Dub Music: A History of Jamaica’s Criminally Underappreciated Musical Artform

On a balmy late May evening under the stars at Chris Blackwell’s stunning cliffside hotel The Caves in Negril, Jamaica, legendary producer Lee “Scratch” Perry strolls up to the DJ booth and takes the microphone. For the next 45 minutes Scratch, now 81, his hair and beard dyed cherry-red, freestyles lyrics as DJ (or selector, in Jamaican parlance). Kingston Dub Club owner Gabre Selassie tweaks his mixing console’s … Continue reading Dub Music: A History of Jamaica’s Criminally Underappreciated Musical Artform

Bobby Clarke of NYC’s Irie Jam Radio Receives Jamaica’s National Order of Distinction

Jamaica-born, New York resident Robert “Bobby” Clarke, president and CEO of Queens-based Irie Jam Radio, was honored by the Jamaican government on Sunday with the prestigious Order of Distinction “for over 20 years of dedicated media services to Jamaican nationals of the New York Tri-state area.” Every year, the third Monday in October is observed as Heroes Day in Jamaica, which includes an elaborate morning ceremony … Continue reading Bobby Clarke of NYC’s Irie Jam Radio Receives Jamaica’s National Order of Distinction

Sly and Robbie, Buena Vista Social Club’s Barbarito Torres and More Jamaican & Cuban Musicians Collaborate on ‘Chan Chan’ Rendition: Listen

Australia’s Mista Savona produced the upcoming album ‘Havana Meets Kingston,’ recorded in Cuba. When reggae legends Sly & Robbie, Buena Vista Social Club laud player Barbarito Torres and other Cuban and Jamaican musicians convened to record an album over ten days in Havana, the studio walls spoke to Mista Savona. “Chan Chan” is one of those classic songs that normally I would never attempt to … Continue reading Sly and Robbie, Buena Vista Social Club’s Barbarito Torres and More Jamaican & Cuban Musicians Collaborate on ‘Chan Chan’ Rendition: Listen

Peter Tosh Pioneer Awardee

CanEx 2017, before its opening, announced the launch of the “Pioneer Award”. An award created to recognise those who played a pioneering role in establishing and enhancing Jamaica’s reputation as an international cannabis culture capital! The CanEx Jamaica – Business Conference & Expo was held on Friday, September 1, 2017 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference, expo and job fair sought to bring together high-level … Continue reading Peter Tosh Pioneer Awardee

The One & Only… DJ Courtney

In everyone’s life, there is always that one person who can affect your whole mood or reset your day with just one touch. When DJ Courtney puts his hand to the music he does just that. Courtney can transform the dullest of spaces and places in minutes with the pulsating selection he plays. Beyond the impressive collection of tracks from the 70s, 80s and 90s … Continue reading The One & Only… DJ Courtney

Reggae SumFest 2017

Reggae SumFest 2017 felt like the Ultimate Reggae/Dancehall music festival from start to finish. It was an internationally comparable production, which lived up to being regarded Jamaica’s Premiere Music Festival. From the moment of entry, driving through the gate, to the parking lot, to the entrance, followed by safety checks – to the moment you drive out from the Catherine Hall Festival Grounds after enjoying … Continue reading Reggae SumFest 2017