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JAZZ ICON NINA SIMONE IS FINALLY NOMINATED FOR THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!

JAZZ ICON NINA SIMONE IS FINALLY NOMINATED FOR THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!

Nina Simone performs at Carnegie Hall in 2002.Chip East / Reuters— All these years, where was Nina Simone? Thursday’s nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contain a few surprises, but Simone’s inclusion makes for a special shock of realization: that this singular icon—an unmatched vocal talent and songwriter, history-making protest artist, and influencer of the Beatles—is not already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn’t ever even nominated before.The Hall of Fame … Read entire article »

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“THE VOICE” RUNNER UP, ANITA ANTOINETTE, RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM “SMILE”!

“THE VOICE” RUNNER UP, ANITA ANTOINETTE, RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM “SMILE”!

Anita picked the title of her independent debut album via Instagram. She reached out to her tens of thousands of fans on social media to help her decide on a title. On August 24th she wrote the suggestions on pieces of paper and withdrew the paper that had “Smile” written on it. Anita has always been appreciative of her fanbase for supporting her when she was on The Voice and stuck with her to date. CD … Read entire article »

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THE 5th ANNUAL JAMAICA MUSIC CONFERENCE, IN KINGSTON, NOVEMBER 9-12!

THE 5th ANNUAL JAMAICA MUSIC CONFERENCE, IN KINGSTON, NOVEMBER 9-12!

On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston, Jamaica, for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals, who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, “Reclaiming Our Identity: The … Read entire article »

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NINJA MAN IS ELATED TO HEAR THE PROGRESS OF 10-YEAR-OLD CANCER VICTIM, HE ASSISTED WITH EXPENSES!

NINJA MAN IS ELATED TO HEAR THE PROGRESS OF 10-YEAR-OLD CANCER VICTIM, HE ASSISTED WITH EXPENSES!

BY Simone Morgan-Lindo—  Top: Bounty Killer Bottom: Yhordanka Graham— Dancehall deejay Ninjaman said he is elated after hearing about the progress 10-year-old cancer patient Yhordanka Graham is making. Graham is currently a patient at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee and is being treated for lymphoma which has affected her neck, chest and stomach. “Her body has responded greatly to the treatment and, so far, the lump in her neck has disappeared and the ones in her stomach and chest … Read entire article »

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ENTERTAINER SAFIRA MONO, LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACKS ON ARTISTS AND THEIR COSMETIC SURGERIES!

ENTERTAINER SAFIRA MONO, LAUNCHES SCATHING ATTACKS ON ARTISTS AND THEIR COSMETIC SURGERIES!

By Curtis Campbell— Safira Mono Reggae artist Safira Mono has launched a scathing attack on the alarming number of dancehall personalities and public figures who have undertaken cosmetic surgeries in recent times. She labelled these public figures, who have had breast and butt enhancement procedures done, as “mindless puppets” who are carrying out the mandate of a society intent on creating a poor, frustrated and intellectually bankrupt underclass. “There are certain media puppets out there – intelligent women who … Read entire article »

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JAMAICA’S MEDIA PERSONALITY CLYDE McKENZIE IS FEELING “IRIE” FOR NATIONAL HONOR!

JAMAICA’S MEDIA PERSONALITY CLYDE McKENZIE IS FEELING “IRIE” FOR NATIONAL HONOR!

By Richard Johnson—  Clyde McKenzie —- FOR Clyde McKenzie, being awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer class) is a “great feeling”. “It’s always good to know that your contribution to national life has been recognized. Personally, I am not much into titles, so this is more for my family and relatives, but don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the importance of receiving a national award and it feels really good.” Come National Heroes’ Day, October 16, McKenzie will … Read entire article »

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DANCEHALL LEGEND KING YELLOWMAN, DEFENDS GAY RIGHTS AT “REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN” IN CALIFORNIA!

DANCEHALL LEGEND KING YELLOWMAN, DEFENDS GAY RIGHTS AT “REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN” IN CALIFORNIA!

BY STEPHEN COOPER—      Born with albinism in 1956, dancehall music legend King Yellowman was rejected from birth. As a baby, he was found in a supermarket’s trash heap in Kingston, Jamaica. Miraculously surviving and raised in orphanages, he was ridiculed, called names, and abused. Yellowman was scorned solely because of his color. However, possessing preternatural musical talent, an indomitable will, and braveness beyond belief, Yellowman surmounted these Herculean obstacles, and more. After Bob Marley’s death, in 1981, he became … Read entire article »

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ALBUM REVIEW BY MARLON BURRELL: FREDDIE McGREGOR’S “TRUE TO MY ROOTS!”

ALBUM REVIEW BY MARLON BURRELL: FREDDIE McGREGOR’S “TRUE TO MY ROOTS!”

  Freddie McGregor has been recording for 53 years and shows no signs of slowing down. He has demonstrated an uncanny ability to remain relevant through the years and continues to add hits to his illustrious musical catalog. At his recent album release, he stated that he feels that he is just hitting his peak and that he is writing, singing, and articulating better. It’s hard to imagine someone who just turned 60 years old peaking, … Read entire article »

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RAVER REVIEW: “WE REMEMBER DENNIS BROWN”

From midnightraverblog— VP Records has released We Remember Dennis Brown, a tribute album featuring some of today’s most popular reggae artists performing songs by the late, great “Crown Prince of reggae.”  February 1, 2016 marked Dennis Brown’s 59th birthday. Hailed by NPR Morning Edition as one of the 50 great voices of all time and by Bob Marley as one of the best reggae singers in the world – the revered Jamaican icon began his recording career at the tender age of 11 and has more than 75 albums to date. Even though he passed away at the early age of 42, his music and legacy lives on. While the album features several stunning performances, in the end the listener is just left unfulfilled, longing for the days when Dennis Brown blessed the … Read entire article »

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ALBUM REVIEW BY MARLON: “HITS AFTER HITS VOL.9”

By Marlon Burrell— Hits After Hits Vol. 9 Here is a compilation series that is consistent and delivers every time. Joe Fraser Records’ Hits After Hits Vol. 9 is here and does not disappoint. This is a delightful set that delivers what the title promises. There are absolutely no misses here. Terry Linen opens up by combining some biting lyrics and an outstanding vocal delivery with “U Ask For It” over a superb cut of the “Try A Little Smile” riddim. The next four tracks utilize the same riddim and every one is a scorcher. Adele Harley delivers big time with the song that the original riddim was made for, Doreen Shaffer’s “Try A Little Smile.” The popular sentiment among reggae industry insiders is that she improves on the original with this rendition. … Read entire article »

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