May 24, 2007
Vol 4, Issue 14

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The 2007 Magazine is Complete!

We are pleased to announce the completion of the 2007 Reggae Festival Guide. This year's cover features Michael Franti at the 2006 Reggae On The River Festival. Lee Abel is the photographer.

We give thanks for all of our contributors and advertisers who helped to make the 2007 issue the best one ever!

This year's magazine is full of interesting stories, festivals, radio information and more.

The stories include Book and DVD reviews, Reggae Fashion, Reggae Reggaellections, a feature on the legendary Clancy Eccles, Reggae Passings(a story on those who passed away last year), a piece on the winner of our Sonicbids Artist Contest: Higha Seeka, a photo matchup, a "ras" word puzzle and more.

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Pictured here: Les Nubians

Stephen and Damian Marley Set to Headline 3 Day Festival the first its kind in Haiti

(Port au Prince, HAITI) Jacmel, Haiti’s cultural centre, will host its first international music festival, Festival Mizik Jakmel, May 25-27th 2007. Headliners, 2-time Grammy-winning Reggae stars, Stephen and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, will be joined by more than 24 bands and musicians from around the globe.

With the Caribbean Sea providing a spectacular backdrop, this three day festival promises masses of energy, excitement and of course sun. Festival Mizik Jakmel will feature a wide variety of international artists including Les Nubians, The Reggae Cowboys and Emeline Michel, hailing from countries around the globe; The USA, Canada, Sweden, Jamaica and Haiti to name a few. The festival will explore every music genre, from Hip Hop, Konpa and Reggae to R&B, Jazz and Blues. The drummers of Haiti will also be uniting in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ for the largest drumming circle, last set in India 2006 with 7,951 people continuously drumming for five minutes, it is estimated that over 10,000 will participate.

Festival Mizik Jakmel is the brainchild of three Jacmel locals Patrick Boucard and Kate Tarratt Cross, co-founders of FOSAJ (Foundation Sant D’A Jakmel) and the Festival Film Jakmel. FOSAJ is dedicated to empowering the Haitian people through art and culture and not only works in conjunction with the European Union to support the 150 artisans of ADASE, but maintains outreach projects addressing issues including street children, literacy and the environment. Jeremie Sterlin, the third member of the team, is owner and operator of XUKPI Producciones, an event production company based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

“Empowerment through music, the reconnection of Haiti with the rest of the world, the promotion of regional tourism and the projection of a positive image of Haiti are some of the goals that we want to accomplish” Patrick Boucard, festival director.

Portions of the festival proceeds will go to support local nonprofit organizations - FOSAJ, Ecolede Musique Dessaix Baptiste (Jacmel Music School), as well as Kroma a foundation for street children and Pazapa a centre for the handicapped.

For additional information, visit the website


A friend of Reggae Festival Guides - Wesley Moore Sr.– known to his friends and family as “Prophet” passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007. His body was to be sent back to Jamaica where he requested to be buried in Irwin above the hills of Montego Bay next to his parents. His wife Holly and daughter Zenzi will accompanied him there.

Sacramento, CA is celebrated the passing of Prophet by holding a Nyabinghi celebration at Prophet’s home on April 21st and 22nd.

Prophet was born on April 22, 1952 in Jamaica. He has seven beautiful children with his wife Holly and two from a previous marriage. He was surrounded by his children as he drew his last breath, with baby
daughter Micaela laying on his shoulder and another sibling reading Psalms.

Prophet had struggled with a long bout of lung cancer but he never complained and was sharing words of wisdom and even cracking jokes up to the last minute. On one of the days before his passing, Holly tried to get him to eat something and he told her, “Holly, you don’t’ get everything you

The day before that, he told his bredren, “ Man is like a green pear tree –today it bears fruit and
tomorrow whithers away.”

Prophet, known and loved among the reggae and Rasta community was known as an Elder, a chef and a friend to all. He will be sorely missed.
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Lustre Kings and Zion High Productions are celebrating the CD release of the RED RAZOR RIDDIM compilation.

Together with the Reggae Festival Guide, Lustre Kings and Zion High are giving away 4 copies of this brand new release. This is an exclusive contest for readers of the Reggae Festival Guide E-Guide!

A winner has been picked for the past two issues. The last issue's winner was: Eizabeth M. , congratulations!

One entry per contestant p please, but you can enter for the next 2 issues (this one and the next one.) EMAIL YOUR ANSWER TO: SALES@ZHPREGGAE.COM!


Hint: #1 The cover art of the 1983 release Bob Marley and the Wailers CONFRONTATION features the famed artwork of Neville Garrick. In this iconic illustration, Bob becomes __________________ the dragon slayer.

