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THE MAROON CULTURE ON DISPLAY IN PORTLAND, JUNE 22 – 25!

THE MAROON CULTURE ON DISPLAY IN PORTLAND, JUNE 22 – 25!

By Basil Walters— Marcia Douglas, acting Ketnal of the Charles Town Maroons, addressing guests at the launch of the ninth annual Charles Town Maroon Conference at Redbones Blues Cafe in St Andrew last Thursday. (Photo: Enola Williams) PAM Hall, Cari-Folk Singers, Savvie, Ananse story-telling by Amina Blackwood Meeks, Charles Town Maroons drummers and dancers, and Mutabaruka providing musical selections are part of the entertainment package scheduled for the ninth annual international Charles Town Maroon Conference (CTMC) at … Read entire article »

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DUB-POET AND RADIO HOST MUTABARUKA, TO BE HONORED BY THE JAMAICA POETRY FESTIVAL, AUGUST 14!

By Simone Morgan-Lindo—  Mutabaruka— DUB poet and radio personality Mutabaruka will be one of several people honored at the Jamaica Poetry Festival scheduled for the Louise Bennett Garden Theater in St Andrew, on August 14. The Rastafarian poet is slated to be the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Festival organiser, Yasus Afari said the tribute to the dub poet was a fitting one, due to his contribution to the arts over the years. “He has been a principal person, not only in this event but he is also very instrumental in Poetry in Motion for the last 13 years. We want to celebrate people who have been consistent in pioneering and developing the arts. He has used his poems to empower and motivate others,” Afari told Jamaica Observer. Mutabaruka is known for his hard-hitting … Read entire article »

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WELCOME TO RASTA RADIO!

By Richard Johnson—  Barbara Blake Hannah— FOR filmmaker and author Barbara Blake-Hannah, the recently launched Rasta Radio provides a much-needed space where the issues, ideas and opinions relating to Rastafari can be discussed. Located on www.ustream.tv/channel/rasta-radio-ja, Blake-Hannah is the conceptualiser of the Internet radio station. Launched one week ago, she contends it is a long time coming. “I have always observed that there is no radio, television or newspaper and generally no space geared towards Rasta. With the renewed emphasis on Rasta with the changes to the law as it relates to ganja, the time was right to provide a forum where we could talk to each other about the issues which affect us as a group,” she explained. Blake-Hannah noted that the station has gotten off the ground with little or no support and … Read entire article »

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WITH 36 RADIO STATIONS OPERATING ON THE ISLAND, WILL JAMAICA SOON RUN OUT OF FREQUENCIES?

WITH 36 RADIO STATIONS OPERATING ON THE ISLAND, WILL JAMAICA SOON RUN OUT OF FREQUENCIES?

Paula-Anne Porter Jones – File By Mel Cooke- A few days ago, I was in the parking lot of a supermarket, about to turn off the car’s engine and the radio along with it, when a news item caused me to pause. It was about a radio frequency being assigned to the Maroon community which, although interesting enough, was not a reason to keep the engine going. It was the number of radio stations that caused me to say “Damn” … Read entire article »

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LUCIANO BECOMES THE FIRST JAMAICAN REGGAE ARTIST TO PERFORM IN MALAWI, AFRICA!

LUCIANO BECOMES THE FIRST JAMAICAN REGGAE ARTIST TO PERFORM IN MALAWI, AFRICA!

 Luciano Africa bound— ROOTS singer Luciano is set to become the first Jamaican reggae artist to perform in the south-east African country of Malawi. An article in the Malawi Nyasa Times newspaper reports that he will play at the Lilongwe Golf Club on October 19 in the capital city Lilongwe. He was invited to Malawi by Nelson Shaba, a Malawian musician/promoter who lives in South Africa where he operates Born Afrikan Productions. The newspaper also reported that Luciano has … Read entire article »

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CHRIS MEREDITH KEEPS MAKING THOSE RIDDIMS!

  MEREDITH… a bit too much computers in the music… LAST year when bass player Chris Meredith decided on a return to music production he wanted his comeback project to reflect the sound that inspired him as a youth — stripped-down roots-reggae. While listening to a number of 1970s ‘rhythms’, he found one particularly appealing. “Is a old Bunny Lee beat wid two bass part, an’ wi actually play the second part. When wi start play it, everybody get “excited”, he recalled. The result of that ‘exciting’ jam is the Positive, a beat driven by songs from a number of old school and emerging roots acts such as Big Youth, Sangie Davis, Linval Thompson, Johnny Clarke, Jah9, Jesse Royal, and Brian Gold. Meredith played bass on the track accompanied by veteran musicians Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith (guitar), … Read entire article »

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SIZZLA KALONJI HONORED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GAMBIA!

Sizzla Kalonji – File— Sizzla Kalonji was honored by the government of Gambia when he recently performed at a series of events there. Perceived as a liberator with a cause, Sizzla also acted as cultural ambassador for the 11th staging of the Gambia Roots International Festival in Banjul, West Africa. The unapologetic messenger infused his lyrics with powerful messages that had a subliminal effect on his listeners. At the closing gala event of the Gambia Roots Festival over the weekend, Sizzla was presented with a halam instrument by one of the Kora masters. The halam is a traditional wooden stringed instrument used by the Wolof and the Fullas. At another concert in Independence Square, Sizzla’s backing band functioned like a well-oiled machine, turning out crowd-pleasing hit songs. The original Firehouse Crew comprised of George Miller, Donald Dennis and Paul … Read entire article »

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED JAMAICAN DUB POET MALACHI SMITH – HEADLINES COLOMBIA POETRY FESTIVAL!

SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED JAMAICAN DUB POET MALACHI SMITH – HEADLINES COLOMBIA POETRY FESTIVAL!

By Basil Walters—– MALACHI Smith, South Florida-based Jamaican dub poet, is the headliner for the International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia which runs from June 24-30. He is among 1,120 poets from 127 nations participating in the festival. SMITH… among 1,120 poets from 127 nations participating in the festival   “I was invited by the organisers of the festival, XX Festival Internacional DE Poesia De Medellin, International Poetry Festival of Medellin. They translated 42 pieces of my poetry into Spanish … Read entire article »

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“A IDIOT TING DIS…FIRE BUN!” SHOUT PROTESTING RASTAS AT “MARLEY” PREMIERE!

“A IDIOT TING DIS…FIRE BUN!” SHOUT PROTESTING RASTAS AT “MARLEY” PREMIERE!

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON & RICHARD JOHNSON—- ANOTHER incident involving a flag at a public event has sparked anger. This time, it was at the Jamaican premiere of Marley, the new documentary on the life of reggae icon Bob Marley, at Emancipation Park in St Andrew on Thursday. Protesting Rastas express their displeasure at the use of the colours of the Ethiopian flag — red, green and gold — as a carpet at Thursday’s premiere of the documentary Marley … Read entire article »

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