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|Reggae legend U-Roy has been called Home|
Jamaican reggae icon Ewart Beckford, more popularly known as U-Roy, has died.
Jamaican vocalist and pioneer of toasting, Ewart Beckford, better known to the world as Daddy U-Roy, has died, his partner Marcia Smikle confirmed to The Gleaner
He passed away at 11:10 last night at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) after undergoing surgery there. Born on September 20, 1941, the trailblazer, who gave every toaster, rapper and MC their career, was 79.
He will be sorely missed by the reggae community.
His unmistakable voice brought fans many classic songs including Wake The Town.
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|Steffens vows to continue effort to have Toots inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite 2021 bump in the road|
|THE team behind the recent effort to have reggae icon Frederick “Toots” Hibbert inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pledging their commitment to the cause despite not succeeding in getting the late singer named as one of the nominees for the 2021 cohort of inductees.|
The bid to have Hibbert – who is credited with giving the reggae genre its name thanks to his 1969 hit Do The Reggay – inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is being driven by reggae music insiders Rogger Steffens, Wayne Jobson and Mike Pawka but hit a snag last Wednesday when the nominees of 2020 were announced sans Hibbert. However, according to Steffens, this has not lessened the resolve of the trio to push forward until there is a positive outcome.
“I'm very upset. Toots doesn't even seem to have been entered into discussion at the recent Rock Hall nominations meeting. [This is] despite the vigorous enthusiasm of the more than 8,000 folks worldwide who signed our petition.
We'll keep that open and hope to have tens of thousands of added signatures by this time next year,” Steffens told the Jamaica Observer in an interview.
Ealier this year the team launched a petition seeking the support of reggae lovers and Toots Hibbert fans worldwide in order to strengthen the cause to have Toots named to the Ohio, USA-based organisation which recognises the contributions of musicians to the industry.
Steffens further noted that this bump in the road is no reason to give up the bid to have Toots inducted.
“Since the names of the members of the nominating committee are secret, it's hard to know who to lobby, but Wayne and Mikey and I will continue until we get him in there. Here's hoping for next year,” he noted.
Source: RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter
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|Festival Maven Barbara Satter Doubler Lefkowitz was called home|
|On February 17, 2021 festival maven Barbara Satter Doubler Lefkowitz was called home.|
Following a potentially fatal diagnosis 26 years ago, Barb made a deal with God asking God to let her be an angel here on Earth instead of up there. She fulfilled her promise with unconditional love, tenacity and a wild flair that only Barb could create. She was a beacon of light attracting people from all over the world. She was always ready to help, hug or just hang out. Her life story spans many 'lifetimes' from Miami to Jamaica. Barb's final year in Negril, Jamaica was her self-proclaimed BEST year ever spent checking off bucket list items, and helping neighbors and friends during difficult pandemic circumstances while chilling out with Thunder, her partner of 30 years.
|Colorado — MAY 13-15 Tico Time Reggae Fest|
| Mark your calendar for Tico Time Reggae Festival May 13-15 near Durango, Colorado.|
1st round of JAHnnoncements
Perfect Giddimani with Mister Kali and Lion Heights, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Niceness, One Love Orchestra, Ten Cent Raise and many more. Full lineUP soon come.
TICO TIME River Resort is a 3 season, destination live music venue, adventure themed RV park along the Animas River with white water rafting, tubing, SUP swimming, a 60 foot tower with zip lines, climbing wall, sky swing and bungee jumping, rad slip and slides launching you 20 feet into one of the 3 onsite ponds (good swimming for kids and those learning paddle boarding), sand volleyball court, yoga platform overlooking the River, 18 hole Frisbee golf course.
Unlimited onsite camping and 100 fully equipped RV spaces. Reserve RV spaces now as these will sell out quick.
20 miles south of Durango just across the New Mexico state line.
