Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Fourth Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s that time of year again when we just have to give in to the fact that we all have to buy ‘roomier’ clothes once October is over. The fourth annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival JFDF runs October 20 – 28, and this year promises more deliciousness and support for Kingston’s tourism sector. JFDF [...]

Sheldon Senior cancer free and in pursuit of reggae stardom

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Now cancer free and fully devoted to his career, Sheldon Senior has landed the cover of one of the world’s most reputable reggae magazines: IRIEMAG. In a nine-page spread, the aspiring reggae artiste recalls his odyssey from Mandeville, Manchester, to the United Kingdom and back; the balance between teaching and recording music; and his battle [...]

In Misty’s footsteps

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

American ballerina Misty Copeland continues to inspire young girls of colour worldwide to achieve the highest in the world of ballet. That story rings true for 19-year-old Erica Lall, a dancer in the corps de ballet of the prestigious American Ballet Theater (ABT), the same company for which Copeland is currently a principal dancer. Lall, [...]

Reggae music takes over Downtown

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Hundreds of music lovers packed Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn to watch reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones perform on July 28. The band was the musical entertainment of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s pop-up beach party — a beach-themed outdoor event at the center of Fulton Mall. The event attracted coastline fanatics, music enthusiasts, and even [...]

What to Do (and Wear) in Jamaica’s Coolest Beach Town

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Negril — a laid-back Jamaican coastal town — has everything you’d want from an idyllic island getaway. There are long stretches of sandy beach lined with restaurants, bars, and vibrant street vendors; cliffside hotels and restaurants overlooking glittering Caribbean waters; and, of course, Bob Marley’s greatest hits playing around every corner. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of romance [...]

7 Jamaicans Who Ultimately Defined Reggae Music

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Reggae was originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The first popular song to officially use the word "reggae" was "Do the Reggay", a 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, thus giving the name to the genre and introducing it to a much wider global audience. As a matter of fact, the term reggae [...]

Ibo Cooper dreams of cash-rich Reggae Month

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Ibo Cooper said that he is longing for the day when Reggae Month will bring about the kind of buzz that could boost the country’s economy in a significant way."I’m dreaming of a Reggae Month where thousands of visitors flock the island to participate in the different activities, where every gas station run outta gas [...]

Reggae, dancehall and the culture of violence

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Ninjaman, dubbed as the Gold Teeth Don Gargan of dancehall, will not be celebrating a Merry Christmas in 2017.A seven-person jury found Desmond “Ninjaman” Ballentine; his son, Jahneil Ballentine, and a friend, Dennis Clayton, guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson, and they will be sentenced on December 15, 2017 more than likely to life [...]

An oral history of Holy Bob; So Much Things to Say reviewed

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The Harder They Come, Jamaica’s first (and still finest) home-grown film, was released in 1972 with the local singer Jimmy Cliff as the country boy Ivan Martin, who becomes a Robin Hood-like criminal outlaw amid the ganja-yards and urban alleys of the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The film’s director Perry Henzell, a ganja-smoking white Jamaican [...]

Damian Marley talks new solo music, marijuana business

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Damian Marley shot the music video for his new song “Medication” in a medical marijuana farm. The reggae singer, who is part owner of a medical marijuana company, exalts the drug’s benefits in “Medication,” which appears on his newly released album “Stony Hill.” It’s his first solo record in 12 years, but don’t call it [...]