Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Sell off! – Sumfest’s dancehall night brings out thousands

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Well over 25,000 patrons poured into the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay for Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night on Thursday night. Traditionally, the annual event enjoys huge support from fans who make the journey to see their favourite dancehall stars in action. via Sell off! – Sumfest’s dancehall night brings out thousands.

Mad for reggae in Samba land

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Jamaican music has resonated with Brazilians for nearly 50 years, starting with Jimmy Cliff’s song Waterfall in 1968.Waterfall won the International Song Contest that year. It was so popular in Brazil that Cliff moved to the Samba-mad country the following year. Cliff remains the biggest reggae act in Brazil. Bob Marley, who visited in early [...]

Reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry is cosmic. And now likes BitTorrent

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Reggae luminary and cosmic traveller Lee Scratch Perry is embracing BitTorrent technology at 78 years of age. Perry has worked with nearly every reggae legend as a producer, writer, and composer spanning a 50-plus year career — he was one of the first to produce Bob Marley in the early 1970s in Jamaica — and now [...]

AIDONIA: Doing it for the ladies

Friday, May 9th, 2014

It has been nine years since Aidonia first made headlines in the dancehall with gun-toting songs like Bad People, Fraid A We and From Dem Dis. But two years ago, the deejay changed his tune and, according to him, turned his attention to the ladies. That change of sound has resulted in well-received songs such [...]

Ali Campbell ‘flying the flag for reggae’ with reformed UB40

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Ali Campbell insists he is delighted to be reunited with Astro and recording and performing again under the UB40 name ”flying the flag for reggae again”.Ali Campbell is thrilled to be reunited with original UB40 member Astro and ”flying the flag for reggae again”. via Ali Campbell ‘flying the flag for reggae’ with reformed UB40.

Kartel to face another charge

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Entertainer Vybz Kartel who received a life sentence for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams Thursday, April 3, is to again face the court on another charge relating to the case. With the murder trial over, Kartel will also stand trial in mid August for attempting to pervert the course of justice. It is alleged [...]

Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison, to serve 35 years before parole

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is to serve 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole. He and the three other men convicted for Lizard’s murder were each given life sentences a short while ago by Justice Lennox Campbell. Adidja Palmer – LIFE IN PRISON 35 years before eligible for parole Shawn ‘Shawn [...]

Vybz Kartel, 3 co-accused found guilty of murder

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The look on the face of entertainer Vybz Kartel when his guilty verdict was handed down yesterday said it all. The deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, appeared drained and forlorn as he seemed to try to come to grips with the fact that he could be spending more than two decades behind bars [...]

Bob Marley’s 69th anniversary

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

BOB Marley died at the age of 36. I recall seeing him alive at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, where his sons were altar servers. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the closest church, theologically, to the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica, and there were times, as a young man, when I would pay a visit. I [...]

Home-grown reggae the best – Chris Martin, Chronixx keep faith in Jamaican beat

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Despite Jamaica’s popular music forms coming under increasing international competition from overseas artistes who have honed their skills in reggae and dancehall especially, two of the more prominent younger artistes are not feeling threatened. “I believe that the best form of reggae music and the best form of Jamaican music will always be in Jamaica,” [...]