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August 17, 2023
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52,000 Reggae Fans and Industry folks receive this newsletter each thursday! 
Volume 20/Issue 33
Media Coverage of Reggae Since 1993
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TABLE  OF  CONTENTS - Click on it to jump to that section
MY SWEET LORD by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley)
Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts 
Reggae Marketing Specialists since 1993 - Trusted, Reliable ~ Creative
In Jah´s Name We Pray - Our thoughts and prayers go out to Maui
Ital Statistics
Truckee Reggae Festival
Peoples Festival
Baja Roots Fest in Baja 2023
This weekend!   OREGON REGGAE FEST August 18th & 19th, 2023 - Ashland, OR
The Oregon Reggae Fest is August 18 and 19, 2023 in Ashland, Oregon.
Sister Nancy, Chezidek, Iba Mahr, Teflon Young King, Carlton Livingston, and more...

~ 2 Stages of music & workshops
~ Wonderful outdoor setting at the
Jackson Wellsprings in Ashland, OR

~Camping and hot springs on site
~Food Booths (including vegan)
Gates: 12pm ~ Music: 1pm
Limited VIP passes available 
VIP passes include free admission into the Wellsprings Spa and FREE admission into the
Late Night Dancehall
Wellsprings Pool Parties!!! 
RV Sites (almost sold out)
Camping (almost sold out)
Comfort Inn (SOLD OUT)
Lithia Springs Resort (SOLD OUT)
Auburn, CA ~ DRY DIGGINGS 2023 Camping & Music Festival - August 25 -27
Dry Diggings Festival is set to return to the Sierra Nevada Foothills this year, promising an electrifying celebration of music, family, art and games. Cultivating a diverse array of world class talent both on the stage and in the vending booths, Dry Diggings brings together a music loving community of old and new friends that feel like family. This year’s event is expected to create a fresh space for connection, exploration, and discovery as the Festival settles into it’s new grounds.

Now nestled within the heart of Auburn, Dry Diggings Festival has become a wonderful experience for artists, musicians, performers, vendors, and volunteers, who converge from all corners of the globe to participate in this unique gathering. Known for its stacked lineup and vibrant family campout scene, the Festival will take place August 25-27th at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, right in the heart of old downtown Auburn. Festival goers will be treated to an unforgettable experience that showcases some of the finest talents from the Reggae world.

Beyond the stellar musical lineup, Dry Diggings is equally famous for its carefully curated selection of vendors offering delectable cuisines, one-of-a-kind artisanal goods, and unique souvenirs. The festival's dedication to supporting local businesses and artists adds an authentic touch to the entire experience, creating a vibrant marketplace where creativity and entrepreneurship flourish.
"The Dry Diggings community is like no other," says the festival's founder, Jeff Monser, "We are a close knit family of passionate individuals who share a profound love for music, art, and creating memorable moments. It's not just about the music; it's about building connections and forging lasting friendships."

Yoga ~ Sound Healing Workshops ~ Interactive Kidzone ~ Games on the Green and more!
Atlanta ~ Vendors, attendees upset over BeReggae fest cancellation
A usually well-attended event in Atlanta became a well-attended disappointment Sunday when it was apparently canceled the night before. Hundreds of people and many vendors still showed up to Piedmont Park for the BeReggae Music and Arts Festival because they said they had no idea and ultimately felt "bamboozled." 
Organizers of the BeREGGAE Music and Arts festival say they canceled the concert Sunday for safety concerns, but hundreds still showed up because they had no idea it had been nixed.
Whitehouse Chicken and Fish staff packed up their booth in Piedmont Park Sunday afternoon after not getting the business they hoped for from the BeREGGAE festival.

