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Celebrating the SF Giants World Series victory, Candy King, reggae fan and baker
at Whole Foods SOMA heads out to the Ticker Tape Parade on Oct. 31. On that day, the entire city smelled of victory, civic pride and sensi.
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Reggae Culture Salute 2012 Postponed Due to Hurricane Sandy
Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc. (CPR) regrets that the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and the transportation/ energy/communication challenges it generated have forced the postponement of Reggae Culture Salute scheduled for Saturday, November 3.
"In light of all the challenges facing our community, we felt this was the right thing to do as so many of our brothers and sisters are hurting at this time," says CPR chairperson, Sharon Gordon noting that transportation challenges threatened to impact the quality of the presentation. Please help us spread the word as we work toward a successful event on a date to be announced in the near future..
All tickets will be honored on the new event date to be announced soon. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment caused by this postponement.
Wishes and Thoughts for Those Affected by Sandy
As we wake to face another day we can't help but reflect on our friends in the many countries affected by Hurricane Sandy. We at Reggae Festival Guide wish you help and health as you regain your strength and rebuild your homes. To those who were not as affected - please give to your local relief efforts or just help. Just help.
We Roots Various Artist All Female Vocal and Dub Set just Released
Full-length CD Now Available! Catch Me Time Records presents a varied set of reggae music from a diverse group of female artists. Recorded at Mystery Man and Rough Sounds studios in Los Angeles and produced by Chuck Foster, long-time host of Reggae Central on KPFK-LA, the New CD features vocals from UniversalSpeakers, Shayna Dread, Jessica Burks, Jordan Mercedes, Zema and Queen Pinna showcase-style with each song followed by a full-length dub. All of the artists brings their own individual background, experience and quality to the mix.
We Roots gathers some of Southern California's finest musicians drawing on Jamaican styles from rock steady to roots and adding non-traditional elements for a unique sound. Women have always made a great contribution to reggae and this collection brings together a group of artists and styles that keep positive music moving forward in this crucial time.
Exclusive CD Release Party! Enjoy a Night of Performance & Spirits November 11th, 2012 as Catch Me Time Records presents a varied set of Reggae Music! The event will take place at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant 2941 Main St in Santa Monica. Plus Special Live Track Performances accompanied by DJ sets from Dub Passe jah& Chuck Foster! 21+ / 9:00 PM / NO COVER!WE ROOTS VARIOUS ARTISTSTo Order using Paypal E-mail email@example.com.Order the Full-length CD through CD Baby! Download MP3s through iTunes & Amazon.com!
Sgt. Remo’s "Life Is For Living" Debut EP Album Now Available!
Sgt. Remo’s debut solo EP album, Life Is For Living, debuts worldwide on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Born Sergio Ortiz in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Remo joins forces with a diverse group of reggae producers from all over North America on this 5-track release. The EP includes five socially-conscious roots & culture smash hits projecting Sgt. Remo into the global spotlight. The Mexican born, self-described singjay, continues to amaze audiences with his rich vocals and reflective writing ability.
The first single titled How Long, an uplifting roots anthem, was released on the Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide compilation album and remains in heavy rotation across the reggae airwaves worldwide. It has been the featured single on Sgt. Remo’s Jango radio station and continues to harvest a growing audience for the artist. The video for the single How Long will be unveiled on the same date. The video was filmed in Florida during a chilly 3 days in February, 2012 by Munda Inc. Productions out of El Paso, TX. The album is a strictly digital release on the Jah Yutes Entertainment label and will be available for download at all all digital outlets and stream sites. Visit Sgt. Remo at the official website www.sgtremo.com. Follow him on youtube, facebook, twitter .
Official track listing:
1. No Man Stranded (Jah Yutes Ent./EA Productions)
2. Tell Me Who (Jah Yutes Ent./Charlie's Records)
3. Thunder & Lightning (Jah Yutes Ent./Full Grown Studios)
4. Marie (Jah Yutes Ent./Hotta Lava Music)
5. How Long (Jah Yutes Ent./Dread I Arts/Ceremony Studios)
FROM SGT. REMO
This is an exciting time for me as I am gearing up to release my first solo EP. Although I have gotten the opportunity to release some of my music before (Mister Kali's Step Fast album [Loving, Loving], Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide Vol. 1 compilation, Brighter Smile Riddim album, Serious Love Riddim album, Dawtah
single release) this is the first official Sgt. Remo solo album. Putting this project together has been a great experience and I am proud to be sharing this with all the Reggae music fans that have supported me through the years. This is my best work to date and I hope it's well received and shared to the masses. I've had the pleasure of working with some great producers on this project and I am thankful for their support and their input on each and every song.
