Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

Woman is boss

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

“Women are doing very well in calypso,” says former monarch, Karene Asche, acknowledging strides women have made in the traditionally male-dominated artform. “The men ‘fraid we bad. They don’t always show it but you hear the little whispers,” she adds with a laugh. Outside of social and political commentaries, Asche says female calypsonians are also [...]

‘Reggae on the up’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Singer Tony Anthony has been a fixture on the Canadian reggae scene for over 20 years. He is an elder statesman in a market that lacks sustained careers. The St Catherine-born Anthony has lived in Toronto since 1992. He has earned a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) nomination and won Reggae Vocalist of the Year [...]

Jo Mersa Marley: Talking with Bob Marley’s grandson in advance of 9 Mile Music Festival – SouthFlorida.com

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Not unlike his grandfather Bob Marley and father, Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa Marley’s music revolves around positive vibes, or what he likes to refer to as "conscious music."The 23-year-old started performing and touring with his father when he was about 3 or 4. Now a solo artist, Mersa Marley will perform his original reggae-pop songs, [...]

All in the family

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

FOR over 30 years, Roger Steffens has earned a reputation as an authority on Bob Marley and the Wailers. The massive archives of Marley/reggae memorabilia at his Los Angeles home has attracted reggae’s elite and Hollywood A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio. But Steffens had a cache of slides under lock and key for almost 50 years. [...]

Roots-reggae acts deliver

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

The dancehall acts would have had to be excellent performers to outdo their reggae counterparts at the 2014 staging of the popular annual stage show Sting. From their earliest sets at the JamWorld Complex in Portmore on Friday night, it was clear that the reggae acts were determined not to be outdone. They put in [...]

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 [...]