Archive for April, 2012

Dancehall’s roots REVISITED

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Clarks shoes, ‘diamond’ socks and Kangol hats were dancehall vogue during the early 1980s when photographer Beth Lesser made frequent trips to Jamaica to cover the country’s post-Marley music scene. Lesser, who has written voraciously about dancehall’s formative years, continues that trend with Rub-a-Dub Style: The Roots of Modern Dancehall, her fourth book which will [...]

Sadiki to release new reggae single, titled ‘MAMA,’ on itunes

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Sadiki’s single, produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, is a heartfelt cultural ballad with a twist – it describes the family bond between an ailing mother and her son, but at the same time, the song offers a thoughtful commentary on the current state of Jamaican culture.   The title, “Mama,” refers in part to the [...]

Bushman to perform for Kenyan Charity

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Jamaican singer Bushman will be in Nairobi on May 11 for a charity concert at Sankara to raise funds for March Forth Kenyan Kids. Bushman will perform an acoustic set with special guest Michel Ongaro and Senta Lain from 8:30pm. March Forth Kenya Kids is a non-profit organisation working with children to help give them [...]

Snagga Puss eyes dancehall again – Hopes to reflect health consciousness in his music

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Veteran dancehall artiste Snagga Puss, aka Di Herbal Man, is hoping to make a comeback to the local dancehall scene. According to the artiste, who also operates a herbal medicine production business, he feels he has become more conscious and better at his musical craft than ever before. Snagga Puss revealed that contrary to what [...]

Rasta Legislature | Longtime reggae musician Prezident Brown

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

When reggae musician Fitzroy Albert Cotterell’s father died, the man better known as Prezident Brown was forced to leave school and help care for his mother and three sisters. Growing up in the poor farming town of Oracabessa in the mountains of Jamaica was a struggle, but Brown looks back on it with loving nostalgia. [...]

Reggae Film Festival ‘flows’ to local TV screens

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

For the first time in the history of the Reggae Film Festival, entries from the RBC Make a Film in 24 Hours Competition will be seen on local TV screens immediately after they are received at the close of the competition. Flow has partnered with the Reggae Film Festival and will broadcast the short film [...]

1st Quarters Riddim shows its game for success in Dancehall

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae producer, Tony ‘CD’ Kelly has proven his sharp eye for quality and talent once more with the release of his newest compilation, the 1st Quarters Riddim. Known for being instrumental in propelling the international careers of artistes such as Sean Paul, Patra, Shaggy and Beenie Man to name a few, Kelly has [...]

The billion dollar rasta

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

He was born in a Jamaican hill town without electricity and grew up in Kingston’s most notorious slum. Even as an adult, he often walked around barefoot. But now, in death, Bob Marley has transcended his humble roots and become one of the biggest earners on the planet. And with a new documentary and a [...]