingly popular annual Tobago Jazz Experience will this year see an even more exciting line-up of musicians pulsating with vibes of Caribbean energy. On the agenda is New York-born Jamaican reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley. A repeat visitor to Tobago’s shores, and famous for hits like She’s Royal and Stay With You, Riley will jump-start the Tobago Jazz Experience at Speyside tomorrow.

Kafinal salutes Dekker
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It is inspired by Israelites, Dekker's 1968 international hit. The Canada-based singer/actor is best known in Jamaica for the 2004 song Cooking Dat Pwile, on which he teamed with Sambo. Kafinal says he recorded Road Tonight to honour Dekker and help keep his legacy alive. "For the most part we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would

Rootz Underground set to release third studio album
Jamaica Gleaner, Wed 16 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

Shereita GrizzleGleaner WriterThough they may have been away from the main stage for a while, roots rock reggae band Rootz Underground is gearing up to once again take centre stage.Under the Rockstone Records label, the six-member band is set to release...

The Gap sporting a new walkway
Barbados Nation, Tue 15 Apr 2014, 09:04 PM

BARBADOS’ UNOFFICIAL entertainment capital, St Lawrence Gap, has been seeing quite a few structural improvements, but noise remains a problem. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy spoke of a number of businesses in the area being refurbished when he toured the latest addition – a concrete pathway replacing the old, battered boardwalk at the entrance to the Gap. He said the private sector had responded to Government’s call for improvements to the

Max Romeo relaunches label
Jamaica Observer, Tue 15 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

SINGER/producer Max Romeo will relaunch his Charmax music label at his home in Treadways, St Catherine, on Friday. A new album, Father and Son, by the veteran roots artiste and his son Rominal, will also be released. The set is Charmax's first release since the upgrade of Romeo's Red Ark studio. "I feel delighted and proud to be sharing this project with my son who is a part of the young generation working hard to keep the music alive," Romeo told the Jamaica Observer. Max Romeo emerged in t

Jamaica Gleaner, Mon 14 Apr 2014, 01:04 AM

Beres HammondBeres to join Air Supply for New York concertReggae hit machine Beres Hammond will join Australian soft-pop duo Air Supply as headline acts at the annual Groovin' In The Park Concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, June 29.Hammond,...

Freddie takes vintage reggae to Los Angeles
Jamaica Observer, Sun 13 Apr 2014, 04:04 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Having started his career as a six-year-old at producer Clement Dodd's Studio One singer Freddie McGregor has an enduring respect for elder performers of reggae. His latest venture, the Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk and Food Festival, is scheduled for September in Long Beach, California. The event features artistes that McGregor has rubbed shoulders with during his long career, including the Abyssinians, the Tamlins, Admiral Tibet, Everton Blender and British deejay Pato Ba

The message of Mamakaffe
Jamaica Observer, Sun 13 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

This is the ninth in a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around world. JAMAICAN music has influenced the African artiste for many years. Recently, a number of dancehall/reggae acts have journeyed to the 'Motherland' to meet increased demand for live performances. Since 1996, Cote D'Ivoire native Mamakaffe has taken her brand of reggae to the continent's airwaves. Songs including Africa Yea, Enemies of Justice, Natural Girl and her current single, a remake of Rita

Row over Marley music
Barbados Nation, Sat 12 Apr 2014, 02:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Two music companies are preparing for a legal battle over Bob Marley’s songs. Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music is set to defend their alleged misattribution, and diversion of income, among other things, in an attempt to retrieve No Woman, No Cry and other songs against plaintiff Cayman Music. According to a release sent by Judy Totton Publicity the landmark trial is set to commence on May 12. Cayman Music is the ori

Marley grandson on gun charge
Jamaica Observer, Sat 12 Apr 2014, 08:04 AM

MATTHEW Prendergast, the grandson of reggae legend Bob and Rita Marley, has been slapped with a gun charge resulting from an altercation with a security guard at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew. Prendergast, 25, is a musician reportedly based between Miami and Jamaica. He is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and assault at common law. He is alleged to have pointed a gun at the security guard on April 5, during an altercation at the museum premises. A firearm has not

