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September 10, 2020
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Billboard - Reggae Albums Chart This Week of September 10 2020 -It's still Bob toppin' the charts!
Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts -September 10, 2020
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Blood appeal for Toots Hibbert, reports of death false - Toots Hibbert Is NOT dead, Babsy Grange Chided Folks Spreading Rumors
Reggae icon Toots Hibbert is alive and still fighting despite recent rumors claiming he died.
Jamaica’s Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange has shot down rumors that Frederick “Toots” Hibbert of iconic reggae pioneers Toots and the Maytals has passed away.
Chiding those spreading the rumors, the Minister said, “Toots’ condition is stable as it has been for the last few days.
His condition is being closely monitored by doctors. The report (about him dying) is false.” Her update included the assurance that though he was very ill, he was slowly progressing towards a full recovery. She also stated that persons interested in showing support for Toots could do so by donating blood at the Slipe UHWI or at Slipe Pen Road.
Widespread rumors of Toot’s untimely passing began circulating on Tuesday, prompting Minister Grange to step in and set the record straight. Weeks ago, the “54-46” singer took a Covid-19 test after complaining of difficulty breathing and, at one point, was in a medically induced coma at the UHWI hospital. So far, many fans and supporters, including Maxi Priest, have encouraged others to pray for his recovery. Hibbert’s illness comes on the heels of his latest album “Got To Be Tough,” his first studio release in over a decade.
Released globally via Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records on August 28, the first single of the same name was met with positive reviews and has since gained over 1 million views on Youtube. Toots Hibbert also participated in this year’s Jamaica Festival Song Competition before falling ill amid the surge in coronavirus cases. His family is also asking for privacy at this time as they continue to grapple with the illness of their loved one. Minister Grange echoed that sentiment asking the public to show respect where it is due and to stop spreading false rumors at this difficult time. She encouraged plenty of positivity for Toot’s recovery.
We will keep you updated on any new developments on Toots’ condition.
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BRAND NEW** Super Cat x Salaam Remi "PUSH TIME"
Super Cat!!
With his first single and video release in two decades ! Yes, Don Dada is back joining Salaam Remi for "Push Time" just in time for Labor Day weekend.  Watch as the dancehall legend creates his own parade in the heart of Brooklyn and Queens, exclaiming how they push crime and injustices on our communities.  "Push Time” the single comes off Salaam Remi’s Black on Purpose LP due out later this fall.  “Since the 90s SuperCat and I have always been able to reason. And recently reasoning about the state of the communities and worldwide unrest led to this song” says Salaam. 
The Black on Purpose LP will feature NaS, Jennifer Hudson ,Case, Teedra Moses, Bilal, Busta Rhymes, Chronixx, Spragga Benz, MuMu Fresh, and Doug E Fresh along with more from Black Thought, Stephen Marley, Cee-Lo Green, and  Anthony Hamilton.
From the upcoming LP "Black on Purpose”, the new Single ‘Push Time' By Super Cat & Salaam Remi

Wild Apache Productions / Louder Than Life Records 2020


VIDEO Directed By NEWD4Y JOVI & Salaam Remi

Hawaii's reggae family the Lambsbread drop an inspiring and thought provoking video for their latest single "Lockdown"
The Lambsbread has always been known for their socially conscious and powerful messages contained in their songs, and the groups latest offering "Lockdown" is another spiritually charged anthem for our troubled world. Filmed on the beautiful island of Maui, the video is both majestic and eye opening with the current state of events taking place around the globe. Take a moment to
feel the energy of this piece of art that is both healing and enlightening. 
Half Pint Releases ‘Lovin’ To Support Nowell Family Foundation
Jamaican Reggae legend Half Pint is part of a new Reggae fusion compilation album, The House That Bradley Built, in honor of the late Bradley Nowell, the lead singer and guitarist of the ska-punk band Sublime
The compilation, which drops on September 4, will help fund the Nowell Family Foundation Opioid Recovery Facility
Half Pint, whose real name is Lindon Andrew Roberts, performs his song, Lovin, which was the original sample for What I Got by Sublime.
Born and raised in Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California, Nowell developed an interest in music at a young age after his father took him on a trip to Jamaica which exposed him to reggae and dancehall music. He then gained a strong interest in rock music once he learned how to play guitar and played in various bands until forming his ska punk band Sublime with bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, whom he had met while attending California State University at Long Beach.
LAW Records, in conjunction with The Nowell Family Foundation have teamed up to release the special compilation which features never-before-released acoustic covers from the catalogue of Sublime performed by 20+ bands. Profits from the record will go to The Nowell Family Foundation to build Bradley’s House, a rehab center in Southern California named after the late Sublime frontman Bradley James Nowell.
“Bradley James Nowell died of a heroin overdose on May 25, 1996. It was a devastating loss for his family, friends and fans,” comments Jim Nowell, Bradley’s father. “From this pain, came a burning desire to help others who battle with opioid addiction to overcome the disease before it takes their lives. That’s why we started the Nowell Family Foundation,” he states.
The Nowell Family Foundation has a mission to build and sustain Bradley’s House, a 6-bed opioid recovery center for economically disadvantaged and struggling musicians, and to offer free services while musicians recover. Jim “Papa” Nowell reflects, “The vision for Bradley’s House is to create a place of hope and healing for people in the music industry. A place where creativity can be an outlet for transformation. A place where passion can be a motivation for change. A place where music can be a source of strength.”
With the new compilation, The House That Bradley Built, musicians donated their time and music to take a stand against opioid addiction and to help support those battling addiction.
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 Real Don Dada Riddim — Produced by Fyakin (Nyle Banks Music Group)
The Real Don Dadda Riddim built and produced by Fyakin for his own independent record label Nyle Banks Music Group released on all major platforms this Today, September 4th, 2020.


