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November 8, 2012

Volume 9/Issue 45

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Show Us Your RFG!!

New CDs in the Mix

In Jah´s Name We Pray

Reggae Festivals

News Flash

Ital Statistics

Reggae Airplay Charts

About Us

Show Us Your RFG!!

Hello Kitty on Her Birthday in San Francisco by Reggae Journalist Sheelah Moody

This Japanese superstar is every girl's best friend, beloved by everyone from


Rihanna to Mariah Carey to Suri Cruise.  Reggae Festival Guide caught up with 


Hello Kitty on her birthday, Nov. 3rd, at The Sanrio Store in the San Francisco

Shopping Centre.  As for revealing her age, well, Ms. Kitty will never tell!:-)


Happy Autunm Harvest,






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One Love Ya'll,

Yvonne Varner, Reggae Festival eGuide Editor

News Flash

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 the Full-length CD through CD Baby! Download MP3s through iTunes &!


Music fest set for Riverhawk



(Tampa - Florida) Come enjoy four days of Americana, Jamgrass, Bluegrass, Reggae, Alternative, Rockabilly, Cajun, Celtic and more as the Sertoma Youth Ranch presents the annual Riverhawk Music Festival on Nov. 8-11 starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 8, at 85 Myers Road in Brooksville.


Featured bands include Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Show, The Waybacks, The Wiyos, The Steel Wheels, Ray Bonneville, Tony Furtado Band, the Ragbirds, Harper & the Midwest Kind, Paul Cebar and Tomorrows Sound, Eastman String Band, Bearfoot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Cabinet, Clumsy Lovers, Johnson & Lester, The Wholetones, Apple Butter Express and Passerine.


Children of all ages attending the festival are given a unique experience of meeting new friends from all over the country. Their fun-filled weekend will be jam-packed with activities all weekend long in the kid's tent. Activities include: hayrides, piñatas, arts and crafts, parades, games, a ping-pong ball race down the stream and face painting.


A special kids vending row will be held Nov. 10 for children ages 6 to 12. Children can bring ready-made crafts (homemade) to the fest for a 9 a.m. setup with a table for each registered kid vendor. Parents can assist in the making of the crafts, but the child must do 80 percent of the completed projects. Rules are available on the event website at, keyword "Kids Stuff."


Advance ticket sales and camping reservations are available. Check the website for more information and links. Alternate lodging is available 7.8 miles away. Find your accommodations at For more information, call (863) 984-8445 or (352) 754-3082 or visit .


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 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) 



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 & 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.


Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Matisyahu, Sean Paul Lead Nominations for Soul Train Awards for Soul Train Music Awards Best Caribbean Performance

Jimmy Cliff, Cover Drive, Damian Marley, Matisyahu and Sean Paul lead the nominations for the Soul Train 2012 Awards, which will be broadcast on the Black Entertainment Network (BET) on Nov. 25.


About the Nominees for Best Caribbean Performance:  

Jimmy Cliff – "Rebirth"

A reggae pioneer whose own career is often mentioned within the same breath as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff made a shining return to the music industry with his aptly-titled Rebirth album, produced by punk rock legend Tim Armstrong. .


Cover Drive – "Bajan Style"

The pop group coming straight out of Barbados triumphantly delivered a rare fusion of pop, R&B and dancehall that won over the hearts and ears of critics and fans alike.


Damian Marley –"Super Heavy"

The youngest son of the legendary Bob Marley and a musical icon in his own right who has recorded with everyone from Nas to Mariah Carey, stepped back into the limelight once again to deliver an album that was not only "super heavy" but super good.


Matisyahu – "Spark Sleeker"

The reggae fusion superstar, whose Hebrew name and stage name means "Gift of God,” was far from just a distant glimmer — his latest album proved he was a huge spark within the genre that he helped cultivate.


Sean Paul – "Tomahawk Technique"

The dancehall/hip hop king returned with a pop-flavored album that proved the 'Gimme the Light' singer has not lost his step one bit.




Also nominated for Best Female R&B performance is Canadian singer Melanie Fiona, the daughter of Guyanese immigrant parents, who duets with Stephen Marley on “No Cigarette Smoke (In My Room) from his Grammy winning album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Book of Life.”