Chronixx tops Billboard’s reggae chart
Jamaica Observer, Sat 12 Apr 2014, 08:04 AM

FOR the past three years, reggae singer Chronixx has built an enviable track record. His efforts are paying off as the 'conscious music crusader' is number one on Billboard's Reggae album chart with his latest EP, Dread & Terrible. Released on April 1, the Dread & Terrible project contains 10 tracks including Alpha & Omega, Here Comes Trouble, Capture Land and Eternal Fire. The set features production work from Phillip 'Winta' James; Lloyd 'John John' James; Chronixx's in house production team

Reggae Girlz take on St Bess U17 men's team today
Jamaica Observer, Sat 12 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

JAMAICA'S senior Reggae Girlz will begin their campaign for World Cup qualification on June 18 against St Lucia in the Dominican Republic.

Marley grandson on gun charge
Jamaica Observer, Sat 12 Apr 2014, 01:04 AM

MATTHEW Prendergast, the grandson of reggae legend Bob and Rita Marley, has been slapped with a gun charge resulting from an altercation with a security guard at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew.

Chronixx takes 'Dread and Terrible' to Europe
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 11 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Chronixx is blazing a reggae trail with his Dread and Terrible European tour. The tour sees the young entertainer making various stops,visiting a different city every night.

Bob Marley’s message immortalised at One Love Park in US
Caribbean360, Fri 11 Apr 2014, 04:04 PM

The Wilmington City Council voted for the name change to honour and promote the spirit of peace and unity that the reggae icon championed in his enduring song.

Enrique’s about sex and love
Barbados Nation, Thu 10 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS was no stranger to the roll of Barbadian waves and the kiss of its sun. “Barbados is a great island. It is an island that I have visited a bunch of times when I was a teen. I used to windsurf a lot and surf a lot and it is fun to be here . . .,” the Spanish crooner told the media during a Press conference yesterday. The meet and greet was ahead of his performance at the annual CHUM FM’s Breakfast in Barbados concert at Holder

‘Exco’ continues to strive
Jamaica Observer, Wed 09 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

RECOGNISED as Canada's Grammy Awards, the annual Juno Awards has done little for the profile of its reggae winners. But according to Exco Levi, who won the Reggae Recording of The Year for the third straight year on March 29, it has given his career a boost. The 33-year-old deejay's latest win was for Strive, a song he did with roots singer Kabaka Pyramid. Strive was one of several cuts on the popular Honey Pot 'riddim', produced by German duo Silly Walks Discotheque. Chronixx's massive Smile

Tarrus Riley to jump-start Jazz in the East
Trinidad Express, Wed 09 Apr 2014, 01:04 AM

Jamaican reggae artiste Tarrus Riley is in the line-up of those performing at the upcoming Tobago Jazz Experience. Famous for hits like “She’s Royal” and “Stay With You”, Riley will jump-start the Tobago Jazz Experience—Jazz in the East at Speyside on April 19, a news release from the Tobago House of Assembly said yesterday.

Marcia and Judy get Reggae award
Jamaica Observer, Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

MARCIA Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, members of Bob Marley's harmony group the I-Three, were honoured with the Reggae Ambassador's Award in New York City last Tuesday. The awards were presented at the Jamaica Consulate by VP Records and Groovin' Inc, co-promoters of the annual Groovin' In The Park concert. Griffiths and Mowatt were recognised for their "supreme artistry, outstanding achievement and contribution to the development and promotion of reggae worldwide". Veteran tour manager/booking a

Garnet silk remembered
Jamaica Observer, Mon 07 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

THE legacy of reggae messenger Garnet Silk is growing. This was evident throughout the latest Conscious Reggae Party show, held at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew on Friday night. Dubbed 'Tribute to Garnet Silk', the show was held two days after his 48th birthday. It was an amazing commemoration for the singer who died tragically 20 years ago. Among the artistes who gave invigorating performances for the full house were Natural Black, Nature and Ziggy Soul. The Livyn Kulcha and Kurfew

Reggae Youths on top in Senior League
Jamaica Observer, Mon 07 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Reggae Youths snapped a four-game winless run to beat Melbourne FC 1-0 in their St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL/Honda Senior League Zone A return-round game at Albion on Friday.

