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Despite being advertised on this year's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, told YardFlex that he will not be performing at the event. "I will not be performing again," the singer declared. He stated that he is dissatisfied with some of the arrangements as it relates to the reggae artistes and the celebration of Jamaica's jubilee. As a result, McGregor has decided not to perform on the festival. Freddie McGregor was scheduled to perform on the Thursday night, January 26, which is dedicated to the celebration of Jamaica music 50th anniversary and while he says he felt honoured to be chosen, he is concerned that those who are equally deserving have been left off. "I read where the organizers said they could not find singers such as Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Bunny Wailer, Mighty Diamonds and Derrick Morgan. I can tell you that that is a joke. All those artistes are laughing," McGregor said. He noted that he demanded to be treated with a certain level of respect and he did not feel that this was being shown to neither him nor the other Jamaica 50 artistes. "I am an international ambassador rooting for my country and reggae music. I have done festivals all over the world and treated like an international act. However, here in the land of reggae, we are being treated like second class citizens on this festival. For example, the 'local' acts have not even been given a deposit as yet. And, the pay being offered is the lowest that I would have ever received for a festival," McGregor explained. He emphasized, however, that it was not about the money as he would "do the festival for free". "It's about the organisers showing respect and ensuring that the reggae artistes feel that they are being treated with the same amount of consideration as the overseas acts. The captain of the Big Ship said he has made his position clear to the organizers, the Art of Music Promotions. "At the end of the day it's not about them, it's about Jamaica and reggae music. I couldn't go on stage and give a good performance feeling the way I do," Freddie McGregor said.

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Reggae artiste, Luciano, while confirming that there was a bottle-throwing incident at a show in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is emphasizing that it was "out of the ordinary" and definitely does not reflect his normal reception in the motherland Africa. Luciano, known as the Messenjah, has been unwavering in his support of Africa and all things African. He has consistently done conscious lyrics and has a huge fan base in certain parts of Africa, a continent he has toured many times. "A lot of people may not know that I have a house in The Gambia and the people there accept me as one of their own. I have travelled to Ghana, where thousands come to meet me and attend by concerts. Up until now, my Africa experience has been among my greatest," Luciano declared. Reports out of Port Harcourt about the December 17 concert, stated that "Jamaican reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium." The original article labeled the youths behaviour as "hostile", while comments under the article denounced the incident and noted that certain disruptive elements of that society will behave like that, especially at free events. There were suggestions that the organizers should have known better than to put Luciano so far down on the programme, especially since there were many big name Afrcan acts on the line-up and Port Harcourt is somewhat behind in their appreciation of reggae acts like Luciano. Port Harcourt is also notorious for being unwelcoming to foreign acts. One person commented that, "Port-Harcourt is the worst place for foriegn artists to visit. It's the same Port Harcourt that someone jumped on stage and snatched Usher Raymond's bling from his neck. The last time Port-Harcourt receive a foreign artist with love was when Wyclef visited." As Luciano recalled, "A one man fling a one bottle and a one woman fling a phone to show their displeasure and we know how that kind of behaviour is catching. However, when I started to talk to them they calmed down a bit and I sang One Way Ticket and they became receptive." He pointed out that he felt that not enough thought was put into the running order by the organizers. Asked if this experience has given him a negative feelings towards Africa, Luciano was quick to respond, "Of course not." He added, "I believe that everything happens for a purpose and out of evil cometh good. Perhaps this will be a musical re-awakening for the people in Port Harcourt and will usher in an era of greater appreciation of foundation, roots reggae. I certainly don't take it personal, in addition, the wonderful experiences I have of performing in Africa will overshadow this every time." The carnival in Port Harcourt, Nigeria took place on December 17, 2011, after which Luciano returned to Jamaica and gave an awesome performance on Thursday, December 22, at the Tarrus Riley and Friends free concert at Emancipation Park in New
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Jamaican Reggae Star, Luciano, Stoned In Port Harcourt

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JAMAICAN reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium.
Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, was invited by the consultant handling this year's cultural festival as the star artiste to perform at the event.
Though the music fans, who streamed to the stadium, had earlier been entertained by some Nigerian artistes that included Ras Kimono, Maleke and I Go Save, a few of them were, however, not comfortable with Luciano's reggae music.
Not ready to listen to the lyrics and rhythm of the Jamaican-born reggae idol, they resorted to throwing empty water bottles at him.
Luciano, who was shocked at the hostile attitude of the crowd, asked, "What is happening? You don't want me? I was told that CARNIRIV is an event to showcase African Culture and that is why I am here for you.
"I am a messenger of God; don't you want the message. I was in Ethiopia, they (Ethiopians) received me. I was in Gambia, they received me. Why won't you receive your brother?"
The reggae maestro immediately sang his popular track, One way Ticket to Africa, to appease the crowd. But those who appeared not to be in love with the Luciano's reggae genre of music continued to pelt him with objects.
He eventually left the stage after the rendition of another track, Sweep Over My Soul, before the Nigeria twin artistes, P-Square, were welcomed to the stage with an ovation.

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Buju Banton Appeals Drug Conviction

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MIAMI (AP) -- Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy. The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant seeking a $50,000 government payday. Markus says that resulted in improper entrapment. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. A related gun charge was tossed out by a judge. Banton is extremely popular in his native Jamaica and won a Grammy for his latest album shortly before his drug conviction. It will likely be months before the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision.

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Philip 'Fattis' Burrel to be laid to rest Saturday

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The service to celebrate the life of legendary music producer Philip Burrell, more popularly known as Fattis, is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2011. The church service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston and will begin promptly at 10 o'clock in the morning. Mr Burrell, the CEO of Xterminator Records, passed away on December 3, while a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona, St Andrew. Following the 10:00 am service, the funeral procession will move to the Dovecot Memorial Park.
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Reports are that reggae producer Fattis has died. Sources have told YardFlex that the renowned producer and artiste manager died early this morning. Fattis, whose real name is Phillip Burrell, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies two weeks ago suffering from breathing problems. Yardflex sends their condolences to his family and friends
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Bob Marley heirs sue half brother over name use

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MIAMI (AP) -- A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and profit from other businesses in his native Jamaica. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court contends the half brother, businessman Richard Booker, and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley's name, photographs, lyrics, symbols and other intellectual property without authorization. The lawsuit says people could be deceived into thinking those uses are officially endorsed by Marley's widow, Rita Marley, and their children. Booker and Bob Marley shared the same mother. The entities include the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People Inc., which promotes the music festival, a restaurant in Jamaica called Mama Marley's and several businesses with the name Nine Mile -- the part of Jamaica where Marley grew up and is now buried. One Nine Mile business offers a tour of the area, and the music event is known as the Nine Mile Music Festival. In addition, a recent press release about the music festival included this headline: "All For The Love Of Bob Marley." The 19th annual festival is scheduled for March of next year on Virginia Key, near Miami. Three of Marley's kids -- Stephen, Damien and Julian Marley -- are scheduled to perform. Marley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. Some of his best-known songs are "I Shot The Sheriff," ''Jamming," ''No Woman, No Cry," ''Get Up, Stand Up" and "Exodus." The lawsuit, filed by Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce Hemerlee, seeks unspecified damages and also asks a judge to stop Booker and the companies from using any Marley-related references in the various ventures. Hemerlee represents Rita Marley and the children through a Bahamas-based entity called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd. Booker, whose home and businesses are in Miami, did not immediately return a telephone call Friday seeking comment. A spokeswoman at his business said a statement may be issued later. According to the festival's website, the event's roots date to a Bob Marley fan club begun in 1981. That gradually grew into the music festival and related food drive that has collected more than 2 million canned goods for shelters in Miami and Jamaica. The lawsuit says that Rita Marley and her children have long opposed Booker's attempts to trademark Marley-related business names and that at one point they reached a licensing deal, but Booker reneged on the deal.
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Reggae Grammy nominees announced

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Ziggy and Stephen Marley will go head to head against Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Israel Vibrations, for the Best Reggae album at next year's Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced at Wednesday's Nomination Concert in Los Angeles. Stephen Marley got the nomination for his album Revelation Part One: The Root of Life, while his brother Ziggy received his nomination for Wild and Free. Dancehall star Shaggy got nominated for his album Summer in Kingston, Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express Live and Israel Vibrations for Reggae Knights. The Grammy Awards ceremony will be aired live from L.A.'s Staples Center on February 12.

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Fantan Mojah injured in road accident

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Fantan Mojah and his travel crew received minor injuries when the vehicle in which they were traveling, from the Reggae Fever event in St. Ann, overturned in the wee hours of Sunday Morning. Fantan said the incident resulted from "slippery road surface" and was quick to point out that his driver was not speeding. The artiste said that while on their way from the show the bus started to skid when they got to Steer Town and the driver lost control of the vehicle. Shaken up from the incident, the artiste says he gives thanks for life though suffering from a broken finger. He said members of travel team are also suffering from minor injuries and pain as a result of the crash.
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New board in place for JaRIA

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With a new board of directors in place, chairman and executive director of the Jamaica Reggae Industry association (JaRIA), Charles Campbell, says the organisation is now an umbrella entity that is representative of Jamaica's music industry. Campbell said the three-year-old organisation chose its new directors less than two weeks ago; increasing the number from 11 to 15. On this new board, he says there will be representatives from different groups such as the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Vernal 'Junior' Weir; a representative of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates', Frankie Campbell O.D.; a representative of the Sound Systems Association, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell; and a representative of Manifesto Jamaica, Rupert Abishai Hoilett. The other directors on the board are K. Michael 'Ibo' Cooper O.D., J.P. (chairman), Charles H.E. Campbell (vice-chairman/executive director), Junior Lincoln, Mary Isaacs Black, Stephen Stewart J.P., L. Nichole Brown, Coleen Douglas, Paul Love, Shani Nembhard, Deleon 'Jubba' White, and Carol Lawrence.




Benefit concert for Buju

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A benefit concert is to be held for incarcerated reggae artiste Buju Banton on December 3 in Tampa, Florida. The lineup card for the benefit concert includes Delly Ranx, Gramps Morgan, Nadine Sutherland, Glen Washington and Norris Man along with a yet-to-be named special guest artiste. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Buju's efforts to appeal his conviction and ten year prison sentence. Also, persons planning to attend the show will be asked to make a donation for the cause as organizers hope to make at least US$50,000 from the concert for Buju's legal defense. According to event's main organizer, Taranee Jiles, they decided to do benefit concerts for the artiste. Buju Banton himself, through his legal team, issued a statement urging his fans to turn out for the concert stating, "I, Mark Myrie - aka Buju Banton, support and deem the concert being organized by Taranee Jiles to be a legitimate undertaking in order to raise funds for my legal defense and pending appeal. Your kind support will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance." "His fellow artists have come together in unity to aid this cause. It is time for the people to give back and uplift him now. It will give him the opportunity to defend himself," Ms Jiles said.
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Busy Christmas for Singer Colin Levy

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'Twill be a busy Christmas for reggae singer, Colin Levy, as he takes time out of the recording studio to perform for fans. Although Levy is "very driven" and totally focused on getting out his album, Unleashed, while putting the finishing touches on his autobiographical novel, he says there are a few shows in Jamaica that he simply must attend. Among them are the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza to be held in Independence Park in St Elizabeth on December 25; Yard Fest Family Fun Day, a Unite The People-endorsed event the night before and an annual show in Negril on New Year's Eve. The singer, whose single Lovers Holiday took up residence at the top of the Richie B Jamaica Countdown Chart earlier this year, says there's nothing better than Christmas in Jamaica. "It's an annual ritual for me and this year it will be no different," Colin Levy aka Iley Dred declared. He has been involved with the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza since its inception and had words of praise for Irie FM's Dancehall Master GT Taylor and the planning committee of the event. "That show is always so very well produced and I definitely look forward to performing on GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza each year," Levy said. With his album just about ready to be released, Levy says he has quite a few new songs which he is confident will connect with his fans. "Yes, there is still the lovers rock songs, but sometimes you have to step out of the box and experiment with different types of songs. On this album, I will definitely be showing my versatility and maturity as an artiste, while keeping it real," he explained. Among the producers on Unleashed are Stephen Marley, Barry O'Hare, Bobby Digital, Dean Fraser and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor




Guidance, Ico Flamez rocking Africa

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Reggae singer, Guidance and singjay Ico Flamez, are getting major attention with their collaboration, By The Window, which is # 13 on the highly recognized Stepping Razor chart in Africa and still climbing. Music insiders agree that these two Rastafarian artistes have surely done justice to this compelling love song, produced by Portmore-based producer, Shaka Indian. "It's really cool to see these two Rasta artistes sincerely pouring out their hearts about a woman," one radio disc jockey commented. Unfortunately, despite giving their all, the woman leaves and the artistes are in misery, sitting at the window, hoping that one day she will return. It's a theme which many persons - male and female - can identify with, and it's all the more inspiring that it's from a male perspective. Although Sitting By The Window is Guidance and Ico Flamez' only collaboration so far, they both have their solo repertoires which they have been unleashing at various stage shows across the island. They recently performed at the popular Plug 'n' Play at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston and also did a slot on morning television, both of which were very well received. "We are really happy and humbled at the way how things have been shaping up. Lots of respect to the management team and to the fans. We 'appreci-love' all the support and we will always take the higher ground. Motherland, here we come," declared Guidance, who is signed to Brown Brothers. With a video now ready, shows lined up for the festive season and an Africa tour on the horizon, both artistes preparing to savour the sweet taste of success.
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Last Wednesday, November 2, was the 81 anniversary of the crowning of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie and Twelve Tribes of Israel members around the globe held festive celebrations. In Toronto, the event saw both established artistes and upcoming acts paying tribute to the Emperor in song. And it would be fair to say that all the acts upheld the order and gave performances which befitted the occasion. Among the established acts was reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, who used prayer and praises as the hallmark of his performance. The short Rastafarian, who always seems to grow in stature whenever he hits the stage, opened his set with a riveting prayer that paradoxically calmed and energized the gathering. Levy's five-song set proved to be way too short and included Forever Praising Jah; Toronto's favourite, Picture On The Wall; Rocky Road (Mighty Diamonds); Crown Her A Queen, from his upcoming album, Unleashed and his number 1 hit, Lovers Holiday. Other artistes who performed included Orthodox Issachar, one of the organizers and brother of Colin Levy; female acts Tanya P, Donna Makeda and Tasha T; Axe, Prince Everald and Treeson, an artiste to definitely watch out for.
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Bob Andy Unplugged a huge success

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The Bob Andy Unplugged concert took over Jamaica College last Friday evening pulling scores of supporters and performers. Twenty-nine artistes turned out to celebrate the veteran songwriter's compositions on his 67th birthday. Some of the most memorable performances were given by Della Manley, Myrna Hague and dub poet, Mutabaruka who did a medley of four songs. Meanwhile, the man of the moment sang 'Friends', from his 1983 album, to show his gratitude for the concert, which was organised to fund his present and future medical bills.
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The Wailers join Ricky Martin for the closing of the Pan Am Games The Wailers, the world's most celebrated reggae group, and tour-mate Duane Stephenson, recognized as one of reggae's most talented sons, performed with an all-star line-up for the closing ceremony for the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Pan American Games is the largest international sporting event this year, representing the 6,000 athletes from 42 countries participating in 36. The Wailers and Duane Stephenson will perform a three-song set that begins with "A Step for Mankind," the track they released together last year to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme, as well as "Three Little Birds" and "One Love." Following this performance in Mexico, the Wailers will begin their Fall/Winter 2011 North American tour dates, which kicks off in Montreal, Quebec on November 18 at the Corona Theatre.
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Jamaican singer Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae's most talented sons with his top selling releases August Town and Black Gold but he is also a dedicated philanthropist.
He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid ending hunger worldwide.
Stephenson has joined fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid in ending hunger worldwide.
He has teamed up with Hiko Batik on the creation of FEED AFRICA! T-shirts.
All the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the World Food Programme and help to feed children in the Horn of Africa where a massive drought is causing a devastating famine.
Just last year, Stephenson wrote and recorded A Step for Mankind, which was recorded with The Wailers.
This is an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger.
In recognition of his efforts, Stephenson has been invited once again to attend the World Food Programme USA and Department of State's Global Hunger Conference hosted in part by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Stephenson will also be on tour with The Wailers starting November 18 but before he will be performing A Step for Mankind at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico on October 30.
This is the largest sporting event of the year, with the aim to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts.
 
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November 5th marks the 7th staging of Reggae Culture Salute.
This year's show is a salute to the future of roots reggae and presents several artists that are among the finest in the business. The organizers, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) are especially proud of introducing Dubtonic Kru to the northeast.
Earlier this year, Dubtonic Kru competed with over 4,000 bands of various genres worldwide and journeyed to Malaysia for the finals where they walked away as the champions of the world.
Many are calling Dubtonic Kru the "Usain Bolt" of roots reggae music and deservedly so. Their music reflects the positive vibration that endeared reggae music to its worldwide audience.
The event is very reasonably priced at only $15 and all proceeds benefit CPR.
 
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Reggae artist Bob Andy is set to write a full original song, this time for Legendary Reggae Singer/songwriter and Dominican opera singer Marie-Claire.
Bob Andy last penned songs for Marcia Griffiths some 20 years ago.
The song entitled Constellation has already been recorded and released.
Marie-Claire is set fly in from New York City for the Bob Andy Tribute concert to be held on Friday October 28.
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More artistes have been added to the line-up of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert, which is slated to take place next week Friday night at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the grounds of Jamaica College.
Among them are Freddie McGregor, known for his timeless hits, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Denyque, Della Manley, Sharon Tucker, Pam Hall, Earl 'Chinna' Smith and musician Peter Ashbourne. The night's line-up had already included Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Protoje, Carlene Davis, Duane Stephenson, Big Youth, John Holt, Ken Boothe and musical arrangers, Dean Fraser, Desi Jones and Ibo Cooper.
"It will be such a magical night. All these singers and musicians have come together to offer their musical interpretations of the legendary songs written by Bob Andy," said Junior Lincoln, concert promoter and a member of the Bob Andy Foundation, producers of the event.
Still, that's not all the organisers of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will be offering to patrons. After the stellar concert, which begins sharply at 9 pm, ends an equally enjoyable Merritone after-party will be held inside the auditorium, which will be free of cost for persons who had purchased tickets for the preceding concert.
All proceeds from the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will go to the Bob Andy Song Foundation, which will benefit Bob Andy's medical care and recovery.
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Happy Earthstrong Peter Tosh

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Reggae superstar Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October 1944 - 11 September 1987), was a core member of The Wailers.
He then went on to have a successful solo career as well as being a trailblazer for the Rastafari movement.
Peter Tosh was born in Petersfield (Westmoreland, Jamaica) with a father and mother too young to take care of him. He grew up raised by his aunt.
Nicknamed 'Stepping Razor', he began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations.
After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.
The Wailers Years
Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston (Bunny Wailer), were driving forces behind the Wailers for most of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Tosh was the most controversial of the trio. He ruffled many a feather with his unapologetic stance on issues including black liberation and the legalisation of marijuana.
Legalise It, Equal Rights, Wanted Dread and Alive and Mama Africa contain some of Tosh's most potent work. His No Nuclear War album, released in the year of his death, won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
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It was his first official performance at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, delighted his audience.
Levy was performing on September 10 at the premier of the film starring Donisha Prendergast, at which her mom, Sharon Marley was present to lend her full support. The documentary, RasTa: A Soul's Journey, which was very well received, sees Donisha - the grand-daughter of reggae icon, Bob Marley - on a journey to explore what 'Rasta' mean to persons in various cultures.
Quite appropriately, Levy selected a Stephen Marley-produced single as part of his four-song performance. The single, Forever Praising Jah, is one of the singles produced by the Grammy winner and son of the reggae legend, for Levy's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Stephen experiments with his father's Time Will Tell riddim for this track and if the response from the audience is anything to go by, then Colin Levy should definitely release this song as a single.
Levy, in an interview after the premier, was fulsome in his praise of Donisha, whom he described as "a talented and spiritual young Rastafarian Empress".
"I am honoured to be here," Levy said. "Not only to perform but also to be among the first persons to watch this film, which is very inspirational for me as a Rastafarian. And I am so proud of Donisha who is using her talent in such a meaningful and positive way. We as elders have to inspire and teach the youth and I salute her," Levy stated.
The Toronto Film Festival takes place September 8 to 18 in Toronto, Canada.
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Father Denroy, we wish you all the best

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Bwoy, from we hear the ting bout the veteran artiste this morning, we feel sick. How Denroy Morgan at 66 must go siddung a prison. We really hope something can work out - cause after all, a no cocaine, a weed. And to them man deh and nuff more people weed a nuh nutten evil. Rasta call it sacrament - di holy herb.
And just when Laza carre a gwaan so good. We know say this must affect him, cause the whole a di kids dem close to dem father. But we a pray say dem stay strong and keep close to Jah an each other in this testing time.
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I-Wayne to release Life Teachings

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Reggae singer I-Wayne is back with Life Teachings, his long-overdue album on VP Records, due out in October.
The 14 track album is filled with hair-raising lyrics and uncompromising conviction. A release stated that the intricately-crafted album features organic rhythms with rugged bass lines and one-drop drumbeats produced mostly by Patrick Z. Henry, who is responsible for 11 of the album's songs and I-Wayne's breakthrough hit "Can't Satisfy Her".
Understanding the significance of creating a balance in life as well in music, several songs on Life Teachings display a romantic sensitivity not often seen from I-Wayne.
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Albarosie nominated fi MOBO?

