Riley’s ‘Royal’ turns 10

May 7th, 2017

She’s Royal, the anthem to women from singer Tarrus Riley, turns 10 this year. Recorded in October 2006 and released in early 2007, She’s Royal was produced by renowned saxophonist, Dean Fraser.“The song came about as a self-esteem booster. At the time, I knew some girls who needed a confidence boost.

I wanted women to feel confident about themselves,” Riley said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. Riley is son of late reggae singer, Jimmy Riley.She’s Royal was recorded at producer Mikey Bennett’s Grafton Studios, while laying the rhythm was done at Tuff Gong

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Here comes trouble

April 30th, 2017

With sunshine, warm temperatures, it’s time to get your Caribbean vacation face on.

There’s no time better than Thursday at London Music Hall where up-and-coming reggae star Chronixx, known for hits such as Here Comes Trouble, is on stage along with reggae and dancehall musician DJ Max Glazer of Federation Sound, and reggae singers Kelissa and three-time Juno nominee Ammoye.

Chronixx — born Jamar McNaughton in Jamaica, the son of singer Chronicle, or Jamar Sr. — saw his 2014 album Dread & Terrible top the reggae and R&B music charts for almost a year.

His lyrics focus on themes of anti-­war, romance and resiliency.

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How Clinton Fearon got his reggae groove back

April 30th, 2017

Growing up in Jamaica, a young Clinton Fearon quickly realized he wanted to pursue music.

But Fearon’s desire to learn an instrument ran up against his family’s economic reality.

"I asked my dad, ‘Can you buy me a guitar?’ " Fearon said. " ‘I don’t have any money,’ he said. It was obvious. We are poor. I have no reason not to believe him. I know it too."

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Roni Size still on the scene 20 years on

April 23rd, 2017

THIS YEAR, Bristolian DJ Roni Size will celebrate the 20th anniversary of New Forms, the ground-breaking drum and bass album which put the producer on the map.

In celebration of this milestone event, Size will be taking to the stage to perform tracks from the album, some of which he has never performed before. “This performance is going to be very different from anything I’ve ever done before,” shared the 47-year-old.

“You’d usually see me with a seven piece band, drum and bass players, all guns blazing — but this is a step into the future. I almost feel like the whole band thing, I’ve kind of done it and this will be a new challenge.”

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Gospel artiste defends reggae switch

April 23rd, 2017

The artiste, who now dabbles with reggae music, is following the footsteps of veteran artiste Prodigal Son who switched to reggae in 2013 and was met with strong backlash by the Christian community.

However, he believes the practice does not breach the ethics of Christianity."Nothing is wrong with doing gospel and cultural reggae at the same time. After all, reggae and Christianity are two rich aspects of Jamaican culture and most, if not all Christians, do listen to clean cultural reggae music," the artiste, whose real name is Glendon Marvin Henningham, said

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VIDEO: Stirring The Pot at Angler’s

April 9th, 2017

The Caribbean, with its fresh fruits and natural organic soil, is still not an in-demand destination for food. Why? Because we have not given it our all… Let’s do so now as we declare Jamaica the epicentre of food and generate a global buzz while we eat our way around our beloved country. Giving it our all means identifying a minimum of one restaurant each week and lending financial support. 

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards committee leads by example, so from our Parish Gems to Stirring The Pot we ask you to join us, or start your own tour. Share your findings with us and, when we meet on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Formal Gardens of Devon House, let us all compare notes with the scores of the judges.

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Nattali Rize brings a new frequency to reggae

April 9th, 2017

Australian singer-songwriter Nattali Rize is fast becoming one to watch on the competitive reggae scene. Following the release of her polished debut album Rebel Frequency, she talks to RFI about breaking into the male-dominated genre, and finding her tribe in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Nattali Rize is surprisingly small in the flesh, but far from fragile. With with her long blond nats and radiant smile outlined in scarlet, she cuts an unusual and refreshing figure on the roots reggae scene.Australian-born, she moved to Kingston, Jamaica, a couple of years ago and launched her live five-piece band with musicians from Jamaica and Australia.

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Queen Majesty: How One New Yorker Rose From Reggae DJ to Hot Sauce Royalty

March 26th, 2017

The first time Erica Diehl heard 1960s Jamaican music, her whole world rearranged to make room for it. The current hot sauce maker and former DJ had moved from Buffalo to New York City in 1994, looking to become a painter, when she was hit by the reggae blindside.

“I started collecting everything I could find," she says of her crate-digging early days, before crafting locally-made hot sauces consumed her every waking moment. "This led to discoveries about other eras and artists and started turning into a real specialized collection.” It wasn’t until the early 2000s, when she took a job at a graphic design agency, that someone suggested she make something of this obsession by DJing her expanding collection.

via Queen Majesty: How One New Yorker Rose From Reggae DJ to Hot Sauce Royalty.

Interview: UB40′s Ali Campbell talks reggae, wine and relationships ahead of Wrexham gig

March 26th, 2017

Almost 40 years on from his band’s first release, Ali Campbell still believes he has a very special job to do when it comes to maintaining the popularity of the music he plays.

“It was always our mission to promote reggae,” he tells me, ahead of UB40’s gig at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in May.

“I’m still doing the same thing I was doing all those years ago – promoting reggae music because it’s the music I love.”

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The World According to Chronixx—Reggae Star, Wellness Guru

March 12th, 2017

You could be forgiven for making an assumption when a Rastafari reggae artist named Chronixx sings about "spending every dollar" on a green substance that gives him confidence and calms his nerves. But you’d probably be wrong.

Not that the 24-year-old rising star from Jamaica doesn’t smoke weed (he vapes). But it’s the spirulina he adds to tea, coconut water, and daily smoothies that he wrote a whole song about. In his eponymous ode to protein-packed algae powder, he sings that food should be your medicine, and your medicine your food.

As a fan, I was psyched to meet Chronixx just before he kicked off his 2017 Chronology Tour. As a writer at a health and fitness publication, I saw the story of an unlikely role model who embodies wellness in his work and peppers his concert-photo-filled Instagram feed with Warrior Poses and the ingredients for porridge.

via The World According to Chronixx—Reggae Star, Wellness Guru | SELF.