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February 14, 2013

Volume 10/Issue 07

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Show Us Your RFG!!

A Note From Your Editor.......

Ital Statistics

Reggae Airplay Charts

About Us

News Flash

New CDs in the Mix

In Jah´s Name We Pray

Reggae Festivals This Month

Show Us Your RFG!!

The Reggae Festival Guide with .........

RFG reporter Shelah Moody caught up with singer/motivational speaker Radmilla Cody, from the Navajo Nation, at  the 55th Annual San Francisco  Grammy Nomimee Celebration, sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy, on. Jan. 22. Cody, who hails from Arizona, is nominated for Best Regional Roots Album "Shi Keyah-Songs for the People." The 55th Annual

Grammy Awards aired on Sunday, Feb. 10, on CBS.

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One Love Ya'll,

Yvonne Varner, Reggae Festival eGuide Editor

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News Flash

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It's time to post your 2013 festival information on the

Reggae Festival Guide website:; it's FREE!

The sooner you put the information on our website the sooner fans will see it and be able to plan their Reggae Festival adventures!



New Feature!!  Our Website - www.ReggaeFestivalGuide has a new feature: A Gig/Concert Calendar!     Bands and Venues - For years we have offered Reggae FESTIVAL listings, now you can also submit your Gigs/Concerts for free as well!  


Fans:  Search for Gigs/Concerts in your area by band name, date, city, etc. 

Find the links on our homepage at  (www.ReggaeFestivalGuide)



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2013 SNWMF Advance Tickets on Limited Availability Now or



Iration to Perform at MontBleu in South Lake Tahoe, Ca. USA on Friday, Feb 15, 2013

Soulful, melody-driven Iration, the chart-topping alternative reggae, pop, rock band will be performing at Montbleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe on Friday, February 15 at 9pm. Opening the evening’s festivities are three other high-profile touring reggae bands: reggae rockers from Georgia: Passafire; ‘Live Artist of the Year in The 2012 Pier Awards’ The Green; and Pacific Dub, one of the youngest and newest bands to solidify themselves as professionals within the Reggae-Rock scene.


All members met while growing up in Hawaii but formed Iration after reconnecting in Santa Barbara, CA. They have since released two full-length albums, Time Bomb (2010) and No Time for Rest (2007), as well as three EP’s, New Roots (2006), Sample This EP (2008) and Fresh Grounds (2011).Time Bomb, which has sold 30K+ copies, hit #1 on the iTunes reggae album chart and remains within the top 20 on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart to this day.


Tickets are $22.50 in advance / $25 day of show (plus taxes/fees) and this is an all-ages venue. For more information call Montbleu at (775) 588-3515 or visit



Kings Music International is Announcing: Prezident Brown & Reggae Angels - I Sound Tour  April / May 2013

03-30 to 04-13 - Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley

04-05 - Fairfax, CA – 19 Broadway

04-06 – Berkeley, CA – Ashkenaz

04-18 - Chico, CA – Lost On Main

04-20 - Willits, CA – Brooktrails Lodge

04-21 - San Diego, CA – World Beat Center, Earth Day Celebration

04-26 - Portland, OR – Bobwhite Theatre

04-27 - Seattle, WA – Nectar

05-18 - Santa Cruz, CA – Rejuvination Festival


Both of these acts are supporting successful new 2013 CD releases. Prezident Brown’s new album is called I Sound Is From Creation and the Reggae Angel’s album is called Turn On The Light.   For bookings contact: Peter Wardle Kings Music International  Cell: (510) 326-8445  Office: (510) 653-4069

For interview requests and general inquiries, contact: Elliot Blair  541-868-5070

For more information on the artists check out their web sites at: /



The Expendables  ‘Lifes a Beach Tour’ with Tomorrows Bad Seeds At Montbleu Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. USA on March 6

TICKETS!!  Blending Reggae, Punk Rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years. Catch them at Montbleu in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, March 6 along with Tomorrows Bad Seeds who who were voted "Best Artist Playing at Vans Warped Tour". Since 1997,  The Expendables  have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast.  The first seven years of their career was fueled with three full-length, completely indie releases; No Time To Worry  (2000), Open Container (2001), and Gettin’ Filthy (2004). Tickets are available through the MontBleu Box Office or by calling 1-888-829-7630. Grab them now and come rage!   TICKETS!!!



