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.
Anointing Gargamel 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.
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.
Concert Review: Bushman And His Friends Deliver @ Club Amazura He is black, a Rasta man and he’s reputedly part Japanese and hails from the parish of St Thomas, Jamaica. His vocal style evokes shades of reggae’s cultural messenger Luciano, but is from the school of reggae’s Crown Prince, the late Dennis Brown-- arguably the most influential vocalist in reggae music--but with a deeper baritone bass.
Jamaica delivers a sweet package for Arthur Guinness Celebrations Sure enough the celebration of Arthur Guinness Day was well-executed in true Jamaican style – kudos to the Headline entertainment team. The Guinness ladies were simply elegant in their black and gold dresses that made them look like glasses of foaming Guinness floating around the crowded field of the National Stadium. The stage was glamorous providing little opportunity to be distracted from the pattern of complimenting colours and sheers – an ideal backdrop for the evenings favourable performances.
Gregory Issacs Tribute Page Gregory Isaacs passed away today (10/25/10) at his London home after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old and leaves behind a wife and children. He is best known for his hit song Night Nurse. The users on Jamaicans.com have set up atribute page for Gregory Isaacs. Post your thoughts and condolences there.
'Lonely Soldier' Gregory Isaacs Dead at 59Gregory Isaacs — a legend in his own time, one of the most popular and versatile reggae singers of the late-Seventies, and the smooth-voiced dancehall crooner behind the genre's landmark 1982 LP Night Nurse — passed away this morning at his London home following a year-long battle with lung cancer, the BBC reports. Isaacs was 59.
Memories of my friend; the Great Don Drummond Arguably the best trombone player Jamaican ever produced DON "D" was what most people called him. Some of them didn't know his name. Others never saw him in person or seen him perform, but most people who were connected to any kind of music in Jamaica during the fifties and sixties would probably know about the best Trombone player of that era.
The State of Reggae The New York reggae scene – specifically concerts, promoters and the paying public seem to be in a flux. The last spate of shows did not go well. Does the problem lie at the feet of greedy promoters, lackadaisical artists or a jaded public? Recently held local events failed to generate the kind of buzz guaranteed to keep all concerned happy.
“See Me in Me Heels and Thing” Fashion and the Best of the Best Concert 2010 This year’s “Best of the Best” concert in Miami, Florida, took place at Bicentennial Park on Sunday, May 29th and included an impressive array of diverse reggae dancehall artists as well as some hip-hop and calypso performers. Some patrons were concerned that Jamaica’s recent wranglings with the United States over the extradition of alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke and the subsequent visa revocation of some reggae superstars would diminish the quality of the event. However, concert organizers delivered South Florida an off-the-chain Memorial weekend concert!
Interview with R&B and reggae singer, Kimberly LaLa Nain This week we interview Jamaican R&B and reggae singer, Kimberly LaLa Nain. Ever since her birth she was thought to become a great singer, a talent she would have acquired from her father, Audley Nain who used to be a member of the ‘Jamaican Folk Singers’. Ever since her first note, Kimberly always aimed at being the centre of attention when in a crowd. In 2008 she wrote and recorded her first song “Angel” at Anchor Studio by Delroy “Phatta” Pottinger. She has since continued her works in the music business having recorded at several studios namely, Cashflow, Grafton, LMR Productions, Kronik, Steven Stanley and House of Hits.
Interview with George Crooks organizer of the Brooklyn Music Festival Senior writer for Jamaicans.com, Cathy Kleinhans interviews well-known Jamaican entertainment promoter in Brooklyn, George Crooks. The inimitable George Crooks has once again added his heavy-weight Jammins Productions behind the Brooklyn Music Festival now in its third year.
Music Review: NYMLA – Memorial Weekend All weekend I’ve been partying with the grown folks, but I should revise that term, because in reality the party people were of mixed ages. There were some in their 20s and 30s and then there were also the veterans. The group I’m talking about - NYMLA, or the New York Music Lovers of America, Inc.
“Little Jamaica” Shows Off Its Musical Side Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism Allen Chastanet warmly refers to his island as “Little Jamaica”. Just as lush, mountainous, and friendly, Jamaica’s “little sister” truly showed off its beauty and warm Caribbean vibe at the recently concluded Saint Lucia Jazz festival, May 1-9, 2010. Now in its 19th year, little sister beat out its older island sibling by 4 years -- Jamaica Jazz & Blues celebrates 15 years.
Christopher Chambers AKA Jimi D, is the nephew of the legendary Reggae artist Don Carlos of the ever-popular Black Uhruru group. For the past two decades, Christopher Chambers has been the background vocalist that has elevated many successful musicians to another level in their career with his soothing voice. Jimi D has proved his worth by sharing the stage with well-known artists such as Freddie McGregor, Eeka Mouse, Andrew Tosh, Shaddon Tucker and his mentor/uncle Don Carlos. Jimi D, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures from the island of Jamaica, the birth place of reggae music, has much to offer than his musical gift. In the near future, he hopes to pursue an acting career, while continuing to share his melodious stories through his songs that many of us can relate to.