34 Years After : Has Reggae Music Fared Well? |

May 24th, 2015

Since the death of Robert Nesta Marley,  popularly known as Bob Marley, many reggae artistes have come and gone and none has been able to match Bob Marley’s roots-rock reggae. In this piece, ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM and SAMUEL ABULUDE look at what may have relegated this genre of music to the background.

Before America met Bob Marley, reggae was merely “novelty music.” Criticism in the U.S. focused on how it was “crude, cheap, not to be taken seriously on any level.” It had no tune or any “good words (and you couldn’t understand them if it did).” Yet, after hearing Marley’s early hits songs— like his inspiring Get Up, Stand Up and I Shot The Sheriff, a subtle critique of global police brutality — America grew to love the genre’s feel and insights.

Bob Marley’s kind of reggae music is called Roots Rock Reggae, the original reggae music from its roots. After his   death, his children have been some of the most active artistes in continuing roots reggae’s simultaneously joyful and politicised sound. His sons released a new compilation Set Up Shop Vol. 2 through their record label Ghetto Youths International featuring music from the brothers and the label’s other acts.

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Six-string Savoury

May 24th, 2015

He has played guitar for some of reggae’s finest on some of the biggest stages locally and internationally. Behind the ‘cool’ demeanour of his trademark sunglasses, Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory is a committed musician. He remembers the first time his soul was stirred by the instrument. It was the riffs of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song which caught the ears of an eight-year-old Savory, and he was hooked. “Just seeing the guitar in the video did it for me. It just looked like one of the best things ever.

Living in St Mary at the time, I made my own from a sardine tin and elastic bands until one day I left it in a place where I should not and my grandfather threw it away.” The loss of his ‘guitar’ was a temporary hurdle as by the time he hit high school in the Corporate Area — Camperdown — he was reunited with the instrument.

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Listen to Stephen Marley ‘Ghetto Boy’

May 11th, 2015

There is perhaps no better way to honor Bob Marley’s life today, the 34th anniversary of his death, than through new music from his son Stephen “Ragga” Marley that tackles the same issues of race and poverty and violence that have made Bob Marley such a unique and timeless artist.

“I think we need to open up the conversation more,” Stephen Marley tells Esquire.

“Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle.

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Revival brings Jamaican reggae star Triston Palma to O.B.

May 11th, 2015

“Triston Palma has been doing this for about forty years, he was recording reggae hits as a teen and is a longtime favorite of the guys in the band,” says Revival bassist Luis Medina of their occasional Jamaica-based collaborator. “He comes to San Diego about every two years and always packs the place.”

Palma and the band first crossed paths in 2012 when Revival opened his shows at Worldbeat Center and elsewhere.

After pairing the following year for area Tribute to the Legends bills, “At this point, Triston would call us directly and ask us to get ready, and it continued this way…Triston really enjoyed our enthusiasm for playing his music. Really, what we did was make it our own. It shows on our live performances. There’s a great energy that he likes…he only likes playing with us when he comes to this part of the world.”

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Satsang & Steel Pulse: Rocky Mtn Reggae Fever

April 30th, 2015

When a legendary reggae band tours with the hottest new reggae act on the touring circuit the result is a sweaty dance party with a lot of chucking going on. After touring for 40 years, Steel Pulse knows how to do it, and they also know how to seek out other talented musicians because Satsang was coming in hot. After an amazing Hawaii tour with many of their musical idols like Trevor Hall and Tubby Love and cleaning up at the Montana Music Awards, this duo has been turning heads ever since they started playing together about only a year ago.

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Myanmar’s reggae king promotes peace and human rights

April 30th, 2015

But who, now, in Yangon, remembers Jamaica’s Bob Marley?Saw Poe Kwar, that’s who.The long, twisted dreadlocks must be uncomfortable in this heat, but the heat seems not to trouble him.“If Myanmar people know me, it may be because I sing of peace. But what about my music?” he asked in a recent interview.

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Vegas shares ‘Euphoria’ with Pitbull

March 29th, 2015

Dancehall artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam.The single is from Vegas’ Euphoria album which was released last year."We wanted it to be a happy song and we needed an artiste to take us to another level, so we sent a copy of the track to Pitbull’s team and they instantly jumped on the remix.

He recorded his part and sent back to us in Jamaica and we did the rest," Vegas told Splash.

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Woman is boss

February 15th, 2015

“Women are doing very well in calypso,” says former monarch, Karene Asche, acknowledging strides women have made in the traditionally male-dominated artform.

“The men ‘fraid we bad. They don’t always show it but you hear the little whispers,” she adds with a laugh.

Outside of social and political commentaries, Asche says female calypsonians are also competently depicting their messages through dress code and stage presentations. Asche, 29, is among four women appearing among the cast of 12 in tonight’s finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition at the Dimanche Gras show, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

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‘Reggae on the up’

February 12th, 2015

Singer Tony Anthony has been a fixture on the Canadian reggae scene for over 20 years. He is an elder statesman in a market that lacks sustained careers.

The St Catherine-born Anthony has lived in Toronto since 1992. He has earned a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) nomination and won Reggae Vocalist of the Year in his adopted country four times.

Last week, he told the Jamaica Observer that though there are still some glitches, Canadian reggae is on the up.

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Jo Mersa Marley: Talking with Bob Marley’s grandson in advance of 9 Mile Music Festival – SouthFlorida.com

February 12th, 2015

Not unlike his grandfather Bob Marley and father, Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa Marley’s music revolves around positive vibes, or what he likes to refer to as "conscious music."The 23-year-old started performing and touring with his father when he was about 3 or 4. Now a solo artist, Mersa Marley will perform his original reggae-pop songs, as heard on the 2014 EP “Comfortable” Saturday, Feb. 14, during the 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami. The 22nd annual reggae event’s lineup also includes his father, uncles Damian and Julian Marley, Capleton, Tanya Stephens and Future Prezidents. On Sunday, Mersa Marley also will perform at the Get Together, a more intimate concert taking place at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami and featuring his dad and Kabaka Pyramid, a producer and singer from Kingston, Jamaica.

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