Ziggy Marley, Snoop Dogg and Hollywood Glitterati Turn Out for the Los Angeles Premiere of “Marley”
By Shelah Moody
Photos by Janice Salzman and Denise Robertson
Rarely does an event take place that brings together powerful global forces and talents from all walks of life.
Reggae icon Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley was the force that brought international stars such as Ziggy Marley, Snoop Dogg, Rick Fox, Holly Robinson Peete, artist Neville Garrick (designer of Bob Marley’s album covers), producer Lee Jaffe, Ras Michael, Rocky Dawuni, MC Lyte and members of the Marley family together on April 17.
The LA premiere of the wildly anticipated “Marley” a film directed by Kevin McDonald, presented by Magnolia Pictures at the Dome at ArcLight in Hollywood, CA, was truly an historic event.
On April 17, the city of Los Angeles issued a Certificate of Recognition to the family of Bob Marley saluting the release of “Marley,” which was simultaneously released on Facebook, iTunes, On Demand and in theaters worldwide on April 20.
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Koxxetic New Album And Tour
Koxx was born in Clarendon, Jamaica into a musical family. He spent his formative years surrounded by uncles, all of whom played the guitar and were singers in their own right. So it was not surprising when he started making his own guitars, trying to emulate this family tradition.
Upon entering high school he met Gerald Anderson, a music teacher, who saw his interest in wanting to learn an instrument. He started giving him the foundations of bass playing, and gave him his first bass guitar. This quickly bore fruit as Koxx’s bass playing became a regular part of school life. He managed to make a name for himself, representing his school on annual school festivals and performing at numerous concerts and school functions. He was voted and won a prize for best performance in music. With the collaboration of other upcoming musical talents the stage was now set, the new generation of Jamaican musicians was there and Koxx rose to the challenge.
Leaving high school, he followed a few friends to the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. There he worked with Maurice Gordon, one of Jamaica’s top jazz guitarists. This opened his mind to a new world of musical ideas: Changing his life forever and it did not take long before he was working with artists such as Freddie McGregor, The Mighty Diamonds, members of the Heptones, Winston Jarrett and Max Romeo. Over time touring with these artist became more and more regular. This was the final stage of development: The real world of the music business. The university in which he has learnt and polished his skills, taking some thing away from each and every artist he has worked with, and making it his own.
In 2000, he moved to Paris, France. Searching for new challenges and motivation Koxx started composing and writing songs, encouraged by friends and family, found his true calling He has composed songs such as « It go so » (Pierpoljak), « Mama Earth » and «Cool Higher » with Yaniss Odua, « Golden Doudou » with Matinda, Chéché Sav » with MC Janik and Jocelyne Berouard. He has played so many bass lines with so many artists it’s hard to mention… As cofounder of « My Band » and bass player, koxx has worked with the poll of best artists France has got to offer Some of the artists include Pierpoljak, Neg Marron, Princesse Erika, Tonton David, Admiral T, Yaniss Odua, NTM, Daddy Nuttea, Daddy Mory, Mc Janik, Diams, Jacob Devarieux. In the meantime he has also worked with Jamaican atists, Tanya Stephens, Capleton, Junior Kelly, Derrick Morgan, Bushman, The Congoes and Jah Mason.
Koxx is indeed an original artist banked on years of experience in all aspects of the music business. A singer, songwriter, composer, musician extraordinary.
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Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
This June in Northern California
Gathering of the Peacemakers Memorial Day and Labor Day
3-Day Gatherings: Ashland, Oregon May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) Aug 31-Sept 2 (Labor Day Weekend) Boone, NC July 6-8 $75 (includes camping)
1-Day Festivals: Ashland, Oregon Memorial Day (5/28) & Labor Day 9/3) $20 (Noon-Midnight) Our gatherings include people from all ages, lifestyles and spiritual paths. Many come with friends or family and many come alone.
Everyone leaves recharged and inspired and ready to play their part in the global transformation to love. Both events give you the tools, wisdom and inspiration to successfully navigate a world in transition. The 3-day gathering is more of a retreat. During the day, there are workshops on leading a loving, balanced and sustainable life.
At night we celebrate with performances by conscious artists, multi-media presentations, fire circles, and our One Love Coffee Shop is open late. Our 1-day festival features the same conscious artists and One Love reasonings between the bands such as Indubious, Alcyon Massive, Cornflower, David Kai, Synrgy, Sequoyah Oregon, Water, Beloved, Rocker T and Human.
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Save the Dates of: July 27, 28 & 29, 2012
Monterey Bay ReggaeFest 2012
MONTEREY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Monterey, California 93940
BY POPULAR DEMANDS WE ARE EXTENDING THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL UNTIL APRIL 30, 2012 BUY-ONE TICKET, GET-ONE FREE* ONLINE ONLY! www.MBAYREGGAEFEST.net SPECIAL ENDS APRIL 30 AT 12 MIDNIGHT THIS SPECIAL IS THE BEST DEAL OF THE YEAR. THE MONTEREY BAY REGGAEFEST IS DOING ITS PART TO EASE ANY BURDEN DUE TO THE ECONOMY BY OFFERING AN EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. YOU COULD BUY-ONE TICKET AND GET-ONE FREE. THE SPECIAL STARTS APRIL 1 AND ENDS APRIL 30. ALTHOUGH THE LINE-UP ISN’T COMPLETE (AS OF TODAY), MONTEREY BAY REGGAEFEST ALWAYS OFFERS AN AMAZING SHOW. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS SAVINGS.
