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Kids in a New Groove, the pioneering Austin charity that seeks to change the lives of foster youth through music mentorship, announced today that Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline their annual Music for the Soul fundraising event on September 20, 2012 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. The event will feature general admission concert tickets, in addition to limited VIP tickets that include a pre-party, dinner at the Long Center with renowned DJ Chicken George, cocktails throughout the night and premium concert seating.  Money raised from this one special evening will provide the majority of annual funding for Kids in a New Groove’s life changing music mentorship program for foster youth, where students take weekly private lessons, perform in recitals, make records, and earn their own brand new musical instruments.

Published in General Reggae News

Gregory Isaacs lives on through foundation's charity work. Studio 38 was the last location the late Gregory Isaacs performed in Jamaica, so it was only fitting that it was chosen to host his birthday tribute party.  Many turned out to see reggae pioneers as well as up-and-coming stars pay homage to the 'Cool Ruler'.  'The Hat Affair', as the tribute was dubbed, did not disappoint. From the old to the young, many donned their felt hats and grooved the night away to some of Isaacs' classic songs.Cocoa Tea, George Nooks, U-Roy, John Holt, Luciano, Big Yute, Mikey General, Noddy Virtue, Hezron and QQ were just some of the artistes who took to the stage to pay tribute to Isaacs.

Published in Reggae Artist News

It's mid-summer in Northern California and reggae rhythms will once again be reverberating off Southern Humboldt's golden rolling hills. Arguably Humboldt County's most historic and world-renowned gathering centered around live music, this weekend's 28th annual Reggae on the River offers a “global music experience,” according to the festival's promoters at the Mateel. ”Featuring a lineup consisting of more than 30 classic and cutting-edge artists on two stages, the festival (at the Benbow Lake State Recreation Area) will celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence from imperial rule and will honor this momentous occasion by presenting some of the island's best talent,” according to a news release.

Published in Reggae Music News
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 01:29

A New Reggae Star Arises From Zimbabwe

New Reggae ArtistZimbabwe in the last two years experienced a flood of reggae and dancehall artistes as promoters rushed to cash in on the popularity of some of these artistes. With the introduction of the United States dollar in Zimbabwe, the foreign artistes found this country an attractive destination to do business.

Foreign artistes who have cashed in on performances in Zimbabwe from the beginning of 2010 include Sizzla Kalonje, Yassus Afari, Sean Paul, Akon, Lutan Fyah, Brick and Lace, Beenie Man, King Sounds, Capleton, Elephant Man, Mavado and lately Zahara to mention only a few.

Published in Reggae Artist News
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 01:16

New Jersey Reggae Awards

Reggae AwardsTHE annual New Jersey Awards takes place April 14 at the Prince Hall in Newark, New Jersey. Among the performers will be singers Richie Stephens, Natural Black and New Jersey lovers rock artiste Christopher Wallace aka Dr Love — a cousin of the late rapper, Notorious BIG.

In a recent radio interview, Dr Love promised to give it his all.

“This is one of the biggest platforms in the state for reggae artistes, so I plan to bring my A game and give fans a special treat,” he said.

Dr Love has built a reputation in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) area. He is again nominated in the Singer of the Year category, which he won two consecutive years. He lists Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Kenny Rogers, Willy Nelson, Percy Sledge, and Ray Charles as his biggest influences.

Dr Love's latest songs, What’s Wrong and the gospel-inspired Now I Am Strong, have been released in Jamaica.

Other new releases include I Know featuring Ras Emmanuel; Kiss Me Good Morning, Too Much Guns in The Streets and Can’t Stop Me From Loving You.

His famous cousin was also named Christopher Wallace but gained fame as the Notorious BIG and is arguably the most influential rapper ever. His parents are Jamaican.

SOURCE: Jamaica Observer

Published in General Reggae News
Sunday, 17 April 2011 22:25

What Really Killed Bob Marley?

bobBob Marley the charismatic beloved Jamaican singer, who introduced reggae infused with Rastafarian themes died from a cancerous brain Tumor on May 11, 1981 in Miami. Florida. He was only 36 years old.

It’s been 30 years since his death; and there have many rumors and speculation about the cause of death. Did he really die from a brain tumor? Or other nefarious causes? Like the CIA? Poison in his boots etc?

Bob Marley’s medical records were never made public. However from several sources I managed to piece together the story of his illness and death from Metastatic Skin Cancer (Melanoma). This account I hope is fair, balanced and enlightening.

Published in Reggae Artist News
Sunday, 17 April 2011 22:08

Hundreds Protest Reggae Singer's Death

smiley-cultureProtesters marching in London Saturday called for an investigation into the death of one-time reggae star Smiley Culture during a police raid on his home.

About 600 people joined the march to New Scotland Yard, Channel 4 News reported. Police described the demonstration, which featured reggae music and chants of "No Justice, No Peace" as "noisy but peaceful."

Smiley Culture was the stage name of David Victor Emmanuel, 48, who was born in London in 1963 to a couple who had immigrated from the Caribbean. He became a hit in the 1980s as a disc jockey and recording artist, although his celebrity did not outlast the decade.

Published in Reggae Artist News
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 01:58

Jah Cure on Trial For Drug Possession

jahcureInternational reggae artiste, Jah Cure, went on trial on Wednesday on drug possession charges.

The singer, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, was charged last April by the Constant Spring Police after ganja was reportedly found in his motor vehicle.

The cops say they found a small quantity of ganja in the singer's BMW motor car during a spot check along Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew.

The singer was reportedly seen overtaking 11 vehicles in a line of traffic, when he was stopped by the police.

Published in Reggae Artist News

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