John Blake’s happy with his One Life

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 airplay on a few local radio stations in Jamaica.”

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To Celebrate Reggae Music, Jamaica’s the Place

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 was probably the most important film to come out of Jamaica as it introduced the world to the sounds of reggae music.An older man who had been introduced as a professor from the University of the West Indies and hadn’t yet said a word, answered: "I was the cinematographer on that movie."

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A taste of island living with a trip to Jamaica

December 4th, 2016

There aren’t very many tourists on my flight from New York to ­Kingston – it’s mostly ­Jamaicans going home. The tourists usually favour the trip to ­Montego Bay, from where they’re immediately shuttled into carefully cloistered resorts and served a jolly medley of reggae and other clichés of island life along with the necessary TVs, ATMs, fast-food chains, souvenir shops and multiple pools. Many travellers who visit Jamaica attend a “destination” wedding or a retreat; many never venture outside such compounds.

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In Her Own Words: Esther Anderson Artist/Filmmaker/Photographer

December 4th, 2016

During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. My collaboration with Bob is the crystallisation of two young rebel souls into one through total art: love, music, photography, cinema, architecture, Ethiopianism and political resistance.

We were both radical and uncompromising. Our best creation was our commitment to helping spread reggae music and the Rastafarian message of peace and love to the world. Marley is to me one of the recipients of Jamaican social history, like Paul Bogle and Marcus Garvey. Bob and the Wailers were able to synthesise the struggle of the sufferers in Jamaica.

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Harambe for Rita

November 23rd, 2016

ZIGGY Marley, eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, said his mother is recuperating in Florida. He spoke exclusively with the Jamaica Observer last weekend.

“If is one thing I know, my mother is a strong, strong woman. She is doing much, much better and is in Florida with (my sister) Cedella and other family members,” he said.

A former member of the sibling group the Melody Makers, Cedella Marley is CEO of the family-owned Tuff Gong International.

In September, there were reports that the 71-year-old Rita suffered another stroke and was admitted to a Miami hospital.

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Craigy T and Tarrus do One More Song

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 my tracks, and the song just came out of that creative energy. It was completely organic. Then we recorded the song at Chimney Records studios with Jordan. So imagine three musically mad people in one place!” Craigy T told the Jamaica Observer.

A former member of dancehall quartet T.O.K, Craigy T notes the reaction from the public has been nothing short of exciting, and he sees One More Song as that track which will start the ball a rolling for his solo career.

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Forever loving Jamaica: Travel Weekly

November 16th, 2016

Artist, photographer, film director, musician. Lee Jaffe has comfortably inhabited all these roles in many parts of the world, but his attachment to Jamaica, where he was, for a period, a member of Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, led him back to the island more than 200 times over the past 40 years. His photography of Jamaica and recommendations of what to see and do provide an unusual insider’s guide to the island in the latest installment of Travel Weekly’s Masters Series.

In 1972, before reggae music became the soundtrack for every Caribbean vacation and when few people outside of Jamaica recognized the name Bob Marley, a 22-year-old American multimedia artist, photographer, musician and film director named Lee Jaffe arrived in London, hoping to persuade expatriate Jamaican actress Esther Anderson to be in a film he wanted to make in Chile.

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Roots, Reggae, Rebellion review – get up, stand up, for the music that changed the world

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 the very real pain and suffering that now seems likely for many? After all, who cares about pop music when minorities are being persecuted and abortion rights rescinded?

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Popular Jamaican reggae artiste has visa cancelled after carrying marijuana infused fluid on flight

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 by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched.

During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests it was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US.

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Soca Queen Destra Garcia Is Ready To Shake Up Pop

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 hits from soca artists: formulaic songs that are full of countdowns to jump, crescendos to let your waistline loose, and sing-songy choruses perfect for chanting whilst drunk on rum.

Destra Garcia is one in a handful of Trinidadian soca singers who have successfully claimed their spot in an industry dominated by men, but the constraints of the genre have grown frustrating.

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