Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Ryveela banking on Ghetto Prayer

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

DANCEHALL singjay Ryveela is set on carving his niche in Jamaica’s competitive music industry. He is banking on his latest single, Ghetto Prayer, which will be released on December 13 on the Reggae Fever Innovation label. The track, according to him, is a social commentary which offers encouragement. “I know there are lots of other [...]

Bob Marley, the reggae king of cannabis, may soon have his own line of pot

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Reggae legend Bob Marley was known to be a fan of marijuana. Now, a marijuana-focused venture capital firm is trying to bank on that tight relationship. Privateer Holdings has reached an agreement with the family of the late musician to collaborate on what the Seattle-based firm is calling “the world’s first global cannabis brand.” Called [...]

Veteran singer John Holt is dead

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69. Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing.“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death,” Forbes told OBSERVER ONLINE. via Veteran singer John Holt is dead – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com.

Honouring LKJ

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

IN 1970s Britain, the sounds of Marley, Burning Spear and Linton Kwesi Johnson were the soundtrack for militant black youth protesting racism in that country. On October 20, Johnson will receive the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music. The OD, Jamaica’s fifth highest civic honour, will be awarded during [...]

To the world – Taking music of the region mainstream

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

When Jesse Serwer was a beat reporter, he covered the reggae/Caribbean scene for mainstream publications such as Rolling Stone and The Fader.But, he never thought entertainers and events from the region got their just due. As editor/writer for the website LargeUp.com, Serwer, founder/publisher Dave Susser and chief photographer Denmark-born Martei Korley have sought to correct [...]

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.