"Each booth costs about $2-3,000…so we out about $6,000, plus the $2,000 I had to pay to get in the gate, and the $3,000 worth of food we paid for that we're going to have to throw away," said Whitehouse owner Robert White. He says the only reason he and his team even showed up was because they didn’t get the memo.
the organizer said strong storms the day before left the park soaked, and didn’t want people slipping and falling. The storms even caused some trees to come down in Piedmont Park. He claims he didn’t want anyone to get hurt.
"I didn't feel good with bringing people out here and gathering thousands of people out here," Barnes said.
Organizers emailed vendors letting them know about the cancelation, but it was sent in the middle of the night and many didn’t see it.
Despite the cancellation, hundreds of concertgoers still gathered. They didn't hear about the scratch either.
Two Brand New Singles from Issachar Muzik Record Label 
ISSACHAR new releasesOut Now On All Platforms! Up and coming Jamaican reggae singer, Profit Revelation, has released his new single "Cheater" with a plea to his love interest on a classic Roots Radics riddim through Issachar Muzik label and distributed by Tuff Gong International
This is his first track working with executive producer, Jah Lloyd of Issachar Muzik. The single is distributed by the iconic Tuff Gong International. Listen HERE
Also, JUST RELEASED TODAY - Imar Shephard’s upcoming single “Run In Circles”. The single is distributed by the iconic Tuff Gong International.
Issachar Muzik has been proudly releasing authentic reggae music since 1991. We invite you to check out our whole catalog.
Radio & DJs please email for MP3s and Interviews:
Truckee, CA - Truckee Reggae Fest 2023 Saturday September 2 - Rootsy line-up 
Truckee Reggae Fest
Roots – Rock – Reggae! With the recent success of Part 1 of this year's Truckee Reggae Fest – we are excited to tell you about Part 2!
This year, rather than a two day, back-to-back event as we had done in the past, we decided to split the event by hosting two shows. One during the week of Summer Solstice on June 24th (past) and the second event (coming up) Labor Day weekend on September 2nd.
Listen to authentic Jamaican Roots Reggae Music in the beautiful natural bowl of the Truckee Outdoor Amphitheater alongside the Truckee River and under the stars!
This annual festival comes complete with Live Music, DJ’s, Food Trucks, Local Beer Garden and Merchandise Village hosting arts and crafts from local Vendors.
We stay “True to the Roots” of Jamaican Reggae Music and have hosted some of the biggest and most legendary names in the genre including Julian and Ky-mani Marley, Third World, Wailing Souls, Don Carlos, Sister Carol, Big Mountain, Lutan Fyah, Marlon Asher, Mighty Mystic, Arise Roots and more! Every year we welcome the opportunity to include locally sourced Reggae acts and DJ’s from the region to open up and warm up the show.
This years event on September 2nd will not disappoint! Headlined by one of Jamaica’s most legendary acts, Black Uhuru will close the show. Also on the bill, Yaadcore, Prezident Brown and Soulmedic. DJ’s include Squarefield Massive, OG the DJ, Dubfyah and hosting duties will be held down by Ras Rebel all night long.
Over 20 local Vendors, 4 Food and Desert Trucks, Beer Garden benefiting a local non-profit and sweet Reggae Music at one of Northern California’s more beautiful outdoor Music Venues all in the Historic Town of Truckee, Ca make this an event you DO NOT want to miss!
For over 50 years Black Uhuru has remained one of the most popular recognized prolific reggae band from Jamaica. The living legends have earned several achievements in the music industry including winning the first ever Grammy Award for reggae music. They’re long success along with having the highest reggae record sales after Bob Marley & the most songs sampled by other artist over the years has allowed them to become Ambassadors of reggae.
Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre, 10050 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA 
MAESTRO MARLEY CUP - Marleys, Music, Soccer & More - Saturday, September 2, 2023  - Hollywood ArtsPark, Young Circle, Hollywood, FL
Saturday, September 2, 2023
Live performances from
The Marley Brothers, Inner Circle, I-Octane, Locos Por Juana, more

6 vs 6 Soccer Tournament

Caribbean food, drinks, cultural vendors and activities for the entire family.
Gates open at 12pm (event ends 11pm)

The Maestro Marley Cup was created by Ky-Mani Marley and Big Hair Dave from The Dubplates to help raise money for the Love Over All Foundation, which helps communities in need through sports and music.
Hollywood, FL
NOTE NEW VENUE: Sacramento, CA - The Holo Holo Journey continues....Holo Holo Sacramento 
on September 9 & 10 -Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland
Good Vibez Presents in partnership with JMF presents are 
thrilled to announce this incredible lineup for the inaugural Holo Holo 
on September 9 & 10. 
Kolohe Kai
 • J Boog
 • Rebel Souljahz
 • Iam Tongi • Mike Love
 • Ka'ikena Scanlan
 • Chris Boomer • Common Kings
 • Steel Pulse • 
 • Three Plus
 • Koauka
 Eli  Mac 
• CRSB, more.
We're going to be bringing those island vibez to Sacramento area for 2 days of
 wonderful music, delicious food, and of course, nonstop good vibez! 

We're excited to announce Holo Holo California is making the move to 
Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland
All ages
Check Here for Tickets and Info
Felton, CA - Sept. 15-17, Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival
This year, Burning Spear plays his first performance in Santa Cruz in 20 years and Jewel makes a Mountain Sol debut!
Joined by Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, KBong & Johnny Cosmic, Railroad Earth, Samantha Fish, Jackie Greene with Tim Bluhm, The Nth Power performing Earth, Wind and Power!, Orgone, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Keith Greeninger with the Coffis Brothers, Wreckless Strangers, Jive Machine, China Cats and more!
Roaring Camp
5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton, CA 95018


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Wilmington, DE ~ Saturday, September 23 - 29th Annual Peoples Festival Tribute To Bob Marley
People's Festival29th Annual Festival in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park - Something for Everyone! One of the longest running, most anticipated events of Delaware’s festival season is readying for 2023 with new features, great food, great crafts, and as always, great music spreading Bob Marley’s positive message of Unity, One Love and Equal Rights.

For 29 years, the “People’s Festival Tribute to Bob Marley” has highlighted the significance of Marley’s ties to the city of Wilmington, where he lived, worked, played, and wrote some of his iconic songs sharing his experience of the time spent here.

Marley came to Wilmington in 1968 to be close to his mother. While there, Marley earned money to launch his career, working at two of Delaware’s largest and most well-known companies, DuPont, and Chrysler.

