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FREDDIE McGREGOR JOINS BILLBOARD’S “OVER-50” CLUB WITH CHART ENTRY OF “TRUE TO MY ROOTS!”

FREDDIE McGREGOR JOINS BILLBOARD’S “OVER-50” CLUB WITH CHART ENTRY OF “TRUE TO MY ROOTS!”

By Kevin Jackson—  Freddie McGregor (Lionel Rookwood)—- FREDDIE McGregor joins an elite club of reggae artist over age 50 who have made the Top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. McGregor’s latest effort, the 15-song True To My Roots, debuts at number 10. His previous album, 2013’s Di Captain, peaked at number eight. The 60-year-old McGregor joins an elite list that includes Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond, who have made the Top 10 over … Read entire article »

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FEMALE ROCKSTEADY SINGERS IMPACTED A MALE-DOMINATED ERA!

FEMALE ROCKSTEADY SINGERS IMPACTED A MALE-DOMINATED ERA!

  Marcia Griffiths—- Any attempt to compile a top-10 listing of the best female rocksteady vocalists, could prove a very interesting, but challenging exercise. In a two-year blitz that spawned the year 1967 and most of 1968, the rocksteady beat, from which reggae emerged, dominated the Jamaican popular music scene and was almost exclusively dominated by male artists like Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Delroy Wilson, Slim Smith, Bob Andy and others. Also in the mix were … Read entire article »

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SINGJAY D-MEDZ, TRAVELS DOWN THE STUDIO ONE ROAD FOR NEW RELEASES!

 D-Medz Though admitting he was never a big fan of Studio One music, singjay D-Medz said when he got a “spiritual vibration” to record songs on some of the legendary label’s fabled rhythms, he did not hesitate. He did eight songs on classic beats like the Real Rock, Far East and Answer for From a Boy To a Man, a mix tape scheduled for release soon. “I got this spiritual vibration to do something different an’ also pay homage to the foundation. I had some Studio One ‘riddims’ at home, so I start to listen dem an’ begun to write,’ D-Medz told the Jamaica Observer. Nuh Falla (Bad Company) on the Real Rock is the mix tape’s first single. Other songs include Pretty Flower, Press Button with Sizzla, and Sunday Evening. Recording to beats from … Read entire article »

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RADIO BROADCASTERS WHO REAP SUCCESS AS RECORDING ARTISTS!

  RJR announcer Charlie Babcock (left) interviews Byron Lee in 1968.— Two weeks ago The Music Diaries brought to you an instance of a radio broadcaster who found himself in the recording studio, and in the process, became a fairly successful recording vocalist. The man of the moment then was veteran broadcaster Alan Magnus, who recently completed 45 year service in broadcasting with RJR’s 94FM. But Magnus’ case was not an isolated one as the phenomenon of radio broadcasters, or disc jocks, becoming recording artists has seen several other instances in the Jamaican entertainment business. According to Magnus, “It’s a natural progression”. He believes that once a radio presenter begins to play records, somehow the music will get into his or her blood and chances are, the individual will end up in the recording studio. Perhaps one of the … Read entire article »

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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE ONE LOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MONTEGO BAY!

 By Horace Hines—  Skip Marley performing at the One Love Music Festival, held at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay—. ROSE HALL, St James — Impressive performances highlighted the inaugural One Love Music Festival put on by Tuff Gong International. Held at the Aqueduct from Friday night into Saturday morning, it would have made reggae icon Bob Marley proud. Action kicked off on Thursday night with a charity gala on the lawns of the nearby Rose Hall Great House featuring Marcia Griffiths and Benjy Myaz. But it was Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, whose demeanour, appearance and vocals captured and replicated the persona of the ‘Gong’, who would have been 71 yesterday. Son of Cedella Marley, he had the audience transfixed. He eased through Rastaman Vibration, Coming in From the Cold and Three Little Birds, … Read entire article »

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MARCIA GRIFFITHS AND BENJI MYAZ FOR THE “ONE LOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL” IN MONTEGO BAY, FEBRUARY 4!

