Jamaica Now Requires a COVID-19 Test Taken Within 72 Hours for Travelers

March 8th, 2021

After a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Jamaica is tightening its testing restrictions for visitors.

Starting March 10, anyone arriving in Jamaica will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of their arrival. Previously, tests were accepted from up to 10 days before. The order applies to all travelers aged 12 or older.

Travelers can use Jamaica’s Online Test Calculator to determine when they should take their tests before their trip. Jamaica will only accept PCR, NAA, RNA or antigen tests for entry.

via Jamaica Now Requires a COVID-19 Test Taken Within 72 Hours for Travelers | Travel + Leisure.

Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder

March 8th, 2021

Neville O’Riley Livingston, the Jamaican vocalist better known as Bunny Wailer, died on March 2 at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, at age 73. A founding member of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Wailer went on to become a reggae icon in his own right. Wailer traveled and performed sporadically, each appearance a regal occasion befitting a seldom seen reggae monarch.

Through the release of the albums Catch a Fire and Burnin’ on Island Records, The Wailers brought roots reggae, their Afro-centric Rastafari way of life (much maligned in Jamaica at the time of their emergence) and their dreadlocked hair, a covenant of that way of life, onto the international stage.

via Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder : NPR.

U-Roy obituary

March 5th, 2021

Of the many innovations Jamaican music has offered to the world over the past 50 years, the lyrical art of “toasting” has had perhaps the most profound and long-lasting impact. A stylised, poetical form of chatting and scatting, it was brought to prominence in the early 1970s by the reggae deejay U-Roy, who has died aged 78, and has fed into many musical forms, from hip-hop to grime.

U-Roy – whose real name was Ewart Beckford – did not actually invent toasting: that distinction is usually given to his fellow deejay Count Machuki, who began talking over songs at Jamaican sound system dances in the late 50s. But it was U-Roy who took it on by leaps and bounds, and it was he who successfully brought it into the recording studio, popularising the artform first in Jamaica and then around the globe.

via U-Roy obituary.

Beres Hammond to embrace fans with Love From a Distance – Live set to close Reggae Month

March 4th, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic instituting a new normal defined by physical distancing, reggae legend Beres Hammond will put his own spin on six-feet-apart protocols when he gets up close and personal with Love From a Distance.

On Sunday night, February 28, the world renowned vocalist and his band will take the stage for an exclusive virtual concert to bring the curtains down on Reggae Month 2021.

The concert is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EST and will be streamed live via several platforms, including Hammond’s Facebook page, the VP Records YouTube page and Reggae Month social media accounts.

via Beres Hammond to embrace fans with Love From a Distance – Live set to close Reggae Month.

U-Roy: the singularly musical toaster was a vital part of reggae’s bloodline

March 4th, 2021

For as long as there have been soundsystems, there have been DJs toasting them. Known as “the originator”, U-Roy was far from the first, but nobody had made a significant impact outside Jamaica before him. In 1970, his album Version Galore landed in London courtesy of Trojan Records. We’d never heard anything like it. There had been soundsystem men bigging up their dances and selections in an ad-libbed, often intrusive manner, but nothing that took what was essentially talking over records seriously enough to create its own uniquely rhythmic art form.

While the mixing and Duke Reid’s masterful studio technique provided the perfect environment for toasting on such rocksteady classics as The Tide Is High, Tom Drunk and Everybody Bawling, it was U-Roy’s light touch, musical nous and general sense of celebration that made these tracks so special.

via U-Roy: the singularly musical toaster was a vital part of reggae's bloodline.

Peter Tosh Master Tape Rediscovered in ‘Studio 17′ Doc Clip

March 4th, 2021

A lost Peter Tosh master recording is unearthed in this clip from Studio 17 – The Lost Reggae Tapes, a 2019 documentary about the Jamaica’s legendary Randy’s Records studio.

“Formed by a Chinese-Jamaican couple in the early ‘60s in Kingston, Jamaica, Randy’s Records started as a used record store, then grew to house a reggae recording studio in the upstairs part of the building,” the film’s synopsis states.

via Peter Tosh Master Tape Rediscovered in 'Studio 17' Doc Clip – Rolling Stone.

Spoiler ‘a genius of the absurd’

February 16th, 2021

Calypso historian and ethnomusicologist Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool describes Theophilus “Spoiler” Philip as the epitome of humour.”

Humorous calypsoes existed before Spoiler, but Spoiler is credited with making it part of the calypso tent when picong and calypso wars served as the most common form of humour.

Spoiler entered calypso in 1946 and he could hold his own with the two most popular calypsonians of the era, Killer and Kitchener. His peculiar sense of humour, and tag line of “Ah wanna fall” defined Spoiler.

via Spoiler ‘a genius of the absurd’.

Watch: Reggae’s Glory Days Are Revisited In Must-See Documentary

February 16th, 2021

Here’s one more reason to love Black History Month: It coincides with Reggae Month, a global celebration of the music and culture deemed an “an intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.In 2008, Jamaica declared February as a monthlong recognition of the genre its country created and cultivated; as well as acknowledge the birthdays of two of their legends: Dennis Brown, who’s known as the “Crown Prince of Reggae,” on February 1, and Bob Marley, the “King of Reggae,” on February 6.

via Watch: Reggae's Glory Days Are Revisited In Must-See Documentary.

A testament to unity, SC Public Radio is expanding long-running ‘Roots Musik Karamu’

December 28th, 2020

In this so-deemed dark winter, finding a patch of positivity may at best feel daunting and other at times seem like an exercise in futility.

That’s where Osei Chandler comes in. Since 1979, the host of South Carolina Public Radio’s “Roots Musik Karamu” has been taking to the airwaves to remind us not to worry about a thing.

On Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to midnight, Chandler infuses the state’s airwaves with rhythmic uplift, from the chilled-out bliss of reggae legend Bob Marley and the Wailers, to the heartwarming harmonies of the Zulu choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to the soothing syntho-pop of French artist Wally Badarou.

via A testament to unity, SC Public Radio is expanding long-running 'Roots Musik Karamu'.

Sly Dunbar loved his ‘Christmas’ suit

December 28th, 2020

As a child, the festive season for celebrated drummer Sly Dunbar was really the happiest time of the year. I

t meant going shopping for new shoes and buying cloth to take to the tailor to make a brand new ‘Christmas’ suit. Then, come Christmas morning, he would be dressed to the nines and his mother would give him money to attend the Christmas morning concert at the cinema.

via Sly Dunbar loved his ‘Christmas’ suit.