3 Exciting Days of Reggae Over 25 Bands on 3 Stages The Monterey Bay Reggaefest is preparing for a year of excitement, as in the past 16 years.
Once again, we are continuing our tradition of a fun-filled weekend, July 27-29, 2012. The festival brings people together from all backgrounds, young and old, far and near. Everyone is welcome to hear and move to the rhythmic tones of Reggae music. Come together to rejoice for peace and goodwill at Monterey’s premiere festival. Family fun is the key focus of the Monterey Bay Reggaefest. Your kids can enjoy the play area and fun activities provided in our kiddie’s area. Shop at the many selections of arts and craft booths and fill your appetite with delicious foods and beverages from the many cultures represented. Participate in interview of our headline artists. Lie back on the grass of the Monterey County Fairground and enjoy the wonderful reggae music. NEW THIS YEAR! Captain Morgan’s Rum Tasting on Friday, July 27 in the Turf Club. Come and taste the exotic flavors of Captain Morgan’s Rum. Green Pedal Couriers is offering FREE bike valet parking. Ride your bike to the Festival and lock it in a secure, monitored area. Cabrio Mobile transportation being offered from downtown Monterey to festival. This sustainable, human-powered transit mode can get you to the festival. Don’t worry about parking and parking fee … use Cabrio Mobile this year. “Fan Participation” in Artists Interviews. Sit in on twhe interview with the headliners of the festival. Find out what is new and plans for the future. Check out the interview schedule in the program of the 9 artists to be interview. We are requiring “Two (2) can goods for entry.” To enter the festival all participants are required to have two (2) can goods per ticket. All collected cans will be donated to Monterey County Shelters and families in need. No in-and-out privileges (except 3-day ticket-holders). Prepare today to stay all day on the grounds and enjoy the music and activities.
LINE-UP (as of April 15, 2012)
MAXI PRIEST LLOYD BROWN & RODHI ROCK
THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS ONE-A-CHORD ZHEN HOOLIGANZ
Where to purchase tickets: Tickets on Sale April 1 (Early Bird Special, Buy-One and Get-One Free): Website: www.mbayreggaefest.net Early Bird Special Prices (online only): 3-day $110, Friday $35, Saturday $45, Sunday $45.
Tickets after April 30: Website: www.mbayreggaefest.net Ticket hotline: (831) 394-6534 Ticket Outlets: check online for the locations Advance Tickets Prices (after April 22): 3-day $90, Friday $30, Saturday $39, Sunday $39 Day of Event Prices: 3-day $110, Friday $35, Saturday $49, Sunday $49.
Children tickets available only at the box office day of event for $15 (age 9-14). Age may need to be verified, bring student ID . Children age 9 and under are free. For more information, contact us at: Monterey Bay Reggaefest (831) 394-6534 website: www.mbayreggaefest.net
Jamaica Songstress Tanice Morrison on the Rise
Bruno Mars Just the Way You Are (Reggae Cover Jimi D)
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When VP Records heard Jimi D’s rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”, they could not resist licensing the song and adding it to their compilation. The one-drop beat undoubtedly transformed the pop hit sensation, garnering almost quarter of a million Youtube hits (collectively) in a few months of it’s release.
Jimi D (Christopher Chambers), with his distinctly smooth, soothing voice, has been the background vocalist who has helped to elevated many successful musicians to another level in their careers. Born August 25, in Kingston, Jamaica, music was always a natural part of Jimi D’s upbringing. As a child, his uncle, legendary reggae artist, Don Carlos, would frequently encourage him to sing “Dancing on the Ceiling” by Lionel Richie. Although this irritated Jimi D, his mannerly upbringing would not allow him to complain. Instead, he willingly complied with his uncle’s wishes, not knowing he was secretly exploring his artistic abilities.
Jimi D’s childhood desire was to become a doctor, but this desire eventually became overshadowed by his innate musical abilities. At the age of twelve, Jimi D and his friend’s, Marquis Henry and Jervell Creory, formed a group. Their first song, composed by Jimi D, entitled “Baby” was a hit amongst their peers. Yet the opportunity to launch his musical career did not manifest itself. Still, he remained fervent to his dreams, constantly rehearsing and writing.
Whilst a part of a group called BKS, Jimi D came close to being signed to Def Jam Records. But the group lacked maturity and did not succeed. After years of singing background vocals and gaining a deeper respect for the music industry, the opportune time presented itself to launch his long awaited solo career under the artiste name, Jimi D, with the assistance of his uncle, Don Carlo, who equipped him with the skills and network he needed.
To date Jimi D has shared the stage with well-known artists such as Freddie McGregor, Eeka Mouse, Andrew Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Gregory Isaacs and Shaddon Tucker to name just a few. In 2012 Jimi will embark on a US tour to promote his forthcoming single releases, which is expected to have collaborations with well-known Jamaican artistes. Jimi D is also preparing for the launch of his untitled debut album, something he hopes will reflect not only his authentic Jamaican origins, but also incorporate some elements of music that has influenced him over the years such as pop and R&B.
