Sunny Ohanyere: Reggae Music Chose Me; I Didn’t Choose Reggae…

December 14th, 2014

Unforgettable reggae lyrics from an indefatigable reggae star, Buju Banton. That was the first reggae song played by the Nigerian-born, patois-speaking University of Lagos Radio presenter and the brain behind the renaissance of reggae and raga music in Nigeria. From “Dancehall Supremacy” to “Riddim Clash” the Ital Sound presenter has been galvanising the public to the high level of reggae.

He didn’t choose to be a Rastafarian, reggae music chose him. At every interval of his life there have always been reggae nuances directly. Sunny Ohanyere, popularly known as Covenant Child was born to an architect father and a businesswoman mother, he immersed himself in Jamaican heritage through his radio show. Going into the studio, for the first time to produce his demo reggae show, with N10, 000, Ohanyere has grown into cult figure with a great number of reggae music lovers following him. But his life is not all about reggae.

via Sunny Ohanyere: Reggae Music Chose Me; I Didn’t Choose Reggae….

Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

December 14th, 2014

From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall, was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of natural causes at his Atlanta home on December 4th; he was 82.

Born in Melbourne, in 1932, Goodall worked for several AM radio stations in Australia as an audio engineer before traveling to London in the mid-’50s where he trained as an engineer at the International Broadcasting Company IBC, then Britain’s largest independent recording studio.

via Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82.

Ryveela banking on Ghetto Prayer

December 4th, 2014

DANCEHALL singjay Ryveela is set on carving his niche in Jamaica’s competitive music industry.

He is banking on his latest single, Ghetto Prayer, which will be released on December 13 on the Reggae Fever Innovation label. The track, according to him, is a social commentary which offers encouragement.

“I know there are lots of other talents out there, but I am confident if I continue to push good, quality songs, it will eventually take off,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

via Ryveela banking on Ghetto Prayer.

Bob Marley, the reggae king of cannabis, may soon have his own line of pot

November 23rd, 2014

Reggae legend Bob Marley was known to be a fan of marijuana. Now, a marijuana-focused venture capital firm is trying to bank on that tight relationship.

Privateer Holdings has reached an agreement with the family of the late musician to collaborate on what the Seattle-based firm is calling “the world’s first global cannabis brand.” Called Marley Natural, it will include “heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains inspired by those Bob Marley enjoyed” and be sold where regulations permit.

via Bob Marley, the reggae king of cannabis, may soon have his own line of pot.

Lady Saw Doesn’t Care for Pretty Boys

November 23rd, 2014

I’ve only missed two summers in New York in my life. There’s a magic that was real for me in seeing people sitting outside while the sun set late blasting dancehall from the subs on the sidewalk in Brooklyn. There are songs that instantly take me back to all those humid days. Lady Saw’s “Sycamore Tree.” The track itself opens with the line “Do you remember?” Over the popular Joyride riddim, Lady Saw speaks of the demise of a young love over—what else but—?oral sex. The topic matched her raw voice, which I could poorly describe as a high-pitched bass that is one of a kind and instantly recognizable.

By the time "Sycamore Tree" had seared itself into my brain, Lady Saw was already an undeniable talent. Her first album, which dropped in 1994, came with the single “Stab Up Di Meat,” a song that definitively let them know her music was going to be full of slackness. In the world of Island Culture, where misogyny and patriarchy regularly silence women’s sexual voice, this was powerful stuff.

via Lady Saw Doesn’t Care for Pretty Boys | Complex.

Respect to the Max!

November 23rd, 2014

Yesterday was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in the music business.Romeo’s generation is considered the most influential in reggae music.

He figured in the roots revolution of the 1970s, belting out spiritual songs like Let The Power Fall and revolutionary anthems such as War Ina Babylon.

via Respect to the Max!.

Ebola in Guinea: reggae plays on in Gueckedou as clubbers try to relax

November 6th, 2014

On a Saturday night recently two teenagers, David and Fofana, defied their parents’ orders to stay at home and  slipped out as night enveloped the rice fields. They hitched rides on the back of motorbikes that brought them towards the bright lights of one of the few clubs still open in Gueckedou.

What elsewhere would be an act of youthful rebellion, was a chance to remember the way things used to be before Ebola came to Guinea. For a few hours, music could sweep away the grief and fear stalking alongside the disease that has killed almost 5,000 people across west Africa since the outbreak began in this market town in the lush hinterlands of the country.

via Ebola in Guinea: reggae plays on in Gueckedou as clubbers try to relax.

Eddy Edwards… Miami’s jerk king

November 6th, 2014

This is the second in a 10-part series looking at Jamaicans excelling in the South Florida entertainment/lifestyle scene. Even though he migrated to the United States over 35 years ago, Carson ‘Eddy’ Edwards retains ties to his Jamaican roots.

He has been involved in a number of projects in the US promoting Jamaican culture, especially jerk food events in Miami and New York City.His latest production is the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Miami, scheduled for Sunday at Markham Park.

via Eddy Edwards… Miami’s jerk king.

Veteran singer John Holt is dead

October 20th, 2014

Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69.

Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing.“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death,” Forbes told OBSERVER ONLINE.

via Veteran singer John Holt is dead – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com.

Thieves steal Meddy Ranks’ rare reggae recordings

September 25th, 2014

An acclaimed record producer said he feared for his life after £250,000-worth of tracks were stolen from his Birmingham home.

The haul lost by Meddy Ranks included a clutch of rare and unreleased works by reggae legends.

Meddy, who stored the tracks on his laptop, said he now feared repercussions from associates in Jamaica who had been expecting a slice of the profits.

via Thieves steal Meddy Ranks’ rare reggae recordings.