Story of the Song | ‘Still the Storms’ connects West Africa, Caribbean, US - Spiritual song about slavery, a Ziggy Marley favourite

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David ‘Ziggy’ Marley is writing a storm song. He is in Los Angeles, United States (US), so he did not experience Hurricane Irma. However, he called his brother Stephen in Miami, Florida, and says that “we talk bout it”, leading to the lyrics in…

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Lift Off! PROPELLA second cohort premieres at TTFF

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The cohort has been selected for the second reel of PROPELLA films.On September 21, directors of the five short films selected for support by the three-way JAFTA, JAMPRO, and Chase Fund partnership premiered their works to the audience of this year’…

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‘Boy Blue’ to ‘Boops’ to ‘Dancehall Queen’ - Audrey Reid an excellent fit role as ‘Marcia’

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Audrey Reid makes her entrance a few seconds into the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, pushing a cart laden with drinks and other items for sale over a slope towards the camera, then to her spot in the competitive bustle of informal Jamaican street…

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Paul Campbell recovers from heart attack … Gives up smoking, continues working

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Popular Jamaica actor Paul Campbell is today counting his blessings following a heart attack earlier this month.The incident happened while the actor was at his Florida residence, just a week before the passage of Hurricane Irma.Campbell, in an…

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Song from Jah Jah Yute’s album on TBS TV series

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New Jersey-based reggae artiste Jah Jah Yute is smiling from ear to ear because a track from his latest album has ended up on the upcoming TBS television series The Last O.G.Jah Jah Yute’s single Rough Life, from his recently released album Fresh…

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When musicians play together

Gleaner on September 23rd, 2017 | File Under Entertainment News -

Last week’s column was about musicians having an identity outside of being the ’so-and-so guitarist’ (or keyboard player, or musical director, or ‘bassie’). However, there are those players of instruments who, collectively, have an identity as a…

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Chart Watch - iTunes | ‘Best of’, catalogue albums a staple

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The iTunes listing of top 100 reggae albums is not, it seems, the stomping ground of new releases, which end up breaking the upper echelons only to quickly fall off the chart. It tends to be the preserve of the tried and proven, and those new albums…

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Caleb Hart, Royal Youths to release debut album ‘origiNation’

Gleaner on September 23rd, 2017 | File Under Entertainment News -

On the heels of releasing his debut solo EP Album Island Soul in June, Caleb Hart has accomplished yet another achievement with the anticipated release of the origiNation album with The Royal Youths.Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Hart has crafted…

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5 Questions with Lee ‘Scratch Perry’ & Larry McDonald

Gleaner on September 22nd, 2017 | File Under Entertainment News -

Producer/vocalist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and drummer Larry McDonald have redone the Super Ape dub album, first released in 1976. Listed among the 100 essential reggae CDs by the Rough Guide publication, it includes tracks like Zion’s Blood, Croaking…

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Last laugh - 10th and final season for Ity and Fancy Cat show

Gleaner on September 22nd, 2017 | File Under Entertainment News -

The element of surprise has remained at a high for nine seasons of the popular Sunday night Ity and Fancy Cat show on TVJ, produced by Ellis International Limited. Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis and Alton ‘Fancy Cat’ Hardware had to learn to balance performing pre…

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