Stabroek News – The latest attempt to found a film industry The Caribbean film and cinema industry is more than forty years old. In the beginning it was considered a proud achievement when a scene or two from a Hollywood movie was shot on location in one of the islands or in Guyana. It was [...]
Archive for June, 2010
Usher coming for Reggae Sumfest Multi-talented American R&B singer, Usher, has been confirmed as one of the acts who will perform at this year’s staging of “the greatest reggae festival on earth” Reggae Sumfest. At the long-awaited launch on Friday night at Sportsmax Zone in New Kingston, the promoters, Summerfest Productions, announced the artiste line-up [...]
Hasidic New York Reggae in The Park There once was a time when Matisyahu seemed cool. The weed-smoking hippie turned Hasidic rapper blended worlds that seemed destined never to meet and created danceable music that was unique to the American mainstream. That was in 2006. Now that he’s been exposed as little more than a [...]
De Lions of Jah bring reggae style to community plaza [North Florida] To round out the month-long celebration of National Black Music Month, De Lions of Jah will perform at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in Friday’s installment of the Let’s Go Downtown Free Fridays concert series. The plaza has already seen groups like Little [...]
Vybz Kartel puts Clarks footprint on Jamaica Back in the spring, the Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel released a single paying tribute to his favourite consumer goods. He was, he says, recognising a great Jamaican tradition. The song was a huge hit on the island, and stores across Jamaica reported selling out of the very [...]
Flexxing with Russian “Russian, clean out yuh closet, deposit the clark’s dem we love it, ahoe…” These are the words of dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel as he croons over the Clark’s Again beats created by young producer Tarik Johnston, who we have come to know as Russian.
From Rasta to Gospel, Mowatt has thrilled The sounds of gospel icons will bless fathers countrywide when Judy Mowatt, belts out those sounds that men worldwide have come to fall in love with. The event, A Blessing for Fathers; the venue, the King’s House West Lawn; the cost, well worth it. The gospel music Mowatt [...]
Jamaica music lyrics — trigger of violence? Blood flowing like waterfalls. Brains floating like feathers out of a torn pillow. Women submitting to the whims of neighborhood “dons.” The images are typical of dancehall, a popular Jamaican music style that has sparked a furious debate over whether it merely reflects an increasingly violent society or [...]
Remembering good-old Reggae Sunsplash days Remember those summers when packing just about everything in sight and heading to Montego Bay for Reggae Sunsplash was cool? Java Immanuel-I certainly does, and he revisits them in his book, Reggae Sunsplash 1978-1998, which will be released today at the Ashanti Restaurant in St Andrew.
Feel the Beat in the Heat Cross summer desert heat with cool island beats and so is born … Lots and lots of happy feet. “I like seeing people grab their friend and run onto a dance floor — that doesn’t happen when you go to a rock show,” says Chris Parkhurst, keyboardist for Hawaiian-flavored, [...]