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“RITA MARLEY SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR STAYING THROUGHOUT BOB’S CHEATING/INFIDELITIES” SAYS U.S. DJ!

“RITA MARLEY SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR STAYING THROUGHOUT BOB’S CHEATING/INFIDELITIES” SAYS U.S. DJ!

  DJ Vlad, a popular deejay in the United States, says Bob Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, deserves credit for staying with the reggae legend despite his infidelity. “It is about the bigger picture. Bob Marley’s wife stayed with him the whole time. Bob Marley was still married when he died and how many kids did he have outside of that relationship? But she saw the bigger picture outside of that relationship,” DJ Vlad said. Marley fathered at least … Read entire article »

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BEVERLEY KELSO REMEMBERS PLAYING AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE ORIGINAL WAILERS!

BEVERLEY KELSO REMEMBERS PLAYING AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE ORIGINAL WAILERS!

By Roy Black— From left: Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh as The Wailers.—- One of the most commonly accepted inaccuracies floating around these days in music circles is that Bunny Wailer is the only surviving member of the legendary Wailers singing group. Beverley Kelso, one of the surviving symbols and cornerstone of the group, is very much alive and well, living in New York. She is not just a surviving member, but a very integral and … Read entire article »

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THE MELODIANS, HALF PINT, RITA MARLEY, GT TAYLOR, CHRIS BLACKWELL, ALTON ELLIS, HONORED BY THE JAMAICA REGGAE MUSIC ASSOCIATION (JaRIA) FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS!

BY RORY DALEY—  Trevor McNaughton of The Melodians with his award. (Garfield Robinson)— Organizers of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honor Awards stressed its importance Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. “I just want to thank everyone that has stayed with the JaRIA awards for the past nine years,” said Ibo Cooper, JaRIA chairman. For Cooper, the strong turnout of artists and fans was a direct response to the clamoring for Jamaica’s version of the Grammy Awards. The sentiment was echoed by former JaRIA chairman Freddie McGregor who, upon receiving his Iconic Artist award, commented on the lack of knowledge locally about the awards. “The vision is not only to honor those that laid the foundation for us, but for us to lay that foundation for a larger vision,” he explained. The finale on … Read entire article »

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VETERAN SINGER/SONGWRITER/MUSICIAN/PRODUCER ASHLEY “GRUB” COOPER HONORED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION!

 Stephen Marley (left) presenting a Rita Marley Foundation Award to Asley “Grub” Cooper at a function held at The University of West Indies, Mona campus, recently.. VOCALIST and music producer Asley “Grub” Cooper was honored by the Rita Marley Foundation for his contribution to Jamaica’s musical heritage at a function held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, recently. Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob and Rita Marley, presented the award to Cooper. “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with the Marley family, and it gave me great opportunity to expose my art and brought me to the attention of many globally recognised artistes with whom I had the pleasure to work. I hope this award will be an inspiration to musicians everywhere to keep grinding away … Read entire article »

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JAMAICA REGGAE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (JaRIA) TO HONOR CHRIS BLACKWELL, HALF PINT, ALTON ELLIS, MIKEY BENNETT, RITA MARLEY, AND FREDDIE McGREGOR AMONG OTHERS, FEBRUARY 26!

   Chris Blackwell— Legendary music producer Chris Blackwell, who is credited with introducing The Wailers — Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer — to the international market, is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its honour awards ceremony set for February 26 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. This event, will be used to wrap up a month-long series of activities in observance of Reggae Month. The British-born Blackwell, who established Island Records in 1959, was among the first to record the Jamaican popular music that eventually became known as ska. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, into which Blackwell was inducted in 2001, has designated him ‘the single person most responsible for turning the world on to reggae music”. According to chairman … Read entire article »

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THE RITA MARLEY FOUNDATION TO HONOR FAB 5’s ASTLEY “GRUB” COOPER!

By Shereita Grizzle— Astley ‘Grub’ Cooper Dr Rita Marley and the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) will be honoring master vocalist, musical arranger, producer and drummer Astley ‘Grub’ Cooper for his contributions to Jamaica’s musical heritage. Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA), praised Cooper for his contributions to the country’s growing musical heritage. “Grub has undoubtedly made immeasurable contributions to Jamaica’s music and culture. For this reason, Dr Marley and the foundation find him most deserving of this inaugural award,” she said. The award will be presented on February 17 during the foundation’s annual national high school Public Speaking Competition to be held at University of the West Indies, Mona, presented this year in collaboration with Stephen Marley’s Ghetto Youths Foundation. This major event is being held as part of the celebrations to recognize … Read entire article »

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“MY MOTHER IS RECUPERATING WELL AND DOING MUCH, MUCH BETTER!” SAYS ZIGGY MARLEY!

BY RICHARD JOHNSON—    Rita Marley— ZIGGY Marley, eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, said his mother is recuperating in Florida. He spoke exclusively with the Jamaica Observer last weekend. “If is one thing I know, my mother is a strong, strong woman. She is doing much, much better and is in Florida with (my sister) Cedella and other family members,” he said. A former member of the sibling group the Melody Makers, Cedella Marley is CEO of the family-owned Tuff Gong International. In September, there were reports that the 71-year-old Rita suffered another stroke and was admitted to a Miami hospital. Marley said the decision was taken not to allow his mother to return to Ghana, where she has resided for the past 20 years. “We just decided to keep her there [Miami] and give her … Read entire article »

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RITA MARLEY IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUFFERING A MAJOR STROKE!

 Rita Marley– OBSERVER ONLINE has been reliably informed that Rita Marley, widow of reggae superstar Bob Marley, has been admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke in the United States city last night. Sources have informed the Observer that Marley is in Miami to attend an event, but her appearance has been cancelled. It is understood that she had suffered a stroke before, but this is considered the most serious and members of the family have been tight-lipped about her condition, but have been closely monitoring her condition. Seventy-year-old Marley, born Alpharita Anderson in Santiago de Cuba in July 1946, is the mother of three of Bob’s 13 children — David (Ziggy), Cedella and Stephen. She married Bob in 1966. … Read entire article »

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BOB MARLEY’S CONTROVERSIAL ACCOUNTANT, MARVIN ZOLT, DIES AT 95!

 Bob Marley— Marvin Zolt, Bob Marley’s controversial former accountant, died August 25 in the United States. His obituary in The Berkshire Eagle newspaper gave his age as 95. In 1995, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said that for five years after Marley’s death (in 1981), his lawyer David J Steinberg and his accountant Marvin Zolt, “developed and implemented numerous schemes that allegedly diverted foreign music assets and royalty income from Marley’s estate to themselves”. According to a 1995 story in the New York Times, the court said “the schemes were carried out with the aid of Mr Marley’s widow, Rita”. The United States Court of Appeals upheld a 1993 ruling by the Federal Court in Manhattan. A lawsuit brought by the administrator of Marley’s estate had submitted an accountant’s report … Read entire article »

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STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY – THE REGGAE REBEL!

Bob Marley’s second son on his father’s ‘cowboy’ fashion sense, working with his son, and why his new album is like a fruit basket By Davina Hamilton —- BEARING MUSICAL FRUIT: Stephen Marley—- DON’T SAY that Stephen Marley isn’t versatile. With his new album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, boasting collaborations with acts including reggae star Shaggy, hip-hop hero Black Thought and Australian rapstress Iggy Azalea, it’s clear that Bob Marley’s second son knows how to mix and blend musical styles. “We had a concept,” Stephen says of his latest offering. “This album is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was [the 2011 album] Revelation Part 1: The Root Of Life. And this is Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life. “The plan this time was to cross-pollinate other … Read entire article »

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