Interview: 'Pepse' Brown - A Gospel Artiste's Uncompromising Faith
Lloyd Brown or ‘Pepse’, as he is known, has chosen this name on the premise that he is the ‘one that always pray for just about everything’. This God-ordained name as an acronym means ‘Praying Everyday Persistently Seeking Elohim’. He also jokenly added, “I am also a pepsi drinker as oppose to coke’.
Who’s really responsible for DANCEHALL decadence?
February was declared Reggae month; Reggae music is therefore destined to gain added notoriety locally as well as overseas because of its close association with brand Jamaica . Dancehall music is unquestionably the most popular genre. It is unapologetically raw and rude being a creation of the rabble. It is therefore by nature uncouth and uncontrollable. A firestorm has erupted as to whether dancehall is the source of our decadence or its natural by-product, the jury is still out.
It’s Official, February is Reggae Month.
There was a month long wide range of activities staged to celebrate February as Reggae Month. February, which is also Black History month and when the Grammy award for 'Best Reggae s Album is given, was chosen, partly because it coincides with the birth of Bob Marley, the King of Reggae music and Dennis Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae music.
The DUNAMIS Experience Interview: A Dancehall Gospel Artiste Tells All
Dunamis: a Greek word which essentially means ‘POWER’. According to Neil Hall, aka Dunamis, “I did not choose the name, the name chose me’. Dunamis is scheduled to have an album launch concert (called the Dunamis Experience) on April 5, 2008 at the Macedonia Center in Mount Vernon, New York. Even though his album (DUNAMIS) has been accessible to the public since June 2006, Dunamis did not have an official celebration of his album. He has shared stage with gospel heavy weights, to name a few, Papa San, Carlene Davis and Grace Thrillers.
Tributes to Dennis Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae Music
The mark of one who is great can always be measured by the how he is respected by his peers, read what Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens and Ibo Cooper have to say about Dennis Brown’s importance to Jamaican music and Brown’s impact on Freddie & Richie careers.
Reggae’s Crown Prince Should be Honored
Brown is arguably the greatest singer in the history of Jamaican music,his contribution to Jamaican music makes him just as much an architect of reggae music as Bob Marley.
Ajaniah Sule- The Rising of A ‘Reggae Prophetic Voice’ in the Wilderness?
Ajaniah’s memoir includes being a former informal DJ for various sessions, obtaining a Masters Degree at the University of the West Indies in Applied Mathematics with components of Physics. He is currently a full time Lecturer at University of Technology and part time Lecturer at UWI and Jamaica Constabulary Staff College. The launching of his debut album AJANAIAH-Free Chants of Reggae Chapter One.
Alaine, Music is all Me
At 29 Alaine (Laughton) hot, at the top of her game as female reggae entertainer she’s had more hit singles than any other female reggae artist this year. Alaine is the heavy favorite female singer of the year. She’s the perfect combination of beauty and multi talent, she is also an actress, copping a role in the Whoopi Goldberg movie 'Clara's Heart.
I-Wayne Book of Life
Book of Life” is not as hot as Lava. However, on Life Wayne cast himself as the 'fire warrior' against injustice. It is chock full of danceable and some familiar rhythms like ‘Free the People
(Sattamasagana riddim) and Good Enough
(Burning Spear’s ‘Call on you’.)
The album maintains Lava militancy; it is just more reflective. The Book of Life
is definitely a must for roots and culture fans and should garner new ones. Life is the singer’s best and most enjoyable work to-date. Now if we could just find a hit single on life.
Rewind & Review Big Heist RiDDim
For the most part these riddims have successfully propelled a new crop of ghetto posturing gangster artists like Vybz Kartel, Movado, Adonia to the fore. Big Heist RiDDim
is chock full of positive messages -a fresh riddim.
Interview with Dennis Thompson Pt2
Dennis Thompson has forgotten more important events in modern music than most people know of. From an early age, it seemed, Thompson was destined for a career in music.
Calibe Thompson, a Fresh Female Singer
Calibe isn’t a household name in Jamaican music though she is Jamaican. She claims reggae as her root because that is where she’s from. To get her unique sound Calibe mixes pop and rock and soul and jazz. Flattered though she is by comparisons to female singers like Diana King, India.Arie and Lauryn Hill she says she doesn’t sound like any of them because her voice and style changes with each song. Calibe has toured with Beenie Man and opened Kevin Lyttle. I spoke with this relatively unknown singer.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In Estonia
This month in our series "Reggae Around the World" we interview the group Def Räädu from Estonia. The group's mixture of reggae with dub, trip hop, house, rock steady and jazzy flavored beats has produced hits singles in Estonia and Europe.
Peter Tosh - Reggae's Black Prince
The history of reggae music, or the reggae story, and its importance is invariably
and inextricably linked to the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley. They single-handedly transformed what pop music could be used for as an instrument of liberation. As the Wailers, they created a complex music, Reggae music, and redefined in popular culture by shifting the focus to concerns with the realities of the poor and oppressed and their quest for equal rights and justice.