For more info https://fourcornersrvresort.com/
"Tico Time River Resort has a capacity of 10,000 people. Capacity is currently limited to 15% and social distancing efforts are in place on site. Tico Time is an outdoor venue and has no enclosed gathering areas on its property"
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|Reggae Month presents: Webinar Honouring Queen Mother Rita Marley|
In continuation of our celebrations of the 90th Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I & Empress Menen Asfaw and the observation of Reggae Month in Jamaica, The Iniversal Development of Ras Tafari, Inc (IDOR) and SOSACRU present its 3rd webinar which honours Queen Mother Nana Rita Marley on
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
The discussants are Professor Carolyn Cooper, Dr. Desta Meghoo, Dr. Eleanor Wint and Sis Lorna Wainwright. The event will be hosted by Dr. Imani Tafari Ama and Dutty Bookman.
Nana Rita has been one of the most visible and consistently engaged Rastafari out of Jamaica since her emergence on the local and the international scenes in the early 1970s. Through her visibility within the musical group the I- Threes, as well as her marriage to reggae King Bob Marley, she became one of the key women in the Pan-African world spotlights. She fashioned a uniquely ordered system to continue the Rastafari mission as founded around the principles taught by the elders in Trench Town and has magnified the ‘I-Free principles of the Rastafari Movement enabling expressions of her own femininity, ingenuity, and business acumen. These she uses to direct and preserve the legacy of Bob Marley, and to open the way for large scale Rastafari missions to impact continental African development.
Nana Rita is one of the most engaged individuals in the Pan-African situation and best organized and far-reaching sponsors in anticipating the direction and needs of the Family. She has been a key facilitator of almost every major international Rastafari assembly since the early 1980s. With a history of discrimination as a community, Nana has ensured for the development of Rastafari spaces including recording studios, museums, merchandising outlets, tabernacle, children and elders care and even burial sites for venerated elders. She remains active in this work and is supported by her own well-developed organisation, The Rita Marley Foundation, whose tentacles reach across the length of Jamaica and beyond.
Rita Marley embodies the courage of Mary Seacole on the contemporary battlefield as she tends to the vulnerable from the cradle to the grave; with the diligence of the Garvey wives, she has woven the opinions and philosophy of Rastafari in her mission; and, with the bravado of Miss Lou, she is the first woman to introduce the conversation surrounding the good for all in ganja demanding "One Draw.”
Only a handful of individuals (male or female) have risen to global recognition for the enduring impact of their life commitment and works. Even fewer individuals emerge from humble beginnings, from Cuban birth, to a Trench Town development that resulted in the production of an internationally respected Jamaican brand, with the organisational agencies to self-finance and direct Pan- African agendas wherever required.
As we celebrate the rise of the feminine energies within Rastafari and indeed our world, and engage in the ‘Birthing of a New African Identity, likewise, we celebrate Nana Rita Marley - a luminary by way of her work safeguarding futures for African peoples near and far.
Zoom Details for the event are:
Meeting ID: 870 4958 6983
or on Face Book@sosacruedu
InI are invited to attend and share in this important event!!!
For more information:
IDOR Dr. Ras Wayne A. Rose, Dr. Deena Marie Beresford Contact Details: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 1(443)873-2279
SOSACRU Dr. Ras Jahlani A. Niaah, Coleen Douglas - Rastafari Studies Initiatives & Global Rastafari Coronation Coalition - email@example.com or 876 468 5409.
|Issachar Muzik announces new single from General Jah Mikey "Ethiopia Calling", Out Now on All Digital Platforms.|
Also, new single from Triple Blaxxx "Let Jah Be Praised" Releases March 5, 2021.
Both singles are digitally distributed by Tuff Gong International.
Reggae singer General Jah Mikey
delivers his call to the "motherland" with “Ethiopia Calling.
” The single is released today on the Issachar Muzik label
and distributed by Tuff Gong International
, the iconic label and distribution company founded by the late Bob Marley in Jamaica. It is the second release on Issachar Muzik following up his 2018 single "How Hungry Feel."
