11 Questions for 2011 with Cocoa Tea
Cocoa Tea was born Calvin George Scott on September 3, 1959, in Rocky Point, Clarendon, Jamaica. Besides singing in church, Cocoa Tea was a racehorse jockey and fisherman. After moving to Kingston in 1983, he met and worked with producer Junjo Lawes, and later King Jammy. Cocoa Tea is known for hits such as “Rocking Dolly,” “Ryker’s Island” and the 2008 ode “Barack Obama,” which became an Internet sensation.
11 Questions with Bunny Rugs Clarke from the Third World Band
William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke was born February 6 in Mandeville, Jamaica. After working with small bands, and a short stint with Inner Circle, Bunny Rugs was invited to become lead vocalist/guitarist and songwriter for Third World in the mid-'70s. In the late '80s, Bunny began a solo career on the side. Rugs, as he is affectionately known, is credited with having one of the most distinctive voices in reggae music.
Review: Reggae Film Festival – May 2011
Barbara Blake-Hannah was a guest on the Conduit Show in February 2011 when she mentioned the Reggae Film Festival slated to take place in Jamaica in May. At that time, I made a mental note to attend. Fast forward to May 23 and I’m making my way from Harbour View by minivan, the poor man’s limousine to Mountain View Avenue and on to Studio 38 in New Kingston for the opening night of the fourth outing of the Reggae Film Festival.
Interview with Bahrain-born Reggae Artist Elaine Lil'Bit Shepherd
This week we interview Canadian based reggae artist Elaine Lil'Bit Shepherd . Born in Bahrain Lil’Bit was introduced to the Toronto reggae scene in 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received the Most Promising New Artist Award at the 2010 RMAA's, and is now the recipient for the most prestigious award in the Canadian Music Industry.
11 Questions for 2011 With Tessanne Chin
Tessanne Chin is a Kingston-born singer and songwriter who has been performing since the age of six. Her sultry style combines reggae, soul and rock, placing her in a unique category all her own. After moving to England at 12, Tessanne began writing her own songs. Upon returning to Jamaica, she joined several rock bands before finally deciding on a solo career using just her first name, Tessanne. She is a natural talent, having performed at numerous large and small stage shows throughout Jamaica, and she is a seasoned media darling. All her hard work has led to the recent release of her acclaimed debut CD, In Between Words. Double congratulations are in order as Tessanne married former television presenter, Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr., on March 19 in Jamaica.
Soulfully Yours Five Minutes with: Sherieta Lewis
In an atmosphere of hurried microwave "stardom" and overnight "Divas" there is something to be said for an artist who makes a conscious, earnest investment to not only studying the mechanics of the music, but acknowledges the advantages to establishing an undeniable track record behind the scenes prior to making a bid for the spotlight.
Remembering David “Smiley Culture” Emanuel
David Emanuel may be a rather non-descript name, but if you have any British connections or affiliations with London’s music scene in the 1980’s the name David Emanuel immediately evokes memories of the cheeky Cockney with the megawatt grin. Smiley Culture, as he was more popularly known, died under tragic and suspicious circumstances on March 15, 2011 at his Warlingham, Surrey home.
11 Questions for 2011 With Dawn Penn
Jamaica-born Dawn Penn is a classically trained singer, musician, and actress. As a teen she recorded for Clement Dodd’s Studio One label. Her first single, “No No No,” is recognized as a classic reggae song. The song was re-recorded with Steely & Clevie in 1991 and crossed over into mainstream pop charts. The album No No No was later nominated for a Grammy Award. Dawn Penn continued to record and perform and is featured in the film “Get Ready to Rocksteady.” Currently Dawn is recording and planning a U.S. tour.
A Breath of Fresh Air - Five Minutes With: THE Dubber
Think of a musical stew simmering with a multitude of intricate beats as ingredients. A heavy dollop of Reggae, heightened with a dash of smooth Funk. Sprinkle that lightly a with hint of smooth jazz with a subtle peppering of a host of other elements too numerous to mention and you have a sample of what the new CD, 'Global Warning' recently released by THE Dubber has to offer.
Conversation With Jamaican Reggae Soul Singer, Mario Evon
This week we interview 'Mario Evon' who has created his own genre of music called reggae-soul and is carving out his own niche in the entertainment industry. Born Mario Guthrie in Kingston, Jamaica, he fell in love with music at an early age. He fondly says "Music chose me, I didn't choose music". Despite being trained as a medical doctor, Mario found the tug of music on his heart too great to ignore. He is currently in the process of writing and recording songs for his very first album. He is excited about the possibilities ahead and is committed to sharing his gift with the world.
11 Questions for 2011 With Carlene Davis
Internationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic music ministers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame Awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God’s love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music.
