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STEPHEN MARLEY, RICHIE STEPHENS GAVE MEMORABLE SUMFEST PERFORMANCES, SEAN KINGSTON FAILED TO CONNECT!

STEPHEN MARLEY, RICHIE STEPHENS GAVE MEMORABLE SUMFEST PERFORMANCES, SEAN KINGSTON FAILED TO CONNECT!

By Simone Morgan   Multiple Grammy Award-winner Stephen Marley’s performance could easily go down as one of the most entertaining in Reggae Sumfest history. Within seconds of his entry on stage, the singer connected with patrons inside the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, on Saturday night. The first segment of his well-rehearsed set included hits No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room), Tight Ship, Top Rankin, So Strong, and The Mission. The excitement intensified when he invited his son, Jo Mersa, … Read entire article »

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BOB ANDY: REGGAE’S FIRST SERIOUS SONGWRITER!

BOB ANDY: REGGAE’S FIRST SERIOUS SONGWRITER!

Songwriters were a rarity in Jamaican music during the early years. Producers preferred artists to cover songs mainly from the United States. Bob Andy is, arguably, reggae’s first serious songwriter. In the 1960s, when top ska and rocksteady acts were into covering their American counterparts like The Tams and The Impressions, Andy came into his own. I’ve Got to Go Back Home, his first big hit, is a horn-hooked classic considered a rallying cry for repatriation to … Read entire article »

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DAMIAN MARLEY CROSS-PROMOTES NEW ALBUM, MARIJUANA BRAND!

DAMIAN MARLEY CROSS-PROMOTES NEW ALBUM, MARIJUANA BRAND!

Kimberley Small   In a move that holds personal, historical significance, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley released his highly anticipated studio album called Stony Hill on Friday, July 21, his 38th birthday. With announcements for the project hitting the press as early as January this year, the decision to release the album on his birthday comes serendipitously, as it follows and purports the introduction, growth and development of Jr Gong’s extra-curricular exploits. Despite the month-long wait since the album’s announcement, and the … Read entire article »

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SPAIN WANTS JAMAICA TO MAKE SPANISH A SECOND LANGUAGE!

SPAIN WANTS JAMAICA TO MAKE SPANISH A SECOND LANGUAGE!

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter— Spain’s Secretary for International Cooperation Fernando Garcia Casas (left) makes a point in a discussion with Spanish Ambassador Josep Maria Bosch at the ambassadors’s home in Norbrook, Kingston earlier this month. (Photo: karl mclarty) Spain’s Secretary for International Cooperation, Fernando Garcia Casas, thinks bilateral cooperation between his country and Jamaica could be greatly increased by encouraging greater use of the Spanish language here. “We would like to see Spanish made a second language in … Read entire article »

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LONDON SHOPPER TOBY TAYLOR, UPSET THAT JAMAICA’S TIN ACKEE PLACED IN SECURITY BOX IN STORE!

LONDON SHOPPER TOBY TAYLOR, UPSET THAT JAMAICA’S TIN ACKEE PLACED IN SECURITY BOX IN STORE!

A FURIOUS Londoner labeled Sainsbury’s decision to place tins of the Jamaican fruit delicacy Ackee in security boxes as “corporate racism”. Shopper Toby Taylor asked the supermarket giant why it was tagging this £3.80 product and if it would do the same for the Greek spread hummus. The 31-year-old, a technology director and DJ, discovered the security measures at his local supermarket in Penge, Bromley, and claimed it was “very openly racist and frankly quite evil”. He told Mail Online: … Read entire article »

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REGGAE BOYZ STUN MEXICO 1-0, WILL NOW FACE U.S.A. IN GOLD CUP FINAL!

REGGAE BOYZ STUN MEXICO 1-0, WILL NOW FACE U.S.A. IN GOLD CUP FINAL!

PASADENA, California (AP) — Kemar Lawrence scored on an exquisite 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night. Jamaica will face the US on Wednesday night at Santa Clara, California. Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake kept the game scoreless with a series of saves while Mexico dominated possession despite missing most of its top players. Lawrence’s late strike froze Mexico goalkeeper … Read entire article »

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SYNERGY: THE FORCE BEHIND REGGAE SUNSPLASH!

SYNERGY: THE FORCE BEHIND REGGAE SUNSPLASH!

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer   Following the announcement that Synergy would not be part of Reggae Sunsplash’s promotion in 1994, journalist G Fitz Bartley saluted their contribution as founders of the festival. “Thanks for the memories,” he wrote in the Jamaica Herald. Formed in 1977, Synergy launched Reggae Sunsplash on the proverbial shoestring budget in 1978 at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay. The company had a formidable team of ‘dreamers’ led by Tony Johnson, Don Green, Ronnie Burke and John Wakeling. The … Read entire article »

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DENNIS BROWN’S ‘LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY’ REVISITED!

DENNIS BROWN’S ‘LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY’ REVISITED!

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer   IN 1982, reggae’s Crown Prince Dennis Brown scored what was probably his biggest hit on the Billboard charts. He reached number 42 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (now known as the R&B Hip Hop Songs chart) with the lovers’ rock ballad Love Has Found Its Way. The album of the same name got as far as number 35 on the Black Albums chart (now known as the R&B Hip Hop Albums chart). Released by the US-based … Read entire article »

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KEYS TO THE CITY OF MONTEGO BAY PRESENTED TO JOE BOGDANOVICH AT REGGAE SUMFEST!

KEYS TO THE CITY OF MONTEGO BAY PRESENTED TO JOE BOGDANOVICH AT REGGAE SUMFEST!

Shereita Grizzle   Reggae Sumfest’s Joe Bogdanovich has received the keys to the city of Montego Bay for his contribution to the development of the city through the annual Reggae festival. The presentation was made by the Mayor of Montego Bay, his Excellency Holmer Davis, on night two of Reggae Sumfest held at Catherine Hall. During the handing over, Davis lauded Bogdanovich and the previous owners of the show for keeping the show and by extension the music alive … Read entire article »

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INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER DADDY BIGGS LASHES ARTISTS FOR OVERPRICING, BAD BEHAVIOR!

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER DADDY BIGGS LASHES ARTISTS FOR OVERPRICING, BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Curtis Campbell—   ‘Fat Friday’ rhythm producer and distributor, Daddy Biggs of Platinum Camp, has lashed out against artists who, he says, have been charging Reggae Sumfest organizers exorbitant sums of cash to perform on the show, as well as those who have gotten themselves in conflicts during the build-up to the event. Biggs was not prepared to call the names of the artists he was making reference to, noting that his message carries more value than … Read entire article »

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