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TAD’S RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW COMPILATION “DENNIS BROWN: THE INSEPARABLE REGGAE FAMILY” IN MAY!

TAD’S RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW COMPILATION “DENNIS BROWN: THE INSEPARABLE REGGAE FAMILY” IN MAY!

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL—  Dennis Brown— Citing a resurgence in home-grown reggae, Tads International Record will release Dennis Brown: The Inseparable Reggae Family, a multi-track album of hit songs. A May release date has been given. Tad Dawkins, president of the independent company, said the demand for traditional reggae prompted him to select 40 songs for the compilation. “The reggae thing getting stronger again, so whenever the pendulum swing wi move with it. This is something to kick it off,” he … Read entire article »

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JUNIOR HOLT HOPES TO GET OUT FROM HIS FATHER’S (JOHN) SHADOW WITH NEW SINGLE “HEARTBREAKING LOVER!”

 Junior Holt. Almost 30 years after his first recording, Junior Holt still finds it a challenge to step out from the shadow of his famous father. The singer, who has done songs for producers Clement Dodd and Sugar Minott, is currently promoting Heartbreaking Lover, produced by the Road Thunder label out of New York. Holt admits it can be frustrating pushing his career when his father, John Holt, inevitably enters the conversation. “Yes, it’s tough ‘cause people always think that I got it easy or made, cause I’m the son of a celebrity,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I’ve been in the music since 1988 and right now, at this time, I know it’s getting there.” Holt senior died in 2014. He is, arguably, reggae’s greatest singer, with a massive catalog of hit songs going back … Read entire article »

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PHOTOGRAPHER BRILLIANTLY CAPTURES CLASSIC REGGAE ALBUMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL LONDON SETTINGS!

 Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London is a project by French-born, Brixton-based photographer Alex Bartsch that takes a closer look at reggae record covers photographed in London between 1967 and 1987.  Pat Kelley Sings (1969): The pictures will be published in the book, Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London. Kingston-born Kelley was lead singer of The Techniques, with this LP including Workman Song and I Am Coming Home. This album cover was photographed at the Albert Memorial in London’s Kensington Gardens, next to the Royal Albert Hall  Hopelessly in Love by Carroll Thompson (1981): A Kickstarter campaign to publish the pictures in the book has been launched. Hertfordshire-born Thompson was known as one of the divas of the lovers rock era in the 1980s – and this album cover was taken on Milton Avenue in Harlesden, … Read entire article »

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OSSIE HOLT (JOHN’S OLDER BROTHER) RELEASES HIS FIRST SINGLE!

 Oswald ‘Ossie’ Holt— Though he placed third in a 1956 Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest and sang in English pubs, Oswald ‘Ossie’ Holt never took music seriously as his younger brother John Holt. But in June, at age 78, his first song was released. Forever I Pray is produced by Neol Davies, founder of British 2 Tone band The Selecter. Holt, who has lived in the United Kingdom since 1958, said he played a demo of the song for John when he visited England in 2014.  He wanted his famous brother to record it, but he died in London in October that year. Holt next pitched the song to John’s sons, Brian and Garth, both singers, who live in Connecticut. “But Neol said, ‘why don’t you do it?’, and we went to the studio and … Read entire article »

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“1000 VOLTS OF HOLT” IS LAUNCHED AT THE EDNA MANLEY COLLEGE IN KINGSTON, HEADS TO LONDON IN 2017!

 Reggae singer John Holt’s siblings, Ossie and Patsy, at the launch of ‘1000 Volts Of Holt’ show at Eden Gardens in St Andrew last Saturday. (Photo: Steve James)— She’s heard them countless times, but Patsy Holt never tires of her brother John Holt’s songs. Last Saturday, at the launch of the ‘1000 Volts Of Holt’ show at Eden Gardens in St Andrew, she danced up a storm. The inaugural event is tentatively scheduled for July 2017 in either Kingston or London. Proceeds will assist a student at the Edna Manley College of The Visual And Performing Arts. “This means the world to me; we all know how John started in music early. We might keep it (1000 Volts Of Holt) in London because there played a big part in his career,” Patsy Holt … Read entire article »

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VARYING ACCOUNTS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE PARAGONS, BUT BOB ANDY AND JOHN HOLT GAVE AUTHENTIC STORIES!