For more information, go to:


About the Soul Train Awards:

Soul Train Awards 2012 is pleased to announce John Legend, Fantasia, and Charlie Wilson as the first performers to this year’s lineup.  Soul Train legend Jody Watley and recording artist Keri Hilson will also join previously announced host, Cedric the Entertainer, and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, New Edition, as two of this year’s presenters. A special tribute will be paid to Soul Train founder Don Cornelius, who died tragically in February.


For the first time in Soul Train Awards history, this year’s show will be a part of a special 3-day experience bringing together the biggest names in music, comedy, and entertainment.  Kicking off on Thursday, November 8th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas will be the brand’s annual awards show, Soul Train Awards 2012.  The 3-day experience will also feature a Comedy All Star showcase on November 9th, a live concert event on November 10th, and golf tournament. The Soul Train Awards 2012 will premiere simultaneously on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 25th at 9pm ET/PT.


In addition to performing at this year’s Awards show, John Legend is nominated for “Song of the Year” for “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” featuring Ludacris.


Abyssinians for Australian Tour

Copeland Forbes: Guest Speaker @ AWME Seminar


Cultural Reggae group THE ABYSSINIANS will leave Jamaica November 10th for Australia where they,re schedule to do a series of live concerts and visit a few media houses and radio stations.The tour which is organized by veteran manager and tour organizer Copeland Forbes will take the cultural Reggae Ambassadors to cities like Byron Bay, Sydney, Mullumbimby at the Mullum Festival and Melbourne where they,ll be one of the special guest performers at the AWME 2012 AUSTRALASION MUSIC EXPO.  The Music Expo is a three day event held in Melbourne Australia annually in November features over 60 top artists from around the world representing different genres of music and is rated amongst the top music event in the world which features Showcase Concerts, Film Programs and Conference Sessions.


The Conference Sessions will include a specially selected panel of speakers drawn from around the world and includes Promoters, Booking Agents, Record Company Executives, Record Producers, Artist Managers, Music Publishers Writers and Arrangers to name a few.  Veteran manager Copeland Forbes who is celebrating 50 yrs in the music fraternity has been invited to be one of the guest speakers on the panel, his topic will be “REGGAE MY LIFE IS” the title of his soon to be released autobiography of his 50 year experience in the music fraternity.


Forbes who has worked with the likes of Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, John Holt, Luciano, The Wailers, The Mighty Diamonds, Live Wyya Band, The I-Threes and Gregory Isaacs to name a few was also the co-producer along with Rob Hallett of AEG LIVE UK of the recently held Respect Jamaica 50 concert series celebrating Jamaica,s 50 anniversary at the Indigo 2 London 02 in the UK.


Accompanying the group will be a specially selected group of top musicians which includes Aubrey “Prince” Manning, Owen Rennalls and Tanagari “Judia” Manning. 







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BayJama Reggae Fest to Rock Islamorada, mon

(Florida) Roots, reggae and more unite at the fourth annual BayJama Reggae Fest set for Nov. 10 at Islamorada's Founders Park, mile marker 87.  Admission to the daylong music festival is free with a nonperishable donation for local food banks, in accordance with the season's spirit of giving.


Musical highlights from 2 to 10 p.m. are to include the lush drum 'n' bass art fusion of Kevens as well as Miami's Jahfe, with frontwoman Esther Fortune leading the group of session musicians. Also scheduled to perform are Inna Sense, Fourth Dimension, Bushwood, Personal Legend and the steel drums of Pokito, according to organizers.


"This is a great event for reggae and music lovers that is not only in a fabulous setting, but also supports our local students of the arts," said Dave Feder, president of Islamorada Community Entertainment, the event organizer.


Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but coolers or glass containers are not allowed inside the park. Food, beer, wine and soft drinks are to be available for sale, as will local artwork.


BayJama kicks off the 2012-13 season for the nonprofit ICE, whose annual music events bring entertainment to the Upper Keys while helping fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students.  Over the years, ICE has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships, enabling students to purchase paints, brushes and canvases, cameras and lenses, and dance, music, art and voice lessons, all helping them pursue their artistic dreams.


