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June 20, 2013

Volume 10/Issue 25


Show Us Your RFG!

New CDs in the Mix

In Jah´s Name We Pray

Reggae Festivals This Month

News Flash

Ital Statistics

Reggae Airplay Charts

About Us

Show Us Your RFG!

Cemora Slatten

League City, TX

I have a collection of Reggae Festival Guide magazines starting in 1998. I love Reggae music and I love my Reggae Festival Guide. One love one I n I

News Flash

Reggae’s Toots Hibbert files $21M suit

against Virginia man charged in bottle-throwing assault

Toots  Hibbert is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages.

The 70-year-old singer was struck in the head with a tossed vodka bottle while he performed on Brown’s Island in the James River on May 18. After suffering a deep head cut, Hibbert canceled the remaining stops on his tour and returned to Jamaica.


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20th Annual SNWMF This Weekend -

Tickets Still Available. Pack the car and come on up!

The 20th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival will take place next weekend ~ June 21, 22, & 23, 2013, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in the heart of the splendid Anderson Valley in Boonville, California. With 2 stages, along with a "Jamaican-style" Late-Night Dancehall, SNWMF is a great way to kick off your summer. Our festival is very "family-friendly" with an extensive array of children's activities, including arts and crafts, bounce houses, dance & music workshops, a festival parade and family and alter-able camping.


Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Alpha Blondy and SOJA highlight this year's festival which will also include Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Sibbles, Max Romeo, Bombino, U-Roy, Ras Michael, Sister Carol and dozens of additional artists.  For more information log on to or call the hotline at: (916) 777-55550.  The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. Come celebrate with us!


Click here for full size poster

2013 Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival Announces Morgan Heritage Is Featured Headliner - August 10

The Newport Yachting Center event venue and marina is firing up more diverse summer entertainment on the waterfront with the announcement that the “Royal Family of Reggae” Morgan Heritage will headline the 4th Annual Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival, along with Anthony B, Bushman, Chuck Fenda, Wait For Green and DJ Realm & Jah Soldier of OmegaSound, on Saturday, August 10th from Noon to 10:00 p.m.


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We are looking for the Theme Song for our Digital edition of the 2013 REGGAE FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE!

Enter the Reggae Festival Digital Magazine “Theme Song”  contest on

The winning song will be featured on the Reggae Festival Guide Digital Magazine and listened to by thousands of reggae fans around the world.


Reggae Videos – Go check them out.

Click on link and vote for your favorite video that bands/artists have posted for us to enjoy on our Facebook page.


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ONE SHEET - New single ‘I AM SHEM’ by Queen Makedah

‘I Am Shem’ by Queen Makedah/Leo Powell/Zion I Records (Discipline Riddim) (4:32)


Release Date: June 3, 2013 by Oriyah Music

Copyright: Oriyah Music and Zion I Kings 2013

iTunes, Cdbaby


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“Bad Boys of Reggae” on tour in Europe –

Inner Circle at "The Social" in Orlando on tonight.  Don't miss it.



Two-time Grammy-winning quintet, Inner Circle, have been hitting the road hard this summer for the first time in many years playing dates across the U.S. and across the globe - . Inner Circle have been bringing their uplifting music and positive message of humanitarianism and non-violence to California, Las Vegas, Austin, New Orleans, Mexico, Uganda and now onto Europe!


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Return Of The Nation

California Reggae alums Dub Nation kick off their return to action with a reunion that features new faces to the line-up. Producer and bassist, Frank “Fantom” Caruso, after years of managing and touring with the likes of Motown legends, The Temptations, has reincarnated Dub Nation with their third musical effort. The biggest transformation in their sound would undoubtedly be that of new lead singer GC Cameron.