In 1995, Marley’s close friends Ibis and Genny Pitts brought to life a vision by Marley’s mother (Cedella Marley Booker) that Wilmington be the site of a tribute to her son, who had passed away in 1981.

The “One Love Revival,” set to lift the vibration of the city, is scheduled Sept. 23, 2023. This year will feature several musical genres, including Soca, Calypso, a tribute to 50 years of Hip-Hop, and of course, lots of Reggae music. International artist Reemah from St. Croix is slated to appear, along with local up and coming Superstars and regional bands.

International food court, arts, and crafts from around the world, a healing garden, children’s village, bamboo rain hut, a state-of-the-art beer garden and lots more surprises! VIP area featuring a taste of local restaurants, breweries and other highlights including a hookah and cigar lounge, photo booth and much more!

Bob Marley built a musical career which spanned the globe and gained him worldwide iconic status. He received many awards, including a post humous Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 2001. His positive music continues to grow in popularity with new generations, bringing him a success greater than he experienced in his lifetime. His connection to Wilmington
continues to be documented in books, songs and on the big screen. ‘MARLEY’ the movie, released in 2012, includes an interview with his good friend and festival founder Ibis Pitts.

More information, including a full festival line-up, is available
From his now long-running series of dub releases Chuck Foster returns with Dub Journey, dubbing tracks from his most recent vocal album Long Journey plus one.
A stellar line-up of musicians include Soul Syndicate /Aggrovators/Observer All-Stars guitarist Tony Chin and the elusive Mystery Man on guitar, Mike Irwin on bass, ex-Twinkle Brother Zacky Bernard and Libbert "Tony Bird" Steer on keyboards, drums from UK’s Horseman and the late Style Scott, violin from John Moran and harmonica plus sparse vocal snippets from Chuck.
These sturdy dubs were mixed at Rough Sounds studio in Redondo Beach by Mike Irwin and Chuck.
Dub Journey is the seventh in a series of dub releases that began a decade ago with the release of Conscious Dub and continued through the albums Righteous Dub, California Dubbin', Rebel Dub, Hotter Fire Dub and Dreader Dub, all released on the Catch Me Time Records label.
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Pittsburgh reggae festival to support Black first-time homeowners
The Piatt Family Foundation’s Rock, Reggae, and Relief Festival takes place on Forbes Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh this weekend, promising music and a charitable cause to attendants.
The festival lineup includes local and national rock and reggae bands Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Tropidelic, Roots of Creation, Keystone Vibe, and Fubar.
The “relief” part of this year’s festival benefits Catapult Greater Pittsburgh.
This is the 6th annual Rock, Reggae, and Relief in Pittsburgh. Last year’s festival brought $50,000 to Café Momentum, a restaurant that employs teens involved in the justice system. This year the Piatt Foundation wanted to help an organization even more aligned with their own mission, according to administrative director Molly Onufer.
“We're a real estate company,” Onufer explained. “So we really wanted to do something that focused on real estate and our belief that everyone in Pittsburgh deserves to own a home.”
Catapult Greater Pittsburgh is an organization that helps systematically disadvantaged Black communities build generational wealth and financial security. Executive director Tammy Thompson says they do this through two main vehicles: first time homeownership and entrepreneurship.
“Catapult is just like its title,” Thompson added. “We want to catapult people into the next level of their lives. And sometimes people just need a little bit of help, just a little bit of support to reach those goals.”
Catapult provides various services like trauma-informed financial counseling and group education. The funds from the festival, however, will support their Next Steps Fund. Love stories about arts and culture? Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you Pittsburgh's top news, every weekday morning. The Next Steps Fund is a program that helps eligible, Black, first-time homeowners pay for down payments or closing costs in Allegheny County.
“Those folks who have worked really, really hard, who have attended our workshops and have learned and have done the work to prepare themselves to be homeowners, but just are struggling to come up with $5,000 or $7,000 for a down payment and closing costs. We don't think that's enough of a reason for people to miss out on the opportunity of homeownership,” Thompson said.
The organization helped 42 Pittsburgh families buy homes between 2021 and 2022.
“People are not sitting around at home eating bon bons with their feet up, waiting on someone to take care of them,” said Thompson. “The people that we work with are hard working people who have a dream for themselves and their families, and sometimes they just need a little bit of help to get there.”
MY SWEET LORD by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley)
MY SWEET LORD by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Damian Marley My Sweet Lord
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Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts 
Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess
TOP 25 Dancehall Singles, TOP 25 Reggae Singles and TOP 10 Albums/CD Chart 
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This Week in Reggae — and Nubian, Rasta, herb and related history
August 16
1964: LeMar (Legalize Marijuana) established.
2008: Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore, Trumpeter for Skatalites, passes away (dies of cancer). Age 70.
 August 17
1887: Marcus Garvey is born in St. Ann, Jamaica.
1943: Michael Leopold 'Zappow' Williams is born.
1960: Gabon gains independence from France. (National Day)
1983: Mikey Smith passes away.
 August 18
----: Musician/producer Dalton Browne is born.
1965: Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson [& Clevie] is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
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