VARYING ACCOUNTS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE PARAGONS, BUT BOB ANDY AND JOHN HOLT GAVE AUTHENTIC STORIES!

Bob Andy– Last week’s article showcased a couple of the commonly accepted inaccuracies in early Jamaican popular music, and sought to provide credible evidences to substantiate those claims. There were several other instances of such inaccuracies, some posted on social media and other well-reputed websites. It would appear that in the music’s formative years, the major players in the dissemination of information about Jamaica’s popular music were not so much concerned about proper documentation, but more about … Read entire article »

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MORE ARTISTS AND LABELS ARE GOING FOR STREAMING!

   By Joel Goldenberg—  Bob Marley’s early output is now available for streaming.—  When legal music streaming began via sites like Rdio, Spotify and others, the music one could listen to was wide, plentiful and varied, but with limits. The prime limit was The Beatles, the one group that preferred to keep their releases restricted to CDs, DVDs and now Blu-rays. They later let down their guard a bit by allowing Apple Computers’  ITunes to make their catalogue available for downloading at a cost per track or album. The only Beatles tracks available for streaming have been interviews and material recorded in 1963 or before, as per Europe’s rule that songs enter the public domain after 50 years — the group has no control over these, at least, so far. The streaming material includes regular … Read entire article »

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KEN BOOTHE TO CUT BACK ON DATES IN 2016!

 Ken Boothe— REGGAE great Ken Boothe plans to cut back on his calendar of shows in 2016. “I am taking a break, I have seen what extensive touring can do to artists, so I am taking care of my inner self. I can no longer do 15 shows on a tour, so I will satisfy with eight shows,” he said. The singer, whose hit songs include The Train Is Coming, Everything I Own, Puppet on a String and Artibella, headlines ‘Memories by the Score’ at the Ashe Performing Arts Centre on November 28. Boothe said he has seen the effects of rigorous touring on the health of artists while on the road. “Music comes from the inside, that’s where the feel of it comes from, and I have to take care of my inner self. … Read entire article »

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LLOYD PARKS AND WE THE PEOPLE BAND, 40 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG!

 By Howard Campbell— (L) Lloyd Parks, bandleader of Lloyd Parks and We The People band. (R) PARKS… the music did get water down mainly because everybody have a studio in dem house, an’ a man can programme everything then bring in somebody fi dub a part if him feel.—- “NEXT song!” came the order from bass player and We The People bandleader Lloyd Parks during rehearsals with deejay Charlie Chaplin last week. He then plays the opening lines to The Melodians’ Everybody Bawling, with the burly Chaplin and band joining in. Parks has been calling the shots with We The People for 40 years, a milestone the band plans to observe quietly. This week, they head to Europe for three festivals: Geel in Belgium, Reggae Sun Ska in Bordeaux, France and Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim, … Read entire article »

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LEGENDARY PRODUCER BUNNY LEE “SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT” IN NEW BOOK!

 By Howard Campbell—  Bunny Lee— LEGENDARY music producer, Bunny Lee, has little time for ‘so-called historians’ whom he accuses of distorting the facts about the early years of Jamaican pop music. Lee, 74, is determined to set the record straight through two projects, scheduled to be launched in Kingston in May. “Mi dey ’bout from ska yuh nuh, wid Derrick Morgan, Owen Gray, Lascelles Perkins an’ Laurel Aitken. Mi can gi yuh the history come right down,” he boasted. Lee relates this history in the book/compact disc, Reggae Going International 1967-1976: The Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee Story, and a documentary, I Am The Gorgon — Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the Roots of Reggae. The former, done with Noel Hawks and Jah Floyd, has a 2012 copyright. I Am The Gorgon was released August 2013 in the United … Read entire article »

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