Shaggy Recommends Bangin’ on the Bathroom Floor While Quarantined During Coronavirus

April 12th, 2020

Here are a few things I didn’t know about Shaggy, the chart-topping Jamaican reggae-ish singer behind hits like “It Wasn’t Me,” “Angel,” and “Boombastic,” prior to prepping for our interview: He served in the Marines, achieving the rank of lance corporal, and fought in the Persian Gulf; he honed his singing voice during his Jarhead years; he is not named after the stoner Scooby-Doo character; and he’s a happily married man with three daughters.

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Copeland Forbes on COVID-19′s Impact on the Reggae Music Industry

April 12th, 2020

Music industry veteran Copeland Forbes believes it will take more than one year before Jamaica’s reggae product recovers from the coronavirus fallout.He made the ominous prediction with uncertainty surrounding European summer festivals, which have provided a solid payday for many Jamaican artists over the years.

Forbes, who has booked reggae tours for over 40 years, said the postponement/cancellation of events like Summer Jam in Germany and Rototom in Spain, because of the coronavirus, has worse consequences for the reggae artist than the aftermath of 9/11.

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Everything You Need To Know About Planning A Destination Wedding In Jamaica

November 4th, 2019

If you’re engaged and thinking of having a destination wedding, chances are Jamaica has landed somewhere on your list of locations. After all, who could say no to an island full of picture-perfect beaches, unforgettable sunsets, and beautiful Black people?

The problem is, planning a wedding on a tropical island thousands of miles away is no easy feat. When you don’t have a lay of the land, and don’t live close enough to visit actual vendors in person, it can be tricky to know who to hire and where to stay to make your dream wedding become a reality.

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Nobody can stop reggae — Jamaican reggae artiste endorses Mariga

November 4th, 2019

Jamaican reggae artiste Kenyatta Hill is set to perform on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in a campaign rally to drum up support for Kibra by-election candidate McDonald Mariga.This was confirmed by Dennis Itumbi who stated that Hill has endorsed the former Harambee Stars midfielder.The artiste, who is the son of the late Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter for the legendary Jamaican vocal trio Culture, said he is rooting for Mariga and believes he is the right choice for the people of Kibra.

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Squash’s family-first mentality makes him dancehall’s hottest artist

September 9th, 2019

In early August of 2018, Squash, born Andrae Whittaker, was detained by the Jamaica Constabulary Force during a state of emergency sweep in Montego Bay, due to a rise in crime and violence. Without a formal charge or clear reason as to why he was picked up, the 28-year-old spent five months at the Freeport Police Station in MoBay. But during this difficult time of incarceration, his songs “Mek It Shake” and “6ix Boss” started to spread in the streets like a mad virus. He was finally freed in January, and since then, the aptly dubbed 6ix Boss has made a beeline straight to the top of the dancehall food chain. “It’s not something that I planned y’know,” he says of his rise when we speak over the phone in late July. “Growing up, I always liked to sing at home in my bathroom. It was just natural.”

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Inna de Yard review – a poignant tale of resistance, resilience and reggae

September 9th, 2019

Potentially tricky territory here. Back in 2017, the white British film-maker Peter Webber travelled to Jamaica to document a musical reunion destined to remind seasoned arthouse patrons of Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club. The Inna de Yard sessions gathered reggae veterans on a rickety porch in Kingston to re-record their best-known standards acoustically – mirroring that unplugged tradition prevalent in MTV circles almost since the electric guitar’s invention, while venturing a Jamaican analogue to the Great American Songbook.

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Reggae Legends Convene Soul Summit On “Red Gold Green & Blue” – Rolling Stone

July 15th, 2019

One of the greatest rhythm sections to ever rub-a-dub on planet Earth, Sly and Robbie’s client roster has included Dylan, Madonna, Serge Gainsbourg, and No Doubt. But the team’s best jams are the most deeply rooted in the Jamaican music they helped invent — at the core of Peter Tosh’s band; with the Compass Point All-Stars; and on their own Taxi Records sessions, source of some of the reggae canon’s mightiest sides. Their ur-grooves justify from the get-go Red Gold Green & Blue, a set of blues, r and b and soul covers of the sort that might otherwise land like pro-forma, unessential nostalgia.

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THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY “LIONESS OF REGGAE” RELEASED VIA ZIGGY MARLEY’S TUFF GONG

April 1st, 2019

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Award winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon Mrs. Rita Marley, OD will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material. The Best of Rita Marley ‘Lioness of Reggae’ will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3.

“I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae’s history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art”, says Ziggy Marley.

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The high stakes of reggae superstar Buju Banton’s return

April 1st, 2019

I was three years old when dancehall superstar Buju Banton released his third album ‘Til Shiloh and his music became the soundtrack of my childhood in Jamaica. At seven, I remember being puzzled at how the song “Untold Stories” hypnotized every adult to bust out in the reggae-rock-shimmy-dance favored by Caribbean parents after a few glasses of rum.

I was 13 when Bruce Golding ran for Prime Minister using Buju’s song “Driver” as his campaign tune, a song about a ganja man trying to escape from the police (Golding won). I was 19 when Buju went to jail in the U.S. for intention to distribute cocaine. And seven years later, on March 16th, I saw Jamaica welcome home a national hero with his first comeback concert, Long Walk To Freedom.

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Iset Sankofa found her tribe – with NTS Radio

March 25th, 2019

Iset Sankofa has introduced a new Kingston subculture, and in just a few years, has established herself as a beacon to those seeking a music space steeped in rhythm, dance, and an afro-centric ambiance. Now, she’s planning to broadcast her eclectic musical tastes and mixes to the world with the support of major online radio platform NTS.

Sankofa Sessions has become the go-to event to hear afrobeat, afropop, and reggae on dub. It began in late 2014 when Iset introduced the sessions as a limited series. “We had the idea first in 2013, when we did a summer residence at Redbones. They were the first ones to say that they liked what we’re doing,” she told The Gleaner.

Though the residency seemed to fill a gap for some attendees, Iset had no experience with hosting events on a regular basis. So she put it on hold until she could figure it out. The next year, she found Nanook – a creative culture hub in the heart of Half-Way Tree (Burlington Avenue), where fine artist Matthew McCarthy added his expertise to the experience. “He brought the live art component,” she explained.

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