Hint #2: cover art by Ras Terms; art direction by Moon “the Digital Ancient” .

1 Goody Goody - Everton Blender
2 Fit and Strong - Marlon Asher
3 Take Your Time - Freddie McGregor
4 My People - Jah Dan / Rankin Scroo
5 Beula Land - Luciano
6 Time So Perilous - Princess Menen
7 Where the Wind Blows - Norris Man
8 All We Need Is Love - Ras Attitude
9 Suffering Us - Lutan Fyah
10 Hymns - Vaughn Benjamin (Midnite)
11 Show Love - Natty King
12 Better Must Come - Arkangel
13 Wolf - Bitter Roots
14 Globe All Warming - Niyorah
15 Christ Manifest - Messenjah Selah
16 Pon A Sunday - Mighty Mystic
17 Oil for Food - Army
18 Seek Rastafari Love - Abijah
19 Grow Natty Grow - Jamatek
20 Mountain Top - Prseident Brown / Lambsbread
21 Nah Go Reach - Al Pancho
22 More Love - Jah Sun
23 red razor version - d. goldfine, c. daniel, g. walton, kiki

For more information on this and other Lustre Kings / Zion High Productions

music, visit

Benefit for Ras Kidus

Big Mighty Bashment Benefit
for Jon “Ras Kidus” Cornelius
Reggae Superstar Extraordinaire!
Star of Hit Jamaican Movies "Rude Boy"
and "Gangsta's Paradise"

Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 9pm
With: Black Love Sound, Ashanti Hi-Fi,
Broken Silence Sound, and so many
Special Guest Artists to appear we can't even mention.
Bay Area Underground Artists.
Location: Karibbean City, 1408 Webster St. Oakland, CA
Tickets: $20 Door

A Big Mighty Bashment Benefit Is Planned For Ras Kidus. Bay Area Performer/Drummer. Jamaica Natural Records invites you to The Big Mighty Bashment Benefit, Friday Nite, May 25th for Jamaican ReggaeStar of Stage and Screen...Ras Kidus (AKA Jon Cornelius). He needs your support. All proceeds will be donated to his rehabilitation efforts due to the onset of a stroke.

This show promises to be a virtual "who's who" of local Reggae performers all banding together to create a memorable and beneficial night for the much loved Reggae Star.

The event will feature Black Love Sound, Ashanti Hi-Fi and many, many other big name acts. Ras Kidus Benefit show starts at 9pm at Karibbean City Nightclub @ 1408 Webster St. in Oakland. That's Friday Nte. May 25th at Karibbean City...come out and show your support for one of Reggae's finest.

For more information check:
Jamaica Natural Records(415) 595-5177 or
Roots Force Productions (510) 395-2179

Come out and party!

Renegade Productions Concert Calendar

Friday, June 1
Truckee Regional Park, Truckee, CA

Sunday, July 22
Truckee Park Truckee, CA

Thursday, June 28
Historic Ashland Armory
Ashland, OR

Friday August 3, Reggae In The Park
Truckee River Park Amphitheatre
Truckee, CA

Saturday August 4, Reggae In The Park
Truckee River Park Amphiteathre
Truckee, CA

Go to:
for more information or call:

Half Pint Receives IRAWMA Producers Respect Award

(photo by Russell Gerlach)

Dancehall senasation Sean Paul picked up a record six awards during the 26th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), held at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater on Saturday, May 5th. Paul’s awards include: Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year; Recording Artist of the Year; Best Song for “Temperature”; Most Popular Hip Hop Entertainer and Songwriter of the Year. Reggae superstar Luciano won Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural Entertainer awards. Picking up two awards were Marley brother Damian who won the Selassie I Award for Spiritual Service through Music and Ziggy who wone the Outstanding Contribution to World Music Award.

Hip Hop legend Doug E. Fresh and Soca sensation Machel Montano HD hosted the 26th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), while GT Taylor and Richie B hosted the VIP pre-awards reception. The Nab Tri International African Dancers entertained the crowd with vibrant movements and colorful traditional attire.

Special Martin’s International and Associates Award of Honor was given to: Edmond “Bunny” Lee (King Jammy’s), Ed Robinson (E2 Recordings) and Don One Records. Special Producer’s Respect Awards were given to: Half Pint, Gregory Isaacs and Doug E. Fresh. The Special Award of Appreciation was awarded to: Winston “Niney” Holiness, Jerome Hamilton, Dahved Levy(WBLS 107.5 FM), Lorna Wainwright (Tuff Gong), Bobby (Culture Jam WVIP 93.5FM), and Dave Clarke (Friends of Reggae).

