Dancehall Queen still reigns after 20 years

July 16th, 2017

The song Dancehall Queen by Beenie Man and Chevelle Franklyn hit the Billboard charts exactly 20 years ago this week.Originally produced by Tony Kelly and Steven “Lenky” Marsden, the song was remixed by Lowell “Sly” Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare for Island Jamaica. It was the remix that took off and became a monster hit.

Dancehall Queen was the lead single from the soundtrack of the highly publicised independent Jamaican film of the same name, which starred Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Cherine Anderson, and Paul Campbell. It was directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts.

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Stone Love Crowns Japan the Capital of Jamaican music

June 11th, 2017

Critics have in recent times proclaimed Japan to be the capital of dancehall music and France the capital of reggae music. With that being said, several music industry protagonists have rubbished those claims, while others have agreed that the critics have put forward a strong argument.

Iconic sound system operator Winston ‘Wee Pow’ Powell, who recently returned to Jamaica after spending three weeks in Japan along with the Stone Love sound system, told The Sunday Gleaner that people who believe that Japan is the capital of dancehall might be understating the extent of Japan’s grip on the Jamaican culture.

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Stella McCartney Resort Rocks Reggae, Perfume, and a Message in a Bottle

June 11th, 2017

Stella McCartney celebrated resort season with her annual garden party in NYC. This year the designer moved the chic fête from the Elizabeth Street garden in Nolita to the garden grounds behind the High Line Hotel. Ky-Mani Marley the only child of Bob Marley and Jamaican table tennis champion Anita Belnavis kept guests grooving to reggae throughout the night, reminding New Yorkers that summer was indeed hopefully? finally? around the corner. “I grew up on reggae,” said McCartney told The Daily.

“No one plays enough reggae anymore.” So how did she and Marley connect? “Oh, you know, just through life. Just through a little journey…” said McCartney with a chuckle and a wink.The crowd had access to booths that included free bottles of McCartney’s latest fragrance, Pop Bluebell, and plastic bottles that contained messages with facts about the environment. Ours read, “Plastic normally takes thousands of years to decompose. But 16-year-old Daniel Burd made it happen in just three months by isolating a microbe that lunches on plastic bags.” Always eco-minded, McCartney recently partnered with Parley for the Oceans, a group that has made a yarn out of ocean trash to create a new fiber.

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Greensleeves celebrates 40 years with reggae concert

May 19th, 2017

United Kingdom-based reggae label Greensleeves Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In commemoration of the milestone, the label has planned a series of activities to take place across the globe, with stops in places like London, Paris and New York.

On June 21, the label will hold a 40th anniversary celebration concert at the legendary BB King venue in Times Square, New York. Queen Ifrica, Alborosie, and Addis Pablo are among the acts slated to perform at the public event designed to highlight the tremendous impact Greensleeves Records has had on reggae music over the years.

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Legendary Jamaican singer Frankie Paul is dead

May 19th, 2017

Frankie Paul has died.

The gifted singer, whose real name was Paul Blake, died at the University hospital of the West Indies after a battle with kidney disease. He was 51.

It was reported earlier this week that the family of the singer, who had been in hospital since April of this year, was seeking public assistance to care for him amid mounting expenses.

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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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