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|A critical take on current affairs and spirituality converge in a Roots-Reggae styled extravaganza Uwe Banton, firm fixture on the German Reggae scene, and a known dreadlocked Rastafarian, has just dropped his new album titled “Free Your Mind”. Expect a smooth blend of Caribbean riddims, conscious lyrics and musical mastery.|
Banton’s new album will be available on CD and all major digital download/streaming services. Blend of Roots, Reggae, Ska, Lovers Rock, Rocksteady and Afrobeat; true to Jamaica’s motto “Out Of Many, One People”. The opening track, “Ark of the Covenant”, is an extremely and literally heartfelt track, starting off with heartbeat-like drums and setting the scene for the many musical revelations to come.
Uwe Banton, whose real name is Uwe Schäfer, is a true northwestern original from the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, but is also known well beyond the country’s borders. The 55-year-old singer has earned his place in the Reggae hall-of-fame, way beyond the European scene, and has a dedicated worldwide following. Uwe Banton’s fourth studio album is the result of a collaboration with Ganjaman, another Reggae heavyweight out of Germany, and bears witness to Banton’s affinity to his Rastafari faith, a spiritual philosophy that has its roots in Jamaica; just like Reggae Music itself. Banton celebrates the roots of Reggae in his music, continuing to spread the message of Rastafari out into the world. Whimsical and easy, yet at the same time, highly profound, Banton asks some of the big questions about the meaning of human nature and life itself, on the brand-new album: “Free your Mind”
Banton sings about freeing the mind and reminds us of important values that might bring us closer to our true selves and to ultimately making the world a better place.
“Free Your Mind” bespeaks the international appeal of both Reggae—the music of the Rastafarians, which has been a global phenomenon since the 1970s—and of the Rastafarian lifestyle itself, which also keeps inspiring people everywhere.
|15th ANNUAL Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival July 17th, 2021 - Duluth, Minnesota|
Premier world music festival on beautiful Lake Superior with top stars :Anthony B (Jamaica)Third World (Jamaica)Kranium (Jamaica)Killa (Grenada)Dynamq (South Sudan)International Reggae All StarsSound of Fujun (Trinidad) Tickets available online at www.bayfrontworldmusic.com
We love doing what we do and bringing the whole community together for a day of good vibes on the shore of Lake Superior. The Bayfront Reggae / World Music Festival mission is to provide cultural entertainment through reggae and world music whose artists spread the message of love, hope, and equality for all people worldwide. We have attendees coming from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and the Dakotas.
Some of the proceeds from Bayfront Reggae / World Music Festival are used to help the children of Jamaica, through the Jamaica Minnesota Organization
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|New Single Out Friday July 16! "Don't Do That" from Link&Chain|
|"Don't Do That" came about because of the situation in Jamaica with the youths killing each other with the gun. It's been like that for many years and it's perpetual. We're here now trying to encourage the youths to develop the ability to reason instead of shooting each other. It's important that we preserve ourselves because we're the future. It's the tradition of the Rastaman to make sure that youths stay positive; we should be able to strengthen each other as a people.|
Rastafari is love and unity. Rastafari is about building the community. Rastafari is a oneness, we hope to be able to at least encourage the youths to have a different mindset.
We want to give thanks for the good people that surround us through the connections we have made. We were blessed to link with Issachar Muzik Record Label who is part of the cultural revolution, helping to push the culture aspect of reggae to where it's supposed to be. Our connection with Issachar has been very fruitful, and we are so thankful to have our music distributed by the legendary Tuff Gong International and we hope to continue the relationship with more new releases.
Link&Chain is a band of brothers that have been harmonizing together and co-writing their songs for decades since their early days in Jamaica. The name was chosen because of its significance to the struggle of our ancestors and it also significant to the unity of InI coming together & holding together as links on a chain. The group came together in 1986 as a trio and still has three of its original members.
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|THE SAN ANTONIO REGGAE FEST 2021 July 31, 2021|
Kevin Holness* aka 'Mighty Mystic' and
The Hard Roots Movement Band.
*Kevin Holness is Jamaican royalty as he is the brother
of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness!!!!
