First Note: Snoop Lion’s next single, Marley at NYU and Interview with Toots Hibbert

‘Here Comes The King’: Snoop Lion Drops Another Major Lazer-Produced Reggae Single (The Huffington Post)
Rapper turned reggae star Snoop Dogg Lion has a new single he’d like you to hear: “Here Comes the King” off “Reincarnation,” is a dubby reggae track produced by Diplo’s Major Lazer.

Marley — the topic of NYU course (The Jamaica Observer)
BRITISH journalist/musicologist Vivien Goldman will conduct a three-week course on the legacy of reggae legend Bob Marley at New York University, early next year.
Topics in Recorded Music: Bob Marley & Post-colonial Music is the title of the course which runs from January 7-26. According to a statement from the university, Goldman will look at how Marley overcame personal challenges and social prejudice “to become a musical and revolutionary leader of the 20th Century”.

Kenya: Jamaica’s Alaine to Shoot Video in Nairobi (All Africa)
Jamaican songstress Alaine will be jetting in on Thursday to shoot her video with Kenyan dancehall singer Wyre the Love Child.The video to the song Nakupenda Pia, which was released a month ago, will be shot at The Boma Hotel in South C. The video will be directed by Wyre and a few people from his studio

Fix The Business Of Reggae -Rugs Wants More From Jamaican Music (The Jamaica Gleaner)
Reggae legend William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke was among a list of notables recently honoured at the Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) in Washington, DC, for his outstanding contribution to reggae music and the Caribbean American community.
Rugs, the lead singer of the Third World band for 40 years, was presented with the Institute of Caribbean Studies Cultural Ambassador Award.
In his acceptance speech, Clarke said that he acknow-ledged receiving various awards over the span of his career, but said he still regard awards from the Caribbean community as a great accomplishment.
Clarke told The Gleaner he thought Jamaicans appreciated reggae for putting the little island on the map but when it came down to business, the country fell short.

Busy releases third track since landing (The Jamaica Star)
It has been just short of two weeks since Busy Signal has been back in Jamaica.
The dancehall-reggae artiste was locked up in the United States after absconding bail. In those two weeks, Busy has been hard at work in the studios and just this week, he released his third single. Come Shock Out, a song a STAR article just last week, was referred to as ‘very important’.
That track is out. The song, a throwback to 1980s dancehall, tackles a number of social issues like bleaching, maintaining one’s moral code and healthy living.

 Interview:Toots Hibbert (Reggae United)
“Toots” Hibbert sounds tired. His voice is a wheezy husk, a thousand miles down from the roar that has been evangelising at audiences all year from Jamaica to the USA to London – where he is speaking on the phone from a hotel somewhere in the west of the city. He’s been over to promote his latest release, his first ever acoustic album, ‘Unplugged On Strawberry Hill’, and had a night almost entirely devoted to himself at the hugely anticipated 13-date Respect Jamaica 50 independence celebrations at the Indigo2. But by the heavy sound of the 69 year old’s breathing down the line, the jubilations have taken their toll.

Bob Marley family settle fish cake lawsuit (NME)
Bob Marley‘s family have settled a lawsuit against his half-brother after the family member was accused of illegally using the reggae icon’s name to sell fish cakes and energy drinks.
TMZ reports that a lawsuit has been settled after Richard Booker was accused of infringing trademark on Marley’s name to sell his products, which also included fish sausages, earlier in the year. The original lawsuit against Booker has been filed by Marley’s wife Rita, and nine of his children. Booker subsequently filed back a countersuit, claiming he had permission to use Marley’s name.

First Note: Snoop Lion’s next single, Marley at NYU and Interview with Toots Hibbert
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