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Bob Marley's Stage Manager From 1978 to 1981

Shares Insights Through His Book

Behind the scenes the iconic King of Reggae Mark Miller worked as the stage manager for Bob Marley, the worlds most famous reggae icon, from July 14, 1978 until the stars death in May 1981. Mark's experience with Marley allows him to speak as an insider and confidant. Bob Marley was a very private man, yet Mark shares insights as to what contributed to Bob Marley's hypnotic charisma. Mark talks about Bob's religiosity as a Rasta, his favorite foods and drinks, and other personal aspects of Bob's inner character. He reports on some incredible adventures and experiences on all five continents such as the time in Italy where Bob Marley gathered nearly 200,000 fans more than the Pope, or when they were received by policemen with machine guns at the Frankfurt Airport, and then in Jamaica where fans carried tote bags full of marijuana. This book is full of anecdotes and background information that Mark Miller has put together to keep the vibes alive to honor the memory of his mentor and friend. He has reached deep into his archives, talked to old friends, and collected a lot of exclusive images and memorabilia. Bob Marley, authentic and up close!  


The Mark Miller Company

"Babylon By Jet World Music Festival" and MmGood Records


- France Tel: +33 6 42 50 87 93

International Reggae Sensation

Mighty Mystic Makes Big Noise With Concrete World

The summer of 2013 is looking even hotter now that Mighty Mystic has released his brand new song titled "Concrete World".  The song has caught fire on the global reggae scene and is rapidly becoming a favorite amongst reggae supporters.  In the span of 1 month the song has garnered the support of some 500+ worldwide DJ's, 250 radio stations and continues to grow.  The video for Concrete World has also been recently released and so far it has been featured on over 1000 video & blog sites as well as boasting 100 thousands plus views on Mighty Mystic's youtube video page.  Though early, the video for Concrete World has the makings of a viral success.  It is that notion that lead popular Jamaican/Caribbean news paper "The Gleaner" to do a full spread highlighting Mighty Mystic and his brand of "Hard Roots" music.  With the early buzz, Mighty Mystic's Concrete World is shaping up to be a big success for the genre.  For tour, music and additional info on Mighty Mystic please visit his website(s) below.


Mighty Mystic Concrete World - Music Video



Mighty Mystic is the brother to former Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness


BOOKING: Concepts Artist Group

29th Annual Reggae On The River,

August 1-4 At French's Camp In Humboldt County, CA

What: 29th Annual Reggae On The River 

Where: French’s Camp (located approx 10 miles south of Garberville in Humboldt County, CA)

When: August 1-4, 2013. Online & local outlet tickets now available (and going fast!)

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


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Dr. Dread's Famous Jerk Potato Chips










The first jerk potato chips ever invented in the entire world. From noted reggae producer Doctor Dread. A completely unique taste experience. The Original Doctor Dread's Famous Jamaican Jerk Potato Chips.


People are going crazy for my jerk potato chips. They say they are "addicting" but I can promise you there are no ingredients that would cause that except the exceptional flavor. Only the best is good enough for my customers. Wait till you see what comes next!!!

Ask for it by name!


U.K. Inquiry Opens Into Stabbing

Death of Reggae Artist Smiley Culture

A British coroner on Wednesday opened an inquest into the 2011 death of reggae star Smiley Culture, who was stabbed in the heart during a police raid on his home.

Police say the London-born musician stabbed himself with a kitchen knife as four officers searched his house in March 2011 in connection with a drugs investigation.


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Reggae Festival Guide 2013 – our 19th annual edition of our print magazine is ready to read in digital format

Simply go to our website and click on the magazine cover or use this direct link.


All  60 pages packed full of reggae history, lifestyle, articles by reggae’s top aficionados and of course, dozens of festivals, all available for free!


Click, read, enjoy!

Gyptian, First Jamaican Reggae Artist to Sell Over

500,000 Digital Single Downloads in Almost a Decade

Gyptian, First Jamaican Reggae Artist to Sell Over 500,000 Digital Single Downloads in Almost a Decade.

VP Records is proud to announce that Gyptian's hit song "Hold You" has officially reached Gold status according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


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I-Octane to close Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night

Dancehall sensation I-Octane will, for the first time, bring down the curtain on Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 25.

On confirming the news, Johnny Gourzong, Summerfest Productions executive director, said, "Reggae Sumfest 2013 is shaping up to be another year filled with great music and lots of surprises."