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SGT Remo Is Back With New Music For 2012!
Sgt. Remo's new back-to-the-dancehall hit single "Dawtah" is now released and available for download. "The single "Dawtah" will blaze up dance floors all over this summer." (www.sgtremo.com, 2011). Sgt. Remo's smooth vocals can easily play in a dancehall session in JA or a top-40 radio station in the U.S.
This style of reggae brings back the classic dancehall of the early 90's that popularized the genre across the world. "Dawtah" was recorded in St. Petersburg, FL in December, 2011 and released by Jah Yutes Entertainment. It’s now available at all digital distributors (iTunes,Amazon MP3, CD Baby). This is the first collaboration between Sgt. Remo and Cuban producer Pedro El Artillero. El Artillero is based out of Saint Petersburg. Although this riddim is a strictly dancehall riddim, you can hear a hint of a Hispanic Caribbean flavor that makes this song a crossover over several genres.
Sgt. Remo and El Artillero also collaborated on the Serious Love Riddim release featuring Sgt. Remo’s “Feeling No Pain”. This was released as a "FREE", that's right FREE compilation album and features 12 Reggae artists from around the globe including several emerging Spanish speaking artist. This FREE compilation includes Ras Cocoman, El Gato Rey (Cuba), Daddy Links (England), Apache Ness, Eliseo, Victor III (Panama), Zally (Jamaica), Carlos Thunder, Roy Rebelde feat. Rango Bwoy (Mexico), Warrior Steet (Costa Rica), and Marino Marella (Aruba). This is a BIG release...and is offered as a FREE download on Sound Cloud. You can't miss this one!
After this release you will see Sgt. Remo's collaboration with producer McPullish. Two songs will be released from this collaboration. These are entitled "Revolution" on the Shepherd Riddim and "Tell Me Who" on the "Dub on the Range" Riddim. Stay tuned in!
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Kimberley Ann Songstress Ready to take the World
Singer/Songwriter, Kimberley Ann is reaching for higher heights in the music business! Her first album released back in 2005, showed the promise of even greater things to come. This talented and beautiful singer dropped her sophomore album ONE SONG independently. The album is gaining respect of hard earned notice.
Kimberley Ann brings a sweet yet powerful voice to her music. Her main goal is to inspire, motivate and encourage people through song. Her music is described as uplifting and positive with a soulful blend of Pop Reggae.
“Music is like the beating of my heart. Every beat is note that brings a melody which transcends time and space.”
Kimberley Ann is gearing up for live performances throughout Canada and Europe. Her music is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon. For more information on this great artist please visit: www.kimberleyannmusic.com
Bio- Robert "Marky" Sutherland
If there is one word that best describes Reggae singer, song-writer and guitarist, Robert Sutherland, it would be ‘determined’.
A talented football player of whom great things were expected, Robert instead heeded the call of music, and in the process has richly enhancing the output of the genre called reggae.
Undaunted by obstacles which may have caused a lesser man to throw in the towel, Robert Sutherland, over the years, has remained true to his musical vocation and has proven, as the saying goes, that failure is simply success turned inside out.
His determination has paid off and the singer, who is affectionately called Marky, is now reaping that success with a number one song in places as far flung as Australia, while enjoying acclaim in Jamaica, North America and the Caribbean.
Interestingly, Robert’s musical sojourn in the early nineties can be traced to the football field, where he had a meeting that surely must have been orchestrated by ‘fate’. A budding song-writer at that time, the young Robert’s footsteps crossed the path of the talented guitar player Steve Golding. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, Robert approached Golding to teach him the guitar, an instrument which Marky already owned.
Golding said yes and from then, the football field really became a ‘field of play’ in every sense of the word. The combination of an excellent tutor and a dedicated student meant that Robert soon became proficient and as his guitar playing skills grew, he was able to harness his song-writing ability.
Robert and his guitar and the songs he was working con ould be heard coming from the budding songwriter in his community. Some of the works must have sounded interesting as a famous son of the area was attracted to the efforts. This son, Prilly Hamilton – former lead vocalist of the Third World Band – recorded some of the material Robert wrote with at least one, “Night Doctor”, making it into the Jamaican charts.
Robert migrated to the United States where he continued to fly the Jamaica flag high, representing reggae music in its truest, positive forms.
In 2010, Robert found the right groove with the song Times So Hard, a social lament which pierces right through to the core of the matter. Released on the Nijeri Records label, Times So Hard has claimed its space on musical charts and Robert Sutherland is certainly proving that hard work and determination is a winning combination.
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Gramps Morgan declares REGGAE MUSIC LIVES
|Atlanta, GA, April 23, 2012 With a mission to heal the world through music, Soul Train Award nominee, Gramps Morgan unleashes his second, solo, album Reggae Music Lives tomorrow (April 24th) on iTunes, independently, on his Dada Son Entertainment label. A musical therapy of sorts, Reggae Music Lives is filled with angelic harmonies, authentic compositions and a unique sound brand, Gramps calls "Rockaz". Reggae Music Lives is more than Reggae; it's world-beat, with a little bit of country, a taste of what Americans call rap-Jamaicans call it toasting; mix it with a hint of r 'n' b, a dash of blues synthesized with contemporary reggae that maintains the integrity of the original art form and you get a sense of the musical accents that help to make Reggae Music Livescomplete.
