Archive for December, 2011

More changes in store for a Jewish reggae rapper?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

When a man decides to shave off his mustache or beard, it’s rarely a big deal. Maybe a significant other has something to say, and it goes no further. But when Matthew Miller, better known as the Jewish reggae rapper Matisyahu, removed his signature beard Dec. 13, he tweeted about it, included photo evidence, and [...]

Eve for Shaggy and Friends charity concert

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Another international act has been added to the line-up of the January 7 staging of the Shaggy and Friends charity show at Jamaica House. Rapper Eve joins Lauryn Hill and Deniece Williams as the non-reggae acts for the event organised by diamond-selling reggae artiste Shaggy to raise funds to go towards the construction of a [...]

Reggae Artist Mavado Kills Festive Season For Zimbabwe

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The selling of Sean Kingston’s tickets for Mavado’s show was already a bad omen for a festive season that showed so much yet disappointed before it has even reached full swing. Revelers were looking forward to the most happening act from Jamaica’s Mavado whose real name is David Constantine Brooks. But the dancehall champion who [...]

Pepita axed from Intense

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Well-renowned Jamaican television personality, Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita has been relieved of her duties as host of the popular Television Jamaica TVJ program, Intense.The curvaceous personality, who’s hosted the TVJ entertainment show over the last three years, was axed from Intense on Monday following an altercation with a fellow co-worker last week; leading to [...]

Sunday Profile: Kurleen Nowickas

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Twenty-nine-year-old Kurleen Nowickas has come a long way from St. Lucia, the tiny Eastern Caribbean island where she grew up. One of six siblings, she didn’t have a bed until she was 14. Higher education was a dream so remote that she didn’t consider it until high school. Yet now she has a music degree [...]

Artistes give back

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Contrary to what some may think that our artistes are just for the hype and all for themselves, over the last two decades or so, an increasing number of reggae artistes have been giving back to the society by reaching out the needy and less fortunate. Perhaps the most high-profiled is Orville Richard Burrell, aka [...]

Reggae for a cause

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Bedouin Soundclash is neither a stranger to Vancouver nor to cause. In the past year, the trio from Kingston has been in the city for both the Winter Olympics and a benefit for Insite. Thursday, the band will be back for RE*Generation, an organization to assist at-risk and homeless youth, for a concert presented by [...]

Mr. Vegas asks Reggae fans to save genre’s foundation with new petition

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

International Reggae star Mr. Vegas is urging fellow musicians and music fans to sign the Save Foundation Reggae petition – an appeal to radio disc jockeys to include the music of classic or ‘foundation’ Reggae pioneers like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Culture, and Alton Ellis into their Island Hop-driven playlists. The online petition also makes [...]