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Out of nowhere, the MOBO Awards people dem pick Albarosie inna the lineup fi this year award. Dem have Damian and Nas, Mavado and Khago, in addition to di Italian dread. We hear say Albarosie gwaan good inna Europe, but we doan know not  even one song dat him sing, cause him music doan play a Jamaica. And him doan perform a Jamaica, even though a here him live. But we nah tell no lie, his year list of nominees doan cut it at all, but we sih dem all di best.
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Jah Cure banned from Mobo Awards

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Reggae artiste Jah Cure has had his nomination for a Mobo (Music of Black Origin) award in the best reggae act category withdrawn, after organizers found out he was a convicted rapist.
The 33-year-old was given a prison sentence in 1999.
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was released in 2007.
Mobo organisers said they made the decision after finding about about the "severity of the crime" ahead of the ceremony in Glasgow in October.
The move leaves just four remaining nominees in the best reggae act category - Damian Marley & Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado.
This is not the first time a reggae act has been dropped from the awards.
In 2004 danceahall Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both removed from the category after they refused to apologise for homophobic lyrics.
Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon will host this year's ceremony, which recognises music of black origin such as R&B, jazz and hip hop.
The Mobos, now in the 16th year, take place in Glasgow on October 5.
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VP Records and Warner Music Nashville  will release 'Reggae's Gone Country' on August 30, a seamless musical dialogue between Kingston and Nashville that connects the roots of both genres. The ground-breaking compilation features classic country hits covered by Jamaica's top musicians  (Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Etana, Luciano, Sly & Robbie) as well as supporting vocals provided by original recording artist and country icon Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers.
Country music devotee Cristy Barber, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at VP Records, the world's largest reggae label, and a Grammy nominated producer for the 2003 dancehall reggae-hip hop compilation album Def Jamaica, envisioned this project two years ago and teamed up on lead production with John Rich of the multi-platinum selling country duo Big & Rich and the winner of this year's Celebrity Apprentice, and the acclaimed Jamaican saxophonist and top reggae producer Dean Fraser.
"Reggae's Gone Country is taking some of Jamaican's favorite classic American country songs and putting their beats and whole instrumentation around it while still having that root of country... It is this crazy cool idea," says John Rich.
The majority of the album was recorded at Kingston's Grafton and the Marley owned Tuff Gong Studios. The tracks were mixed by Errol and Shane Brown, then sent to Nashville where they were embellished with country instrumentation by legendary pedal steel player Mike Johnson and Jonathan Yudkin on fiddle/ banjo with John Rich overseeing the production at Fireside Studios, formerly owned by the late country legend Porter Wagoner.
Barber hopes that the heartfelt renditions of country classics heard on 'Reggae's Gone Country' will introduce and educate music fans everywhere to the talent that exists in Jamaica.
Track Listing:
1. California - Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin
2. He'll Have To Go - Luciano
3. Wolverton Mountain - Richie Stephens
4. Crazy - Etana
5. The Chair - Tarrus Riley
6. He Stopped Loving Her Today - Beres Hammond
7. Suspicions - Duane Stephenson
8. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes - Tessanne Chin
9. Feel So Right - Gramps Morgan
10. King Of The Road - Freddie McGregor
11. El Paso - Sanchez
12. Flowers On The Wall - L.U.S.T.
13. The Gambler - Busy Signal
14. Straight Tequila Night - Tarrus Riley [iTunes Bonus Track]

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Etana now managed by Penthouse Records

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Female reggae star Etana has inked a management contract with music master, Donovan Germain of the renowned Penthouse Records.
Germain's name is synonymous with Buju Banton whose career he led to the pinnacle of success.
Penthouse will be an addition to Etana's already robust team of VP Records and Freemind Music.
Germain's experience and brawny production skills will further propel the songbird on the international scene.
Etana sees the union as seamless as she is no stranger to the veteran producer, who is already executive producer on her forthcoming album.
The compilation, which is not yet titled, will be the follow up to her billboard charted album, Free Exressions.
This third record will show a different side of the performer.
According to Etana, "it won't be the usual. The next album is a very happy, party in the park feel. It will have you rocking and smiling. It's compelling, gives you the vibe to jam on the corner, in your home or in your car. It's a definite collector's item," said the Strong One.
Etana is winding down an exhaustive tour.
She has been headlining festivals across Europe, South America and the United States.
This autumn she looks forward to spending more time in the studio to complete her upcoming album with the Penthouse team.
Germain is the founder of Penthouse Records and has enjoyed success with the careers of reggae music heavy weights: Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder, Mad Cobra and Sanchez among others.
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Iley Dread a true crowd pleaser

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After being absent from the Canadian entertainment for a few years, singer Colin Levy a.k.a. Iley Dread, is back and is fast reclaiming the fans that he has built up over the years by giving some sterling performances both here in Toronto, Canada and across the world.
His latest crowd-pleasing performance was at the Government Entertainment Complex in downtown Toronto on August 13, where he thrilled the more than 400 audiences in attendance. Backed by his own band the Kings of Kings band supported by his background vocalist, he performed several of the crowd favourites including "Picture on The Wall", and "Lovers Holiday".
But just as the audience was beginning to warm up to him and was really enjoying his performance, through no fault his own, his performance was cut short to make way for I-Octane who was the headline act.
The premature ending of his performance, which angered his fans, was no fault of his own, because the concert that was schedule to start at 11:00 pm, did not get underway until after 2:00 am, however his act was well received.
Prior to his appearance at the Government Entertainment Complex, Colin has been having a very busy schedule which started in the city of Ajax in June, this was followed by performances on the Jamaica Day Celebration, shows in Niagara Falls and also in Montreal where he performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, and event that is schedule to attract thousands of reggae lovers from near and far.
The future certainly seems bright for this singer/ songwriter who has launched the career of several up and coming singers in the city. A scheduled tour to Europe and South Africa in the not too distant future will be just the tonic needed to enhance his career and propel him on the world stage.
 
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WATCH 21-YEAR-OLD JAMAICAN ARTIST, ROMAIN VIRGO, TAKE OVER NASHVILLE WITH LARRY GATLIN AND JOHN RICH + EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SLY & ROBBIE, BERES HAMMOND, DEAN FRASER AND MUCH MORE 
 
Yahoo! raves, "...the two musical styles were basically meant for each other and meld together beautifully. Some of the tunes chosen for the record fit with stunning why-didn't-I-realize-this-before? clarity into reggae's trademark off-beat rhythm...if you're still skeptical at whether these two musical genres can truly blend, just have a look at this video..."




Amy Winehouse laid to rest

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Three days after her death, Amy Winehouse's funeral took place in London today at Edgwarebury Cemetery.

The private service drew about 200 attendees, including Marc Ronson (who produced Winehouse'sBlack to Black and recently called Winehouse his "musical soulmate") and longtime Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne. Also present: Reg Traviss, Winehouse's most recent ex-boyfriend. Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse's ex-husband, requested a leave from jail to attend the service (he is serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and weapon transgressions) but was denied.

The service reportedly lasted about 45 minutes and, according to the AP, was to be followed by "cremation and a family gathering at a local synagogue".

Many of the female guests -- including Osbourne -- wore their hair in Winehouse's trademark beehive.

Amy's father Mitch delivered the eulogy, which he closed with the line "Goodnight, my angel. Sleep tight."

The service was conducted as soon as possible after Winehouse's death, in accordance with Jewish law, and was presided over by Rabbi Frank Hellmer.

There is still no official world on what caused Winehouse's death, as Monday's autopsy was inconclusive and results of toxicology reports aren't expected for two to four weeks.

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Freddie Mcgregor



The legendary Freddie McGregor, who boasts an enviable discography of memorable songs and albums released over the last 40 years, is releasing yet another that he believes Jamaica needs right now.

Titled Move up Jamaica, the song McGregor says, sounds more like a 'Festival song', and he believes everyone will come to love it.

"Every Jamaican haffi love this song, they have no choice," he said, a sly smile breaking out on his face, "they have no choice in the matter."

Move Up Jamaica is reportedly already in heavy rotation on 93.5 FM in New York, after DJ Rai heard the song and requested that McGregor send him a copy.

It was recorded recently at Sting Ray Records in the United Kingdom, McGregor recalls.

It was at Sting Ray, where he recorded Key to the City and the Grammy-nominated Anything for You.

"I was thinking about all the violence in Jamaica and realised that we needed a song to lift the spirits, and the words just started to flow," he recalled, adding that everything came together in about 10 to 15 minutes. They also added background vocals immediately after. The mixing was recently complete and the song is set to drop immediately, the veteran entertainer said.

And the timing of the song's release, he feels, could not have been better given that Independence celebrations are right around the corner and the Festival song competition is also close. "It's appropriate for this Festival season," he said.

McGregor, who has released about 35 albums and more than 150 singles and EPs over a stellar career spanning more than four decades, is uncharacteristically upbeat about Move up Jamaica.

"I'm not known to brag, but this song is going to lead the way for a long time," he declared.

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Kingston: US based Elektra Atlantic recording artist Laza Morgan, a singjay and rapper whose raspy, rhythmic 'DJ' style flows on his new single "One By One" featuring Mavado will on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 join his dad, veteran reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan as "Father & Son" performers at Studio 38 in New Kingston.

"I am excited about my upcoming performances at Studio 38 in Kingston and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay" the young Morgan beamed. "Studio 38 has a rich tradition of featuring top reggae, dancehall, ska and rocksteady stars. The fact that that I will share the stage with my dad makes this performance even more special" he disclosed. 

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Laza was literally raised in a musical cradle. He was heavily influenced by the reggae music of his household and the records made by his father, Jamaican music legend and hit-maker Denroy Morgan. With his family's strong Jamaican roots and frequent trips to Kingston and St.Thomas as driving inspirations, it didn't take long forLaza to completely embrace the world of reggae.

2010 proved to be the culmination of many years of hard work that Laza has put into his craft. After signing with Elektra records in February, Laza was featured on British pop sensation Alexandra Burke's hit single "Start Without You" which topped the UK and European singles charts in September. He was also featured on Flo Rida's hit single '21' from the album "The Only One." His forthcoming Elektra debut has already yielded a single, This Girl that was featured in Disney's feature film Step Up 3D and its smash soundtrack. This Girl has generated over seven million hits on YouTube and has created a buzz that spans the globe.

Laza's dad Denroy Morgan, a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist bulldozed his way onto the Billboard charts and saturated American urban radio stations with his smash single I'll Do Anything for You. It has been more than a decade since his last performance in Jamaica and he has something extra special his fans at home.

"The last time I performed in Jamaica was in the late 90s at Cinema 2 following the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the World Cup finals in France. I am excited about going back home to launch my album and proud to be part of this father and son showcase. I have something special in store for fans and plan to rock the stage at Studio 38 with Laza when we perform" he said.

Denroy's new album titled Linkup to Ethiopia is scheduled for release this summer on Asaph Records and it is being distributed by VP Records. 





Jamaica Music 50: Taking control of the music

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The celebration of Fifty Years of Jamaican Music, incorporating The Wailers and The Skatalites

, will provide the soundtrack for a worldwide movement designed to develop and activate strategies to reclaim and take control of reggae music, while positioning it for the next Fifty Years.




Under the theme "Free Jah People With Music", Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions, in association with Talawa IndiGenius, will create the illuminating backdrop designed to inform and empower singers and players of reggae music, producers and its adherents.

 Simply entitled Jamaica Music 50, this movement aims to secure representation with the approval for reclaiming 


this great musical wealth and legacy presently qualified for public domain.  This approaching reality encourages and motivates the purpose, will, reason and challenge for Talawa to transform the past and present experience into a beneficial, progressive and prosperous future going into the next Fifty Years of Jamaica's music.


Talawa IndiGenius, spearheaded 

by Maxine Stowe and incorporating a team of qualified like minded creative professionals, is the qualified management capable of implementing this change.


As Bunny Wailer pointed out, "Jamaica's music 


surviving the first Fifty Years of its 

existence as an industry was only mainly due to the faith, devoted love, respect, hope and expectation that the freedom and liberty agitated for on behalf of the African oppressed people would be possible to achieve due to the constant pounding of Reggae Music,"


He noted that Jamaica Music 50 has been created as a device to correct related abuses inflicted upon the authors, composers, 

artists, musicians and producers. Jamaica Music 50 will be engaging the artist community to create unique 50 track compilations of their respective careers, while unveiling the truth about the creators of reggae music.

It cannot be denied that the impact of The Wailers and their solo careers will benefit from a fresh, true and historically grounded narrative which will give voice to the solidarity of their musical expression.

"It will also properly align this period of their career with the foundation of The Wailers Legacy, which, despite being disturbed by corporate machinations and greed, remained together as a musical family of brothers, peers, cousins, nieces and nephews," Maxine Stowe stated, while noting that living legend, Bunny Wailer, will be the face of this campaign.

To this end, there will be an official launch on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Quite appropriately, July 23 is the birthday of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jamaica Music 50 Campaign is marketed through Talawa/Street Virus. 

Street Virus is a marketing and branding agency located in Los Angeles that specializes in placing brands in the forefront of people's minds by designing and implementing brand and marketing campaigns that surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression.


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Guidance scores with City of Love

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Guidance's collaboration single with Lutan Fyah, City of Love looks set to give the artiste the break he has been deserving of for such a long time.

Known for his reality lyrics, this conscious Rastaman is definitely no pretender. Asked in a recent interview about the direction of his career, he stated that Bob Marley and the Wailers is his benchmark. Simply put, Guidance is aiming for the highest of the high in taking reggae music to the world.

His breakout single Love What You Got, signaled that a new voice in reggae music was ready to take the mantle. But the interesting thing is that Guidance isn't new in the strictest sense of the word. The singer has been around for a minute, and even before Anthony B got his break, it was Guidance with whom he would par, as they both focused on their respective careers.

With more than a decade and a half of experience, Guidance is now ready to really ruffle some feathers and let his voice be heard, both locally and internationally. He is confident that under the management of Brown Brothers Production his career will soar to the top.

Regarding the single, City of Love, Guidance has great expectations. He describes it as a 'feel good' song, which can definitely take him "past the airport". 

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Tarrus Riley performs at Negril Escape Resorts



After touring the United States with the Wailers for the first half of the year, reggae recording artist Duane Stephenson is now in Europe on a three week tour with the She's Royal singer Tarrus Riley.

Stephenson and Riley are scheduled to visit countries like Spain, Norway, France, Switzerland and Italy on the tour which ends on July 24.

The two left Jamaica last week for Germany where they performed on the annual Summer Jam Festival with John Holt, Barrington Levy, Andrew Tosh and dancehall deejay Busy Signal.

They are also slated to head to Barcelona, Spain for the Nowa Reggae Festival from July 8 to 9.


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Buju Banton Begins Appeal

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Dancehall star Buju Banton has started the second round in his battle for freedom.

But it could take up to 18 months before Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, knows if he will escape a 10-year prison sentence which was imposed on him by a United States judge after he was convicted on drug charges.

Lawyers representing Buju on Tuesday filed a formal notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Attorney-at-law David Oscar Markus told The Gleaner that he is moving ahead with his appeal of the guilty verdict handed down against the artiste.

Markus will also be challenging the 10-year sentence imposed by US judge, Jim Moodie.

"Our appeal is due to be filed 40 days after we receive the transcripts (of the trial) which we are still waiting for," Markus said.

"We will not give up for Buju, who is thankful to all of his fans and friends for their continued support," Markus added yesterday.

He could not say when the appeal would be heard, but noted that it generally takes about 18 months to get a decision from the US Court of Appeal Eleventh Circuit.

The Appeal Court is based in Atlanta Georgia, but has satellite courts in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.

Three judges will hear the case and Markus is prepared for the fight.

Minutes after the sentence was handed down last month, Markus told reporters outside the court that his appeal would be based on the argument that there was insufficient evidence to convict Buju on the drug count.

Buju is now languishing in a minimum security Federal prison serving his sentence.

 

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For the second straight week, reggae singer Robert Sutherland's piercing single, Times So Hard, has held on to the number two slot on the competitive Jamaica Countdown Chart.

 Sutherland hit an important milestone in his career when the single reached the number 1  position on the Jamdown Vershun Top 10 Reggae Chart in Australia, attracting quite a bit of attention to the Philadelphia-based singer.

As Robert himself likes to say with a serious expression, "a work we a work", and that phrase aptly sums up this entertainer's attitude to his craft. For Sutherland, It is, and has always been, all about reggae music - in good times and in bad. So it's not surprising that he should have chosen 'hard times' as the theme of this, his most popular song to date.

When asked if he thinks Times So Hard will claim the number one position on the Jamaican chart, Sutherland was a bit cautious in his response.

"Well, to be honest, the fact that after 12 weeks on the chart Times So Hard reached number two, then anything is possible. I am really happy and thankful that the work is being recognized in such a powerful way. Of course, I would be overjoyed if there is a repeat of what it did on the chart in Australia, and I am being positive about it," Robert Sutherland declared.

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The Broadcasting Commission is recommending that a range of fines, with a maximum $15 million, on persons found guilty of engaging in the illicit practice of payola.

Payola is defined as the practice of paying bribes, particularly to radio personalities, for airplay to the recordings of unknown artistes, as a means of giving them exposure.