11 Questions for 2011 With Benjy Myaz
Benjy Myaz, an accomplished musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer, hails from Hanover, Jamaica. Benjy plays several instruments, but claims the bass is his first love. As a member of the famed Rhythm Kings Band, Benjy performed and toured the world with such stars as Jimmy Cliff and JC Lodge. His many musical collaborations include Garnet Silk, Pam Hall, and Freddie McGregor.
Bob Marley Quotes
Even though Bob Marley passed away many years ago (May 11, 1981) his quotes are profound, and prophetic. We have compiled a list of over 100 Bob Marley quotes. They reflect current life, love, politics, relationships and economics. Bob Marley’s quotes are dynamic and relevant can be used in many situation in today’s world. Enjoy these Bob Marley quotes and feel free to add your comments or quotes at the end.
Grammy Awards Eluded Reggae Superstar Gregory Isaacs Yet Again
Jamaica-Reggae superstar the late Gregory Isaacs, a four time nominee for the prestigious Grammy awards, has been shunned again. The Grammy award symbolizes the highest honor of excellence in the music industry. Isaacs was nominated for the best reggae album. The album, “Isaacs meets Isaacs,” is a collaborative effort with King Isaacs, a Zimbabwean singer and longtime acquaintance of the Cool Ruler.
Year 1985 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1985 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Black Uhuru – Anthem, Jimmy Cliff – Reggae Night, Steel Pulse – "Steppin' Out", Peter Tosh – Captured Live, Yellowman – King Yellowman
Year 1986 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1986 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Jimmy Cliff – Cliff Hanger, Blue Riddim Band – Alive in Jamaica, Burning Spear – Resistance, Judy Mowatt – Working Wonders, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Play the Game Right
Year 1987 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1987 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Steel Pulse – Babylon the Bandit, Black Uhuru – Brutal, Jimmy Cliff – Club Paradise, Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dub Band – Linton Kwesi Johnson in Concert with the Dub Band, The Itals – Rasta Philosophy
Year 1988 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1988 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War, Black Uhuru – Brutal Dub, Burning Spear – People of the World, Third World – Hold On to Love, UB40 – UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow
Year 1989 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1989 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Conscious Party, Jimmy Cliff – Hanging Fire, Toots – Toots in Memphis, UB40 – UB40, UB40 and Chrissie Hynde – Breakfast in Bed
Year 1990 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1990 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – One Bright Day, Bunny Wailer – Liberation, Burning Spear – Live in Paris Zenith '88, Third World – Serious Business, Wailers Band – I.D.
Year 1991 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1991 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Bunny Wailer – Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Black Uhuru – Now, Burning Spear – Mek We Dweet, Toots & the Maytals – An Hour Live, Andrew Tosh – Make Place for the Youth
Year 1992 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1992 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Shabba Ranks – As Raw As Ever, Black Uhuru – Iron Storm, Bunny Wailer – Gumption, Rita Marley – We Must Carry On, Steel Pulse – Victims, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Jahmekya
Year 1993 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1993 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Shabba Ranks – X-tra Naked, Jimmy Cliff – Breakout, Steel Pulse – Rastafari Centennial: Live in Paris – Elysee Montmartre, The Wailing Souls – All Over the World, Third World – Committed
Year 1994 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1994 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Inner Circle – "Bad Boys", Black Uhuru – Mystical Truth, Burning Spear – The World Should Know, Maxi Priest – Fe Real, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Joy and Blues
Year 1995 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos
Here are the Year 1995 Reggae Grammy Winner and Nominees Videos. The artist and albums nominated for that year are: Bunny Wailer – Crucial! Roots Classics, Aswad – Rise and Shine, Black Uhuru – Strongg, Dennis Brown – Light My Fire, Inner Circle – Reggae Dancer, Various artists – Stir It Up
Bob Marley at Sixty Six: still the Poet Laureate of Reggae Music & its "Classical Troubadour
Bob Marley, the uneducated ghetto poet’s story is one of the 20th century's most powerful and compelling human dramas. A prolific songwriter and musician, of significance and importance, Marley died at age of thirty six from melanoma cancer. Every aspect of Marley's brief but extraordinary life has been the subject of the pen. His meteoric rise to international cultural importance and musical significance made him one of the most significant contributors to world culture. Had he lived he would have been sixty-six on February 6, 2011.
11 Questions for 2011 With Garth Dennis
Garth Dennis is a member of the legendary Trench Town fraternity of Reggae creators and innovators, which includes Joe Higgs, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh. He is a founding member of Black Uhuru (originally known as Uhuru), formed in 1972. Garth left Black Uhuru in the mid-70s to join Wailing Souls when Joe Higgs left that group.
This past weekend I had the good fortune of attending Buju “Gargamel” Banton’s much anticipated concert, “Before the Dawn.” It took place on Sunday, January 16th, 2011 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami, Florida, where Buju enchanted the audience of 10,000 plus with an amazingly soulful and energetic performance steeped in ritualistic undertones.
