Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lady Saw Doesn’t Care for Pretty Boys

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

I’ve only missed two summers in New York in my life. There’s a magic that was real for me in seeing people sitting outside while the sun set late blasting dancehall from the subs on the sidewalk in Brooklyn. There are songs that instantly take me back to all those humid days. Lady Saw’s “Sycamore [...]