These recordings often include songs deemed inappropriate for airplay.

Professor Hopeton Dunn, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, who was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 21), said imposition of the fines was among several recommendations the Commission made to the government, for enactment into law.

The other significant recommendation, he said, was updating the regulations governing the broadcast media, to give the Commission the power to impose the fines.

According to Dr. Dunn, this was, "something which we do not now have, and which would provide a kind of intermediary step, in terms of how we actually regulate the industry".

Professor Dunn said the information forthcoming to the Broadcasting Commission indicated that persons are paying or taking bribes amounting to as much as $350,000 to have their music played.

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Colin Levy 'skanks' to a new beat

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Riding high from the success of his latest single, the Barry O'Hare-produced, Lover's Holiday, reggae crooner, Colin Levy, is seizing the moment.

Without missing a beat, the artiste, who also goes by the name Iley Dread, has released what could be considered the follow-up single. And, from all indications, this song has 'winner' written all over it.

"Lover's Holiday went to number one on the chart in Jamaica and entered charts in North America ... for that I give thanks. Without the fans and my efficient team, I couldn't have done this," said the soft-spoken Rastaman.

Levy explained that the new single, simply called Skank, is an out-of-the-box tune for him. Possessing an infectious, uptempo beat, Skank makes the listener want to do just that - skank.

According to Colin Levy, when he first heard the riddim, he was a tad hesitant to actually do a song for it, as it was not in his usual lover's rock groove.  But, he figured that this was the perfect opportunity for him to explore his creativity, expand his fan base and make significant inroads into the dancehall.

"Actually, I am trying to create music that the dancehall fans can also appreciate, because in the clubs and dances most of the tracks being played are up-tempo beats," Levy said.

Skank is one of the songs on the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed, an offering which he says will herald a milestone in his musical journey.

"My desire is for Unleashed to appeal to all age groups, so what better way for me to express my versatility," a smiling Levy declared.

An eclectic composition, Unleashed will consist of lover's rock, roots, dancehall, ska and a touch of jazz.

Skank was produced by  Owen 'Bassieface' Renalls, and Peter 'Shady' Harrison at Mixing Lab Studio for Levy's Kings of Kings label.

 

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The Toronto International Jamaica Day Festival has announced that it will be honouring two veterans of Jamaica's vibrant music industry.

Reggae hit maker and label head Freddie McGregor and Jamaica's most prolific global tour manager, artist manager and reggae historian, Copeland Forbes, will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the reggae music at a private reception to be held in New Kingston on Monday, June 20. 

Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, veteran crooner Freddie McGregor began his musical journey in the 60's. 

McGregor, who is the captain of the Big Ship record label told sources that the success of Big Ship was a turning point of his career. Freddie will receive the Toronto International Jamaica Day Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Forbes, whose journey through the music industry started as a member of the group Harmonicats, has served not just as one of the most experienced and esteemed tour managers but he has also served as an unofficial ambassador of Jamaica, working with many of the top reggae acts.

Forbes will be presented with the Toronto International Jamaica Day Legend Award, in appreciation of his distinguished service and outstanding contribution to Jamaica's musical legacy.

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Three-time Grammy Award winning artiste Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has reportedly
teamed up with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Dave Stewart of the
Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R.
Rahman, to  form a new super 
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group.  The group has apparently been recording
together for the last 18 months but has yet to release an album or give a public
performance.
They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.
The New York Post has received conflicting information as to the seriousness of
the group.
One source claims that Super Heavy has completed a record and a video and is in
the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label.
Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply "thought it
would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music."
According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label
involved.
The Rolling Stones has not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a
group since 2007.
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Colin Levy's Lover's Holiday remains at #1

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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
 has taken control of the number one spot on the popular and highly respected
Jamaica Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 18 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.

Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.

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The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.

The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.

Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.

More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.

Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes

Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?

The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!

1) What is Chino's real name?

2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?

3) What is the name of his upcoming album?

4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?

Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!

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Cocoa Tea to perform at London 2012

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2012 Summer Olympics


Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea is booked to perform at the 2012 Olympics in London,
England.
At present he is the only reggae artist who has been requested to sing for the
Queen of England and millions of viewers worldwide.

When asked if he was prepared to meet Her Majesty, his only response was "I'm
ready and waiting".
Not only is he ready to meet the Queen, but he is also ready to meet the world
press.

Cocoa Tea's new single "A Love Like Yours and Mine" is about to hit the world
stage.

His song "Obama" became a hit and a favorite for the Obama's and among Kenyans
during the '08 election campaign.
He says he is ready to go back into the studio to record another song for the
upcoming 2012 election as well.

Cocoa Tea is currently preparing for his Summer Tour that kicks off on June 26th
in Brooklyn, New York and continues on to Boston, Portland and Seattle.
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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
has taken control of the number one spot on the popular Jamaica Countdown Top 25
Reggae Singles Chart.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 17 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
Colin Levy, who is also known by the moniker Iley Dread, recently completed a
successful. month-long US college radio tour in support of Lover's Holiday and
the upcoming album. Both he and his marketing manager, Brian Muntz, who
organized the US tour, have expressed their gratitude to the fans who have
contributed in a major way to this chart-topping success.
"This is fantastic news," an elated Muntz said from his university base in
Toronto, Canada. "I knew the song was a winner from the first time I heard it."
The quiet, soft-spoken Levy, was a bit more reserved in his speech, but no less
thankful.
"All praises to the Father, first of all ... and definitely we have a lot of
gratitude to the fans, the team who has been working with me on this project and
those who have always been there assisting with my career. This is a joyful
moment and I know that this album has more songs of this caliber and something
for everyone," Colin Levy stated.
The video for Lover's Holiday has also been enjoying favourable rotation on
television.
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Dubdem Sound System :: Jamaican Tour 2006


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) -- Bob Marley's musical legacy may be waning 30 years
after his death as Jamaica's youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer
remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.
Marley has become a merchandiser's dream, with everything from shoes to
snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his
message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.
"He was never about commercialism," one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. "Money
was not his greatest motivation."
For loyal fans of the Third World's first pop superstar, who died from cancer at
the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year's milestone anniversary is not about
grieving but about celebrating.
"His music was so full of life, it doesn't seem right to mourn him," 24-year-old
Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob
Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.
Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote
many of his songs.
Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann
parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides
his final resting place.
But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the
pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be
beginning to fade.
The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer's estate, says no events are
planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets
only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on
today's Jamaican youth.
Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more
militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.
In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley's most
memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived
during the 1960s.
Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his
records and a bed he slept on.
Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.
Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a
Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible
mark.
"He's been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There's not
a day that his music is not played," said DePasse.
To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The
Footsteps of Bob Marley today.
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Seven time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to
release his third solo project, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life on May 23.
Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, and anchored
in reggae's scorching drum and bass backbeat, The Root of Life delivers 14
tracks of powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses.
The first single, Jah Army, features Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton
over a thunderous one-drop rhythm.
The Root of Life will be followed by Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which
is due this fall.
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The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit entitled Bob Marley,
Messenger.
Housed on the museum's second floor, the exhibit will focus on Bob Marley as a
private, spiritual man, and as a powerful performer who has inspired legions of
fans in the 30 years since his death.Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the
exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family.
 "Bob Marley gave the world something no other artist has. Not only did he give
us brilliant music, but he also became a heroic figure. His music spread a
message of hope and unity. That message is as relevant today as it was three
decades ago, and it's our hope to help share that message with a new
generation," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including Marley's famous
Les Paul guitar; an interactive drumming station that allows visitors to learn
how to play a reggae beat; more than 40 photographs of Marley both on and off
stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia.
Additionally, the GRAMMY Museum has conducted interviews with several artists
and musicians who have been influenced by Marley and the role that he played not
only as the catalyst to the reggae evolution, but also his influence on music
and culture.
Interview footage will be featured in the exhibit and includes conversations
with Blondie, Carlos Santana, Nas and more.
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Bob Marley takes the spotlight on NBC

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Reggae legend Bob Marley takes the spotlight next week on American station NBC's
popular 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.'
This year marks 30 years since the reggae legend died on May 11, 1981 of cancer.
Actor, comedian and television host Jimmy Fallon will be honouring the singer on
his late night talk show, starting this Monday.
Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, will make a special appearance on the NBC
show for the first time. Ziggy Marley, rock artiste Chris Cornell, pop idol
Jennifer Hudson, rock singer Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz are all scheduled to
appear. Each night, one of the guests will perform a classic Marley song.
Fallon's house band 'The Roots' will also be present to pay tribute to the
singer.
According to reports online, no word has been leaked as to which Marley classics
will be performed. "Big up Jimmy Fallon for honouring the memory of my father,"
said Ziggy Marley in a press release sent to the media. "Much respect." Ziggy
will talk about his father in addition to performing. Ziggy Marley's next album,
Wild and Free, is due out June 14.
In more Marley news, the anticipated documentary on the late reggae star's life,
by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, is expected for release late this
year. Universal Music Enterprise will also be promoting its recent release of
Marley's final concert held at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.,
on September 23, 1980.
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What is all dis bangarang we a hear bout Iley Dread new song, Lover's Holiday?
We hear sey people all deh pon radio a talk bout a no di Dread write di song.
But a coulda wha dat! After Lovers Holiday a no di first song di Dread a write,
so wha all di fuss about? A wonder if a true di song deh a number 2 pon Richie B
chart mek all a di haters a crawl out from unda all sort a place.

Oonu muss know sey it bad when Iley haffi a put out release how him get di
inspiration di write di tune one evening when him a watch the sunset a Rick's
café.

Iley, just gwaan do yuh ting, cause you US college radio tour just done and it
did mad and you  a come fi Western Consciousness and yuh have nuff show line up.
Plus you heart eva clean. All when dem a beg you yuh tings and a stab you inna
you back after dem get it, you still cyan hate dem. So just go through clean
hearted dread.
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Colin Levy happy with US college radio tour

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As singer Colin Levy winds down his month-long US college radio tour, he
confesses to being in extremely high spirits and ready to share his music with
the world.

The reggae artiste, who has been in the States since the first week in April,
was on a  promotional blitz of his most recent song, Lovers' Holiday, from his
soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Already the single has found favour in
Jamaica, where it is enjoying good rotation on radio and has made its way onto
the Jamaica Countdown Chart.
Levy, who also uses the moniker Iley Dred, is accompanied on the road  by his
marketing manager, Brian 'Daddy Biggs' Muntz, who single-handedly put together
the radio station package.
Muntz, the IT Coordinator for computing services in a university in Canada, is
also part time in the music business working in the field of Artist &
Repertoire, music production and marketing.  Muntz, who took on Colin Levy as a
client and started working with him immediately after hearing the Lovers'
Holiday single feels very strongly about his project and the upcoming album.
Biggs explained that the artiste has been making inroads by showcasing his music
to one of the largest audiences anywhere - college students. He noted that
college radio stations are quite powerful and said this was an excellent
opportunity for Levy to take his career to the next level.
"Obviously, this is not about money, since this tour is purely promotional, but
the potential for making money down the road because of this is immense," Muntz
stated.
Muntz took the singer to visit on a seemingly endless list  of college radio
stations in Washington, New York,  Atlanta and several other states, and he and
Levy were in one accord as they hit the road for close to 30 days while
journeying on this musical labour of love.
"I have wrapped up my North America College Radio promotional tour, on a
positive note," Levy said from Washington, which was among his last stops on the
trip.
"I have  finally started living my dreams as an artiste and this has always been
my desire," he concluded.
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Ziggy Marley to release Wild and Free

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International reggae singer Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley,
is poised for the June 14 release of his album Wild and Free.
The album is being released by his family's Tuff Gong Worldwide label.
Wild and Freecarries  themes of global and personal changes and revolutions.
According to Marley, "social revolutions and group revolutions are good and we
need that, but we also need personal revolution, revolution within ourselves
that change who we are as people."
In addition a theme of marijuana and hemp also runs through the album and
according to Marley, he speaks of the whole idea of using the cannabis plant for
more than what it is used for now.
"It can be used for environmental reasons and industrial reasons and nutritional
reasons, to benefit the planet," he said.

Following his Marijauna Man action figure, Ziggy explained that the story is
about utilizing all the properties of the plant.
He does not think people understand how much good it can do.
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Reggae Sumfest gears up

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For the past 18 years, Reggae Sumfest has built a solid reputation for providing
world class entertainment. Last year's show stands out as one of the best in the
entertainment industry as the festival presented international superstars  Usher
and Chris Brown alongside Jamaica's hottest and best performers. This year's
event which runs from Saturday July 16 to Saturday July 23 is anticipated to be
even better.
Stage manager Junior Taylor describes the ambitious new plans for 2011, "We are
bringing our patrons the same top quality service, but with a new twist. Sumfest
is gearing up to produce some new and exciting elements for the crowd."
The festivities will kick off with the annual beach party moving into the always
highly anticipated Dancehall night on Thursday and culminating with
International Nights 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday.  "We are stepping up our
game this year," commented promoter Robert Russell, "fans can expect to see
Sumfest like it has never been seen before, virtually and in person."
The Sumfest team is also working to address some of the physical problems
experienced at last year's event.  "We have listened to our audience and are
making adjustments to the venue to accommodate any possible incidence of rain
have, "  remarked organizer John Gurzong. "Also, in light of the current
economic strains we have begun our campaign earlier than usual, to allow people
the time to prepare for this year's amazing showcase."
So it's time to get in the game and start preparing for "The Greatest Reggae
Show On Earth", between July 16 to 23, when Montego Bay opens its doors to the
world.
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Fantan Mojah

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BULLETIN! Reggae is not dead. There is a new standard bearer who encapsulates
the spirit of Jacob Miller and the high energy shenanigans of a Capleton. His
name is Fantan Mojah and he is the tour de force rocking the world of reggae
music today.
Down Sound Recording artiste Fantan Mojah delivered a marquis peformance at
Negril Escape that had hundreds of tourists in a state of awe on Tuesday night
as the One Love Reggae concert series came to a climactic end.
Dressed in a white ensemble which imbued him with a majestic quality, like a
lion surveying his kingdom, Fantan was absolutely brilliant from start to
finish. He delivered all the songs from his 2005 full length album Hail the
King, earning the biggest forwards for Hungry and Nuh Build Great Man.
Backed by his own Macka Tree band, he had the audience in a virtual trance,
their hands aloft, their eyes awestruck and expectant as they swayed to the
sweet reggae harmonies as he did emotionally charged songs such as Corruption,
Thanks and Praise, Love Grows and She Makes Me Feel So Nice.
Even though he had injured his knee a few days earlier, Fantan was able to
transfigure the pain into positive energy and strength, and thrill the patrons
in the venue in a performance they will not soon forget.  They were drawn to his
Bobo Ashanti faith as he praised Jah, condemned immorality, glorified women in a
positive way and called for a revolution against Babylon system. Fantan showed
off his dancing ability during the instrumental sections as the band played a
delicious reggae groove.
Fantan Mojah's one hour and 20 minute performance so captivated the audience
that the promoters waited almost 45 minutes for Julian Marley's onstage stint. A
seasoned performer, Julian Marley did a great job, and the audience were wowed
once again by the Marley magic as he performed wonderful hits from his latest
album, Awake and crowd
favourites from his 2003 album, A Time and Place.
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Bob Andy recovering

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Rocksteady and Reggae pioneer Bob Andy is currently in hospital recovering after
reportedly suffering from a bleeding stomach ulcer.
Bob Andy's hits include I've Got to Go Back Home, Fire Burning and Too
Experienced. He has written popular tracks for the likes of reggae frontrunners
Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffith including her hits Feel Like Jumping and Truly.
Bob Andy is currently involved in writing and recording music for Dominican
opera singer Marie Claire.





 

Jamaican Reggae Star, Luciano, Stoned In Port Harcourt

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JAMAICAN reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium.
Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, was invited by the consultant handling this year's cultural festival as the star artiste to perform at the event.
Though the music fans, who streamed to the stadium, had earlier been entertained by some Nigerian artistes that included Ras Kimono, Maleke and I Go Save, a few of them were, however, not comfortable with Luciano's reggae music.
Not ready to listen to the lyrics and rhythm of the Jamaican-born reggae idol, they resorted to throwing empty water bottles at him.
Luciano, who was shocked at the hostile attitude of the crowd, asked, "What is happening? You don't want me? I was told that CARNIRIV is an event to showcase African Culture and that is why I am here for you.
"I am a messenger of God; don't you want the message. I was in Ethiopia, they (Ethiopians) received me. I was in Gambia, they received me. Why won't you receive your brother?"
The reggae maestro immediately sang his popular track, One way Ticket to Africa, to appease the crowd. But those who appeared not to be in love with the Luciano's reggae genre of music continued to pelt him with objects.
He eventually left the stage after the rendition of another track, Sweep Over My Soul, before the Nigeria twin artistes, P-Square, were welcomed to the stage with an ovation.

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Buju Banton Appeals Drug Conviction

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MIAMI (AP) -- Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy. The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant seeking a $50,000 government payday. Markus says that resulted in improper entrapment. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. A related gun charge was tossed out by a judge. Banton is extremely popular in his native Jamaica and won a Grammy for his latest album shortly before his drug conviction. It will likely be months before the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision.

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Philip 'Fattis' Burrel to be laid to rest Saturday

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The service to celebrate the life of legendary music producer Philip Burrell, more popularly known as Fattis, is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2011. The church service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston and will begin promptly at 10 o'clock in the morning. Mr Burrell, the CEO of Xterminator Records, passed away on December 3, while a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona, St Andrew. Following the 10:00 am service, the funeral procession will move to the Dovecot Memorial Park.
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Reports are that reggae producer Fattis has died. Sources have told YardFlex that the renowned producer and artiste manager died early this morning. Fattis, whose real name is Phillip Burrell, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies two weeks ago suffering from breathing problems. Yardflex sends their condolences to his family and friends
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Bob Marley heirs sue half brother over name use

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MIAMI (AP) -- A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and profit from other businesses in his native Jamaica. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court contends the half brother, businessman Richard Booker, and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley's name, photographs, lyrics, symbols and other intellectual property without authorization. The lawsuit says people could be deceived into thinking those uses are officially endorsed by Marley's widow, Rita Marley, and their children. Booker and Bob Marley shared the same mother. The entities include the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People Inc., which promotes the music festival, a restaurant in Jamaica called Mama Marley's and several businesses with the name Nine Mile -- the part of Jamaica where Marley grew up and is now buried. One Nine Mile business offers a tour of the area, and the music event is known as the Nine Mile Music Festival. In addition, a recent press release about the music festival included this headline: "All For The Love Of Bob Marley." The 19th annual festival is scheduled for March of next year on Virginia Key, near Miami. Three of Marley's kids -- Stephen, Damien and Julian Marley -- are scheduled to perform. Marley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. Some of his best-known songs are "I Shot The Sheriff," ''Jamming," ''No Woman, No Cry," ''Get Up, Stand Up" and "Exodus." The lawsuit, filed by Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce Hemerlee, seeks unspecified damages and also asks a judge to stop Booker and the companies from using any Marley-related references in the various ventures. Hemerlee represents Rita Marley and the children through a Bahamas-based entity called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd. Booker, whose home and businesses are in Miami, did not immediately return a telephone call Friday seeking comment. A spokeswoman at his business said a statement may be issued later. According to the festival's website, the event's roots date to a Bob Marley fan club begun in 1981. That gradually grew into the music festival and related food drive that has collected more than 2 million canned goods for shelters in Miami and Jamaica. The lawsuit says that Rita Marley and her children have long opposed Booker's attempts to trademark Marley-related business names and that at one point they reached a licensing deal, but Booker reneged on the deal.
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Reggae Grammy nominees announced

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English: Shaggy Deutsch: Shaggy




Ziggy and Stephen Marley will go head to head against Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Israel Vibrations, for the Best Reggae album at next year's Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced at Wednesday's Nomination Concert in Los Angeles. Stephen Marley got the nomination for his album Revelation Part One: The Root of Life, while his brother Ziggy received his nomination for Wild and Free. Dancehall star Shaggy got nominated for his album Summer in Kingston, Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express Live and Israel Vibrations for Reggae Knights. The Grammy Awards ceremony will be aired live from L.A.'s Staples Center on February 12.