New CDs in the Mix

World Needs Riddim - Sick Donkey Records

Available now is the World Needs rhythm compilation which features several artists who recorded duets on the rhythm.  Essential I is also featured here on the lead track, "Cool and Humble",  he is joined by the male-female vocal duo The Lambsbread who are based in Hawaii. Lutan Fyah from Jamaica makes waves as a tireless recording artist  and his song "Changes" appears here on the World Needs set.  Sick Donkey recording artist Jahson Ites from Washington,  joins forces with veteran Rocker T (Jah Warrior Hi-Fi, Skadanks) of Brooklyn on "Let It Be Known".  Son of the legendary Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) Junior Toots is forging his own career and teams up with Northern California resident, by way of South Africa, Ishi Dube on "Mountain of Jah".   Seattle's own Adrian Xavier expresses his vision for the world on the set with "In My Dreams".  From Humboldt County, California,  Jah Sun teams up with Jamaica's Chezidek on "Stronger" for a musical remedy.  From Sweden, with both Swedish and Ethiopian heritage Hailee Araya comes with a minor key vibrato that echoes traditional Ethiopian music for "Found A Way" and the set closes out with the World Needs Riddim (Instrumental Version), a straight one-drop with lush effects,  moody delays and the sound of melodica punctuating the track. The World Needs Riddim compilation release is available as a download now on both ITunes and CD


Essential 1 & Anthony B :: Crying Out

Sick Donkey Records is an independent record label based in Washington state in the United States.  The label was founded by BlueJay Hankins (DJ Sticky) and his partner Essential I, the latter of whom is also an artist in his own right.  After several successful album and single releases, the label has recently released a single, "Crying Out" that features Essential I in combination with Anthony B from Jamaica, world-renowned performer and advocate for the underprivileged.  The song is a call for leadership with its refrain, "the world is in trouble"  and pointing out the disparity of wealth, offering words of encouragement for those that are suffering.    Addressing the problems we all face from hunger and poverty to a lack of love and corrupt systems of government, the song brings a message of change,  "full time we break free from the enslavers, and make a better way!" The "Crying Out" single is available now on ITunes and 


Ital Statistics

On This Day In Reggae


November 8
1954: Producer Papa Bigs (Harold McLarty) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1970: Diana King is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Shaggy's album "Hot Shot" [MCA] is certified Gold by the

 RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).



In Jah´s Name We Pray

Does Money Rule?

"If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master."

-- Francis Bacon


"If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life."

-- Billy Graham

Reggae Airplay Charts




Jamaica Music Countdown

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

Nov 2 - 8, 2012




01 2 14 So Mi Tan – Konshens – Daseca Productions (1wk@#1) U-1 

02 1 20 I’m Just Saying – Ryan Oneil – Foot Stepzz Records (2wks@#1) D-1 

03 4 12 Gyal Sidung – Konshens feat. Darrio – Washroom Entertainment U-1 

04 3 17 Back To Life – Vybz Kartel – Adidjaheim/UIM Records (2wks@#1) D-1 

05 7 18 Dem A Bawl – Tiana – Sounique Records U-2 

06 8 10 Go Hard – Wayne Marshall feat. Damian Marley, Aidonia, I-Octane, Assassin, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel – Baby G Production U-2 

07 5 18 Some Bwoy – Tommy Lee – Young Vibez Production (2wks@#1) D-2 

08 10 9 Tan Tuddy – Aidonia – Dre Day Productions U-2 

09 6 11 Dweet Again – Beenie Man – Chase Mills/Jah Snow Cone Productions (pp#5) D-3 

10 11 8 Hold On – Tifa – Washroom Entertainment U-1 

11 9 14 Psycho – Tommy Lee – UIM Records (1wk@#1) D-2 

12 13 6 Heels On – Lady Saw – Diva Records U-1 

13 15 4 The System – Popcaan – Mix Pak Records U-2  

14 16 4 Money Box – Mavado – Chimney Records U-2 

15 12 16 We Love The Vibes – I-Octane – So Unique Records (pp#7) D-3 

16 14 25 Ride All Night – Nando Griffiths feat. Oxxygen & Paashot – One Jam Music (2wks@#1) D-2 

