Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

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.

Thieves steal Meddy Ranks’ rare reggae recordings

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

An acclaimed record producer said he feared for his life after £250,000-worth of tracks were stolen from his Birmingham home. The haul lost by Meddy Ranks included a clutch of rare and unreleased works by reggae legends. Meddy, who stored the tracks on his laptop, said he now feared repercussions from associates in Jamaica who [...]

Taj Weekes Talks About Real Love, Herb, and Reggae Music

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

From the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to the stage at the Funky Biscuit in Boca where he’ll be performing this Friday night with his band Adowa, reggae singer Taj Weekes has undergone a long, interesting musical journey."We would sing to our parents in the living room," he reminisced about his early crooning days as [...]

Honouring LKJ

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

IN 1970s Britain, the sounds of Marley, Burning Spear and Linton Kwesi Johnson were the soundtrack for militant black youth protesting racism in that country. On October 20, Johnson will receive the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music. The OD, Jamaica’s fifth highest civic honour, will be awarded during [...]

Artists gather for benefit to aid local reggae legend Ras Jahn

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Bob Marley sang about “One Love” and if there is one love today it’s Ras Jahn Bullock: More than a dozen acts and DJs will show their love for the local reggae legend today during a benefit at The Os in in Sunderland.Bullock, of both Loose Caboose and The Alchemystics, was injured in an accident [...]