Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Spaceships, vegan food and branches of marijuana – in Jamaica with reggae’s legends

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

To hear one of the best roots reggae albums to come out of Kingston, Jamaica, this spring, you have to drive a long way from Trench Town. In fact, you have to leave the city altogether and head up high into the mountains that surround it.Not every taxi is keen on making the trip, so [...]

The True Story of Rastafari

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

For Jamaica’s leaders, Rastafari has been an important aspect of the country’s global brand. Struggling with sky-high unemployment, vast inequality, and extreme poverty (crippling debt burdens from IMF agreements haven’t helped the situation), they have relied on Brand Jamaica—the government’s explicit marketing push, beginning in the 1960s—to attract tourist dollars and foreign investment to the island. The [...]

Bedasse was central to mento era of J’can music

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Alerth Rockford Bedasse was central to the mento era of Jamaican music. He was the lead vocalist and chief music arranger for perhaps the most popular mento aggregation: The Chins Calypso Quintet. Along with Count Lasher, Harold Richardson and The Ticklers and Lord Flea and His Calypsonians, they were the essence of the mento upsurge [...]

John Blake’s happy with his One Life

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

AMERICAN rapper John Blake is re-establishing his Jamaican roots with his latest single One Life. The track is a collab with reggae singer Ambelique. “It is a blend of hip hop and reggae music on world issues, self-empowerment, human challenges and faith,” he said. “The single is doing well. We have started to get some [...]

In Her Own Words: Esther Anderson Artist/Filmmaker/Photographer

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh [...]

Harambe for Rita

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Craigy T and Tarrus do One More Song

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The single, One More Song, happened rather serendipitously after Riley overheard the early vocal tracks, which had been laid down by Craigy T, and decided he had to be part of that project. It is produced by Jordan McClure. “Me, Tarrus, and my artiste Kenny Smith were in the studio one day vibing some of [...]

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 [...]

The rise of Future Fambo

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Deejay Future Fambo earns a career milestone this week. He has made the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with Evolve: The Uprise. Distributed by Blaze Entertainment/Tropical Elec-tronic Productions, it debuts at number two behind Revelation Pt II: The Fruit Of Life. Fambo (real name Warren Williams), who is in his early 40s, has made a name [...]

Stephen Marley: Reggae rebel

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

DON’T SAY that Stephen Marley isn’t versatile. With his new album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, boasting collaborations with acts including reggae star Shaggy, hip-hop hero Black Thought and Australian rapstress Iggy Azalea, it’s clear that Bob Marley’s second son knows how to mix and blend musical styles. “We had a concept,” Stephen [...]