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Posted on 30th November 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

On December 6th 2008 thousands of party goers and reggae music fans from all walks of life will converge on the Liguanea Club on Knutsford Boulevard. It’s A Reggaelution is a new event that is expected to be a yearly affair. In it’s inaugural staging the likes of Buju Banton, Etana, Taurus Riley and Roots Underground will be the headlining acts with Arif “Supa Coop” Cooper & Delano from Renaissance sound system present to ensure that there is never a let up on the vibes and musical excitement.

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Posted on 28th November 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

UnitedReggae.com is a very popular online reggae music and entertainment magazine. The United Reggae Awards is a fan voted award hosted by UnitedReggae.com that invites website visitors to the website to vote on and recognize those working hard to keep Reggae music vibrant.

united reggae wards 2008

Voting for the 2008 awards has opened and any recording released between 1st January 2008 and 31st December 2008 is eligible for the 2008 awards and voting closes January 31 2009. [...]

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Posted on 27th November 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

VP Record’s popular reggae music compilation series “Strictly the Best” has received a new volume. release. Strictly The Best Vol. 39 contains 17 of the most well received reggae and dancehall songs in recent months.

strictly the best volume 39 vp records

Tracks such as “Overcome” by Movado, “Another Bill Again by Tony Rebel, “Nuh Linga” by Elephant Man and “Love You Like That” by Beres Hammond do well to offer a varied serving of Jamaica’s music that will please any fan. [...]

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Posted on 11th October 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

A stalwart of Jamaica’s music industry, Alton Ellis is dead. Mr. Ellis, who was one of the key contributors to the development of the ska and rock steady era, died Friday night in a London Hospital. Mr. Ellis who was 64 had been battling cancer for several months. Alton Ellis is generally revered as one of the greatest and most soulful singers Jamaica has ever produced. The singer was born in Kingston in 1944, and grew up in the Trench Town area as part of a musically inclined family.

In his early teens, Ellis was one half of the duo “Alton & Eddie” with fellow singer Eddie Perkins. In 1958, after winning a prominent talent show, they recorded the single “Muriel,” for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, which became a substantial hit. Not long after cutting the follow-up “My Heaven,” Perkins left for the United States, leaving Ellis to establish himself as a solo act in Jamaica. In 1962, Duke Reid took Ellis to his Treasure Isle label where he mined several of his best known hits recording with a backing trio, The Flames which included his brother Leslie Ellis. [...]

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Posted on 21st September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

The new hit-making force in Jamaican music doesn’t live in the steamy downtown ghettos Bob Marley made famous but on a leafy residential road high on a hill here, in the upscale neighborhood Havendale, St. Andrews. Just 18, Stephen McGregor, also known as Di Genius, is a member of one of reggae’s reigning families: the clan of the veteran singer Freddie McGregor.


Stephen McGregor in the Studio

Big iron gates slowly swing open to reveal a yard with a raised, shaded area designed for playing dominoes. Inside a large villa narrow wooden stairs behind the living room lead up to Big Ship Studio, named after Freddie’s 1981 worldwide hit. With its richly colored walls hung with framed awards and its big black leather couch, Big Ship feels like a cozy clubhouse outfitted with huge speakers and a mixing desk. Here Stephen, who is known as the studio’s Captain, swivels around in an office chair, punctuating a chat by flicking a fader and unleashing yet another monster hit like Sean Paul’s “Watch Dem Roll” and “Always on My Mind,” his collaboration with Da’Ville. [...]

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Posted on 13th September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Askmen.com recently had an interview with world famous Dancehall artist and Jamaican Sean Paul entitled 13 Questions With Sean Paul.

Askmen.com: On behalf of AskMen.com, I want to congratulate you on all your success so far, especially for The Trinity topping the reggae charts. So tell me about the album…

Sean Paul: My latest album is called The Trinity, and it is an album [that was] three years in the making… it’s also my third album. It represents the young entertainers and producers of Jamaica. So, that’s the reason I called it The Trinity. Everybody who appears on the album is an entertainer or an artist who’s been in the game for over five years, so I feel confident in their work… I was living [in Jamaica], I was looking at the tasks I had to accomplish to produce a new album, and wanted to give people back the same energy and synergy… I wanted to know, “what’s up,” and when I looked around, I saw the young kids from Jamaica. They reminded me of myself 10 years ago. So I’m working with them right now on this album.


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Posted on 3rd September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

A new and highly anticipated book with detailed information and over a hundred documenting the birth and rise of Jamaica’s dancehall culture will be available next month.

Dancehall: The Story of Jamaican Dancehall Culture - Book Description

This definitive study of the 1980s Jamaican Dancehall scene features hundreds of exclusive photographs and an accompanying text that capture a vibrant, globally influential and yet rarely documented culture that has been mixing music, fashion and lifestyle with aplomb since its inception. With unprecedented access to the incredibly exciting music scene during this period, Beth Lesser’s photographs and text are a unique way into a previously hidden culture.

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Posted on 3rd September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

A Cambridge academic was criticised yesterday after he declared he could not bear to live next door to Jamaicans who ‘play reggae music all day’. George Steiner, 79, who is also a novelist, said he believes racism is inherent in everyone and that racial tolerance is merely skin deep. Mr Steiner, whose Jewish family fled to America from Paris before the Nazi invasion of 1940, said: ‘It’s very easy to sit here, in this room, and say “racism is horrible”. ‘But ask me the same thing if a Jamaican family moved next door with six children and they play reggae and rock music all day. ‘Or if an estate agent comes to my house and tells me that because a Jamaican family has moved next door the value of my property has fallen through the floor. Ask me then!’

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Posted on 2nd September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Ring the alarm, Tenor Saw is coming. Although this month marks 20 years since his death, the legacy of Clive Bright, one of dancehall’s most influential and unique singers, lives on. Tenor Saw’s death was mysterious. In 1988, the 22-year-old’s decomposing body was found in bushes near a road in Houston, Texas. One version is that he was shot; another was that he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver. But his mentor, singer/producer Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott, said he really died of pneumonia. This, he believes, occurred after he got into an altercation with promoters about not being paid for a performance. He was allegedly beaten, left in bushes, exposed to the elements and died from pneumonia.


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Posted on 2nd September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

The International Caribbean Reggae Music Festival will be returning for it’s 9th staging in 2008 after a one year absence. The artist line-up for 2008 has not been finalized but the promoters of the festival are uging fans to vote for their favourite artists that they would like to see at ICM 2008 via the festival’s official website. ICM Fest, that will be held on Sunday, November 16 at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida.

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