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Fantan Mojah injured in road accident

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Fantan Mojah and his travel crew received minor injuries when the vehicle in which they were traveling, from the Reggae Fever event in St. Ann, overturned in the wee hours of Sunday Morning. Fantan said the incident resulted from "slippery road surface" and was quick to point out that his driver was not speeding. The artiste said that while on their way from the show the bus started to skid when they got to Steer Town and the driver lost control of the vehicle. Shaken up from the incident, the artiste says he gives thanks for life though suffering from a broken finger. He said members of travel team are also suffering from minor injuries and pain as a result of the crash.
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New board in place for JaRIA

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With a new board of directors in place, chairman and executive director of the Jamaica Reggae Industry association (JaRIA), Charles Campbell, says the organisation is now an umbrella entity that is representative of Jamaica's music industry. Campbell said the three-year-old organisation chose its new directors less than two weeks ago; increasing the number from 11 to 15. On this new board, he says there will be representatives from different groups such as the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Vernal 'Junior' Weir; a representative of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates', Frankie Campbell O.D.; a representative of the Sound Systems Association, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell; and a representative of Manifesto Jamaica, Rupert Abishai Hoilett. The other directors on the board are K. Michael 'Ibo' Cooper O.D., J.P. (chairman), Charles H.E. Campbell (vice-chairman/executive director), Junior Lincoln, Mary Isaacs Black, Stephen Stewart J.P., L. Nichole Brown, Coleen Douglas, Paul Love, Shani Nembhard, Deleon 'Jubba' White, and Carol Lawrence.




Benefit concert for Buju

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A benefit concert is to be held for incarcerated reggae artiste Buju Banton on December 3 in Tampa, Florida. The lineup card for the benefit concert includes Delly Ranx, Gramps Morgan, Nadine Sutherland, Glen Washington and Norris Man along with a yet-to-be named special guest artiste. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Buju's efforts to appeal his conviction and ten year prison sentence. Also, persons planning to attend the show will be asked to make a donation for the cause as organizers hope to make at least US$50,000 from the concert for Buju's legal defense. According to event's main organizer, Taranee Jiles, they decided to do benefit concerts for the artiste. Buju Banton himself, through his legal team, issued a statement urging his fans to turn out for the concert stating, "I, Mark Myrie - aka Buju Banton, support and deem the concert being organized by Taranee Jiles to be a legitimate undertaking in order to raise funds for my legal defense and pending appeal. Your kind support will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance." "His fellow artists have come together in unity to aid this cause. It is time for the people to give back and uplift him now. It will give him the opportunity to defend himself," Ms Jiles said.
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Busy Christmas for Singer Colin Levy

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'Twill be a busy Christmas for reggae singer, Colin Levy, as he takes time out of the recording studio to perform for fans. Although Levy is "very driven" and totally focused on getting out his album, Unleashed, while putting the finishing touches on his autobiographical novel, he says there are a few shows in Jamaica that he simply must attend. Among them are the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza to be held in Independence Park in St Elizabeth on December 25; Yard Fest Family Fun Day, a Unite The People-endorsed event the night before and an annual show in Negril on New Year's Eve. The singer, whose single Lovers Holiday took up residence at the top of the Richie B Jamaica Countdown Chart earlier this year, says there's nothing better than Christmas in Jamaica. "It's an annual ritual for me and this year it will be no different," Colin Levy aka Iley Dred declared. He has been involved with the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza since its inception and had words of praise for Irie FM's Dancehall Master GT Taylor and the planning committee of the event. "That show is always so very well produced and I definitely look forward to performing on GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza each year," Levy said. With his album just about ready to be released, Levy says he has quite a few new songs which he is confident will connect with his fans. "Yes, there is still the lovers rock songs, but sometimes you have to step out of the box and experiment with different types of songs. On this album, I will definitely be showing my versatility and maturity as an artiste, while keeping it real," he explained. Among the producers on Unleashed are Stephen Marley, Barry O'Hare, Bobby Digital, Dean Fraser and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor




Guidance, Ico Flamez rocking Africa

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Reggae singer, Guidance and singjay Ico Flamez, are getting major attention with their collaboration, By The Window, which is # 13 on the highly recognized Stepping Razor chart in Africa and still climbing. Music insiders agree that these two Rastafarian artistes have surely done justice to this compelling love song, produced by Portmore-based producer, Shaka Indian. "It's really cool to see these two Rasta artistes sincerely pouring out their hearts about a woman," one radio disc jockey commented. Unfortunately, despite giving their all, the woman leaves and the artistes are in misery, sitting at the window, hoping that one day she will return. It's a theme which many persons - male and female - can identify with, and it's all the more inspiring that it's from a male perspective. Although Sitting By The Window is Guidance and Ico Flamez' only collaboration so far, they both have their solo repertoires which they have been unleashing at various stage shows across the island. They recently performed at the popular Plug 'n' Play at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston and also did a slot on morning television, both of which were very well received. "We are really happy and humbled at the way how things have been shaping up. Lots of respect to the management team and to the fans. We 'appreci-love' all the support and we will always take the higher ground. Motherland, here we come," declared Guidance, who is signed to Brown Brothers. With a video now ready, shows lined up for the festive season and an Africa tour on the horizon, both artistes preparing to savour the sweet taste of success.
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Last Wednesday, November 2, was the 81 anniversary of the crowning of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie and Twelve Tribes of Israel members around the globe held festive celebrations. In Toronto, the event saw both established artistes and upcoming acts paying tribute to the Emperor in song. And it would be fair to say that all the acts upheld the order and gave performances which befitted the occasion. Among the established acts was reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, who used prayer and praises as the hallmark of his performance. The short Rastafarian, who always seems to grow in stature whenever he hits the stage, opened his set with a riveting prayer that paradoxically calmed and energized the gathering. Levy's five-song set proved to be way too short and included Forever Praising Jah; Toronto's favourite, Picture On The Wall; Rocky Road (Mighty Diamonds); Crown Her A Queen, from his upcoming album, Unleashed and his number 1 hit, Lovers Holiday. Other artistes who performed included Orthodox Issachar, one of the organizers and brother of Colin Levy; female acts Tanya P, Donna Makeda and Tasha T; Axe, Prince Everald and Treeson, an artiste to definitely watch out for.
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Bob Andy Unplugged a huge success

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The Bob Andy Unplugged concert took over Jamaica College last Friday evening pulling scores of supporters and performers. Twenty-nine artistes turned out to celebrate the veteran songwriter's compositions on his 67th birthday. Some of the most memorable performances were given by Della Manley, Myrna Hague and dub poet, Mutabaruka who did a medley of four songs. Meanwhile, the man of the moment sang 'Friends', from his 1983 album, to show his gratitude for the concert, which was organised to fund his present and future medical bills.
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The Wailers


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The Wailers join Ricky Martin for the closing of the Pan Am Games The Wailers, the world's most celebrated reggae group, and tour-mate Duane Stephenson, recognized as one of reggae's most talented sons, performed with an all-star line-up for the closing ceremony for the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Pan American Games is the largest international sporting event this year, representing the 6,000 athletes from 42 countries participating in 36. The Wailers and Duane Stephenson will perform a three-song set that begins with "A Step for Mankind," the track they released together last year to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme, as well as "Three Little Birds" and "One Love." Following this performance in Mexico, the Wailers will begin their Fall/Winter 2011 North American tour dates, which kicks off in Montreal, Quebec on November 18 at the Corona Theatre.
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Jamaican singer Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae's most talented sons with his top selling releases August Town and Black Gold but he is also a dedicated philanthropist.
He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid ending hunger worldwide.
Stephenson has joined fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid in ending hunger worldwide.
He has teamed up with Hiko Batik on the creation of FEED AFRICA! T-shirts.
All the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the World Food Programme and help to feed children in the Horn of Africa where a massive drought is causing a devastating famine.
Just last year, Stephenson wrote and recorded A Step for Mankind, which was recorded with The Wailers.
This is an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger.
In recognition of his efforts, Stephenson has been invited once again to attend the World Food Programme USA and Department of State's Global Hunger Conference hosted in part by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Stephenson will also be on tour with The Wailers starting November 18 but before he will be performing A Step for Mankind at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico on October 30.
This is the largest sporting event of the year, with the aim to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts.
 
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November 5th marks the 7th staging of Reggae Culture Salute.
This year's show is a salute to the future of roots reggae and presents several artists that are among the finest in the business. The organizers, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) are especially proud of introducing Dubtonic Kru to the northeast.
Earlier this year, Dubtonic Kru competed with over 4,000 bands of various genres worldwide and journeyed to Malaysia for the finals where they walked away as the champions of the world.
Many are calling Dubtonic Kru the "Usain Bolt" of roots reggae music and deservedly so. Their music reflects the positive vibration that endeared reggae music to its worldwide audience.
The event is very reasonably priced at only $15 and all proceeds benefit CPR.
 
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Reggae artist Bob Andy is set to write a full original song, this time for Legendary Reggae Singer/songwriter and Dominican opera singer Marie-Claire.
Bob Andy last penned songs for Marcia Griffiths some 20 years ago.
The song entitled Constellation has already been recorded and released.
Marie-Claire is set fly in from New York City for the Bob Andy Tribute concert to be held on Friday October 28.
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More artistes have been added to the line-up of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert, which is slated to take place next week Friday night at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the grounds of Jamaica College.
Among them are Freddie McGregor, known for his timeless hits, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Denyque, Della Manley, Sharon Tucker, Pam Hall, Earl 'Chinna' Smith and musician Peter Ashbourne. The night's line-up had already included Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Protoje, Carlene Davis, Duane Stephenson, Big Youth, John Holt, Ken Boothe and musical arrangers, Dean Fraser, Desi Jones and Ibo Cooper.
"It will be such a magical night. All these singers and musicians have come together to offer their musical interpretations of the legendary songs written by Bob Andy," said Junior Lincoln, concert promoter and a member of the Bob Andy Foundation, producers of the event.
Still, that's not all the organisers of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will be offering to patrons. After the stellar concert, which begins sharply at 9 pm, ends an equally enjoyable Merritone after-party will be held inside the auditorium, which will be free of cost for persons who had purchased tickets for the preceding concert.
All proceeds from the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will go to the Bob Andy Song Foundation, which will benefit Bob Andy's medical care and recovery.
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Happy Earthstrong Peter Tosh

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Reggae superstar Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October 1944 - 11 September 1987), was a core member of The Wailers.
He then went on to have a successful solo career as well as being a trailblazer for the Rastafari movement.
Peter Tosh was born in Petersfield (Westmoreland, Jamaica) with a father and mother too young to take care of him. He grew up raised by his aunt.
Nicknamed 'Stepping Razor', he began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations.
After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.
The Wailers Years
Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston (Bunny Wailer), were driving forces behind the Wailers for most of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Tosh was the most controversial of the trio. He ruffled many a feather with his unapologetic stance on issues including black liberation and the legalisation of marijuana.
Legalise It, Equal Rights, Wanted Dread and Alive and Mama Africa contain some of Tosh's most potent work. His No Nuclear War album, released in the year of his death, won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
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It was his first official performance at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, delighted his audience.
Levy was performing on September 10 at the premier of the film starring Donisha Prendergast, at which her mom, Sharon Marley was present to lend her full support. The documentary, RasTa: A Soul's Journey, which was very well received, sees Donisha - the grand-daughter of reggae icon, Bob Marley - on a journey to explore what 'Rasta' mean to persons in various cultures.
Quite appropriately, Levy selected a Stephen Marley-produced single as part of his four-song performance. The single, Forever Praising Jah, is one of the singles produced by the Grammy winner and son of the reggae legend, for Levy's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Stephen experiments with his father's Time Will Tell riddim for this track and if the response from the audience is anything to go by, then Colin Levy should definitely release this song as a single.
Levy, in an interview after the premier, was fulsome in his praise of Donisha, whom he described as "a talented and spiritual young Rastafarian Empress".
"I am honoured to be here," Levy said. "Not only to perform but also to be among the first persons to watch this film, which is very inspirational for me as a Rastafarian. And I am so proud of Donisha who is using her talent in such a meaningful and positive way. We as elders have to inspire and teach the youth and I salute her," Levy stated.
The Toronto Film Festival takes place September 8 to 18 in Toronto, Canada.
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Father Denroy, we wish you all the best

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Bwoy, from we hear the ting bout the veteran artiste this morning, we feel sick. How Denroy Morgan at 66 must go siddung a prison. We really hope something can work out - cause after all, a no cocaine, a weed. And to them man deh and nuff more people weed a nuh nutten evil. Rasta call it sacrament - di holy herb.
And just when Laza carre a gwaan so good. We know say this must affect him, cause the whole a di kids dem close to dem father. But we a pray say dem stay strong and keep close to Jah an each other in this testing time.
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I-Wayne to release Life Teachings

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Reggae singer I-Wayne is back with Life Teachings, his long-overdue album on VP Records, due out in October.
The 14 track album is filled with hair-raising lyrics and uncompromising conviction. A release stated that the intricately-crafted album features organic rhythms with rugged bass lines and one-drop drumbeats produced mostly by Patrick Z. Henry, who is responsible for 11 of the album's songs and I-Wayne's breakthrough hit "Can't Satisfy Her".
Understanding the significance of creating a balance in life as well in music, several songs on Life Teachings display a romantic sensitivity not often seen from I-Wayne.
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Albarosie nominated fi MOBO?

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Out of nowhere, the MOBO Awards people dem pick Albarosie inna the lineup fi this year award. Dem have Damian and Nas, Mavado and Khago, in addition to di Italian dread. We hear say Albarosie gwaan good inna Europe, but we doan know not  even one song dat him sing, cause him music doan play a Jamaica. And him doan perform a Jamaica, even though a here him live. But we nah tell no lie, his year list of nominees doan cut it at all, but we sih dem all di best.
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Jah Cure banned from Mobo Awards

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Reggae artiste Jah Cure has had his nomination for a Mobo (Music of Black Origin) award in the best reggae act category withdrawn, after organizers found out he was a convicted rapist.
The 33-year-old was given a prison sentence in 1999.
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was released in 2007.
Mobo organisers said they made the decision after finding about about the "severity of the crime" ahead of the ceremony in Glasgow in October.
The move leaves just four remaining nominees in the best reggae act category - Damian Marley & Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado.
This is not the first time a reggae act has been dropped from the awards.
In 2004 danceahall Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both removed from the category after they refused to apologise for homophobic lyrics.
Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon will host this year's ceremony, which recognises music of black origin such as R&B, jazz and hip hop.
The Mobos, now in the 16th year, take place in Glasgow on October 5.
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VP Records and Warner Music Nashville  will release 'Reggae's Gone Country' on August 30, a seamless musical dialogue between Kingston and Nashville that connects the roots of both genres. The ground-breaking compilation features classic country hits covered by Jamaica's top musicians  (Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Etana, Luciano, Sly & Robbie) as well as supporting vocals provided by original recording artist and country icon Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers.
Country music devotee Cristy Barber, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at VP Records, the world's largest reggae label, and a Grammy nominated producer for the 2003 dancehall reggae-hip hop compilation album Def Jamaica, envisioned this project two years ago and teamed up on lead production with John Rich of the multi-platinum selling country duo Big & Rich and the winner of this year's Celebrity Apprentice, and the acclaimed Jamaican saxophonist and top reggae producer Dean Fraser.
"Reggae's Gone Country is taking some of Jamaican's favorite classic American country songs and putting their beats and whole instrumentation around it while still having that root of country... It is this crazy cool idea," says John Rich.
The majority of the album was recorded at Kingston's Grafton and the Marley owned Tuff Gong Studios. The tracks were mixed by Errol and Shane Brown, then sent to Nashville where they were embellished with country instrumentation by legendary pedal steel player Mike Johnson and Jonathan Yudkin on fiddle/ banjo with John Rich overseeing the production at Fireside Studios, formerly owned by the late country legend Porter Wagoner.
Barber hopes that the heartfelt renditions of country classics heard on 'Reggae's Gone Country' will introduce and educate music fans everywhere to the talent that exists in Jamaica.
Track Listing:
1. California - Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin
2. He'll Have To Go - Luciano
3. Wolverton Mountain - Richie Stephens
4. Crazy - Etana
5. The Chair - Tarrus Riley
6. He Stopped Loving Her Today - Beres Hammond
7. Suspicions - Duane Stephenson
8. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes - Tessanne Chin
9. Feel So Right - Gramps Morgan
10. King Of The Road - Freddie McGregor
11. El Paso - Sanchez
12. Flowers On The Wall - L.U.S.T.
13. The Gambler - Busy Signal
14. Straight Tequila Night - Tarrus Riley [iTunes Bonus Track]

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Etana now managed by Penthouse Records

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Female reggae star Etana has inked a management contract with music master, Donovan Germain of the renowned Penthouse Records.
Germain's name is synonymous with Buju Banton whose career he led to the pinnacle of success.
Penthouse will be an addition to Etana's already robust team of VP Records and Freemind Music.
Germain's experience and brawny production skills will further propel the songbird on the international scene.
Etana sees the union as seamless as she is no stranger to the veteran producer, who is already executive producer on her forthcoming album.
The compilation, which is not yet titled, will be the follow up to her billboard charted album, Free Exressions.
This third record will show a different side of the performer.
According to Etana, "it won't be the usual. The next album is a very happy, party in the park feel. It will have you rocking and smiling. It's compelling, gives you the vibe to jam on the corner, in your home or in your car. It's a definite collector's item," said the Strong One.
Etana is winding down an exhaustive tour.
She has been headlining festivals across Europe, South America and the United States.
This autumn she looks forward to spending more time in the studio to complete her upcoming album with the Penthouse team.
Germain is the founder of Penthouse Records and has enjoyed success with the careers of reggae music heavy weights: Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder, Mad Cobra and Sanchez among others.
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Iley Dread a true crowd pleaser

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After being absent from the Canadian entertainment for a few years, singer Colin Levy a.k.a. Iley Dread, is back and is fast reclaiming the fans that he has built up over the years by giving some sterling performances both here in Toronto, Canada and across the world.
His latest crowd-pleasing performance was at the Government Entertainment Complex in downtown Toronto on August 13, where he thrilled the more than 400 audiences in attendance. Backed by his own band the Kings of Kings band supported by his background vocalist, he performed several of the crowd favourites including "Picture on The Wall", and "Lovers Holiday".
But just as the audience was beginning to warm up to him and was really enjoying his performance, through no fault his own, his performance was cut short to make way for I-Octane who was the headline act.
The premature ending of his performance, which angered his fans, was no fault of his own, because the concert that was schedule to start at 11:00 pm, did not get underway until after 2:00 am, however his act was well received.
Prior to his appearance at the Government Entertainment Complex, Colin has been having a very busy schedule which started in the city of Ajax in June, this was followed by performances on the Jamaica Day Celebration, shows in Niagara Falls and also in Montreal where he performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, and event that is schedule to attract thousands of reggae lovers from near and far.
The future certainly seems bright for this singer/ songwriter who has launched the career of several up and coming singers in the city. A scheduled tour to Europe and South Africa in the not too distant future will be just the tonic needed to enhance his career and propel him on the world stage.
 
