Archive for January, 2009

What a Revelation!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

What a Revelation! A year ago, Delroy Roberts was struggling to get his Inspire Records off the ground by shopping the fledgling company’s debut album to reluctant distributors. Now, that album, Revelation, by singer Little Hero, is sitting pretty atop Billboard Magazine’s Reggae Chart. Produced by Roberts, Revelation entered the chart at number one in [...]

Going back to his roots

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Going back to his roots: Reggae Reggae Sauce star Levi Roots The hunt for the Eastern Counties’ most enterprising family is on with Barclays Local Business and Levi Roots. Dragon’s Den winner and Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur, Levi Roots, has teamed up with Barclays Local Business to hunt for the Eastern Counties’ leading family businesses.

ini seeks perfect Jamaican sound

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

ini seeks perfect Jamaican sound Having conquered Ghana and much of Africa with his music, African dancehall artiste, Samini, is aiming to conquer the rest of the world, but not before he arms himself with the essential musical knowledge he intends to find in the homeland of reggae. This African dancehall or rag-life (as it [...]

Tarrus Riley says Start Anew not for father

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Tarrus Riley says ‘Start Anew’ not for father Musician Tarrus Riley’s song, Start Anew, that addresses domestic abuse has had tongues wagging in the streets since the court case of his father, singer Jimmy Riley, made headlines last week. Riley, however, has denied claims that the song is about his father. On Wednesday during C-Sharp’s [...]

Caribbean islands slammed with double financial hit

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Caribbean islands slammed with double financial hit A year ago, tourists lined up to eat at Conch Fritters, a downtown restaurant here known for its blackened grouper, conch chowder and other local specialties. Yet, on a recent midweek night last month, tourists were scattered among just a few tables. Across the bridge on pricey Paradise [...]

Chi Ching says no wedding bling

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Chi Ching says no wedding bling Dancer and artiste, Radion ‘Chi Ching Ching’ Beckford is still a bachelor, despite rumour that the entertainer tied the knot with an American woman. Rumours are that Chi Ching recently married a woman so he could obtain a United States visa.

Sly and Robbie interview: Sly and Rabbie

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Sly and Robbie interview: Sly and Rabbie Sly Dunbar, one half of the legendary Riddim Twins, Sly and Robbie, is singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to me. I’ve asked him what he makes of Robert Burns, considering the duo are heading to Glasgow to headline a Jamaican Burns Night at Celtic Connections. The idea behind the [...]

‘Rikers Island’ a reggae rocker of prison blues

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

‘Rikers Island’ a reggae rocker of prison blues Going to ‘farin’, which in the 1990s automatically translated into going to the United States, is the dream of many a Jamaican in search of a better standard of living. And that ‘farin’, for many of the many, means New York, New York (“The city is so [...]

A Reggae ‘Queen’ is crowned

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

A Reggae ‘Queen’ is crowned When Queen Ifrica came out blazing in 2007 with a firestorm of scorching melodies, she hoped her inspired composi-tions would set alight the proverbial walls of Jericho and secure for her a place in reggae’s kingdom and in the hearts of the people. Hailed as the “Fyah Mumma”, this outspoken [...]

No 462: Kardinal Offishall

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

No 462: Kardinal Offishall If you like digital dancehall, R&B and hip-hop, chances are you’ll enjoy the first album proper by Kardinal Offishall, the nom de rap of Jason Harrow, Canada’s self-styled “hip-hop ambassador”. If you like all three, your chances will increase three-fold, because that album, Not 4 Sale, features all of those types [...]