A rare local show from Seattle’s resident reggae pioneer Winston “Flames” Jarrett

August 18th, 2016

While Jamaican track and fields athletes have been racking up gold medals at the Summer Olympics, on Thursday, Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park will play host to Jamaican music legend Winston “Flames” Jarrett.

The concert is part of the Seattle Art Museum’s free Summer At Sam concert series.

Still singing at age 75, Jarrett was a pioneer in the 1960s rocksteady and ska scenes in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. As a member of The Flames, he played in the backing band led by hitmaker Alton Ellis, famous for songs like “Girl I’ve Got a Date,” “Cry Tough,” and “Rock Steady.” Those styles ultimately gave birth to reggae music

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The rise of Future Fambo

August 6th, 2016

Deejay Future Fambo earns a career milestone this week. He has made the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with Evolve: The Uprise.

Distributed by Blaze Entertainment/Tropical Elec-tronic Productions, it debuts at number two behind Revelation Pt II: The Fruit Of Life.

Fambo (real name Warren Williams), who is in his early 40s, has made a name for himself since 1994. He is not surprised at response to the album.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m surprised, because my team and I have put in so much work over the last year and a half to bring everyone an album I would be proud of,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

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Reggae’s royal return

August 6th, 2016

A LIVE show from Julian ‘Ju Ju Royal’ Marley is something special. Currently on an extensive tour, the schedule he has undertaken across the globe has helped him master his craft and contributed to him becoming a seasoned performer.

Surprisingly though, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley has never embarked on a UK tour.“Everything happens at the right time”, says Julian, who was born in London in 1975.“I have played in the UK before but not as a full tour, so I’m excited to play for the people, and want them to come out and hear what we have been doing around the world.”

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Jamaican reggae musician brings first Kemetic yoga to Vancouver

July 26th, 2016

Just when you thought Vancouver had all the yoga it could handle, an entirely new form of the practice is set to hit the mat here.

Jamaican certified yoga instructor and dub musician Jah9 — born Janine Cunningham — will offer live music and the “African-inspired” practice known as Kemetic yoga on Tuesday and Wednesday at Fortune Sound Club.

Bridging the Rastafarian spirituality of Jamaica with yoga philosophy, however, isn’t as much of stretch as you might imagine, said Sound Salutations founder Danielle Hoogenboom, who is organizing the visit.

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How Music Works: Ireland’s reggae sound system culture rumbles on

July 26th, 2016

Though it is dismissed by many as a curio of music, reggae, if it is considered beyond its mainstream Bob Marley reputation, was one of the first genres of music to put the DJs and producers of music at the forefront of the culture. Born out of ska and rocksteady, reggae became Jamaica’s main cultural export to the world.

Giant sound systems in Jamaica quaked with huge rhythms that were felt by the body before the ears, an MC would “toast” over the top (they were also confusingly called the deejay back then) and acetates (a quickly degrading vinyl record with limited shelflife) were the preferred method of playback. Dub and versions. Sound systems would battle against each other in sound clashes.

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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.

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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”


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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.

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