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THE PORTMORE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAKES IT DEBUT ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29!

THE PORTMORE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAKES IT DEBUT ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29!

   Cocoa Tea.— For residents of Portmore who have longed for an event that will highlight emerging talent from their community, the wait is over. On THURSDAY, December 29, the Portmore Music Festival takes place at UDC Car Park across from the Portmore Mall. “The objectives of Portmore Music Fest are to excite, empower and renew the entertainment experience in Portmore. It is also a celebration of the best of Portmore and it is poised to become a signature event … Read entire article »

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THE BONNER FAMILY’S “ALL SPICE FOOD & REGGAE FESTIVAL” IN KINGSTON, DECEMBER 3!

THE BONNER FAMILY’S “ALL SPICE FOOD & REGGAE FESTIVAL” IN KINGSTON, DECEMBER 3!

 Top: Chaka Demus and Pliers Bottom: Richie Spice— The Bonner brothers are returning with their yearly concert, All Spice Food and Reggae Festival, at the Liguanea Club Main Lawn (formerly LIME Golf Academy) in New Kington on Saturday, December 3. “We really wanted to have our friends come out and support this musical unity concert. Last year we kept it to mostly just the family with one exception; this year we are looking at a bigger event with … 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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TARRUS RILEY TO GIVE HIS FANS IN BERMUDA “150 PER CENT” THIS THURSDAY!

TARRUS RILEY TO GIVE HIS FANS IN BERMUDA “150 PER CENT” THIS THURSDAY!

By Colin Thompson– Reggae star Tarrus Riley has a very special treat in store for his fans when he takes the Bermuda stage this week. But he isn’t telling what it is just yet. “It’s kind of a surprise because you can’t give away all of your secrets,” he said. “But expect Tarrus Riley to give you 150 per cent out of the performance because you know we do a whole heap of different styles of music — … Read entire article »

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COCOA TEA IS COOL WITH JOSS STONE “TOUCHING” HIS SONG!

By Howard Campbell—  Cocoa Tea— MUCH has been made about British soul singer Joss Stone being named ‘Reggae Artist of The Year’ by Billboard Magazine for the album Water for Your Soul. With all the furore over that title, Stone, showing her dancehall/roots chops on the song Harry’s Symphony, has gone largely unnoticed. The uptempo number from Water for Your Soul hears her giving shout-outs to songs like Cocoa Tea’s Young Lover. The 28-year-old Grammy winner also ‘touches’ Barrington Levy’s On The Telephone, Be Careful by Matthew McAnuff and Inner Circle’s Bad Boys.Young Lover gets the lion’s share of attention on Harry’s Symphony. Cocoa Tea, who recorded it for producer Lloyd ‘King Jammys’ James in 1987, said he was recently made aware that Stone ‘used’ parts of the song. “I haven’t heard from her people but I’ve … Read entire article »

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COCOA TEA, ETANA AND TARRUS RILEY, HEADING TO BERMUDA IN MARCH!

By Colin Thompson— Cocoa Tea — Dancehall legend Cocoa Tea is coming to Bermuda’s shores. The veteran artist — who has produced hit after hit during his remarkable career — will perform at the Bermuda Athletic Association on March 24. Reggae stars Tarrus Riley and Etana will be with him for what promises to be a memorable and exciting occasion. Local acts have yet to be confirmed. Tickets go on sale at Ptix.bm in mid-January. The event is being put on by Spectrum Global. Their last show, featuring reggae dancehall great Mavado at Tiger Bay, proved popular with reggae fans. Owner Rosie Cross believes that March’s show will be no exception. “The public can expect an evening full of excitement, especially with Tarrus Riley and Cocoa Tea,” she said. “Etana is going to bring her own style of music … Read entire article »

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LT. STITCHIE AND COCOA TEA ARE ADDED TO NEW YORK CITY’S “GROOVIN IN THE PARK” FOR JUNE 28!

By DAVE RODNEY—- New York City’s premier summer concert, Groovin’ In The Park, is famous for creating seismic jolts with the superlative quality of artists announced each year, and this year’s event is no exception. CEO and founder of Groovin’, Chris Roberts, has announced two blistering additions to the 2015 reggae segment – spell-binding performer and lyrical crafts master Stitchie, and sing-along hit machine Cocoa Tea. The announcement of these two exciting additions was made on Saturday morning on Groovin’ Radio 93.5 FM, and it comes on the heels of another recent announcement that British chart-topper Billy Ocean will perform on this year’s show. Stitchie has enjoyed a dazzling career in both dancehall and gospel. He has churned out a barrage of number-one hits, including Wear Yu Size, Natty Dread, Big Broad Hips, Night and Day, Bun It … Read entire article »

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COCOA TEA’S NEW SINGLE URGES CHILDREN TO “STAY IN SCHOOL!”

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston—- Cocoa Tea— Foundation reggae artist Cocoa Tea is now taking his lyrical message to the classroom. His latest single, Stay In School, is one which campaigns for students to embrace what’s important and pay attention to their school work, allowing nothing to distract them from what is important. According to the singer, the song is for all the youths, cautioning them not to be led astray by “strange people in the world out there”. The song – produced on his own Roaring Lion Record label – was voiced last week at Digital B studios on a classic Studio One rhythm, built by Kirk ‘Kirkledove’ Bennett. His next step was to Penthouse, where Dean Fraser put his ‘magical touch’. His last stop in the production process was checking in with Steven Stanley, who mixed the track … Read entire article »

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TONY REBEL HOPES TO PRESENT PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH COPY OF “BLACKMAN REDEMPTION!”

 By Howard Campbell–  (L-R) Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica & Nikki Burt– ON the evening of November 4 2007, the world was transfixed on the historic presidential elections in the United States. Barack Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, was elected the first black president of that country. The landslide result set off global celebrations. At Penthouse studio in Kingston, music producer Donovan Germain and deejay Tony Rebel recorded Blackman Redemption, a song commemorating the occasion. Singjay Queen Ifrica and singer Nikki Burt also performed on the track which Rebel said captured the once-in-a-lifetime milestone. “Wi realised the fact dat in our lifetime wi si a black man in the White House which most people neva believe woulda happen. Whether or not he has lived up to expectations, wi can tek solace in being part of … Read entire article »

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GREAT PERFORMANCES CLOSE REBEL SALUTE 2015!

 By Simone Morgan—-  Sizzla & (in the inset) Luciano—– REBEL Salute ended on a high note at Richmond Estate in St Ann yesterday morning. Patrons left the two-day festival musically satisfied. Reggae harmony trio Mighty Diamonds showed exactly what made them hot during the 1970s and ’80s with a well-received set. Their vocals were flawless and sounded no different from their recordings when they belted out the lyrics to Have Mercy, Pass the Kouchie, I Need a Roof and When the Right Time Come. As expected, Freddie McGregor hit his marker on stage and gave his fans a classical set. From the ‘Big Ship’ boss sang his first line, it was evident a lot of rehearsal and preparation went into his set. During his first 15 minutes, McGregor churned out lyrics to old favourites … Read entire article »

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