More than 150 entertainers and music industry professionals were nominated for the coveted IRAWMA, while others have been selected for special awards by music industry experts across the globe. Oprah Winfrey and International Pop/Rock Star Bono were given the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award. Boris Gardner and B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads were inducted into the IRAWMA Hall of Fame.

Top nominees walking the red carpet included Sean Paul, Doug E. Fresh, Machel Montano, Luciano, Macka Diamond, Ce’Cile, Lady G, Gregory Isaacs, Tarrus Riley, Leon & The Peoples, Half Pint, B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads, Tony Matterhorn, Alaine, Dean Fraser, Gyptian, Da’Ville, Ruff Stuff, Katalys Crew, Mutabaruka, Ed Robinson, Winsome Benjamin, among others.

Martin’s International and Associates welcomed American Airlines on board as the official travel carrier to the 26th IRAWMA and the Marriott Hotel(La Guardia) as the official hotel. For this year’s event Martin’s Inter-Culture joined forces with individual partners: Austin McBean, Clifton Edwards and Carlton Muldrew as Martin’s International & Associates, LLC to produce the IRAWMA Awards.

The 26th IRAWMA was made possible through generous contributions from the following sponsors: American Airlines (AA), Strength of Nature PROFECTIV, Uptown Juice Bar, Café Veg, Gleaner/Star Newspaper, DJ Steve’s Tax Services, Linkup Media for Linkup Radio (WVIP-93.5), Jam Rock Magazine, Plush TV and Caribbean Link Newspaper; Dahved Levy’s Rockin’ You and Caribbean Fever (WBLS 107.5), Irie Jam Media; Trans Continental Express Shippers, The Eye Collection Clothing Co., Jamroppo, Atlas Vacation, Bennett/World Class Limo, A D. Wilshire Tuxedo Rental & Limo Service, C. Sea Perkins and Cyberwize Powered by Tunguska Blast; Sam Ash Music Company, Dennis Shipping, Caribbean Food Delights; CVM TV,, tlas Vacation, Ruff Stuff Studio, Liberty Star Newspaper, Keeling Records, Spencer Financial Services, Golden Krust, Moodie’s Records and Liberty Star Newspaper.
Festival News

Health and Harmony Festival, non-reggae fun in Northern California!

June 8, 9, 10, 2007
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

As the earth spins toward the summer solstice, people naturally feel a need to come together outside and celebrate – it’s hardwired into our instincts. Last year’s Festival was the largest and most successful ever, and just to make sure this year is even better, the Festival organizers have gone into partnership with the institution that defined concert production nationwide, Northern California’s own Live Nation (formerly Bill Graham Presents). Said Festival Director Scott McKeown, “Combining the strengths of both organizations allows us to bring to the North Bay a world-class music and lifestyle festival as has never before been seen in Northern California.” It’s an unbeatable combination.

For the first time in the festival’s substantial history, Friday will offer a full day of music and events: three days, three nights, and three Main Stages full of fun and music.

Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), soul diva Erykah Badu, conscious hip-hop revolutionaries The Roots, Rickie Lee Jones, New Orleans Social Club (featuring Ivan Neville and the legendary Leo Nocentelli among others), and the cream of the jam band and acoustic world, including moe., Umphrey’s McGee, the Waybacks, Hot Buttered Rum, Animal Liberation Orchestra, the Mike Stern Allstars (featuring Victor Wooten of the Flecktones and Dennis Chambers along with Miles Davis guitarist Stern), Vernon Bush, New Monsoon, Common, and Sound Tribe Sector 9 lead the musical entertainment.

As always, there will be further music late at night with the “Harmony After Dark Zone,” featuring Jai Uttal, One at Last, Sheila Chandra, and Shimsai among many others. The “After Dark Zone” will be in three different venues for one modest price. Along with that, the Techno Tribal Dance, with Stanton Warrior, Shpongle, Ganga Girl, and Rabbit in the Moon among others, will go late with the very best of trance dance culture,

Of course, music is only one aspect of the 29th Harmony Festival, which will bring together many different facets of leading-edge information and approaches to healthier, more satisfying lifestyles with an amazing array of distinguished speakers, including Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Edwin Black, Van Jones, and Rabbi Michael Lerner.

This year’s Festival theme is “Promoting Global Cooling.” Every conscious person is aware of the current planetary crisis, and forums, speakers, and exhibits will provide much valuable information; but the theme has a double meaning as it seeks to present an alternative, calmer worldview that seeks to cool down the currently over-heated and divisive partisan atmosphere in which these matters are being considered. Harmony means many things here, in musical, political, and spiritual terms, and the Festival is a holistic gathering that presents the most compelling advances in personal and social transformation, health, healing, ecology, art, activism, food, politics – in fact, the whole life package. It is a Party with a Purpose.
For more information visit: www.  