After two years in the making, Reggae Music Lives arrives with inspiration, healing and Gramps' determination to make positive changes in the world. The album's first single 'The Almighty' topped the charts in Jamaica, South Florida and New York while 'Life Too Short', released on March 28th, advanced in the fight for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. Consequently, team Dada Son decided to donate part of the sale proceeds to the family of the slain Florida teenager. The song has since been added to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation website (http://justicetm.org/tributes/) where he is listed as an "Official Donor" for his commitment.
Meanwhile, Mark Brantley, Senior Lawyer and Leader of the Opposition in the National Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis says: "There is no voice in reggae music today as distinctive as that of Gramps Morgan. His sophomore album reminds us of the deeply spiritual roots of reggae music. Gramps' ability to make music with a global appeal which touches the human spirit and soothes the soul has been taken to new heights in his latest release. I believe that this new effort by this Grammy award winning artist will be a major hit with lovers of conscious reggae music the world over. But don't take my word for it. Pick up a copy, put your feet up and let the music wash over you."
Reggae Music Lives is an evolution of Gramps' professional and musical growth expressed through his singing, narratives, arrangements and compositions. His melodies and hooks are seasoned with mature, worldly lyrics that are delivered flawlessly. All of his experiences have culminated in the creation of a universal sound that he says stems from exposure.
"I've grown so much as a producer, song writer and vocalist. Overall, my experience from touring and working with India Arie; watching John Legend perform every night; touring with different artists; working with the different producers (on this album) and getting a chance to work with my brother Peetah one-on-one writing songs; it's brought me to a whole other level. My experience really came into play in making this. I think this album is really the best of the brand called Gramps Morgan; as a product, you finally get the sound of Gramps Morgan. The first album was just discovering, getting it and learning myself. Gramps Morgan has been born on this album. "
|The Sound of Gramps Morgan
|A personal favourite of Morgan's on the album sees the return of India Arie, reuniting with Gramps on "Want Fi Charge Wi" a song whose distinct sound is inspired by African rhythms as is "I Hear You Calling", an ode to Africa. Meanwhile new creative partnerships were also forged on this project, one such collaboration was with renowned duo, Stanley "Rellee" Hayden and Alberto "AL" Cruz also known as the A-Team (Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Sean 'P-Diddy' Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., KRS 1, Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lauryn Hill, Deborah Cox, etc...) on the song called DREAM.
One of the most promising tracks on the album, DREAM, is as inspiring as it is universal, in message and in sound. When Gramps sings "...celebrate wherever you are, keep on striving for your dream, just lift your head high, let your spirit fly, dream away..." one is reminded to persevere; the song offers hope and is that motivator everyone needs.
Another first, and what Gramps describes as "a dream" was working with the legendary, Clive Hunt (The Rollings Stones, Maxi Priest, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Beres Hammond). Hunt produced three of the thirteen songs on Reggae Music Lives including the title track, which is an unapologetic declaration of the state of Reggae music; and on two love songs that will create their own 'baby boom' "Find Myself Thinking" and "I Know It's Love". Gramps Morgan fans get a different side of Gramps on "Could Dj (Dem Neva Know)" here the singer switches to a toasting style delivery over a phat beat infused with elements of rap, blues, and some rock riffs.
Like his first album 2 Sides of My Heart Vol. 1 Gramps has again assembled an incredible pool of talent from the novice to the accomplished musicians and producers alike, including his seventeen year old son Jemere Morgan, Jason 'J-Vibe' Farmer, Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Delroy "Delly" Foster and Kemar "Flava" McGregor.
The songs on Reggae Music Lives are well rounded and crafted with diverse themes from romantic and universal love; to global consciousness and justice, to living in the moment and being grateful. Reggae Music Lives is mature and contemporary, it's the kind of music that can rock on any gadget at work, home or at play.
Reggae Music Lives is about the preservation of art, music and culture and Gramps wants the world to know that "Reggae music is here to stay."
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Conscious Culture Festival 2012
Now in it's third year, the Okanogan has been the setting for this event that brings together music and art that promotes values of equality, sustainability, justice, healthy living, organic farming and an-all around conscious lifestyle.
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The multifaceted selection of acts for the Conscious Culture Festival are announced including Seattle resident and Jamaican-born singer and songwriter, Clinton Fearon. Mr. Fearon has been based in the Pacific Northwest since 1987, and his career dates back to 1969 as an original member of the harmony trio, The Gladiators. Touring the world with the Boogie Brown Band, Clinton Fearon is currently a mainstay on reggae music stages here in North America as well as in Europe and South America.
Peetah Morgan, lead singer with the reggae family supergroup, Morgan Heritage joins the festival lineup to deliver his unique brand of reggae soul, delivered in an agile voice with lyrics that address the issues of the times, Peetah is from both Brooklyn, New York where he and his siblings grew up and St. Thomas, Jamaica where they are now based.