There are five songs, each with its own unique story, and each with a different producer's personal touch...all with my original lyrical inspiration. The songs vary from the haunting lyrics and heavy roots riddim of Thunder & Lightning...to the uplifting dancehall riddim and message of No Man Stranded. You have the hypnotic dub riddim and beautiful vocal delivery of Tell Me Who ... and the unforgettable chorus of Marie (If you don't listen closely you would think this is a love song). All rounded of by the hit tune How Long
...this one needs no introduction...just check it out.
Me Reggae and More - Kashu
Neo-roots, reggae sing-jay Kashu is among the core group of new blood to emerge out of the Jamaican Reggae industry. This artiste dream is to create a sense of satisfaction in persons listening to his music. Formerly known as 'Cashew Man,' Kashu hails from the parish of Clarendon, home of other well known and respected Jamaican Reggae stalwarts such as Everton Blender, Freddie McGregor and Cocoa Tea, in a district known as Toll Gate. His career propelled in 2001, after winning an island-wide talent search competition called, "Reggae Trail." Since, his music has impacted the lives of music lovers across regions where Reggae music is popular and has earned him performances not only across Jamaica but internationally.
Multi-talented and noticeably fashion conscious, this rastafarian artiste spends much of his time engaged in other artistic, sporting and constructive activities. An ardent lover of football or soccer, Kashu is a former member of the Vere Technical High, national high schools Dacosta Cup team. He is also a certified Construction Engineer and has made a cameo appearance in the movie, "Out the Gate" featuring popular local actors Paul Campbell and Oliver Samuels.
The first round of selecting the final Grammy nominations has begun - two Zion High Productions, Glen Washington's 'Masterpiece' and the various artists Jah Golden Throne, have made the list.
Zion High Productions (ZHP) and A Train Entertainment are very pleased to announce the selection of two ZHP releases from 2012 will be featured in the first round of Grammy nominations for the Reggae category -- Jah Golden Throne, a various artists contemporary roots release, and Masterpiece, the most recent album from soulful reggae crooner, Glen Washington. Both records feature arrangements by the Zion I Kings, a triumvirate of roots producers drawing fromZion High, Lustre Kings and I Grade. First round ballots must be submitted by October 31st and final Grammy nominations will be announced Wednesday December 5th.
Details for voting members of the Academy
FIELD 14: REGGAE Category
50: Best Reggae Album
045 Jah Golden Throne - Various Artists
052 Masterpiece - Glen Washington
On Masterpiece, Glen Washington lends not just his voice but his soul to a masterpiece of both message and music including serious conscious roots and playful lovers reggae. Signature Zion I Kings arrangements emphasize layers of sound in which the interplay of percussion, breezy horns and bubbling bass lines tell a story themselves. Here, Washington's husky vocals lead the listener on a reggae journey inspired by soul, mento and gospel. The record earned praise and a "high recommendation" from the CD Hot List which also acknowledged Masterpiece proves Washington's "energy and the quality of his songwriting haven't flagged a bit".
Jah Golden Throne is a various artist compilation delivering a rich, full-bodied survey of the best in contemporary roots from the most respected voices and rising stars in reggae such as Cornell Campbell, Jahdan Blakkamore, Lutan Fyah, Toussaint and more. Featuring artists old and new from across the reggae spectrum, Jah Golden Throne offers a seat at the reggae table where the roots of the music and the message stimulate heart, mind and soul. Exclaim! Magazine praises "the diversity of Jamaican musical culture, with strong doses of soul music and a touch of blues" featured across the album's 16 tracks. "Top notch material". And United Reggae noted, "Compilations are usually not as cohesive and solid as Jah Golden Throne, which makes this is a highly impressive album".
Zion High Productions' Elliott Leib thanked the artists and A-Train Entertainment for the milestones reached by both albums. "It's a great honor to be selected among such company. Music is a journey and Zion High Productions is grateful to A-Train for being a part of our journey, one that has only just begun. We're looking forward to taking both Masterpiece and Jah Golden Throne all the way to the final round of nominations".
