BBC Radio 1Xtra - Robbo meets Alkaline
April 11, 2014

BBC Radio 1Xtra - Robbo meets Alkaline

February 18, 2014

Wayne ‘Sleng Teng’ Smith is dead

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Singer Wayne Smith, whose computerised song Under Mi Sleng Teng revolutionised reggae, has died. Smith’s son, Tidel Smith, told the Jamaica Observer that his father died yesterday at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

 He was 48 years old. He said Smith was admitted to KPH Friday after complaining of stomach pains. His health improved on Sunday but yesterday it deteriorated and he died shortly after noon.

 An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death. Originally from Waterhouse, Smith started his career in 1980 with producer Lloyd ‘King Jammys’ James who produced Under Mi Sleng Teng four years later.

 Under Mi Sleng Teng was orchestrated by Smith and musician Noel Daley on an inexpensive Casio keyboard. It was first played at dances on James’ sound system and got such strong response that James released the song in late 1984.

 The ‘riddim’ of the same name produced numerous hit songs, including Pumpkin Belly by singer Tenor Saw.

 Under Mi Sleng Teng was a trailblazer, triggering dancehall’s digital age.

 It was Smith’s biggest hit, though he enjoyed more chart success with songs like Ain’t No Meaning In Saying Goodbye and Come Along.

 Smith, who operated the Sleng Teng label, is survived by his mother, May Coley, five children, three grandchildren, and five brothers and sisters.

  STUDIO ONE meets TREASURE ISLE

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·  EASTER REGGAE SHOWCASE
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·  O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
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·  SAT 19th APRIL’14
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·  Studio One is one of Jamaica’s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall and has been described as the most important label in the history of reggae, the list of artistes who have recorded at Studio One is literally a who’s who of Jamaican music. Synonymous with Studio One is Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd legendary producer and the founder of the label. Coxsone’s main competitor was Duke Reid, The Trojan. Duke Reid was a friend of Coxsone’s parents and the two’s friendly rivalry would continue up until the 1970’s with both men running their own labels as well as the sound system’s on which they both first made their names.


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·  Treasure Isle owner and producer -  Arthur “Duke” Reid was born in Portland, Jamaica. After serving ten years as a Jamaican police officer, Reid left the force to help his wife Lucille run the family business, The Treasure Isle Grocery and Liquor Store .He dominated the Jamaican music scene of the 1960s, specialising in ska and rock-steady, though his love of American jazz, blues and soul was always in evidence. Reid had several things going for him that helped him to rise to prominence. He made a concerted effort to be in the studio as much as possible, something his counterparts did not do. He was known as a perfectionist and had a knack for adding symphonic sounds to his recordings and producing dense arrangements. Furthermore, his records were considerably longer than those being produced by his rivals. His tunes often broke the four-minute barrier, while most ska songs were barely longer than two minutes. The material that Treasure Island issued exemplified the cool and elegant feel of the rocksteady era.


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·  This iconic show features- a stellar lineup of reggae artistes who became major international stars through these historic labels -


·  BOB ANDY, KEN BOOTHE, LEROY SIBBLES, JOHNNY OSBOURNE, PAT KELLY, DADDY U-ROY, DENNIS ALCAPONE, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS (singing the songs of his Father Alton).


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·  Tickets : £37 standing - £40 seated VIP available


·  Available online ticketweb.co.uk , ticket master, See ticket, Stargreen


·  Info: 08444 1000


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February 15, 2014

  STUDIO ONE meets TREASURE ISLE

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·  EASTER REGGAE SHOWCASE

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·  O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

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·  SAT 19th APRIL’14

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·  Studio One is one of Jamaica’s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall and has been described as the most important label in the history of reggae, the list of artistes who have recorded at Studio One is literally a who’s who of Jamaican music. Synonymous with Studio One is Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd legendary producer and the founder of the label. Coxsone’s main competitor was Duke Reid, The Trojan. Duke Reid was a friend of Coxsone’s parents and the two’s friendly rivalry would continue up until the 1970’s with both men running their own labels as well as the sound system’s on which they both first made their names.