Dennis ‘De Menace” Thompson: Engineer Extraordinaire - Part 1
What has Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Monty Alexander, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton and Marcus Miller all have in common? They are music legends and great musicians you say, well, the question wouldn’t be asked were the answer quite that easy. Try Dennis Thompson, he has worked with all of them. Dennis Thompson, a Kingston College old boy who migrated to New York City in 1973 is one the worlds best live show engineers.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In Japan
This month our series "Reggae Around the World" we interview DJ Tokiya from Black Assassin Sound System in Japan. The have been playing reggae at night clubs, dances and on the radio in Japan for over 15 years.
Judith Gayle……..A Story of How the Sun Shined Again
Judith Gayle-Wright was born and raised in Chateau, Clarendon. From ever since she could remember, music has always been her love. She traveled to the Cayman Islands to perform in 1983, and when she was about 14 years of age, she auditioned for the ‘Tastee Talent Competition’. Although she was not selected for the competition, Judith had shown her audience a taste of what is to come.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In Russia
This month our series "Reggae Around the World" we interview Dub Vision a reggae band group from a Russia. “Dub Division” participated in several music festivals in Russia and abroad. There goal is to promote Dub and Reggae in Russia.
Staged Shows by Jamaican/Caribbean Nationals
I enjoy attending most staged shows by Jamaicans. Pretty much any where because I know I will get that authentic Jamaican/Caribbean vibe. Now, a part of that authenticity may extend to - hmmm - late starts, long band changes, and even being subjected to a boring, and in some cases extremely boring emcee. Or, worse, promoters emceeing their own shows for what is considered long periods on stage. What’s that all about? The narcissistic complex at play?
Charmaine DaCosta; A Singer With Class in Christ
Charmaine DaCosta is a single mother of two beautiful daughters; she has a BA in English Literature and an MBA. Charmaine is also an independent artist and entrepreneur. She is a former member of Worl-A-Girl, the most successful ‘90s reggae/ dancehall girl-group.
Sister Carol-An Artist of Relevance and Distinction
With a BSc. in Education Carol East aka Sister Carol has many monikers, Movie star, singer, D.J, humanitarian, certified teacher to name a few. With eight albums to her credit, her critically acclaimed 1996 release, “Lyrically Potent’, described as a “perfect antidote to the lowbrow slackness of female sing-jays… quality in production values and subject matter” earned her a Grammy nomination. She’s appeared in two Hollywood feature films by director Jonathan Demme “Something Wild” and “Married to the Mob” w/ Michelle Pfeiffer, her music can be heard on several Hollywood movie soundtracks including “The Mighty Quinn” w/Denzel Washington, appeared on NBC's David Lettermen and Late Night With Conan O'Brien and was the familiar voice behind Jazz great David Sanborn ‘Night Music” show on NBC.
TessAnne Chin: Out of many One Voices, A big voice.
Tess-Anne Chin, the younger sibling of uptown dancehall sensation Tami Chynn. Her current single “Hideaway” featured VP Records Reggae Gold 2007 is burning up the airwaves. Blessed with a big voice clearly suited to her multi-genre sound, Tess-Anne is known to Jamaicans as the lead singer from the reggae/rock band, Mile High. She gained valuable experience as a back up singer for international reggae legend Jimmy Cliff for several years before pursuing her solo career. Her unique blend of music is a mixture of Reggae, Dancehall, Rock and Soul. Tess-Anne Rock/Reggae sound, while not new is an excitingly refreshing addition to Jamaican female music.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In Hawaii
This month our series "Reggae Around the World" we interview reggae artist Irie Love. She was born and raised in Hawaii in a little town called Kailua on the island of Oahu. She has the opening for the major reggae acts that would come to Hawaii such as Steel Pulse, Don Carlos and the Marleys, to name a few. She recently signed with Morgan Heritage's production company Gedion Music and has been touring with them.
Lady G: Musically Taking Control and Still Sexy.
Janice Fyffe a.k.a. Lady G, is one determined lady. She has decidedly made her mark as female artist in Jamaican music and has done so on her own terms. With hits like “Nuff Respect” the female anthem of respect, “Me or You Gun” imploring gunmen to chose family over badness, “Roundtable Talk” W/Papa San, “Breeze Off” eschewing male promiscuity, “Hard Ears” and “Girls Like Us” a combination with Chrissy D which entered the British Charts at #5, and “Toll Road” W/Mutabaruka, she has worked with the top producers like Mikey Bennett, Steelie & Cleavie, Winston Riley and Gussie Clarke. She has set a standard for cultural female DJs. Lady G’music has taken her to Europe in countries like Switzerland, England, and Germany, all over the United States, and Japan and throughout the Caribbean.