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WATCH 21-YEAR-OLD JAMAICAN ARTIST, ROMAIN VIRGO, TAKE OVER NASHVILLE WITH LARRY GATLIN AND JOHN RICH + EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SLY & ROBBIE, BERES HAMMOND, DEAN FRASER AND MUCH MORE 
 
Yahoo! raves, "...the two musical styles were basically meant for each other and meld together beautifully. Some of the tunes chosen for the record fit with stunning why-didn't-I-realize-this-before? clarity into reggae's trademark off-beat rhythm...if you're still skeptical at whether these two musical genres can truly blend, just have a look at this video..."




Amy Winehouse laid to rest

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Three days after her death, Amy Winehouse's funeral took place in London today at Edgwarebury Cemetery.

The private service drew about 200 attendees, including Marc Ronson (who produced Winehouse'sBlack to Black and recently called Winehouse his "musical soulmate") and longtime Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne. Also present: Reg Traviss, Winehouse's most recent ex-boyfriend. Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse's ex-husband, requested a leave from jail to attend the service (he is serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and weapon transgressions) but was denied.

The service reportedly lasted about 45 minutes and, according to the AP, was to be followed by "cremation and a family gathering at a local synagogue".

Many of the female guests -- including Osbourne -- wore their hair in Winehouse's trademark beehive.

Amy's father Mitch delivered the eulogy, which he closed with the line "Goodnight, my angel. Sleep tight."

The service was conducted as soon as possible after Winehouse's death, in accordance with Jewish law, and was presided over by Rabbi Frank Hellmer.

There is still no official world on what caused Winehouse's death, as Monday's autopsy was inconclusive and results of toxicology reports aren't expected for two to four weeks.

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Freddie Mcgregor



The legendary Freddie McGregor, who boasts an enviable discography of memorable songs and albums released over the last 40 years, is releasing yet another that he believes Jamaica needs right now.

Titled Move up Jamaica, the song McGregor says, sounds more like a 'Festival song', and he believes everyone will come to love it.

"Every Jamaican haffi love this song, they have no choice," he said, a sly smile breaking out on his face, "they have no choice in the matter."

Move Up Jamaica is reportedly already in heavy rotation on 93.5 FM in New York, after DJ Rai heard the song and requested that McGregor send him a copy.

It was recorded recently at Sting Ray Records in the United Kingdom, McGregor recalls.

It was at Sting Ray, where he recorded Key to the City and the Grammy-nominated Anything for You.

"I was thinking about all the violence in Jamaica and realised that we needed a song to lift the spirits, and the words just started to flow," he recalled, adding that everything came together in about 10 to 15 minutes. They also added background vocals immediately after. The mixing was recently complete and the song is set to drop immediately, the veteran entertainer said.

And the timing of the song's release, he feels, could not have been better given that Independence celebrations are right around the corner and the Festival song competition is also close. "It's appropriate for this Festival season," he said.

McGregor, who has released about 35 albums and more than 150 singles and EPs over a stellar career spanning more than four decades, is uncharacteristically upbeat about Move up Jamaica.

"I'm not known to brag, but this song is going to lead the way for a long time," he declared.

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Kingston: US based Elektra Atlantic recording artist Laza Morgan, a singjay and rapper whose raspy, rhythmic 'DJ' style flows on his new single "One By One" featuring Mavado will on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 join his dad, veteran reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan as "Father & Son" performers at Studio 38 in New Kingston.

"I am excited about my upcoming performances at Studio 38 in Kingston and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay" the young Morgan beamed. "Studio 38 has a rich tradition of featuring top reggae, dancehall, ska and rocksteady stars. The fact that that I will share the stage with my dad makes this performance even more special" he disclosed. 

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Laza was literally raised in a musical cradle. He was heavily influenced by the reggae music of his household and the records made by his father, Jamaican music legend and hit-maker Denroy Morgan. With his family's strong Jamaican roots and frequent trips to Kingston and St.Thomas as driving inspirations, it didn't take long forLaza to completely embrace the world of reggae.

2010 proved to be the culmination of many years of hard work that Laza has put into his craft. After signing with Elektra records in February, Laza was featured on British pop sensation Alexandra Burke's hit single "Start Without You" which topped the UK and European singles charts in September. He was also featured on Flo Rida's hit single '21' from the album "The Only One." His forthcoming Elektra debut has already yielded a single, This Girl that was featured in Disney's feature film Step Up 3D and its smash soundtrack. This Girl has generated over seven million hits on YouTube and has created a buzz that spans the globe.

Laza's dad Denroy Morgan, a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist bulldozed his way onto the Billboard charts and saturated American urban radio stations with his smash single I'll Do Anything for You. It has been more than a decade since his last performance in Jamaica and he has something extra special his fans at home.

"The last time I performed in Jamaica was in the late 90s at Cinema 2 following the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the World Cup finals in France. I am excited about going back home to launch my album and proud to be part of this father and son showcase. I have something special in store for fans and plan to rock the stage at Studio 38 with Laza when we perform" he said.

Denroy's new album titled Linkup to Ethiopia is scheduled for release this summer on Asaph Records and it is being distributed by VP Records. 





Jamaica Music 50: Taking control of the music

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The celebration of Fifty Years of Jamaican Music, incorporating The Wailers and The Skatalites

, will provide the soundtrack for a worldwide movement designed to develop and activate strategies to reclaim and take control of reggae music, while positioning it for the next Fifty Years.




Under the theme "Free Jah People With Music", Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions, in association with Talawa IndiGenius, will create the illuminating backdrop designed to inform and empower singers and players of reggae music, producers and its adherents.

 Simply entitled Jamaica Music 50, this movement aims to secure representation with the approval for reclaiming 


this great musical wealth and legacy presently qualified for public domain.  This approaching reality encourages and motivates the purpose, will, reason and challenge for Talawa to transform the past and present experience into a beneficial, progressive and prosperous future going into the next Fifty Years of Jamaica's music.


Talawa IndiGenius, spearheaded 

by Maxine Stowe and incorporating a team of qualified like minded creative professionals, is the qualified management capable of implementing this change.


As Bunny Wailer pointed out, "Jamaica's music 


surviving the first Fifty Years of its 

existence as an industry was only mainly due to the faith, devoted love, respect, hope and expectation that the freedom and liberty agitated for on behalf of the African oppressed people would be possible to achieve due to the constant pounding of Reggae Music,"


He noted that Jamaica Music 50 has been created as a device to correct related abuses inflicted upon the authors, composers, 

artists, musicians and producers. Jamaica Music 50 will be engaging the artist community to create unique 50 track compilations of their respective careers, while unveiling the truth about the creators of reggae music.

It cannot be denied that the impact of The Wailers and their solo careers will benefit from a fresh, true and historically grounded narrative which will give voice to the solidarity of their musical expression.

"It will also properly align this period of their career with the foundation of The Wailers Legacy, which, despite being disturbed by corporate machinations and greed, remained together as a musical family of brothers, peers, cousins, nieces and nephews," Maxine Stowe stated, while noting that living legend, Bunny Wailer, will be the face of this campaign.

To this end, there will be an official launch on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Quite appropriately, July 23 is the birthday of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jamaica Music 50 Campaign is marketed through Talawa/Street Virus. 

Street Virus is a marketing and branding agency located in Los Angeles that specializes in placing brands in the forefront of people's minds by designing and implementing brand and marketing campaigns that surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression.


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Guidance scores with City of Love

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Guidance's collaboration single with Lutan Fyah, City of Love looks set to give the artiste the break he has been deserving of for such a long time.

Known for his reality lyrics, this conscious Rastaman is definitely no pretender. Asked in a recent interview about the direction of his career, he stated that Bob Marley and the Wailers is his benchmark. Simply put, Guidance is aiming for the highest of the high in taking reggae music to the world.

His breakout single Love What You Got, signaled that a new voice in reggae music was ready to take the mantle. But the interesting thing is that Guidance isn't new in the strictest sense of the word. The singer has been around for a minute, and even before Anthony B got his break, it was Guidance with whom he would par, as they both focused on their respective careers.

With more than a decade and a half of experience, Guidance is now ready to really ruffle some feathers and let his voice be heard, both locally and internationally. He is confident that under the management of Brown Brothers Production his career will soar to the top.

Regarding the single, City of Love, Guidance has great expectations. He describes it as a 'feel good' song, which can definitely take him "past the airport". 

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Tarrus Riley performs at Negril Escape Resorts



After touring the United States with the Wailers for the first half of the year, reggae recording artist Duane Stephenson is now in Europe on a three week tour with the She's Royal singer Tarrus Riley.

Stephenson and Riley are scheduled to visit countries like Spain, Norway, France, Switzerland and Italy on the tour which ends on July 24.

The two left Jamaica last week for Germany where they performed on the annual Summer Jam Festival with John Holt, Barrington Levy, Andrew Tosh and dancehall deejay Busy Signal.

They are also slated to head to Barcelona, Spain for the Nowa Reggae Festival from July 8 to 9.


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Buju Banton Begins Appeal

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Dancehall star Buju Banton has started the second round in his battle for freedom.

But it could take up to 18 months before Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, knows if he will escape a 10-year prison sentence which was imposed on him by a United States judge after he was convicted on drug charges.

Lawyers representing Buju on Tuesday filed a formal notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Attorney-at-law David Oscar Markus told The Gleaner that he is moving ahead with his appeal of the guilty verdict handed down against the artiste.

Markus will also be challenging the 10-year sentence imposed by US judge, Jim Moodie.

"Our appeal is due to be filed 40 days after we receive the transcripts (of the trial) which we are still waiting for," Markus said.

"We will not give up for Buju, who is thankful to all of his fans and friends for their continued support," Markus added yesterday.

He could not say when the appeal would be heard, but noted that it generally takes about 18 months to get a decision from the US Court of Appeal Eleventh Circuit.

The Appeal Court is based in Atlanta Georgia, but has satellite courts in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.

Three judges will hear the case and Markus is prepared for the fight.

Minutes after the sentence was handed down last month, Markus told reporters outside the court that his appeal would be based on the argument that there was insufficient evidence to convict Buju on the drug count.

Buju is now languishing in a minimum security Federal prison serving his sentence.

 

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For the second straight week, reggae singer Robert Sutherland's piercing single, Times So Hard, has held on to the number two slot on the competitive Jamaica Countdown Chart.

 Sutherland hit an important milestone in his career when the single reached the number 1  position on the Jamdown Vershun Top 10 Reggae Chart in Australia, attracting quite a bit of attention to the Philadelphia-based singer.

As Robert himself likes to say with a serious expression, "a work we a work", and that phrase aptly sums up this entertainer's attitude to his craft. For Sutherland, It is, and has always been, all about reggae music - in good times and in bad. So it's not surprising that he should have chosen 'hard times' as the theme of this, his most popular song to date.

When asked if he thinks Times So Hard will claim the number one position on the Jamaican chart, Sutherland was a bit cautious in his response.

"Well, to be honest, the fact that after 12 weeks on the chart Times So Hard reached number two, then anything is possible. I am really happy and thankful that the work is being recognized in such a powerful way. Of course, I would be overjoyed if there is a repeat of what it did on the chart in Australia, and I am being positive about it," Robert Sutherland declared.

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The Broadcasting Commission is recommending that a range of fines, with a maximum $15 million, on persons found guilty of engaging in the illicit practice of payola.

Payola is defined as the practice of paying bribes, particularly to radio personalities, for airplay to the recordings of unknown artistes, as a means of giving them exposure.

These recordings often include songs deemed inappropriate for airplay.

Professor Hopeton Dunn, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, who was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 21), said imposition of the fines was among several recommendations the Commission made to the government, for enactment into law.

The other significant recommendation, he said, was updating the regulations governing the broadcast media, to give the Commission the power to impose the fines.

According to Dr. Dunn, this was, "something which we do not now have, and which would provide a kind of intermediary step, in terms of how we actually regulate the industry".

Professor Dunn said the information forthcoming to the Broadcasting Commission indicated that persons are paying or taking bribes amounting to as much as $350,000 to have their music played.

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Colin Levy 'skanks' to a new beat

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Riding high from the success of his latest single, the Barry O'Hare-produced, Lover's Holiday, reggae crooner, Colin Levy, is seizing the moment.

Without missing a beat, the artiste, who also goes by the name Iley Dread, has released what could be considered the follow-up single. And, from all indications, this song has 'winner' written all over it.

"Lover's Holiday went to number one on the chart in Jamaica and entered charts in North America ... for that I give thanks. Without the fans and my efficient team, I couldn't have done this," said the soft-spoken Rastaman.

Levy explained that the new single, simply called Skank, is an out-of-the-box tune for him. Possessing an infectious, uptempo beat, Skank makes the listener want to do just that - skank.

According to Colin Levy, when he first heard the riddim, he was a tad hesitant to actually do a song for it, as it was not in his usual lover's rock groove.  But, he figured that this was the perfect opportunity for him to explore his creativity, expand his fan base and make significant inroads into the dancehall.

"Actually, I am trying to create music that the dancehall fans can also appreciate, because in the clubs and dances most of the tracks being played are up-tempo beats," Levy said.

Skank is one of the songs on the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed, an offering which he says will herald a milestone in his musical journey.

"My desire is for Unleashed to appeal to all age groups, so what better way for me to express my versatility," a smiling Levy declared.

An eclectic composition, Unleashed will consist of lover's rock, roots, dancehall, ska and a touch of jazz.

Skank was produced by  Owen 'Bassieface' Renalls, and Peter 'Shady' Harrison at Mixing Lab Studio for Levy's Kings of Kings label.

 

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The Toronto International Jamaica Day Festival has announced that it will be honouring two veterans of Jamaica's vibrant music industry.

Reggae hit maker and label head Freddie McGregor and Jamaica's most prolific global tour manager, artist manager and reggae historian, Copeland Forbes, will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the reggae music at a private reception to be held in New Kingston on Monday, June 20. 

Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, veteran crooner Freddie McGregor began his musical journey in the 60's. 

McGregor, who is the captain of the Big Ship record label told sources that the success of Big Ship was a turning point of his career. Freddie will receive the Toronto International Jamaica Day Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Forbes, whose journey through the music industry started as a member of the group Harmonicats, has served not just as one of the most experienced and esteemed tour managers but he has also served as an unofficial ambassador of Jamaica, working with many of the top reggae acts.

Forbes will be presented with the Toronto International Jamaica Day Legend Award, in appreciation of his distinguished service and outstanding contribution to Jamaica's musical legacy.

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Damian Marley (Junior Gong; Damian "Junio...

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Three-time Grammy Award winning artiste Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has reportedly
teamed up with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Dave Stewart of the
Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R.
Rahman, to  form a new super 
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group.  The group has apparently been recording
together for the last 18 months but has yet to release an album or give a public
performance.
They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.
The New York Post has received conflicting information as to the seriousness of
the group.
One source claims that Super Heavy has completed a record and a video and is in
the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label.
Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply "thought it
would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music."
According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label
involved.
The Rolling Stones has not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a
group since 2007.
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Colin Levy's Lover's Holiday remains at #1

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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
 has taken control of the number one spot on the popular and highly respected
Jamaica Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 18 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.

Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.

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The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.

The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.

Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.

More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.

Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes

Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?

The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!

1) What is Chino's real name?

2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?

3) What is the name of his upcoming album?

4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?

Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!

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Cocoa Tea to perform at London 2012

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2012 Summer Olympics


Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea is booked to perform at the 2012 Olympics in London,
England.
At present he is the only reggae artist who has been requested to sing for the
Queen of England and millions of viewers worldwide.

When asked if he was prepared to meet Her Majesty, his only response was "I'm
ready and waiting".
Not only is he ready to meet the Queen, but he is also ready to meet the world
press.

Cocoa Tea's new single "A Love Like Yours and Mine" is about to hit the world
stage.

His song "Obama" became a hit and a favorite for the Obama's and among Kenyans
during the '08 election campaign.
He says he is ready to go back into the studio to record another song for the
upcoming 2012 election as well.

Cocoa Tea is currently preparing for his Summer Tour that kicks off on June 26th
in Brooklyn, New York and continues on to Boston, Portland and Seattle.
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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
has taken control of the number one spot on the popular Jamaica Countdown Top 25
Reggae Singles Chart.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 17 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
Colin Levy, who is also known by the moniker Iley Dread, recently completed a
successful. month-long US college radio tour in support of Lover's Holiday and
the upcoming album. Both he and his marketing manager, Brian Muntz, who
organized the US tour, have expressed their gratitude to the fans who have
contributed in a major way to this chart-topping success.
"This is fantastic news," an elated Muntz said from his university base in
Toronto, Canada. "I knew the song was a winner from the first time I heard it."
The quiet, soft-spoken Levy, was a bit more reserved in his speech, but no less
thankful.
"All praises to the Father, first of all ... and definitely we have a lot of
gratitude to the fans, the team who has been working with me on this project and
those who have always been there assisting with my career. This is a joyful
moment and I know that this album has more songs of this caliber and something
for everyone," Colin Levy stated.
The video for Lover's Holiday has also been enjoying favourable rotation on
television.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) -- Bob Marley's musical legacy may be waning 30 years
after his death as Jamaica's youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer
remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.
Marley has become a merchandiser's dream, with everything from shoes to
snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his
message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.
"He was never about commercialism," one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. "Money
was not his greatest motivation."
For loyal fans of the Third World's first pop superstar, who died from cancer at
the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year's milestone anniversary is not about
grieving but about celebrating.
"His music was so full of life, it doesn't seem right to mourn him," 24-year-old
Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob
Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.
Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote
many of his songs.
Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann
parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides
his final resting place.
But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the
pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be
beginning to fade.
The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer's estate, says no events are
planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets
only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on
today's Jamaican youth.
Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more
militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.
In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley's most
memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived
during the 1960s.
Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his
records and a bed he slept on.
Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.
Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a
Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible
mark.
"He's been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There's not
a day that his music is not played," said DePasse.
To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The
Footsteps of Bob Marley today.
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Seven time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to
release his third solo project, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life on May 23.
Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, and anchored
in reggae's scorching drum and bass backbeat, The Root of Life delivers 14
tracks of powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses.
The first single, Jah Army, features Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton
over a thunderous one-drop rhythm.
The Root of Life will be followed by Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which
is due this fall.
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The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit entitled Bob Marley,
Messenger.
Housed on the museum's second floor, the exhibit will focus on Bob Marley as a
private, spiritual man, and as a powerful performer who has inspired legions of
fans in the 30 years since his death.Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the
exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family.
 "Bob Marley gave the world something no other artist has. Not only did he give
us brilliant music, but he also became a heroic figure. His music spread a
message of hope and unity. That message is as relevant today as it was three
decades ago, and it's our hope to help share that message with a new
generation," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including Marley's famous
Les Paul guitar; an interactive drumming station that allows visitors to learn
how to play a reggae beat; more than 40 photographs of Marley both on and off
stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia.
Additionally, the GRAMMY Museum has conducted interviews with several artists
and musicians who have been influenced by Marley and the role that he played not
only as the catalyst to the reggae evolution, but also his influence on music
and culture.
Interview footage will be featured in the exhibit and includes conversations
with Blondie, Carlos Santana, Nas and more.
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Bob Marley takes the spotlight on NBC

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Reggae legend Bob Marley takes the spotlight next week on American station NBC's
popular 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.'
This year marks 30 years since the reggae legend died on May 11, 1981 of cancer.
Actor, comedian and television host Jimmy Fallon will be honouring the singer on
his late night talk show, starting this Monday.
Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, will make a special appearance on the NBC
show for the first time. Ziggy Marley, rock artiste Chris Cornell, pop idol
Jennifer Hudson, rock singer Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz are all scheduled to
appear. Each night, one of the guests will perform a classic Marley song.
Fallon's house band 'The Roots' will also be present to pay tribute to the
singer.
According to reports online, no word has been leaked as to which Marley classics
will be performed. "Big up Jimmy Fallon for honouring the memory of my father,"
said Ziggy Marley in a press release sent to the media. "Much respect." Ziggy
will talk about his father in addition to performing. Ziggy Marley's next album,
Wild and Free, is due out June 14.
In more Marley news, the anticipated documentary on the late reggae star's life,
by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, is expected for release late this
year. Universal Music Enterprise will also be promoting its recent release of
Marley's final concert held at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.,
on September 23, 1980.
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What is all dis bangarang we a hear bout Iley Dread new song, Lover's Holiday?
We hear sey people all deh pon radio a talk bout a no di Dread write di song.
But a coulda wha dat! After Lovers Holiday a no di first song di Dread a write,
so wha all di fuss about? A wonder if a true di song deh a number 2 pon Richie B
chart mek all a di haters a crawl out from unda all sort a place.

