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Reggae Label Trojan Records Details 50th Anniversary Releases

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Founded in 1968 by Lee Gopthal and Chris Blackwell, two Jamaican ex-pats living in London, Trojan helped introduce an array of reggae artists to mainstream audiences. The label’s catalog includes music from Lee "Scratch" Perry, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, the Pioneers and the Maytalls, while its Upsetter imprint was responsible for releasing much of Bob [...]

Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Ground Miami January 13

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Most Americans might not be aware of him, but Jamaican producer Lee “Scratch” Perry may be the most influential musical artist alive. Whether it’s seen through the iconoclastic, no-fucks-given punk ethos of the Clash, the tripped-up, spaced-out sounds of the first Gorillaz record, or in the sonic adventurousness of electronic artists like the Orb – [...]

Reggae in Taiwan: Jamaican dancehall icon Sister Nancy makes a visit to the island

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Taiwan may not be the first place people think of when they think of reggae music, but the genre appears to be gaining popularity slowly and steadily across the island. The community of reggae music lovers may be small, but it is growing, and the island geography and laid-back atmosphere of Taiwan, which are reminiscent [...]

Jamaican cuisine comes to Okemos

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

There’s a picture on the wall of Louise Bennett.  Not Bob Marley. Louise Bennett, a Jamaican poet and folklorist. "She is the first iconic female to take the language of Jamaica global," Shawn Fearon said. "She paved the way for Bob Marley. I have a soft spot in my heart for females, because I grew up with a single [...]

Damian Marley talks new solo music, marijuana business

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Damian Marley shot the music video for his new song “Medication” in a medical marijuana farm. The reggae singer, who is part owner of a medical marijuana company, exalts the drug’s benefits in “Medication,” which appears on his newly released album “Stony Hill.” It’s his first solo record in 12 years, but don’t call it [...]

Legendary Jamaican singer Frankie Paul is dead

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Frankie Paul has died. The gifted singer, whose real name was Paul Blake, died at the University hospital of the West Indies after a battle with kidney disease. He was 51. It was reported earlier this week that the family of the singer, who had been in hospital since April of this year, was seeking public assistance [...]

Bedasse was central to mento era of J’can music

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Alerth Rockford Bedasse was central to the mento era of Jamaican music. He was the lead vocalist and chief music arranger for perhaps the most popular mento aggregation: The Chins Calypso Quintet. Along with Count Lasher, Harold Richardson and The Ticklers and Lord Flea and His Calypsonians, they were the essence of the mento upsurge [...]

Harambe for Rita

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Roots, Reggae, Rebellion review – get up, stand up, for the music that changed the world

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

As news dawned that the US had installed a white supremacist in the White House, some found consolation in the idea that his presidency might at least make for some excellent music in response. Was this a desperate grasp for a silver lining? Or was it, as some people suggested, a tasteless opinion which trivialised [...]

Popular Jamaican reggae artiste has visa cancelled after carrying marijuana infused fluid on flight

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Luciano’s United States visa was cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend. The artiste, who was scheduled to perform on the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, took to social media to advise promoters and fans of the development. “I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America [...]