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Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:00

Alpha Blondy Israeli Trip

Singer Alpha Blondy was in Israel this week for the Zion Reggae Festival. Arutz Sheva met Blondy in Tel Aviv where talked about his deep connection with the land. "My family and I, we are so excited to be in Israel. It's a high spiritual level," he said. Blondy was born in the Ivory Coast as Seydou Koné to a Muslim mother and Christian father.  Among his popular songs are Jerusalem and Masada, in which he sings in Hebrew. He has also composed such songs as Apartheid Is Nazism, Black Men Tears and other tracks that deal with various religions and world conflict. "There is no rational explanation that I can give you for why I love Israel," Blondy commented. "Why did I come to Israel the first time [in the 1980s]?

Published in General Reggae News
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:38

Sizzla Recovering Nicely From Auto Accident

SizzlaREGGAE artiste Sizzla remains in a Corporate Area hospital five days after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in St Ann.

The Black Woman and Child singer is said to be resting well after suffering serious injuries including a broken arms and ribs, a fractured collar bone and ruptured liver which caused extensive internal bleeding.

According to his publicist Olimatta Taal, Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, is progressing well as he is now fully aware, talking and eating following the accident last Wednesday when he was thrown from his motorcycle after it was hit by a bus attempting to overtake the artiste. The bus did not stop.

Published in Reggae Artist News
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:27

When Reggae And Art Collide

Joseph Culture HillOn August 19, the reggae community remembered venerable roots-reggae singer Joseph 'Culture' Hill on the fifth anniversary of his death. Among the admirers paying homage was American photographer Brian Jahn.Jahn posted photos of Hill on his photo blog (blessingsallover.wordpress.com), complemented by a tribute from Canadian writer Jim Dooley. Hill is just one of thousands of subjects Jahn has shot in more than 20 years of covering the reggae beat.

Almost 150 of those photos have been exhibited on the blog since it was launched in January 2010. Because his catalogue is vast (more than 30,000 mainly black-and-white images), Jahn said regular updates are inevitable.

Published in General Reggae News
Monday, 22 August 2011 04:12

Reggae Extols The Virtuous Woman

Reggae Radio Rasta WomanWhile Delilah is decried by men in music, or at least regarded with dismay, the virtuous woman seems to be the ideal.  Buju Banton speaks about the 'virtuous woman' in Wanna Be Loved from his 1995 landmark album Til Shiloh. He observes, "A virtuous woman is really hard to find". He does not define her outright, but goes on to say:  

"I'm only human not looking for impossibility

Just a genuine woman with sincerity

Someone who is always there to hold me

Show me you care up front and boldly ... ." 

Published in General Reggae News

A new social media campaign hopes to harness the power of celebrities and a Bob Marley song to help bring awareness to the thousands suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa.  The "I'm Gonna Be Your Friend" campaign, which kicks off Tuesday, is named for a line in Marley's 1973 song "High Tide Or Low Tide."  It uses the song as the soundtrack to a short film on the East African crisis directed by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald. Among MacDonald's movies is the critically acclaimed "Last King of Scotland."

Published in General Reggae News
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 09:33

Buju Transferred To A Mississippi Jail

Buju BantonREGGAE star Buju Banton is now being transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Florida to a correctional facility in Mississippi to begin serving his 10-year sentence. Banton will be taken to the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi.Defence attorney David Oscar Markus, who represented the embattled artiste, in his drug trial, told the Sunday Observer that United States magistrate James Moody recommended that Banton serve his sentence at a facility in Florida, but a shortage of beds caused him to be transferred to the Mississippi-based prison. “The judge recommended that he serve his time in Florida, but there were no beds in Miami, and the ultimate decision was made by the Bureau of Prisons.

Published in Reggae Artist News

Reggae is a complex Afro-Jamaican twentieth-century musical phenomenon that has profoundly influenced global popular musical culture. As a genre of modern black cultural production, reggae music dates from the 1970s, when it emerged from the musical confluence of ska and rock steady, two forms born in early postcolonial Jamaica. As a cultural practice in Jamaican postcolonial society, reggae was closely tied to subaltern representations of slavery, colonialism, history, and Africa. As a consequence in many instances reggae became a counter-hegemonic practice critiquing the formal Jamaican Creole nationalist project of political independence.

Ska was a 1960s musical synthesis that ruptured the Jamaican musical form known as mento, which emerged from the encounter between European colonialism, racial plantation slavery, and the slave African population. Mento adapted and morphed the harmonic structures, instrumentation, and melodies of European musical styles into indigenous sounds.

Published in General Reggae News
Sunday, 30 January 2011 09:46

Bob Marley Celebrates A Birthday

bobThe Legendary Reggae Star Would Have Turned 66 on February 6th. Radio Specials, Streaming Parties, Video Premieres and more planned Bob Marley was born on February 6th, 1945. The legendary reggae star, best known for such exceptional hits as "Could You Be Loved," "One Love" and "Three Little Birds" would have celebrated his 66th birthday this year.

Universal Music Enterprises and Tuff Gong Records team up to present Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980. This never before released 2 CD concert was recorded 30 years ago while Bob was touring in support of his famed album, Uprising. Live Forever features many of Bob's most cherished songs.

Published in Reggae Artist News

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