Oonu muss know sey it bad when Iley haffi a put out release how him get di
inspiration di write di tune one evening when him a watch the sunset a Rick's
café.

Iley, just gwaan do yuh ting, cause you US college radio tour just done and it
did mad and you  a come fi Western Consciousness and yuh have nuff show line up.
Plus you heart eva clean. All when dem a beg you yuh tings and a stab you inna
you back after dem get it, you still cyan hate dem. So just go through clean
hearted dread.
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Colin Levy happy with US college radio tour

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As singer Colin Levy winds down his month-long US college radio tour, he
confesses to being in extremely high spirits and ready to share his music with
the world.

The reggae artiste, who has been in the States since the first week in April,
was on a  promotional blitz of his most recent song, Lovers' Holiday, from his
soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Already the single has found favour in
Jamaica, where it is enjoying good rotation on radio and has made its way onto
the Jamaica Countdown Chart.
Levy, who also uses the moniker Iley Dred, is accompanied on the road  by his
marketing manager, Brian 'Daddy Biggs' Muntz, who single-handedly put together
the radio station package.
Muntz, the IT Coordinator for computing services in a university in Canada, is
also part time in the music business working in the field of Artist &
Repertoire, music production and marketing.  Muntz, who took on Colin Levy as a
client and started working with him immediately after hearing the Lovers'
Holiday single feels very strongly about his project and the upcoming album.
Biggs explained that the artiste has been making inroads by showcasing his music
to one of the largest audiences anywhere - college students. He noted that
college radio stations are quite powerful and said this was an excellent
opportunity for Levy to take his career to the next level.
"Obviously, this is not about money, since this tour is purely promotional, but
the potential for making money down the road because of this is immense," Muntz
stated.
Muntz took the singer to visit on a seemingly endless list  of college radio
stations in Washington, New York,  Atlanta and several other states, and he and
Levy were in one accord as they hit the road for close to 30 days while
journeying on this musical labour of love.
"I have wrapped up my North America College Radio promotional tour, on a
positive note," Levy said from Washington, which was among his last stops on the
trip.
"I have  finally started living my dreams as an artiste and this has always been
my desire," he concluded.
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Ziggy Marley to release Wild and Free

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International reggae singer Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley,
is poised for the June 14 release of his album Wild and Free.
The album is being released by his family's Tuff Gong Worldwide label.
Wild and Freecarries  themes of global and personal changes and revolutions.
According to Marley, "social revolutions and group revolutions are good and we
need that, but we also need personal revolution, revolution within ourselves
that change who we are as people."
In addition a theme of marijuana and hemp also runs through the album and
according to Marley, he speaks of the whole idea of using the cannabis plant for
more than what it is used for now.
"It can be used for environmental reasons and industrial reasons and nutritional
reasons, to benefit the planet," he said.

Following his Marijauna Man action figure, Ziggy explained that the story is
about utilizing all the properties of the plant.
He does not think people understand how much good it can do.
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Reggae Sumfest gears up

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For the past 18 years, Reggae Sumfest has built a solid reputation for providing
world class entertainment. Last year's show stands out as one of the best in the
entertainment industry as the festival presented international superstars  Usher
and Chris Brown alongside Jamaica's hottest and best performers. This year's
event which runs from Saturday July 16 to Saturday July 23 is anticipated to be
even better.
Stage manager Junior Taylor describes the ambitious new plans for 2011, "We are
bringing our patrons the same top quality service, but with a new twist. Sumfest
is gearing up to produce some new and exciting elements for the crowd."
The festivities will kick off with the annual beach party moving into the always
highly anticipated Dancehall night on Thursday and culminating with
International Nights 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday.  "We are stepping up our
game this year," commented promoter Robert Russell, "fans can expect to see
Sumfest like it has never been seen before, virtually and in person."
The Sumfest team is also working to address some of the physical problems
experienced at last year's event.  "We have listened to our audience and are
making adjustments to the venue to accommodate any possible incidence of rain
have, "  remarked organizer John Gurzong. "Also, in light of the current
economic strains we have begun our campaign earlier than usual, to allow people
the time to prepare for this year's amazing showcase."
So it's time to get in the game and start preparing for "The Greatest Reggae
Show On Earth", between July 16 to 23, when Montego Bay opens its doors to the
world.
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Fantan Mojah

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BULLETIN! Reggae is not dead. There is a new standard bearer who encapsulates
the spirit of Jacob Miller and the high energy shenanigans of a Capleton. His
name is Fantan Mojah and he is the tour de force rocking the world of reggae
music today.
Down Sound Recording artiste Fantan Mojah delivered a marquis peformance at
Negril Escape that had hundreds of tourists in a state of awe on Tuesday night
as the One Love Reggae concert series came to a climactic end.
Dressed in a white ensemble which imbued him with a majestic quality, like a
lion surveying his kingdom, Fantan was absolutely brilliant from start to
finish. He delivered all the songs from his 2005 full length album Hail the
King, earning the biggest forwards for Hungry and Nuh Build Great Man.
Backed by his own Macka Tree band, he had the audience in a virtual trance,
their hands aloft, their eyes awestruck and expectant as they swayed to the
sweet reggae harmonies as he did emotionally charged songs such as Corruption,
Thanks and Praise, Love Grows and She Makes Me Feel So Nice.
Even though he had injured his knee a few days earlier, Fantan was able to
transfigure the pain into positive energy and strength, and thrill the patrons
in the venue in a performance they will not soon forget.  They were drawn to his
Bobo Ashanti faith as he praised Jah, condemned immorality, glorified women in a
positive way and called for a revolution against Babylon system. Fantan showed
off his dancing ability during the instrumental sections as the band played a
delicious reggae groove.
Fantan Mojah's one hour and 20 minute performance so captivated the audience
that the promoters waited almost 45 minutes for Julian Marley's onstage stint. A
seasoned performer, Julian Marley did a great job, and the audience were wowed
once again by the Marley magic as he performed wonderful hits from his latest
album, Awake and crowd
favourites from his 2003 album, A Time and Place.
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Bob Andy recovering

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Rocksteady and Reggae pioneer Bob Andy is currently in hospital recovering after
reportedly suffering from a bleeding stomach ulcer.
Bob Andy's hits include I've Got to Go Back Home, Fire Burning and Too
Experienced. He has written popular tracks for the likes of reggae frontrunners
Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffith including her hits Feel Like Jumping and Truly.
Bob Andy is currently involved in writing and recording music for Dominican
opera singer Marie Claire.





 

Buju Banton Appeals Drug Conviction

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MIAMI (AP) -- Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy. The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant seeking a $50,000 government payday. Markus says that resulted in improper entrapment. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. A related gun charge was tossed out by a judge. Banton is extremely popular in his native Jamaica and won a Grammy for his latest album shortly before his drug conviction. It will likely be months before the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision.

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Philip 'Fattis' Burrel to be laid to rest Saturday

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The service to celebrate the life of legendary music producer Philip Burrell, more popularly known as Fattis, is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2011. The church service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston and will begin promptly at 10 o'clock in the morning. Mr Burrell, the CEO of Xterminator Records, passed away on December 3, while a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona, St Andrew. Following the 10:00 am service, the funeral procession will move to the Dovecot Memorial Park.
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Reports are that reggae producer Fattis has died. Sources have told YardFlex that the renowned producer and artiste manager died early this morning. Fattis, whose real name is Phillip Burrell, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies two weeks ago suffering from breathing problems. Yardflex sends their condolences to his family and friends
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Bob Marley heirs sue half brother over name use

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MIAMI (AP) -- A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and profit from other businesses in his native Jamaica. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court contends the half brother, businessman Richard Booker, and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley's name, photographs, lyrics, symbols and other intellectual property without authorization. The lawsuit says people could be deceived into thinking those uses are officially endorsed by Marley's widow, Rita Marley, and their children. Booker and Bob Marley shared the same mother. The entities include the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People Inc., which promotes the music festival, a restaurant in Jamaica called Mama Marley's and several businesses with the name Nine Mile -- the part of Jamaica where Marley grew up and is now buried. One Nine Mile business offers a tour of the area, and the music event is known as the Nine Mile Music Festival. In addition, a recent press release about the music festival included this headline: "All For The Love Of Bob Marley." The 19th annual festival is scheduled for March of next year on Virginia Key, near Miami. Three of Marley's kids -- Stephen, Damien and Julian Marley -- are scheduled to perform. Marley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. Some of his best-known songs are "I Shot The Sheriff," ''Jamming," ''No Woman, No Cry," ''Get Up, Stand Up" and "Exodus." The lawsuit, filed by Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce Hemerlee, seeks unspecified damages and also asks a judge to stop Booker and the companies from using any Marley-related references in the various ventures. Hemerlee represents Rita Marley and the children through a Bahamas-based entity called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd. Booker, whose home and businesses are in Miami, did not immediately return a telephone call Friday seeking comment. A spokeswoman at his business said a statement may be issued later. According to the festival's website, the event's roots date to a Bob Marley fan club begun in 1981. That gradually grew into the music festival and related food drive that has collected more than 2 million canned goods for shelters in Miami and Jamaica. The lawsuit says that Rita Marley and her children have long opposed Booker's attempts to trademark Marley-related business names and that at one point they reached a licensing deal, but Booker reneged on the deal.
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Reggae Grammy nominees announced

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English: Shaggy Deutsch: Shaggy




Ziggy and Stephen Marley will go head to head against Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Israel Vibrations, for the Best Reggae album at next year's Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced at Wednesday's Nomination Concert in Los Angeles. Stephen Marley got the nomination for his album Revelation Part One: The Root of Life, while his brother Ziggy received his nomination for Wild and Free. Dancehall star Shaggy got nominated for his album Summer in Kingston, Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express Live and Israel Vibrations for Reggae Knights. The Grammy Awards ceremony will be aired live from L.A.'s Staples Center on February 12.

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Fantan Mojah injured in road accident

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Fantan Mojah and his travel crew received minor injuries when the vehicle in which they were traveling, from the Reggae Fever event in St. Ann, overturned in the wee hours of Sunday Morning. Fantan said the incident resulted from "slippery road surface" and was quick to point out that his driver was not speeding. The artiste said that while on their way from the show the bus started to skid when they got to Steer Town and the driver lost control of the vehicle. Shaken up from the incident, the artiste says he gives thanks for life though suffering from a broken finger. He said members of travel team are also suffering from minor injuries and pain as a result of the crash.
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New board in place for JaRIA

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With a new board of directors in place, chairman and executive director of the Jamaica Reggae Industry association (JaRIA), Charles Campbell, says the organisation is now an umbrella entity that is representative of Jamaica's music industry. Campbell said the three-year-old organisation chose its new directors less than two weeks ago; increasing the number from 11 to 15. On this new board, he says there will be representatives from different groups such as the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Vernal 'Junior' Weir; a representative of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates', Frankie Campbell O.D.; a representative of the Sound Systems Association, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell; and a representative of Manifesto Jamaica, Rupert Abishai Hoilett. The other directors on the board are K. Michael 'Ibo' Cooper O.D., J.P. (chairman), Charles H.E. Campbell (vice-chairman/executive director), Junior Lincoln, Mary Isaacs Black, Stephen Stewart J.P., L. Nichole Brown, Coleen Douglas, Paul Love, Shani Nembhard, Deleon 'Jubba' White, and Carol Lawrence.




Benefit concert for Buju

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A benefit concert is to be held for incarcerated reggae artiste Buju Banton on December 3 in Tampa, Florida. The lineup card for the benefit concert includes Delly Ranx, Gramps Morgan, Nadine Sutherland, Glen Washington and Norris Man along with a yet-to-be named special guest artiste. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Buju's efforts to appeal his conviction and ten year prison sentence. Also, persons planning to attend the show will be asked to make a donation for the cause as organizers hope to make at least US$50,000 from the concert for Buju's legal defense. According to event's main organizer, Taranee Jiles, they decided to do benefit concerts for the artiste. Buju Banton himself, through his legal team, issued a statement urging his fans to turn out for the concert stating, "I, Mark Myrie - aka Buju Banton, support and deem the concert being organized by Taranee Jiles to be a legitimate undertaking in order to raise funds for my legal defense and pending appeal. Your kind support will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance." "His fellow artists have come together in unity to aid this cause. It is time for the people to give back and uplift him now. It will give him the opportunity to defend himself," Ms Jiles said.
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Busy Christmas for Singer Colin Levy

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'Twill be a busy Christmas for reggae singer, Colin Levy, as he takes time out of the recording studio to perform for fans. Although Levy is "very driven" and totally focused on getting out his album, Unleashed, while putting the finishing touches on his autobiographical novel, he says there are a few shows in Jamaica that he simply must attend. Among them are the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza to be held in Independence Park in St Elizabeth on December 25; Yard Fest Family Fun Day, a Unite The People-endorsed event the night before and an annual show in Negril on New Year's Eve. The singer, whose single Lovers Holiday took up residence at the top of the Richie B Jamaica Countdown Chart earlier this year, says there's nothing better than Christmas in Jamaica. "It's an annual ritual for me and this year it will be no different," Colin Levy aka Iley Dred declared. He has been involved with the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza since its inception and had words of praise for Irie FM's Dancehall Master GT Taylor and the planning committee of the event. "That show is always so very well produced and I definitely look forward to performing on GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza each year," Levy said. With his album just about ready to be released, Levy says he has quite a few new songs which he is confident will connect with his fans. "Yes, there is still the lovers rock songs, but sometimes you have to step out of the box and experiment with different types of songs. On this album, I will definitely be showing my versatility and maturity as an artiste, while keeping it real," he explained. Among the producers on Unleashed are Stephen Marley, Barry O'Hare, Bobby Digital, Dean Fraser and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor




Guidance, Ico Flamez rocking Africa

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Reggae singer, Guidance and singjay Ico Flamez, are getting major attention with their collaboration, By The Window, which is # 13 on the highly recognized Stepping Razor chart in Africa and still climbing. Music insiders agree that these two Rastafarian artistes have surely done justice to this compelling love song, produced by Portmore-based producer, Shaka Indian. "It's really cool to see these two Rasta artistes sincerely pouring out their hearts about a woman," one radio disc jockey commented. Unfortunately, despite giving their all, the woman leaves and the artistes are in misery, sitting at the window, hoping that one day she will return. It's a theme which many persons - male and female - can identify with, and it's all the more inspiring that it's from a male perspective. Although Sitting By The Window is Guidance and Ico Flamez' only collaboration so far, they both have their solo repertoires which they have been unleashing at various stage shows across the island. They recently performed at the popular Plug 'n' Play at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston and also did a slot on morning television, both of which were very well received. "We are really happy and humbled at the way how things have been shaping up. Lots of respect to the management team and to the fans. We 'appreci-love' all the support and we will always take the higher ground. Motherland, here we come," declared Guidance, who is signed to Brown Brothers. With a video now ready, shows lined up for the festive season and an Africa tour on the horizon, both artistes preparing to savour the sweet taste of success.
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Last Wednesday, November 2, was the 81 anniversary of the crowning of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie and Twelve Tribes of Israel members around the globe held festive celebrations. In Toronto, the event saw both established artistes and upcoming acts paying tribute to the Emperor in song. And it would be fair to say that all the acts upheld the order and gave performances which befitted the occasion. Among the established acts was reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, who used prayer and praises as the hallmark of his performance. The short Rastafarian, who always seems to grow in stature whenever he hits the stage, opened his set with a riveting prayer that paradoxically calmed and energized the gathering. Levy's five-song set proved to be way too short and included Forever Praising Jah; Toronto's favourite, Picture On The Wall; Rocky Road (Mighty Diamonds); Crown Her A Queen, from his upcoming album, Unleashed and his number 1 hit, Lovers Holiday. Other artistes who performed included Orthodox Issachar, one of the organizers and brother of Colin Levy; female acts Tanya P, Donna Makeda and Tasha T; Axe, Prince Everald and Treeson, an artiste to definitely watch out for.
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Bob Andy Unplugged a huge success

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The Bob Andy Unplugged concert took over Jamaica College last Friday evening pulling scores of supporters and performers. Twenty-nine artistes turned out to celebrate the veteran songwriter's compositions on his 67th birthday. Some of the most memorable performances were given by Della Manley, Myrna Hague and dub poet, Mutabaruka who did a medley of four songs. Meanwhile, the man of the moment sang 'Friends', from his 1983 album, to show his gratitude for the concert, which was organised to fund his present and future medical bills.
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The Wailers


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Pop singer Ricky Martin




The Wailers join Ricky Martin for the closing of the Pan Am Games The Wailers, the world's most celebrated reggae group, and tour-mate Duane Stephenson, recognized as one of reggae's most talented sons, performed with an all-star line-up for the closing ceremony for the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Pan American Games is the largest international sporting event this year, representing the 6,000 athletes from 42 countries participating in 36. The Wailers and Duane Stephenson will perform a three-song set that begins with "A Step for Mankind," the track they released together last year to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme, as well as "Three Little Birds" and "One Love." Following this performance in Mexico, the Wailers will begin their Fall/Winter 2011 North American tour dates, which kicks off in Montreal, Quebec on November 18 at the Corona Theatre.
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Jamaican singer Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae's most talented sons with his top selling releases August Town and Black Gold but he is also a dedicated philanthropist.
He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid ending hunger worldwide.
Stephenson has joined fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid in ending hunger worldwide.
He has teamed up with Hiko Batik on the creation of FEED AFRICA! T-shirts.
All the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the World Food Programme and help to feed children in the Horn of Africa where a massive drought is causing a devastating famine.
Just last year, Stephenson wrote and recorded A Step for Mankind, which was recorded with The Wailers.
This is an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger.
In recognition of his efforts, Stephenson has been invited once again to attend the World Food Programme USA and Department of State's Global Hunger Conference hosted in part by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Stephenson will also be on tour with The Wailers starting November 18 but before he will be performing A Step for Mankind at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico on October 30.
This is the largest sporting event of the year, with the aim to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts.
 
