Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

Interview: UB40′s Ali Campbell talks reggae, wine and relationships ahead of Wrexham gig

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Almost 40 years on from his band’s first release, Ali Campbell still believes he has a very special job to do when it comes to maintaining the popularity of the music he plays. “It was always our mission to promote reggae,” he tells me, ahead of UB40’s gig at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in May. “I’m [...]

The World According to Chronixx—Reggae Star, Wellness Guru

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

You could be forgiven for making an assumption when a Rastafari reggae artist named Chronixx sings about "spending every dollar" on a green substance that gives him confidence and calms his nerves. But you’d probably be wrong. Not that the 24-year-old rising star from Jamaica doesn’t smoke weed (he vapes). But it’s the spirulina he [...]

Spaceships, vegan food and branches of marijuana – in Jamaica with reggae’s legends

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

To hear one of the best roots reggae albums to come out of Kingston, Jamaica, this spring, you have to drive a long way from Trench Town. In fact, you have to leave the city altogether and head up high into the mountains that surround it.Not every taxi is keen on making the trip, so [...]

Bedasse was central to mento era of J’can music

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Alerth Rockford Bedasse was central to the mento era of Jamaican music. He was the lead vocalist and chief music arranger for perhaps the most popular mento aggregation: The Chins Calypso Quintet. Along with Count Lasher, Harold Richardson and The Ticklers and Lord Flea and His Calypsonians, they were the essence of the mento upsurge [...]

John Blake’s happy with his One Life

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

AMERICAN rapper John Blake is re-establishing his Jamaican roots with his latest single One Life. The track is a collab with reggae singer Ambelique. “It is a blend of hip hop and reggae music on world issues, self-empowerment, human challenges and faith,” he said. “The single is doing well. We have started to get some [...]

To Celebrate Reggae Music, Jamaica’s the Place

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

I was in Kingston attending a small conclave of local filmmakers sponsored by the Jamaica Film and Television Association. After viewing five short films, each of the filmmakers got to answer questions from the media. After listening to all the chatter, I interjected with this simple question, "Does anyone remember ‘The Harder they Come’?" This [...]

Craigy T and Tarrus do One More Song

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The single, One More Song, happened rather serendipitously after Riley overheard the early vocal tracks, which had been laid down by Craigy T, and decided he had to be part of that project. It is produced by Jordan McClure. “Me, Tarrus, and my artiste Kenny Smith were in the studio one day vibing some of [...]

Roots, Reggae, Rebellion review – get up, stand up, for the music that changed the world

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

As news dawned that the US had installed a white supremacist in the White House, some found consolation in the idea that his presidency might at least make for some excellent music in response. Was this a desperate grasp for a silver lining? Or was it, as some people suggested, a tasteless opinion which trivialised [...]

Popular Jamaican reggae artiste has visa cancelled after carrying marijuana infused fluid on flight

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Luciano’s United States visa was cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend. The artiste, who was scheduled to perform on the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, took to social media to advise promoters and fans of the development. “I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America [...]

Soca Queen Destra Garcia Is Ready To Shake Up Pop

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Soca imbues the listener with a sense of freedom and puckish abandon, but for those that make a living off it, the genre’s never-ending fête can sometimes be creatively limiting. The annual carnival in Trinidad, and the tour of international carnivals that follow through the rest of the year, require a steady stream of reliable [...]