Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

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 [...]

A rare local show from Seattle’s resident reggae pioneer Winston “Flames” Jarrett

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

While Jamaican track and fields athletes have been racking up gold medals at the Summer Olympics, on Thursday, Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park will play host to Jamaican music legend Winston “Flames” Jarrett. The concert is part of the Seattle Art Museum’s free Summer At Sam concert series. Still singing at age 75, Jarrett was a pioneer in [...]

The rise of Future Fambo

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Deejay Future Fambo earns a career milestone this week. He has made the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with Evolve: The Uprise. Distributed by Blaze Entertainment/Tropical Elec-tronic Productions, it debuts at number two behind Revelation Pt II: The Fruit Of Life. Fambo (real name Warren Williams), who is in his early 40s, has made a name [...]

Reggae’s royal return

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

A LIVE show from Julian ‘Ju Ju Royal’ Marley is something special. Currently on an extensive tour, the schedule he has undertaken across the globe has helped him master his craft and contributed to him becoming a seasoned performer. Surprisingly though, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley has never embarked on a UK tour.“Everything [...]