People Music, Music People Sun, 12 Oct 2008 05:46:43 +0000 en 964047http://www.feedburner.comSubscribe with My Yahoo!Subscribe with NewsGatorSubscribe with My AOLSubscribe with RojoSubscribe with BloglinesSubscribe with NetvibesSubscribe with GoogleSubscribe with Pageflakes Jamaican Music Icon Alton Ellis Dies /jamaican-music-icon-alton-ellis-dies/ /jamaican-music-icon-alton-ellis-dies/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2008 04:42:29 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=163 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.

The hits “Girl I’ve Got a Date”, “Cry Tough” and “Rock Steady”, which lent its name to the newer genre marked his tenure with the Treasure Isle label. As rocksteady dominated the Jamaican airwaves for the next two years, Ellis continued to score hits for Treasure Isle, working with artists such as Lloyd Charmers, Phyllis Dillon and The Heptones. The “Mad Mad” riddim, first recorded by Ellis in 1967 would later be recycled in more than one hundred other songs. This constant reinterpretation and referencing made Ellis a major but little-known influence in the trajectory of dance hall, reggae and hip hop.

He moved to England in the 1970’s and established his own Alltone label, which he devoted to both new recordings and compilations of his early classics. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Reggae and World Music Awards Hall Of Fame. He made several guest appearances on the popular “Stars R Us Shows” and as recently as this June was the star performer at several “Get Ready to Rock Steady concerts” put on by the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports at the National Indoor Sport Centre.

His smooth consistent vocals will be surely missed.

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Beres Hammond - I Feel Good Music Video /beres-hammond-i-feel-good-music-video/ /beres-hammond-i-feel-good-music-video/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:15:13 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=162 Check out the video for Beres Hammond’s “I Feel Good” off his album A Moment in Time now available for digital download or in stores October 14th.

Stephen McGregor - Reggae is the Family Business /stephen-mcgregor-reggae-family/ /stephen-mcgregor-reggae-family/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2008 16:09:19 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=161 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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13 Questions With Sean Paul - /13-questions-with-sean-paul-askmencom/ /13-questions-with-sean-paul-askmencom/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2008 05:53:58 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=160 recently had an interview with world famous Dancehall artist and Jamaican Sean Paul entitled 13 Questions With Sean Paul. On behalf of, 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.

Sean Paul I was wondering why it was so important for you to produce The Trinity in Jamaica, but if you have more to say on the topic, then go ahead.

Sean Paul: Yeah, yeah! Jamaica’s musical influence is big, especially in the past five years in the game… we’ve influenced a lot of different forms of music, and people and genres are saying “respect” to it. I’m loving that, I’m loving that it’s becoming something on peoples’ albums. But one thing that is a dark side of that is that none of these people go back home to Jamaica to do it… and I find that if you wanted to get so-called crunk music, you find Lil Jon to work with him, and if you want a more R&B song, you check Pharrell and the Neptunes for the hip-hop, and that’ll sound more R&B and smooth. So I come to Jamaica to produce The Trinity — not to just hear it and try to do it back. So that’s what I’m doin’, I’m giving respect back to these kids. Now I’m not sayin’ that everybody in the world can’t produce dancehall, but these kids are the current vibrancy of what’s doing in Jamaica — that’s where I come from, man, so I have to give back to them.

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Damian Marley - One Loaf of Bread (Something for You) - Lyrics /damian-marley-one-loaf-of-bread-something-for-you-lyrics/ /damian-marley-one-loaf-of-bread-something-for-you-lyrics/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2008 19:52:28 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=159 Yeah!! Christ feed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread

Christ feed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread!
Poor people there is something for you dont let the pressures of the system
Get upon ya head, Poor people there is something for you

Mankind cares not for his sisters anymore, still there is something for you
Writen in the the book of live we shall live forever more,
There will be something for…

Rasta works a manifest an it a blossom an a bloom,
Nature always run it course the tide is rising wit the moon,
It only take a spark to put a fyah to da fume,
What is hidden in the dark shall be revealed so very soon,
Tell Pharoah free the prisoners from the dungeon an the doom,
Tell di youths fi natty-dread an babylon put dem inna platoon,
Di trials an di perils deepa dan di blue lagoon,
Dem nuh wan fi nuh dem history yuh nuh see say dem a goon

Christ fed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread! Poor people
There is something for you dont let the pressures of the system
Get upon ya head, Poor people there is something for you
Mankind cares not for his sisters anymore, still there is something for you!
Each an every time yuh see we forward offa tour, there will be something for…

