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REBEL SALUTE TAKES AN INCLUSIVE APPROACH IN SELECTING PERFORMERS FOR THE TWO-DAY EVENT!

 By Mel Cooke— Ian Allen Moses Davis, aka Beenie Man.— Marion Hall has preformed on Rebel Salute in 2010, when the event was held at the Port Kaiser sports field in St Elizabeth. Then, Lady Saw was presenting an alternative – specific to the performance – to her well-established ultra-raunchy performing personality. She returns to Rebel Salute on Friday as Marion Hall yet again, but this time around, there is no Lady Saw – a persona the deejay shed with her conversion to Christianity in 2015 – for a few fans to want a flash of. There is even an addition to her name, as she is listed as Minister Marion Hall. Other performers identified by their ‘passport names’ on the poster for Rebel Salute 2017, slated for this Friday and Saturday at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, … Read entire article »

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ARE ARTISTS ABANDONING JAMAICA AFTER FINDING SUCCESS ABOARD?

By Curtis Campbell—- Tarrus Riley (left) and Iba Mahr performing at the Half-Way Tree Transport Center, St Andrew, last Sunday at the Pan 2016 final.— Between 2012 and 2014, there was a strong resurgence of reggae music on local airwaves and even on the hardcore dancehall scene. However, fast forward to 2016, the presence of the genre has again dipped locally, with no major hits coming from reggae acts. In contrast to dancehall, which continues to dominate local radio and parties, reggae seems to bear more lasting fruits in the overseas market, resulting in more nominations in the current Grammy list. Aside from Devin Di Dakta, who is nominated for a collaborative album – also featuring the work of Sly and Robbie and JL – dancehall acts like Alkaline, Vybz Kartel and Future Fambo … Read entire article »

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JAZZ GREAT MONTY ALEXANDER PERFORMS FOR CHARITY IN JAMAICA!

By Richard Johnson—  Jazz pianist Monty Alexander—- It has been years since piano virtuoso Monty Alexander performed in Jamaica. Later this evening he breaks that dry spell with a benefit concert at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew in aid of The University of the West Indies’ Global Giving Program. The affable Alexander sat down with the Jamaica Observer ahead of the performance, dubbed Home For Christmas. He shared thoughts on the performance, Jamaican music and culture, and inspiring and being inspired by the current crop of Jamaican musicians and artists. He said accepting the invitation to perform in Jamaica was a no-brainer. “I was really pleased when I got the call. I have gotten invitations over the years since the last time, which was a good while ago, and the timing was not … Read entire article »

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REGGAE STARS ATTEND PRIVATE RECEPTION TO HONOR VP RECORDS EXECUTIVE CHRIS CHIN,OD!

​ ​ VP Records executive Christopher ‘Chris’ Chin— Kingston, JA:— Some of the biggest stars in the reggae industry including singer Beres Hammond, Capleton, Chronixx, Etana, Nadine Sutherland, Ibamah, Lloyd Parks and Queens Ifrica were in attendance at a private reception on Heroes Day, at the Pavilion at Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, to honor VP Records’ executive Christopher ‘Chris’ Chin. Earlier that morning, Chin was the recipient of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) from the government of Jamaica for outstanding work in the music industry both locally and internationally.   Chris has accomplished much in the music industry, expanding the Jamaica Ave record store into a major distribution outlet and the largest independent reggae label in the world, distributing songs for Sean Paul, Shaggy, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, … Read entire article »

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DRUMMER/PRODUCER KIRK BENNETT, RELEASES VIDEO FOR SINGLE “RUB-A-DUB AGAIN!”

Kirk Bennett— Touring with Beres Hammond and an hectic session schedule took up much of Kirk Bennett’s time this summer. Now that he has some breathing space, the drummer steps up promotion for his second album, Rumble In The Jungle. Last week, he released the video to Rub A Dub Again, directed by Damian Daley. That song is from the album, which was released digitally in June by VP Records. It features Tarrus Riley. While he is acknowledged as the top session drummer in Jamaica, Bennett is not known to the average fan. Prominence in a music video can change that. “A lot of people watch videos to see the artiste, but I’m not fussy. It’s good music getting good reviews and I’m happy for that,” he said. The title song (done with guitarist Mitchum Chin) … Read entire article »

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CHRISTOPHER MARTIN, KONSHENS, AND DEXTA DAPS, JOIN BERES & SHABBA ON LOVE & HARMONY CRUISE!