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·  Treasure Isle owner and producer -  Arthur “Duke” Reid was born in Portland, Jamaica. After serving ten years as a Jamaican police officer, Reid left the force to help his wife Lucille run the family business, The Treasure Isle Grocery and Liquor Store .He dominated the Jamaican music scene of the 1960s, specialising in ska and rock-steady, though his love of American jazz, blues and soul was always in evidence. Reid had several things going for him that helped him to rise to prominence. He made a concerted effort to be in the studio as much as possible, something his counterparts did not do. He was known as a perfectionist and had a knack for adding symphonic sounds to his recordings and producing dense arrangements. Furthermore, his records were considerably longer than those being produced by his rivals. His tunes often broke the four-minute barrier, while most ska songs were barely longer than two minutes. The material that Treasure Island issued exemplified the cool and elegant feel of the rocksteady era.

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·  This iconic show features- a stellar lineup of reggae artistes who became major international stars through these historic labels -

·  BOB ANDY, KEN BOOTHE, LEROY SIBBLES, JOHNNY OSBOURNE, PAT KELLY, DADDY U-ROY, DENNIS ALCAPONE, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS (singing the songs of his Father Alton).

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·  Tickets : £37 standing - £40 seated VIP available

·  Available online ticketweb.co.uk , ticket master, See ticket, Stargreen

·  Info: 08444 1000

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David Rodigan MBE ‘Masterpiece’
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Ministry of Sound have release their latest Masterpiece compilation, curated by SEG’s David Rodigan MBE. The legendary Reggae DJ and broadcaster has described the album as “a reflection of my life musically, including both the things I grew up listening to and the things I am currently enjoying.”
Signed copies of the album are available via Pledge Music, along with 7” vinyls of selected tracks and other unique products.
The Album is also available through iTunes and Amazon.
February 15, 2014

David Rodigan MBE ‘Masterpiece’

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Ministry of Sound have release their latest Masterpiece compilation, curated by SEG’s David Rodigan MBE. The legendary Reggae DJ and broadcaster has described the album as “a reflection of my life musically, including both the things I grew up listening to and the things I am currently enjoying.”

Signed copies of the album are available via Pledge Music, along with 7” vinyls of selected tracks and other unique products.

The Album is also available through iTunes and Amazon.

happy birthday Bob…
February 6, 2014

happy birthday Bob…

Ready Or Not by Johnny Osbourne

Johnny Osbourne

Ready Or Not

1st Delfonics

2nd Johnny Osbourne

3rd Fugees

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Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble for BBC 1Xtra [Recorded at Tuff Gong Studio’s Kingston Jamaica]

2014 Bob Marley Lecture by Cindy Breakspeare

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17th Annual Bob Marley Lecture
Institute of Caribbean Studies
The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Thursday February 13, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and the Reggae Studies Unit will present the 17th Annual Bob Marley Lecture at the Undercroft, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus on February 13, 2014. This year’s lecture will be presented by Cindy Breakspeare and is titled ‘Beauty and the Beast: A Bridge to the Natural Mystic.’ Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, will offer her perspective on Bob Marley’s life and her association with him.
The lecture series is part of the ICS’ Reggae Month celebrations and is open to the public at no charge. For further information, contact Ray Hitchins atrayhitchins@hotmail.com or Alpha Obika at aaobika@hotmail.com.
January 29, 2014

2014 Bob Marley Lecture by Cindy Breakspeare

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17th Annual Bob Marley Lecture

Institute of Caribbean Studies

The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Thursday February 13, 2014

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and the Reggae Studies Unit will present the 17th Annual Bob Marley Lecture at the Undercroft, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus on February 13, 2014. This year’s lecture will be presented by Cindy Breakspeare and is titled ‘Beauty and the Beast: A Bridge to the Natural Mystic.’ Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, will offer her perspective on Bob Marley’s life and her association with him.

The lecture series is part of the ICS’ Reggae Month celebrations and is open to the public at no charge. For further information, contact Ray Hitchins atrayhitchins@hotmail.com or Alpha Obika at aaobika@hotmail.com.

