Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

Jamaican reggae musician brings first Kemetic yoga to Vancouver

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Just when you thought Vancouver had all the yoga it could handle, an entirely new form of the practice is set to hit the mat here. Jamaican certified yoga instructor and dub musician Jah9 — born Janine Cunningham — will offer live music and the “African-inspired” practice known as Kemetic yoga on Tuesday and Wednesday [...]

How Music Works: Ireland’s reggae sound system culture rumbles on

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Though it is dismissed by many as a curio of music, reggae, if it is considered beyond its mainstream Bob Marley reputation, was one of the first genres of music to put the DJs and producers of music at the forefront of the culture. Born out of ska and rocksteady, reggae became Jamaica’s main cultural [...]

Stephen Marley: Reggae rebel

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

DON’T SAY that Stephen Marley isn’t versatile. With his new album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, boasting collaborations with acts including reggae star Shaggy, hip-hop hero Black Thought and Australian rapstress Iggy Azalea, it’s clear that Bob Marley’s second son knows how to mix and blend musical styles. “We had a concept,” Stephen [...]

Aidonia upbeat about upcoming US show

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Dancehall act Aidonia is upbeat ahead of his July 23 gig at the Amazura Night Club in Queens, New York City. The event dubbed The Return, will see the deejay doing his first concert on the North American continent in more than six years. He recently returned to the island after a two-week promotional blitz [...]

Badda Skat on Reggae Music and the Power of Positive Intentions

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

"I first heard reggae music while I was on vacation with my family down in the Florida Keys," says Badda Skat. "I was probably 9 years old or so at the time. I remember it fully captivating me, and I had to learn more… Once I heard the word ‘Rastafari’ in a Bob Marley song, [...]

UK-born reggae dancehall singer in Gambia

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Kingman, a UK-born reggae dancehall singer and songwriter, has arrived in The Gambia to promote his second album “Long Live Kingman 2016” comprising thirteen tracks. In this latest album, Kingman featured a Gambian upcoming artiste called Bas in a song entitled “Party Vibes”, produced by Ghetto Boy Music in Gambia He will play in concerts [...]

Warner’s ADA inks global deal with reggae label VP Records

Monday, March 7th, 2016

WMG’s independent distribution division, ADA, has expanded its partnership with reggae label VP Records. Their deal, first signed in 2009, now includes physical distribution in the U.S. and Canada, and worldwide digital distribution. Previous successful releases from VP include records from Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Mavado (pictured) and the [...]

Lady Saw pens open letter, asks Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond for forgiveness

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Though a week has not yet elapsed since Lady Saw got baptised, the former queen of the dancehall is wasting no time where "getting it right with God and man" is concerned.   In an open letter, Lady Saw bears it all, answering questions that well-wishers and critics have thrown at her since she gave [...]

Jah Cure: ‘I only want the best because I’ve seen the worst’

Monday, August 10th, 2015

MUCH HAS been written in recent years about the state of reggae music. A combination of poor sales, the closure of specialist record shops, and young producers shifting away from traditional reggae sounds has led many writers (myself included) to question whether the beloved genre has suffered a decline. If indeed reggae is dying, Jah [...]

Shaggy: ‘I never had budgets. I’m the reggae guy’

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

THERE AREN’T an abundance of Jamaican music artists who can claim to be both pop stars and reggae stars. Generally speaking, you’re either one or the other. But somehow, Shaggy has enjoyed a 22-year career, in which he has successfully straddled both markets time and time again. His 1993 debut album, Pure Pleasure, featured the [...]