Archive for March, 2021

Jamaica Now Requires a COVID-19 Test Taken Within 72 Hours for Travelers

Monday, March 8th, 2021

After a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Jamaica is tightening its testing restrictions for visitors. Starting March 10, anyone arriving in Jamaica will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of their arrival. Previously, tests were accepted from up to 10 days before. The order applies to all travelers aged [...]

Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Neville O’Riley Livingston, the Jamaican vocalist better known as Bunny Wailer, died on March 2 at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, at age 73. A founding member of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Wailer went on to become a reggae icon in his own right. Wailer traveled and performed sporadically, each [...]

U-Roy obituary

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Of the many innovations Jamaican music has offered to the world over the past 50 years, the lyrical art of “toasting” has had perhaps the most profound and long-lasting impact. A stylised, poetical form of chatting and scatting, it was brought to prominence in the early 1970s by the reggae deejay U-Roy, who has died [...]

Beres Hammond to embrace fans with Love From a Distance – Live set to close Reggae Month

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic instituting a new normal defined by physical distancing, reggae legend Beres Hammond will put his own spin on six-feet-apart protocols when he gets up close and personal with Love From a Distance. On Sunday night, February 28, the world renowned vocalist and his band will take the stage for an exclusive [...]

U-Roy: the singularly musical toaster was a vital part of reggae’s bloodline

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

For as long as there have been soundsystems, there have been DJs toasting them. Known as “the originator”, U-Roy was far from the first, but nobody had made a significant impact outside Jamaica before him. In 1970, his album Version Galore landed in London courtesy of Trojan Records. We’d never heard anything like it. There [...]

Peter Tosh Master Tape Rediscovered in ‘Studio 17′ Doc Clip

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

A lost Peter Tosh master recording is unearthed in this clip from Studio 17 – The Lost Reggae Tapes, a 2019 documentary about the Jamaica’s legendary Randy’s Records studio. “Formed by a Chinese-Jamaican couple in the early ‘60s in Kingston, Jamaica, Randy’s Records started as a used record store, then grew to house a reggae [...]