Jamaica Elections 2007 Chat - Ask JLP and PNP Representatives Questions:
We would like to ensure that you have an opportunity to ask questions about matters that are critical to the future of Jamaica . The Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States will hold a Town Hall Meeting, titled "Elections 2007: Our Vision for Jamaica's Future", Thursday, July 26, 2007, 6:00pm to 8:30pm in Miramar, Florida with a representatives from Jamaica's two main political parties - People's National Party and Jamaica Labour Party. Jamaicans.com will have a live connection to our chat room. You can ask your questions live in our chat room or have us pose your questions. To submit a question in advance, click here
or join in live from this site from 6:00pm to 8:30pm EDT on Thursday, July 26, 2007.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In Colombia
This Month our series "Reggae Around the World" focuses on Reggae Music In Colombia . We interview Colombian Reggae Promoter/DJ Bonilla Silva
Erica Newell Joins The Female Reggae Movement
Erica Newell has been part of the new female movement in Jamaican music. After years of being a part of the back trio with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, subsequently joining Two plus One with Sharon & Cedella Marley, she is currently, she is currently launching a solo career and recording her solo album.
Unity Thru' Music: Marcia Davis Interview
Looking at the public face of Reggae music, both on record and live performances one could reasonably conclude that musically, the genre is man’s music or a bull boys club. The culture of reggae music is testosterone-driven and, as far as equal representation it is far less accommodating to female artists than their male counter part. The female perspective or presence is not valued enough, nor are they given enough representation. Marcia Davis is a British born, Brooklyn based female reggae singer. She is one of the many female voices in reggae music that the public have not heard. This month she speaks her mind to Jamaicans.com senior music writer, Stan Evan Smith.
Shirley...A Thrilling Story of Grace…
Shirley Findley-Willis, a native of St. Ann, was the unforgettable leading vocal of the age-old gospel group, The Grace Thrillers’. One of the most visible and renowned member of the original group, Shirley’s compelling voice in popular songs like “By the Grace of God I am Saved“, “Can‘t Even Walk“, “Oh What a Sunrise“ and “Not My Will” has won the hearts of Jamaicans at home and abroad.
Interview With Nadine Sutherland
She is, arguably, the most successful Jamaican female singer of her generation chart wise, Nadine Sutherland is veteran with more than two decades of hits to her credit. She took time out of her busy schedule to talk to Jamaicans.com writer Stan Evan Smith. Nadine will join us as this month's online discussion guest. She will answer questions April 25th 2007, 11- 6 PM in our forums
An Interview with a multi-talented actress and singer Cherine Anderson
Cherine Anderson is an accomplished young lady despite her young age. As an actress, Anderson starred in two feature films, Dance Hall Queen with Paul Campbell and Audrey Reid and the Rasta/Christian love story, One Love with Kymani Marley. A college graduate, Cherine speaks Japanese. We can now add singer to her resume.
Interview With Diana King -‘ Kingsinga’ Respeck due
Say the name Diana King and music fans the world over think, Shy Guy, the block buster three million worldwide selling single from her first album, the 6 Million selling CD ‘Tougher than Love’ comes to mind. Senior writer Stan Evan Smith talks to eclectic King about her growing up, her music, being sexually abused as a child in Jamaica, and the way females are treated in the music industry.
Jammin’ In Jamaica: The Dub Mix
Around the explosive, political and musically transitional period of the late '60s, America, Jamaica and England were affected by a new production technique that first reared its head in Jamaican studios.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In China
Robin Liao is the owner of a bar named Together, which is the first reggae bar in Beijing, the Capital of China. He and his wife Judy started it in Feb 2005. It is now a part of the Beijing culture. Robin's goal, as impossible as it may seem, is to educate the 1.3 billion people in his country about reggae. It is a word more than 99% of the population has never heard..
The return of the Wild Apache - Super Cat
Even after more than a decade without a hit song, Super Cat can still marshal his lyrical whip, like a reservoir full in drought, he has an abundant supply of intelligent lyrics and he is still one of reggae/dancehall’s most devastating live performers.
The Canary, Mr. Levy, Sings His Blues At Club Cross Road
Contributing writer Stan Evan Smith reviews a recent performance by Barrington Levy. Stan also speaks to Barry about his career.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In France
This Month our series "Reggae Around the World" focuses on Reggae Music In France . We interview Avignon Christine, senior writer on Reggaefrance.com .
Buju’s #1 Fan Tells All
I’ve always wanted to meet Buju - Mark Anthony Myrie a.k.a Buju Banton – the Gargamel. However, I am a firm believer that all good things will happen in the fullness of time. I wanted to make sure that when Buju met me he would not forget his greatest fan in all the world.
Reggae Interview Series: Reggae Music In Sénégal
This Month our series "Reggae Around the World" focuses on Reggae Music In Sénégal . We interview Senegalese Reggae Marcel Salem.
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley: The Youngest Veteran
Bob Marley's story is one of the 20th century's most powerful and compelling human
dramas. A profound songwriter and a prolific musician, Marley died at age 36 from
melanoma cancer. His meteoric rise to international cultural importance and musical
significance made him one of the most significant contributors to world culture.