Bob Marley musical for kids jamming in New York

A snowy, frigid New York is about to enjoy a blast of Caribbean warmth courtesy of Jamaica and its most favorite son, Bob Marley, MArk Kennedy reports for the Associated Press.
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The New Victory Theater in the heart of Times Square is putting on “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds,” a new musical for kids that features the legendary reggae artist’s songs. It will run Feb. 7-23.
“I want Daddy to speak to children through his music,” says Cedella Marley, the first-born daughter of Bob Marley and Rita Marley and who helped create the show.
The story centers on Ziggy, a shy Jamaican child who hides from his fears – hurricanes, mongooses and evil spirits – at home, watching TV. A bird, his mom and his nagging neighbor coax him out to face his demons and enjoy life. Cedella Marley hopes it can bring “a little bit of Jamaica to kids who probably never heard of it.”
The tropically colored musical includes the title song, “Three Little Birds,” as well as “Jamming,” “Roots Rock Reggae” and “Is This Love,” among others. It’s even got the melody from “I Shot the Sheriff,” a sly note to the adults in the room.
It was inspired by the 2006 picture book written by Cedella Marley and Gerald Hausman about the Bob Marley song of the same name. Michael J. Bobbitt, the producing artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, Md., worked with Marley on turning it into a musical.
“It was sort of fun to put it all together and figure out what songs would weave well with the story,” says Bobbitt. “I really think it showcases the gravity of his work and the breadth of his work.”
Recommended for anyone 5 or over, the show’s message – get over your fears, enjoy your life, things get better – is as all-embracing as Bob Marley’s music, which refuses in 2014 to sound out-of-date.
“There’s something in the beat that he really fine-tuned that I think is infectious. It’s a beat that can be felt in a universal way,” says Bobbitt, who helps run the D.C.-region’s longest-running children’s theater.
“But beyond that, I think that his songs and his messages and his feelings of good vibe and just enjoying life are also something that’s universal and infectious.”
The show opens Feb. 7, the day after what would have been Marley’s 69th birthday. His daughter, a mother of three boys, finds the timing bittersweet and hopes the musical will continue her father’s legacy.
“We all know the worries of the world are just getting bigger and more heavy, especially for our children. For Dad’s birthday, it’s crucial for him to remind them that, no matter what, every little thing will be all right.”
January 28, 2014

Bob Marley musical for kids jamming in New York

A snowy, frigid New York is about to enjoy a blast of Caribbean warmth courtesy of Jamaica and its most favorite son, Bob Marley, MArk Kennedy reports for the Associated Press.

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The New Victory Theater in the heart of Times Square is putting on “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds,” a new musical for kids that features the legendary reggae artist’s songs. It will run Feb. 7-23.

“I want Daddy to speak to children through his music,” says Cedella Marley, the first-born daughter of Bob Marley and Rita Marley and who helped create the show.

The story centers on Ziggy, a shy Jamaican child who hides from his fears – hurricanes, mongooses and evil spirits – at home, watching TV. A bird, his mom and his nagging neighbor coax him out to face his demons and enjoy life. Cedella Marley hopes it can bring “a little bit of Jamaica to kids who probably never heard of it.”

The tropically colored musical includes the title song, “Three Little Birds,” as well as “Jamming,” “Roots Rock Reggae” and “Is This Love,” among others. It’s even got the melody from “I Shot the Sheriff,” a sly note to the adults in the room.

It was inspired by the 2006 picture book written by Cedella Marley and Gerald Hausman about the Bob Marley song of the same name. Michael J. Bobbitt, the producing artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, Md., worked with Marley on turning it into a musical.

“It was sort of fun to put it all together and figure out what songs would weave well with the story,” says Bobbitt. “I really think it showcases the gravity of his work and the breadth of his work.”

Recommended for anyone 5 or over, the show’s message – get over your fears, enjoy your life, things get better – is as all-embracing as Bob Marley’s music, which refuses in 2014 to sound out-of-date.

“There’s something in the beat that he really fine-tuned that I think is infectious. It’s a beat that can be felt in a universal way,” says Bobbitt, who helps run the D.C.-region’s longest-running children’s theater.

“But beyond that, I think that his songs and his messages and his feelings of good vibe and just enjoying life are also something that’s universal and infectious.”

The show opens Feb. 7, the day after what would have been Marley’s 69th birthday. His daughter, a mother of three boys, finds the timing bittersweet and hopes the musical will continue her father’s legacy.

“We all know the worries of the world are just getting bigger and more heavy, especially for our children. For Dad’s birthday, it’s crucial for him to remind them that, no matter what, every little thing will be all right.”

