Archive for August, 2008

Reggae crooners eager to tour Zim

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Reggae crooners eager to tour Zim Top Jamaican reggae crooners are eager to tour Zimbabwe after fellow countrymen Luciano’s maiden visit to Harare last year proved an eye-opener, an international promoter has said. Trevor Hall, otherwise known as Ras Jabulani, told this week that fellow Jamaicans had approached him on several occasions with intentions [...]

Tenor Saw still on dancehall’s roll call

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Tenor Saw still on dancehall’s roll call Ring the alarm, Tenor Saw is coming. Although this month marks 20 years since his death, the legacy of Clive Bright, one of dancehall’s most influential and unique singers, lives on. Tenor Saw’s death was mysterious. In 1988, the 22-year-old’s decomposing body was found in bushes near a [...]

Rico Mason – Creating a new sound musically

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Rico Mason – Creating a new sound musically The struggle has been on for a long time to thrust soca music into the regional spotlight. It has not been easy. Soca artistes and soca lovers have had to sit back and watch as reggae, reggaeton and other forms of music have been welcomed by the [...]

ICM FEST returns to Florida

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

ICM FEST returns to Florida Caribbean Music Festival (ICM FEST) returns with a vengeance on its original pre-Thanksgiving weekend on November 16, at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. This popular event has experienced a lot of positive changes since its inception in 1997 as a family fun day, when it [...]

Great Haul of China

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Great Haul of China Jamaica ended a record-breaking medal performance at the 2008 Olympic Games with a bronze in the women’s 4×400 metres on the final day of competition for the nation’s athletes at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing yesterday. The island’s contingent here, led by an awesome performance from Usain Bolt, finished with [...]

‘Saving Grace’ relocates dancehall

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

‘Saving Grace’ relocates dancehall After years of hearing about the negatives associated with dancehall music, Orville Matherson yearned for the day when foreigners would get to see the brighter side of reggae’s outrageous offspring.

He’s putting reggae’s roots on film – The Boston Globe

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

He’s putting reggae’s roots on film As Generoso Fierro haggled over some rare records, he realized he might be in over his head when the seller pulled out a machete. But the MIT radio DJ, who was visiting Kingston, Jamaica, in February to show a documentary at the island nation’s first-ever Reggae Film Festival, kept [...]

Reggae’s Steel Pulse still beating strong

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Reggae’s Steel Pulse still beating strong David Hinds, founder of the Grammy Award winning reggae band Steel Pulse, spoke recently with The Chronicle’s Shelah Moody about the origins of one of the band’s most popular songs, “Raid I Blues.” After 30 years, the band is still selling out concerts around the world and are scheduled [...]

Reggae source

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Shaggy: Reggae source The ever-popular singer of such hits as ‘Oh Carolina’ and ‘Mr Boombastic’ stalks towards the catering portacabin and smashes a video cassette against it. He grinds the tape and plastic casing into an unbroadcastable mess, then exits the area, fuming. In Britain, Shaggy hasn’t been big news since 2001, and his biggest [...]

Jamaica Calling

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Jamaica Calling There are all sorts of reasons a musician might disappear into the pop-culture ether, seemingly without a trace: substance abuse, a religious epiphany, a loss of inspiration, the kind of shift in musical trends or listener tastes that makes an artist seem out-of-step overnight. If you’re Claudius Linton, reggae singer, you might decide [...]