Mark your calendars: Saturday, November 7: Premium LiveStream Concert with MORGAN HERITAGE -  Storytelling Live 
Storytelling Live is an up close-and-personal Livestream Concert Series.

Viewers will experience a full live concert and hear backstories about the songs artist perform.
Part proceeds will go towards artist relief funds and various charitable organizations.
Heritage Concerts Presents Storytelling Live with Grammy Award Winning Morgan Heritage. Saturday November 7th Performing hits like Don’t Haffi Dread, Tell Me How Come, Falling Race and Strictly Roots.
This will be an up close-and-personal musical experience that you don’t want to miss!
So tune in Saturday November 7th to see the Iconic, Legendary Royal Family of Reggae music... Morgan Heritage!
You’ll get to hear your new favorites along with all the classics such as Nothing To Smile About, Down By The River, She’s Still Loving Me and Reggae Bring Back Love.
Storytelling Live with Morgan Heritage will be another ROCKAZ moment!
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Friday, September 11 — Live Reggae Music; St. Petersburg, FL

 R.I.P. — Reggae Singer and Percussionist Feluke Dies from Cancer
Reggae singer and percussionist, Denver “Feluke” Smith died from cancer on September 5 at the age of 43.
The artiste died following a six year battle with stage four colon cancer. He was initially diagnosed with the disease in 2014 and had been in and out of hospital, undergoing intravenous treatments and surgeries to remove tumours.
At the time of his death, Feluke was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mexico. He had first travelled to the country in 2017 to be assisted by experts. He responded well to the treatments and had been on the mend. However, in November last year, the singer started experiencing complications once more.
In 2018, he had done several rounds of aggressive cancer treatments following a benefit concert dubbed ‘The Healing – A Denver Smith’s Charity’ to raise money to cover the cost of procedures.
Just days ago, Feluke went on social media seeking assistance during an Instagram live in which he detailed his needs and how he has been coping.
He was a Master Percussionist, but also established himself as a composer, songwriter, producer, and singer.
He also toured half the world with Jimmy Cliff, Luciano, and many others. He toured with, and recorded for Stephen Marley on his Grammy-winning albums Mind Control (Acoustic) and The Revelation Pt. 1, and worked as musical director for Kymani Marley and Jah Cure.
Tributes came from various artistes in the industry including Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Jesse Royal, Shaggy, Duane Stephenson, among others.
Reggae Grammy Album Predictions: Five Likely Contenders To Watch For The 2021 Awards
 In Search Of Lost Time: Protoje
Got to Be Tough: Toots & The Maytals
Upside Down: Buju Banton
Higher Place: Skip Marley
Heavy Rain: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
The music world has now officially gone into Grammy Awards season, as the eligibility period for the prestigious peer awards came to a close on August 31.
Upon assessment, it appears all five eventual nominees for the Best Reggae Album in 2021 could be Jamaicans.
Read full article here:
Time is running out — Save Our Stages
The mission of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.
This is our final push to Congress and there won’t be another opportunity. We NEED the #SaveOurStagesAct and the #RestartAct passed in order to keep independent venues nationwide from closing permanently. Please help us #SaveOurStages now.
Billboard - Reggae Albums Chart This Week of September 10 2020 -
It's still Bob toppin' the charts!

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In Jah's Name We Pray - 
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Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts -
September 10, 2020
Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess
TOP 25 Dancehall Singles, TOP 25 Reggae Singles and TOP 10 Albums/CD Chart
For the week of September 10, 2020
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This Week in Reggae 
 September 10
1977: Japanese folk singer Inoue Yosui is arrested for marijuana possession.
 September 11
Ethiopian New Year
1957: Terry Ganzie (Vandorne Johnson) is born in Askenish, Hanover.
1962: Jamaica is admitted to the United Nations.
1987: Winston Hubert McIntosh aka Peter Tosh and two others are shot and killed in Peter's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Peter was 42. (b. October 19, 1944)
The police say Peter was shot in the head after he refused to give money to robbers.
 September 12
1974: The dissident forces come for the emperor Haile Selassie I.
Most of the House of Makonnen and it's inner circle ware imprisoned or executed.
1977: Bantu Stephen Biko, leader of South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement, passes away (dead from head injuries suffered while in police custody) in Pretoria, South Africa. Age 30. (b. December 18, 1946)
1988: Mighty Diamonds perform in Amsterdam.
The show is recorded and later released as "Live In Europe".
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