Kwabena Nip emerged on the local scene with his smooth vocals over a single called Bloody River in 2011, and has since embarked on promotional tours in England and Africa. The artiste recently collaborated with veteran reggae singer Marcia Griffiths, but laments what he terms a lack of respect to the genre he loves. "In Jamaica, we must always remember these legendary artistes. They are a gift from the Most High to us all, and they still continue to spread the conscious message of true reggae music round the globe," he said.
Reggae artiste Richie Spice has been crowned the new Prince of reggae in Brixton, England. According to his manager, Sophia Campbell, Richie Spice, born Richell Bonner, was crowned after he pulled thousands of reggae fans to a concert in Brixton and delivered two hours of captivating reggae music from his catalogue. For more than two decades, the reggae music fraternity has hailed the late Dennis Brown as The Crown Prince of Reggae. But with news of Spice's alleged coronation in England, will the late icon be replaced? According to Campbell there can be two princes of reggae.
The persistence of VP Records – who now turn their attention to the mighty Fred Locks - in the issuance of its ‘Reggae Legends’ series, is to be heartily welcomed. Whilst this artist might never have reached the dizzy heights of some of his contemporaries from the 1970s golden era of roots reggae, none will have missed the everlasting impact of his ‘Black Star Liner’ release. Fred Locks is so called due to the length of his locks. This growth was sparked by Selassie’s visit to Jamaica in 1966, though his new found faith was rewarded with eviction from the family home!
Legendary crooner Beres Hammond, one of the most recognizable voices in all of Jamaica, is back with “One Love, One Life,” a 20-track double album with steady grooves and some bonafide classics. Self-produced and recorded in his Kingston studio, Hammond has organized a record that splits into matters of the heart (”One Love”) and social consciousness ”One Life.” “No Candle Light” is instantly amazing, Hammond is ever the gentleman on the tender mid-tempo groove “In My Arms” and the romantic ballad “Lonely Fellow” is sincere. The second album is calm and refreshing, full of songs that will uplift. One bright spot is the title track, where Hammond makes it clear that he isn’t “singing for fame.”
During its short but eventful five year history Dan Wiltshire's One Love Festival has survived repeated venue changes, unsympathetic authorities and rival promoters. This year the event faced battles with their site's owners, stringent noise regulations and a couple of artist no-shows, yet maintained its mix of good music and low key relaxed vibes - blessed by one of the most gorgeously sunny weekends of the year. After two years based in Hainault, Essex, Wiltshire decided to return his event to Kent – to the site of Vince Power's Hop Farm Festival in Paddock Wood. The traditional growery of hops, a crucial ingredient in beer and a member of the cannabis family, seemed the perfect place to continue the uniquely chilled out reggae and dub vibe of the gathering in bucolic seclusion.
Legendary Jamaican reggae heroine Rita Marley, wife of the legend himself Bob Marley, will be in Malawi from Saturday to receive an African Diaspora honour. ”Yes, we are all excited about it, Rita Marley will be in Malawi this Saturday,” said Alvin Singh of the African Communications Agency (ACA) who are hosting the seventh annual African International Media Summit from November 17th to 18th at the Bingu International Conference Centre in the capital, Lilongwe. Singh said the “Harambe” hit maker will – alongside Malawi President Joyce Banda – be honoured on Sunday with the “Living Legends Banquet”. ”The honourees are chosen by the by an international panel that look at how the honourees have represented the African Diaspora,” he said.
These days, Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is serious about spreading a positive message, but he hasn't done away with his sense of humor. The rapper-turned-reggae artist released Pocket Like It Like It's Hot (a remixed video version of 2004's Drop It Like It's Hot) earlier this month, and on Tuesday he spoke with ETonline about making the video as well as Reincarnated (the documentary which follows his spiritual awakening in Jamaica) and whether or not he'll ever make another rap album.
You can hear it from Henderson’s sleepy Water Street, the up-stroke of a wah-pedaled electric guitar, the off-beat skank of a keyboard, the rah-dah-dah-dat slaps of the congas, the calls of “Jah!” and “Brrrrrah!” rising into the night from the Henderson Events Plaza. Walking along the convention center’s brick walls, the white noise hanging stagnant above the rhythm section comes into focus: It’s the cheering voices of children, their parents and what you might call the reggae heads of the valley. By the end of the night, there were 500 of them. A number that, as Roots Reggae Uprising’s promoter Brian Saliba would say later, was actually much smaller than he expected.
Mojo Morgan of International Reggae Band "Morgan Heritage" has been hospitalized. On Wednesday night the artist fell critically ill while in studio mixing for the new Morgan Heritage album at the Circle House in Miami, Florida. At this time no further information is available, but an official statement will soon be released. Mojo Morgan who is also on a promotional tour for the release of his single "New Dawn" featuring Peetah Morgan, was slated to co headline over the weekend at the Hot 97FM Boston anniversary. His brother Gramps Morgan will be filling in for him.
Dr Michael Barnett, who lectures at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, got involved with the annual Peter Tosh Symposium in 2010. It is unlikely that anyone, even with the aid of Tosh's Crystal Ball, would have seen a posthumous Order of Merit (OM) for the late singer and musician in Jamaica's 50th year of Independence. So when the 2012 staging of the symposium takes place this evening at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre on the Mona campus, the award, officially handed over on Monday, will loom large. "We are going to basically consider - because to some people it is controversial - the question is if Peter would accept the award or not. Herbie Miller will speak to that," Barnett said.