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THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY “LIONESS OF REGGAE” RELEASED VIA ZIGGY MARLEY’S TUFF GONG

Monday, April 1st, 2019

https://musictalkers.com/images/slider/rita5.png Award winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon Mrs. Rita Marley, OD will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material. The Best of Rita Marley ‘Lioness of Reggae’ will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3. “I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical [...]

The high stakes of reggae superstar Buju Banton’s return

Monday, April 1st, 2019

I was three years old when dancehall superstar Buju Banton released his third album ‘Til Shiloh and his music became the soundtrack of my childhood in Jamaica. At seven, I remember being puzzled at how the song “Untold Stories” hypnotized every adult to bust out in the reggae-rock-shimmy-dance favored by Caribbean parents after a few [...]

Buju Banton Removes Infamous Homophobic Song from His Catalog

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Reggae icon Buju Banton banned his 1992 dancehall hit, “Boom Bye Bye,” from his music catalog, according to UrbanIslandz.com. Although the Jamaican-born artist has not performed the song since 2007, the anti-LGBT song has been at the center of several debates on its language. On the recording, he raps “boom bye, bye inna batty bwoy [...]

Fourth Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s that time of year again when we just have to give in to the fact that we all have to buy ‘roomier’ clothes once October is over. The fourth annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival JFDF runs October 20 – 28, and this year promises more deliciousness and support for Kingston’s tourism sector. JFDF [...]

In Misty’s footsteps

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

American ballerina Misty Copeland continues to inspire young girls of colour worldwide to achieve the highest in the world of ballet. That story rings true for 19-year-old Erica Lall, a dancer in the corps de ballet of the prestigious American Ballet Theater (ABT), the same company for which Copeland is currently a principal dancer. Lall, [...]

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 [...]