Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

34 Years After : Has Reggae Music Fared Well? |

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Since the death of Robert Nesta Marley,  popularly known as Bob Marley, many reggae artistes have come and gone and none has been able to match Bob Marley’s roots-rock reggae. In this piece, ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM and SAMUEL ABULUDE look at what may have relegated this genre of music to the background. Before America met [...]

Six-string Savoury

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

He has played guitar for some of reggae’s finest on some of the biggest stages locally and internationally. Behind the ‘cool’ demeanour of his trademark sunglasses, Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory is a committed musician. He remembers the first time his soul was stirred by the instrument. It was the riffs of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song which [...]

Listen to Stephen Marley ‘Ghetto Boy’

Monday, May 11th, 2015

There is perhaps no better way to honor Bob Marley’s life today, the 34th anniversary of his death, than through new music from his son Stephen “Ragga” Marley that tackles the same issues of race and poverty and violence that have made Bob Marley such a unique and timeless artist. “I think we need to [...]

Revival brings Jamaican reggae star Triston Palma to O.B.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

“Triston Palma has been doing this for about forty years, he was recording reggae hits as a teen and is a longtime favorite of the guys in the band,” says Revival bassist Luis Medina of their occasional Jamaica-based collaborator. “He comes to San Diego about every two years and always packs the place.” Palma and [...]

Satsang & Steel Pulse: Rocky Mtn Reggae Fever

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

When a legendary reggae band tours with the hottest new reggae act on the touring circuit the result is a sweaty dance party with a lot of chucking going on. After touring for 40 years, Steel Pulse knows how to do it, and they also know how to seek out other talented musicians because Satsang [...]

Vegas shares ‘Euphoria’ with Pitbull

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Dancehall artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam.The single is from Vegas’ Euphoria album which was released last year."We wanted it to be a happy song and we needed an artiste to take us to another level, so we sent a copy of [...]

Woman is boss

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

“Women are doing very well in calypso,” says former monarch, Karene Asche, acknowledging strides women have made in the traditionally male-dominated artform. “The men ‘fraid we bad. They don’t always show it but you hear the little whispers,” she adds with a laugh. Outside of social and political commentaries, Asche says female calypsonians are also [...]

‘Reggae on the up’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Singer Tony Anthony has been a fixture on the Canadian reggae scene for over 20 years. He is an elder statesman in a market that lacks sustained careers. The St Catherine-born Anthony has lived in Toronto since 1992. He has earned a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) nomination and won Reggae Vocalist of the Year [...]

Jo Mersa Marley: Talking with Bob Marley’s grandson in advance of 9 Mile Music Festival – SouthFlorida.com

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Not unlike his grandfather Bob Marley and father, Stephen Marley, Jo Mersa Marley’s music revolves around positive vibes, or what he likes to refer to as "conscious music."The 23-year-old started performing and touring with his father when he was about 3 or 4. Now a solo artist, Mersa Marley will perform his original reggae-pop songs, [...]

Marijuana’s Relationship with Reggae and Its Future Prospects in Jamaica

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Despite Jamaican reggae’s pro-cannabis stance over the past six decades, the plant remains illegal in the music’s birthplace.Jamaica’s reggae artists are unrivaled in their vociferous championing of marijuana usage and persistent rallying for its legalization. A primary tenet of the island’s indigenous Rastafarian way of life, which is inextricably linked to the cultural identity of [...]