And A-Train is going full speed ahead as well. "Congratulations to Zion High Productions, Glen Washington and the artists featured on Jah Golden Throne," said A-Train CEO, Al Evers. "These are two very deserving albums and if it comes down to it, I wouldn't want to be the one to have to decide which one gets the final nod. Regardless, we are proud to play our part and encourage reggae and world music fans to support these artists."
Richie Spice’s “Soothing Sounds: Acoustic” Receives Google Spotlight
Google’s massive global music forum, reveals they will spotlight Richie Spice’s new album, Soothing Sounds: Acoustic, when the Tad’s Record release debuts worldwide on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 . Born Richell Bonner in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Spice AKA the Prince of Reggae, joins forces with Tad’s Record and some of reggae’s biggest hit-makers on this 15-track acoustic opus of socially-conscious, roots anthems that cement the prolific entertainer as a household name for reggae lovers, worldwide.
“I just wrapped a U.S. West Coast tour, spreading the vibes of the new album from Los Angeles to Seattle,” Richie Spice discloses. “The reception and the enjoyment from all my longtime fans, and new ones, are utterly fulfilling. I’m full-joyed to be waving the reggae music flag to all corners of the world.” Spice and his management are currently planning more shows to take his unplugged sounds of the new album to fans everywhere.
First up is the live album showcase and official press launch in his homeland. Fans and media are invited to Richie Spice live in concert, unplugged and more, which will take place on the release day, Tuesday, October 23, at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records Sports Club – the new hot spot for live band shows in Kingston, Jamaica. The showcase will unveil Richie Spice with his full-band for the first official presentation of the album to media and fans at home.
Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is a masterpiece collection that is testament to the evolution of Richie Spice, showcasing an eclectic mix of musical elements that fuse classic reggae vibes with modern day acoustic rock, Spanish guitar, jazz and African drum beats. The first single, an uplifting call for unity titled “Free,” is currently available on iTunes, and remains in heavy rotation in Jamaica and across reggae airwaves, worldwide. The video for “Free” debuted on television channels in Jamaica last month, and continues to garner traction for the growing classic.
The second single “Crying,” which depicts Spice’s signature chanting-style as he conjures socially-conscious questions, is also enjoying airplay on radio, and is also currently available on iTunes. The “Crying” video was shot on location in Jamaica and will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Gappy Ranks - November 2nd - Stonehouse - Nevada City
On Friday November 2nd, Gappy Ranks, who has in the last few years taken reggae music by storm, will be blazzing JAH music at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, CA. Gappy Ranks is touring in support of his newest release COOKIES and will be performing hits from all four of his album releases. Gappy Ranks came to many peoples attention when he released "heaven in her eyes" which shot to number 1 on many charts, the following full length release TURN THE STEREO ON featuring Gappy singing over classic Studio 1 rhythms was so well received that it excelerated his rise in reggae music. The music of Gappy Ranks is powerfull and impressive, always hailing the Almighty, Gappy is not afraid to sing of his affection for the empress or his ambition. This will be Gappy Ranks first trip to Nevada tiy, CA and is a great excitement for all. On tour with Gappy Ranks is the smooth singing Bobby Hustle, his return to the area will feature Bobby performing with the 7th street Band as well. Bobby Hustle is gaining much attention for his increasing catalog of work and tunes "weed like mine" & "get more gal" with D Way have recieved much play by reggae DJs.
Adding to the huge vibration at the Stonehouse on November 2nd is Lions Den Unlimited Soundz (20 year Anniversary Showcase) a pass the mic freestyle session featuring vocalists Rocker T, Soulmedic, Lenky Roy, Obie Won & Mister Kali voicing over some of the hottest riddims from the last 20 years as selected by DJ Vision AKA Zen Ken . This unique ensemble will be one for the ages as these Rastafarian brothers present the 2 turntables and a microphone aspect of reggae. Rocker T has laid down a solid foundation over the years and has earned the title of Tru Ganjaman, his new release "the hurban warrior of peace" is due out this winter. Rocker T, no stranger to the area and Soulmedic, a freestyle don, off his recent video shoot for "Tek Back"has just released the crucial "Hyphyhall Riddim' and is ready to bring his upfull music to the Stonehouse. Veteran Jamaican roots reggae singer Lenky Roy has recorded for some of Jamiaca's most accreditted produces and will showcase his soulfull style and conscous lyrics. Obie Won aka Spliff Huxx has a strong following in the club scene throughout Ohio and comes packing lyrics and delivery. Forged in the hot deserts of New Mexico, Mister Kali will bring he fire and flames for his performance. November 2nd is a day of great importance to many as it is the aniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I an is celebrated worldwide with Nyabinghi and other rejoicing.