BB message tells of 'Lizard' being chopped up and thrown away  - News
BBC RADIO 1XTRA THIS SUNDAY JAN 26TH 7pm-12am UK TIME: (Listen on line for the next 7 days)

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LIVE SESSIONS FROM TUFF GONG STUDIO KINGSTON JAMAICA with TARRUS RILEY / CHRONIXX / CHAM & DAMIAN MARLEY….
January 26, 2014

BBC RADIO 1XTRA THIS SUNDAY JAN 26TH 7pm-12am UK TIME: (Listen on line for the next 7 days)

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LIVE SESSIONS FROM TUFF GONG STUDIO KINGSTON JAMAICA with TARRUS RILEY / CHRONIXX / CHAM & DAMIAN MARLEY….

Damian Marley's 'Jamrock Reggae Cruise' sold out ... a month after line-up was announced - Entertainment - Jamaica Gleaner - Monday | December 30, 2013
Rebel Salute Music Festival 2014
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Marking its 21 staging, the Rebel Salute music festival will be held at Richmond Park Estate in Priory, St Ann, Jamaica, on January 17-18, 2014.
The announcement was made by the conceptualiser Tony Rebel at the festival’s launch at the renovated Countryside Club in St Andrew, on Thursday evening. “Rebel Salute will offer camping, a better ticketing system, several new artistes, and a more concise presentation of the musical line up,” Rebel told the Jamaica Observer.
The more than 40 acts, mainly local, are scheduled to perform with part proceeds going to the Rebel Salute Foundation. […] Rebel — along with Andrew Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and a surprise guest — will headline day one, while Rodney Pryce (Bounty Killer) will anchor day two.
The acts have been split across the two days with Rebel himself anchoring day one along with Andrew Tosh, Bunny Wailer and a surprise guest. Rodney Pryce, the artiste better known as Bounty Killer, will anchor the second day. BBC Radio 1Xtra also plan to be back stage for a later broadcast
For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rebel-Salute-for-Jan-17-18-_15675219
December 26, 2013

Rebel Salute Music Festival 2014

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Marking its 21 staging, the Rebel Salute music festival will be held at Richmond Park Estate in Priory, St Ann, Jamaica, on January 17-18, 2014.

The announcement was made by the conceptualiser Tony Rebel at the festival’s launch at the renovated Countryside Club in St Andrew, on Thursday evening. “Rebel Salute will offer camping, a better ticketing system, several new artistes, and a more concise presentation of the musical line up,” Rebel told the Jamaica Observer.

The more than 40 acts, mainly local, are scheduled to perform with part proceeds going to the Rebel Salute Foundation. […] Rebel — along with Andrew Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and a surprise guest — will headline day one, while Rodney Pryce (Bounty Killer) will anchor day two.

The acts have been split across the two days with Rebel himself anchoring day one along with Andrew Tosh, Bunny Wailer and a surprise guest. Rodney Pryce, the artiste better known as Bounty Killer, will anchor the second day. BBC Radio 1Xtra also plan to be back stage for a later broadcast

For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rebel-Salute-for-Jan-17-18-_15675219

Media and Public Barred from Vybz Kartel’s 12th Day of Murder Trial
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Caribbean 360 reports that the media and members of the public were on Thursday morning barred from hearing the testimony of a cybercrimes expert as the murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel entered its 12th day. Urban Islandz also said that a verdict may be reached very soon, but we still have no final news.
The application was made by prosecutor Jeremy Taylor who explained that out of an abundance of caution the public be excused. His request was also supported by the defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson who said while he has no doubt about the integrity of the press, out an abundance of caution, it is better the matter not be heard in public.
When the trial started, former Head of the Communication, Forensic…..[Full article HERE]
December 9, 2013

Media and Public Barred from Vybz Kartel’s 12th Day of Murder Trial

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Caribbean 360 reports that the media and members of the public were on Thursday morning barred from hearing the testimony of a cybercrimes expert as the murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel entered its 12th day. Urban Islandz also said that a verdict may be reached very soon, but we still have no final news.

The application was made by prosecutor Jeremy Taylor who explained that out of an abundance of caution the public be excused. His request was also supported by the defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson who said while he has no doubt about the integrity of the press, out an abundance of caution, it is better the matter not be heard in public.

When the trial started, former Head of the Communication, Forensic…..[Full article HERE]