Kingston, Jamaica: - Jah Cure will perform for the first time in 8 years at Curefest set for August of this year. Danger Promotions, Iyah Cure Promotions and Brass Gate Promotions have teamed up to present a 3-day event focusing on the work and music of Jah Cure. Curefest will take place on the North Coast of Jamaica, August 24-26, 2007.

Curefest celebrates Jah Cure's freedom while he gives thanks for life while spreading love through his music. Curefest is also geared at bringing back consciousness to the reggae / dancehall genre. Jah Cure's mission is to cure the world through music.

The festival will showcase positive cultural, dancehall and international artistes, bringing a higher level of consciousness to Jamaica over the course of 3 days.

Friday August 24, Reflection is an all-inclusive tribute dinner event hosted by Danger Zone Records.

Saturday August 25, 45 Cure's is a selector spin-off and stage show where Radio DJ's compete with Sound System DJ's to play the best Jah Cure dub / mix. The night will also feature performances by Dancehall artistes.

Sunday August 26, Longing For, is the final night of the festival when Jah Cure and his local and international celebrity friends will perform.

For further information check out:
or call 1-888-Jah-Cure

Rastafarian represents Jamaica in Miss Universe Pageant

MEXICO CITY -- Zahra Redwood, 25 and the first Miss Jamaica to be crowned from the country's minority Rastafarian faith, is shaking up a years-old view among many Rastas that beauty pageants should be shunned as degrading to women.

"People criticise what they don't know or understand and develop preconceptions, and so given that, I have gone against what they've developed as a stereotype," said Redwood, who is in Mexico for the Miss Universe final on May 28 in Mexico City.

Rastafarians -- who worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as a God they call "Jah" -- stress peace, love, spiritual goals and natural living, Redwood said, denying a clash between Rasta culture and being a beauty queen.

"The Rastafarian culture and beauty pageants have a great deal in common because they both promote decorum in the attitude of the female and the female as a role model in society. You're looking at beauty of the mind, body and soul," she said.

Rather than discrimination, the main reason for a dearth of Rasta beauty queens on the international circuit is the movement's rejection of the more corrupt or gaudy facets of modern society, which they call "Babylon," Redwood said.

Made famous around the world by Bob Marley's reggae songs, the Rasta culture emphasizes human dignity and self-respect.

"Rastafarians have been a very conservative group so modelling and pageants have been considered Babylonian to some extent," Redwood said.

But the reaction from fellow Rastafarians to her competing to be Miss Universe against women from some 75 other countries has been overwhelmingly positive, partly because black women with dreadlocks are so rarely seen in beauty contests, she said.

"They've been very, very happy for what they consider a psychological breakthrough. For them it's a huge thing," Redwood said.

The Rastafari movement was born in Jamaica in the 1930s after Haile Selassie's coronation in Ethiopia. Followers started to worship Haile Selassie, who died in 1975, as a type of messiah, in light of a 1920 prophecy by Jamaican civil rights leader Marcus Garvey that a black man would be crowned king in Africa.

Roughly a 10th of Jamaicans are Rastafarians, many of whom also take literally a biblical verse in the book of Leviticus that instructs against taking a razor to one's head.

In the Miss Universe 2007 line-ups, Redwood's twisty black dreadlocks, often massed into a huge bun, stand out from the lacquered manes of the other contestants.

"For the final I'm still not sure what style I will go with. But of course the locks have to show," she said.

This is for the week of May 18, 2007 Song Title, Album, Label

1. Whine Pon Yuh (2 wks @ #1) - Vybz Kartel - Don Corleon
2 Save The Juvenile (3 wks @ #1) - Lutan Fyah - Real Lyfe
3 Music Alone - Ginjah - I-Land Music
4 Lef Dem To Time - Elephant Man feat. Jigsy - Big Yard
5 Dying - Movado feat. Serani - Daseca
6 Tek Weh Yuself - Mr. Vegas - Kirkle Dove Records
7 Reverse Di Ting - Beenie Man - Seanizzle Records
8 Bad From Mi Born - Munga - Don Corleon
9 Holy Words - Bescenta & Warrior King - Vertex
10 Board House - Nesbeth - No Doubt Records
11 Hula Hoop (2 wks @ #1) - Macka Diamond - Hands & Heart
12 I Can't Stop Loving You - George Nooks - Tad's International
13 Shake Up Yuh Natty - Dez-I & Phillip Watkis - New Creation Records
14 Baby Father - Vybz Kartel & D'Angel - Free Willy
15 Never, Never - Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment
16 The Pastor - Ninjaman - Big Yard
17 Prince Of Fyah - Ras Myrdhak - Minor 7 Flat 5
18 Guardian Angel - T.O.K. - Fresh Ear
19 Tease Her - Anthony B - Trinity 7 Records
20 Church Heathen (3 wks @ #1) - Shaggy - Big Yard