Seattle's own Adrian Xavier brings the positive vibes with originals rooted in the traditional reggae style and with lyrics that address environmental topics and social issues sung in a strong, flowing tenor accompanied by in the pocket grooves and trance-tribal break downs.
Conscious Culture Festival welcomes, the Sick Donkey Records Showcase with Essential I, Jahson Ites and DJ Sticky who will present a blend of roots reggae, hip hop and dancehall style reggae that is guaranteed to make the place go wild with their positive message and bass heavy rhythms. Essential I is an artist from the Tonasket/Omak area and the co-founder of Sick Donkey Records. Taking influences from hip-hop and reggae, he began writing songs and developing his sound in his teens. Jahson Ites is an Iropean Rasta that lives freely up in the woods, far from the clutter, pollution, noise and hassle of Babylon. Sick Donkey Records headed by DJ Sticky, is Washington state's premier label specializing in strictly conscious reggae, dance hall and hip-hop.
Elaine "Lil' Bit" Shepherd from Vancouver, British Columbia she won the 2011 Juno (equivalent of the Grammy) for Best Reggae Recording with "Likkle But Mi Tallawah". Her latest release is the full-length album, Lady in the Streets. Shepherd received the Most Promising New Artist Award at Toronto's 2010 Reggae Music Achievement Awards.
Vocalist Aima Moses hails from the Caribbean island of Dominica by way of Brooklyn, New York, and mixes roots reggae with dancehall in In 2005, Aima won "best reggae album" at Dominica’s annualDBS Flamboyant Awards for his first album: No Barriers. Dub Lounge International will be the backing band for Aima Moses.
From Seattle come Dub Lounge International who combine Roots Reggae, live Dub, Drum &Bass and Rocksteady. Beginning as a recording project spearheaded by drummer Dan Lloyd, and bassist Norman Baker, this hard hitting drum & bass duo expanded their dub onslaught by enlisting Jonathan Kimball on guitar melodica and vocals, Puddu Dawes on guitar, Darin “Diamond Dread” Pearson on keys, and Naphtali Rashid on percussion harmonica and vocals.
Performing on the main stage with a DJ set will be Seattle's own Mista Chatman, Inspired by the late 80's & early 90's reggae toasters of Jamaica & New York city, his versatile raggamuffin vocal style continues to boom loud & clear to the global music community worldwide.
Additional reggae bands and DJ's performing at CCF 2012:
ISLAND BOUND Tacoma Washington - Hawaiian-style reggae, HYBRID VIBE Cashmere, Washington- Reggae, Groove, Grassroots Dub, Funk, and Transcendental Flows of Meditation, STINGSHARK Seattle, Washington- Rock, Hip-Hop and Reggae
Reggae DJ's performing in the Dome:
SELECTA ELEMENT (Zion's Gate Sound) - Based in Seattle, Washington, DJ Element started in 1993 as MC Element at age 13, in Maryland, MC-ing, writing lyrics and making mixtapes. Since forming Zion's Gate in '98 Selecta Element has played alongside many reggae stars both as a support act and as a selector to accompany the artists. An active promoter, he has held down several weekly DJ events in the Seattle area and beyond as a guest DJ in the North American scene.
BLESSED COAST SOUND - Founded in the early ‘90’s with a love for reggae music and a growing vinyl collection, Ryan-I and Lionize began Blessed Coast Sound in Northern California. In 2005, Blessed Coast found a new home in Bellingham, Washington joining forces with DJ Triple Crown. For the last 6 years, Ryan-I and Triple Crown have created an essential hub for reggae and dance music in the Pacific Northwest, holding the infamous Wild Out Wednesday at the Wild Buffalo where the dance is always packed and the riddims, mash ups and special guests run deep.
TANK GYAL (LIGHTA TING) - Vancouver, British Columbia, LEON X (HOUSE OF DREAD) - Seattle, Washington, LADY LIVITY - Bellingham, Washington
Besides music from over 50 performers staged on the Main, Dome, and Solar-powered stages at the Conscious Culture Festival this June, there will be speakers, poets, workshops and craft booths to create a family environment for attendees of all ages. Festival-goers will be treated to free instructional workshops centered in dance, drumming, yoga, native plant identification, Reiki, seed preservation and more. The family-friendly festival will also feature a children’s village, speakers and fire dancers. Tickets include free camping, a local arts, crafts and food bazaar and access to a local organic beer and wine garden. The festival is located on a beautiful, 100+-acre piece of land 12 miles east of Tonasket at the site of the Okanogan Family Faire (aka the Barter Faire) at 72 Cayuse Mountain Road.
The "early bird" price for tickets is $45 and as of May 1, the price will be $50 and tickets are sold for $55 at the gate. Tickets are on sale locally at the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op, Main Street Market Natural Foods in Omak and the Twisp River Pub in Twisp. Tickets are on sale at all Piece of Mind and Puffin Glass locations in Spokane. In Seattle, tickets are available at the Piece of Mind locations in Fremont and the U District, also at Mishu Boutique in Fremont and at Zion’s Gate Records in Capitol Hill. Tickets are available for purchase at: www.consciousculturefestival.com, www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006 For more information please contact: email@example.com
Festival organizer Bluejay Hankins notes the level of responsibility that his generation has to carry on the spirit of the events held at the festival site, "Many of the invited artists have been at the location in year's past for events and support our festival concept which is to continue the tradition of cooperation, conscious living, and the message and energy of music that brings people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds in one place each year to share the beauty of the region, celebrate our diversity and work together to build a better world."
