The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" (Ume/Sunpower Records); The Original Wailers' "Miracle" (MRG Recordings); Toots and The Maytals' "Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill" (Metropolis Recordings); Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters' "New Legend Jamaica 50th Edition" (Mondo Tunes) and Sean Paul's "Tomahawk Technique" (VP/Atlantic)
The new Barclays Center was the venue for Wednesday's BioLife Sounds of Reggae Concert with headliners Beres Hammond, Ali Campbell, Shaggy, and Maxi Priest. And what a smasher it was. Rapper Jay-Z and superstar Barbara Streisand are just two of the performers who have played sold-out dates at the new facility which is home for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.Priest, who got the concert started, gave a glittering performance for over 13,000 screaming fans.
Following the recent announcement of a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, prominent Jamaican producers, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are mixing their creative juices once more to help prop up a promising new Reggae act. Sly and Robbie have produced a large catalogue of hits and one of their latest projects adds to their esteemed résumé as they’ve teamed up with promising Reggae singer, Survivalist. Dubbed as The Anointed One and Da’ Living Survivor, Survivalist has scored with his new single, Give The Youth Dem a Income.
Marley, the highly-acclaimed documentary recapping the life and music of Reggae icon, Bob Marley, has secured another nomination for a major international award. The documentary, directed by British filmmaker, Kevin Macdonald recently copped a nomination for next year’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
A British DJ renowned for his knowledge of reggae has resigned from a leading commercial radio station in protest over what he called its "continued marginalisation" of the genre. David Rodigan said he was leaving Kiss FM after 22 years "with great sadness" after being moved to a midnight slot. He said the change "left me no option but to make a stand for my passion". A statement from Kiss said the station was "very sad and disappointed" to confirm Rodigan's departure.
French reggae band Dub Inc was recently in India as part of the India Music Week. The eight-member group played in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. Formed in 1997, the group also has a documentary to their name — The Rude Boy Story (directed by Kamir Meridja) that captures the life of an independent band. We caught up with Zigo (drummer) and Komlan (lead vocals)
As expansive as the title is, “Reggae Golden Jubilee” does not do justice for just how culturally rich this new box set it is. Spread over four CDs, with an accompanying 64-page booklet rife with photos and commentary, the lavish set is the equivalent of a college course on the past 50 years of Jamaican popular music. Curated by Edward Seaga, a former prime minister of Jamaica who was born in Boston, educated at Harvard, and also used to be a record producer, the set uses 100 recordings to trace the chronology of the island’s music. Ska gives way to rocksteady and reggae and then to dub, dancehall, and deejay. (Released on VP Records, the box set is available only as a physical product.)
LAST Thursday, Professor Mike Alleyne of Middle Tennessee State University launched his first book, The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus. The England-born professor said the book — which has a foreword by drummer Sly Dunbar — was inspired by the artistic creativity of the musicians, songwriters, producers and graphic artists whose collective efforts carved out new spaces in popular music. “The stories are truly theirs,” he added.
For everyone that wants to hear some incredible tunes, head to Jaco this weekend for a great taste of reggae Saturday night, starting at 10 pm. There is no cover charge and Monkey Bar will have DJ Who-lio playing before and after the show. WATUSI is the original, “REGGAE / WORLDBEAT” band in Texas and one of the top reggae / worldbeat groups in the USA, with 10 players from around the world and based in Dallas,Texas. WATUSI is the premier artist on World Beatnik Records, for 28 years a Texas reggae legend, a “worldbeat” pioneer and are respected and played worldwide. Winners of numerous Reggae and World Music Awards including 2011 Dallas Music Award for Reggae and.. nominated for the Roots Music Association “Reggae Artist of the Year” . Watusi is a charter member of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (R.A.W.)
REGGAE beats will usher in a new chapter at the relaunched Afro Caribbean Centre, when it holds its first party this weekend after being shut for a year. The building is taking on a new lease of life after a revamp and will once again offer a focal point for a community which does not have a base in the town. Since a quiet opening two months ago, teething problems have been ironed out and the management is ready to welcome members old and new. Swindon 105.5 DJ MC Ranks will mark the centre’s return to full health by entertaining the crowd. Colin Cole, the acting secretary of Swindon’s West Indian Community Association, said: “We have carried out a facelift as the place needed freshening up.