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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!”

MUSIC INDUSTRY STALWART, VONNIE McGOWAN-ARSCOTT, DIES AT 62!

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August 23, 2016
MUSIC INDUSTRY STALWART, VONNIE McGOWAN-ARSCOTT, DIES AT 62!

 Vonnie McGowan-Arscott—  The funeral for music industry insider/philanthropist Vonnie McGowan-Arscott will be held at Pentecostal Tabernacle in Miami Gardens, on September 17. Interment will be in Forest Lawn South in Davie, Florida. Her widower, Paul Arscott, said the 62-year-old had not been in good health for some time. “Vonnie had been ailing for the...
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TANYA STEPHENS TO PERFORM AT THE “WE ARE REGGAE” SERIES IN MONTEGO BAY, AUGUST 28!

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August 22, 2016
TANYA STEPHENS TO PERFORM AT THE “WE ARE REGGAE” SERIES IN MONTEGO BAY, AUGUST 28!

This Saturday, August 27, 2016 the world renown reggae concert series We Are Reggae features reggae royalty, the prolific hitmaker Tanya Stephens. Tanya Stephens born Vivienne Stephenson caught her big break in 1996, when her ladies anthem, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet caused quite a stir. Soon after, she began working with acclaimed producers such...
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JAMAICANS ARE URGED TO TAP INTO THE AFRICAN FILM, MUSIC, AND OTHER CREATIVE MARKETS!

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August 22, 2016
50DaysInAfrika

 Top:  Former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast was among the audience which viewed his daughter’s latest work. Bottom: Principals of 50 Days in Afrika (from left) Donish Prendergast, Mykal Kushnie and Kelissa. (Kenyon Hemans) Jamaicans are being urged to look to Africa as a market for their films and other creative works. This call has come from...
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A NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, “THE HIGH VIBES ROOTS AND REGGAE FESTIVAL” HEADS TO MONTEGO BAY, SEPTEMBER 3-4!

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August 22, 2016
HighVibesRootsAndReggaeFestival16

By Leighton Levy— Kymani Marley— A brand-new reggae festival is about to be staged on Jamaican shores that will at the outset feature acts that can only be considered reggae royalty. From the likes of Ky-Mani Marley to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the roots of arguably the most hypnotic of genres will be on show when...
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TIPPA LEE’S “CULTURAL AMBASSADOR” CONTINUES TO TOP THE CHART!

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August 22, 2016
TIPPA LEE’S “CULTURAL AMBASSADOR” CONTINUES TO TOP THE CHART!

THE FOUNDATION RADIO NETWORK TOP 30 MUSIC CHART (NY)            8/19/16 Tippa Lee, second week @ No.1 TW      LW WOC TITLE                                      ARTIST                                    LABEL                       HPR 1          1       12        CULTURAL AMBASSADOR (2) TIPPA LEE      STONES THROW RECORDS #1 2          2       12        International Herb                  Tony Rebel                          Penthouse Records     #2 3          3       10        Dash Wata                              ...
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ENDEL-I CLOCKING HIS THIRD WEEK IN THE NO.1 POSITION OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA CHART!

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August 22, 2016
ENDEL-I CLOCKING HIS THIRD WEEK IN THE NO.1 POSITION OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA CHART!

THE SOUTH FLORIDA TOP 25 REGGAE CHART                                8/19/16   TW        LW      WOC  TITLE                                    ARTIST                      LABEL  HPR 1 1          14        DIDN’T I        (3)                   ENDEL-I        UPSTAIRS MUSIC/VPAL  #1 2 5          9          Dash Wata                               Raging Fyah               Dub Rockers     #2 3 4          11        Permanent Screw                    Noddy Virtue              Musical Ambassador   #3 4 6          8          Calling                                                Freddie...
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GREGORY ISAACS…ORDER OF DISTINCTION, OFFICER CLASS!

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August 21, 2016
GREGORY ISAACS…ORDER OF DISTINCTION, OFFICER CLASS!

By Simone Morgan-Lindo–  Top: Gregory Isaacs Bottom: June Isaacs– With hit songs aplenty, Gregory Issacs’ place among reggae’s greats is assured. The ‘Cool Ruler’, who died in October 2010, has been awarded the Order of Distinction (officer class) by the Jamaican Government for his contribution to the country’s music. The Sunday Observer caught up with...
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DUCKIE SIMPSON, FOUNDER OF BLACK UHURU, SOUNDS OFF AGAINST PRODUCER KING JAMMY AND VP RECORDS!

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August 21, 2016
DUCKIE SIMPSON, FOUNDER OF BLACK UHURU, SOUNDS OFF AGAINST PRODUCER KING JAMMY AND VP RECORDS!

By Howard Campbell—  Duckie Simpson— Black Uhuru founder Duckie Simpson says he has been ‘badly disrespected’ by producer Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James and VP Records over the release of King Jammy Presents New Sounds Of Freedom, a tribute to the group’s first album. According to Simpson, he was offered US$500 by VP as proceeds...
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ETANA AIMS TO SMASH STEREOTYPES WITH NEW VIDEO!

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August 20, 2016
ETANA AIMS TO SMASH STEREOTYPES WITH NEW VIDEO!

 Etana— COSMETIC surgery is a growing trend among women. However, reggae singer Etana has come out blazing against the practice in her latest single The Way I Are (Natural Woman). “We don’t need to try to fit into narrow stereotypes of how a woman should look. We should not objectify ourselves to please men....
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PATORANKING BECOMES THE FIRST NIGERIAN REGGAE ARTIST TO HIT BILLBOARD’S REGGAE CHART!

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August 19, 2016
PATORANKING BECOMES THE FIRST NIGERIAN REGGAE ARTIST TO HIT BILLBOARD’S REGGAE CHART!

 Patoranking—- Patoranking becomes the first Nigerian artist to make Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart. His debut, God Over Everything, which debuted at number four last week, is down to number five. Released by VP Records on August 1, God Over Everything posted first-week sales of 385 copies. The 26-year-old Patoranking (real name Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie)...
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