~Delicious International Food from
Local & Regional Vendors
~ Face Painting
~ Caribbean & Hawaiian Dancers
~ Kid's Activities
~ Beer Booths
~ Over 10 live Reggae bands & artists
~ Fun for the entire family
~ Kids 12 and under free
Facebook Event Page
Festival Coordinator - Kevin Hogan
|O.C. Roberts Gets A Little Help From His Friends... O.C. Roberts & Friends|
|Veteran Reggae music artiste O.C. Roberts has released his new seven track EP O.C. Roberts & Friends available now on his own O.C. Roberts Music label and distributed worldwide by Tuff Gong International. O.C. gets a little help from his longtime musical friends on this EP including Glen Washington, Carl Malcolm and NYC based singer Chyna Nicole. He was also assisted once again by Jamaican legend Ansel Collins on the song "All Night Loving" and music production side. The relationship between the two that goes back to the formitive days of Reggae. |
The EP features original and some great cover versions of some familiar favorites. This is his third release since his album Made In Jamaica was released last year.
1. O.C. Roberts feat. Chyna Nicole - Having My Baby
2. Glen Washington - Rainy Days
3. O.C. Roberts - Never Can Say Goodbye
4. Carl Malcolm - Muck Up
5. O.C. Roberts - Ring Of Fire
6. Ansel Collins - All Night Loving
7. O.C. Roberts - How Glad I Am
O.C. Roberts started as a young man honing his craft in Kingston at The Bohemia Club, where he was the lead singer of the resident band The Mighty Titans. They backed many artists such as Marcia Griffith, Dennis Brown, The Wailing Souls, The Mighty Diamonds, The Tamlins to name a few.
While performing, he was discovered by Dougie Rod Bryan, lead guitarist of The Revolutioniares recording band, who’s drummer was Sly Dunbar, and keyboard player was Ansel Collins. O.C. recorded the reggae version of Teddy Pendergrass' smash hit “Wake Up Everybody” for Sonya Pottinger’s High Note label which went on to hit #16 on the British Reggae Charts. He went on to record “Funny Feelings”, “Living a Life” and “Hey You” for record label Electro Sun. All of these songs were backed by the tight sound of The Revolutionaires.
O.C. then moved to Detroit and met Ian Allen (now at Universal Music Group) and Ira McLaughlin (formerly of Atlantic Records), and crafted a Reggae band together named The Samaritans which quickly became the #1 reggae band in Detroit.
After that success, O.C. took a hiatus to focus on radio for 12 years at WRCJ 90.9 FM. He completed his latest album Made In Jamaica in 2019 including songs, "Made in Jamaica", “Haters", "Cut Them Off", and "Calling My Name” which is released and distributed worldwide through Tuff Gong International, Bob Marley’s label and distribution company
|The Reggaeton Song That's Driving Cuba's Unprecedented Protests|
Cuba is suffering through a summer of dire shortages, from food and electricity to medicine. Fed-up Cubans are taking to the streets in unprecedented protests — and they're voicing their outrage through a song called Patria y Vida — homeland and life.
The slogan is a spin on the communist regime's decades-old slogan of "patria o muerte" — homeland or death. In strong terms, the song accuses the government of destroying the quality of life in Cuba, a message that quickly found traction with protesters who are demanding change.
"No more lies. My people demand freedom. No more doctrines!" the song says. It calls for people to shout "patria y vida ... and start building what we dreamed of/ what they destroyed with their hands." The viral hit has become a political slogan.
|Chris Brown Sued For $1.5m Over ‘Sample’ Of Red Rat’s Dancehall Classic “Tight Up Skirt”|
|Chris Brown, and Sony Music, who distributed the song that allegedly illegally sampled Red Rat’s classic, are being sued for copyright infringement by Greensleeves Publishing Limited, a New York-based record label.|
The lawsuit by Greensleeves Record accuses Chris Brown, his music producers, and Sony Music of ripping off one of dancehall’s most iconic hits- “Tight Up Skirt,” which has become a classic from the 90s dancehall era.
|Jamaica - Nikki Z Returns To The Airwaves: Bridge 99 FM |
The Caribbean Queen of radio ‘Nikki Z’ returns home to radio on Bridge 99 FM, Mondays- Fridays, 1:00 pm -5:00pm, starting Wednesday, July 14. Bridge 99FM ia an IRIE Jam Media Group affiliate in Jamaica, and will be the only radio station that simulcasts shows between Jamaica and New York. The Bridge’s programming will air on its sister station IRIE Jam Radio, 93.5 FM in New York. Nikki Z's show will aptly be called 'The Crossover".
For Nikki, this is a coming-of-age and returning-home moment, as the mega-talented media personality, whose real name is Nicole Duhaney, received her first breakthrough from IRIE Jam more than 20 years ago. Since then she has gone on to build her brand and notoriety to become one of the top female disc jocks and one of the most recognizable media personalities in the industry.