Opening the show at 8 pm will be Ras Dennis and the Idren performing Nyabinghi drumming and will be followed by several high grade reggae DJs spinning the latest and greatest in reggae music. This event is 21 and over and is $20 at the door.
What: Rastafari Coronation Celebration & Lions Den Unlimited Soundz 20 Year Anniversary Bash
When : Friday November 2nd
Where: Stonehouse Old Brewery
107 Sacramento St.
Nevada City, CA
Lions Den Unlimited Soundz
DJ Vision aka Zen Ken
PO BOX 3490
Grass Valley, CA 95945
McPullish :: Black Metal White Reggae
McPULLISH aka Carson Hoovestol realized his sound after years of musical exploration, study, and practice in the art of Live Dub. Now based in Austin, Texas, he operates a specialized music laboratory called Gray Labs, where he plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, percussion, Roland TR-909, synths and more, with guests laying down horns, vocals and other instruments. McPullish mixes live and direct from tape machines and PCs, using an Allen and Heath board and table full of mostly analog gear. Luciano, Sylford Walker, General Smiley, Tippa Irie, Fantan Mojah, Mark Wonder, Murray Man, Ginjah, Island Rose, Lutan Fyah, Judge, Jahn TI, Aimann Raad, Ken Serious, Remo and Chezidek are just some of the vocalists who have worked with McPullish in the studio and can be heard in his live dub sets. Black Metal White Reggae was recorded in Texas during the scorched-Earth summer of 2011, during which time crops failed, huge cracks appeared all over the bone-dry McPullish yard and a ghost town was discovered under a dried up lake in central Texas. It was an ominous, frustrating and sweaty time for the McPullish clan. The album's main tracks were cut live on a TEAC 3440 reel to reel tape machine. McPullish played all instruments other than horns and flute (contributed graciously by Joe Woullard and Derek Phelps.) Black Metal White Reggae is a departure from previous McPullish recordings and at the same time will be instantly recognizable to those familiar with his sound, as he pushes further out into new sonic territories and continues to experiment.
Black Metal White Reggae can be listened to and pre-ordered on 180 gram vinyl at McPullish & Charlie's Records Web Shop .
More info, music and videos of McPullish can be found at www.mcpullish.com
| November 1
|All Saints' Day (Hallowmas)
||"The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report" published.
||Ian Lewis [Inner Circle; bass (Fatman Riddim Section)] is born.
||The western African nation of Algeria began its rebellion against French rule. (Revolution Day)
||UB40 guests on CBS-TV's "Late Show With David Letterman".
||Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Multi (9.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
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Jamaica Music Countdown
By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM
Nov 2 - 8, 2012
TOP 25 DANCE HALL SINGLES
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 19 I’m Just Saying – Ryan Oneil – Foot Stepzz Records (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 So Mi Tan – Konshens – Daseca Productions NM
03 3 16 Back To Life – Vybz Kartel – Adidjaheim/UIM Records (2wks@#1) NM
04 6 11 Gyal Sidung – Konshens feat. Darrio – Washroom Entertainment U-2
05 4 17 Some Bwoy – Tommy Lee – Young Vibez Production (2wks@#1) D-1
06 5 10 Dweet Again – Beenie Man – Chase Mills/Jah Snow Cone Productions (pp#5) D-1
07 7 17 Dem A Bawl – Tiana – Sounique Records NM
08 8 9 Go Hard – Wayne Marshall feat. Damian Marley, Aidonia, I-Octane, Assassin, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel – Baby G Production NM
09 9 13 Psycho – Tommy Lee – UIM Records (1wk@#1) NM
10 10 8 Tan Tuddy – Aidonia – Dre Day Productions NM
