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LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY SPEAKS ABOUT MAKING BOB MARLEY, HELPING TO INVENT REGGAE MUSIC!

By Pete Chambers— If you ever get the chance, have a conversation with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Half an hour with the man behind some of the greatest music ever made – his own and other people’s – is thick with Biblical allusions, lashings of fire, ice and thunder, protestations of greatness, rap, rhyme and occasional bouts of reason. Packed with long and winding sentences where he’s toasting not speaking, there’s also lots of laughter. His very being reminds us to not accept pop stars who are remotely normal. Let them be different, wildly different, he seems to say… let them be otherworldly, breathlessly brilliant, supernaturally creative; let them take you to another place. There’s a moment when he even sings to me, my own private Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry gig, a fragile and soul-squashing version of … Read entire article »

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ROOTS SINGER CEDRIC MYTON HEADLINES THE “INNA DI YARD SHOWCASE” AT REDBONES IN NEW KINGSTON!

 Cedric Myton—- SINGER Cedric Myton, whose distinct tenor helped make The Congos one of roots-reggae’s most influential groups, will headline tomorrow evening’s Inna Di Yard show at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew. Myton, who has been based in Brazil for the last two years, will lead a cast that comprises the Inna Di Yard Nyahbinghi group led by guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. Singers Max Romeo, Sangie Davis, Kiddus-I and Jhamiela complete the line-up of artistes who will be backed by the Inna Di Yard band. Showtime is 9:00pm. … Read entire article »

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MAX ROMEO, BURNING SPEAR AND SUGAR MINOTT, HONORED AT THE BOB MARLEY FOOTBALL CHARITY MATCH!

Pashon Minott (second right), daughter of late dancehall singer Sugar Minott, poses with the plaque in honour of her father’s contribution to Jamaica’s music. (From left ) Benjamin Simms, Digicel advertisting executive; Clive Busy Campbell, organiser of the Bob Marley One Love Football Charity Match; and Minott’s widow, Elsie, share the moment.— THREE veteran artists were lauded at the Bob Marley One Love Football Charity Match held at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium in St Andrew, on Ash Wednesday. The singers are Max Romeo and Burning Spear, while a posthumous award went to the late Sugar Minott. Organiser Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell said the recipients were well deserving of the honor. “The committee decided on those gentlemen… Max Romeo recently celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in music business. Burning Spear is … Read entire article »

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VETERAN SINGER MAX ROMEO SPEAKS ABOUT REGGAE AND RADIO IN JAMAICA, AT UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE!

By Curtis Campbell— Singer Max Romeo believes mainstream Jamaican radio has deterred reggae’s progress and development. Speaking at the recently concluded International Reggae Conference 2015 at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, he said radio has made little attempt celebrate reggae, while overly promoting dancehall. Romeo believes if reggae receives more airplay, the youth will embrace the genre. He also rubbished notions that listeners are demanding to hear more dancehall, saying that radio creates the demand by saturating the airwaves, and so listeners have little option but to request what they are being taught. “The state of reggae is very bad. They are using the dancehall musicthat does not have international appeal to suppress the roots rock reggae, that has already been on the international market. We don’t get played on the radio … . And … Read entire article »

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GREENWICH TOWN TO HONOR ITS MUSICAL STALWARTS!

    Max Romeo— THE Greenwich Town community celebrates its music heritage tomorrow with Greenwich Town: Kingston 13 Culture Fest, a live show staged by its citizens’ association. The event takes place at the Greenwich Town Community Resource Centre. Veteran music producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, and singers Derrick Morgan and Max Romeo are among the honourees. Each will receive the Community Upliftment Award, along with dance duo Sparky and Pluggy. There will be live performances from Greenwich Town stalwarts Johnny Clarke, Prince Allah, Phillip Fraser and guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith with his Inna De Yard band. Activities begin at 3:00 pm with contests in poetry and dance from students of the Greenwich Town Primary and All-Age schools. Winners will receive $5,000 and trophies. Greenwich Town’s music history dates back to the 1950s. Noted musicians such as saxophonist Val … Read entire article »

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER, XANA ROMEO IS SET TO RELEASE “THE CLEANSE!”

 Xana Romeo— XANA Romeo, daughter of veteran roots-reggae singer Max Romeo, is set to release her mix tape, The Cleanse, which is produced by her father for his Tharmax Music label. According to 20-year-old Xana, The Cleanse is a personal statement. “It speaks about the cleansing process that one must go through to become a more positive individual,” she said. Born in the Kingston community of Greenwich Town, Xana was christened Azana Smith. She relocated with her family to Linstead, St Catherine where Max Romeo operates his production company and recording studio. While attending Moneague College in St Ann, she made her recording debut with the rap song I’m Gold. Another of her songs, No Love, is included on The Cleanse. –By Kevin Jackson … Read entire article »

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THE DOCUMENTARY “SCRATCH” HITS FINANCIAL SNAG!

THE DOCUMENTARY “SCRATCH” HITS FINANCIAL SNAG!

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston GERMAN film-maker Volker Schaner is seeking additional funding to complete his documentary on legendary Jamaican music producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Schaner, 45, placed Vision Of Paradise (the name of the project) on the kickstarter.com website — an online platform for funding creative projects — hoping to attract investors. Top: Director Volker Schaner… we are very close to the finale Bottom: Lee Scratch Perry   To date, the director says he has achieved a quarter of his US$20,000 target. “We … Read entire article »

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JAMAICA 50 CELEBRATIONS HEAD TO LONDON’S 02 ARENA!

JAMAICA 50 CELEBRATIONS HEAD TO LONDON’S 02 ARENA!

By Howard Campbell—– WHEN Rod Hallett arrives in Jamaica today, it will be to launch a project close to the British music industry veteran’s heart. Hallett is president of International Touring at promotions giant AEG Live. He is also main man behind the July 25 to August 6 extravaganza showcasing Jamaican pop culture at the London 02 Indig02 Arena. Top: Jimmy Cliff Bottom: HALLETT… president of International Touring at promotions giant AEG Live   For Hallett, who started his career as a … Read entire article »

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO ONE WANTED TO SING THIS SONG?

DID YOU KNOW THAT NO ONE WANTED TO SING THIS SONG?

By Marlon Burrell   Did you know that when Max Romeo wrote the song “Wet Dream” he did not want to record it himself? He brought the song to producer Bunny Lee who offered the song first to Derrick Morgan, who declined to sing the song. The producer then offered the song to the late Slim Smith, who also declined to record the song. Lee then convinced Romeo to sing the song himself and “Wet Dream” turned … Read entire article »

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POLITICS IN SONGS – THE MUSIC OF POLITICS!

POLITICS IN SONGS – THE MUSIC OF POLITICS!

From The Jamaica Gleaner Published: Sunday | December 25, 2011   Popular Songs Campaign Hits ’70s Peak Over the years, political parties have used popular Jamaican hit recordings to help bolster their election campaigns. As early as 1960, Clancy Eccles’ Freedom was used for political purposes, when Sir Alexander Bustamante, founder of the Jamaica Labour Party and Chief Minister at the time, adopted it for his fight against the Federation of the West Indies. The song disclosed the concept of repatriation to Africa, … Read entire article »

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