Marley’s former manager dead (The Jamaica Observer)
DANNY Sims, the American impresario who once managed Bob Marley and The Wailers, died last Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 72.
Allan ‘Skill’ Cole, Sims’ close friend, told the Jamaica Observer that Sims succumbed to a long fight with colon cancer. Sims had been helping Cole shop his Marley biography, The Bob Marley I Know.
Interview: Briana (United Reggae)
Brina’s path to music began in ways typical to many Jamaican singers – but her story soon took on a life and a direction all of its own. Born Subrina Ward, in Mandeville hospital, parish of Manchester, Jamaica, to a teacher mother and a taxi driver father, she was raised in a Christian home, and started singing in the Church of Christ, where her dad played guitar. In High School she and her sister formed a gospel duo, the Ward Sisters, performing with notable island gospel artists such as Papa San,Carlene Davis, and Chevelle Franklin.
Tanto And Devonte Make 2013 ‘Request’ (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Their album on Taxi Records is due out by February 2013 at latest, but already, Tanto Metro and Devonte are pushing four tracks from the CD – Already Know, My Song, You Said and Bubble.
My Song expresses an artiste’s joy in hearing their music being pumped on for the masses – and, naturally, the duo hopes that they will experience that joy repeatedly with Request, the title of their first album in six years.
Popcaan promises even better for 2013 (The Jamaica Star)
With the rest of his year carefully mapped, deejay Popcaan is aiming even higher and is looking forward to achieving new goals for 2013.
It is without a doubt that this year has been a good one for the young deejay who has been consistently putting out chart-topping songs, a slew of music videos, and touring the world building his growing fan base. Popcaan, real name Andre Sutherland, has established himself as a name to be reckoned with in the industry and a brand that has been flying the dancehall flag high throughout the world.
INTERVIEW: Jah Thomas Speaks on Super Cat & Nas “The Don” (Boomshots)
Besides being a crucial entertainer with the mic in his hand, Jah Thomas was one of the first dancehall DJs to take control of his own destiny as a businessman. His “Midnight Rock” label did not just release certified boomshots like his own “Shoulder Move” and “Friday Night Jamboree,” he also released the work of fellow artists like a young Super Cat. Cat’s Midnight Rock release “Dance Inna New York” became a big sensation when it was sampled to create Nas’s Salaam Remi-produced banger “The Don.”
Reggae Searches For New Greats – International Charts Still Dominated By Veterans (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Pop Quiz: What is the most successful reggae song in 2012? Who won the 2012 Grammy for best reggae album?
Too many Jamaicans are not able to answer those questions correctly. Reggae music has come a long way since its inception in the 1960s but the evolution seems to be greeted with waning interest.
It is unfortunate that the birthplace of one of the most unique and transcending music genres seems to have forgotten about it.
Local radio stations would sooner play dancehall or bubblegum pop songs than they would reggae music. This is not to say that they’re to blame – they are only catering to the needs of the vast majority of their listeners. So who is the culprit here?
Synrgy Bringing Reggae Back To Arizona (Modern Times Magazine)
When five-piece reggae outfit, Synrgy, comes through the Valley it’s more than just another tour stop, it’s a family affair, and after more than a month on the road Synrgy will be more than happy to see some friendly faces.
Though currently based out of Ashland, Ore., lead singer Brian Zach is from Phoenix and his family still resides here, and the bands birthplace Flagstaff is only a couple of hours away.
The close proximity to so many close relations makes Synrgy’s shows at Tempe’s Sail Inn “a joyous reunion of friends and family,” according to Zach.
Their current Harvest Tour is going well, according to Zach.
New edition of popular Marley book set for release on singer’s birthday (The Examiner)
One of the most popular and controversial books documenting the life of late Jamaican Reggae legend, Bob Marley will hit the shelves for a second time in the New Year.
Marley and Me: The Real Bob Marley Storyhas been scheduled for a February 2013 re-release by Kingston-based publishing house, LMH Publishing. The second edition of Marley and Me will be unveiled nearly 18 years after the original version of the book hit stores and could be released on what would have been Bob Marley’s 68th birthday on February 6, 2013.
LA Lewis Arrested For Manufacturing Fake Drink (Urban Islandz)
Dancehall/graffiti artist LA Lewis was arrested last week for allegedly manufacturing and distributing fake drinks.
LA Lewis, born Howard Lewis, was taken into custody along with another person for running a fake drink manufacturing plant. Both men were charged or breaches of the Trade Marks and Copyright Acts.
Zambia: Petersen Begins Nationwide Album Launch (All Africa)
ZAM dancehall star Petersen Zagaze is tonight expected to start the Zamtel powered Job 13 vs 13 nation-wide album launch starting with the Barclays sports complex in Lusaka tonight.
The Munyaule singer last month released his highly anticipated third album Job 13 vs 13, which has proved popular among his fans with hit singles Ma Offals and Makwebo Mu Church enjoying unprecedented air-play.
The album launch comes in the wake of another successful one, where top rapper Macky II launched his Legendary album at the same venue.
Chameleone and Konshens record collabo (The Star)
Ugandan musician Dr Jose Chameleone has recorded a song with Jamaican dancehall superstar Konshens. Jose Chameleone, who acted as the Stop Sign singer’s host during his visit in Uganda last weekend, had his team assemble a mobile studio as soon as Konshens agreed to his proposal.
The recording done in a hotel suit was also recorded in camera which is hopefully going to be featured in the video. The song titled Street Cred will not be the first that Chameleone has recorded with a Jamaican artiste.