Stephen Marley: Reggae rebel

July 19th, 2016

DON’T SAY that Stephen Marley isn’t versatile. With his new album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, boasting collaborations with acts including reggae star Shaggy, hip-hop hero Black Thought and Australian rapstress Iggy Azalea, it’s clear that Bob Marley’s second son knows how to mix and blend musical styles.

“We had a concept,” Stephen says of his latest offering. “This album is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was [the 2011 album] Revelation Part 1: The Root Of Life. And this is Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life.

“The plan this time was to cross-pollinate other genres with reggae music, in order to produce a colourful album. So there’s a little jazz, a little hip-hop, a little dance – it’s like a fruit basket. You know, you can have grapes today, you can have an orange tomorrow, you can have a mango on Sunday – and so on!”

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Aidonia upbeat about upcoming US show

July 19th, 2016

Dancehall act Aidonia is upbeat ahead of his July 23 gig at the Amazura Night Club in Queens, New York City. The event dubbed The Return, will see the deejay doing his first concert on the North American continent in more than six years.

He recently returned to the island after a two-week promotional blitz along the US East Coast with stops in New Jersey and the New York Tri-State Area.

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Badda Skat on Reggae Music and the Power of Positive Intentions

April 7th, 2016

"I first heard reggae music while I was on vacation with my family down in the Florida Keys," says Badda Skat. "I was probably 9 years old or so at the time. I remember it fully captivating me, and I had to learn more… Once I heard the word ‘Rastafari’ in a Bob Marley song, that’s when it truly took me over and became my life. Reggae music and I were destined to be connected. Reggae chose me."

Badda, a white dude from Tampa born Aaron Ugosmith, is no gimmick. He breathes and lives reggae with the conviction of a religious zealot. Emerging from the underground and internet dancehall communities of the early 2000s into Tampa’s music scene at large, Badda has been diligent in his pursuit of craft.

via Badda Skat on Reggae Music and the Power of Positive Intentions.

UK-born reggae dancehall singer in Gambia

March 7th, 2016

Kingman, a UK-born reggae dancehall singer and songwriter, has arrived in The Gambia to promote his second album “Long Live Kingman 2016” comprising thirteen tracks.

In this latest album, Kingman featured a Gambian upcoming artiste called Bas in a song entitled “Party Vibes”, produced by Ghetto Boy Music in Gambia

He will play in concerts and collaborate with Gambian artistes. Some of his popular songs in the album are “Make It”, “Love You”, “Pay the man”, “Relationship”


via UK-born reggae dancehall singer in Gambia.

Warner’s ADA inks global deal with reggae label VP Records

March 7th, 2016

WMG’s independent distribution division, ADA, has expanded its partnership with reggae label VP Records.

Their deal, first signed in 2009, now includes physical distribution in the U.S. and Canada, and worldwide digital distribution.

Previous successful releases from VP include records from Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Mavado (pictured) and the Reggae Gold compilation series.

via Warner’s ADA inks global deal with reggae label VP Records.

Lady Saw pens open letter, asks Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond for forgiveness

December 22nd, 2015

Though a week has not yet elapsed since Lady Saw got baptised, the former queen of the dancehall is wasting no time where "getting it right with God and man" is concerned.


In an open letter, Lady Saw bears it all, answering questions that well-wishers and critics have thrown at her since she gave her life to the Lord on Monday, December 14.


“Some people are making negative arguments that I did it to steal the limelight of dancehall artiste J Capri, whose funeral was held on Monday,” Saw’s letter stated.

via Lady Saw pens open letter, asks Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond for forgiveness | Entertainment | Jamaica Star.

Miss Jamaica Is The First Dreaded Woman To Appear On Miss World

December 22nd, 2015

In case you missed it, a dreadlocked beauty queen competed in the Miss World competition.

Dr. Sanneta Myrie, who was born to a single mother in Kingston, Jamaica, was midway through medical school when she decided to enter the beauty pageant.

“I have always wanted to be a doctor and help people, but who wouldn’t want to be the brand ambassador for Jamaica?” she told Femde, adding that she gave up her internship to pursue this other dream. “But I have the rest of my life to do medicine, so I am just exploring all that life has to offer now.”

via Miss Jamaica Is The First Dreaded Woman To Appear On Miss World.

In her skin: Kamila McDonald-Alcock

December 22nd, 2015

This is part two of a feature In Her Skin, which will have Jamaican women sharing their philosophies on beauty, and revealing some of their own beauty secrets and practices. Here is Kamila McDonald-Alcock.

“EXCUSE me, excuse me! Are you that lady?”

As we got up to leave our table at Grosvenor Cafe´ in Kingston on a Thursday morning, an eager voice from behind called after us. The manager of the quaint establishment rushed towards us to satisfy his own curiosity, as well as that of his staff, after our hour-long interview. My interviewee simply answered a confident, ‘Yes’.

via In her skin: Kamila McDonald-Alcock .

Dmedz marches on with Rebel Soldier

September 20th, 2015

WITH his latest song, Rebel Soldier, singjay Dmedz continues the positive theme of Empower, his EP, which was launched last December.

Rebel Soldier is the follow-up to Champion, a song the 28-year-old artiste pushed relentlessly for most of this year.

“Rebel Soldier is reminding us that as black people we have to be proud of our culture an’ heritage. We use to be kings, rulers of empires,” said Dmedz.

via Dmedz marches on with Rebel Soldier.

Wowed by wild Jamaica

September 13th, 2015

We grip the sides of the rickety fishing boat as it slams against the crests of the Caribbean waves. My husband and I try to ignore the fact that we are not wearing life jackets.The dreadlocked boatman is perched perilously at the bow. This is a feat, given that the ride is bumpier than Jamaica’s potholed roads.He notices our apprehension. Pointing vaguely into the distance, he says breezily: “Twenty more minutes, mon.”

Just as we begin to seriously worry, we spot a wooden hut in the sea and we climb up a ladder onto the main circular platform.

via Wowed by wild Jamaica, Travel News & Top Stories.