Fourth Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival

October 8th, 2018

It’s that time of year again when we just have to give in to the fact that we all have to buy ‘roomier’ clothes once October is over. The fourth annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival JFDF runs October 20 – 28, and this year promises more deliciousness and support for Kingston’s tourism sector.

JFDF 2018 officially kicked off with a media launch Thursday last at the University of Technology UTech Jamaica School of Hospitality & Tourism’s hotel facility.

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Sheldon Senior cancer free and in pursuit of reggae stardom

September 23rd, 2018

Now cancer free and fully devoted to his career, Sheldon Senior has landed the cover of one of the world’s most reputable reggae magazines: IRIEMAG. In a nine-page spread, the aspiring reggae artiste recalls his odyssey from Mandeville, Manchester, to the United Kingdom and back; the balance between teaching and recording music; and his battle with lung cancer.

Based in California, IRIEMAG covers the happenings in the reggae industry. Reggae artistes like Iba Mahr, Protoje, Jah9, and Kabaka Pyramid have been featured in the publication along with other musicians, engineers, and music industry professionals. "I feel blessed and honoured. I have worked hard for years, and it’s truly rewarding to see a magazine such as this take the time to introduce my work," Senior told The Gleaner.

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In Misty’s footsteps

August 5th, 2018

American ballerina Misty Copeland continues to inspire young girls of colour worldwide to achieve the highest in the world of ballet.

That story rings true for 19-year-old Erica Lall, a dancer in the corps de ballet of the prestigious American Ballet Theater (ABT), the same company for which Copeland is currently a principal dancer.

Lall, who was this year named among the ’25 To Watch’ by the industry glossy Dance Magazine, was born in Cypress, Texas, a community in Harris County just outside Houston in the United States, to a Jamaican mother and a Trinidadian father. Her mother, Hermoine White, is originally from Linstead, St Catherine, but grew up in Kingston.

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Reggae music takes over Downtown

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 passerby in the area, said one woman.

“We were actually Downtown to see a movie and when we came out we bumped into the show,” said Ilka Selby, who was with her daughter Mia. “We saw the crowd and heard the music and stayed because the music was really nice.”It was her first time hearing music from the reggae roots band, and she was amazed with their performance and style.

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Reggae Label Trojan Records Details 50th Anniversary Releases

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 Marley and the Wailers’ music in the U.K.

Trojan’s upcoming 50th anniversary release itinerary includes the three-disc Ska and Reggae Classics collection (out May 25th), the two-CD sets This is Trojan Roots and This is Trojan Dub (June 22nd) and the coffee table book, The Story of Trojan Records (July 5th). Laurence Cane-Honeysett wrote the The Story of Trojan Records (he previously chronicled the label in his 2003 book, Young, Gifted and Black), which also contains illustrations, photographs, record sleeves and other previously unseen archival material.

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What to Do (and Wear) in Jamaica’s Coolest Beach Town

May 20th, 2018

Negril — a laid-back Jamaican coastal town — has everything you’d want from an idyllic island getaway.

There are long stretches of sandy beach lined with restaurants, bars, and vibrant street vendors; cliffside hotels and restaurants overlooking glittering Caribbean waters; and, of course, Bob Marley’s greatest hits playing around every corner.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend of romance or partying, Negril can offer both.

Below, we round up the best things to do and what to wear for a perfect weekend in Jamaica’s coolest beach town.

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7 Jamaicans Who Ultimately Defined Reggae Music

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 denotes a particular style of music that was strongly influenced by both traditional Jamaican folk music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. Reggae’s predecessors are the earlier genres like ska and rocksteady, both originated in Jamaica in the 1950′s and the early 1960′s, respectively.

Over the decades that followed, reggae has spread to every corner of the planet, evolving, incorporating local instruments and fusing with other musical genres and cultures. But whatever it be, it’s Jamaica that forever shall remain the homeland and the birthplace of a great number of unique and highly talented voices and performers within the genre.

In this feature article, we would like to invite you for a soulful and leisurely ride on the quiet waves of the ultimate and authentic Jamaican reggae vibes.Worth to mention that the artists below are arranged in no particular order for each of them are authentic and unique in their own way.

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

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 really fits well with the culture and the demographic out there."It also fits in well in St. Petersburg. This weekend, Reggae Rise Up will stage its fourth local festival in Vinoy Park, expanding for the first time to three days, and expecting up to 10,000 fans daily. If it’s not already the largest reggae and reggae-rock festival east of the Mississippi, Carrick believes it soon will be.

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Ibo Cooper dreams of cash-rich Reggae Month

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 because dem burn out in carrying people around the place," he said."I want you to envision a Reggae Month when all the jerk chicken sell off and everybody a lick dem finger … , the jerk chicken man and Mr CB, and everybody else. Unless we have vision, we perish, and I want us to realise that this is where we want to go," he added.

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Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Ground Miami January 13

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 – themselves Perry collaborators – Perry’s legacy can be glimpsed across the musical spectrum. On January 13, Miami audiences will have the opportunity to catch him live and in the flesh at the Ground.

Having collaborated with such foundational reggae artists as Bob Marley & the Wailers and Max Romeo, Perry is widely regarded as one of the chief architects of both reggae and dub music. The latter genre, commonly understood to be atmospheric, instrumental-heavy music with extended running times, has grown far beyond its initial Jamaican roots and is now readily associated with musical experimentation in any and all forms. If your favorite track has a longer, more rhythm-oriented version with prolonged instrumental freak-outs, it’s likely considered a dub version. And in Miami, an international city where rhythmic dance music and club culture reign supreme, the extended instrumental is a fact of everyday musical life, something we all have the innovations of Perry to thank for.

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