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Jamaica Now Requires a COVID-19 Test Taken Within 72 Hours for Travelers

Monday, March 8th, 2021

After a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Jamaica is tightening its testing restrictions for visitors. Starting March 10, anyone arriving in Jamaica will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of their arrival. Previously, tests were accepted from up to 10 days before. The order applies to all travelers aged [...]

Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Neville O’Riley Livingston, the Jamaican vocalist better known as Bunny Wailer, died on March 2 at Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, at age 73. A founding member of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Wailer went on to become a reggae icon in his own right. Wailer traveled and performed sporadically, each [...]

U-Roy obituary

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Of the many innovations Jamaican music has offered to the world over the past 50 years, the lyrical art of “toasting” has had perhaps the most profound and long-lasting impact. A stylised, poetical form of chatting and scatting, it was brought to prominence in the early 1970s by the reggae deejay U-Roy, who has died [...]

Beres Hammond to embrace fans with Love From a Distance – Live set to close Reggae Month

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic instituting a new normal defined by physical distancing, reggae legend Beres Hammond will put his own spin on six-feet-apart protocols when he gets up close and personal with Love From a Distance. On Sunday night, February 28, the world renowned vocalist and his band will take the stage for an exclusive [...]

‘Lovers Rock’: Film Review

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Director Steve McQueen conjures the sensual atmosphere and freedom of a 1980 house party in this feature from his ‘Small Axe’ anthology for Amazon about London’s West Indian community. There’s a heady, hypnotic interlude midway through Steve McQueen’s dreamy celebration of Black community and culture, Lovers Rock, when Janet Kay’s 1979 hit "Silly Games" plays [...]

THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY “LIONESS OF REGGAE” RELEASED VIA ZIGGY MARLEY’S TUFF GONG

Monday, April 1st, 2019

https://musictalkers.com/images/slider/rita5.png Award winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon Mrs. Rita Marley, OD will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material. The Best of Rita Marley ‘Lioness of Reggae’ will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3. “I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical [...]

The high stakes of reggae superstar Buju Banton’s return

Monday, April 1st, 2019

I was three years old when dancehall superstar Buju Banton released his third album ‘Til Shiloh and his music became the soundtrack of my childhood in Jamaica. At seven, I remember being puzzled at how the song “Untold Stories” hypnotized every adult to bust out in the reggae-rock-shimmy-dance favored by Caribbean parents after a few [...]

Buju Banton Removes Infamous Homophobic Song from His Catalog

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Reggae icon Buju Banton banned his 1992 dancehall hit, “Boom Bye Bye,” from his music catalog, according to UrbanIslandz.com. Although the Jamaican-born artist has not performed the song since 2007, the anti-LGBT song has been at the center of several debates on its language. On the recording, he raps “boom bye, bye inna batty bwoy [...]

Fourth Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival

Monday, 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 [...]

In Misty’s footsteps

Sunday, 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, [...]