The Aggrolites are on tour in celebration of their new release: Reggae Hit LA

Friday, June 1 Showcase Theatre Corona, CA
Saturday, June 2 Fiesta del Sol Solana Beach, CA
Tuesday, June 5 House of Blues Sunset Strip “ Hollywood, CA (free
CD with ticket purchase)
Wednesday, June 6 Galaxy Concert Theatre Santa Ana, CA (free CD
with ticket purchase)
Thursday, June 7 University Theatre Las Vegas, NV
Friday, June 8 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, June 9 High Desert Ska Fest @ Mesa Theater Grand
Junction, CO
Sunday, June 10 “ The FM 94/9 Independence Jam @ Devore Stadium
San Diego, CA
Monday, June 11 The Belly Up Aspen, CO
Tuesday, June 12 Marquis Theater Denver, CO
Thursday, June 14 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
Saturday, June 16 Stubb's Austin, TX
Sunday, June 17 Fitzgerald's Houston, TX
Monday, June 18 Rock Bottom Bar San Antonio,TX
Wednesday, June 20 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
Thursday, June 21 The Sets Tempe, AZ
Saturday, June 23 Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, August 24 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo, CA
Saturday, August 25 The Blank Club San Jose, CA
Wednesday, August 29 The Gorges Hall Cortes Island, BC
Thursday, August 30 The Red Room Vancouver, BC
Friday, August 31 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, BC
Saturday, September 1 Bumbershoot Music Festival Seattle, WA
Tuesday, September 4 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Wednesday, September 5 Red Devil Lounge San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 22 Woolacombe Scooter Rally London, England

For more information:

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Happy Earthday to these legends!

Prince Buster born May 24, 1938

Sugar Minott born May 25, 1956

Reggae Festival Calendar!



Thursday-Sunday May 24-27, 2007
Thornville, Ohio, U.S.
Hotline: 740-323-1485
Camp Reggae

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27
Turtle Town, Tennesee, U.S.
Hotine: 423-496-9370
Houston Reggae Fest

Friday-Monday, May 25-28, 2007
Hotline: 281-576-9465
River Roots Reggae

Saturday, May 26, 2007
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Hotline: 775-337-1717
Georgia Music Fest 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Hotline: 678-523-9233
Kentucky Reggae Festival

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, 2007
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Hotline: 502-583-0333
Reggae On The Mississippi River

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, 2007
Vidalia, Louisiana, U.S.
Hotline: 318-868-3840
Aya Higuma Reggae Festival In Central Park 2007

Sunday May 27, 2007
New York, NY

UCLA Jazz Regae Festival

Sunday May 27, Monday May 28
Los Angeles, CA
Hotline: (310)825-9912

Steel Pulse and Soul Jibe

Friday June 1, 2007
Truckee, CA
Mountain High Festival

Friday-Sunday June 1-3, 2007
Avalia, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Hotline: +381644824709
Jamaica Festival 2007

June 1-30, 2007
Kingston, Jamaica
Hotline: (876)926-5726
San Francisco Black Film Festival 2007

June 7-10, 2007
San Francisco, CA
Hotline: (415)771-9271

The weekly E-Guide is a wonderful resource for those who live, love and enjoy reggae and its vibrant culture. It encompasses the music, energy and spirituality that define this unique and diverse community worldwide. You can expect CD releases and industry news, band tours, inspirational pieces, reggae trivia and of course, upcoming reggae festivals.

The Reggae Festival Guide Magazine is an annual publication which comes out in May. RBA Publishing (also home of sister publication Blues Festival Guide) prints 100,000 copies of the magazine which spotlights festivals throughout the year, feature stories on festivals around the world, radio DJ listings and stories with messages of upliftment.

For years, the Reggae Festival Guide Magazine received numerous requests for updates on festivals via email, and on May 2, 2004, the webmaster of, Kristine Cummins partnered with the magazine (RBA Publishing), and published the first emailed issue of the E-Guide E-Newsletter.

The readership is now over 10,000 reggae fans and counting. Each week, The Reggae Festival E-Guide reaches members of the Reggae community around the world. The E-Guide is currently edited by Reggae Festival Guide's Marketing Director, Justine Ketola. Click here to email Justine.
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