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First Note: RIP Bob Marley’s Manager, Popcaan promises to do better & La Lewis is arrested

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Marley’s former manager dead (The Jamaica Observer) DANNY Sims, the American impresario who once managed Bob Marley and The Wailers, died last Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 72. Allan ‘Skill’ Cole, Sims’ close friend, told the Jamaica Observer that Sims succumbed to a long fight with colon cancer. Sims had been helping Cole shop […]

First Note: 10.05.2012 – Splash, Tommy Lee Sparta & Rayvon

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Second SPLASH For Porus (The Jamaica Gleaner) Medina Entertainment is gearing up to host the second staging of its flagship event, SPLASH, tomorrow. As implied by the name of the event, SPLASH is a water party and Porus, Manchester, will get a second chance to indulge in a concept that is fast growing in popularity. […]

Friday Flashback: Reggae Greats

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Reggae Times Magazine Vol1 Issue 6 December 1995 Cover: Reggae Greats: Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Lovindeer, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, Shabba Ranks, and more Inside this weeks Flashback Friday Issue: Features on Spragga Benz, Clive Hunt & Patra Open publication – Free publishing – More dancehall

First Note: 10.03.2012

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Samuel Mouton of Ft. Collins is the reggae master on NBC’s “The Voice” (Denver Post) Before his breakout performance on “The Voice,” the biggest venue Samuel Mouton had played was the 300-400 seat Aggie Theatre in Ft. Collins. He has yet to play Denver. Suddenly, almost 11 million people are watching him in prime time and his version […]

First Note: 10.02.2012

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A bounty for Buju? Supporters say reggae giant was set up as new lawyer takes case (Final Call) Later this month Buju Banton, a leading reggae entertainer and music industry giant, returns to court for resentencing on a gun charge related to a controversial drug trafficking conviction. His new lawyer and supporters say the gun charge, […]

First Note: 10.01.2012

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Trademark Jamaican reggae (The Jamaica Observer) VICE-CHAIRMAN of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Charles Campbell, says it is imperative to establish a trademark for Jamaican reggae. According to Campbell, this will help protect, preserve and promote the authentic brand for it to maintain competitiveness globally. Campbell made these observations recently during a workshop on […]

First Note: 09.27.2012

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Jamaica: The loudest island on the planet? (BBC News) Everywhere you go in Jamaica, you hear music – loud music. Although authorities recently enforced an island-wide musical curfew, there is a growing campaign to relax the restrictions. Why has the Caribbean nation gained a reputation for being the loudest island on the planet? Roads To Tracks […]

First Note: 09.26.2012

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Let The Beat Drop: Dancehall Censorship In Jamaica (Council of Hemispheric Affairs) Boasting its fiftieth year of independence, the Greater Antillean isle of Jamaica touts a large and progressive musical catalog that makes the industry one of the country’s most internationally known exports. Indigenous to Jamaica, reggae is a calming music that inspires tranquility and feelings of […]

First Note: 09.25.2012

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No Doubt’s ‘Push & Shove’ Features Diplo’s Blend Of Ska & Dub (Huffington Post) No Doubt, Gwen Stefani and her reunited band of ska rockers is back with another single. “Push and Shove,” which Ryan Seacrest debuted Wednesday, sees Diplo blending ska, dub and reggae into a track which verges dangerously close to dubstep. VP Records […]

First Note: 09.24.2012

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Positive Signal: Judge impressed by Busy’s transformation (The Jamaica Observer) IT’S not customary for an accused to rejoice when given a prison sentence, but deejay Busy Signal broke that trend last Friday. A judge in the United States ruled that the 33-year-old artiste will only serve two months of a six-month sentence, as he has been […]

Flashback Friday – Yami Bolo uniting Reggae & Japan

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Reggae Times Magazine Vol1 Issue 5 September 1994 Cover: Yami Bolo Inside this weeks Flashback Friday Issue: Features on Yami Bolo, Elise Kelly, The Jamaica Music Federation Interview with Beenie Man Open publication – Free publishing – More dancehall

First Note: 09.21.2012

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Vybz Kartel’s new book fails to connect with Jamaicans (The Examiner) Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelmay still be selling records while behind bars but his new book hasn’t been experiencing similar success. Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, the first book ever penned by Vybz Kartel made a big splash when it was launched in Spanish Town this past […]

Closing Act 09.20.2012

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Lee Jaffe Speaks On Peter Tosh (BoomShots) Lee Jaffe was born in the Bronx but always felt right at home in Jamaica. The man who played harmonica on Bob Marley’s “Three O’Clock Roadblock” was also a great photographer who shot the cover of Peter Tosh’s 1976 solo debut, Legalize It. Many of Jaffe’s images are collected in […]

First Note: 09.20.2012

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Marleys produce Wayne Marshall album (The Jamaica Star) Reggae artiste Damian Marley is gearing up to release his first musical project in the capacity of producer. The son of late reggae legend Bob Marley is revealed to have been the mastermind behind the production of Wayne Marshall’s soon to be released studio album True Colours. […]

Closing Act: 09.19.2012

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SEAN PAUL REVEALS WHY HE KEPT HUSH ON JAY-Z/BEYONCÉ BEEF RUMOR (SOHH.com) Dancehall singer Sean Paul recently dug up a past rumor centered on Jay-Z having a beef toward him over his early 2000’s working relationship with now-wife Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and explained why he kept quiet up until now. According to Sean, the beef-fueled gossip […]

First Note: 09.19.2012

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How Sean Paul’s iPad Helped Him Make His New Album (Forbes Magazine) Dancehall superstar Sean Paul is best known for his maddeningly catchy hooks, his distinctive Jamaican lilt and ever-changing hairstyles that have run the gamut from cornrows to his current mohawk. But thanks to his iPad, this musical chameleon of coiffure has added a few […]

Closing Act: 09.18.2012

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Matisyahu On Acting, His Growth and His Beard (OC Weekly) We caught up with Matisyahu for our print feature this week. As he’s set to hit the stage at the City National Grove in Anaheim, here some tidbits that we discussed with the clean shaven, beat boxing Reggae musician. Sean Paul nominated for Best Word Stage for the 2012 […]

First Note: 09.18.2012

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Jah Cure raps with 2 Pac (Jamaica Observer) REGGAE artiste Jah Cure has released a new single entitled All By Myself which features late American gangster rapper Tupac Shakur. Released last week, All By Myself was produced by Jamal ‘Mally Mall’ Rashad and co-written by Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd. Tafari’s Rud3 […]

Closing Act: 09.17.2012

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Wyclef Jean reveals reason for Fugees split (National Post) Fans long eager to learn why iconic ’90s group The Fugees called it quits when they did need look no further than Wyclef Jean’s recently released memoir Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story. Rohan Marley: ‘The Break Up With Lauryn Wasn’t My Fault’ (The Voice UK) Rohan Marley says he was […]

First Note: 09.17.2012

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Sizzla keeps Zimbabwe dates (Jamaica Observer) SINGJAY Sizzla will go ahead with two shows in Zimbabwe next month despite disparaging comments reportedly made by that country’s president about Jamaican men. The shows, scheduled for the capital Harare, kick off the ‘Jah Put a Hand on Africa’ tour which is headlined by Sizzla. Tyrone Blake Remembered … […]