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Posted on 15th December 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

A Reggae Film Festival featuring films that have reggae music as the subject, story line or content will be held in Kingston on February 15,16,17, 2008 to focus on film as an aspect of Jamaican music culture. This was announced today by Minister of Information, Culture, Youth & Sports with responsibility for Entertainment, Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who said that her Ministry will be assisting the Reggae Film Festival to showcase some of the many documentaries, feature films and music videos being made that incorporate or highlight Jamaica’s unique reggae music.

The Film Festival will be a prelude to the Reggae Academy Awards being presented at that time by Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJam) as well as a sidebar of the Global Reggae 2008 conference hosted by the UWI Institute of Caribbean Studies.

The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL is organized by film maker and film festival organizer Barbara Blake Hannah in collaboration with, a UK-based online community and marketplace for films, books and music highlighting Jamaica’s reggae culture. Minister Grange says the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL will give Jamaicans the opportunity to view some of the best of the hundreds of films made about and because of the world famous music of Jamaica, that not only reflect the wide interest in Jamaican music, but also bring tourists on vacation and income to members of the entertainment fraternity, as well as the nation.

“Most of the films about Jamaica are made by reggae lovers in countries outside Jamaica and we here at home have never seen them. There are also some Jamaican films that equally have never had local TV or cinema exposure. The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL will showcase the best of these. There is certainly enough material of interest continually being produced to make this an annual event,” said Minister Grange. [...]

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Posted on 9th December 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

The Bob Marley/Rita Marley Foundation’s global initiative, Africa Unite concert, will be held in Jamaica for the first time on February 23, 2008 at James Bond Beach, St Mary. It will be a combination of two events with a host of national and international artistes at which the feature documentary, Africa Unite, will make its Caribbean debut as part of the celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late Reggae superstar Robert Nesta Marley. The film, starring Rita Marley, Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, Lauryn Hill and the Marley children, is produced and directed by Stephanie Black of Life and Debt, H-2 Worker’s fame. It will be launched in February 2008 at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

People’s Telecom will host the launch of the documentary which highlights the vision for African unity to which Bob Marley was devoted throughout his musical career. “We feel extremely honoured now in 2007 to be asked by Mrs Rita Marley to host Africa Unite in 2008,” stated Michael Dawson, CEO and co-founder of the Jamaican-owned telecommunications company.

“This is a perfect synergy between the Marley Foundation and People’s Telecom, as the company, from the outset, was founded on the principles of stalwarts like Marcus Garvey and His Imperial Majesty (Haile Selassie I), and influenced by the words of Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer,” Dawson added in a press release. [...]

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Posted on 3rd December 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

St. Ann’s ‘beautiful girls’ are on alert to receive a ‘male’ order, gift-wrapped Christmas Day souvenir in the form of four-time Grammy Award nominated artiste Sean Kingston. Kingston will make his maiden call on the cruise ship capital, Ocho Rios, at the Turtle River Park under the umbrella of Tropical Vibes Promotions and Hard Rock Cafe. His supporting cast includes Fantan Mojah, D’Angel and ‘Busy Signal’.

It will be the 17-year-old Miami-born but Jamaican-rooted artiste’s debut performance in Jamaica, and he promises to take centre stage with “a unique sound and lots of energy”. Although he has never performed in Jamaica, technology has made it possible for Sean Kingston to be seen nationwide.

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His crossover appeal sounds nothing like hard-core reggae, but there is no cause for concern as he says he writes “feel good music, this type of music appeals to everyone”. Of note is the fact that he has accomplished the rare task of creating a new genre where rap, reggae, pop, doo-wop and remarkable songwriting all combine into something totally refreshing.

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Already cognisant that the Jamaican audience is one of the hardest to impress, Kingston says he has no intention of giving way to any inner feelings of trepidation. He confidently told The Sunday Gleaner “I give 110 per cent every time I perform, so I am positive the people will enjoy the show.” [...]

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Posted on 23rd November 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

The annual Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will be taking place for the 11th next year. From January 24 – 26, 2008, music lovers at home and from abroad will be welcomed to the beautiful Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay for the 3 day musical presentation. World famous musicians like Dianna Ross, Billy Ocean and Anita Baker to name a few will put their musical talents on show for patrons of one of the most anticipated entertainment events of the year.

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Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2008 Website

Visit the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival website for information about next year’s staging, the full line-up, ticket information, the history of the show and much more.

