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|Volume 20/Issue 47|
Media Coverage of Reggae Since 1993
|TABLE OF CONTENTS - Click on it to jump to that section|
|Monterey, CA ~ California Roots Music & Arts Festival on May 24-25-26, 2024|
|Join us for the 13th Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival on May 24-25-26, 2024 at the historic Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey, CA.|
Monterey County Fairgrounds
2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey, CA
DAMIAN 'JR GONG' MARLEY
BURNING SPEAR, LUPE FIASCO, PEPPER, J BOOG, TRIBAL SEEDS, COLLIE BUDDZ, THE EXPENDABLES, KABAKA PYRAMID, many more!
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|Renowned graphic artist and visual designer, Kenneth Neville Anthony Garrick, has died. His daughter, Naomi Garrick, CEO of Garrick Communications Ltd, confirmed his passing.|
Garrick passed away peacefully surrounded by family on the night of Tuesday, November 14, in California, after a very brief, but brave fight with cancer.
Garrick's 50-year art career left an indelible mark on the realm of music album covers, posters, logos, and staging designs. His artistic genius was most vividly seen in the more than 100 album covers he crafted for legendary reggae artistes such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, and the I-Three, among others.
|Grammy-Nominated Reggae Star Protoje Ventures Into Children’s Literature With Debut Book|
|KINGSTON, Jamaica: In a surprising move, Grammy-nominated reggae artist Protoje is expanding his creative horizons with the release of his first children’s book, “Here Comes The Morning,” inspired by his little daughter. Co-authored with The Bookboys, 12-year-old Azibo and 9-year-old Gyasi Bookman, the book is set to hit shelves on Saturday, November 18, 2023.|
To celebrate the launch, Protoje and The Bookboys will host a book signing event at Busboy and Poets – Anacostia (2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE) in Washington D.C. The special collector’s edition will be unveiled during the event, which is scheduled from 4-6 pm ET and is open to all ages.
“Here Comes The Morning” aims to captivate young minds, answering the intriguing question inspired by Protoje’s daughter, Yara: Where does the sun go after dark? Instead of merely answering, Protoje takes readers on a journey to the easternmost point of their Caribbean island to visit a lighthouse. The story, designed for 3 to 7-year-olds, encourages curiosity, exploration, and the importance of loving parental guidance.
The book is an extension of Protoje’s 2022 Grammy-nominated album, “Third Time’s The Charm,” featuring the track “Here Comes The Morning.” Illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, the book is available for purchase on PROTOJE.COM and BOOKMANEXPRESS.PUB, published by Sapling Books.
In addition to his literary venture, Protoje dropped a remix album titled “In Search Of Zion” on November 10. The album, produced by Zion I Kings, offers a fresh take on his 2020 critically acclaimed album, “In Search of Lost Time,” with accompanying dub versions of each track.
Protoje’s foray into children’s literature marks a new chapter in his artistic journey, expanding his influence from the music world to captivate the hearts and minds of young readers.
|Burning Spear, Buju, Beenie, Julian Marley, Collie Buddz nominated for Reggae Grammy|
|2024 GRAMMY NOMINEES:|
Reggae artistes Burning Spear, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Julian Marley and Collie Buddz have all been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category for the 2024 Grammies.
|CALI VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL 2024 - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 AT MARINA GREEN PARK IN LONG BEACH, CA |
|THE 3-DAY LINEUP FEATURES GWEN STEFANI, STICK FIGURE, ICE CUBE, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, REBELUTION, DAMIAN & STEPHEN MARLEY, THE ROOTS, SEAN PAUL, WIZ KHALIFA, SUBLIME WITH ROME AND MANY MORE! |
Goldenvoice announced the lineup for Cali Vibes, which takes place on Presidents’ Day weekend Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Marina Green Park in Long Beach, CA. Returning for its third year, Cali Vibes is the premier California lifestyle and Reggae music festival that celebrates the connection of its community through positive vibes amongst a unique atmosphere and iconic performances on the shores of Long Beach, CA.
The 3-day festival welcomes three-time GRAMMY Award winner, Gwen Stefani, as its first female headliner alongside other highly acclaimed reggae, rap, dancehall, ska and rock artists, including this year’s 50 years of Hip-Hop celebration with Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, The Pharcyde, and Action Bronson! Returning artists include Stick Figure, Slightly Stoopid, Damian and Stephen Marley, and Rebelution amongst many more. Cali Vibes also welcomes the latest winner of ABC’s American Idol, singer-songwriter William “Iam” Tongi, who has since garnered 3 top Billboard hits.
In celebration of its beloved beachside community, the lineup was specially curated to honor the artists’ personal ties to Southern California, including a hometown headliner performance by Gwen Stefani and the reunion of the SoCal trio Sublime with Rome, performing their classic debut album 40 Oz. to Freedom. The lineup also pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip hop, featuring Action Bronson, The Roots, and Wiz Khalifa alongside West Coast genre pioneers Ice Cube, Too $hort, and The Pharcyde.
Please find the full festival lineup HERE
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|Lake Tahoe Winter Reggae Fest Feb 17-18. Exquisite new venue... Get Tix Here!|
|Lake Tahoe Winter Reggae Fest 2 Days|
Sat • Feb 17 - Sun • Feb 18, 2024
Tahoe Blue Event Center, Stateline, NV
Good Vibez Presents and PR Entertainment, Inc., the teams behind Tahoe’s ever-popular Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, are proud to announce the lineup for the Lake Tahoe Winter Reggae Festival 2024. On February 17th and 18th—President’s Day weekend—reggae royalty Damian 'Jr Gong' & Stephen Marley and fan favorites, Stick Figure will take the stage at the brand-new Tahoe Blue Event Center in Stateline, Nevada.