Reggae Sumfest offers reduced tickets to early birds
Jamaica Gleaner, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Local and international fans of the Greatest Reggae Show on earth can now purchase tickets at reduced rates for the event scheduled for July 13-19 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Marley on show
Jamaica Observer, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

PHOTOGRAPHER Dennis Morris covered the key people and events that helped diversify British culture in the 1970s. His subjects included the punk movement, minority riots in urban centres and reggae superstar Bob Marley. Morris was a high school student when he first met Marley in 1974. The singer/songwriter was touring Britain and promoting his Island Records album, Natty Dread. They remained friends until Marley's death from cancer at age 36 in 1981. Twenty-eight of the photos he took of Mar

Reggae film fest heads to ‘Cali’
Jamaica Observer, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

IT is uncertain whether the Reggae Film Festival will be staged in Jamaica this year, but the event is definitely down for southern California May 16-18. Barbara Blake Hannah, executive director of the Jamaica Film Academy, says the festival takes place in San Diego at the World Beat Cultural Center. Blake Hannah told the Sunday Observer that an invitation to stage the event there came from Makeda 'Dread' Makossa, executive director of the World Beat Center and organiser of the 30-year Tribute

Swedish-flavoured dancehall beats
Jamaica Observer, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

This is the eighth in a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world. ANDREAS Nilson has produced a number of hit songs and 'riddims' which have impacted dancehall music in the past four years. The 32-year-old Swedish national makes his first visit to Jamaica this month for recording sessions with several top acts. Vybz Kartel's Summer Time and Popcaan's Ravin are his biggest singles. His credits also include When Mi Party and Unruly Rave by Popcaan, Karte

Garden of Life supports Reggae Girlz
Jamaica Observer, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

JAMAICA'S national women's football team welcomes its newest team member, Garden of Life.

Rita Marley re-releases controversial 'One Draw'
Jamaica Gleaner, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

THE Widow of reggae icon Bob Marley has re-released her hit single One Draw. The song which was originally released in 1981 comes at a time when discussions surrounding the legalisation of marijuana in Jamaica heightens.

Lutan Fyah wants credit from popular reggae knock-offs
Jamaica Gleaner, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

Reggae artiste Lutan Fyah is demanding that foreigners pay homage to Jamaican music industry players.

Reggae on the River bills top acts
Jamaica Gleaner, Sun 06 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

The annual Reggae on the River (ROTR) concert has become known for attracting some of the biggest names in the genre, and this year's staging will be no different.

EDM programme makes Ja debut
Jamaica Observer, Sat 05 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

THE infectious beats of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) are taking the world by storm and Jamaica, land of roots-rock reggae, has not been spared in its wake. Today, a radio show dedicated to the genre will premiere on Linkz 96 FM. The programme, Jamaica In Da House, will air from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am. According to Italian producer Enrico Lionello, the show will cater to fans of the EDM while showcasing the latest releases and trends. EDM, often referred to as dance or club music, is a set of per

DANCEHALL on show in Los Angeles
Jamaica Observer, Fri 04 Apr 2014, 08:04 AM

AN exhibition saluting "communal listening" opened in Los Angeles this week. It includes numerous artifacts that define the Jamaican dancehall experience, including a sound system once owned by dub pioneer Osbourne 'King Tubby's' Ruddock. Dubbed the Hometown HiFi Exhibition, it is being held at Sonos Studio, Billboard magazine reports. "The sound system is the great invention to come out of reggae," exhibit curator Seb Carayol, a Frenchman, told Billboard. "It's a tiny niche within the history

