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GEORGE NOOKS BROKE DOWN IN TEARS WHILE PERFORMING AT THE PEGASUS HOTEL!

BY BRIAN BONITTO—  George Nooks in performance at Musical Rhapsody held at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) — EMBATTLED singer George Nooks gave a well-received, gospel-laced performance at Musical Rhapsody held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday.Nooks, 56, took the audience, comprising children, to church and had them in a “praise and worship-esque” singalong. His set included God Will Take Care You, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, When I Think About Jesus, and God Is Standing By. However, during his performance of Ride Out Your Storm, he broke down in tears. Unable to carry the song, his in-tune audience rose to their feet singing and encouraged him in applause until he was able to compose himself to belt out the remaining lyrics. “I felt their … Read entire article »

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“KEN BOOTHE’S “EVERYTHING I OWN” WAS THE GAME-CHANGER FOR REGGAE IN LONDON” SAYS TROJAN RECORDS EXECUTIVE CHIP RICHARDS!

By Howard Campbell—  Antonio “Chips” Richards and Lloyd “King Jammy’s” James.— IN early 1974, Antonio “Chips” Richards was a marketing man at Trojan Records. The British independent company, formed in 1968, was desperate for a hit song. Richards thought Everything I Own, a mellow ballad by Ken Boothe, could break the drought. He was right. Boothe’s reggae take on American group Bread’s 1972 hit topped the British national chart for three straight weeks in October 1974. Richards, who is visiting Jamaica, said it was a game-changer. “Getting in the charts took a lot of strategy. First, we serviced it to the 360 record stores across the UK and then we got into the local radio stations,” he recalled. “You’ve got to remember, reggae didn’t have a mainstream audience.” Richards started working with Trojan in early 1973. The … Read entire article »

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BIG SETS, SMALL CROWD AT FIRST “BLAST FROM THE PAST” VINTAGE CONCERT!

 George Nooks— There is a prototype, it seems, for so-called vintage shows in Jamaica. Big performances and small, but exuberant audiences. That was the case for ‘Blast From The Past’ last Saturday at Limelight Club in Half-Way-Tree. A modest turnout rocked to the timeless songs of Ken Boothe, George Nooks, Big Youth, Gem Myers, Boris Gardiner, Ernie Smith and Derrick Morgan. Nooks closed the show in the absence of billed headliner Cocoa Tea, who was not missed as the confident Boothe, Morgan, Nooks and the always entertaining, Big Youth ensured patrons got their money’s worth. The ageless Boothe never fails to please. From the opening Freedom Street, he could do no wrong. Decked out in a maroon suit, his effortless delivery of Silver Words, When I Fall In Love, Just Another Girl, Lady With The … Read entire article »

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THE LEGACY OF SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER B.B. SEATON!

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL—  B.B. Seaton Though he recorded a number of cover songs early in his career, it did not take B.B. Seaton long to discover the importance of being a songwriter. By the late 1960’s, he hit his stride as singer/songwriter for The Gaylads, with whom he performs this evening at the inaugural One World Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival at Ranny Williams Entertainment Center. “If you have a good voice and don’t have good songs, it’s difficult to get a hit,” he reasoned. Seaton’s career began at producer Clement Dodd’s Studio One in the ska era of the early 1960’s, but blossomed during the rocksteady period late that decade, with The Gaylads. He wrote most of the trio’s hits, such as Lady With The Red Dress, You Should Never Do That, Hard to Confess, … Read entire article »

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KAFINAL RELEASES NEW SINGLE “I DON’T WANNA WAIT!”

 Kafinal— Singer Kafinal is delighted about his new single I Don’t Wanna Wait. Produced by Trench Town-based Triple L Records, the track was released earlier this month. “I Don’t Wanna Wait is a call to show the love while we are alive and able to experience and appreciate it,” said Kafinal. Kafinal, who won the Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording in April, has been experiencing a career boost since winning Canada’s highest musical honor. He won for the collaborative effort Nah Complain, featuring veteran deejay Daddy U-Roy. Kafinal (given name Jeffery Williams) hails from Spanish Town in St Catherine. He migrated to Canada seven years ago. “Over the summer I was very busy. I did some of the major festivals across Canada, including Calgary reggae festival, the Toronto Reggae Festival and Jamaica Day in Ottawa,” … Read entire article »

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THE SECOND ANNUAL KINGSTON MUSIC WEEK, KICKS OFF DECEMBER 1- 6!

 (L) Cherine (R) Boris Gardiner—  LIVE music comes to the capital city from December 1-6 with the second staging of Kingston Music Week.The week kicks off on Tuesday with Live at Countryside scheduled for Countryside Club in Half-Way-Tree, and features ’80s deejay Peter Metro, Nina Karle and Alana. On Wednesday, student bands at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts will take patrons through the history of Jamaican music — from ska to dancehall — at the college’s amphitheatre. That same night, the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artists and Affiliates (JAVAA) takes over the Countryside Club with artists Boris Gardiner, Ken Boothe, The Heptones, Gem Myers, and the Fab 5 Band taking to the stage.Thursday should see a performance by dancehall deejay Tifa at the Triple Century Sports Bar … Read entire article »

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LEGENDARY SINGER KEN BOOTHE COMPLAINS OF NOT GETTING AIRPLAY IN JAMAICA!

 Ken Boothe— KEN Boothe is singing a song familiar to many of his contemporaries; That his new songs are being overlooked by disc jockeys in Jamaica. The singer’s latest album, Journey, was recorded and produced at his Kingston home studio. It features the title track and New World Order. “Jamaicans need to get more familiar with the new stuff. When I tour Europe and Japan, people know the songs, but here, few people react to the songs,” said Boothe. “Jamaican fans look to what we are used to, and not the new material. But I still love performing here in Jamaica, this is the root.” Boothe performs Saturday on ‘Memories By The Score’ at Ashe Performing Arts Centre in St Andrew. “I am looking forward to the event. I have a great repertoire of songs that I love … 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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HEINEKEN STARTIME CONCERT SERIES TO RETURN WITH NEW NAME IN JANUARY!

 Michael Barnett— Startime, the live show credited with sparking the rocksteady revival of the 1990s, returns in early January. Michael Barnett, who started the event as Heineken Startime in June 1988, told the Jamaica Observer that details of the show will be announced soon. Startime was last held in September 2013 at Mas Camp in Kingston. “Since Startime ended as an annual series of concerts in 2007, vintage artistes and musicians really have no platform in Jamaica to consistently expose their music, stage craft and talents …. and they still have a major role to play in the big picture,” said Barnett. Heineken Startime was first held at Oceana Hotel, downtown Kingston, with Gregory Isaacs as headliner. Many of the artists who performed on the show were giants of the late 1960’s rocksteady era including Leroy … Read entire article »

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GT TAYLOR PLANS INTEGRATED CONCERT AND PARTY FOR DECEMBER 25!

 By Mel Cooke—   GT Taylor— As he plans the 15th staging of the Extravaganza branded with his name, sound system operator and media personality ‘G.T.’ Taylor intends to stage what he calls a 360-degree event. With this in place, there would be a continuous flow of live and recorded entertainment at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth, on Christmas night. “This year, I am going with a new twist,” Taylor told The Sunday Gleaner. “I am going for 360 degrees in reggae and dancehall presentation. It is a combination of three types of live events, the stage show, the party and spot performances by popular artists on the sound system. “Remember, originally, in the early days, it was the sound system and the dance, the music played in the dancehall? What we are doing now … Read entire article »

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