In Los Angeles, Memorial Day weekend belongs to the UCLA Jazz Reggae festival which evolved from a small showcase to, today, a huge weekend extravaganza with top headliners in the music industry.

Lupe Fiasco headlines Jam Day on May 29th with other performances by Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Pharoahe Monch, Bilal and more. Attendees will get to enjoy Steel Pulse on Reggae Day, along with Gyptian, Tanya Stephens, and The Wailing Souls.

The festival is also very lucrative for small businesses which get to display their wares, crafts, and food as vendors at the event which welcomes thousands of people each year.

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Lloyd Knibb OD (8 March 1931 – 12 May 2011) was a Jamaican drummer who is primarily known for his contribution to the development of the rhythm of the Ska era. He played for The Skatalites (in the 1960s up to his death), and for Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. Knibb recorded for the producers Lloyd “Matador” Daley and Duke Reid.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1931, Knibb, grew up on Bond Street, close to where a local band rehearsed, and he made his own drum kit from a wooden box and paint cans to practice the sounds that he had heard. Like a lot of musicians in the 1940s, he honed his craft in jazz bands. His first professional engagement was with the Val Bennett band, with whom he played for six years. He also played with Count Ossie’s group, adding burru and nyabinghi to his repertoire, and he regularly accompanied Rastafarian leader Sam Brown at meetings. It was with Eric Dean’s band where he gained the technical skills to play many styles. Dean’s set list included the big band music of Glen Miller as well as the popular dances of the day: rumba, Cha-cha and bolero, and his tenure in the band coincided with future major figures in ska such as Tommy McCook, Baba Brooks, and Lloyd Brevett. Knibb’s technical proficiency and wide knowledge of styles soon led to him being featured on the recordings of Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Sonia Pottinger and Duke Reid, playing an instrumental part in the development of ska.

Knibb gained his widest audience, however, as the drummer for The Skatalites. They recorded for the Treasure Isle (Duke Reid), Studio One (Clement Dodd) and Top Hat (Phillip Yap) labels, releasing ska music in the 1960s to an audience that responded to a rhythm that was uniquely Jamaican. Knibb, along with the other original Skatalites members, reformed to play the Reggae Sunsplash concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July 1983. The success of the reunion led to the reformation of The Skatalites as a full-time touring band, of which Knibb remained until his death in 2011. He played his last show in Peru in April 2011.

In his later years, Knibb resided in Hull, Massachusetts with his long time friend and fellow musician, John, and his wife, Adele.   His son Dion plays in the Boston-based ska band Dion Knibb & The Agitators.  Knibb’s contribution to Jamaican music was recognized by the Prime Minister’s Award, the Order of Distinction, the Silver Musgrave Medal, and induction into the Jamaican Music Hall of Fame.  Knibb was taken ill while on tour in Brazil. On 12 May, 2011, after being ill for some time with liver cancer and receiving treatment in the USA, he was told by doctors that he only had days to live.  Knibb traveled back to his home in St. Andrew, Jamaica, to be among his family and friends. Later that day, Knibb died aged 80.

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Rapper Nas recently spoke on the “great inspiration” Jamaican cultural icon Bob Marley has been to him in his own career.

“Bob Marley’s impact is unmatched by any artist, ever. He stands alone like Beethoven. Like Stevie Wonder. Like Michael Jackson. He owns his block. There’s been nothing like him. There will be nothing like him,” said Nas. “And we don’t’ realize how old Bob would have been [if] he was alive today. He probably would have been what 70-something? But his music is timeless and it’s been a great inspiration to me and I had the honor to work with his kids: Damian, Stephen Marley, and meet a lot of his children.”

Nas also shared that he plans on working with Damian Marley on yet another project.  In May 2010, the two artists released the joint album Distant Relatives.  Nas and Damian have also performed tracks from the Distant Relatives album on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Their tour for the album has taken them throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Courtesy: Hip Hop DX


The Canadian native is now travelling between Jamaica and Toronto putting the finishing touches on her new album.  Following the chart topping success of “Hot Ya Now” last year.  Tasha is working with hit makers like Mikie Bennett, Computer Paul and Rohan Dwyer.

She has already completed work with “Patchy” of NCF Productions and the new single, “ONLY A WOMAN KNOWS” is a product of this collaboration.  The video for this release is also to be done on location in Jamaica.  In addition to the work with NCF Tasha is also working with guitarist Steve Golding and Triple B Entertainment.  She intends to feature Bescenta, Influential, and Imar on the new album as well.

This one will be “hot when it drop.”

Courtesy: Ras Vibe Records Inc.


In The Zone

RASE TV continues to grow and develop its international appeal by broadening its multi-cultural approach with In the zone (en Espanola).  The new program will mirror all the elements of the english version with the addition of specially produced segments catered to the Spanish-speaking community.  Viewers will get the latest and greatest in latin music videos presented by the hottest Latino artists of the day.  Both versions of In the zone will be broadcast through several cable and satellite networks spanning the Caribbean and parts of the Continental U.S.  The programs will also be accessible on-line.


Kymani Marley

RASE TV merges with new media entity for co-production of In The Zone, its flagship television program catering to Caribbean music entertainment.  Founded in 2004, RASE TV has produced Caribbean content engaging Canadian society at large with a national reach in excess of 6 million across Canada.  The new partnership will enable further distribution of In The Zone to several markets overseas including the continental U.S.  Official launching of the new partnership will take place late 2011.


In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes…

This week’s show rounded out with a special feature of the world immortal Stone Love sound with veteran selector Cancer at the controls as the last edition of the “reel” back analog series for the month of September.  Download the show here.

STONE LOVE

Cancer navigated a musical journey down the golden road of Studio One produced hits and a variety of rock steady tunes featuring the likes of Bob Andy, Ken Boothe, Hopeton Lewis, Delroy Wilson, Winston Francis, Slim Smith/The Techniques, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles/The Heptones, Brent Dowe, Dawn Penn, Alton Ellis, John Holt, Dobby Dobson, Sugar Minott and more!

The show wound down with a Bob Marley & The Wailers showcase ending with the program’s namesake tune “Positive Vibrations” which happens to be in its 27th year of broadcast.

Bob Marley & The Wailers playlist:

Misty morning

One drop

Jammin’

Satisfy my soul

Give thanks

Running away

Exodus

Positive Vibes