Robert Burchell makes debut
Jamaica Observer, Fri 04 Apr 2014, 08:04 AM

MUSICIAN Robert Burchell has released his debut album, Agape. The 12-track set is a blend of Jamaican music including ska, mento, reggae and gospel. "Music is not what I do, it's who I am," said Burchell. Welcome to Jamaica, Come to Help My People, Give Thanks and Walk with God are some of the songs on Agape. A musician for more than two decades, Burchell has worked with top acts such as Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor and Sanchez. He migrated to the United States in the 1990s, juggling mus

STREETBEAT: The Gap is still the same
Barbados Nation, Thu 03 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

WHETHER OR NOT business in St Lawrence Gap is doing well depends on who you ask. Street Beat set out on Saturday night to find out from business owners if recent efforts to revitalise the area were working and what more could be done if not. One business in the forefront of this effort is the Reggae Lounge, which has instituted a new form of entertainment in The Gap with Alleluia Pork Chops, theatre productions in homage to four local authors. Manager Justin S

LIV UP rides the Zion Train
Jamaica Observer, Thu 03 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

THE year 2009 was a big one for West Kingston's Liv Up Records. The label scored five number one hits, making it a major player in the dancehall arena. After a hiatus, Liv Up is back with a reggae beat called the Zion Train. The project is spearheaded by the team of Clinton Marsh, Orlando Allen, Oneil Clarke and Leighton Coke. Zion Train is distributed by the VP Music Group subsidiary VPAL Music. Some of the artistes and songs on the beat are Zion Train by Jah Cure, Liv Up (Tarrus Riley), My

Yemen gets hooked on reggae
Jamaica Observer, Thu 03 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

This is the seventh in a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world. DURING protests last year against the Yemen regime, students used some songs of homegrown reggae band 3 Meters Away to express their discontent. Hard-hitting tracks such as Inhale Freedom and I'm Staying Till The Regime Leaves, were reportedly heard throughout the unrest. Led by the dreadlocked Ahmed Asery, 3 Meters Away are among the first reggae musicians in Yemen, a troubled country

Reggae Girl excited at idea of playing in World Cup
Jamaica Observer, Thu 03 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

SENIOR Reggae Girl Tasheka Gordon is salivating at the prospects of her team making it to the FIFA World Cup 2015 in Canada.

Girlz ambassador Marley to meet Blatter, Webb
Jamaica Observer, Thu 03 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

Cedella Marley, the daughter of globally-recognised king of reggae Bob Marley, will be a special guest of JFF president Captain Horace Burrell at the third place play-off and final of theFIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica tomorrow.

Grammy Museum already making plans for Marley's 70th
Jamaica Gleaner, Thu 03 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

Although the birthday of the late reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley is nearly a year away, plans for his 70th birthday celebrations are already in the pipeline.Though tight-lipped on the exact plans, director of the Grammy...

Jimmy Cliff adds his voice to reparations call
Caribbean360, Wed 02 Apr 2014, 01:04 PM

The Jamaican reggae legend pointed out that the idea of reparations was “one of the foundations of Rasta.”

McAnuff puts spin on classic
Jamaica Observer, Tue 01 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

ONE of David McAnuff's favourite songs is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by doo wop pioneers The Platters. Recently, the singer covered the 1950s classic, though his version has a religious twist. The song, Love is a Burning Fire, seeks to answer a question he is often asked. "People always ask, 'how yuh know Jah is real', 'cause dem have their doubts," he said. "A song like this show how I feel...Is the same love (like the Platters) but is also a spiritual love." Love is a Burning Fire is from McAn

Pentateuch revisits Genesis - Band goes acoustic with debut album
Jamaica Gleaner, Tue 01 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

After releasing their debut album Genesis in 2011, reggae band Pentateuch is set to release Genesis Acoustic, a more intimate and organic version of the original....

