First Note: 10.03.2012

Samuel Mouton of Ft. Collins is the reggae master on NBC’s “The Voice” (Denver Post)
Before his breakout performance on “The Voice,” the biggest venue Samuel Mouton had played was the 300-400 seat Aggie Theatre in Ft. Collins. He has yet to play Denver.
Suddenly, almost 11 million people are watching him in prime time and his version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” is available on iTunes. He could be the poster kid for NBC’s “The Voice” since he sounds quite unlike he looks. The sound is Jamaica, the look is Colorado.
Mouton missed his own debut: his “Voice” debut “aired on East Coast before I could see it, and I went from 60 followers to 400 followers on Twitter in minute and a half. It’s all super new,” Mouton said by phone from Ft. Collins.

Reggae’s ‘Poster boy’ (The Jamaica Observer)
THE reach and scope of reggae music continues to have an impact on the works of many worldwide.
The latest testimony has come from Israeli artist and musician Alon Braier, winner of the first International Reggae Poster Contest. The top 100 posters from this contest are currently on display at the National Gallery in downtown Kingston.
To see the top 5 contestants click here 

Astor Black Aims At New Artistes (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Jamaica Alliance Movement founder, Ras Astor Black, popular for the many times he has offered himself up for public office, is popular for other reasons too.
This time around, Black is making waves because of the impact he is trying to make in the music industry.
Black, who has had more than 20 years of production experience, is hoping to discover and develop Jamaican reggae talent through the Ras Astor Black Interactive Music and Arts Learning Institute.

Interview: Ken Booth presents his journey (United Reggae)
“All of us have a journey, and this album is highlighting mine. I grew up in a poor community and I did not wear shoes every day. I reached a stage where I can buy my own shoes, and this is what the journey is about: from rogues to riches”

Some reggae not all about peace and love (Times – Standard)
With the return of Capelton as promoted by Bonus, once again Humboldt County is faced with the very real problem of what is deemed “Murder Music.” The continued consumption and support of which causes our community to not feel like a safe(r) place to live for queer (in this context some may read this as LGBTTIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Asexual) people, such as myself.

No Doubt’s Adrian Young gets irie with a reggae mix (A.V. Club)
The mixer: Despite being born and raised in Southern California, Adrian Young knows a lot about reggae. He spent his youth scouring record stores for new records and new reggae sounds. That knowledge, compounded with his drumming prowess, earned him a slot in No Doubt in the late ’80s. Fast-forward 23 years, and the group has become massively popular, gone on hiatus, and come back again with a new record. Push And Shove is out now on Interscope, and like a lot of No Doubt’s previous work, it’s infused with ska sounds and reggae rhythms. Who better then than Adrian Young to make The A.V. Club a jammin’ reggae mix?

Fans take ‘Free Buju’ campaign to the White House (The Examiner)
If you want to look up a definition for the word ‘loyal’ in the dictionary, a reference to Buju Banton’s fans should appear beside it as they steadfastly refuse to let the embattled Reggae artiste spend more time in prison.

Lady Squanda involved in car accident (Nehanda Radio)
Punchline Entertainment leading woman, Lady Squanda was involved in a car accident along Glenara Road on Saturday, in a case attributed to negligence and drunken driving of the other party.
The dancehall sensation was travelling with her manager Hillary “Punchline” Mutake, her boyfriend DJ Stayera and Mutake’s brother Grant. Three of them sustained serious injuries with Mutake suffering a broken neck. Speaking to the Daily News, Mutake narrated the painful ordeal.

21st Hapilos Digital Releases Must Have King Jammys “Best Of” Collection For All Reggae Music Lovers (Tropical Fete)
For all reggae and music lovers here comes a must have in your collection. 21st Hapilos Digital has released a collection of legendary King Jammys “Best Of”. These 10 ultimate albums are the first of many more classics to be released.
King Jammy name is cemented in the history of dancehall and reggae, coming from humble and meager beginnings by earning money from building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment from his mother’s house in Waterhouse in the late 1960s, he started his own sound system. After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, he returned to Kingston in 1976 and set up his own studio at his in-laws’ home in Waterhouse.

Jamaican Book Stores Reject Vybz Kartel’s Book (Voice Online)
MANY JAMAICAN book stores have refused to sell Vybz Kartel’s book ‘The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto’, on grounds that the dancehall star is a ‘bad person’.
According to his merchandising manager at Whirlwind Entertainment group Limited, Aisha Stewart, Jamaican stores and readers who have condemned the book are ‘being judgmental’, arguing that it done well internationally.




First Note: 10.03.2012
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