Horns help Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore home Before Herbie Miller introduced the Skatalites at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on Saturday evening, he mused “but then, who are the Skatalites today”? He named some members of the famed outfit who have passed on, saying: “Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook, Roland Alphanso, today, Dizzy Johnny, [...]
Archive for September, 2008
Tarrus Riley’s Jamaica juice Take a jigger of reggae. Pour in a shot of Rastafari. Shake well. Stand back and wait for the explosion. Rastas and reggae have been a volatile cocktail since the 1970s when Bob Marley, who didn’t invent either, popularized both. Last year, up-and-coming reggae Rastaman Tarrus Riley added a new element [...]
Cops silent on Kartel case The police are extremely tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the arrest of popular deejay Vybz Kartel. A number of high-ranking police officers contacted by THE STAR yesterday refused to comment on the investigations.
Mavado, Ding Dong heat up the big screen What Goes Around Comes Around is the latest film project from screenwriter/director Steve ‘Tehut Nine’ McAlpin. The film which examines love and relationships features appearances from dancehall personalities Flippa Mafia, Mavado, Ding Dong, KC Jockey and Florida-based sound system selector Supa Twitch.
Jamaica at a crossroads It is impractical and illogical to believe that the country that produced Mary Seacole, Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley, the latter two in more recent times, would cease to produce other human wonders. For those of us who came of age, meaning, took responsibilities, in the 1960s, what Jamaica accomplished at [...]
Althea: As I Am Althea Hewitt speaks her mind – at least in her music. And, like many of her forerunners and contemporaries, she has earned loyalists the old fashion way: speaking boldly and honestly about the peaks and valleys of life and love – whether she’s belting out original material or the lyrics of [...]
Reggae without boundaries “I’m not much of a conversationalist first thing in the morning,” Natty says with a friendly smile when we meet. It’s certainly not true, but the 24-year-old north Londoner is only just getting accustomed to being on this side of the fence. Until a couple of years ago he was working behind [...]
Beres Hammond woos Toronto fans Legendary reggae and lover’s rock singer, Beres Hammond, made a stop in Toronto recently, where he gave a sterling performance in front of a capacity audience at the Kool Haus, one of Toronto’s more popular entertainment venues. Toronto was the second Canadian city visited by Hammond who is currently conducting [...]
National artiste collaborates with Beenie Man National artiste, Dave â€œJunior Osbourneâ€ Osbourne, informed Sun St. Kitts/ Nevis about his latest tune, Girls Rush, with famous Jamaican/dancehall reggae artiste, Beenie Man (king of the dancehall) and Kirk Davis. Osbourne is originally from Jamaica but has been residing in the Federation for more than 18 years now.
VP Records to close Kingston office? Everybody’s been talking about it. The fact that music mogul, VP Records has plans to close its office located here in Kingston. This office is run by their hard-working and vivacious marketing manager, Yolan Zanders, who has been the face of VP Records locally for some time now.