MARCIA GRIFFITHS AND BENJI MYAZ FOR THE “ONE LOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL” IN MONTEGO BAY, FEBRUARY 4!

  Kingston, Jamaica – The evergreen, effervescent Marcia Griffiths, “Queen of Reggae” has joined the charitable efforts of the upcoming One Love Music Festival, slated for Thursday, February 4 – Friday, February 5, 2016, at Rose Hall Great House Lawns and Aqueduct, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Coming from very humble beginnings herself, Marcia Griffiths is well aware of the depth of the need facing her fellow citizens today and remains committed to giving back to worthy causes … Read entire article »

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NADINE SUTHERLAND, IKAYA, MARCIA GRIFFITHS, ETANA AND TESSANNE CHIN, NAMED AMONG THE TOP 5 FEMALE SINGERS IN JAMAICA BY THE STAR NEWSPAPER!

On Tuesday we gave you our top five male singers in Jamaica, so of course we had to compile the top female singers as well. This one was also a little challenging because all our ladies are a force to reckon with. Marcia Griffiths– This is the woman who declared, ‘I Shall Sing As Long As I Live’ and we don’t mind. After all, she is the proclaimed Queen of Reggae. This woman’s voice is a classic. She can rock a Heineken Startime and if you put her on Reggae Sumfest, she’ll rock it just the same. Etana– When you talk about diction and clarity in singing, you can’t help but think of Etana. She is truly the ‘Strong One’ as she has a powerful voice, range and soul. Etana is one … Read entire article »

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TONY REBEL IS BASKING IN THE SUCCESS OF “REBEL SALUTE 2016!”

 By Richard Johnson—-  Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths—- Artist and promoter Tony Rebel is still basking in the success of his two-day reggae festival, Rebel Salute, which was held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, on the weekend. He said from all indicators, the numbers for both nights reflected an increase over previous years, and identified the high point as being the performance by reggae singer Beres Hammond on night two of the event. But his highest praise went to the Herb Curb — an exposition and symposium on ganja. “The Herb Curb was a hit. We are so pleased with the way it all turned out. It was educational and truly lived up to the highest standards. I was always insisting that we had to present this in a manner which … Read entire article »

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MORE THAN 500 ARTISTS AND 8,000 SONGS RECORDED AT CLEMENT DODD’S STUDIO ONE!

From left: Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh when they just formed The Wailin’ Wailers.— Studio 1 has become a household name in Jamaica, insofar as it relates to the island’s rich musical legacy. Hundreds of recording artistes who have achieved local and international fame either began their careers there or have honed their musical talents within the walls of that revered institution, situated at 13 Brentford Road, (renamed Studio 1 Boulevard), in Kingston 5. One name that would perhaps come readily to mind is Bob Marley. Although he didn’t begin his recording career at Studio 1 (he began as a solo artist with Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s label in 1962), he certainly was groomed there and came to public attention while singing with the Wailers group, which included Neville ‘Bunny Wailer’ … Read entire article »

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SINGER/SONGWRITER HOPETON LINDO, IS ON THE MOVE!

  Singer/songwriter Hopeton Lindo released his highly anticipated 4th album “My World Your World” in Sept 2015, again he captures the positive vibes of an excellent collection of songs, thus creating a well balance album. Multi-talented Hopeton Lindo or “The Pen” as he is affectionately called for his song writing ability, is used to donning many hats, and it is no different with his new album. He multi-tasks as songwriter, singer and producer on this sixteen tracks journey, of which fourteen are originals with the signature sound of The Pen. The album opens with the title track remix, featuring the legendary Dennis Brown, Luciano and Sly & Robbie, and it closes the set with the ballad mix featuring Dennis, Luciano and Dean Fraser. The other featured guests on the album include Anthony B … Read entire article »

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