Archive for the 'Reggae Music' 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, [...]

Marijuana’s Relationship with Reggae and Its Future Prospects in Jamaica

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Despite Jamaican reggae’s pro-cannabis stance over the past six decades, the plant remains illegal in the music’s birthplace.Jamaica’s reggae artists are unrivaled in their vociferous championing of marijuana usage and persistent rallying for its legalization. A primary tenet of the island’s indigenous Rastafarian way of life, which is inextricably linked to the cultural identity of [...]

DON CARLOS: REGGAE ICON’S LOVE FOR

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Returning to Nigeria, 22 years after his first visit, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, recounts intimate experiences with his Nigerian fans. Nseobong Okon-Ekong reports Not customary with the character of entertainment star of his stature and fame, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, real name, Ervin Spencer, was alone in his hotel room in Lagos. He [...]

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 [...]

Children of reggae legend Peter Tosh fighting over his estate

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

The kids of late reggae star Peter Tosh are at war over more than $2 million in royalties from his estate, according to a new Manhattan lawsuit.Tosh’s daughter, Aldrina McIntosh, claims in the suit that younger sister Niambe McIntosh hasn’t paid her or their other eight siblings a cent in royalties for the past five [...]

Sunny Ohanyere: Reggae Music Chose Me; I Didn’t Choose Reggae…

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Unforgettable reggae lyrics from an indefatigable reggae star, Buju Banton. That was the first reggae song played by the Nigerian-born, patois-speaking University of Lagos Radio presenter and the brain behind the renaissance of reggae and raga music in Nigeria. From “Dancehall Supremacy” to “Riddim Clash” the Ital Sound presenter has been galvanising the public to [...]

Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall, was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of natural causes at his Atlanta home on December 4th; he was 82. Born in [...]