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ICS Names Popular Jamaican American Reggae Artist Laza Morgan as Musical Ambassador for National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) led by Dr. Claire Nelson has announced its selection of Jamaican-American reggae artist Laza Morgan as Musical Ambassador for National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM).


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New prizes just added: CDs from DUBTONIC KRU


New CDs in the Mix

Yasus Afari :: Public Secret

Reggae Dub Poet Yasus Afari’s New Album Public Secret is Out Today (Single Inside)

New York, NY – Jamaican reggae artist and dub poet virtuoso Yasus Afari brings his eclectic and celebrated brand of Caribbean music to the masses with his new album Public Secret, is now out.


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Ital Statistics

On This Day In Reggae

June 20

1960: Senegal independent

1965: DJ Johnny P (Orville Morgan) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1973: Chezidek (RN: Desbert Johnson) is born in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica.

1994: Big Mountain's single "Baby, I Love Your Way" [RCA] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

In Jah´s Name We Pray

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

-- Denis Waitley

Reggae Airplay Charts

Jamaica Music Countdown June 21 - June 27, 2013

By Richie B, host – “Mellow Daybreak” on Mellow FM


Top 25 Dancehall Singles, Top 25 Reggae Singles and Top 10 Albums/CD Chart are listed here:


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Reggae Festivals This Month

To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!

Your Festival Could Be Here


Just Post Your Festival at

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Read the 2013 Reggae Festival Guide magazine in its entirety page-by-page in Digital Format 

by clicking here

Houston Caribbean Festival

Tuesday, June 4th - Monday, July 8th 2013 HOUSTON, Texas, USA

More Info

Kalamazoo Island Festival

Thursday-Saturday, June 20th-22nd 2013 Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

More Info

Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival

Thursday-Sunday, June 20th-23rd 2013, Charleston,

South Carolina, USA

More Info

Party in the Park

Friday-Friday, June 21st-21st 2013 Auburn, California, USA

More Info

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 21st-23rd 2013 Boonville, California, USA

More Info

Conscious Culture Festival (at the Barter Faire Site)

Friday-Sunday, June 21st-23rd 2013 Tonasket, Washington, USA

More Info

Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival

Friday-Monday, June 21st-24th 2013 Stockbridge, Vermont, USA

More Info

Earthbound Eco Music Festival

Saturday-Saturday, June 22nd-22nd 2013 ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica

More Info

Croatia Reggae Festival

Saturday-Saturday, June 22nd-22nd 2013 SPLIT, Croatia

More Info

Reggae Goes to the Dogs

Sunday-Sunday, June 23rd-23rd 2013 El Cajon, California, USA

More Info

African Diaspora Sports And Cultural Festival

Wednesday-Saturday, June 26th-29th 2013 ANTIOCH, PITTSBURG,


More Info

Sumol Summer Fest

Friday-Saturday, June 28th-29th 2013 Ericeira, Portugal

More Info

41st Annual, Rock N' Reggae Festival

Saturday-Sunday, June 29th-30th 2013 Woodbury, Connecticut, USA

More Info

Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival

Saturday-Saturday, June 29th-29th 2013 South Lake Tahoe,

Nevada, USA

More Info

2nd Annual Pure Summer Tune Up

Saturday-Saturday, June 29th-29th 2013 Truckee, California, USA

More Info

Reggae Night XII

Sunday-Sunday, June 30th-30th 2013 Los Angeles, California, USA

More Info

About Us

RBA Publishing Inc is home-based and women-run with headquarters in Reno, NV. We produce the annual Reggae Festival Guide print magazine (now in its 19th year), the top-ranking website:, and this weekly reggae e-newsletter: The Reggae e-Guide with 40,000 weekly subscribers.


The newest addition to our media family is our Reggae Guide for iPhone, one of the world´s first 

 iphone application. it can be downloaded on iTunes for Free!


We love what we do and look forward to input from you with your suggestions, critiques, questions, etc. Also contact us to find out how you can promote your band/business/festival in this newsletter.


Call 775-337-8344 or email


One Love,

Kaati and Crew


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