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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.


Tenor Saw

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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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Posted on 1st September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

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 .

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Posted on 1st September 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

A statue of the late reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley better known as Bob Marley has been erected in the small Serbian town of Banatski Sokolac. It is intended to promote peace and tolerance and carries the inscription “Bob Marley — fighter for freedom armed with a guitar.”

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Posted on 31st August 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Grammy winning deejay Shaggy has taken on critics of dancehall, saying they have used the negative actions of some artistes and wrongfully stereotyped others. Shaggy, who was in London where he appeared in the Notting Hill Carnival, made this observation during an interview which was published in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper last week.

“For some people, reggae music might just be reggae music, for me, reggae music is a way of life, so an attack on the music is an attack on me,” Shaggy said. “I think people like Sizzla sometimes do bring the music down but that’s just one person.”

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Posted on 30th August 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Among the more current slangs in the street is “To the world”. One could not ask for a more authentic interpretation for that popular Jamaican street talk than that which was given by the founder, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Swedish reggae band Urban Tribe, Adam Atterby. This reggae tribe of singers and players of instruments from Stockholmi s setting the pace for another global musical success from Sweden, in the tradition of the group called Abba. “We were brought here by a guy named Howard Hendricks, and Akubulan his manager, because they have been fans since 2005, when I sent them a copy of the first album. And they thought the time was right for us to try to make a market here in Jamaica. So we’re currently discussing a management contract with them,” Atterby explained.


Urban Tribe Official Website

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Posted on 19th July 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Another documentary to record and celebrate the evolution of reggae music is on the way. This, the latest of such projects chronicling the history of the music, is called The Top 20 Greatest Moments in Reggae. And it is being undertaken by Earthstrong Production, Aranthes Lewin and Trinidadian Jeanille Bonterre, better known as Empress Jeanille, formerly MTV Reggae Tempo.

The documentary, being directed by Bonterre, will be premiered in September, if everything goes according to plan, on Black Entertainment Television (BET) Network 5, Channel BET J. The project began in Jamaica on Monday, at Stony Hill, upper St Andrew. [...]

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Posted on 17th July 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Nike and VP Records has released an Asafa Powell themed soundtrack. The former world record holder who has his record broken by his countryman Usain Bolt coatches the 35 minute sountrack which contains 13 tracks including a special exclusive track by high riding dancehall heavyweight Movado called “On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)”.

Movado is also one of the favourite dancehall artists of Asafa Powell and the both respect each other.

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Posted on 16th July 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

Critics believe that dancehall music, a fast-paced musical art form indigenous to Jamaica, may be in a death spiral because of a violent cocktail of events that has endangered its ability to flourish in the international marketplace. Several of its champions such as Bounty Killer, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal have serious visa problems, limiting their ability to go to the United States, which because of its large Caribbean population, has always been a lucrative marketplace for dancehall.


Famous Dancehall Artist - Bounty Killer

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