Nikki’s talents have be recognized by Reggae royalty, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley , who handpicked Nikki Z as the first and only female deejay to perform on now legendary JamRock Reggae Cruise which she performed at for four years. Nikki Z ‘the actor’, immortalized herself as a staple in the dancehall industry in the 2016, when she was casted as herself in Nick Cannon’s film, "King of Dancehall".
The dj attributes her longevity to her devotion to Caribbean culture and genuine love for the music, playing from the heart and not for the fame.
According to Nikki “ My role is to put our culture on display. I do this by using my voice and platforms afforded to me to promote Caribbean music wherever I go. Anything else, everyone else can own but when it comes to music, that’s my gift... it's what I go to bed thinking of. I wake up with music playing inside me. Music is what I breathe. This is the 'Bridge' that I have been waiting for.
The same tell-it-as-it-is attitude from the sultry-voiced radio personality, whose roots are grounded in St. Elizabeth is what listeners and viewers can expect with a lot more, as her craft has evolved and grown. The US Army Vet, whose career in radio dates back to the 90s, worked on IRIE Jam during her early years where she transitioned to her biggest stint on Caribbean radio with ZIP FM in 2016. Since then, Nikki Z has captivated audiences throughout the Caribbean, the U.S., UK, and other territories via her online radio show Nikki Z Live, with listenership in the Millions.
The IRIE Jam Media Group was founded 28 years ago by Robert "Bobby" Clarke, who acquired 99FM band in Jamaica in spring and is poised to revolutionize media in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Audiences can expect good vibes and truth from Nikki Z's new show, "The Crossover."
|From Nigeria Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Producer SHEBIFER is eager and ready to release his long-awaited single, HUSTLE|
The song gives you a front row seat to his life living in Africa. For a person, young or old, to survive in Africa, you have to hustle, no work, no food. Despite his struggles Shebifer has done just that...hustled.
The single is set to release on January 2nd on all digital platforms.
About the Artist, Mr. Shebifer: As a talented and humble artist, this Triple-Threat,
is ready to give to the world all that he has to offer.
Shebifer recently signed with 26th Element Records, who believes that this artist with his Afrobeat music that moves the body to his tune and today's sound will become one of the best ventures in music.
A live version will be coming out soon with a full band.
We are excited about the TikTok challenge!! The challenge will entice people to show their own hustle alongside #africahustle.
Show us how your hustle ~ We will reward the winner with dogecoin!!!
We want to give back to the #africahustle. Get ready for Shebifer...Let's Go!
Enter the TikTok Challenge #africahustle and win dogecoin!!!
|Houston, Texas - Jamaica Independence JAM JAM WEEKEND August 6-8|
Featuring FREDDIE MCGREGOR, ETANA, ANTHONY B & more plus local bands, JA vs. Trinidad soccer tournament, free kids zone, food, and more!
Jamaica independence jam jam on Sunday 8/6 featuring Freddie McGregor, Etana, Anthony B, Chino, Mr. Perfect and more!
Plus J-Unit band, a don't- miss soccer tournament featuring veteran members of the world famous Jamaica Reggae Boyz vs. Trinidad & Tobago!
Free kids zone, food, cocktails, and more!!
Select from $35 Sunday-only ticket or the all-access VIP weekend pass which gets you access to the fish fry & fete on Friday 8/6, the Dancehall Jam on Saturday 8/7, and VIP access at the Jamaica Independence Jam Jam on Sunday plus a chance to win $1200 for weekend pass holders only!!!
|"It Wasn't Love" - new 'lover's rock' single by Mykal Somer — Listen Here|
|Reggae Lovers and Enthusiasts once again Mykal Somer greets and graces your playlists with his warm melodious voice and smooth delivery, in this his brand-new sizzling single release for 2021, dubbed; "It Wasn't Love". This Lover's Rock track, the 1st of several tracks slated for release this year, is out in time for the Summer and touches a hot topic that surely resonates with us all: love/relationships. Or at least sometimes we think it is. |
It Wasn't Love", produced by BUBZ, is out now and available on all digital platforms. So go ahead, listen, stream, download and fulljoy!
Name Of Song: It Wasn't Love
Name Of Artist: Mykal Somer
Name Of Label: Somer Records
Produced By: BUBZ
Name of Distributor: cdbaby.com
Social Media @mykalsomer
|Truckee Reggae Fest 2021 Truckee, CA Friday, August 20. Mark your calendars|
Outdoors, On the Grass and Under the Stars!!!