Reggae On The River Returns To Its Original French’s Camp Venue, USA August 1-4, 2013. 

What: 29th Annual Reggae On The River

Where: French’s Camp 

When: August 1-4, 2013. 

Why: The historic homecoming of Reggae On The River to its original venue! Not to be missed!!! 

Stay tuned to the festival website at for all the details and be sure to join the ROTR newsletter where you’ll get a sneak peek in coming weeks of all the epic talent in store for this very special Reggae On The River homecoming celebration. For more information call the Mateel office at (707) 923-3368 or send an email to



Richie Spice -- Touring North America - May/June 2013 - In Support of New Release - Soothing Sounds: Acoustic

International cultural reggae singer Richie Spice is currently one of the hottest reggae acts worldwide, moving with a positive message, top female vocalists and a sharp top cutter Jamaican band. He is a new breed reggae artist out of Kingston Jamaica. This October 2012 he released a new album called - Soothing Sounds: Acoustic 

Earth a Run Red, Richie Spice's biggest hit and now a worldwide reggae anthem, dominated the airwaves in a positive and conscious manner for many years. This song helped propel Richie Spice into the limelight and from there he has proven to the world his consistency in writing and producing hit songs and delivering them strongly live on the world stage.



Jimmy Cliff Wins Reggae Grammy

(Jamaica Gleaner) KINGSTON, Jamaica – Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff has won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for the album Rebirth.  The Grammy award took place today in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.  He beat four other nominees in the category for his second Grammy. His rivals were The Original Wailers (Miracle); Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique); Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters (New Legend — Jamaica 50th Edition) and Toots and the Maytals (Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill).  The 64 year-old Cliff has been in the news recently.  Last week, his version of the Partridge Family sitcom  theme song, Get Happy, appeared in a controversial Super Bowl Volkswagen television advertisement.  Cliff’s first Grammy triumph came in 1986 with Cliff Hanger.  Rebirth sold favourably and earned strong reviews from major publications such as Rolling Stone.  Cliff has been nominated for a Best Reggae Album Grammy seven times. His other nominations were Reggae Nights (1985), Club Paradise (1987), Hanging Fire (1989), Breakout (1993), and Black Magic (2005).



Germans Relocating To Jamaica For The Love Of The Music And Culture

Germans love and appreciation for Jamaica’s music, culture and lifestyle cannot, and should not be questioned. Several prominent Germans have publicly announced the influence that Jamaica’s urbanity has had on them. Many have visited the island on numerous occasions while others have relocated to Jamaica permanently, giving up a less hazardous lifestyle for a more challenging one.


One such German is Reggae recording artist, Roots Queen. Though she was born and grew up in Germany, Roots Queen fell in love with Jamaica’s music many years ago as it was all she could listen to while going through a difficult time in her life. Having had an interest in music from a younger age, she decided that she would pursue a career as a Reggae recording artist after witnessing some Jamaican performers at the annual Summer Jam Festival (held in Cologne, Germany).


“Powerful Energy” (which is the name of her album) clearly defines the inner person that is Roots Queen.



Diane Issachar, Dead at 65

WELL-KNOWN reggae photographer and Twelve Tribes of Israel member, Diane Isaachar, is dead.  She died from cancer on Saturday in California, according to her close friend, Jamaican publicist Vonnie McGowan.  She was 65 years old.  Issachar was born Diane Osbourne in California but also lived in Florida for several years. She is survived by a son, Nikiya.  "Even though she was from a different culture she embraced Jamaican culture and music," McGowan said.  Issachar was a fixture on the reggae circuit for many years, especially the California festival scene.  She also shot album covers for numerous Jamaican artistes and musicians including singer Mikey General, saxophonist Dean Fraser, and guitarist Dwight Pinkney.




A Note From Your Editor.......

Yvonne Varner - Reggae Festival eGuide Editor

Start date  02-07-13. This week I share with you that I am the youngest of five.  This photo was August of 1966 in Yosemite. My sister had to push real hard to hold down the air matt with me on her back!! San Francisco Trivia: My brother Al (far right) had a band who competed in the first San Francisco Bay Area Battle of the Bands and won, but was disqualified for not all of them being the age of 18. Sometimes they were the Delrays and sometimes they were the Raydels. They played modern rock; Stones, Troggs, Turtles.