17 20 3 Goat Head – Tommy Lee – UIM Records U-3 

18 17 19 Stop Sign – Konshens – Subkonshus Music (1wk@#1) D-1 

19 21 4 Run Road – Aidonia feat. Deablo – Hitcity Records U-2 

20 22 3 Here Comes Your Life – David M feat. Beenie Man – BGM Entertainment U-2 

21 18 19 In This World – Mavado – Claims Records (pp#6) D-3 

22 24 3 War Fi God – Bounty Killer feat. Kiprich & Kalado – DreDay Productions U-2 

23 - New Shook (Uncle Demon) – Tommy Lee Sparta – UIM Records 

24 - New Badmind Dem a Pree – Bounty Killer & I-Octane – Marcus Records 

25 19 23 Summer Wave (When Mi Party) – Popcaan – TJ Records (2wks@#1) D-6 




01 2 16 In My Arms – Beres Hammond – Fat Eyes Productions (1wk@#1) U-1 

02 1 15 Chill Spot – Christopher Martin – Chimney Records (1wk@#1) D-1 

03 4 11 Land We Love – Bunny Rugs – Raw Edge Productions U-1 

04 6 23 My Everything - Nando Griffiths – One Jam Music (pp#3) U-2 

05 3 24 36 Bullets – Chrisinti – Mightyfull 13 Productions (3wks@#1) D-2 

06 8 12 Not The Life – Asfa – Jecoliah Entertainment Productions U-2 

07 7 14 My Story – I-Octane – DJ Frass Records NM 

08 5 24 I Know Better - Romain Virgo – VP Records (1wk@#1) D-3 

09 10 13 Eagles & Doves – Cherine Anderson – Dancehall Soul U-1 

10 9 20 World Peace – Nature – Downsound Records (pp#4) D-1 

11 12 9 Any Love – A J Brown – Bass Inna Yu Face Records U-1 

12 11 10 Just The Two Of Us – Chris Demontague – Whattage Music (pp#11) D-1 

13 13 31 Help Us – Cat Eyes – Mad Storm Production (2wks@#1) NM 

14 15 6 Strange, I Still Love You – Karen Smith – 4 WEST Arabus Production U-1 

15 17 4 Don’t You Remember – Romain Virgo – Vikings Productions U-2 

16 18 4 Heart Affi Strong – King Asar – W.S.P.K.A.S. Production U-2 

17 14 19 Life Too Short – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment (pp#7) D-3 

18 16 36 Just Gwaan – Tony Roy – Whylas Records (1wk@#1) D-2 

19 21 3 Lies and Tricks – Lutan Fyah and Hefla Nyah – 619 Entertainment U-2 

20 23 3 Curly Locks – Patrick Buddo – Romero Music U-3 

21 24 2 Do For Love – Ishawna & Specialist – Downsound Records U-3 

22 19 17 Dream Woman – Tarrus Riley – Chimney Records (pp#11) D-3 

23 25 2 The Girl is Mine – Morgan Heritage – Gideon Music U-2 

24 - New Free – Richie Spice – Bonner Cornerstone Records 

25 22 18 Sweet Sweet Jamaica – George Nooks – GT Muzik (pp#6) D-3 




01 2 10 My Story – Papa San – Beloved Records (1wk@#1) U-1 

02 1 11 The Next Chapter – Delly Ranks – Pure Music (2wks@#1) D-1 

03 3 8 Rebirth – Jimmy Cliff – Universal NM 

04 4 6 Tomahawk Techniques – Sean Paul – Atlantic/VP Records NM 

05 6 4 Time – Bunny Rugs – Raw Edge Productions U-1 

06 5 13 Reggae Gold 2012 – Various Artistes – VP Records (2wks@#1) D-1 

07 7 16 Krazy Love – Daville – Fashozy/Tads Records (1wk@#1) NM 

08 8 15 Jamaica 50th – Then and Now – Various Artistes – Tads Records (2wks@#1) NM 

09 9 22 Reggae Music Lives – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment (2wks@#1) NM 

10 10 19 The Ultimate – Various Artistes – Tads Records (3wks@#1) NM 


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 









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Tribal Fusion Faire IX

Thursday-Sunday, December 6th-9th 

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Jamaica Ska & Rocksteady Festival 2012

Friday-Saturday, December 7th-8th

Kingston Surrey Jamaica


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Monday, December 17th

Wiesen Burgenland Austria


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X-Mas Reggae Lauterbourg

Saturday, December 29th

Lauterbourg 4 Allée des Cygnes France


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