5 Songs You Need to Hear by Rising Reggae Star Kabaka Pyramid – The Root

July 28th, 2015

The young lion from Kingston held his own, exhibiting star quality as well as proving that people were ready for his music. Couple that with recent moves—including an appearance this year at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; his U.S. tour with a stop at New York City’s SOB’s; and an impressive European touring schedule—and there’s no question that Kabaka Pyramid is gunning for international stardom.     

Kabaka, born Keron Salmon, began his musical journey around 2002. A fan of hip-hop, he would recite rap lyrics from the Kingston-born Canibus and Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan fame. He continued performing hip-hop when he moved to Orlando, Fla., finding some encouraging success by landing a track, “Dear Hip-Hop,” as Ronny Pyramid with fellow rapper Young Diction on the DJ Green Lantern mixtape Myspace Invasion Part 2 in 2007.

via 5 Songs You Need to Hear by Rising Reggae Star Kabaka Pyramid.

Jamaica’s new copyright means Jamaicans pay for reggae the rest of the world gets free

July 28th, 2015

Jamaica now has the third-longest copyright term in the world, and the term extension has been imposed retrospectively, all the way back to works created in 1962, the year ska burst on the public scene.The new term only binds on Jamaicans, meaning that the currently public domain Jamaican works that are going back into copyright will be free for foreigners long before they’re free for Jamaicans again, a situation that will apply to all Jamaican works produced from 1962 onward.

“what will happen is that we will, in fact, be paying out to foreign copyright holders in foreign exchange for the continued use of foreign works in Jamaica, while our own rights holders will only benefit up to the 50, 70 or 80 years that exist in other countries”. So all that this measure has accomplished is that citizens of Jamaica, a developing country, will be paying more money into Hollywood’s coffers, while Jamaica’s own rich cultural heritage draws in not a penny more in return. Yay?

via Jamaica’s new copyright means Jamaicans pay for reggae the rest of the world gets free.

Hyde behind the camera

July 12th, 2015

MUSIC video director and film producer Jerome Hyde has 10 years of experience under his belt. He has worked on major Hollywood films and television shows as well as videos for hip hop and reggae acts.

Currently in Kingston for the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, the 30-year-old Washington DC native wants to learn more about the latest production trends, as well as share some of his knowledge and experience.

“My main reason for attending the Jamaica Film Festival is to learn from it. Although I have 10 years experience, I’m never too old to learn. So going to the festival, I wanted to see what’s there to offer and what I can offer,” he said.

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Mystic Dub spreads reggae’s positive sounds

July 12th, 2015

Reaiah True, born in Jordan, grew up to crisscross the U.S., living in New York, California, Texas, Maryland and Maine before settling outside Grand Haven.The singer and guitarist was reared on classical music, folk, soul and jazz, and has worked in musical theater, toured with rock legend Neil Young as a dancer in his “Greendale” production and appeared in several under-the-radar movies, including 2009’s “Modus Operandi” with actor Danny Trejo.

But True has flourished amid this cornucopia of experiences and found her voice as a reggae musician in the group Mystic Dub. The band, including her husband and bandmate, drummer Juan John Carlos, is celebrating its 10th year of making music in Michigan, aka “Decade of Dub.”

via Mystic Dub spreads reggae's positive sounds – Traverse City Record-Eagle: Local News.

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

via Listening Local: Local Promoters Bring Reggae To Cape Cod.

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.

via Mavado’s sis Joey Brooks finds Serenity.

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.

via Spice up your beach break in Jamaica.

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.

via More Marley revelations.

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.

via 34 Years After : Has Reggae Music Fared Well?.

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.

via Six-string Savoury.