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November 5th marks the 7th staging of Reggae Culture Salute.
This year's show is a salute to the future of roots reggae and presents several artists that are among the finest in the business. The organizers, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) are especially proud of introducing Dubtonic Kru to the northeast.
Earlier this year, Dubtonic Kru competed with over 4,000 bands of various genres worldwide and journeyed to Malaysia for the finals where they walked away as the champions of the world.
Many are calling Dubtonic Kru the "Usain Bolt" of roots reggae music and deservedly so. Their music reflects the positive vibration that endeared reggae music to its worldwide audience.
The event is very reasonably priced at only $15 and all proceeds benefit CPR.
 
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Reggae artist Bob Andy is set to write a full original song, this time for Legendary Reggae Singer/songwriter and Dominican opera singer Marie-Claire.
Bob Andy last penned songs for Marcia Griffiths some 20 years ago.
The song entitled Constellation has already been recorded and released.
Marie-Claire is set fly in from New York City for the Bob Andy Tribute concert to be held on Friday October 28.
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More artistes have been added to the line-up of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert, which is slated to take place next week Friday night at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the grounds of Jamaica College.
Among them are Freddie McGregor, known for his timeless hits, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Denyque, Della Manley, Sharon Tucker, Pam Hall, Earl 'Chinna' Smith and musician Peter Ashbourne. The night's line-up had already included Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Protoje, Carlene Davis, Duane Stephenson, Big Youth, John Holt, Ken Boothe and musical arrangers, Dean Fraser, Desi Jones and Ibo Cooper.
"It will be such a magical night. All these singers and musicians have come together to offer their musical interpretations of the legendary songs written by Bob Andy," said Junior Lincoln, concert promoter and a member of the Bob Andy Foundation, producers of the event.
Still, that's not all the organisers of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will be offering to patrons. After the stellar concert, which begins sharply at 9 pm, ends an equally enjoyable Merritone after-party will be held inside the auditorium, which will be free of cost for persons who had purchased tickets for the preceding concert.
All proceeds from the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will go to the Bob Andy Song Foundation, which will benefit Bob Andy's medical care and recovery.
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Happy Earthstrong Peter Tosh

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Reggae superstar Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October 1944 - 11 September 1987), was a core member of The Wailers.
He then went on to have a successful solo career as well as being a trailblazer for the Rastafari movement.
Peter Tosh was born in Petersfield (Westmoreland, Jamaica) with a father and mother too young to take care of him. He grew up raised by his aunt.
Nicknamed 'Stepping Razor', he began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations.
After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.
The Wailers Years
Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston (Bunny Wailer), were driving forces behind the Wailers for most of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Tosh was the most controversial of the trio. He ruffled many a feather with his unapologetic stance on issues including black liberation and the legalisation of marijuana.
Legalise It, Equal Rights, Wanted Dread and Alive and Mama Africa contain some of Tosh's most potent work. His No Nuclear War album, released in the year of his death, won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
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It was his first official performance at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, delighted his audience.
Levy was performing on September 10 at the premier of the film starring Donisha Prendergast, at which her mom, Sharon Marley was present to lend her full support. The documentary, RasTa: A Soul's Journey, which was very well received, sees Donisha - the grand-daughter of reggae icon, Bob Marley - on a journey to explore what 'Rasta' mean to persons in various cultures.
Quite appropriately, Levy selected a Stephen Marley-produced single as part of his four-song performance. The single, Forever Praising Jah, is one of the singles produced by the Grammy winner and son of the reggae legend, for Levy's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Stephen experiments with his father's Time Will Tell riddim for this track and if the response from the audience is anything to go by, then Colin Levy should definitely release this song as a single.
Levy, in an interview after the premier, was fulsome in his praise of Donisha, whom he described as "a talented and spiritual young Rastafarian Empress".
"I am honoured to be here," Levy said. "Not only to perform but also to be among the first persons to watch this film, which is very inspirational for me as a Rastafarian. And I am so proud of Donisha who is using her talent in such a meaningful and positive way. We as elders have to inspire and teach the youth and I salute her," Levy stated.
The Toronto Film Festival takes place September 8 to 18 in Toronto, Canada.
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Father Denroy, we wish you all the best

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Bwoy, from we hear the ting bout the veteran artiste this morning, we feel sick. How Denroy Morgan at 66 must go siddung a prison. We really hope something can work out - cause after all, a no cocaine, a weed. And to them man deh and nuff more people weed a nuh nutten evil. Rasta call it sacrament - di holy herb.
And just when Laza carre a gwaan so good. We know say this must affect him, cause the whole a di kids dem close to dem father. But we a pray say dem stay strong and keep close to Jah an each other in this testing time.
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I-Wayne to release Life Teachings

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Reggae singer I-Wayne is back with Life Teachings, his long-overdue album on VP Records, due out in October.
The 14 track album is filled with hair-raising lyrics and uncompromising conviction. A release stated that the intricately-crafted album features organic rhythms with rugged bass lines and one-drop drumbeats produced mostly by Patrick Z. Henry, who is responsible for 11 of the album's songs and I-Wayne's breakthrough hit "Can't Satisfy Her".
Understanding the significance of creating a balance in life as well in music, several songs on Life Teachings display a romantic sensitivity not often seen from I-Wayne.
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Albarosie nominated fi MOBO?

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Out of nowhere, the MOBO Awards people dem pick Albarosie inna the lineup fi this year award. Dem have Damian and Nas, Mavado and Khago, in addition to di Italian dread. We hear say Albarosie gwaan good inna Europe, but we doan know not  even one song dat him sing, cause him music doan play a Jamaica. And him doan perform a Jamaica, even though a here him live. But we nah tell no lie, his year list of nominees doan cut it at all, but we sih dem all di best.
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Jah Cure banned from Mobo Awards

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Reggae artiste Jah Cure has had his nomination for a Mobo (Music of Black Origin) award in the best reggae act category withdrawn, after organizers found out he was a convicted rapist.
The 33-year-old was given a prison sentence in 1999.
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was released in 2007.
Mobo organisers said they made the decision after finding about about the "severity of the crime" ahead of the ceremony in Glasgow in October.
The move leaves just four remaining nominees in the best reggae act category - Damian Marley & Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado.
This is not the first time a reggae act has been dropped from the awards.
In 2004 danceahall Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both removed from the category after they refused to apologise for homophobic lyrics.
Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon will host this year's ceremony, which recognises music of black origin such as R&B, jazz and hip hop.
The Mobos, now in the 16th year, take place in Glasgow on October 5.
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VP Records and Warner Music Nashville  will release 'Reggae's Gone Country' on August 30, a seamless musical dialogue between Kingston and Nashville that connects the roots of both genres. The ground-breaking compilation features classic country hits covered by Jamaica's top musicians  (Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Etana, Luciano, Sly & Robbie) as well as supporting vocals provided by original recording artist and country icon Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers.
Country music devotee Cristy Barber, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at VP Records, the world's largest reggae label, and a Grammy nominated producer for the 2003 dancehall reggae-hip hop compilation album Def Jamaica, envisioned this project two years ago and teamed up on lead production with John Rich of the multi-platinum selling country duo Big & Rich and the winner of this year's Celebrity Apprentice, and the acclaimed Jamaican saxophonist and top reggae producer Dean Fraser.
"Reggae's Gone Country is taking some of Jamaican's favorite classic American country songs and putting their beats and whole instrumentation around it while still having that root of country... It is this crazy cool idea," says John Rich.
The majority of the album was recorded at Kingston's Grafton and the Marley owned Tuff Gong Studios. The tracks were mixed by Errol and Shane Brown, then sent to Nashville where they were embellished with country instrumentation by legendary pedal steel player Mike Johnson and Jonathan Yudkin on fiddle/ banjo with John Rich overseeing the production at Fireside Studios, formerly owned by the late country legend Porter Wagoner.
Barber hopes that the heartfelt renditions of country classics heard on 'Reggae's Gone Country' will introduce and educate music fans everywhere to the talent that exists in Jamaica.
Track Listing:
1. California - Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin
2. He'll Have To Go - Luciano
3. Wolverton Mountain - Richie Stephens
4. Crazy - Etana
5. The Chair - Tarrus Riley
6. He Stopped Loving Her Today - Beres Hammond
7. Suspicions - Duane Stephenson
8. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes - Tessanne Chin
9. Feel So Right - Gramps Morgan
10. King Of The Road - Freddie McGregor
11. El Paso - Sanchez
12. Flowers On The Wall - L.U.S.T.
13. The Gambler - Busy Signal
14. Straight Tequila Night - Tarrus Riley [iTunes Bonus Track]

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Etana now managed by Penthouse Records

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Female reggae star Etana has inked a management contract with music master, Donovan Germain of the renowned Penthouse Records.
Germain's name is synonymous with Buju Banton whose career he led to the pinnacle of success.
Penthouse will be an addition to Etana's already robust team of VP Records and Freemind Music.
Germain's experience and brawny production skills will further propel the songbird on the international scene.
Etana sees the union as seamless as she is no stranger to the veteran producer, who is already executive producer on her forthcoming album.
The compilation, which is not yet titled, will be the follow up to her billboard charted album, Free Exressions.
This third record will show a different side of the performer.
According to Etana, "it won't be the usual. The next album is a very happy, party in the park feel. It will have you rocking and smiling. It's compelling, gives you the vibe to jam on the corner, in your home or in your car. It's a definite collector's item," said the Strong One.
Etana is winding down an exhaustive tour.
She has been headlining festivals across Europe, South America and the United States.
This autumn she looks forward to spending more time in the studio to complete her upcoming album with the Penthouse team.
Germain is the founder of Penthouse Records and has enjoyed success with the careers of reggae music heavy weights: Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder, Mad Cobra and Sanchez among others.
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Iley Dread a true crowd pleaser

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By Ron James
After being absent from the Canadian entertainment for a few years, singer Colin Levy a.k.a. Iley Dread, is back and is fast reclaiming the fans that he has built up over the years by giving some sterling performances both here in Toronto, Canada and across the world.
His latest crowd-pleasing performance was at the Government Entertainment Complex in downtown Toronto on August 13, where he thrilled the more than 400 audiences in attendance. Backed by his own band the Kings of Kings band supported by his background vocalist, he performed several of the crowd favourites including "Picture on The Wall", and "Lovers Holiday".
But just as the audience was beginning to warm up to him and was really enjoying his performance, through no fault his own, his performance was cut short to make way for I-Octane who was the headline act.
The premature ending of his performance, which angered his fans, was no fault of his own, because the concert that was schedule to start at 11:00 pm, did not get underway until after 2:00 am, however his act was well received.
Prior to his appearance at the Government Entertainment Complex, Colin has been having a very busy schedule which started in the city of Ajax in June, this was followed by performances on the Jamaica Day Celebration, shows in Niagara Falls and also in Montreal where he performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, and event that is schedule to attract thousands of reggae lovers from near and far.
The future certainly seems bright for this singer/ songwriter who has launched the career of several up and coming singers in the city. A scheduled tour to Europe and South Africa in the not too distant future will be just the tonic needed to enhance his career and propel him on the world stage.
 
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WATCH 21-YEAR-OLD JAMAICAN ARTIST, ROMAIN VIRGO, TAKE OVER NASHVILLE WITH LARRY GATLIN AND JOHN RICH + EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SLY & ROBBIE, BERES HAMMOND, DEAN FRASER AND MUCH MORE 
 
Yahoo! raves, "...the two musical styles were basically meant for each other and meld together beautifully. Some of the tunes chosen for the record fit with stunning why-didn't-I-realize-this-before? clarity into reggae's trademark off-beat rhythm...if you're still skeptical at whether these two musical genres can truly blend, just have a look at this video..."




Amy Winehouse laid to rest

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Three days after her death, Amy Winehouse's funeral took place in London today at Edgwarebury Cemetery.

The private service drew about 200 attendees, including Marc Ronson (who produced Winehouse'sBlack to Black and recently called Winehouse his "musical soulmate") and longtime Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne. Also present: Reg Traviss, Winehouse's most recent ex-boyfriend. Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse's ex-husband, requested a leave from jail to attend the service (he is serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and weapon transgressions) but was denied.

The service reportedly lasted about 45 minutes and, according to the AP, was to be followed by "cremation and a family gathering at a local synagogue".

Many of the female guests -- including Osbourne -- wore their hair in Winehouse's trademark beehive.

Amy's father Mitch delivered the eulogy, which he closed with the line "Goodnight, my angel. Sleep tight."

The service was conducted as soon as possible after Winehouse's death, in accordance with Jewish law, and was presided over by Rabbi Frank Hellmer.

There is still no official world on what caused Winehouse's death, as Monday's autopsy was inconclusive and results of toxicology reports aren't expected for two to four weeks.

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Freddie Mcgregor



The legendary Freddie McGregor, who boasts an enviable discography of memorable songs and albums released over the last 40 years, is releasing yet another that he believes Jamaica needs right now.

Titled Move up Jamaica, the song McGregor says, sounds more like a 'Festival song', and he believes everyone will come to love it.

"Every Jamaican haffi love this song, they have no choice," he said, a sly smile breaking out on his face, "they have no choice in the matter."

Move Up Jamaica is reportedly already in heavy rotation on 93.5 FM in New York, after DJ Rai heard the song and requested that McGregor send him a copy.

It was recorded recently at Sting Ray Records in the United Kingdom, McGregor recalls.

It was at Sting Ray, where he recorded Key to the City and the Grammy-nominated Anything for You.

"I was thinking about all the violence in Jamaica and realised that we needed a song to lift the spirits, and the words just started to flow," he recalled, adding that everything came together in about 10 to 15 minutes. They also added background vocals immediately after. The mixing was recently complete and the song is set to drop immediately, the veteran entertainer said.

And the timing of the song's release, he feels, could not have been better given that Independence celebrations are right around the corner and the Festival song competition is also close. "It's appropriate for this Festival season," he said.

McGregor, who has released about 35 albums and more than 150 singles and EPs over a stellar career spanning more than four decades, is uncharacteristically upbeat about Move up Jamaica.

"I'm not known to brag, but this song is going to lead the way for a long time," he declared.

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Kingston: US based Elektra Atlantic recording artist Laza Morgan, a singjay and rapper whose raspy, rhythmic 'DJ' style flows on his new single "One By One" featuring Mavado will on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 join his dad, veteran reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan as "Father & Son" performers at Studio 38 in New Kingston.

"I am excited about my upcoming performances at Studio 38 in Kingston and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay" the young Morgan beamed. "Studio 38 has a rich tradition of featuring top reggae, dancehall, ska and rocksteady stars. The fact that that I will share the stage with my dad makes this performance even more special" he disclosed. 

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Laza was literally raised in a musical cradle. He was heavily influenced by the reggae music of his household and the records made by his father, Jamaican music legend and hit-maker Denroy Morgan. With his family's strong Jamaican roots and frequent trips to Kingston and St.Thomas as driving inspirations, it didn't take long forLaza to completely embrace the world of reggae.

2010 proved to be the culmination of many years of hard work that Laza has put into his craft. After signing with Elektra records in February, Laza was featured on British pop sensation Alexandra Burke's hit single "Start Without You" which topped the UK and European singles charts in September. He was also featured on Flo Rida's hit single '21' from the album "The Only One." His forthcoming Elektra debut has already yielded a single, This Girl that was featured in Disney's feature film Step Up 3D and its smash soundtrack. This Girl has generated over seven million hits on YouTube and has created a buzz that spans the globe.

Laza's dad Denroy Morgan, a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist bulldozed his way onto the Billboard charts and saturated American urban radio stations with his smash single I'll Do Anything for You. It has been more than a decade since his last performance in Jamaica and he has something extra special his fans at home.

"The last time I performed in Jamaica was in the late 90s at Cinema 2 following the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the World Cup finals in France. I am excited about going back home to launch my album and proud to be part of this father and son showcase. I have something special in store for fans and plan to rock the stage at Studio 38 with Laza when we perform" he said.

Denroy's new album titled Linkup to Ethiopia is scheduled for release this summer on Asaph Records and it is being distributed by VP Records. 





Jamaica Music 50: Taking control of the music

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The celebration of Fifty Years of Jamaican Music, incorporating The Wailers and The Skatalites

, will provide the soundtrack for a worldwide movement designed to develop and activate strategies to reclaim and take control of reggae music, while positioning it for the next Fifty Years.




Under the theme "Free Jah People With Music", Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions, in association with Talawa IndiGenius, will create the illuminating backdrop designed to inform and empower singers and players of reggae music, producers and its adherents.

 Simply entitled Jamaica Music 50, this movement aims to secure representation with the approval for reclaiming 


this great musical wealth and legacy presently qualified for public domain.  This approaching reality encourages and motivates the purpose, will, reason and challenge for Talawa to transform the past and present experience into a beneficial, progressive and prosperous future going into the next Fifty Years of Jamaica's music.


Talawa IndiGenius, spearheaded 

by Maxine Stowe and incorporating a team of qualified like minded creative professionals, is the qualified management capable of implementing this change.


As Bunny Wailer pointed out, "Jamaica's music 


surviving the first Fifty Years of its 

existence as an industry was only mainly due to the faith, devoted love, respect, hope and expectation that the freedom and liberty agitated for on behalf of the African oppressed people would be possible to achieve due to the constant pounding of Reggae Music,"


He noted that Jamaica Music 50 has been created as a device to correct related abuses inflicted upon the authors, composers, 

artists, musicians and producers. Jamaica Music 50 will be engaging the artist community to create unique 50 track compilations of their respective careers, while unveiling the truth about the creators of reggae music.

It cannot be denied that the impact of The Wailers and their solo careers will benefit from a fresh, true and historically grounded narrative which will give voice to the solidarity of their musical expression.

"It will also properly align this period of their career with the foundation of The Wailers Legacy, which, despite being disturbed by corporate machinations and greed, remained together as a musical family of brothers, peers, cousins, nieces and nephews," Maxine Stowe stated, while noting that living legend, Bunny Wailer, will be the face of this campaign.

To this end, there will be an official launch on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Quite appropriately, July 23 is the birthday of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jamaica Music 50 Campaign is marketed through Talawa/Street Virus. 

Street Virus is a marketing and branding agency located in Los Angeles that specializes in placing brands in the forefront of people's minds by designing and implementing brand and marketing campaigns that surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression.


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Guidance scores with City of Love

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Guidance's collaboration single with Lutan Fyah, City of Love looks set to give the artiste the break he has been deserving of for such a long time.

Known for his reality lyrics, this conscious Rastaman is definitely no pretender. Asked in a recent interview about the direction of his career, he stated that Bob Marley and the Wailers is his benchmark. Simply put, Guidance is aiming for the highest of the high in taking reggae music to the world.

