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PRISON TIME FOR GANJA, LEADS TO THE BUNNY WAILER CLASSIC “BATTERING DOWN SENTENCE, FIGHTING AGAINST CONVICTIONS!”

By Mel Cooke Bunny Wailer, at the Trench town culture yard, after a march through the Corporate Area in support of the legalization of marijuana. Tomorrow, April 10, is the 70th birthday of Neville ‘Bunny Wailer’ Livingston, OJ. Part of the celebratory activities is the launch of the RASPECT Cause Campaign A Jamaica/South Africa collaboration on ganja rights, for which Bunny Wailer is the ambassador. It is an appropriate time to tell the story of his song Fighting Against Convictions, which Wailer first told to The Sunday Gleaner in May 2010. Bunny Wailer’s Fighting Against Convictions (popularly known as Battering Down Sentence), was written while he was serving an 18-month sentence for marijuana at the Richmond Prison Farm in St Mary and is the second song on his classic 1976 album, Blackheart Man. Bunny Wailer … Read entire article »

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LAWYER GLORIA DE CLOU, ADVISES ARTISTS TO “READ THE FINE PRINT!”

 Gloria De Clou— LAST year, some well-known Jamaican artists ended up in Trinidad’s courts for breaching contracts with show promoters in that country. It cost the artists, Anthony B, Jah Cure and Busy Signal, a pretty penny. Gloria De Clou, a Kingston attorney, says entertainers should be more responsible when it comes to dealing with contractual matters. “They need legal advice. They need proper advice before they sign any document,” she told the Jamaica Observer. De Clou, who is from Guyana, has been a general practitioner for 10 years. She worked in the attorney general’s office before going into private practice.She has advised several Jamaican artists including Carl Dawkins as well as Kingston Music Institute, a management company out of Canada. Too many artists, she believes, are eager to sign contracts before reading them. The result … Read entire article »

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UPSTAIRS RECORDS – SOUTH FLORIDA’S MAIN HUB FOR THE VINTAGE SOUND!

 By Howard Campbell—-  From left) Danny Breakenridge, his daughter Ayesha and reggae singer Bob Andy— MIAMI Vice and Don Johnson were the biggest game in South Florida (and the United States) when Danny Breakenridge moved there in 1985. However, for someone who had been involved in music since the late 1960s, he saw little action in terms of reggae. “When I came here only three stations were playing reggae, two on Saturdays and one at night. Now, we have a 24-hour Caribbean station (WAVS 1170) and a number of other stations with reggae programming,” Breakenridge told the Jamaica Observer. “There are lots of other small venues that feature live reggae. That scene is vibrant,” he added. Breakenridge is the head of Upstairs Records, an independent record company that has produced songs and albums by … Read entire article »

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GREGORY ISAACS’ 64th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR JULY 27, IN KINGSTON!

By Basil Walters— Gregory Isaacs— A HOST of artists will celebrate Gregory Isaacs’ 64th birthday on July 27 at Blue Essence (Kings Plaza) in a show dubbed ‘A Hat Affair’. Patrons attending the event are expected to don Fedoras, a signature of Isaacs’ dapper outfits. A Hat Affair will feature a mix of Isaacs’ contemporaries as well as emerging acts. They include Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, Carl Dawkins, Junior Reid, Half Pint, George Nooks, Bongo Herman, Edi Fitzroy, JaH Cure, Aidonia, QQ, Noddy Virtue, Nature, Ray Isaacs (Gregory’s nephew) and Samantha Strachan. They will be backed by Lloyd Parks and We the People and Warrior Love bands. The Roots Radics band, who worked on some of Isaacs’ biggest hits, will back Junior Sinclair, a ‘Gregory’ sound-alike. Known as The Cool Ruler, Isaacs died in London on October … Read entire article »

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CARL DAWKINS HONORS HIS HEROES ON NEW ALBUM “HARD TIMES!”

CARL DAWKINS HONORS HIS HEROES ON NEW ALBUM “HARD TIMES!”

By Howard Campbell—  Carl Dawkins— ALONG with fellow singers Jackie Opel and Tyrone Taylor, Carl Dawkins is considered one of the finest exponents of soul-reggae. Dawkins, 65, salutes some of his heroes and colleagues on Hard Times, his latest album. He covers Stevie Wonder’s Living For the City, Jackie Wilson’s Lonely Teardrops and Cry me a River, originally done by Barbados-born Opel. Granulated Sugar, Gregory Croons a Tune and Sing a D Brown are tributes to singers Sugar Minott, Gregory … Read entire article »

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THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG: FOOTBALL BRINGS “SATISFACTION” TO CARL DAWKINS!

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG: FOOTBALL BRINGS “SATISFACTION” TO CARL DAWKINS!

By Mel Cooke—- Tell you truthfully About this good world and me I want peace of mind don’t you see I’m gonna get it I know it’s there somewhere for me Gonna get love I know that I will Satisfaction won’t come until Don’t you fret now I’ll get love yet Got this faith within me just you wait a minute — Satisfaction, Carl Dawkins Satisfaction is Carl Dawkins’ signature song, on which his precise vocals show their mettle and range to memorable effect. Ironically, though, … Read entire article »

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