Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

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 [...]

Respect to the Max!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Yesterday was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in the music business.Romeo’s generation is considered the most influential in reggae music. He figured in the roots revolution of the 1970s, belting out spiritual songs like Let The Power Fall and revolutionary anthems such as War Ina Babylon. [...]

Ebola in Guinea: reggae plays on in Gueckedou as clubbers try to relax

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

On a Saturday night recently two teenagers, David and Fofana, defied their parents’ orders to stay at home and  slipped out as night enveloped the rice fields. They hitched rides on the back of motorbikes that brought them towards the bright lights of one of the few clubs still open in Gueckedou. What elsewhere would [...]

Eddy Edwards… Miami’s jerk king

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

This is the second in a 10-part series looking at Jamaicans excelling in the South Florida entertainment/lifestyle scene. Even though he migrated to the United States over 35 years ago, Carson ‘Eddy’ Edwards retains ties to his Jamaican roots. He has been involved in a number of projects in the US promoting Jamaican culture, especially [...]

Veteran singer John Holt is dead

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69. Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing.“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death,” Forbes told OBSERVER ONLINE. via Veteran singer John Holt is dead – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com.