First Note: RIP Danny Sims, A day in Sean Paul’s life & White people who don’t like Reggae

Danny Sims, Producer Who Signed Bob Marley, Dies at 75 ( The New York Times)
Few people outside of the Caribbean knew who Bob Marley was when Danny Sims heard him perform in 1968. But Mr. Sims knew Marley was something special right away. “What I heard,” he recalled years later, “was the next Bob Dylan.”
Mr. Sims, a music producer, publisher and promoter, promptly signed Marley to his first international publishing and recording contracts, setting him on the road to becoming the first reggae superstar.

Buju Banton’s sentencing postponed, entertainer issues message to fans (The Examiner)
Embattled Dancehall superstar, Mark Myrie,more popularly known as Buju Banton will have to wait a while longer to know his fate regarding sentencing on a gun charge in his ongoing drug trial.
The sentencing on said gun charge in Buju Banton’s was postponed during a hearing inside the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday morning. The hearing was put off on the request of Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, amidst an application for an investigation he filed earlier this month, alleging juror misconduct during the singjay’s drug trial in February 2011. No new date has been set for Buju’s sentencing.

Sean Paul — A Day in the Life (The Boom Box)
For an international superstar, Sean Paul is unbelievably humble. There are artists with inflated egos in the music industry, some who are far less accomplished than the Grammy Award-winning dancehall star. So if anyone has the right to act out in don-like fashion, it’s this multi-platinum-selling performer. However, Sean doesn’t. He carries himself almost as if he’s still the newcomer who climbed the charts a decade ago.

So you’ve decided you don’t like reggae. I can respect this decision. There’s some good thinking involved in this decision. Whenever I talk to a fellow white person who has decided they don’t like reggae, they usually make the following points: 1. I don’t really smoke weed, so it doesn’t really do anything for me; 2. I find it repetitive and unvarying, two qualities I don’t appreciate in music because see point 1; 3. I am white; 4. people who are “really into reggae,” especially white people who are “really into reggae,” are annoying little dipshits, and based on social programming, I wish to avoid being seen as an annoying little dipshit; 5. Bob Marley Legends is the fucking WORST.

Write On – Turning the pages with Patricia Meschino (The Jamaica Observer)
IF you are a regular on the reggae scene, chances are you have seen a petite redhead taking notes or conducting interviews with industry types. That person is likely to be American journalist Patricia Meschino.
Meschino has covered the reggae beat for over 20 years, travelling throughout the United States and Jamaica regularly to report on everything from emerging trends to live shows and album launches.

Trials for Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man postponed (The Examiner)
Two of Dancehall’s most coveted entertainers will have to wait a while to have their days in court to answer serious charges they stand accused of.
One of the highly anticipated murder trials involving Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has been postponed until December 3 of this year.

ReggaEVOLUTION Well Received (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Studio 38 hosted the third staging of Pikkihead Records’ ReggaEVOLUTION on Sunday, and even though the live performance event failed to attract a big crowd, the music and the musicians were well received.
The atmosphere was cool and relaxing, which proved to be the perfect setting for the musical onslaught to come. The stage was shared by both reggae veterans and newcomers who hope to one day become veterans themselves.


First Note: RIP Danny Sims, A day in Sean Paul’s life & White people who don’t like Reggae
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