Vegas shares ‘Euphoria’ with Pitbull

March 29th, 2015

Dancehall artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam.The single is from Vegas’ Euphoria album which was released last year."We wanted it to be a happy song and we needed an artiste to take us to another level, so we sent a copy of the track to Pitbull’s team and they instantly jumped on the remix.

He recorded his part and sent back to us in Jamaica and we did the rest," Vegas told Splash.

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Woman is boss

February 15th, 2015

“Women are doing very well in calypso,” says former monarch, Karene Asche, acknowledging strides women have made in the traditionally male-dominated artform.

“The men ‘fraid we bad. They don’t always show it but you hear the little whispers,” she adds with a laugh.

Outside of social and political commentaries, Asche says female calypsonians are also competently depicting their messages through dress code and stage presentations. Asche, 29, is among four women appearing among the cast of 12 in tonight’s finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition at the Dimanche Gras show, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

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‘Reggae on the up’

February 12th, 2015

Singer Tony Anthony has been a fixture on the Canadian reggae scene for over 20 years. He is an elder statesman in a market that lacks sustained careers.

The St Catherine-born Anthony has lived in Toronto since 1992. He has earned a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) nomination and won Reggae Vocalist of the Year in his adopted country four times.

Last week, he told the Jamaica Observer that though there are still some glitches, Canadian reggae is on the up.

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Jo Mersa Marley: Talking with Bob Marley’s grandson in advance of 9 Mile Music Festival –

February 12th, 2015

Not unlike his grandfather Bob Marley and father, Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa Marley’s music revolves around positive vibes, or what he likes to refer to as "conscious music."The 23-year-old started performing and touring with his father when he was about 3 or 4. Now a solo artist, Mersa Marley will perform his original reggae-pop songs, as heard on the 2014 EP “Comfortable” Saturday, Feb. 14, during the 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami. The 22nd annual reggae event’s lineup also includes his father, uncles Damian and Julian Marley, Capleton, Tanya Stephens and Future Prezidents. On Sunday, Mersa Marley also will perform at the Get Together, a more intimate concert taking place at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami and featuring his dad and Kabaka Pyramid, a producer and singer from Kingston, Jamaica.

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Marijuana’s Relationship with Reggae and Its Future Prospects in Jamaica

January 8th, 2015

Despite Jamaican reggae’s pro-cannabis stance over the past six decades, the plant remains illegal in the music’s birthplace.Jamaica’s reggae artists are unrivaled in their vociferous championing of marijuana usage and persistent rallying for its legalization.

A primary tenet of the island’s indigenous Rastafarian way of life, which is inextricably linked to the cultural identity of roots reggae, regards cannabis, or ganja, as a sacred herb; since the late 1960s Rastafarian artists have promoted ganja’s healing properties in their song lyrics, which has resulted in an organic decriminalization campaign summarized by the title track of the late, visionary Peter Tosh’s 1976 debut album Legalize It Columbia Records.

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January 4th, 2015

Returning to Nigeria, 22 years after his first visit, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, recounts intimate experiences with his Nigerian fans. Nseobong Okon-Ekong reports

Not customary with the character of entertainment star of his stature and fame, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, real name, Ervin Spencer, was alone in his hotel room in Lagos. He answered the door himself. Of course, he was familiar with the caller, Raheem Agoro, a radio presenter and promoter of reggae music who facilitated his visit to Nigeria. Carlos was the headline performer at the 18th edition of Felabration.


All in the family

January 4th, 2015

FOR over 30 years, Roger Steffens has earned a reputation as an authority on Bob Marley and the Wailers. The massive archives of Marley/reggae memorabilia at his Los Angeles home has attracted reggae’s elite and Hollywood A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio.

But Steffens had a cache of slides under lock and key for almost 50 years. With the help of his children, they have been digitised, posted on Instagram and have become the subject of feature stories in Time and New Yorker magazines, and on CNN.

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Roots-reggae acts deliver

December 28th, 2014

The dancehall acts would have had to be excellent performers to outdo their reggae counterparts at the 2014 staging of the popular annual stage show Sting.

From their earliest sets at the JamWorld Complex in Portmore on Friday night, it was clear that the reggae acts were determined not to be outdone. They put in workman-like performances to earn the respect of the tough Sting crowd.

Performances such as former Rising Stars finalist Dann I, Royal Flames, Droop Lion, Exco Levi and Iba Mahr were able to move the sizeable audience which streamed into the venue. These acts, with their conscious lyrics, sought and received the adoration of patrons who are widely believed to be dancehall-oriented.

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Children of reggae legend Peter Tosh fighting over his estate

December 21st, 2014

The kids of late reggae star Peter Tosh are at war over more than $2 million in royalties from his estate, according to a new Manhattan lawsuit.Tosh’s daughter, Aldrina McIntosh, claims in the suit that younger sister Niambe McIntosh hasn’t paid her or their other eight siblings a cent in royalties for the past five years.

The estate of the famed “Bob Marley and the Wailers’’ musician — who wrote the lyrics to such reggae classics as “Get Up, Stand Up” — rakes in $150,000 to $300,000 annually, according to the surrogate court case.

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Sunny Ohanyere: Reggae Music Chose Me; I Didn’t Choose Reggae…

December 14th, 2014

Unforgettable reggae lyrics from an indefatigable reggae star, Buju Banton. That was the first reggae song played by the Nigerian-born, patois-speaking University of Lagos Radio presenter and the brain behind the renaissance of reggae and raga music in Nigeria. From “Dancehall Supremacy” to “Riddim Clash” the Ital Sound presenter has been galvanising the public to the high level of reggae.

He didn’t choose to be a Rastafarian, reggae music chose him. At every interval of his life there have always been reggae nuances directly. Sunny Ohanyere, popularly known as Covenant Child was born to an architect father and a businesswoman mother, he immersed himself in Jamaican heritage through his radio show. Going into the studio, for the first time to produce his demo reggae show, with N10, 000, Ohanyere has grown into cult figure with a great number of reggae music lovers following him. But his life is not all about reggae.

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