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Click my name to find me on FaceBook - Yvonne Varner  02-14


New CDs in the Mix

Ziggy Marley in Concert

"Ziggy Marley in Concert" album available on iTunes on Dec. 18, 2012 and available everywhere on Jan. 15, 2013. 



Brand New Single by Black Queen ft. Richard Dawkins - Ex Girl Prod. by BQ Productions

Brand New Single by Black Queen ft. Richard Dawkins - Ex Girl Prod. by BQ Productions

Artiste Name : Black Queen ft. Richard DawkinsSong Title : Ex GirlProducer : BQ ProductionsDOWNLOAD LINK

Listen Song Here

Black Queen ft. Richard Dawkins - Ex Girl Prod. by BQ Prod. Jan 2013.

Black Queen Performing @ Sting 2012

Download More From Black Queen Here

For More Info on Black Queen Please Contact Andrew Powell at :

1-876-882-6924 or Email  BBM 2A52110D 



Ital Statistics

On This Day In Reggae

February 14 

Saint Valentine's Day 

----: DJ Jesse Jendau is born.  

19--: Tatsuyuki Hiyamuta [Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; alto sax] is born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. 

1977: Junior Marvin joins the Wailers.

----: Ralston Grant [Twinkle Brothers; vocals/rhythm guitar] is born.


In Jah´s Name We Pray

Free to Choose

"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility."

-- Sigmund Freud 


Reggae Airplay Charts




Jamaica Music Countdown

By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM

Feb 15-21, 2013   

Top 25 Dancehall Singles & Top 25 Reggae Singles are listed here: 




01 1 10 Reggae Golden Jubilee – Various Artistes – VP Records (2wks@#1) NM 

02 2 9 Strictly The Best Vol. 47 – Various Artistes – VP Records NM 

03 4 9 I Sound Is From Creation – President Brown – Tad’s Records U-1 

04 5 6 The Hit List Vol. 4 – Various Artistes – Tad’s Records U-1 

05 3 10 One Love, One Life – Beres Hammond – VP Records (4wks@#1) D-2 

06 7 5 Strictly The Best Vol. #46 – Various Artistes – VP Records U-1 

07 6 12 Broken Vessel – George Nooks – Tad’s Records D-1 

08 - New Unplugged on Strawberry Hill – Toots & the Maytals – D & F Music 

09 8 12 Live Your Life – Richie Stephens & Gentleman – VP Records (1wk@#1) D-1 

10 - New New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition – Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters – Taxi  



Numbers in bracket indicate the number of weeks at the No. 1 Spot. Key: U – Upward, D – Down, NM – Non-Mover TW – This Week, LW – Last Week, WC Weeks on Chart, PP in bracket – Peak Position, RE – Re-entry Sources: Sound Systems, Record Shops, Night Clubs & Radio Play ALL SOUND SYSTEMS, SELECTORS, RECORD SHOPS, NIGHT CLUBS & RADIO DJS WHO WISH TO ASSIST US AS WE COMPILE OUR WEEKLY CHARTS, PLEASE FURNISH US WITH ONLY CURRENT TELEPHONE NUMBERS.  


Reggae Festivals This Month

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Rasta Revival Tour 2013 Calling Rastafari Ft. Xsample and The Atomic Banned

Friday-Thursday, February 1st-28th

Sacramento, Ca   USA

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Heatseekers Tour Featuring Iration,Passafire, The Green, & Pacific Dub

Friday, February 15th

South Lake Tahoe  Nevada USA

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The Anniversary of Lover's Rock

Saturday, February 16th

London London United Kingdom


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Fi Wi Sinting

Sunday, February 17th

Portland    Hope Bay    Jamaica

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Brit Reggae Awards

Thursday, February 21st

London SE10 ODX The Indigo O2 Arena Greenwich United Kingdom


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20th Annual 9 Mile Music Festival

Saturday, March 2nd

Miami   Florida   USA

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The Expendables -

Life's a Beach Tour

Wednesday, March 6th

South Lake Tahoe   Nevada   USA

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