His breakout single Love What You Got, signaled that a new voice in reggae music was ready to take the mantle. But the interesting thing is that Guidance isn't new in the strictest sense of the word. The singer has been around for a minute, and even before Anthony B got his break, it was Guidance with whom he would par, as they both focused on their respective careers.

With more than a decade and a half of experience, Guidance is now ready to really ruffle some feathers and let his voice be heard, both locally and internationally. He is confident that under the management of Brown Brothers Production his career will soar to the top.

Regarding the single, City of Love, Guidance has great expectations. He describes it as a 'feel good' song, which can definitely take him "past the airport". 

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Tarrus Riley performs at Negril Escape Resorts



After touring the United States with the Wailers for the first half of the year, reggae recording artist Duane Stephenson is now in Europe on a three week tour with the She's Royal singer Tarrus Riley.

Stephenson and Riley are scheduled to visit countries like Spain, Norway, France, Switzerland and Italy on the tour which ends on July 24.

The two left Jamaica last week for Germany where they performed on the annual Summer Jam Festival with John Holt, Barrington Levy, Andrew Tosh and dancehall deejay Busy Signal.

They are also slated to head to Barcelona, Spain for the Nowa Reggae Festival from July 8 to 9.


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Buju Banton Begins Appeal

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Dancehall star Buju Banton has started the second round in his battle for freedom.

But it could take up to 18 months before Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, knows if he will escape a 10-year prison sentence which was imposed on him by a United States judge after he was convicted on drug charges.

Lawyers representing Buju on Tuesday filed a formal notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Attorney-at-law David Oscar Markus told The Gleaner that he is moving ahead with his appeal of the guilty verdict handed down against the artiste.

Markus will also be challenging the 10-year sentence imposed by US judge, Jim Moodie.

"Our appeal is due to be filed 40 days after we receive the transcripts (of the trial) which we are still waiting for," Markus said.

"We will not give up for Buju, who is thankful to all of his fans and friends for their continued support," Markus added yesterday.

He could not say when the appeal would be heard, but noted that it generally takes about 18 months to get a decision from the US Court of Appeal Eleventh Circuit.

The Appeal Court is based in Atlanta Georgia, but has satellite courts in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.

Three judges will hear the case and Markus is prepared for the fight.

Minutes after the sentence was handed down last month, Markus told reporters outside the court that his appeal would be based on the argument that there was insufficient evidence to convict Buju on the drug count.

Buju is now languishing in a minimum security Federal prison serving his sentence.

 

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For the second straight week, reggae singer Robert Sutherland's piercing single, Times So Hard, has held on to the number two slot on the competitive Jamaica Countdown Chart.

 Sutherland hit an important milestone in his career when the single reached the number 1  position on the Jamdown Vershun Top 10 Reggae Chart in Australia, attracting quite a bit of attention to the Philadelphia-based singer.

As Robert himself likes to say with a serious expression, "a work we a work", and that phrase aptly sums up this entertainer's attitude to his craft. For Sutherland, It is, and has always been, all about reggae music - in good times and in bad. So it's not surprising that he should have chosen 'hard times' as the theme of this, his most popular song to date.

When asked if he thinks Times So Hard will claim the number one position on the Jamaican chart, Sutherland was a bit cautious in his response.

"Well, to be honest, the fact that after 12 weeks on the chart Times So Hard reached number two, then anything is possible. I am really happy and thankful that the work is being recognized in such a powerful way. Of course, I would be overjoyed if there is a repeat of what it did on the chart in Australia, and I am being positive about it," Robert Sutherland declared.

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The Broadcasting Commission is recommending that a range of fines, with a maximum $15 million, on persons found guilty of engaging in the illicit practice of payola.

Payola is defined as the practice of paying bribes, particularly to radio personalities, for airplay to the recordings of unknown artistes, as a means of giving them exposure.

These recordings often include songs deemed inappropriate for airplay.

Professor Hopeton Dunn, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, who was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 21), said imposition of the fines was among several recommendations the Commission made to the government, for enactment into law.

The other significant recommendation, he said, was updating the regulations governing the broadcast media, to give the Commission the power to impose the fines.

According to Dr. Dunn, this was, "something which we do not now have, and which would provide a kind of intermediary step, in terms of how we actually regulate the industry".

Professor Dunn said the information forthcoming to the Broadcasting Commission indicated that persons are paying or taking bribes amounting to as much as $350,000 to have their music played.

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Colin Levy 'skanks' to a new beat

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Riding high from the success of his latest single, the Barry O'Hare-produced, Lover's Holiday, reggae crooner, Colin Levy, is seizing the moment.

Without missing a beat, the artiste, who also goes by the name Iley Dread, has released what could be considered the follow-up single. And, from all indications, this song has 'winner' written all over it.

"Lover's Holiday went to number one on the chart in Jamaica and entered charts in North America ... for that I give thanks. Without the fans and my efficient team, I couldn't have done this," said the soft-spoken Rastaman.

Levy explained that the new single, simply called Skank, is an out-of-the-box tune for him. Possessing an infectious, uptempo beat, Skank makes the listener want to do just that - skank.

According to Colin Levy, when he first heard the riddim, he was a tad hesitant to actually do a song for it, as it was not in his usual lover's rock groove.  But, he figured that this was the perfect opportunity for him to explore his creativity, expand his fan base and make significant inroads into the dancehall.

"Actually, I am trying to create music that the dancehall fans can also appreciate, because in the clubs and dances most of the tracks being played are up-tempo beats," Levy said.

Skank is one of the songs on the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed, an offering which he says will herald a milestone in his musical journey.

"My desire is for Unleashed to appeal to all age groups, so what better way for me to express my versatility," a smiling Levy declared.

An eclectic composition, Unleashed will consist of lover's rock, roots, dancehall, ska and a touch of jazz.

Skank was produced by  Owen 'Bassieface' Renalls, and Peter 'Shady' Harrison at Mixing Lab Studio for Levy's Kings of Kings label.

 

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The Toronto International Jamaica Day Festival has announced that it will be honouring two veterans of Jamaica's vibrant music industry.

Reggae hit maker and label head Freddie McGregor and Jamaica's most prolific global tour manager, artist manager and reggae historian, Copeland Forbes, will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the reggae music at a private reception to be held in New Kingston on Monday, June 20. 

Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, veteran crooner Freddie McGregor began his musical journey in the 60's. 

McGregor, who is the captain of the Big Ship record label told sources that the success of Big Ship was a turning point of his career. Freddie will receive the Toronto International Jamaica Day Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Forbes, whose journey through the music industry started as a member of the group Harmonicats, has served not just as one of the most experienced and esteemed tour managers but he has also served as an unofficial ambassador of Jamaica, working with many of the top reggae acts.

Forbes will be presented with the Toronto International Jamaica Day Legend Award, in appreciation of his distinguished service and outstanding contribution to Jamaica's musical legacy.

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Damian Marley (Junior Gong; Damian "Junio...

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Three-time Grammy Award winning artiste Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has reportedly
teamed up with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Dave Stewart of the
Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R.
Rahman, to  form a new super 
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group.  The group has apparently been recording
together for the last 18 months but has yet to release an album or give a public
performance.
They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.
The New York Post has received conflicting information as to the seriousness of
the group.
One source claims that Super Heavy has completed a record and a video and is in
the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label.
Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply "thought it
would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music."
According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label
involved.
The Rolling Stones has not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a
group since 2007.
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Colin Levy's Lover's Holiday remains at #1

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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
 has taken control of the number one spot on the popular and highly respected
Jamaica Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 18 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.

Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.

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The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.

The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.

Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.

More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.

Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes

Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?

The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!

1) What is Chino's real name?

2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?

3) What is the name of his upcoming album?

4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?

Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!

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Cocoa Tea to perform at London 2012

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2012 Summer Olympics


Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea is booked to perform at the 2012 Olympics in London,
England.
At present he is the only reggae artist who has been requested to sing for the
Queen of England and millions of viewers worldwide.

When asked if he was prepared to meet Her Majesty, his only response was "I'm
ready and waiting".
Not only is he ready to meet the Queen, but he is also ready to meet the world
press.

Cocoa Tea's new single "A Love Like Yours and Mine" is about to hit the world
stage.

His song "Obama" became a hit and a favorite for the Obama's and among Kenyans
during the '08 election campaign.
He says he is ready to go back into the studio to record another song for the
upcoming 2012 election as well.

Cocoa Tea is currently preparing for his Summer Tour that kicks off on June 26th
in Brooklyn, New York and continues on to Boston, Portland and Seattle.
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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
has taken control of the number one spot on the popular Jamaica Countdown Top 25
Reggae Singles Chart.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 17 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
Colin Levy, who is also known by the moniker Iley Dread, recently completed a
successful. month-long US college radio tour in support of Lover's Holiday and
the upcoming album. Both he and his marketing manager, Brian Muntz, who
organized the US tour, have expressed their gratitude to the fans who have
contributed in a major way to this chart-topping success.
"This is fantastic news," an elated Muntz said from his university base in
Toronto, Canada. "I knew the song was a winner from the first time I heard it."
The quiet, soft-spoken Levy, was a bit more reserved in his speech, but no less
thankful.
"All praises to the Father, first of all ... and definitely we have a lot of
gratitude to the fans, the team who has been working with me on this project and
those who have always been there assisting with my career. This is a joyful
moment and I know that this album has more songs of this caliber and something
for everyone," Colin Levy stated.
The video for Lover's Holiday has also been enjoying favourable rotation on
television.
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Dubdem Sound System :: Jamaican Tour 2006


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) -- Bob Marley's musical legacy may be waning 30 years
after his death as Jamaica's youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer
remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.
Marley has become a merchandiser's dream, with everything from shoes to
snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his
message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.
"He was never about commercialism," one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. "Money
was not his greatest motivation."
For loyal fans of the Third World's first pop superstar, who died from cancer at
the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year's milestone anniversary is not about
grieving but about celebrating.
"His music was so full of life, it doesn't seem right to mourn him," 24-year-old
Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob
Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.
Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote
many of his songs.
Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann
parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides
his final resting place.
But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the
pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be
beginning to fade.
The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer's estate, says no events are
planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets
only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on
today's Jamaican youth.
Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more
militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.
In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley's most
memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived
during the 1960s.
Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his
records and a bed he slept on.
Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.
Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a
Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible
mark.
"He's been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There's not
a day that his music is not played," said DePasse.
To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The
Footsteps of Bob Marley today.
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Seven time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to
release his third solo project, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life on May 23.
Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, and anchored
in reggae's scorching drum and bass backbeat, The Root of Life delivers 14
tracks of powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses.
The first single, Jah Army, features Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton
over a thunderous one-drop rhythm.
The Root of Life will be followed by Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which
is due this fall.
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The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit entitled Bob Marley,
Messenger.
Housed on the museum's second floor, the exhibit will focus on Bob Marley as a
private, spiritual man, and as a powerful performer who has inspired legions of
fans in the 30 years since his death.Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the
exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family.
 "Bob Marley gave the world something no other artist has. Not only did he give
us brilliant music, but he also became a heroic figure. His music spread a
message of hope and unity. That message is as relevant today as it was three
decades ago, and it's our hope to help share that message with a new
generation," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including Marley's famous
Les Paul guitar; an interactive drumming station that allows visitors to learn
how to play a reggae beat; more than 40 photographs of Marley both on and off
stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia.
Additionally, the GRAMMY Museum has conducted interviews with several artists
and musicians who have been influenced by Marley and the role that he played not
only as the catalyst to the reggae evolution, but also his influence on music
and culture.
Interview footage will be featured in the exhibit and includes conversations
with Blondie, Carlos Santana, Nas and more.
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Bob Marley takes the spotlight on NBC

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Reggae legend Bob Marley takes the spotlight next week on American station NBC's
popular 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.'
This year marks 30 years since the reggae legend died on May 11, 1981 of cancer.
Actor, comedian and television host Jimmy Fallon will be honouring the singer on
his late night talk show, starting this Monday.
Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, will make a special appearance on the NBC
show for the first time. Ziggy Marley, rock artiste Chris Cornell, pop idol
Jennifer Hudson, rock singer Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz are all scheduled to
appear. Each night, one of the guests will perform a classic Marley song.
Fallon's house band 'The Roots' will also be present to pay tribute to the
singer.
According to reports online, no word has been leaked as to which Marley classics
will be performed. "Big up Jimmy Fallon for honouring the memory of my father,"
said Ziggy Marley in a press release sent to the media. "Much respect." Ziggy
will talk about his father in addition to performing. Ziggy Marley's next album,
Wild and Free, is due out June 14.
In more Marley news, the anticipated documentary on the late reggae star's life,
by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, is expected for release late this
year. Universal Music Enterprise will also be promoting its recent release of
Marley's final concert held at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.,
on September 23, 1980.
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What is all dis bangarang we a hear bout Iley Dread new song, Lover's Holiday?
We hear sey people all deh pon radio a talk bout a no di Dread write di song.
But a coulda wha dat! After Lovers Holiday a no di first song di Dread a write,
so wha all di fuss about? A wonder if a true di song deh a number 2 pon Richie B
chart mek all a di haters a crawl out from unda all sort a place.

Oonu muss know sey it bad when Iley haffi a put out release how him get di
inspiration di write di tune one evening when him a watch the sunset a Rick's
café.

Iley, just gwaan do yuh ting, cause you US college radio tour just done and it
did mad and you  a come fi Western Consciousness and yuh have nuff show line up.
Plus you heart eva clean. All when dem a beg you yuh tings and a stab you inna
you back after dem get it, you still cyan hate dem. So just go through clean
hearted dread.
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Colin Levy happy with US college radio tour

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As singer Colin Levy winds down his month-long US college radio tour, he
confesses to being in extremely high spirits and ready to share his music with
the world.

The reggae artiste, who has been in the States since the first week in April,
was on a  promotional blitz of his most recent song, Lovers' Holiday, from his
soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Already the single has found favour in
Jamaica, where it is enjoying good rotation on radio and has made its way onto
the Jamaica Countdown Chart.
Levy, who also uses the moniker Iley Dred, is accompanied on the road  by his
marketing manager, Brian 'Daddy Biggs' Muntz, who single-handedly put together
the radio station package.
Muntz, the IT Coordinator for computing services in a university in Canada, is
also part time in the music business working in the field of Artist &
Repertoire, music production and marketing.  Muntz, who took on Colin Levy as a
client and started working with him immediately after hearing the Lovers'
Holiday single feels very strongly about his project and the upcoming album.
Biggs explained that the artiste has been making inroads by showcasing his music
to one of the largest audiences anywhere - college students. He noted that
college radio stations are quite powerful and said this was an excellent
opportunity for Levy to take his career to the next level.
"Obviously, this is not about money, since this tour is purely promotional, but
the potential for making money down the road because of this is immense," Muntz
stated.
Muntz took the singer to visit on a seemingly endless list  of college radio
stations in Washington, New York,  Atlanta and several other states, and he and
Levy were in one accord as they hit the road for close to 30 days while
journeying on this musical labour of love.
"I have wrapped up my North America College Radio promotional tour, on a
positive note," Levy said from Washington, which was among his last stops on the
trip.
"I have  finally started living my dreams as an artiste and this has always been
my desire," he concluded.
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Ziggy Marley to release Wild and Free

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International reggae singer Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley,
is poised for the June 14 release of his album Wild and Free.
The album is being released by his family's Tuff Gong Worldwide label.
Wild and Freecarries  themes of global and personal changes and revolutions.
According to Marley, "social revolutions and group revolutions are good and we
need that, but we also need personal revolution, revolution within ourselves
that change who we are as people."
In addition a theme of marijuana and hemp also runs through the album and
according to Marley, he speaks of the whole idea of using the cannabis plant for
more than what it is used for now.
"It can be used for environmental reasons and industrial reasons and nutritional
reasons, to benefit the planet," he said.

Following his Marijauna Man action figure, Ziggy explained that the story is
about utilizing all the properties of the plant.
He does not think people understand how much good it can do.
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Reggae Sumfest gears up

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For the past 18 years, Reggae Sumfest has built a solid reputation for providing
world class entertainment. Last year's show stands out as one of the best in the
entertainment industry as the festival presented international superstars  Usher
and Chris Brown alongside Jamaica's hottest and best performers. This year's
event which runs from Saturday July 16 to Saturday July 23 is anticipated to be
even better.
Stage manager Junior Taylor describes the ambitious new plans for 2011, "We are
bringing our patrons the same top quality service, but with a new twist. Sumfest
is gearing up to produce some new and exciting elements for the crowd."
The festivities will kick off with the annual beach party moving into the always
highly anticipated Dancehall night on Thursday and culminating with
International Nights 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday.  "We are stepping up our
game this year," commented promoter Robert Russell, "fans can expect to see
Sumfest like it has never been seen before, virtually and in person."
The Sumfest team is also working to address some of the physical problems
experienced at last year's event.  "We have listened to our audience and are
making adjustments to the venue to accommodate any possible incidence of rain
have, "  remarked organizer John Gurzong. "Also, in light of the current
economic strains we have begun our campaign earlier than usual, to allow people
the time to prepare for this year's amazing showcase."
So it's time to get in the game and start preparing for "The Greatest Reggae
Show On Earth", between July 16 to 23, when Montego Bay opens its doors to the
world.
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Fantan Mojah

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BULLETIN! Reggae is not dead. There is a new standard bearer who encapsulates
the spirit of Jacob Miller and the high energy shenanigans of a Capleton. His
name is Fantan Mojah and he is the tour de force rocking the world of reggae
music today.
Down Sound Recording artiste Fantan Mojah delivered a marquis peformance at
Negril Escape that had hundreds of tourists in a state of awe on Tuesday night
as the One Love Reggae concert series came to a climactic end.
Dressed in a white ensemble which imbued him with a majestic quality, like a
lion surveying his kingdom, Fantan was absolutely brilliant from start to
finish. He delivered all the songs from his 2005 full length album Hail the
King, earning the biggest forwards for Hungry and Nuh Build Great Man.
Backed by his own Macka Tree band, he had the audience in a virtual trance,
their hands aloft, their eyes awestruck and expectant as they swayed to the
sweet reggae harmonies as he did emotionally charged songs such as Corruption,
Thanks and Praise, Love Grows and She Makes Me Feel So Nice.
Even though he had injured his knee a few days earlier, Fantan was able to
transfigure the pain into positive energy and strength, and thrill the patrons
in the venue in a performance they will not soon forget.  They were drawn to his
Bobo Ashanti faith as he praised Jah, condemned immorality, glorified women in a
positive way and called for a revolution against Babylon system. Fantan showed
off his dancing ability during the instrumental sections as the band played a
delicious reggae groove.
Fantan Mojah's one hour and 20 minute performance so captivated the audience
that the promoters waited almost 45 minutes for Julian Marley's onstage stint. A
seasoned performer, Julian Marley did a great job, and the audience were wowed
once again by the Marley magic as he performed wonderful hits from his latest
album, Awake and crowd
favourites from his 2003 album, A Time and Place.
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Bob Andy recovering

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Rocksteady and Reggae pioneer Bob Andy is currently in hospital recovering after
reportedly suffering from a bleeding stomach ulcer.
Bob Andy's hits include I've Got to Go Back Home, Fire Burning and Too
Experienced. He has written popular tracks for the likes of reggae frontrunners
Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffith including her hits Feel Like Jumping and Truly.
Bob Andy is currently involved in writing and recording music for Dominican
opera singer Marie Claire.





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