The founder of Issachar Muzik, Kingston native, Jah Lloyd 'Issachar' Shaw releases new material from roots Reggae artistes and material that has not been available digitally including unreleased tracks and surprises for over two decaeds. About General Jah Mikey
Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, General Jah Mikey, born Michael Mitchell, has manifested the title, “Lyrical Ambassador” from over two decades of musical experience and vocal talent. Jah Mikey's alluring sonorous tone and melodic style have expanded his capacity, and he is gifted with more than just Rasta appeal. In addition to his lyrical and rich reggae sound, Jah Mikey has recorded in many m...usical genres, including Jungle, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Hardcore, and House. His sultry singing style is a colorful combination of dancehall, lover's rock, hip hop, jazz and R&B.
As early as age eleven Mikey was absorbing the craft of making profound music with a studio apprenticeship with the legendary King Tubby. In 1985, by the age of seventeen, he had his first published recording on Mozziyah Records, and the following year came to America for his first US tour.
General Jah Mikey has performed on numerous sound systems that include, Zodiac, Kilamanjaro, Class One, and King Jammy's. He has toured coast to coast in the United States, and has made his way into the Virgin Islands. Mikey's vocals have graced the labels of Jammys, Tappa Records, Adamari Records, Jungle Riddim Records, and his own label, Jah Sky Muzik.
Within the last couple years, Jah Mikey has been working with celebrated and diverse artists such as, X Clan, Sammy Dread, The Roots Radics Band, Pinney Woods, Dr. Dre, Winzell Kelly of the Darmatics, Junior Reid, The Scientist and dubstep pioneers Rusko, 12th Planet and Datsik.
Combining his multifarious music styles, his resonant enchanting voice, longevity in the scene, and his charismatic stage presence, General Jah Mikey has enriched, and will continue to contribute a thundering amount of quality to, the music scene. In 2013 is a huge year for General Jah Mikey with the release of his newest studio album, Original Yard Food on Zion High Productions as well singles from Jungle Riddim Records and many more over recent years.
Pre-Save Link for "Let Jah Be Praised" : https://ingroov.es/let-jah-be-praised
LISTEN TO "ETHIOPIA CALLING"
For interviews and media requests please contact: Issachar Muzik - firstname.lastname@example.org
|NEW RELEASE: Hillz of Jamdung by Castafari|
|Producer /writer/artist Castafari along with Artist/Writer Journalist Bandoo collaborate on this smashing roots rock reggae record entitle Hillz of Jamdung, highlights the journey, struggles and a day in life of a Cannabis Farmer from one the most prominent Hills in Jamaica, many of our ancestors sacrifice their freedom, livelihood, lives and put it all on the line just to exercise their inherent right to use the Ganja as a cultural sacrament, medicine, and as healing resource; Jamaica’s’ own Peter Tosh along with many faceless advocates for the decriminalization and open access of Marijuana, operation under the shadow of the almighty while dealing with the shape shifters.|
Peace, clarity and serenity. These 3 motifs circulate throughout Castafari’s music, as he spreads his musical messages of motivation, inspiration and love. Today, the Jamaican-born, USA-based Reggae artist Castafari now finds his enrapturing vocal palette piercing through as the voice of truth and reason.
Castafari's upbringing took place in Jamaica, with the natural and unfiltered nature of his environment now being reflected within his music. He has now been recording professionally since the 2000s, with dozens of singles and features, his eclectic approach to music ensuring that each production is unique, while still maintaining an ever present vibe of relatability throughout his catalogue.
These talents have led to Castafari working with world-renowned saxophonist Dean Fraser, as well as landed him performances at Long Beach California's Irie Reggae Festival, Maines' Sugarloaf Music Festival and his own solo tour in Vietnam.
Next up for Castafari is the highly anticipated release of his single, 'Hillz of Jamdung' which premieres February 19th 2021.
