Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Spoiler ‘a genius of the absurd’

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Calypso historian and ethnomusicologist Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool describes Theophilus “Spoiler” Philip as the epitome of humour.” Humorous calypsoes existed before Spoiler, but Spoiler is credited with making it part of the calypso tent when picong and calypso wars served as the most common form of humour. Spoiler entered calypso in 1946 and he could hold [...]

Watch: Reggae’s Glory Days Are Revisited In Must-See Documentary

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Here’s one more reason to love Black History Month: It coincides with Reggae Month, a global celebration of the music and culture deemed an “an intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.In 2008, Jamaica declared February as a monthlong recognition of the genre its country created and cultivated; as well as acknowledge the birthdays of two of [...]

Sly Dunbar loved his ‘Christmas’ suit

Monday, December 28th, 2020

As a child, the festive season for celebrated drummer Sly Dunbar was really the happiest time of the year. I t meant going shopping for new shoes and buying cloth to take to the tailor to make a brand new ‘Christmas’ suit. Then, come Christmas morning, he would be dressed to the nines and his [...]

Shaggy Recommends Bangin’ on the Bathroom Floor While Quarantined During Coronavirus

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Here are a few things I didn’t know about Shaggy, the chart-topping Jamaican reggae-ish singer behind hits like “It Wasn’t Me,” “Angel,” and “Boombastic,” prior to prepping for our interview: He served in the Marines, achieving the rank of lance corporal, and fought in the Persian Gulf; he honed his singing voice during his Jarhead [...]

Copeland Forbes on COVID-19′s Impact on the Reggae Music Industry

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Music industry veteran Copeland Forbes believes it will take more than one year before Jamaica’s reggae product recovers from the coronavirus fallout.He made the ominous prediction with uncertainty surrounding European summer festivals, which have provided a solid payday for many Jamaican artists over the years. Forbes, who has booked reggae tours for over 40 years, [...]

Everything You Need To Know About Planning A Destination Wedding In Jamaica

Monday, November 4th, 2019

If you’re engaged and thinking of having a destination wedding, chances are Jamaica has landed somewhere on your list of locations. After all, who could say no to an island full of picture-perfect beaches, unforgettable sunsets, and beautiful Black people? The problem is, planning a wedding on a tropical island thousands of miles away is [...]

Nobody can stop reggae — Jamaican reggae artiste endorses Mariga

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Jamaican reggae artiste Kenyatta Hill is set to perform on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in a campaign rally to drum up support for Kibra by-election candidate McDonald Mariga.This was confirmed by Dennis Itumbi who stated that Hill has endorsed the former Harambee Stars midfielder.The artiste, who is the son of the late Joseph Hill, singer [...]

Inna de Yard review – a poignant tale of resistance, resilience and reggae

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Potentially tricky territory here. Back in 2017, the white British film-maker Peter Webber travelled to Jamaica to document a musical reunion destined to remind seasoned arthouse patrons of Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club. The Inna de Yard sessions gathered reggae veterans on a rickety porch in Kingston to re-record their best-known standards acoustically – [...]

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 [...]

Iset Sankofa found her tribe – with NTS Radio

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Iset Sankofa has introduced a new Kingston subculture, and in just a few years, has established herself as a beacon to those seeking a music space steeped in rhythm, dance, and an afro-centric ambiance. Now, she’s planning to broadcast her eclectic musical tastes and mixes to the world with the support of major online radio [...]