A taste of island living with a trip to Jamaica

December 4th, 2016

There aren’t very many tourists on my flight from New York to ­Kingston – it’s mostly ­Jamaicans going home. The tourists usually favour the trip to ­Montego Bay, from where they’re immediately shuttled into carefully cloistered resorts and served a jolly medley of reggae and other clichés of island life along with the necessary TVs, ATMs, fast-food chains, souvenir shops and multiple pools. Many travellers who visit Jamaica attend a “destination” wedding or a retreat; many never venture outside such compounds.

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In Her Own Words: Esther Anderson Artist/Filmmaker/Photographer

December 4th, 2016

During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. My collaboration with Bob is the crystallisation of two young rebel souls into one through total art: love, music, photography, cinema, architecture, Ethiopianism and political resistance.

We were both radical and uncompromising. Our best creation was our commitment to helping spread reggae music and the Rastafarian message of peace and love to the world. Marley is to me one of the recipients of Jamaican social history, like Paul Bogle and Marcus Garvey. Bob and the Wailers were able to synthesise the struggle of the sufferers in Jamaica.

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Harambe for Rita

November 23rd, 2016

ZIGGY Marley, eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, said his mother is recuperating in Florida. He spoke exclusively with the Jamaica Observer last weekend.

“If is one thing I know, my mother is a strong, strong woman. She is doing much, much better and is in Florida with (my sister) Cedella and other family members,” he said.

A former member of the sibling group the Melody Makers, Cedella Marley is CEO of the family-owned Tuff Gong International.

In September, there were reports that the 71-year-old Rita suffered another stroke and was admitted to a Miami hospital.

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Craigy T and Tarrus do One More Song

November 16th, 2016

The single, One More Song, happened rather serendipitously after Riley overheard the early vocal tracks, which had been laid down by Craigy T, and decided he had to be part of that project. It is produced by Jordan McClure.

“Me, Tarrus, and my artiste Kenny Smith were in the studio one day vibing some of my tracks, and the song just came out of that creative energy. It was completely organic. Then we recorded the song at Chimney Records studios with Jordan. So imagine three musically mad people in one place!” Craigy T told the Jamaica Observer.

A former member of dancehall quartet T.O.K, Craigy T notes the reaction from the public has been nothing short of exciting, and he sees One More Song as that track which will start the ball a rolling for his solo career.

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Forever loving Jamaica: Travel Weekly

November 16th, 2016

Artist, photographer, film director, musician. Lee Jaffe has comfortably inhabited all these roles in many parts of the world, but his attachment to Jamaica, where he was, for a period, a member of Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, led him back to the island more than 200 times over the past 40 years. His photography of Jamaica and recommendations of what to see and do provide an unusual insider’s guide to the island in the latest installment of Travel Weekly’s Masters Series.

In 1972, before reggae music became the soundtrack for every Caribbean vacation and when few people outside of Jamaica recognized the name Bob Marley, a 22-year-old American multimedia artist, photographer, musician and film director named Lee Jaffe arrived in London, hoping to persuade expatriate Jamaican actress Esther Anderson to be in a film he wanted to make in Chile.

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Roots, Reggae, Rebellion review – get up, stand up, for the music that changed the world

November 16th, 2016

As news dawned that the US had installed a white supremacist in the White House, some found consolation in the idea that his presidency might at least make for some excellent music in response. Was this a desperate grasp for a silver lining? Or was it, as some people suggested, a tasteless opinion which trivialised the very real pain and suffering that now seems likely for many? After all, who cares about pop music when minorities are being persecuted and abortion rights rescinded?

via Roots, Reggae, Rebellion review – get up, stand up, for the music that changed the world.

Popular Jamaican reggae artiste has visa cancelled after carrying marijuana infused fluid on flight

August 31st, 2016

Luciano’s United States visa was cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend.

The artiste, who was scheduled to perform on the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, took to social media to advise promoters and fans of the development.

“I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched.

During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests it was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US.

via CARIBBEAN: Popular Jamaican reggae artiste has visa cancelled after carrying marijuana infused fluid on flight.

Soca Queen Destra Garcia Is Ready To Shake Up Pop

August 31st, 2016

Soca imbues the listener with a sense of freedom and puckish abandon, but for those that make a living off it, the genre’s never-ending fête can sometimes be creatively limiting. The annual carnival in Trinidad, and the tour of international carnivals that follow through the rest of the year, require a steady stream of reliable hits from soca artists: formulaic songs that are full of countdowns to jump, crescendos to let your waistline loose, and sing-songy choruses perfect for chanting whilst drunk on rum.

Destra Garcia is one in a handful of Trinidadian soca singers who have successfully claimed their spot in an industry dominated by men, but the constraints of the genre have grown frustrating.

via Soca Queen Destra Garcia Is Ready To Shake Up Pop.

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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