rita-marley-photo-2.jpgAward-winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon, Rita Marley will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material.

The Best of Rita Marley 'Lioness of Reggae' will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3.

"I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae's history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art," said her son, Ziggy Marley, in a news release.

Born Alpharita Anderson, she displayed a deep love of music since childhood, singing to her family while working. This passion would ultimately lead her to form The Soulettes, which led to the eventual meeting of local Trench Town musicians Robert Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston - known as the Wailers.

Soon after this fateful meeting, the talented young Rita became an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in her husband, Bob Marley's life and legacy including as a member of the I- Threes alongside Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

Simultaneously, Mrs Marley forged an extraordinary career as a solo artist, known for upholding the artistic and cultural standards of reggae. Her music reflects the versatility and diversity of reggae through the smooth blends of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Soca. Today, no matter where in the world, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae music and the culture of Jamaica.

Rita Marley's musical career has produced incredible albums including Who Feels It Knows It, Harambe, the 1992 GRAMMY nominated album We Must Carry On and Spectacle For Tribuffalos, as well as the classic reggae album Beginning, with the I-Threes. Her sizzling 1982 hit "One Draw" created waves around the world, was a bestseller with over two million copies sold and made history as the first reggae single to top the Billboard Dance Charts.

Rita Marley continues her legacy today with the Rita Marley Foundation - eradicating poverty and hunger, while empowering communities, in Africa, Jamaica and beyond.


THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY 'LIONESS OF REGGAE" is out May 3, 2019. Here is the tracklist:

1. Harambe

2. One Draw

3. A Jah Jah

4. That's The Way

5. Who Feels It Knows It

6. King Street

7. Thank You Jah

8. Good Morning Jah

9. I'm Still Waiting

10. Play Play





Buju Banton taking a long walk to Europe

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgJamaican singer, Buju Banton, whose Long Walk to Freedom tour is winding its way through the Caribbean, is scheduled to perform in about eight or nine European cities from July 6.

Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton's publicist, revealed on Saturday that following the Caribbean, he is headed to Europe.

Among the places he will be performing are: Cologne, Germany at Summer Jam; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland at Jamaica Splash; Porto, Portugal; Vertheuil, France at Reggae Sun Ska; and Geel, Belgium.

An official announcement of the European tour will be made next week.

Speaking to local media in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of Banton's I Am Legend concert in the twin island republic on Sunday, Tomlinson said there are no plans right now to hit the American market.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was released from a US prison on December 7 after serving eight years for drug charges. He was deported back to Jamaica immediately following his release.

Asked about the reception to the news that he will be in Europe, Tomlinson told Loop there were concerns from the LGBT community about his infamous song 'Boom Bye Bye' but, she said, once they reiterated that he won't be singing that song again, people expressed excitement about attending his shows.

Tomlinson told T&T media that since his release, Banton has stressed on love.

"What he is looking for is just to continue spreading love through his music and letting everyone know that everyone is welcomed to his concert," she said.

Asked if fans can expect anything specially tailored for T&T when he performs tomorrow, Tomlinson said he has sung different songs in Jamaica and the Bahamas so it can be expected that he will give his fans here a special show.

The I Am Legend show begins at 4 pm and is expected to finish at midnight.

Though he was billed to address the media, Banton was a no show. The singer has not done any interviews at home or otherwise since his release.

Tomlinson explained that, at this time, they are using the stage as his platform to speak to everyone with one accord.

"When he touches that stage, the message that you get, the vibe, the energy, I feel that we can bring back what we love about Buju. We can bring that music, those words, those messages that he has and seeing how he connects with his fans again, that's what we want to see right now," she said.

Following his show in T&T, Banton will be headed to Barbados on April 27, Grenada on May 11, Guyana on May 25, Tortola on June 15 and St Kitts on June 29.





ganja-image-5.jpgThree Costa Ricans were arrested and charged during an operation at Ridge Pen district in Pedro Plain, St Elizabeth on Friday.

Charged are: 31-year-old Fernando Guido, fisherman of Queblo Nuevo; 31-year-old Emanuel Fernandes, taxi driver of Limon Sieneguita; and 33-year-old Henry Baez, contractor of Limon Valle, all in Costa Rica.

They have been charged with Possession of and Dealing in Ganja.

Reports are that about 2:00 a.m., lawmen conducted an operation in the area when a premises was searched.

Two parcels containing approximately six pounds of vegetable matter resembling ganja were seized.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $30,000.

A court date has not yet been ascertained.





Seven bags of ganja seized in Porus, Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police say several bags of ganja were seized Saturday in Porus, Manchester after the driver of a vehicle fled.

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., a team from the Williams Field Police was on operation when the driver of a vehicle was signalled to stop. The driver did not comply and the vehicle was subsequently found abandoned in the area.

Checks were made and seven knitted bags found containing the illicit drug.

The police say the estimated weight and value of the drug have not yet been ascertained.

No one was held in connection with the seizure.





Teacher missing since Good Friday

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missing-teacher-samuel-martin.jpgForty-one-year-old teacher Samuel Martin, of Waterloo Close, Kingston 10 has been missing since Friday.

He is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Reports from the Matildas Corner police are that Martin was last seen about 6:30 p.m., in Mandeville, Manchester dressed in a navy blue shirt and black shorts.

He has not been heard from since and efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Martin is being asked to contact the Matildas Corner Police Station at 876-978-6003, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





missing-woman-nordia-belnavis.jpgA reward of $125,000 is being offered for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of missing St Andrew woman, Nordia Belnavis.

The cash reward was announced by Crime Stop on Thursday, noting that persons with information on Belnavis' whereabouts show call them at 311.

Belnavis, 43, of a Bronte Way, Kingston 20 address, has been missing since Saturday, March 30.

Duhaney Park police report that Belnavis was last seen at her home about 7:30am and has not been heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unknown.





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Sean Paul kicks off 4/20 celebrations with "Marijuana Mi Love"
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Performed by Sean Paul
Produced by Jeremy Harding
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Directed & Animated by: Kieran Khan Production & RDX

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Chimney Records light up Billboard Reggae Chart

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chimney-records.jpgLast month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations.

The Kingston rhythm album entered and peaked at number 14, while their St Andrew beat reached number 16. The Kingston features songs from Bounty Killer, Shenseea, Romain Virgo, Alaine and Busy Signal.

The St Andrew rhythm has songs by Morgan Heritage, Pressure Buss Pipe, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel.

"We decided to do a double release as somewhat of a challenge to ourselves, but it also allowed us to work with more artistes, give the fans more music and add to reggae music in general, even more than a single compilation would," said Jordan McClure of Chimney Records.

He added, "The concept was inspired by the idea of Kingston and St Andrew being the Mecca of reggae and dancehall music. Kingston embodying an urban side with St Andrew encompassing large regions of natural beauty, both of which are important influences on reggae itself."

The Fresh Paint rhythm is the latest project from Chimney Records. It was released last Friday and features Getaway by Govana, Same Stories by Jahmiel, Live Forever by Jahvillani, So Me Move by Kranium, Fresh Paint by Mavado, Temptation Overdue by Shenseea, and After 4 by Teejay.

The Chimney Records team comprises McClure and David Hayle. Their hit rhythm projects include the Sex Appeal, Retweet, Star Bwoy, Happy Hour, Summer Fling, Money Box, Tropical Escape, Chill Spot, Rising Sun, Movie Star and World Premier. The label has been around for 12 years.





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