11 12 7 Hold On – Tifa – Washroom Entertainment U-1
12 11 15 We Love The Vibes – I-Octane – So Unique Records (pp#7) D-1
13 15 5 Heels On – Lady Saw – Diva Records U-2
14 13 24 Ride All Night – Nando Griffiths feat. Oxxygen & Paashot – One Jam M|usic (2wks@#1) D-1
15 18 3 The System – Popcaan – Mix Pak Records U-3
16 19 3 Money Box – Mavado – Chimney Records U-3
17 16 18 Stop Sign – Konshens – Subkonshus Music (1wk@#1) D-1
18 14 18 In This World – Mavado – Claims Records (pp#6) D-4
19 17 22 Summer Wave (When Mi Party) – Popcaan – TJ Records (2wks@#1) D-2
20 23 2 Goat Head – Tommy Lee – UIM Records U-3
21 22 3 Run Road – Aidonia feat. Deablo – Hitcity Records U-1
22 24 2 Here Comes Your Life – David M feat. Beenie Man – BGM Entertainment U-2
23 20 19 On A Mission – Various Artistes – JA 50 (pp#2) D-3
24 25 2 War Fi God – Bounty Killer feat. Kiprich & Kalado – DreDay Productions U-1
25 21 18 Backway – Cham – Mad House/Cash Flow Records (pp#4) D-4
TOP 25 REGGAE SINGLES
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 2 14 Chill Spot – Christopher Martin – Chimney Records (1wk@#!) U-1
02 3 15 In My Arms – Beres Hammond – Fat Eyes Productions U-1
03 1 23 36 Bullets – Chrisinti – Mightyfull 13 Productions (3wks@#1) D-2
04 5 10 Land We Love – Bunny Rugs – Raw Edge Productions U-1
05 4 23 I Know Better - Romain Virgo – VP Records (1wk@#1) D-1
06 9 22 My Everything - Nando Griffiths – One Jam Music (pp#3) U-3
07 7 13 My Story – I-Octane – DJ Frass Records NM
08 8 11 Not The Life – Asfa – Jecoliah Entertainment Productions NM
09 6 19 World Peace – Nature – Downsound Records (pp#4) D-3
10 10 12 Eagles & Doves – Cherine Anderson – Dancehall Soul NM
11 12 9 Just The Two Of Us – Chris Demontague – Whattage Music U-1
12 13 8 Any Love – A J Brown – Bass Inna Yu Face Records U-1
13 11 30 Help Us – Cat Eyes – Mad Storm Production (2wks@#1) D-2
14 14 18 Life Too Short – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment (pp#7) NM
15 16 5 Strange, I Still Love You – Karen Smith – 4 WEST Arabus Production U-1
16 15 35 Just Gwaan – Tony Roy – Whylas Records (1wk@#1) D-1
17 19 3 Don’t You Remember – Romain Virgo – Vikings Productions U-2
18 21 3 Heart w Strong – King Asar – W.S.P.K.A.S. Production U-3
19 17 16 Dream Woman – Tarrus Riley – Chimney Records (pp#11) D-2
20 18 34 24/7 – Eljai – Jah Mix Entertainment (2wks@#1) D-2
21 24 2 Lies and Tricks – Lutan Fyah and Hefla Nyah – 619 Entertainment U-3
22 20 17 Sweet Sweet Jamaica – George Nooks – GT Muzik (pp#6) D-2
23 25 2 Curly Locks – Patrick Buddo – Romero Music U-2
24 - New Do For Love – Ishawna & Specialist – Downsound Records
25 - New The Girl is Mine – Morgan Heritage – Gideon Music
TOP TEN ALBUMS/CD CHART
TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 10 The Next Chapter – Delly Ranks – Pure Music (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 9 My Story – Papa San – Beloved Records NM
03 4 7 Rebirth – Jimmy Cliff – Universal U-1
04 5 5 Tomahawk Techniques – Sean Paul – Atlantic/VP Records U-1
05 3 12 Reggae Gold 2012 – Various Artistes – VP Records (2wks@#1) D-2
06 7 3 Time – Bunny Rugs – Raw Edge Productions U-1
07 6 15 Krazy Love – Daville – Fashozy/Tads Records (1wk@#1) D-1
08 8 14 Jamaica 50th – Then and Now – Various Artistes – Tads Records (2wks@#1) NM
09 9 21 Reggae Music Lives – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment (2wks@#1) NM
10 10 18 The Ultimate – Various Artistes – Tads Records (3wks@#1) NM
_____________________NOTES_____________________________________ 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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|San Luis Obispo
Jamaica Ska & Rocksteady Festival 2012
Friday-Saturday, December 7th-8th
Monday, December 17th
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