The Conscious Culture Festival is inspired by the former Roots Mountain Reggae Festival and current Barter Faire events and aims to continue its tradition of bringing a diverse group of talent from reggae music and beyond.
Inner Circle Headlines Jamaica50 Celebration NY Central Park Summer Stage w/ Israel Vibrations & The Mighty Diamonds
8.19.2012 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.
To anyone who's familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY® winning band's 20-year-plus history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circle's special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title track as well as the dance party favorite "Sweat," Inner Circle's brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world.
The story of reggae group Israel Vibration's success starts out with their humble beginnings as children battling polio in a Jamaican rehabilitation center. Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) bonded through music while in the clinic and quickly became friends. As the duo got older, they found the faith of Rastafari and created songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs. Since then, the duo's music has been spellbinding audiences for over two decades with their mix of traditional roots reggae and deeply spiritual messages such as the critically acclaimed album, On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move, which reached number one on the CMJ New World charts.
The Mighty Diamonds are the most consistent and long-running reggae trio in Jamaican musical history. For over forty years the group has been entertaining and educating the world with their conscious lyrics, soulful harmonies and polished performances that led them to become known as the reggae group with the Motown sound. Their debut album Right Time, has become a reggae classic while the single, "Pass the Kutchie" from the album Changes, became an international hit and has since been covered by reggae group, Musical Youth whose version "Pass the Dutchie" also garnered fame globally. With over forty albums released, the group remains a favorite of the dance hall crowd, roots and progressive audiences.
Head DJ of Eastern Standard Time on WKCR 89.9 FM in New York City, DJ Carter Van Pelt is a true student of Jamaican music of every era, from ska to dancehall. He'll celebrate Jamaica's 50th Anniversary with far-ranging selections covering every era. His WKCR program has earned a worldwide reputation for bringing artists to the studio for historic interviews, augmented with deep cuts, all played from vinyl. Van Pelt is the founder/producer of the popular Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem Series, held each summer on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. He also hosts a program on the Internet station Radio Lily.
Event Website: http://innercircle-reggae.com
Inner Circle Official Youtube Channel: http://youtube.com/BadBoysofReggae
Inner Circle Official Twitter: http://twitter.com/BadBoysofReggae
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Dub Nation :: Rising Force for Change
Reggae aficionados will travel with delight on the new trail blazed by Dub Nation’s long-awaited third album, Rising Force for Change.Producer, bassist and Dub Nation mainstay Frank Fantom” Caruso has set forth on an innovative path mixing elements of soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock and even big band, with traditional roots reggae rhythms. Caruso’s time with Motown legends The Temptations resulted in joining forces with Spinners and Temptations’ leading voice GC Cameron and Guadeloupe native Tatiana Miath, a world-class female vocal talent heralded in Europe and the Caribbean.
GC’s 1970s Motown hits It’s a Shame and It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday are re-created in a fresh and powerful style coined “Reggae-Soul,” and are lovingly ornamented with Tatiana’s sweet harmonies and a veritable orchestra of master musicians including many San Francisco Bay area Dub Nation veterans such as original lead vocalist Paul “Fish” Dawson,who provides a colorful accent to the vocal trio. Rising Force for Change never relents from its inspirational prelude to the tasty dub mix conclusion:a judicious blend of rock, soul and reggae.
Dub Nation returns to Festival stages this summer supporting the release of its long-awaited album Rising Force for Change, and renews its musical vows after a lengthy hiatus.
JUNIOR TOOTS and The Fyah Squad Band (CA Shows)
05/05/12 - Berkeley ~ Ashkenaz (track show)
05/18/12 - Martinez ~ Armando's
07/14/12 - Legget ~ Tan Oak Park (Dance for Freedom Festival - Benefit) 07/21/12 - Benbow Lake Recreation Area ~ Reggae on the River Festival
08/06/12 - EAST COAST TOUR begins
.....more dates coming soon. For Additional info, please visit www.JuniorToots.com
04/26/12 Thu Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
04/27/12 Fri New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA
04/28/12 Sat La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
04/29/12 Sun Sam Houston Race Park Houston, TX
06/02/12 Sat 5th Street Beach Stage Virginia Beach, VA
04-27 @ DIAMONDS MAUI, HI. W/ SOL SEED
05-12 @ CASANOVA MAUI, HI. W/ JAH REZ.
05-25 @ PADDLERS INN MOLOKAI, HI. W/ KOHOMUA
06-09 @ CHARLEYS MAUI, HI.
