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.

via Badda Skat on Reggae Music and the Power of Positive Intentions.

Aidonia to make another donation

April 7th, 2016

Dancehall deejay Aidonia will be making a second instalment in his One Voice Foundation and Sheldon Lawrence Scholarship programmes to his alma mater, Maxfield Park Primary School in Kingston, on Friday.The initiative, worth almost $300,000, will be awarded to five grade-six students.

The top student — who exemplifies good behaviour and attitude; maintains the highest grades; makes overall progress throughout their primary school tenure and passes their GSAT Examinations — will receive an annual grant of $200,000 for high school. The remaining four will each receive a $20,000 book voucher annually, to offset high school expenses.

via Aidonia to make another donation.

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”


via UK-born reggae dancehall singer in Gambia.

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.

via Warner’s ADA inks global deal with reggae label VP Records.

Lady Saw pens open letter, asks Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond for forgiveness

December 22nd, 2015

Though a week has not yet elapsed since Lady Saw got baptised, the former queen of the dancehall is wasting no time where "getting it right with God and man" is concerned.


In an open letter, Lady Saw bears it all, answering questions that well-wishers and critics have thrown at her since she gave her life to the Lord on Monday, December 14.


“Some people are making negative arguments that I did it to steal the limelight of dancehall artiste J Capri, whose funeral was held on Monday,” Saw’s letter stated.

via Lady Saw pens open letter, asks Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond for forgiveness | Entertainment | Jamaica Star.

Miss Jamaica Is The First Dreaded Woman To Appear On Miss World

December 22nd, 2015

In case you missed it, a dreadlocked beauty queen competed in the Miss World competition.

Dr. Sanneta Myrie, who was born to a single mother in Kingston, Jamaica, was midway through medical school when she decided to enter the beauty pageant.

“I have always wanted to be a doctor and help people, but who wouldn’t want to be the brand ambassador for Jamaica?” she told Femde, adding that she gave up her internship to pursue this other dream. “But I have the rest of my life to do medicine, so I am just exploring all that life has to offer now.”

via Miss Jamaica Is The First Dreaded Woman To Appear On Miss World.

In her skin: Kamila McDonald-Alcock

December 22nd, 2015

This is part two of a feature In Her Skin, which will have Jamaican women sharing their philosophies on beauty, and revealing some of their own beauty secrets and practices. Here is Kamila McDonald-Alcock.

“EXCUSE me, excuse me! Are you that lady?”

As we got up to leave our table at Grosvenor Cafe´ in Kingston on a Thursday morning, an eager voice from behind called after us. The manager of the quaint establishment rushed towards us to satisfy his own curiosity, as well as that of his staff, after our hour-long interview. My interviewee simply answered a confident, ‘Yes’.

via In her skin: Kamila McDonald-Alcock .

Dmedz marches on with Rebel Soldier

September 20th, 2015

WITH his latest song, Rebel Soldier, singjay Dmedz continues the positive theme of Empower, his EP, which was launched last December.

Rebel Soldier is the follow-up to Champion, a song the 28-year-old artiste pushed relentlessly for most of this year.

“Rebel Soldier is reminding us that as black people we have to be proud of our culture an’ heritage. We use to be kings, rulers of empires,” said Dmedz.

via Dmedz marches on with Rebel Soldier.

Wowed by wild Jamaica

September 13th, 2015

We grip the sides of the rickety fishing boat as it slams against the crests of the Caribbean waves. My husband and I try to ignore the fact that we are not wearing life jackets.The dreadlocked boatman is perched perilously at the bow. This is a feat, given that the ride is bumpier than Jamaica’s potholed roads.He notices our apprehension. Pointing vaguely into the distance, he says breezily: “Twenty more minutes, mon.”

Just as we begin to seriously worry, we spot a wooden hut in the sea and we climb up a ladder onto the main circular platform.

via Wowed by wild Jamaica, Travel News & Top Stories.

Jah Cure: ‘I only want the best because I’ve seen the worst’

August 10th, 2015

MUCH HAS been written in recent years about the state of reggae music. A combination of poor sales, the closure of specialist record shops, and young producers shifting away from traditional reggae sounds has led many writers (myself included) to question whether the beloved genre has suffered a decline.

If indeed reggae is dying, Jah Cure has delivered The Cure.

The new album from the reggae star debuted at number one on the US Billboard Reggae Albums Chart; was hailed a “certified classic” by The Washington Times; and was billed by iTunes as a collection of songs that will “change the course of reggae.”

via Jah Cure: 'I only want the best because I've seen the worst' | The Voice Online.