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|From the Cross to the Throne – Reggae singer writes book about his Rastafari journey - Working on new album|
|New author, Denroy Morgan, is thrilled that his book, From the Cross to the Throne, is on the shelves, readily available for Rastafarians and even those who are simply curious about the religion. He points out that there is a dearth of such material on the market and feels that it was important for him and his co-authors, Jonathan Taub and Lady Jammie Desiree, to offer this instructional text on how to practise the faith and lifestyle of Rastafari.|
“It is also a prayer book that me and my family live by. I see the book as sharing the reality of the Messianic promise. It is Rastafari that is responsible for sharing the Messianic promise,” the patriarch of the sibling group Morgan Heritage and a successful reggae artiste in his own right stated.
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|Actor David Heron narrates Rolling Stone podcast on Toots' life|
Award winning actor and playwright David Heron has completed production as the narrator of 'A Reggae King Rises Again', Rolling Stone Magazine’s new audio podcast tribute to Jamaican reggae legend and Grammy Award-winning musician Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert.
"I am a big fan of Toots Hibbert, and I welcomed the opportunity to pay tribute to this remarkable artiste," Heron said.
"My favourite Toots Hibbert song is 'Sweet and Dandy'. There's something generally about his music for Jamaicans who live abroad, these songs take you back. There are some songs which when you hear them, they take you back in a clear specific way to a moment in time, you can smell Jamaica," he said.
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|Akae Beka + Righteous Synergy+Fifth Son Records|
|Fifth Son Records is proud to bring the next release from Vaughn Benjamin‘s prophetic writings, Righteous Synergy!|
A roots reggae masterpiece to be!
Heavy words and meditations over live roots and horn productions! Fire!
The eighth collaboration between Vaughn and Fifth Son, the vocals were recorded over a three day period while Akae Beka was on tour in California May 2019.
This album represents the second to last collection of songs Vaughn worked on before his ascension.
Release details:Pre-order starts February 5.
Full digital and physical release February 26.
Link Up With Fifth Son Records:
Prior Fifth Son Records+ Vaughn Benjamin releases
Akae Beka x Fifth Son- Homage to the land (2015)
Midnite x Fifth Son- Be Strong (2013)
Midnite x Fifth Son- In Awe (2012)
Midnite x Fifth Son- Momentum (2011)
Midnite x Fifth Son- Standing Ground DUB (2010)
Midnite x Fifth Son- Standing Ground (2008)
Midnite x Fifth Son- Suns of Atom (2006)
Let the world know to listen!
|Uplifting Reggae Rock Single “WORLD UPSIDE DOWN” Singer/Songwriter/Musician: GRW featuring Jamaican Reggae Legend JUNIOR REID|
|Nashville - GRW Music is proud to announce the release of “World Upside Down” the new single from genre-defying songwriter GRW and internationally renowned Jamaican reggae musician JUNIOR REID.|
The song channels the tumultuous feelings in the state of the world, and is a poignant, heartfelt tale of longing for the good 'ol days, while facing the future with honest positive integrity.
World Upside Down is available via all digital outlets, Friday, February 12!
With "World Upside Down" Junior and Nashville-based Singer/Songwriter GRW (grow without the O) have created a "Conscious Banger" — totally New Music that crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down walls.
GRW shares, "Junior Reid is Pure Energy; a legend who is at the height of his Ride and is still pushing the Envelope."
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|Jamaican artistes to be inducted in YGB Icon Hall of Fame in New York|
Big Ship Captain Freddie McGregor and Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, two iconic singers who began their careers during the prolific rocksteady era, will be inducted into the Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Caribbean Music Entertainment ICON Hall of Fame in New York during Black History Month, February 24. Other inductees include veteran crooner Beres Hammond, dancehall’s Beenie Man and soca legend Machel Montano.
“It was important to establish the ICON Hall of Fame as a platform that memorialises these trailblazers as historical members of society and their culture,” YGB President Carl Gray told The Gleaner.