King Hopeton Tour Dates
July 1 2012 - Concow Wild Mountain Faire - Lake Concow Faire Grounds - Ca
July 13 - 16 2012 - THE COGNITIVE AWAKENING FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER - Paradise CA
LOUIE CULTURE FOUNDATION FROM BIRTH TOUR
THURSDAY APRIL 26th OPEN
FRIDAY APRIL 27tH SEATTLE WASHINGTON
SATURDAY APRIL 28TH COOPERS, NEVADA CITY, CA
SouLifted & Heart Life and Soul
5/12 @ Cooper’s in Nevada City, CA w/ Scarub of Living Legends, Auburn Hip Hop Congress & more! 21+
5/2 @ "REGGAE IN THE HILLS" in Calaveras County w/ Yellowman, Bushman, Pato Banton & many more! All Ages music & camping festival! www.reggaeinthehills.com
More dates TBA soon! Check out www.soulifted.com for more info... 1Love
SOJA UNITY TOUR with 311 and Slightly Stoopid
07/27 PHILADELPHIA, PA Festival Pier at Penns Landing
08/02 HOLMDEL, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/03 WANTAGH, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
08/04 BOSTON, MA Comcast Center
08/18 KANSAS CITY, MO Summerdaze Festival at Sandstone Amphitheatre 08/19 MORRISON, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/22 SALT LAKE CITY, UT USANA Amphitheatre
08/24 IRVINE, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/25 CHULA VISTA, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
08/28 MESA, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
08/29 SANTA BARBARA, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
08/31 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Dub Tonic Crew
APRIL 26 TEMPE, AZ
Alex Marley - Good over Evil Tour USA
May 1-4: New Orleans, LA - www.ClubCaribbeanNewOrleans.com
May 5: San Marcos, TX - Texas Music Theatre - http://tmtsm.com/
May 12: Plantation, FL - The Polynesian Gardens, 400 NW 68th Ave.
May 18: West Palm Beach, FL - Reef Road @ 10:30 pm May 26: South Padre Island, TX - http://www.claytonsresort.com/
June 2 - California - Reggae in the hills..http://reggaeinthehills.com/
Sept.14 -Tennessee - Kimbros,Open Hand,Nashville,Memphis
May 28, 2012 @Jazz Reggae Festival UCLA, Los Angeles
June 29, 2012 @Couleur Cafe Festival Brussels, Belgium
August 16, 2012 @The Chicken Box Nantucket, MA
August 19, 2012 @Stephen Talkhouse Amagansett, NY
August 20, 2012 @Seacrets Ocean City, MD
September 1, 2012 @Lowell Summer Music Series Lowell, MA
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Saturday, May 26:
Ultimate Louisiana Party with Special Guests Billy Kiesel and Nan Krigbaum
Reggae Bar 210-646-9939 2076 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218
4pm to closing, $5.00 cover prior to 8pm. and $8.00 cover after 8pm.
Featuring a Taste of Louisiana with catfish, red beans and rice
Friday, June 1:
Spirit Room 928-634-8809 166 Main St., Jerome, AZ 86331 www.spiritroombar.com
Saturday, June 2:
Ultimate Louisiana Party with Special Guest Safeer Mohabde
Flicka’s Cantina 480-945-3618 2003 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 www.fiickascantina.com 9pm
Featuring a Taste of Louisiana with catfish, red beans and rice
Sunday, June 3:
Ultimate Louisiana Party/Singer Songwriter Festival
Relic’s Restaurant and Lounge 928-282-1593
3235 West Highway 89A www.relicsrestaurant.com Sedona, AZ 86336 6pm, $7.00 cover Featuring a Taste of Louisiana with catfish, red beans and rice
Friday, June 8:
Ken’s Creekside 928-282-1705 251 State Rte. 179 #B7, Sedona, AZ 86336 www.kenscreekside.com 7pm
Saturday, June 9:
Raven Café 929-717-0009 142 North Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 www.ravencafe.com Time: TBA
Friday, June 15th
Oak Creek Brewery 928-204-1300 2050 Yavapai Street, Sedona, AZ 86336 www.oakcreekbrew.com Time: TBA
Saturday, June 16 and Sunday June17
Juneteenth Celebration 928-237-7908 Prescott Jazz Society www.pjazz.org
Arcosanti/ Mayer, AZ Times: TBA
Sunday, June 23
Ultimate Louisiana Party/Singer Songwriter Festival
Relic’s Restaurant and Lounge 928-282-1593 3235 West Highway 89A www.relicsrestaurant.com Sedona, AZ 86336 6pm, $7.00 cover
Featuring a Taste of Louisiana with catfish, red beans and rice
||First permanent European settlement in U.S. (Cape Henry, Virginia), introduces hemp cultivation to North America.
||Tanganyika and Zanzibar unite to form Tanzania (Tanzanian Union Day).
||Reggae singer Jah Cure get a 15-year sentence after he was found guilty of rape and gun charges.
“Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
-- Stephen R. Covey
By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM
April 27 – May 3, 2012
TOP 25 DANCE HALL SINGLES
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 2 9 Bruk It Down – Mr Vegas – Q-45/MV Music (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 10 A Yah Suh Nice – Potential Kid – Natural Enterprise (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 16 Do Sumn – Konshens – Subkonshus Music (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 18 Drop It (Like U Doin It) – Cham – Copper Shot Music (pp#3) NM
05 6 10 Gal A Bubble – Konshens – Subkonshus Music U-1
06 5 24 If I Was Your Girl – Ms. Triniti – Trinigirl/Unseen Lab Records (2wks@#1) D-1
07 7 19 Party Shot – Popcaan – TJ Records (3wks@#1) (pp#5) NM
08 9 12 Tax Inna My World – Khago – Seanizzle Records U-1
09 8 17 World Boss (Why Pree) – Vybz Kartel – Head Concussion (pp#3) D-1
10 12 6 Gal Settings – Elephant Man – Di Genius Records U-2
11 10 21 Wine – Cham feat. “O” – Cash Flow (2wks@#1) D-1
12 14 6 Tek Tha Lead – Masicka – Markus Records U-2
13 16 5 Cyaa Hold Me Again – Mavado – Di Genius U-3
14 11 20 Clean – Popcaan – TJ Records (2wks@#1) D-3
15 18 4 Party Me Say – Vybz Kartel – Fresh Ear U-3
16 17 6 Never Give Up – Jahmiel – Young Vibez Production U-1
17 13 23 Set Up Shop – Damian “Jnr Gong Marley” – Ghetto Youth International (2wks@#1) D-4
18 15 20 School Fee - Darrio – Subkonshus Music (pp#5) D-3
19 19 19 Shut Up – Bounty Killer – Starkutt Records (pp#3) NM
20 23 2 Tun Up – Cham feat. “O” – Mad House/First Name Music U-3
21 20 18 Dash Out – Tifa – JA Production (pp#11) D-1
22 21 22 Can”t Tickle Me – Busy Signal – First Name Music (pp#7) D-1
23 22 11 Survivor – Mavado feat. Akon – We The Best Music Group (pp#16) D-1
24 - New Warrior – Richie Stephens & Gentleman – Pot of Gold
25 24 27 Only Man She Want – Popcaan – Sounique Records (1wk@#1) D-1
TOP 25 REGGAE SINGLES
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 2 22 Silver Words – Robert Minott feat. Kirk Kbz – World Beat Music Group (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 24 Tonight Is The Night – Sophia Brown – Music Mecka Records (2wks@#1) D-1
03 4 16 Judgement Day – Raging Fyah – Raging Fyah Productions U-1
04 7 8 Affairs of the Heart – Damion “Jnr Gong” Marley – Ghetto Youth International U-3
05 5 13 Nah Give Up – Jimmy Reid – Black Tiger Music NM
06 6 11 I Wanna Be The One – Bonafide feat. Etana – AMIBUG Group NM
07 8 15 They Told Me – King Asar – W.S.P./Kill-A-Snake U-1
08 3 23 Fill My Cup – Don Dexx – Di Next Generation Production (2wks@#1)
09 10 10 Money Right – Sharp – B.B.K. Entertainment U-1
10 11 13 Help Someone – Rippa Jackson – Hot Head Kulcha U-1
11 9 28 Take U There – Hefla Nyah – 619 Entertainment (2wks@#1) D-2
12 13 8 Just Gwaan – Tony Roy – Whylas Records U-1
13 15 7 Pray for me Mama – Don Christopher feat. Bertus – Gosh Productions U-2
14 14 9 Rescue Me – Steve Tulloch – B-Crisas Record Production NM
15 16 10 Loving Her Was Easier – Noddy Virtue – Reflection Music U-1
16 17 7 24/7 – Eljai – Jah Mix Entertainment U-1
17 18 5 Good Old Days – Gentleman feat. Sugar Minott – VP Records U-1
18 19 4 Been There – Junior Kelly – Bigbomb Entertainment U-1
19 12 24 Ah Nuh Me – Ryan Oneil – Raw Moon Productions (pp#4) D-7
20 22 4 Someone Like You – Wayne Daniel – Fiasco Productions U-2
21 23 3 Help Us – Cat Eyes – Mad Storm Production U-2
22 25 2 Yeh Man Jamaica – Lenya Wilks – ZX5 Records U-3
23 - New Book of Rules – C-Sharp – C-Sharp Music
24 - New Can’t Come Between – Hezron – Notice Production
25 21 28 Overload – I-Tahweh – Tap Nat Muzik (2wks@#1) D-4
TOP TEN ALBUMS/CD CHART
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 3 6 Diversity – Gentleman – VP Records (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 9 They Call Me Mr Melody – Singing Melody – Shem Music/VP Records (1wk@#1) D-1
03 2 13 Wild & Free – Ziggy Marley – Tuff Gong (2wks@#1) D-1
04 5 5 Mental Maintenance – Konshens – Subkonshus/VP Records U-1
05 4 15 The Invitation – C-Sharp Band – C-Sharp Music (2wks@#1) D-1
06 7 3 Sweet Jamaica – Mr Vegas – MV Music U-1
07 6 14 Summer in Kingston – Shaggy – Ranch/Big Yard Music D-1
08 8 19 Strictly The Best #45 – Various Artistes – VP Records (2wks@#1) NM
09 10 2 Crying To The Nation – I-Octane – JVP Records/Scikron Music U-1
10 - New Catch Me If You Can – Sophia Brown – Music Mecka
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.
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