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Posts Tagged ‘ Bob Marley ’

BRITISH-BORN, REGGAE AFROBEAT SINGER SEYI SHAY, IS BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN GENRES!

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June 25, 2016
BRITISH-BORN, REGGAE AFROBEAT SINGER SEYI SHAY, IS BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN GENRES!

 Seyi Shay— A British singer, citing historical ties between reggae and African music, says it is critical that artists from the two genres establish lasting bonds. Seyi Shay, a Universal Records artist, made this observation during her June 17 lecture at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, under the theme ‘Marketing In...
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INACCURACIES ACCEPTED IN THE EARLY JAMAICAN MUSIC INDUSTRY!

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June 5, 2016
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 By Roy Black— Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd—– One of the most commonly accepted inaccuracies in early Jamaican popular music is the story that legendary record producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd’s voice appeared in only one recording. So often we have heard on-air radio presenters, who we would expect to know better, referring to Delroy Wilson’s early...
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“THE MARLEY NAME DOESN’T PRESSURE ME” SAYS BOB’S GRANDSON, JOE MERSA MARLEY!

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May 29, 2016
“THE MARLEY NAME DOESN’T PRESSURE ME” SAYS BOB’S GRANDSON, JOE MERSA MARLEY!

 By Shereita Grizzle— Joe Mersa Marley looks at the mural of the Marley’s generation at the Bob Marley Museum. Carrying on a name and a legacy can be pressuring, but it is a job Joseph ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, takes pleasure in doing. One would think that having been born...
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ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILM-MAKER, BARRY MORROW, YEARNS TO DO MOVIE ON BOB MARLEY!

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May 13, 2016
ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILM-MAKER, BARRY MORROW, YEARNS TO DO MOVIE ON BOB MARLEY!

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL—-  Top: Barry Morrow on the set of his latest film, Smitten, in northern Italy. Bottom: Reggae legend Bob Marley— IT was the summer of 1974 and, according to film-maker Barry Morrow, “every long-haired youth in the US was digging (Eric) Clapton’s hit, I Shot The Sheriff ”. Not long after, those youth,...
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VETERAN GUITARIST, EARL “CHINNA” SMITH, HAS STRUMMED HIS WAY ON MANY REGGAE CLASSICS!

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May 11, 2016
VETERAN GUITARIST, EARL “CHINNA” SMITH, HAS STRUMMED HIS WAY ON MANY REGGAE CLASSICS!

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL—  Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith with his 1968 Telecaster guitar.Photo: Joseph Wellington— Today marks 35 years since the death of reggae legend Bob Marley. The Jamaica Observer ’s entertainment section looks at aspects of his legacy. EARL ‘Chinna’ Smith cradles his well-worn 1968 Telecaster guitar as a doting mother would her newborn child....
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REMEMBERING JACOB “JAKES” MILLER, MAY 4, 1952 – MARCH 23, 1980!

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May 4, 2016
REMEMBERING JACOB “JAKES” MILLER, MAY 4, 1952 – MARCH 23, 1980!

By Brian Bonitto —  Jacob Miller—- NEARLY four decades after his death, Jacob ‘Jakes’ Miller’s legacy is alive and well, according to Inner Circle founding member Roger Lewis. Miller, who died in a auto accident, would have celebrated his 64th birthday today. Lewis, guitarist for the Grammy-winning band, spoke about the singer’s legacy. “During...
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BUNNY WAILER’S “BLACKHEART MAN” ALBUM CELEBRATES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY!

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May 1, 2016
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BY HOWARD CAMPBELL—  Bunny Wailer— Forty years ago when Island Records released Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailers’ outstanding debut album, reggae was still underground music in the United States. On his last extended tour of that country in 1996, a new generation of Americans had discovered his music. It is likely some of them are...
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JAMAICA’S MUSICAL INFLUENCE IS VERY STRONG IN BRAZIL!

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April 27, 2016
JAMAICA’S MUSICAL INFLUENCE IS VERY STRONG IN BRAZIL!

By Shereita Grizzle— Jimmy Cliff— Reggae music was birthed in the trenches of Kingston, Jamaica, but today it has evolved into a universal language, a world music, loved and respected across the globe. The music has become such a powerful tool that it has transcended geographical boundaries and has crossed language barriers to connect people...
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BOB MARLEY’S MAJOR LABEL FLOP, 1972’s “REGGAE ON BROADWAY!”

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April 15, 2016
BOB MARLEY’S MAJOR LABEL FLOP, 1972’s “REGGAE ON BROADWAY!”

Bob Marley in the studio during the sessions for Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now No, it’s not a musical—praise Jah—but a curiosity in Bob Marley’s catalog: 1972’s “Reggae on Broadway” was Marley’s first and only single on CBS, recorded and released before Chris Blackwell signed the Wailers to Island. Intended to break...
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THE STUDIO ONE LABEL LAUNCHES ITS REISSUE SERIES WITH THE WAILERS’ DEBUT ALBUM!

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April 11, 2016
THE STUDIO ONE LABEL LAUNCHES ITS REISSUE SERIES WITH THE WAILERS’ DEBUT ALBUM!

By Benjamin Boles— Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label had an enormous impact on reggae, ska, dub, rocksteady, and dancehall, and helped launch the careers of artists including Bob Marley, The Maytals, The Skatalites, and more. Original copies of many of their releases go for big money on Discogs, but soon you’ll be able to...
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