3 Jamaicans win Juno
Jamaica Observer, Mon 31 Mar 2014, 09:04 AM

THREE Jamaicans won Juno Awards Saturday night in Winnipeg, Canada, where the annual ceremony took place. Rapper/deejay Kardinal Offishall took home his third Juno for the song Can't Choose which features singer Jrdn. It won for R&B Soul Recording of the Year. Kingston-born Matthew Samuels, known as producer Boi-1da, produced most of the tracks on Canadian rapper Drake's latest album Nothing Was the Same, which won for Rap Recording of the Year. Samuels also wrote three songs on the album, two

Jason Mighty reawakens gospel-reggae scene
Jamaica Gleaner, Mon 31 Mar 2014, 01:04 AM

Jason Mighty has once again scored a hit on the gospel-reggae scene.The short but spicy Holy Ghost Bruk Mi Down, produced by Armour International on the 'Church Rockaz' rhythm, has put Mighty fans in a frenzy.The...

S Africa moving to reggae's drum
Jamaica Observer, Sun 30 Mar 2014, 09:04 AM

This is the six of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world. SINCE the dark days of apartheid, reggae has played a pivotal role in South Africa. Jamaican music still thrives in that country, which has produced its own reggae titan in singer Lucky Dube, who was murdered in October 2007. Gavin Paul Jolliffe, a white show promoter who lives in a village called Asburton on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in the province of Kwazulu Natal, says the regga

Ernie Ranglin to release new album at 82 years old
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 29 Mar 2014, 12:04 AM

At 82 years of age, legendary ska and reggae guitarist Ernest Ranglin is set to release a new album in May.

Iba Mahr aims at mainstream
Jamaica Observer, Fri 28 Mar 2014, 09:04 AM

A summer tour and debut album is the biggest push yet at a mainstream breakthrough for singer Iba Mahr. The roots artiste is scheduled to kick off a series of European festival dates on July 5 at Summerjam in Germany. He is also down to perform on Reggae Sunska in France with additional gigs in The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. In August, Iba Mahr is one of the acts for the 30th anniversary of Reggae On The River in northern California. The yet-titled album is expected to coincide with the

Tafari hits Billboard
Jamaica Observer, Fri 28 Mar 2014, 09:04 AM

RUD3 LOV3, the debut album from dancehall rapper Tafari, debuts at number 17 on Billboard's Reggae Album chart. The set was released March 18 by Tafari's Rud3 Music and is distributed by VP Records. It features productions from Rud3 Music, Noah Mason as well as Grammy-winning producers Jermaine Reid and Jason Gilbert, Kamron Houff and Dennis Blaze. Reid has production credits for Buju Banton's Grammy-winning album Before the Dawn, while Gilbert picked up a Grammy in 2011 for his work on Eminem'

Do Go See this weekend
Jamaica Observer, Fri 28 Mar 2014, 09:04 AM

SPLASH PICK OF THE WEEKEND Saturday, March 29 Reggae Fever @ Puerto Seco Beach, Discovery Bay, St Ann Featuring: Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, Bounty Killer, Spice, Romain Virgo, Charley Black, Iba Mahr, I-Noah, Dann-I, Alkaline, Loyal Flames, Hitman Walle Time: 8:00 pm Pic: Cocoa Tea Caption Cocoa Tea among performers for Reggae Fever on Saturday FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Bacchanal Friday @ Mas Camp, Stadium North Time: 8:00 pm Pic: Bacchanal Caption 'Dat Ting too Real' This patron is take

Son of former Reggae Boyz goalie shatters shot put record
Jamaica Observer, Fri 28 Mar 2014, 02:04 AM

FORMER national goalkeeper Warren Barrett hailed his son Warren Barrett Jnr for the hard work and dedication he put in, after the latter broke the record in the Boys Class Two shot put at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.