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GUEST RUNDOWNS

Postings from special guest contributors. From commentaries, to higher reasonings, to just running-off the mouth. “Everybody has an opinion!”

JAMES “BIM BIM” McKENZIE, 74, CLOSE ALLY TO CLEMENT DODD OF STUDIO ONE FAME, IS LAID TO REST!

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November 20, 2014
JAMES “BIM BIM” McKENZIE, 74, CLOSE ALLY TO CLEMENT DODD OF STUDIO ONE FAME, IS LAID TO REST!

 James ‘Bim Bim’ McKenzie— JAMES ‘Bim Bim’ McKenzie, a close associate of producer Clement Dodd during the 1960s and early 1970s, died on October 20 at the Kingston Public Hospital at age 74. The St Mary-born McKenzie was also known as Alan Scott. The thanksgiving service for his life took place last Saturday at...
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LADY SAW RELEASES NEW ALBUM “ALTER EGO!”

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November 20, 2014
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   Lady Saw— NEVER one for the conventional, Lady Saw enters new territory with her latest album, Alter Ego, which was released Tuesday by her Hall’s Productions through a distribution deal with VP Records subsidiary VPAL Music. Though Hall’s Productions has released songs by Spragga Benz, Beenie Man, Assassin, Sizzla and Ce’Cile, Alter Ego...
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NEW KINGSTON BAND SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS AND TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “KINGSTON CITY” JANUARY 27!

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November 20, 2014
NEW KINGSTON BAND SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS AND TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “KINGSTON CITY” JANUARY 27!

    New Kingston, a fast-rising, New York City-based reggae band, is preparing to release its third full-length album, KINGSTON CITY, on indie reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records. The record, which will come out January 27, 2015, includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner,Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls,...
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MOTOWN SINGER JIMMY RUFFIN DIES AT 78!

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November 19, 2014
MOTOWN SINGER JIMMY RUFFIN DIES AT 78!

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer’s children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details...
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CHRISTIAN ARTIST CHARDAVID (FORMERLY ILLEY DREAD) JOINS JUDY MOWATT AND LT. STITCHIE ON CANADIAN TOUR!

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November 19, 2014
CHRISTIAN ARTIST CHARDAVID (FORMERLY ILLEY DREAD) JOINS JUDY MOWATT AND LT. STITCHIE ON CANADIAN TOUR!

Colin Levy, aka ‘Iley Dread’.— Conscious Rastafarian singer Chardavid, aka ‘Iley Dread’, is eagerly anticipating his upcoming tour of Canada which will see him breaking new and exciting ground, as the baptised singer teams up with internationally acclaimed gospel favourites Stitchie and Judy Mowatt. The tour, which kicks off on New Year’s Eve in Toronto, Canada,...
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GARNET SILK’S LAST PERFORMANCE!

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November 19, 2014
GARNET SILK’S LAST PERFORMANCE!

 By Howard Campbell— Garnet Silk (right) and Richie Stephens performing at the Mirage nightclub in St Andrew in December 1994. Silk died three days later. (Photo: Observer file) Today, the Jamaica Observer begins its daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks...
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WEST INDIAN CRICKETER ANDRE RUSSELL, UNDER THE NAME DRE RUSS, TO RELEASE DANCEHALL SINGLES!

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November 19, 2014
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By Simone Morgan—-  Andre Russell— Top: Beenie Man WEST Indies fast-bowling, all-rounder Andre Russell is adding recording artist to his resume. Using the moniker Dre Russ, the 26-year-old cricketer is expecting the release of his two singles — Sweetheart and Sweat Whine — this week. The latter, is a collaborative effort with dancehall artist...
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THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER TO COMMEMORATE BOB MARLEY’S HISTORIC CONCERT!

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November 19, 2014
THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER TO COMMEMORATE BOB MARLEY’S HISTORIC CONCERT!

Descendants of Bob Marley will play at New York’s Apollo Theater this month to commemorate a legendary set of shows by the reggae legend in 1979. The Wailers — heirs of the band that originally played with Marley — will perform a two-set night on November 29 along with the late singer’s son Ky-Mani...
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BOB MARLEY TO BECOME INTERNATIONAL MARIJUANA BRAND!

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November 18, 2014
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By Erik Sherman— APBob Marley’s name is becoming a brand for marijuana. For decades, Bob Marley has been synonymous reggae music, the Rastafari religion — and marijuana. The musician reportedly smoked a pound a week as part of his religious practice, according to High Times, and advocated its legalization in the 1970s. Now his name and image...
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NOVEMBER 22 MARKS A DUAL MILESTONE FOR VETERAN SINGER MAX ROMEO!

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November 18, 2014
NOVEMBER 22 MARKS A DUAL MILESTONE FOR VETERAN SINGER MAX ROMEO!

   Max Romeo— GROUNDBREAKING roots-reggae singer Max Romeo celebrates two milestones on November 22. It is his 70th birthday and also marks the artist’s 50th year in the music business. The artist, born Maxwell Livingston Smith, observes the dual landmark with a show at his residence in Palm, Treadways, St Catherine. It will feature...
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