Jah gave Moses 10 commandments upon two tables of stone,
Led Israel out of Egypt an den promise them a home,
Samson slew the Philisteens wid a donkey jaw bone,
An david slew goliath wid a two two wey crome,
Blessed be da man wey walketh not inna de war zone,
Blessed be di man wey hair natty nappy an grown, blessed be di herbs
Wey keep we higher, nappy an stone, Fyah fi a man wey se’dung inna
Babylon throne, curious woman go a dance an lef dem pickney dem alone,
Cannot tek care off ya’self de gidian ready nuh roam,
Population unda pressure still dem have more man a clown,
An always tell dat which has been lost has not been found.

Christ fed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread! Poor people
There is something for you dont let the pressures of the system
Get upon ya head, Poor people there is something for you
Mankind cares not for his sisters anymore, still there is something for you!
Written in the book of life we shall live forever more..still there is something.. (Aye)

Christ feed the multitude wid only one loaf a bread [x3]

New Book about Jamaican Dancehall Culture /new-book-about-jamaican-dancehall-culture/ /new-book-about-jamaican-dancehall-culture/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2008 17:47:19 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=154 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.

Dancehall is at the center of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, Dancehall has conquered the globe, spreading to the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Europe and beyond.

Dancehall is a culture that encompasses music, fashion, drugs, guns, art, community, technology and more. Many of today’s global music and fashion styles can be traced back to Dancehall culture and indeed continue to be influenced by it today.

Born in the 1950s out of the neighborhood jams of Kingston, Dancehall grew to its height in the 1980s before a massive influx of drugs and guns made the scene too dangerous for many.
This jam-packed visual history and text tells the story from its roots to its heights from that rarest vantage of the true, respected insider. In the early 1980s, as Jamaica was in the throes of political and gang violence, Beth Lesser ventured where few others dared, and this book is a never-before-seen record of the exciting, dangerous and vibrant world of Dancehall.

Writer and photographer Beth Lesser lived in Jamaica in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her previous book, King Jammy’s (2002), a profile of the innovative Dancehall producer King Jammy, was described by Peter Dalton, co-author of The Rough Guide to Reggae, as “the one essential book on reggae.” She currently lives in Toronto.

Racist Cambridge academic disrespects reggae music and Jamaicans /cambridge-racist-reggae-steiner/ /cambridge-racist-reggae-steiner/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2008 11:27:38 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=157 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!’

Mr Steiner, who has been an Extraordinary Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge since 1969, added: ‘In all of us, in our children, and to maintain our comfort, our survival, if you scratch beneath the surface, many dark areas appear. Don’t forget it.’

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20 years Since the Death of Tenor Saw /death-of-tenor-saw-20-years/ /death-of-tenor-saw-20-years/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:00:24 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=156 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.

Tenor Saw

It was a great loss to dancehall music as Tenor Saw’s voice was unlike any placed on a ‘riddim’. “The voice was so powerful, something that come from the church, like a Pavarotti kinda thing,” is how Minott describes Saw’s sound which influenced other artistes of the 1980s,including Frankie Paul, Junior Reid, Nitty Gritty and Michael Palmer.

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International Caribbean Music Festival 2008 /international-caribbean-music-festival-2008/ /international-caribbean-music-festival-2008/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2008 08:32:35 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=153 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.

To vote for your favourite artist as well as find out more details about the International Caribbean Reggae Music Festival please visit

Beres Hammond - A moment in time /beres-hammond-a-moment-in-time/ /beres-hammond-a-moment-in-time/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2008 16:19:58 +0000 Reggaelifestyle /?p=151 Legendary Jamaican musician Beres Hammond  has released new reggae album entitled “A Moment in Time” which is only available via digital download now. The CD version  accompanied by a DVD is due out in stores on October 14, 2008 to coincide with Beres’ North American Tour .

Beres Hammond - A Moment in Time - Tracklist

1. Beres Hammond I Feel Good
2. Beres Hammond No I Can’t
3. Beres Hammond Picking Up The Pieces
4. Beres Hammond Still Will Be Heaven
5. Beres Hammond Can’t Say I Never Tried
6. Beres Hammond Friends
7. Beres Hammond I’ll Live Again
8. Beres Hammond Talking Africa
9. Beres Hammond Bring It On
10. Beres Hammond Dark Clouds
11. Beres Hammond A Place For You
12. Beres Hammond Body And Soul
13. Beres Hammond Cry No More
14. Beres Hammond A Moment In Time