Gregory Isaacs lives on through foundation's charity work. Studio 38 was the last location the late Gregory Isaacs performed in Jamaica, so it was only fitting that it was chosen to host his birthday tribute party. Many turned out to see reggae pioneers as well as up-and-coming stars pay homage to the 'Cool Ruler'. 'The Hat Affair', as the tribute was dubbed, did not disappoint. From the old to the young, many donned their felt hats and grooved the night away to some of Isaacs' classic songs.Cocoa Tea, George Nooks, U-Roy, John Holt, Luciano, Big Yute, Mikey General, Noddy Virtue, Hezron and QQ were just some of the artistes who took to the stage to pay tribute to Isaacs.
It's mid-summer in Northern California and reggae rhythms will once again be reverberating off Southern Humboldt's golden rolling hills. Arguably Humboldt County's most historic and world-renowned gathering centered around live music, this weekend's 28th annual Reggae on the River offers a “global music experience,” according to the festival's promoters at the Mateel. ”Featuring a lineup consisting of more than 30 classic and cutting-edge artists on two stages, the festival (at the Benbow Lake State Recreation Area) will celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence from imperial rule and will honor this momentous occasion by presenting some of the island's best talent,” according to a news release.
THE annual New Jersey Awards takes place April 14 at the Prince Hall in Newark, New Jersey. Among the performers will be singers Richie Stephens, Natural Black and New Jersey lovers rock artiste Christopher Wallace aka Dr Love — a cousin of the late rapper, Notorious BIG.
In a recent radio interview, Dr Love promised to give it his all.
“This is one of the biggest platforms in the state for reggae artistes, so I plan to bring my A game and give fans a special treat,” he said.
Dr Love has built a reputation in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) area. He is again nominated in the Singer of the Year category, which he won two consecutive years. He lists Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Kenny Rogers, Willy Nelson, Percy Sledge, and Ray Charles as his biggest influences.
Dr Love's latest songs, What’s Wrong and the gospel-inspired Now I Am Strong, have been released in Jamaica.
Other new releases include I Know featuring Ras Emmanuel; Kiss Me Good Morning, Too Much Guns in The Streets and Can’t Stop Me From Loving You.
His famous cousin was also named Christopher Wallace but gained fame as the Notorious BIG and is arguably the most influential rapper ever. His parents are Jamaican.
SOURCE: Jamaica Observer
With the apparent declining stronghold that Reggae music has within Jamaican culture, one of its premiere disciples hopes the local industry will help that change for the better.
Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley addressed the local and universal state of Reggae music during an interview on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday. Marley, who’s spent recent months back home after spending most of 2011 overseas recording and touring, believes that Jamaicans need to once again reap the benefits that Reggae music has provided to fans and musicians worldwide.
International reggae artiste Kwabena Nip plans to feed Africa. The Jamaica-born singer said he left Jamaica at a young age and has been on a spiritual journey, taking up residence in several countries in the process. It was as a result of one of his sojourns that he became passionate about the African continent.
"I was born in Jamaica but I have spent periods of my life in Gambia, Ghana, England, anywhere the music takes me, so I would say I live nowhere, I am an all-rounder," he said.
REGGAE artiste Sizzla remains in a Corporate Area hospital five days after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in St Ann.
The Black Woman and Child singer is said to be resting well after suffering serious injuries including a broken arms and ribs, a fractured collar bone and ruptured liver which caused extensive internal bleeding.
According to his publicist Olimatta Taal, Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, is progressing well as he is now fully aware, talking and eating following the accident last Wednesday when he was thrown from his motorcycle after it was hit by a bus attempting to overtake the artiste. The bus did not stop.
On August 19, the reggae community remembered venerable roots-reggae singer Joseph 'Culture' Hill on the fifth anniversary of his death. Among the admirers paying homage was American photographer Brian Jahn.Jahn posted photos of Hill on his photo blog (blessingsallover.wordpress.com), complemented by a tribute from Canadian writer Jim Dooley. Hill is just one of thousands of subjects Jahn has shot in more than 20 years of covering the reggae beat.
Almost 150 of those photos have been exhibited on the blog since it was launched in January 2010. Because his catalogue is vast (more than 30,000 mainly black-and-white images), Jahn said regular updates are inevitable.
While Delilah is decried by men in music, or at least regarded with dismay, the virtuous woman seems to be the ideal. Buju Banton speaks about the 'virtuous woman' in Wanna Be Loved from his 1995 landmark album Til Shiloh. He observes, "A virtuous woman is really hard to find". He does not define her outright, but goes on to say:
"I'm only human not looking for impossibility
Just a genuine woman with sincerity
Someone who is always there to hold me
Show me you care up front and boldly ... ."
A new social media campaign hopes to harness the power of celebrities and a Bob Marley song to help bring awareness to the thousands suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa. The "I'm Gonna Be Your Friend" campaign, which kicks off Tuesday, is named for a line in Marley's 1973 song "High Tide Or Low Tide." It uses the song as the soundtrack to a short film on the East African crisis directed by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald. Among MacDonald's movies is the critically acclaimed "Last King of Scotland."
REGGAE star Buju Banton is now being transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Florida to a correctional facility in Mississippi to begin serving his 10-year sentence. Banton will be taken to the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi.Defence attorney David Oscar Markus, who represented the embattled artiste, in his drug trial, told the Sunday Observer that United States magistrate James Moody recommended that Banton serve his sentence at a facility in Florida, but a shortage of beds caused him to be transferred to the Mississippi-based prison. “The judge recommended that he serve his time in Florida, but there were no beds in Miami, and the ultimate decision was made by the Bureau of Prisons.