Robert Nesta Marley is the most famous figure this country has produced. (Though Usain Bolt might be usurping him in places like China and India.) Mention Jamaica, and foreigners who scarcely know in which hemisphere the country is located will cry in recognition, "Bob Marley!" He is increasingly becoming to Jamaica what Robert Burns is to Scotland - most famous son, national bard, and symbol of cultural identity. The parallels between the two great Roberts are uncanny. Both were born to humble circumstances in a small country with a few million inhabitants. Both were free spirits who praised the intoxicating pleasures of ganja and whisky respectively.
Great-great-grandmother Mere Ngatoa is New Zealand's oldest Bob Marley fan. The 107-year-old celebrated her birthday on Friday with family and friends. The Clendon Park resident became a committed fan of the reggae king after listening to his music with her granddaughter Sha Ngatoa when she was growing up. "She likes Bob Marley - One Love," Sha says. Mere has a musical background and played the organ at church in central Auckland twice on a Sunday when her grandkids were young. They would travel by bus from her old house in Otahuhu. "All of us would jump on a bus in the morning for the service, then we'd catch the bus back again later for the night service," Sha says. Mother-of-three Mere still gets her music fix at "daycare" sessions during the week where they also have zumba and singing classes.
It’s Reggae in the Park, featuring Bob Marley’s band, The Original Wailers and it’s a benefit for the Cancer Care Initiative. Here’s your chance to connect with a fantastic cause, Nuggets head coach and 1,000 game winner George Karl, and thousands of music lovers. Leading the way to help support our fundraising campaign is two-time cancer survivor and Denver Nuggets Head Coach, George Karl. He, along with our musical guests, The Original Wailers are helping raise money to provide holistic cancer care treatment to as many people in our community as we can.
Many people know the Wailers, aka Bob Marley and the Wailers, as that set of musicians which included Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Tyrone Downie, Junior Marvin, along with the I-threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths) doing backing vocals, and Bob Marley on lead vocals. This aggregation emerged in the early 1970s under the management of music mogul Chris Blackwell and eventually became the most powerful force in reggae music. But the Wailers story began long before that. On a Monday evening in late 1963, five teenagers, namely, Robert Nesta Marley, Neville O'Riley Livingstone (Bunny Wailer), Winston Hubert McIntosh (Peter Tosh), Junior Delano Brathwaite, and the lone female and confidante of the group Beverley Kelso, entered the gates of Studio1 at 13 Brentford Road, Kingston 5 with the hope of creating musical history with four songs they had in their armoury.
Thirty-six long, long years ago, the U.S. bicentennial was in full swing and swagger. Here in the States, rock and roll was still king, but the ugly, artificial facelessness of disco was looming and blooming on the horizon of dance floors everywhere. No, I simply cannot express in words just how much I absolutely hated disco. Most rockers felt the same way, and, yes, I still do. Sure, disco changed the direction of contemporary music forever, but 1976 was also the year that reggae music was beginning to influence artists as quickly as a six-pack of cold, Jamaican Red Stripe Beer does to a person with an empty stomach.
The concept of the compilation Out of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music is simple. 50 years ago, Jamaica won independence from the British-ruled West Indies Federation. Around that same time, popular music in Jamaica began solidifying into some of the many sounds we now think of as reggae. Out of Many tells those two stories in parallel, with one song selected to represent the sound of each year from 1962 to 2012.
Katy Perry's back-up rapper, Snoop Dogg, is set to release a reggae album under the name "Snoop Lion" later this year. Pitchfork reported on Saturday that the LP is titled "Reincarnated." Its first single, "La La La," is already floating around the Internet, impervious to your harsh judgement, haters. The track was regular-level produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Diplo, and executive produced by Major Lazer, which is also Diplo. If you like, you can give "La La La" a listen over at SoundCloud, or you can just think to yourself "What might it sound like if Snoop Dogg affected a Jamaican accent and sang some reggae?" It sounds exactly like that.
Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the reggae band has remained close to their roots. The group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music. “We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political maneuver for someone, at some point," Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially in the black communities right now.”
Motet drummer and founding member Dave Watts says he plays “music to get lost in.” Nicely matched, State Bridge has the venue to get lost in, and there's no better opportunity than this weekend's Take It To The Bridge festival. Co-headlining are Black Uhuru and See-I featuring members of Thievery Corporation. Supporting the three-day event along the Colorado River are Euforquestra, Nicki Bluhm and the Gamblers, That One Guy and many others. From Boulder, The Motet has been tearing up the national jam scene for 12 years, evolving and helping pioneer the electronic sophistication of that last decade.
Reggae band The Archives have just released their self-titled debut album with ESL Music. The Archives began when Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton began a quest to explore the roots of reggae music. He asked keyboard ace Darryl “D-Trane” Burke to put together a cover band that would introduce club goers to the rock steady hits and obscurities of the pre-reggae era. When the group began writing original material, Burke contacted players he knew that could bring a progressive vibe to the music. “Everyone in the band has recorded and toured internationally with acts like Eek-A-Mouse, Culture, Gregory Isaacs and The Abyssinians,” Burke explains.