Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

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 [...]

5 Songs You Need to Hear by Rising Reggae Star Kabaka Pyramid – The Root

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The young lion from Kingston held his own, exhibiting star quality as well as proving that people were ready for his music. Couple that with recent moves—including an appearance this year at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; his U.S. tour with a stop at New York City’s SOB’s; and an impressive European touring schedule—and [...]

Jamaica’s new copyright means Jamaicans pay for reggae the rest of the world gets free

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Jamaica now has the third-longest copyright term in the world, and the term extension has been imposed retrospectively, all the way back to works created in 1962, the year ska burst on the public scene.The new term only binds on Jamaicans, meaning that the currently public domain Jamaican works that are going back into copyright [...]

Hyde behind the camera

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

MUSIC video director and film producer Jerome Hyde has 10 years of experience under his belt. He has worked on major Hollywood films and television shows as well as videos for hip hop and reggae acts. Currently in Kingston for the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, the 30-year-old Washington DC native wants to learn more about [...]

Mystic Dub spreads reggae’s positive sounds

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Reaiah True, born in Jordan, grew up to crisscross the U.S., living in New York, California, Texas, Maryland and Maine before settling outside Grand Haven.The singer and guitarist was reared on classical music, folk, soul and jazz, and has worked in musical theater, toured with rock legend Neil Young as a dancer in his “Greendale” [...]