Review: Summerjam 2014 in Cologne, Germany Last weekend kicked off the Reggae summer festival season in Germany and most of Europe, against the wonderful backdrop of Fühlinger Lake, Cologne, Germany. The Line-Up was more diverse than ever before - with a delicate balanced mix of classic reggae acts, modern Hip Hop and Dancehall. Reggae greats like Jimmy Cliff, Anthony B and Johnny Osbourne rocked the same stage as known and unknown reggae artists from around the globe. The festival appeared to be ready for the same kind of success and crazy summer young and free vibes as previous years, notably last year with perfect Jamaican type weather…..but that was the one thing that the very capable organizers could not have prevented.
Best of the Best Miami 2014 Concert Review
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer in the USA and on Memorial Sunday 2014, downtown Miami truly was HOT! The area was swarmed by thousands of party goers from out of town, down for Urban Beach Weekend on South Beach. They, along with South Florida reggae and soca aficionados, packed Bayfront Park where a huge stage with an even bigger screen in back, held some of the great talents of the day.
Honour-Rebel Salute at Richmond Estate, St Ann in 2014 Patrons who ventured unto the Richmond Estate from January 17-19, and even braved the few occasional morning showers, were treated to the masterfully crafted REBEL SALUTE event of 2014, by approximately 50 performers.
Review: Ken Boothe has Audience on a String On Sunday, November 3rd, the legendary, internationally acclaimed reggae star, Ken Boothe, O.D., delivered an outstanding performance to hundreds of exuberant fans at Lehman College in Bronx, New York. The performance was delivered as part of a stellar lineup at “A Musical Evening of Love”. The concert featured performances by other longtime industry stalwarts such as Pam Hall, L.U.S.T., and The Manhattans in that order.
Review: Chronixx Takes New York
After a cancelled appearance earlier this year, Chronixx and his Zinc Fence Redemption Band finally make their New York debut! In July of 2013, Chronixx was slated to make an appearance at the world renowned Sounds of Brazil Restaurant (S.O.B.’s) Due to circumstances beyond that of the artiste and promoters, this did not happen. Fast forward to September 17, 2013 and it’s going down!
Review: Chronixx at Revolution Live in South Florida September 7th, 2013
Best of the Best Entertainment, 99 Jamz and Humble Lion were justified placing their belief in talents of rising reggae star, Chronixx. With doors opening at the advertised 11 pm, Chronixx fans poured into Revolution Live and waited patiently for the young Rasta General to grace the stage.
Concert Review - Maxi Priest Gives his Maximum, March 30th, 2013, Miramar Florida
I have been a Maxi Priest fan for years but had never seen him in concert. When I heard he was having a concert in Miramar, Florida, as the featured artist I penciled the date on my calender. ”An Evening with Maxi Priest” was held at Miramar Cultural Center in Miramar, Florida on March 30th, 2013.
Review: Caribbean Fever Heats up Barclay Center
Originally scheduled for November 2, 2012, the events of Tropical Storm Sandy and the subsequent cancellation of a Nets basketball game, meant the much touted and anticipated Caribbean Fever concert featuring a mash-up of Caribbean Soca, reggae, hip hop and dancehall artists had to be postponed to December 17, 2012.
Review: Caribbean Night at the Northern Star Arena in New Jersey’s Six Flags
I got the call late in the day to attend the Caribbean Night at the Northern Star Arena in New Jersey’s Six Flags. Billed as a celebration of Caribbean heritage and 50 years of the amusement theme park, it promised to be a great event, featuring I-Octane, Mavado and Barrington Levy.
Review: Richie Stephens New CD Release - God is on Your Side
The CD release of Richie Stephens’ new Gospel Album ‘God is on my Side’ set a new trend as far as album releases go. Firstly, it was held at the New York offices of PR Company Ruder Finn and secondly, it was a community sponsored event. As Host Irwin Clare mentioned, long gone are the days when record companies promote and launch reggae albums.
FREE SONG DOWNLOAD for 1 week only - "JAMAICA 50" by The Tennors
Rocksteady group, The Tennors, reunited after a 35 year hiatus. Founding member George Murphy aka Clive Tennors, Ronnie Davis and new member Henry “Sadiki” Buckley Jr. recently recorded the song "Jamaica 50". They have provided the song exclusively to Jamaicans.com for free downloads. Get your free copy of this single today!!! This offer ends August 10th, 2012.
Review: Rebel Salute 2012 – The Ultimate Fan
To say that I am a fan of reggae would be an understatement. I LOVE LOVE LOVE – ONE LOVE – reggae music, and all variations thereof. If you open my iTunes and type in ‘reggae’ it shows seven days worth of non-stop listening. And that doesn’t even count the extensive collection I have of rock steady and lover’s rock.
Review: Monty Alexander’s Express Rolls Again!
Billed as a dual celebration of Monty’s 50 years in music and Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, the final night of the second week of his NY tour dubbed the “Harlem-Kingston Express” so named after one of Alexander’s most recently nominated Grammy album in the best Reggae Album category produced a stellar line up of special guests which included Dean Fraser, Tarrus Riley and Diana King.
Mavado & Friends - West Indian Social Club, Hartford CT For the first time since his visa had been reinstated, popular DJ and entertainer, David “Mavado” Brooks, took the stage in Hartford, Connecticut. His return to the United States was eagerly anticipated by his diehard fans as the artiste, along with other popular DJ’s such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, and Aidonia, among others, has had his visa revoked in April 2010.
Review: Reggae Rhythm & Blues Festival
On Sunday September 4th the much touted Reggae Rhythm & Blues Festival got under way at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Organized by the Irie Jam Media Group together with main sponsors The Door Restaurant, WBLS, The Smokehouse, Western Union, Lime and Digicel. Quite a few patrons heeded the advice of the promoters and made it to the park early – not wanting to miss any of the artists in an impressive line-up reflecting performers from the genres of Reggae, Rhythm and Blues.