11 Questions for 2011 With Tanya Mullings
Internationally recognized multi-award winning Canadian singer, Tanya Mullings has been in the recording and performing business for 21 years. Her four albums, in conjunction with the most prestigious producers in the industry, cover all genres of Reggae and Rhythm & Blues. She’s had the pleasure of working with veterans such as Jack Scorpio and was voiced by the late great Alton Ellis on her debut release.
Interview with Jamaican singer Makeida 'Keida' Beckford
This week we interview beautiful and artistic Jamaican singer Kedia. Born Makeida Beckford, she took the music industry by storm with her popular single, “Jamaican Boys”. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing student graduate at the followed up that single with two other songs: Cyaan Get Enough and Hot it Up. She is a very expressive artist and a trendsetter in her own right. Keida was one of the first female surfers in Jamaica. She is one to watch in 2011.
Buju Banton "Before The Dawn Concert" Coverage
Our writers, photographers and content contributors were live at the Buju Banton "Before The Dawn Concert" on January 16th, 2010. They did live reporting on the Jamaicans.com fan page. See the pictures, commentary and videos. Stay tuned for the concert review.
Interview with Willie Stewart, formerly of Third World
This week we interview Willie Stewart, formerly of Third World. After playing successfully with Third World, Stewart's desire to work with children and give back to the community, coupled with his expertise in the world of percussion instruments stirred a desire in his head and heart to help heal the world with music. Here is our conversation with Willie Stewart.
Jamaicans.com Music Editor's Top 10 Reggae/Dance Hall Songs for 2010
Our Senior Music Writer, Stan Evans, has selected his Top 10 Reggae/Dance Hall Songs for 2010. See Stan's picks and compare it to you top 10 Reggae/Dance Hall songs for 2010. Be sure to post your comments and let us know what you think of Stan's picks.
Concert Review: Monty Alexander Plays Nat King Cole & Sinatra
The cold climes of New York City often seems to make the idea of taking in the music of a great jazz musician from a tropical climate, somehow makes you think the music will warm you up, and be all the more inviting; even if he isn’t playing Caribbean jazz.
Concert Review - Bayside Rocks Music Festival
Miami's Bayfront Park was the venue for the inaugural Bayside Rocks Music Festival. The event was a cultural blend of music, food, and people. I hope the festival is back next year, multi-cultural roots rock
events are few and far between in South Florida. It was great to get out and enjoy the great vibes under the stars, with the magic city in the background.
Concert Review: Pressure Buss 2nd Pipe @ Hampton Conference Center in Maryland.
Pressure Buss Pipe--a nice word play for a name--burst on the reggae landscape a few years ago with his monster reggae/dancehall hit (Let Me Give You Some “Love and Affection’ You’ve got my attention) and that he certainly did; and has kept music lovers around the globe’s attention since. On Saturday, November 13, Pressure and his Dub 340 band hosted his 2nd
Annual Pressure Buss Pipe & Friends concert in the DC MD VA metro area at its new venue, the Hampton Conference Center in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
Interview with Jamaican songstress Denyque
This week we interview rising Jamaican songstress Denyque. Her song “Summer Love” was one of the reggae hits of the year and has been burning up the charts. She first broke on the scene at age 11 when she won medals in the Jamaica National Festival song competition. At 20 years old, this singer/songwriter has reached a level of musical maturity that is far beyond her years; and with a distinctive and innate talent that promises to be one of Jamaica’s finest, Denyque is determined to take her place in music history.
Concert Review: Ruth Ann Brown Creates Reggae History at the Strathmore
As a music critic I appreciated the opportunity to witness a fresh new female reggae artist on the rise. I must say the historic ‘Friday Night Eclectic’ two set 45 minutes set with Ruth-Ann Brown at The Mansion at Strathmore was a breath of fresh air. As an upscale venue in the Maryland suburbs of Bethesda The Strathmore Music Center is noted for hosting world-class performances by major national artists of folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music.
My Top 25 Songs by Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler of Lover’s Rock
When the history books document the many accomplishments of Reggae Singer, Songwriter and Performer Gregory Isaacs the titled of “King of Lover’s Rock” will be one on his enduring accomplishments. Not many reggae artist of note can lay claim to have created or earned a piece of reggae music. Names such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Toots Hibbert of the Maytals fame come to mind. The late Gregory ‘Cool Ruler’ Isaacs is also a member of that elite group. Here are 25 of his most outstanding compositions.
Richie Loop's 'My Cupp' overflow with vibes, skills
Like the energy god, 'Elephant Man’ he admires, Richard Raquesh “Richie Loop” Webb is all that and more in creating an alarming buzz with his single My Cupp. He’s hot, full of talent and burning with a desire to do good for Jamaica musically, yet he remains an humble soul, even as he quickens the pulses of others.