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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 09:40

Guam: Kick Off 2013 With A Reggae Bang

2013 kicks off in style when Budweiser, Docomo Pacific and Rock Solid Productions present “Music On The Rock” Saturday January 12th at the Guam Greyhound Park featuring Hawaii’s J-Boog and Fiji live in concert.  The artist whose created sweet melodies such as “Let's Do It Again” and “Sunshine Girl” is excited to finally play for the people of Guam, “I love traveling and sharing our music especially when it’s in front of a crowd of island people swaying to the vibe…We’re coming for you, Guam!” Opening for him is an artist whom many proclaim as one of the godfathers of Island music, Fiji.  His familiar voice and lyrics have captivated fans of all generations and he makes his way back to Guam since a concert 6 years ago for the MWR at Polaris Point.

Sunday, 06 January 2013 05:57

Jimmy Cliff See's Himself As An Outsider

Jimmy Cliff who cuts such classic reggae singles as The Harder They Come, Many Rivers To Cross and You Can Get It If You Really Want It back in the 60s and 70s - says he has always been an outsider. He was keen to collaborate with other artists and experiment with different genres, whereas most reggae artists remained in a closed world. And in the context of Rastafarian-dominated reggae culture he was also a Christian who converted to Islam then explored other religions ... and he has some rather outsider views on faith.

A federal judge is expanding his investigation into allegations of juror misconduct in the drug trial of reggae star Buju Banton. U.S. District Judge James Moody today ordered U.S. marshals to seize computers belonging to jury forewoman Terri Wright so a defense expert can see whether Internet research was conducted during the trial. The judge also plans to hold a second hearing on the issue and subpoena the remaining jurors. The jury in the Banton case – as is common in all jury trials – was told to refrain from conducting outside research and to judge the case solely on evidence introduced in the courtroom and the legal instructions given by the judge.

Sunday, 06 January 2013 02:27

Publishing The Encyclopedia Of Reggae

From his office in the recording industry department of Middle Tennessee State University, Caribbean music expert Mike Alleyne literally wrote the book on reggae music — or one of the books, anyway. “The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae” (Sterling, $24.95) has pages dedicated to artists like Bob Marley and UB40, but Professor Alleyne also includes subjects such as “reggae on film” and “Chinese Jamaicans” as separate entries. One might not think of Murfreesboro, Tenn., first as the place where a reggae music encyclopedia would be created.

The life and times of Bob Marley and his influence on post-colonial music is the focus of a course being offered this month at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, part of New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of Arts in lower Manhattan. It has long been argued that Marley's music provides a lifetime of learning. That it should now take up residence in a university setting may well be the natural order of things.

Sunday, 06 January 2013 02:13

Reggae Artist From Japan Aiming High

Japanese reggae artiste Yoko, popularly known as Rankin Pumpkin, is now beaming with pride as she achieved her major goal for 2012 when she appeared alongside dancehall's elite at Sting 2012 on Boxing Day.  "We are extremely delighted that she was again included in the line-up after making her Sting debut in 2011," said businessman Desmond Harvey, of the Montego Bay-based African Symbol Records, who has a long association with the Japanese singjay.

Friday, 04 January 2013 04:37

Reggae Music: Sounds Of Liberation

If there were to ever be a soundtrack to the long and valiant history of African liberation, I contend that that beat would be Reggae music. There is certainly a wide history of how music has been central to the communal life of any people, however the story of reggae and African liberation is highly intriguing and indeed, considering how reggae continues to be the music of the oppressed and revolutionised men and women all over the continent, it is also an inspiring story that offers us hope in the continued African struggle to develop herself.

Friday, 04 January 2013 04:29

Reggae Music Is Dieing

IT was slow going in terms of chart action and sales for Jamaican pop music in 2012. But for a minor hit, dancehall/reggae was off the radar. December figures from American sales monitor SoundScan presented a dismal picture with no album by a contemporary Jamaican artiste selling 5,000 copies in the United States.
 While they made a lot of noise at home, dancehall's finest, which includes Busy Signal, Konshens and I Octane, failed to impress overseas. Sean Paul, commercially the most successful dancehall artiste, also floundered.
The enigmatic singjay Popcaan was the only dancehall artiste to pierce the Billboard pop chart. His song, Only Man, made a brief appearance in February.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:31

Reggae Rising In India

Julian Marley’s first trip to India saw him bring some ‘fyah’ to the stage as he played to a packed venue in Goa Every once in a while, a musician will come along and change the face of the music he chooses to play. For reggae music, that man was Bob Marley. More than 30 years after his death, his music still lives on. One of the reasons for this, however, is the fact that some of his sons — most notably Ziggy, Stephen, Julian and Damian Marley — continue to be established musicians, and are keeping the Marley legacy alive by performing their father’s songs.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:28

Reggae World Unity Fest

Reggae World Unity Festival scheduled for Sunday, January 20, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Grand Central Park in Downtown Miami. Get ready to be swept away by the sounds and food of the Caribbean. Downtown Miami's aroma will be filled with a sweet cool breeze from the West Indies of Carribean Delicacies and Reggae Music. The Reggae World Unity Festival offers up a jam-packed cavalcade of stars, a day of peace, love & unity and good old sound system vibes of when dance was nice on January 20th 2013 at Grand Central Park in Miami, Florida from 2pm – 11pm.

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