United States-based attorney William Mauzy says Jamaican entertainer Busy Signal was "very happy" with the six-month jail sentence handed to him in the state of Minnesota yesterday. "Given all the circumstances, he is very excited that the exit from jail is in sight and that he will be returning to Jamaica," said Mauzy, who represented the entertainer, whose real name is Glendale Gordon. According to Mauzy, Busy Signal relayed his feelings during a brief conversation they had after the sentence was announced. Despite the six-month jail term for absconding bail on drug charges dating back to 2002, the entertainer could be freed in 60 days.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center's fall Underground Sound series is underway, but the venue is not ready to pack it in for winter just yet. The Vilar Center will extend its lineup with a bonus eighth performance on Nov. 11 when Toots and the Maytals Unplugged Acoustic Tour comes to the venue, along with Anders Osborne. Toots and the Maytals, once known simply as the Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Lead singer and native Jamaican Toots Hibbert and his band helped chart the course of Jamaican music through its various evolutions of ska, reggae and rock.
Stephen Marley, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, has proven time and time again that his blood runs pure with naturally gifted musical ability. After many years of helping produce/write songs for other Marley family projects, Stephen released his first solo album “Mind Control” in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. It was quickly honored with a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Last year, Stephen released the album, entitled “Revelation Part 1: The Root Of Life,” which also won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Tarrus Riley's latest project, 'Mecoustic' is set to be released in the Caribbean on September 25. The 15-track album will be a welcome treat to the palette of his established fans and will certainly 'whet' the appetite of those who have not yet fallen under his spell. Mecoustic is raw, soulful and skilfully works the artiste's sweet, nuance tenor with the pure and authentic sounds of instruments like the acoustic guitar, keyboards and Dean Fraser's unforgettable saxophone. Considered one of the most promising of second-generation Jamaican roots-reggae singers, Tarrus Riley's foray into the industry was inevitable. The talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music from an early age with veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley as his father. Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and made his recording debut as a teenager.
Internationally acclaimed Reggae artiste, Buju Banton wants no part of his next scheduled court appearance as he plans to skip his upcoming sentencing hearing. On October 30, Buju Banton faces a sentencing hearing in a Florida courtroom in relation to federal drug and gun charges stemming from his initial 2009 arrest. Buju issued an appeal to overturn his conviction and subsequent 10-year sentence on drug charges earlier this summer but was denied. As a result, a previous gun charge, which was tossed out during his trial in February 2011 was reinstated, thus sparking the possibility that Buju may face another five years in prison. After a request for a new trial fell through, Buju Banton could be facing even more dire straits. Now, the embattled Reggae star hopes to skip his upcoming sentencing hearing after a member of his new legal team, Ihmotep Alkebu-lan intimated that his client formally requesting that he be absent from the hearing.
A group of musicians rejected the idea of boycotting Israel at a Jerusalem Music Conference panel discussion. Artists "should come here and donate money to causes," stated Moshe Levi, who was born in Belize and studies at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. Levi gained fame as the hip-hop artist Shyne. The session was moderated by Kobi Farhi of the Israeli band Orphaned Land. Farhi sited singer Leonard Cohen as an example of someone who performed on Israel despite calls to boycott and then donated proceeds to charity.
Comments by an African leader portraying the men of Jamaica as chronic drunkards and unambitious pot smokers have become the talk of towns across this Caribbean island. People are debating the matter on street corners, in letters to the editor and on radio talk shows. In unscripted asides during a roughly three-hour speech last week at a research exposition, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Jamaican "men are always drunk," have no interest in higher education, and people freely smoke marijuana. "The men want to sing and do not go to colleges, some are dreadlocked. Let us not go there," Mugabe told the crowd at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. His comments in a mixture of both English and the Shona language were corroborated by The Associated Press after speaking to several reporters who attended the gathering.
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT is introducing at AES 2012 the new M81 Reggae version of its popular universal dynamic cardioid microphone. The M81 Reggae, featuring a 3-color red, yellow and green paint finish and a Lion of Judah graphic is a tribute to the internationally known reggae artist Toots Hibberts of Toots and The Maytals. Frederick "Toots" Hibbert is widely recognized as the man who coined the word "Reggae." In comparison to the M80, the TELEFUNKEN M81 retains the same minimal proximity effect, superior feedback rejection, and articulate mid-range, however, the top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response, making it ideal for lighter sounding voices, as well as electric guitar, percussion and rack toms.
Whether Rihanna is quoting his lyrics on Twitter or Drake is retweeting that “Beres Hammond has to sing at my wedding,” Jamaica’s most prolific crooner has influenced some of the biggest stars today. Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over every kind of riddim track for over three decades. On November 13, the Grammy-nominated reggae icon will unleash his brand new double-disc studio album One Love, One Life with VP Records. The first disc One Love includes his signature classic lover’s rock sound on new singles like “No Candle Light” and “Keep Me Warm,” while the second disc One Life contains more of his socially-conscious, spiritually-empowering tunes including “You Stand Alone,” “Truth Will Live On” and “Prime Time.”
THIRD World singer Bunny Rugs releases his latest solo album, Time, today. He says the 15-track set does not mean he is leaving the band."Third World has been and will always be my main focus, but I have always been doing individual projects over the years," he said Time was slated for release in June 2011 but Ruggs said he delayed it to avoid a clash of dates with Third World's album, Patriots. Time is released on Rugs' Raw Edge Productions label and distributed by VPAL, a subsidary of VP Records. It features Land We Love, a tribute to Jamaica's 50th year of Independence. Other tracks include Kurfew, Love is Blind, You're my Everything, and Thinking About You. Among the musicians and producers who worked on the project are Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser, Mikey Bennett, Dean Pond, Rohan Dwyer, and Steven Stanley.Rugs' previous album, The Voice, was released in 2008