A Review: Beres Hammond and Friends: Love Within The Music - New York 2011
I recently had the seemingly rare opportunity of watching the performance of three stalwarts in the Reggae Music Industry. It was amazing to witness the finesse and style of these three gentlemen. I speak in reference of Beres Hammond, Sanchez and Wayne Wonder. In the Concert dubbed: Singers in Action: Love Within the Music, veteran entertainer Beres Hammond, who embarked on a North American tour with a few of his friends gave a superb performance that was unparalleled.
Music Review: Lakefest 2011
With a lineup of Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Anthony B, and Etana, Lakefest was anticipated as one of the most anticipated reggae stageshows this summer. The setting was one that was intended to be serene, relaxing, and fun for all members of the family.
Anancy Festival Kingston Review
People of all ages came out to participate in this year’s Anancy Festival which took place on Saturday June 11, 2011 at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library.
Caribbean Author and Journalist Kellie Magnus, the organizer was there to ensure that things went smoothly for the event.
Review: Best of the Best 2011 Miami
This year Best of the Best expanded to a two day affair. Day one featured the best of Hip Hop and R&B, day two was the traditional dancehall stage show. Here is our review of the show.
Review: Kudos....Anancy Festival
The Kingston leg of the inaugural Anancy Festival got underway on Saturday June 11, 2011 at the Tom Redcam Library with BIAJ Publishing Director and author, Kellie Magnus, thanking all who had turned out. She welcomed them to what promised to be an enjoyable and fun-filled afternoon ; and it was!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamaica Day 2010 Outdoor Reggae Music Fest Come Of Age
The DC tri-state area (Washington/ (Virginia/Maryland) Jamaican community kicked of its celebration Jamaica’s 48th year of independence, in spectacular fashion, with the fourth staging of the annually Jamaica Day Outdoor Reggae Festival celebration at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Maryland. The concert presented by Jamaica Promotions Company is the brainchild of Carlos Daley and his wife Joy.
“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!
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.
An Easter Week-End in Bronx the Jamaican way ~ Gospel Concert Review
So, Easter week-end, I found myself in New York with friends and family. I was invited to a gospel concert in Bronx, New York. You know, a Resurrection week-end an yu nat celebrating Easter if yu nat devouring nuff bun and cheese-the ‘holy’ Jamaican traditional food for Easter!, Of course, Church is a must. From Holy Thursday to Resurrection Sunday, yu betta find time an goh to church. Can’t get closer to God than Jamaican bun and Jamaican cheese. It is the Jamaican way around Easter time! Anyways, mi get off track…a whe mi deh now.. Okay, yes, so concert a Bronx.
A Gospel Music Event-The Review
One thing I know—if you are one of those who love to go back into time and relish those 'ole time Jamaican gospel music...well, it is still alive and I am thankful that veterans of Jamaican gospel music, like Claudelle, are keeping it alive in our hearts and minds. Read more on the review of this gospel event.......
Irie Jamboree Was Irie Vibes, Then…
Jamboree 2k9, the annual Labor Day weekend music festival had all the elements lined up for an auspicious debut of it 7th staging at York College in Queens, NY (also the new home of the IRAWMA Awards). The stars and Mother Nature lined up for what was going to be a perfect Jamboree debut at the new home.
Irie Jamboree 08: A Tribute to Caribbean Athletes
Irie Jamboree, the largest reggae music festival held Labor Day in Roy Wilkins Park in New York City closed out the summer in spectacular fashion. The 6th staging of Jamboree 2k7 had Mother Nature’s blessing weather-wise; it was a perfect day, a slight breeze and warm temperatures.
Open letter to Freddie McGregor
On Friday 7/11/2008, I was undoubtedly happy to watch the great Freddie McGregor perform at Mangoville in New York City. It was musical acme for me. His performance was one of distinctive and superior quality. Watching the show from close proximity, I was able to see his demeanor as he performed.
Jamaica Day 2008
On July 26, thousands of fellow ‘yardies’ from all walks of life and some from as far as Ottawa and Montreal converge on Toronto to celebrate Jamaica Day 2008. The massive of people did not just simply show up though out of a sheer desire to come gallivant but did so out of patriotism, solidarity and nationhood pride to honor Jamaica’s 46th Anniversary of self-governance from them British tyrants.
An Interview Jamelody
Every ever so often special talent comes along with a charismatic voice. Trinidadian reggae singer Michael Williams is a special talent and a charismatic vocalist. Williams says he sings God’s melodies and chose, most appropriately, the name JAMELODY. Like reggae’s defining vocalist Dennis Brown, JAMELODY’s vocal style bridges R&B, Pop/Rock, Gospel to Reggae.
Review: Best Of The Best….A Few Of The Best
Best Of The Best has the reputation of being best reggae stage-show north of Jamaica. Most years, patrons are treated to a high quality show, filled with top billing artists. This year, there were a good amount of top performers, but the line-up was a bit lighter than usual.
An Interview with Etana: The Strong One
With hit songs ‘Wrong address’ (2006) ‘Roots’ (2007) and her chart topper ‘Warrior Love’ Etana has had several # 1 songs on Jamaican, England, Us and the Virgin Island on reggae charts. Arguably the most successful female singer in reggae today, she’s struck a symbiotic chord with audiences. This Jamaican born Miami bred siren described by Vibe magazine as “established herself as formidable performer and songwriter whose music and reputation precedes her’ has won the female Singer of the Year for 2007 at several award shows this year including the International Reggae and World Music Award and the Reggae Academy Award. On stage she exudes a regal bearing and the attitude of a diva; her live stage presence commands attention