Listening Local: Local Promoters Bring Reggae To Cape Cod

June 22nd, 2015

“The traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc., that are part of the history of a group or nation” is how heritage is defined, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Music plays a strong role transferring these intangibles from one generation to the next. International reggae group Morgan Heritage carries tradition not only in their melodies and rhythms but in their very bloodline. They will showcase that rich musical heritage on Friday, June 26, here on the Cape at Pufferbellies nightclub in Hyannis.

The five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan formed Morgan Heritage in 1994. Since then they have cemented themselves as a premier live reggae act, traveling around the world and releasing critically acclaimed albums

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Mavado’s sis Joey Brooks finds Serenity

June 22nd, 2015

Joey Brooks is enjoying some traction with her latest song, Serenity, a duet with her Live MB Music Productions label-mate Jay Prince.

The 28-year-old singer is not surprised that the single is doing well.

“We have great chemistry together, and the response to the song has been excellent. It’s been great,” she said.

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Spice up your beach break in Jamaica

June 11th, 2015

Levi Roots is handing me a spoon bubbling with hot, coconutty liquid. The musician-turned-chef is holding court at a cooking demonstration in the Jamaican sunshine and what he’s making smells amazing.

I was first to volunteer to taste his creation, and as I slurp up the contents of the spoon I’m delighted I put my hand up. “That’s stupidly good!” I exclaim involuntarily. Levi laughs. Since that TV appearance on Dragons’ Den he has launched his now-multi-million-pound Reggae Reggae Sauce empire and published seven cookbooks.

It is perhaps down to him that Caribbean cooking is now so popular across Britain and the dividends of his success are evident in his happy demeanour and the startling amount of bling he wears. Of course he knows his food is stupidly good.

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More Marley revelations

June 11th, 2015

Revelation Part 11: The Fruit of Life, the fourth studio album from Stephen Marley, is expected to be out in August.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Marley said its theme is similar to his previous set, Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, which was released in 2011.That effort earned him a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012.

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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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