NEW ACTS ADDED TO LOVE & HARMONY CRUISE SET TO SAIL IN FEBRUARY WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN CARIBBEAN MUSIC Chris Martin, Konshens, Dexta Daps To Join Beres Hammond, Shabba Ranks Elephant Man, Third World, I-Wayne, Elephant Man, Queen Africa, Edwin Yearwood & More The biggest names in Reggae, Dancehall & Soca music have been booked for the inaugural Love & Harmony Caribbean Cruise, setting sail roundtrip from the Port Of Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica February 27th – March 3rd 2017. Brought to you by Rockers Island Entertainment, in association with Best Of The Best Entertainment and Massive B., the Love & Harmony Caribbean Cruise will feature intimate performances from the king of lovers rock, Beres Hammond, the king of dancehall,Shabba Ranks, legendary reggae band, Third World, Queen Ifrica,Wayne Wonder, Tony Curtis,Singing Melody, … Read entire article »

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THE NATIONAL DANCE THEATER COMPANY (NDTC) TO PAY HOMAGE TO BERES HAMMOND, JULY 22 – AUGUST 14!

By Richard Johnson—-  Excerpts from Chris Walker’s Rough Drafts— OVER the years, the National Dance Theater Company (NDTC) has used the music of renowned Jamaican artists as soundtracks to many of its works. Court of Jah, choreographed by the late Rex Nettleford, was among the early examples and focused on the work of Bob Marley. He followed up with Tribute to Cliff, which was performed to tracks Many Rivers To Cross, Sitting In Limbo and other tracks by Jimmy Cliff. Dancehall music would make it into the NDTC’s repertoire with Bujurama which showcased the music of deejay Buju Banton. Come July 22 to August 14, the NDTC will mount its 54th season of performance. Among the new works to premiere over the four weekends is Beres on Love, a dance work choreographed by associate … Read entire article »

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FREDDIE McGREGOR JOINS BILLBOARD’S “OVER-50” CLUB WITH CHART ENTRY OF “TRUE TO MY ROOTS!”

FREDDIE McGREGOR JOINS BILLBOARD’S “OVER-50” CLUB WITH CHART ENTRY OF “TRUE TO MY ROOTS!”

By Kevin Jackson—  Freddie McGregor (Lionel Rookwood)—- FREDDIE McGregor joins an elite club of reggae artist over age 50 who have made the Top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. McGregor’s latest effort, the 15-song True To My Roots, debuts at number 10. His previous album, 2013’s Di Captain, peaked at number eight. The 60-year-old McGregor joins an elite list that includes Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond, who have made the Top 10 over … Read entire article »

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“YOUNG GOSPEL ARTISTS ARE BEING STIFLED BY THE VETERANS” CLAIMS GOSPEL SINGER GARFIELD REID!

By Kimberley Small— Garfield Reid– Signs Of The Time singer tempted to do Reggae Christians are not without their temptations. Sometimes the call of the secular world is loud and booming. But Garfield Reid, by the encouragement of a few in the gospel music fraternity, has chosen to close his ears and stay on the path of righteousness. “There’s a lot of politics within gospel music,” Reid revealed to THE WEEKEND STAR. “Sometimes, it’s not all it’s summed up to be,” the artist said dejectedly. Reid’s career began when he won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Festival in 2007 with the song Signs Of The Time. In 2010, he released his debut album, Survivor, which featured well-known gospel music artists Goddy Goddy, DJ Nicholas and Minister Blessed. “In 2012, I was featured on Goddy Goddy album called … Read entire article »

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DRUMMER/PRODUCER KIRK BENNETT TO RELEASE “RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE”

 The cover of Kirk Bennett’s Rumble In The Jungle.— Albums by Jamaican musicians have become a rarity as many struggle to pick up session work. Kirk Bennett has no such problem. Recognised as the country’s premier reggae drummer, Bennett shows his skills as a musician and producer on Rumble In The Jungle, scheduled for release by VP Records on Friday. It is his second album. His first, Streetwise Dubwise, was released in 2009. “The true concept was creating an album that would have a song that appeals to everyone…young, mature and eclectic. It is to also show the market that good music is still available and creative minds were still at work and to show my craft on a different level,” said Bennett in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.   ‘Rumble’ has 13 songs, all … Read entire article »

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