Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Dmedz marches on with Rebel Soldier

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

WITH his latest song, Rebel Soldier, singjay Dmedz continues the positive theme of Empower, his EP, which was launched last December. Rebel Soldier is the follow-up to Champion, a song the 28-year-old artiste pushed relentlessly for most of this year. “Rebel Soldier is reminding us that as black people we have to be proud of [...]

Jah Cure: ‘I only want the best because I’ve seen the worst’

Monday, August 10th, 2015

MUCH HAS been written in recent years about the state of reggae music. A combination of poor sales, the closure of specialist record shops, and young producers shifting away from traditional reggae sounds has led many writers (myself included) to question whether the beloved genre has suffered a decline. If indeed reggae is dying, Jah [...]

Reggae on a high at Geel

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Last Saturday, the 37th Reggae Geel festival closed in Belgium. True to form, it showcased a diverse package of acts including the Uprising Roots Band, Super Cat, Shaggy and Etana. Promoter Dee Prater estimates that over 66,000 fans attended the two-day event which she described as “more than successful”. “This year, I brought Super Cat [...]

5 Songs You Need to Hear by Rising Reggae Star Kabaka Pyramid – The Root

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The young lion from Kingston held his own, exhibiting star quality as well as proving that people were ready for his music. Couple that with recent moves—including an appearance this year at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; his U.S. tour with a stop at New York City’s SOB’s; and an impressive European touring schedule—and [...]

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 [...]

Mavado’s sis Joey Brooks finds Serenity

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Joey Brooks is enjoying some traction with her latest song, Serenity, a duet with her Live MB Music Productions label-mate Jay Prince. The 28-year-old singer is not surprised that the single is doing well. “We have great chemistry together, and the response to the song has been excellent. It’s been great,” she said. via Mavado’s [...]

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 [...]

More Marley revelations

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Six-string Savoury

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

He has played guitar for some of reggae’s finest on some of the biggest stages locally and internationally. Behind the ‘cool’ demeanour of his trademark sunglasses, Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory is a committed musician. He remembers the first time his soul was stirred by the instrument. It was the riffs of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song which [...]

Myanmar’s reggae king promotes peace and human rights

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

But who, now, in Yangon, remembers Jamaica’s Bob Marley?Saw Poe Kwar, that’s who.The long, twisted dreadlocks must be uncomfortable in this heat, but the heat seems not to trouble him.“If Myanmar people know me, it may be because I sing of peace. But what about my music?” he asked in a recent interview. via Myanmar’s [...]