Posts Tagged ‘reggae’


Canada-based reggae artiste, Tasha T recently completed at whirlwind tour of select school in Jamaica as the official ambassador of Read Across Jamaica (RAJ).

As the  RAJ  Musical  Ambassador  for  2011 & 2012,  Tasha  T, through  her  musical  style  of   communication,  will  lend  her  talent  to  encourage  families  to  approach  literacy  from  a  positive  perspective.

According to Tasha,  “Determination  and  drive  are the key ingredients that parents must have in order to assist their children to climb  the ladder  of  education.”

She continued, “We  [artists]  must  make  the  effort  to  engage  our  youth  in  activities  to  feed  their  minds,   nurture  their  growth  and  display  enjoyment  with  various  forms  of  the  arts.”

Tasha  T  has  voiced  her  full   endorsement  of  RAJ’s   project  her  latest  release,  Educate  Yourself, which is the official theme song of the project.

During November 10 – 12, Tasha T and the members of RAJ visited the Cassava  Piece Activity Centre, St Andrew;  St.  James  Parish  Library in Montego  Bay, the Henningay Prep School  and the Breadnut Hill  Primary  School,  St.  Ann.

“It was wonderful,” a beaming Tasha T said of the visits, where she performed, interacted with the children and handed out pictures and reading material.

Project co-ordinators Gavin Palmer and Hopeton Brown said they were more than pleased at their three days of activities and happy for the opportunity to engage with students and parents and spread the knowledge.

The team will be back in Jamaica early next year for another phase of the Read Across Jamaica project.

source: chatychaty.com

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INVESTIGATORS from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT)  yesterday evening charged dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel with murder, conspiracy  to murder and illegal possession of firearm.

A news release from the police said that the charges against the  deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, were made following the conduct of an  interview yesterday afternoon by detectives from the MIT in the presence of his  attorneys.

“The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along  with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a  27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine.  Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in  Gregory Park,” the police release said.

A preliminary hearing will take place today at the Half-Way-Tree  Resident Magistrate’s Court, the police said.

 

source: Jamaica Observer


He may not have made as many hit records as most of his contemporaries, but Leonard Dillon produced enough quality work to earn his title as a reggae pioneer.

Dillon, who died Wednesday morning at his daughter’s St Andrew home, was best known as leader of The Ethiopians, the vocal group that had big hits with Train To Skaville and Everything Crash.

He was 68 years old.

Patrice Dillon, the third of Dillon’s seven children, told The Sunday Gleaner her father died from cancer. He was diagnosed with two brain tumours in August 2010, and last June it was discovered he had lung and prostate cancer.

After undergoing surgery to remove one of the tumours in February, Patrice Dillon said her father seemed to be making steady progress. But three months ago further tests revealed five more cancerous lumps had developed on his brain.

Leonard Dillon was born in Boundbrook, a district near Port Antonio in Portland. In an interview with American writer David Katz, Dillon said he worked in Florida as an indentured worker during the early 1960s to make enough money to pursue a musical career when he returned to Jamaica.

It did not pan out as planned and it took a chance meeting in 1964 with Peter Tosh – then a member of The Wailers – to get his recording career off the ground.

Dillon’s interview with Katz appears in the latter’s book, Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae. He said his first songs were done for producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd at Studio One. They were Woman Wine And Money, Ice Water, What You Get You Must Take and Bull Whip.

The Wailers (Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston) did backing vocals on Bull Whip. None of those early songs made any impact.

It was not until Dillon teamed with Stephen Taylor and Aston Morrison to form The Ethiopians that his career gained momentum. They cut Train To Skaville for West Indies Record Limited (WIRL) and Everything For Crash for producer Karl ‘Sir JJ’ Johnson as Jamaican popular music evolved from ska to rock steady.

The Ethiopians recorded for several leading producers including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, but never scored any more big hits, though they gained a cult following in Europe. In the last 25 years, independent record companies such as Trojan, VP and Heartbeat, have released compilation albums of their best-known songs.

The last of those discs, Train To Skaville: Anthology 1965-1975, was released by Trojan in 2002.

Leonard Dillon is also survived by two brothers, one sister and seven grandchildren.

 

 

source:  Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer (The Gleaner)


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.


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 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