Founded in 2006 by Carl O. Gray in honour of Black History Month, the YGB Entrepreneurial Awards is designed for peer-to-peer acknowledgement of talent, ambition and achievements towards the continued pursuit of success. Over the past 16 years, the awards programme has steadily grown to become a civic event of substantial importance in the New York area, attracting leaders from both the public and private sector with local, national and international appeal. Previous inductees include Tony Rebel (2017), Richie Stephens (2018), Bounty Killer (2019) and Tanya Stephens (2020). Additionally, the Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Awards will this year honour rising Michael Rainey, Jr, American-Jamaican actor on Starz’s Power Book II – Ghost; Nigel Birch, Jr, Canadian spoken word poet and author, and Sheila Sheldon Charles, Kenyan painter, model and designer.
Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, honouree Freddie McGregor recorded his first big hit, Why Did You Do It, with Ernest Wilson in the late ‘60s during the short-lived rocksteady era. In 1983, when reggae was garnering international acclaim, McGregor mined gold with Big Ship, which charted in England and Jamaica and followed up with Push Come To Shove, I Was Born A Winner, Let Them Try, Stop Loving You and True To My Roots.
“I commend the organisers for such a bold endeavour,” McGregor told The Gleaner. “Was wondering when we would see something like this for our music, but with faith and patience here we are in my lifetime, so I know all things are possible. I am truly thankful for this very special honour.”
Marcia Griffiths was just as elated to be recognised, telling The Gleaner, “I can’t find the adjective to describe how honoured I feel to receive this prestigious award.”
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|Reggae Festival Guide partners with JaRia (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association)|
|Reggae Festival Guide is honored to be a part of bringing you JaRia's REGGAE MONTH February 2021.|
Reggae Month was declared in 2008 by then Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Kenneth Hall, and was spearheaded by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association with support from industry, ministries of culture and tourism and the CHASE Fund.
Tune in via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, website or a custom App! There are so many platforms you can engage with for music and activities all month long.
FEBRUARY IS REGGAE MONTH!
|FEATURED VIDEO - "Righteous Synergy" by Akae Beka|
|VIDEO PREMIERE -"Righteous Synergy" by Akae Beka|
|SIGN THE PETITION: TOOTS HIBBERT FOR THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME|
Please join your voice to all of those petitioning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct the immortal Toots Hibbert
(Dec. 8, 1942 - Sep. 11, 2020),
and pass this information on to everyone you know who feels the same way!
This campaign is spearheaded by reggae aficionado
Roger Steffens who is a
world-renowned historian of
Bob Marley and Reggae Music
and Mike Pawka of the
Jammin’ Reggae Archives.
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February 20, 2021 - It's still Bob toppin' the charts!
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|In Jah's Name We Pray - Healing affirmations while we commune with nature|
- This fresh air is healing me.
- I am renewed by time spent outside.
- I am one with nature and it is one with me.
- I belong here.
- I can feel my spirit being recharged by this sacred time outdoors.
- The richness of nature surrounds me.
- With my feet touching Earth, I am grounded and supported.
- The sun on my face warms me and gives me strength.
- I am filled with wonder by nature’s designs.
- I am in awe, standing before creation.
- The sounds of nature fill my heart and bring me peace.
- Today, I connect with all the beings around me.
- Nature is nurturing me, helping me flourish.
- I am one with the wind, the trees and the sky.
- Outdoors, I feel renewed vitality—I am truly alive.
|Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts |
|Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess|
||Musician Willie Stewart is born.
||Teflon (Shaneil Watson) is born.
||Alastair "Ali" Campbell [UB40; lead vocals/guitar] is born in Birmingham, England.
||Miller-Man, Japanese DJ, is born.
| February 16
||Nikki (Nicole Marcella Burt) is born in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica.
||Hemp cultivation legalized in U.K.
||Koffee is born Mikayla Simpson in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
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