Honouring LKJ

August 19th, 2014

IN 1970s Britain, the sounds of Marley, Burning Spear and Linton Kwesi Johnson were the soundtrack for militant black youth protesting racism in that country.

On October 20, Johnson will receive the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.

The OD, Jamaica’s fifth highest civic honour, will be awarded during the annual National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House.

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Artists gather for benefit to aid local reggae legend Ras Jahn

August 19th, 2014

Bob Marley sang about “One Love” and if there is one love today it’s Ras Jahn Bullock: More than a dozen acts and DJs will show their love for the local reggae legend today during a benefit at The Os in in Sunderland.Bullock, of both Loose Caboose and The Alchemystics, was injured in an accident outside his home last winter.

Today’s show will raise money to help him pay his medical bills.An icon in the regional music scenes for five decades, Bullock and Loose Caboose brought many top reggae artists to the area back in the 1970s and 1980s. The band was formed in Wendell in the early 1970s. In 1977, Bullock joined on percussion and backing vocals, and soon began writing, eventually becoming the front man of Loose Caboose.

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To the world – Taking music of the region mainstream

August 10th, 2014

When Jesse Serwer was a beat reporter, he covered the reggae/Caribbean scene for mainstream publications such as Rolling Stone and The Fader.But, he never thought entertainers and events from the region got their just due.

As editor/writer for the website LargeUp.com, Serwer, founder/publisher Dave Susser and chief photographer Denmark-born Martei Korley have sought to correct that imbalance by focusing solely on Caribbean entertainment.

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Sell off! – Sumfest’s dancehall night brings out thousands

July 20th, 2014

Well over 25,000 patrons poured into the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay for Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night on Thursday night.

Traditionally, the annual event enjoys huge support from fans who make the journey to see their favourite dancehall stars in action.

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Bunny Wailer: reggae warrior

July 20th, 2014

There are certain things which get Bunny Wailer very angry, but we’ll come to them in a bit. Let’s start with the history lesson, one the man himself brandishes with great and warranted pride.

Neville O’Riley Livingston is the last of the original tribe of men and women that emerged in Kingston in the early 1960s as The Wailers who is still making music. The others are either dead (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Cherry Smith) or are seemingly retired (Beverley Kelso), but Wailer continues to preach the gospel.

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Hearing Aide: Ziggy Marley’s ‘Fly Rasta’

June 8th, 2014

Ziggy Marley’s new musical offering Fly Rasta combines many of the essential elements that make up Ziggy Marley as a Rastafarian, music artist, and the son of a legend. The multifaceted  record reaches to the ends of the musical spectrum, touching on pop, roots, reggae, funk and soul. Marley easily navigates through numerous genres and influences, referring to his sonic hybrid appropriately as ‘Ziggy’ music. Now past the age reached by his famous father, Ziggy’s discography has now arrived at its natural maturity, taking on all aspects of Marley’s philanthropist pursuits in its content and context.

The album expresses the basic tenants of Rastafarianism, love, respect, hopefulness and nature through childlike expressionism uncluttered by pretense or unneeded obscure lyrical references. There is a consistency of focus on the record that is retained regardless of the thematic or genre excursions undertaken.

via Hearing Aide: Ziggy Marley’s ‘Fly Rasta’.

Mad for reggae in Samba land

June 8th, 2014

Jamaican music has resonated with Brazilians for nearly 50 years, starting with Jimmy Cliff’s song Waterfall in 1968.Waterfall won the International Song Contest that year. It was so popular in Brazil that Cliff moved to the Samba-mad country the following year.

Cliff remains the biggest reggae act in Brazil. Bob Marley, who visited in early 1980 with Jacob Miller; Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Eric Donaldson, The Gladiators and The Congos, all have a strong base there.

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Reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry is cosmic. And now likes BitTorrent

May 18th, 2014

Reggae luminary and cosmic traveller Lee Scratch Perry is embracing BitTorrent technology at 78 years of age.

Perry has worked with nearly every reggae legend as a producer, writer, and composer spanning a 50-plus year career — he was one of the first to produce Bob Marley in the early 1970s in Jamaica — and now he’s released his first song on BitTorrent, a new track called “Jesus is a Soul Man.” It marks a seismic shift for the singer.

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AIDONIA: Doing it for the ladies

May 9th, 2014

It has been nine years since Aidonia first made headlines in the dancehall with gun-toting songs like Bad People, Fraid A We and From Dem Dis.

But two years ago, the deejay changed his tune and, according to him, turned his attention to the ladies. That change of sound has resulted in well-received songs such as Six Thirty, Tan Tuddy, Fi Di Jockey and Bruki.

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Ali Campbell ‘flying the flag for reggae’ with reformed UB40

May 9th, 2014

Ali Campbell insists he is delighted to be reunited with Astro and recording and performing again under the UB40 name ”flying the flag for reggae again”.Ali Campbell is thrilled to be reunited with original UB40 member Astro and ”flying the flag for reggae again”.

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