1st ANNUAL TRUCKEE REGGAE FEST 2021
Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater, Truckee, Ca
Friday, August 20, 2021; 4pm
Don Carlos Reggae (from Black Uhuru)
MARLON "Ganja Farmer" ASHER
Mystic Roots, Two Peace, DJ Dubfyah.
|“REGGAE ON THE GREEN” festival on Saturday, August 21 at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Early-bird tickets now on sale!|
Virginia Beach, Virginia - On the Green LLC in cooperation with Montego Island Grill, 1st Impressions Barber and Apparel, and Big Mill Productions present the First Annual “REGGAE ON THE GREEN” festival on Saturday, August 21 at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The organizer’s mission is to highlight more diverse and culturally vibrant entertainment in the city of Virginia Beach. Reggae On The Green is a family-friendly all-ages event, to bring the community together in joyous dancing and unity in a beautiful natural setting.
Performing LIVE: Reggae Star, Grammy-nominated Jamaican singer Etana. Also performing are national reggae artist Mighty Mystic, Jah Sun and The Rising Tide, local favorite Greg Gutty, and Regggo- Band from Washington DC, bringing a unique sound mixing Reggae and Go-Go. Local DJ favorites will be mixing throughout the afternoon: DJ Killa Khan, DJ Flava, and DJ Jedi. The festival will have a variety of delicious ethnic cuisine and artisan vendors. Noon-6; Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Preferred Seating Tickets (allows patrons to position their seating in the closer rows of the stage).
Early bird tix: $25 includes T-shirt
Early Bird Preferred seating : $40 and includes, T-shirt, after-party
Early bird is over after July 15, pricing will go to: General Admission :
$30 - No T-shirt
Preferred Seating : $50 No T-shirt, includes after-party
Early Sponsors include :
Montego Island Grill,1st Impressions Haircuts & Apparel, Blackwallstreet.net, Reggae Festival Guide
and Purple Inc Marketing.
We are all so excited to be social again, we are taking extra precautions to make sure that we can gather safely and with respect to everyone’s needs and desires. All that attend the Reggae On The Green will agree to follow state and local COVID19 guidance & regulations that are in effect on August 21, 2021.
World-renowned Mount Trashmore Park encompasses 165 acres, two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skate park and vert ramp, and multi-use paths.The park also features a smaller mountain, Encore Hill, and two lakes. Lake Windsor (located along South Blvd.) is brackish water fed by Thalia Creek. Lake Trashmore (located along Edwin Drive) is freshwater and hosts various species of fish.
For tickets and to 'Get Involved' as a sponsor, vendor, artist or work-trade volunteer visit the Reggae On The Green Website at https://reggaeonthegreen.com/FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mendocino, CA ~ September 3-5: Join us for the 2021 Kind Bud CampOut for a 'Northern California Cannabis Experience!'|
Located at the Hog Farm’s famous Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino County,
we'll bring together the best outdoor grown cannabis flowers and
cannabis products from Northern California.
Wake (and bake) to ganja yoga in the morning and attend workshops and speakers panels to learn about Cannabis and Wellness both days. Live music will be heard throughout the festival, variety shows, and performances will entertain you as you make long lasting memories.
We are all so excited to be social again, and as event coordinators we are taking extra precautions to make sure that we can gather safely and with respect to everyone’s needs and desires.
Make this Labor Day a weekend to relax, make new friends, and maybe even find your time to shine in our late night open mic!
Tickets Are On Sale !
*Early Bird Tickets available until July 1.
*Tier 2 Tickets available until August 1.
Fo information about business and community sponsor packages, contact us at email@example.com
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|PLEASE 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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|Billboard - Reggae Albums Chart This Week - July 17, 2021 - It's still Bob toppin' the charts!|
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|Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts |
|Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess|
|This Week in Reggae — and Nubian, Rasta, herb and related history|
||Gregory Isaacs is born in Kingston, Jamaica. (some say 1950)
||David Hinds [Steel Pulse; lead vocals/guitar] is born.
||Buju Banton (Mark Myrie) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
||UB40's album "Labour Of Love" [A&M] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
||The body of Dennis Brown (d. July 1) lies in state at the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston. A few of the hundreds of fans turn up to view his body.
||Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes (JAVA) is officially launched.
| July 16
||Desmond Dekker (Desmond Adolphus Dacres) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
||Steve Knight is born in St. Andrew, Jamaica.
||Rory [Stone Love; selector] is born in London, England.
||DJ Silver Cat (Neil McDonald) is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.
||Pat Kelly passes away.
| July 17
||Bob Marley & The Wailers begin a four day U.K. tour to promote "Natty Dread", their second album on Island Records.
||"Godfather of Ska" Laurel Aitken dies of heart attack at age 78 in the UK.
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