Archive for the 'Breaking Headlines' Category

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 [...]

Warner’s ADA inks global deal with reggae label VP Records

Monday, March 7th, 2016

WMG’s independent distribution division, ADA, has expanded its partnership with reggae label VP Records. Their deal, first signed in 2009, now includes physical distribution in the U.S. and Canada, and worldwide digital distribution. Previous successful releases from VP include records from Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Mavado (pictured) and the [...]

Lady Saw pens open letter, asks Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond for forgiveness

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Though a week has not yet elapsed since Lady Saw got baptised, the former queen of the dancehall is wasting no time where "getting it right with God and man" is concerned.   In an open letter, Lady Saw bears it all, answering questions that well-wishers and critics have thrown at her since she gave [...]

Miss Jamaica Is The First Dreaded Woman To Appear On Miss World

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

In case you missed it, a dreadlocked beauty queen competed in the Miss World competition. Dr. Sanneta Myrie, who was born to a single mother in Kingston, Jamaica, was midway through medical school when she decided to enter the beauty pageant. “I have always wanted to be a doctor and help people, but who wouldn’t want [...]

In her skin: Kamila McDonald-Alcock

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

This is part two of a feature In Her Skin, which will have Jamaican women sharing their philosophies on beauty, and revealing some of their own beauty secrets and practices. Here is Kamila McDonald-Alcock. “EXCUSE me, excuse me! Are you that lady?” As we got up to leave our table at Grosvenor Cafe´ in Kingston [...]

Jamaica’s new copyright means Jamaicans pay for reggae the rest of the world gets free

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Jamaica now has the third-longest copyright term in the world, and the term extension has been imposed retrospectively, all the way back to works created in 1962, the year ska burst on the public scene.The new term only binds on Jamaicans, meaning that the currently public domain Jamaican works that are going back into copyright [...]

Hyde behind the camera

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

MUSIC video director and film producer Jerome Hyde has 10 years of experience under his belt. He has worked on major Hollywood films and television shows as well as videos for hip hop and reggae acts. Currently in Kingston for the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, the 30-year-old Washington DC native wants to learn more about [...]

Spice up your beach break in Jamaica

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Levi Roots is handing me a spoon bubbling with hot, coconutty liquid. The musician-turned-chef is holding court at a cooking demonstration in the Jamaican sunshine and what he’s making smells amazing. I was first to volunteer to taste his creation, and as I slurp up the contents of the spoon I’m delighted I put my [...]