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Posted on 19th November 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

Alicia Keys performs her latest hit “No One” at the 2007 American Music awards. He performance was peppered by Jamaica’s reggae and Dancehall music and featured Junior Reid, Chaka Demus & Pliers & Beenie Man.

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Posted on 18th November 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

It is the first-ever Academy Awards to take place in Jamaica and already hundreds of artistes producers and other reggae music interests have been signing up to participate in next February’s first staging.

The Reggae Academy has been established through the initiative of the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJam), with a view to create the necessary infrastructure for the planning and presentation of the Reggae Academy Awards, an annual event geared towards the Jamaican and international reggae music communities.

The organisers of the academy felt there was the need to create an award event to recognise and celebrate excellence in reggae, which would encompass producers, songwriters, vocalists, engineers and music video directors.

And those who applied before October 1 will be entitled to participate in the process of determining the recordings, artistes and producers that will be up for consideration in 34 proposed categories. Plans are already in high gear, as RIAJam had been encouraging practitioners in the music industry to submit their applications by then.

So far, says entertainment lawyer and member of the organising team, Lloyd Stanbury, “Just over a hundred persons made deadlines and we still have a few that we are processing.” [...]

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Posted on 8th November 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

Unsigned Jamaican musicians and singers with their own material will get a shot at stardom when the BBC World Service and BBC World Television bring their global talent search to Jamaica.

Titled ‘The Next Big Thing 2007′, the talent search requires all bands and artistes to meet the Next Big Thing team and to hand over a CD or DVD of their music at the Ashanti Oasis Restaurant at Hope Gardens in Kingston between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

“This is not an audition, and there will be no performances, but there is a chance to be interviewed for the BBC,” a news release from the BBC said. “We are scouring the world looking for exciting new music, bands and performers who will shape the future.”

In addition to tomorrow’s event, musicians can also enter online at, the BBC said, adding that The Next Big Thing 2007 in Jamaica, being held in association with Radio Jamaica and Television Jamaica, “is completely free and unmediated”.

Said the BBC: “Forget the big labels and mainstream music business, we’re looking for boldness and brilliance - musical pioneers who really deserve attention.”

The BBC said that last year the talent search received entries from thousands of musicians from over 40 countries. The winner, Silva, went on to have a number one hit in her home country, Armenia, and played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

The BBC World Service is easily the biggest international broadcaster in the world with an audience of 183 million listeners in 33 languages.

For this year’s talent search, the BBC World Service will be joined by BBC World Television “to expose the new and establish a platform for musicians to create and perform original music,” the news release said.

“We are very glad to have been asked by the BBC to be a part of this,” the release quoted Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade who signed The Smiths, Travis, The Strokes and many more. “We are astonished at the standard of the entries, we are very very pleasantly surprised.”

The BBC have selected a panel of international music experts, including Caspar Llewellyn-Smith, editor of the Observer Music Monthly; Will Hodgkinson, music journalist for Mojo and the Guardian; and Paul Stokes, features editor, NME to help choose five finalists.

Entries close on November 18, 2007, and finalists will perform for an all-star jury in London in December. One act will be crowned The Next Big Thing 2007 and perform to a live audience of 3,000 people at London’s O2 stadium to celebrate the BBC World Service’s 75th Anniversary in December, alongside some of the most exciting names in music, the news release said.

Source - Jamaica Observer

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Posted on 13th July 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

The offical Port Royal Music Festival 2007 website is now live with information about the show which is bigger and better than in 2006 and takes place from August 24-26. The website has information about the various artists attending, ticket information and much more.

The Celebrity Party
Pirates & Wenches
Friday August 24th, 2007

The Main Show

Saturday August 25th, 2007

Jazz on the harbour
Sunday August 26th, 2007

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Posted on 25th June 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

“Chicago will never ever see another event like this when Buju Banton touches the stage on the 4th of July,” promises Ephraim Martin, the Festival’s producer. “This show will be the kind of spiritually enriching family event that everyone can appreciate because we’re talking about independence through the eyes of Buju Banton. It is not just the talk of the town–it’s the talk of the country!”

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Posted on 11th May 2007 by Reggaelifestyle

Once again, Jamaica and the world have another great reason to celebrate in the month of August, with the annual Port Royal Music Festival. The planning and organizing for its second staging is well underway and this year

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