Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

Reggae music takes over Downtown

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Hundreds of music lovers packed Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn to watch reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones perform on July 28. The band was the musical entertainment of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s pop-up beach party — a beach-themed outdoor event at the center of Fulton Mall. The event attracted coastline fanatics, music enthusiasts, and even [...]

Reggae Label Trojan Records Details 50th Anniversary Releases

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Founded in 1968 by Lee Gopthal and Chris Blackwell, two Jamaican ex-pats living in London, Trojan helped introduce an array of reggae artists to mainstream audiences. The label’s catalog includes music from Lee "Scratch" Perry, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, the Pioneers and the Maytalls, while its Upsetter imprint was responsible for releasing much of Bob [...]

7 Jamaicans Who Ultimately Defined Reggae Music

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Reggae was originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The first popular song to officially use the word "reggae" was "Do the Reggay", a 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, thus giving the name to the genre and introducing it to a much wider global audience. As a matter of fact, the term reggae [...]

How St. Pete’s Reggae Rise Up festival became one of the biggest in the country

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

When you think reggae music, one city naturally comes to mind: Salt Lake City, Utah.No, seriously, it makes sense if you think about it, said Vaughn Carrick."It really kind of fits," said the 33-year-old founder of the Reggae Rise Up festival. "In lieu of the surfers, we have the snow and the snowboarders. Being outdoorsy [...]

Ibo Cooper dreams of cash-rich Reggae Month

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Ibo Cooper said that he is longing for the day when Reggae Month will bring about the kind of buzz that could boost the country’s economy in a significant way."I’m dreaming of a Reggae Month where thousands of visitors flock the island to participate in the different activities, where every gas station run outta gas [...]

Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Ground Miami January 13

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Most Americans might not be aware of him, but Jamaican producer Lee “Scratch” Perry may be the most influential musical artist alive. Whether it’s seen through the iconoclastic, no-fucks-given punk ethos of the Clash, the tripped-up, spaced-out sounds of the first Gorillaz record, or in the sonic adventurousness of electronic artists like the Orb – [...]

How Marcia Griffiths’ ‘Naturally’ Made Her Jamaica’s First Lady Of Song

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Walls of huge speakers delineate the outdoor dancefloor, the warmth of the air matched by the warmth of the bass: This is a Jamaican soundsystem dance. One of the best things to hear at one of these events is the powerful, smooth sound of Marcia Llyneth Griffiths’s voice floating over the rhythms. Hers is a [...]

Reggae in Taiwan: Jamaican dancehall icon Sister Nancy makes a visit to the island

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Taiwan may not be the first place people think of when they think of reggae music, but the genre appears to be gaining popularity slowly and steadily across the island. The community of reggae music lovers may be small, but it is growing, and the island geography and laid-back atmosphere of Taiwan, which are reminiscent [...]

Reggae, dancehall and the culture of violence

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Ninjaman, dubbed as the Gold Teeth Don Gargan of dancehall, will not be celebrating a Merry Christmas in 2017.A seven-person jury found Desmond “Ninjaman” Ballentine; his son, Jahneil Ballentine, and a friend, Dennis Clayton, guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson, and they will be sentenced on December 15, 2017 more than likely to life [...]

An oral history of Holy Bob; So Much Things to Say reviewed

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The Harder They Come, Jamaica’s first (and still finest) home-grown film, was released in 1972 with the local singer Jimmy Cliff as the country boy Ivan Martin, who becomes a Robin Hood-like criminal outlaw amid the ganja-yards and urban alleys of the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The film’s director Perry Henzell, a ganja-smoking white Jamaican [...]