Archive for July, 2006

Veterans set the pace at Top Ranking

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Veterans set the pace at Top Ranking If Top Ranking night at Sumfest is anything to go by, the younger acts slated to perform over the next two nights have big shoes to fill. Staged last Wednesday night at Pier 1, along Howard Cooke Boulevard in Montego Bay, the show featured several veteran dancehall names [...]

Soundslam Interviews: Sean Paul

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Soundslam Interviews: Sean Paul Sean Paul exploded onto the music scene in 2002 right in stride with the dancehall and reggaeton movement here in the States. Some four years later, his status has grown into international iconic form, and his record sales help prove his worth to Atlantic. We at SoundSlam chopped it up with [...]

‘Celebrity Walkout’ storms into extra time

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

‘Celebrity Walkout’ storms into extra time :: July 17, 2006 Lady Saw’s ‘Celebrity Walk-out’ birthday party stormed into the early morning yesterday with the microphone being passed among Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Bounty Killer and, briefly, Lady Saw at the Apart Sports Club in Nain, St. Elizabeth. It was in extra time granted by the police, [...]

Rakell takes on reggae

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Rakell takes on reggae Reggaeton performer Rakell Sa wasn’t satisfied with just listening to Jamaican music . She wanted to drench herself in it. The 23-year-old visited Jamaica early last year and decided to make the island her home.

Exotic locations not just for the honeymoon

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Exotic locations not just for the honeymoon When Kim (Miller) Derks conjured up her dream wedding, she knew right away some of what she wanted. Soft sand beneath her feet, palm trees gently waving in the breeze, a sparkling ocean as a backdrop. For Kim and Bob Derks, the answer was surprisingly simple: the couple [...]

Dread, beat and blood

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Dread, beat and blood Late 1976, and rival political factions are warring on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, with only Bob Marley calling for peace. In an exclusive extract from her major new book, Vivien Goldman remembers life with Marley at his home on Hope Road and reveals exactly what happened when gunmen came to [...]

Film & video director Sanaa Hamri: first world mind, third world soul

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Film & video director Sanaa Hamri: first world mind, third world soul It’s a hot yet overcast and thus near insufferable day in downtown Kingston. Part of the busy Hanover Street-Beeston Street intersection has been roped off; anxious fans are crowded behind the rope, jostling for better viewing positions; there’s media, crew and other staff [...]

Artistes take promotions to the streets

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Artistes take promotions to the streets Traditionally, artistes promoted their new singles by ensuring that every radio and television station, cable network and sound selector had a copy to play. However, nowadays, artistes are utilising a more down to earth and involved method. They are taking to the streets and interactacting with their fans.

Double trouble for Sumfest

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Double trouble for Sumfest It will be ‘double trouble’ come Saturday, July 22, when two musical luminaries prepare to enthrall the audience at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest. The soulful musical genius Beres Hammond and dancehall gargamel Buju Banton will create a stir in the Vibes City Montego Bay as two of the headline acts for [...]

The hidden Jamaican soul of Toronto

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

The hidden Jamaican soul of Toronto Four organ-soaked, heart-pounding notes. A declaration. This is Jamaican music of an entirely different kind. Then a background chorus sings three descending “aaahs” in the most righteous R&B tradition. And when Jo-Jo Bennett comes in belting the opening line of his late-sixties ballad Fugitive Song, his vaguely un-North American [...]