Archive for the 'Caribbean News' Category

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 [...]

Buju Banton Removes Infamous Homophobic Song from His Catalog

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Reggae icon Buju Banton banned his 1992 dancehall hit, “Boom Bye Bye,” from his music catalog, according to UrbanIslandz.com. Although the Jamaican-born artist has not performed the song since 2007, the anti-LGBT song has been at the center of several debates on its language. On the recording, he raps “boom bye, bye inna batty bwoy [...]

More than a music festival – Rebel Salute ready to set the tone for the next 25 years

Friday, January 18th, 2019

After a quarter of a century, Patrick ‘Tony Rebel’ Barrett is still intricately involved in organising the hallmark event – Rebel Salute. Held this year under the banner of ‘The Preservation of Reggae,’ Tony Rebel and the Organic H.E. A. R. T. Group of Companies have developed the event into much more than a reggae [...]

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 [...]