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Saturday, 22 March 2014 03:00

Kingman coming to Gambia

Kingman is a Jamaican upcoming reggae artiste who has a huge passion for reggae music is expected to be in The Gambia to promote his music and have collaboration with Gambian artistes.

Kingman has released song called 'Friends' in September 2010, 'God is Always There'.

He has been a fan for a long time. His favorite reggae artistes are Bob Marley, Shabba Ranks, Junior Reid, Capleton, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Delly Ranks, Luciano and many others.

He has attended several big reggae concerts, as a fan, to see big reggae artistes such as Buju Banton, Sizzla, Turbalance and Capleton.

His passion for reggae music developed when he was in the university as a student. He was a member of the African Caribbean Society. He performed his own song at the African Caribbean Society's yearly party. It was at that party his friends noticed his talent for singing.

He has also performed at several events. Kingman is a great lover of reggae music and is still a big fan.

In his view, reggae music is the music of love, the music of hope and the music of positive messages for all people especially black people.

A humble and respectful person, Kingman is now working on his debut album.

Bakary Ceesay, alias Baks his promoter in The Gambia, describes Kingman as a promising and talented artiste.

When in The Gambia, the international star will add value to the Gambian music industry.

He will be having series of concerts in The Gambia to promote his music, while collaborating with artistes.

THE curtains came down on the Reggae Month's celebration yesterday. However, plans are already in place for next year's staging.

Charles Campbell, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) executive director and vice-chair, said a venue change is in order.

"We will be moving to Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex for the next five years," Campbell told the Jamaica Observer.

The executive said the move is in keeping with JaRIA's vision to establish a village for month-long celebrations.

He said the venue would not only showcase talent, but would act as the premier marketplace for conducting business.

Campbell said plans were in place to develop new streams of income in order to maintain the organisation's independence.

The JaRIA vice-chair said he was satisfied with this year's staging while acknowleging there is room for growth.

"What makes me feel good is each week attendances grew larger as the events built momentum. Last Wednesday was the biggest Wednesday of the series," he said.

The activities included Reggae Wednesdays free concerts held at Emancipation Park and Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex in St Andrew; the Open University discussion series at Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex; the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert in Kingston; the Trench Town Rock concert; and the JaRIA Honour Awards.

In an effort to woo more up-and-coming artistes and established acts, Campbell said it was a work-in-progress.

"We just have to continue chipping away at the block. The more successful Reggae Month is, the more we incorporate all the elements of our music in the programme and the more we will get active participation from those sector," he said.

Formed in 2008, JaRIA's mandate is to organise Reggae Month events with a view to uniting the entertainment industry.

Reggae Month activities were first held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew.

It outgrew the venue in the first three years then moved to Emancipation Park in St Andrew.

"We are now in the third transition, that in itself speaks on the growth," Campbell added.

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 23:00

Beres To Perform At Jazz And Blues Fest

REGGAE singer Beres Hammond will be one of the featured acts at this year's staging of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival to be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on January 30 to February 1, 2014.

Hammond, 60, is one of five nominees for the Best Reggae Album category at the 56th annual Grammy Awards scheduled for January 26 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The nomination of One Love, One Life is Hammond's second. The first was for his 2001 effort Music is Life.

In October, the St Mary-born singer was bestowed Jamaica's fourth-highest honour — the Order of Jamaica — by the Government for "his exceptional and dedicated contribution to the music industry".

Hammond has been recording since the early 1970s. Though he first came to prominence as lead singer for the Zap Pow band and as a solo balladeer with producer Willie Lindo during that decade, it was not until the 1980s when he embraced the emerging dancehall sound that he broke through in a big way.

The Lindo-produced What One Dance Can Do revived his career in the mid-1980s. By the next decade, Hammond was a bona fide star, recording countless hit songs for producers like Donovan Germain, head of Penthouse Records.

Germain's hits with Hammond include Tempted To Touch and Pull up The Vibes.

An international cast of American singers is assembled for the 18th staging of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. They include Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Aaron Neville, Crystal Gayle, Chrisette Michele and Joe.

Friday, 08 November 2013 01:00

UB40 New Album And Tour

They’ve sold more than 70 million records.  They are considered one of Britain’s greatest ever reggae bands.  And they sang Red Red Wine.  Yep, UB40 are back with another album, another tour, and they are stopping at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday, April 14.

The band, who formed in 1978, released their latest record Getting Over The Storm this summer and are ready and willing to have you dancing, swaying and remembering your reggae roots.

Robin Campbell from the band said: “Having suffered a few setbacks recently, including our drummer Jimmy and percussionist Norman’s health issues, we’re now firing on all cylinders and itching to get out on the road and play our fans all the hits and some tracks off the latest album.”

UB40's 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain' Taken from the Brilliant Album 'Getting Over the Storm' released by Universal 2nd 

Tickets are on sale now and cost £28.50 - £32.50 from (01223) 357851 / www.cornex.co.uk.

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