Tickets for Lake Tahoe Winter Reggae Festival are on sale now. Ticket holders will be treated to performances from Miki Rae & The Hooligans, The Green, Collie Buddz, and Damian 'Jr Gong' & Stephen Marley on Saturday, February 17th, and False Rhythms, The Elovaters, The Movement, and Stick Figure on Sunday, the 18th. Hosted by Otis Otes and with DJ sets from Squarefield Massive, Winter Reggae Festival is sure to be a little slice of warm vibes in the middle of snow season; something Paul Reder, President of PR Entertainment, Inc., is excited about. “The combination of this year’s lineup, Reggae vibes, stunning winter landscapes, and the warmth and excitement of the local community over the holiday creates a truly magical experience that we can all look forward to,” he says.
Dan Sheehan, co-founder of Good Vibez Presents—who recently spoke to Billboard about his role in programming genre-specific festivals—shares Reder’s sentiment. “I can't think of a better pairing than hitting the slopes in the morning followed by grooving to reggae in the evenings. Our team is excited to be back in Tahoe, continuing to invest in the market."
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|STEPHEN MARLEY'S OLD SOUL OUT NOW ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS,|
STEPHEN MARLEY'S OLD SOUL OUT NOW ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS,
MARKING THE 8X GRAMMY® WINNER'S FIRST ALBUM IN 7+ YEARS
CD, 2LP, and Limited-Edition 2LP Colored Vinyl Formats
Released December 1st - Available for Pre-Order HERE
Old Soul features guest appearances by Bob Weir, Eric Clapton,
Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley,
Buju Banton and Slightly Stoopid
|This book is an accumulation of the variety of cultures and traditions within the Caribbean islands. |
Jamaica’s motto, “Out of Many, One People” represents the vast cultural food diversity spectrum and includes all cultures in one big pot melting over our stove.
Lively up yourself by indulging in Jamaican cookery at home.
The target audience for this cookbook is individuals interested in learning about the rich and beautiful culture of Black Indigenous People of Color from the island of Jamaica.
All who are interested are welcome to join in the celebration embedded in this book about the deep roots of Jamaican culture by preparing and cooking authentic meals to enjoy with family and friends!
All ages are welcome to this genuine gift of an in-depth perspective of the Jamaican American food experience.
|The Ital Food Fest in St. Ann’s Jamaica Showcases Ital Cuisine, World-renowned Chefs and Herbalists plus Reggae Artists on November 25.|
|Holistic Health, wellness, food, artisans, and reggae music are what attendees to The Ital Food Fest can expect to find in abundance. It is a celebration of Jamaican plant-based cuisine as well as the Rastafari community's role in the plant-based movement.|
The venue is at The Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann; Jamaica’s premier event venue In addition to Ital cuisine and food demonstrations by acclaimed chefs and talks from world-renowned holistic practitioners, attendees can also enjoy live reggae music on the main stage.
Featured performers include I-Wayne, Agent Sasco, Queen Ifrica, Jah Mason, Warrior King, Natural Black, Sister Carol, Jahdore, Aza Lineage, Khaliliah Rose and many more.
Carefully vetted vendors of herbal remedies, natural skin care products, and therapeutic healing services will be showcasing their products and services.
The festival is from 11am to 11pm and is a day full of edutainment for the entire family. There is a specially designed Kidzone to entertain the youth.
Dr. Kadamawe Knife, Queen Afua, Yaga Lifestyle, Jody Davey and Save Soil Jamaica are some of the esteemed presenters.
$30 advance adult tickets can be purchased at www.italfoodfest.com. Plenty of tickets will also be available at the gate ($45 at the gate)
Children ages 12 -15 years are only $8 and kids under 12 are free.
There are also $80 VIP Tickets which include access to the V.I.P area, a goodie bag and a tasting plate.
For more information, visit www.italfoodfest.com
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T.Natty - Streets of Jamaica (Official Music Video)
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|Richie B's Jamaican Reggae Airplay Charts : JMC Charts Nov 17-23, 2023|
Jamaica Music Countdown — By Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess
JMC Charts Nov 17-16, 2023
|This Week in Reggae — and Nubian, Rasta, herb and related history|
| November 16
||Joan of Arc accused of using cannabis and other "witch's" drugs to hear voices.
||Soca singer Arrow (Alphonsus Cassell) is born in Montserrat.
||Radio DJ Clinton Lindsay is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
||Axeman, SMALL AXE RECORDS' DJ owner, is born.
||President F. W. de Klerk removes racial restrictions from South Africa's public beaches.
||Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers' album "One Bright Day" [Virgin] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
||Roland Alphonso, founding tenor saxophonist for Skatalites, slips into a coma after suffering a seizure November 2nd while onstage at the Key club in West Hollywood, California.
| November 17
||Edi Fitzroy (Fitzroy Edwards) is born in Chapleton, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica.
||Bim Sherman dies of cancer in London. Age 50.
| November 18
||Carlos DjeDje is born in Mozambique.
He turned 410 on 1990, 444 on 1993, according to himself.
||Cindy Breakspeare crowned Miss World.
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