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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lee "Scratch" Perry is The Upsetter

A documentary depicting Lee "Scratch" Perry's work and influence in reggae music and how he got started will be released on March 25th at Downtown Independent, in Los Angeles, CA. The film titled The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee "Scratch" Perry was narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro for that extra gravitas.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

If Buju is Forced to Cut His Locks Wouldn't That be Religious Discrimination?

Since the guilty verdicts in Buju Banton's case on Tuesday; despite the fact that his sentence has not been handed down and his lawyer pledging to appeal the verdicts a lot of people and media outlets are already speculating that Buju may have to cut his dreads should he have to serve time in a federal prison.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rocky Dawuni Appointed to The Board of Marley's Jammin Java Corp.

Jammin Java Corp., makers of the world's famous Marley Coffee, chaired by Rohan Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley; has today announced the appointment of Ghanaian reggae sensation Rocky Dawuni to its Board of Advisors. Since the Release of his critically acclaimed album, Hymns for the Rebel Soul Dawuni's global profile has lifted significantly. Gaining nomination for the prestigious NAACP Image Awards and performing alongside Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz and Peter Gabriel. Rocky Dawuni was also the first Reggae icon to be featured in our interview series "Five Questions For".

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Buju Found Guilty

Grammy Winning Reggae artist Buju Banton was found guilty on three of his four charges by the 12-member panel of jurors moments ago at his drug trial at the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida.
Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

Jurors to Resume Deliberations in Buju Banton's Case Today

In a matter of hours Buju Banton will return to court as the jurors will reconvene and deliberate further to determine the outcome and verdict in the trial.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ultimate Culture 6 Mix Tape Featuring Buju Banton, Jr. Gong, Luciano, Richie Spice + More [Download Link Inside]

This Mix is easy listening reggae with uplifting conscious and singing tunes for the ladies. Hottest Culture Mix on the market right now with over 1000 downloads in the first week.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Buju Banton's Fate now Lies in Jurors Hands

Today, jurors have heard closing arguments in Grammy winner Buju Banton's drug trial and are expected to begin their deliberations tomorrow. 

First, the Presiding Judge will brief jurors on the law, after which jurors will convene and deliberate.

In his closing arguments, Buju's defence attorney pleaded to the panel of jurors "please ladies and gentlemen, please find Mark Myrie not guilty".

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ziggy Marley Records New Album at World's Most Awarded Studio Complex. Album Expected This Summer

What does Ziggy Marley has in common with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jackson? Well, they’ve all recorded albums at the world’s most awarded studio complex Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Recordings made at Ocean Way have accumulatively sold in excess of 1 Billion worldwide.

Hi Kee's "Self Reliance" a Roots-Reggae Classic

Hi Kee - Self Reliance Album
In his very first full-length album "Self Reliance", Hi Kee has delivered some of the finest and sweet sounding roots-reggae tracks in these days. Hi Kee's who is always humble, positive, righteous and vocal on how a woman should be treated; put these very same principles into 16 solidly produced tracks.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sizzla, Jah Cure, Cocoa Tea & Konshens? Grenada's Reggae Fest X Will be HUGE!!!

Reggae Fest has been known for staging an event which features many of the hugest names in Reggae music. Over the years the event has played host to legends such as Beres Hammond, Bunny Wailer, Buju Banton and the late Lucky Dube, Gregory Issacs and Culture, just to name a few. However, this year will be the first ever that Reggae Fest will be hosting four Reggae giants all on one stage.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Reggae Britannia - BBC's Documentary on Reggae's Strong Influence on British Music & Culture [FULL Documentary]

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR .... Rocky Dawuni

Rocky Dawuni is a true champion for social causes and an inspiration not only to his home land Ghana but to many people worldwide. He has been credited for taking the message of Reggae music globally; and winning accolades, respect, awards and hearts along his journey.

Over the last few years, Rocky’s music and electric live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts. Superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz and Peter Gabriel have joined him on stage at his shows to tremendous response and reviews. His album Hymns for the Rebel Soul has been nominated this year for the prestigious NAACP Image Awards. His songs have been repeatedly featured on sports games released by sports gaming company EA Sports. Rocky will again be performing with Stevie Wonder at the Hollywood Bowl on July 24th.

Initial Artists Announced for Sierra Nevada World Music Festival [June 17 - 19]

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2011
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Organizers of the annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival have announced the first confirmed twelve reggae acts to appear on the show this year. This year will be the 18th anniversary of the event and it will take place June 17-19 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California.

First up, Jury Selection for Buju Banton's Retrial

With hardly enough time to celebrate his Grammy win for "Best Reggae Album" last night, Buju Banton is now back to the dreaded trial.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin first thing on Monday in Tampa Florida. There was a jury deadlock in the first trial in September now Buju will not only return to court for a retrial but will have to answer to two new charges.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Congrats to Buju Banton on Winning the Grammy's 2010 "Best Reggae Album" Awards for "Before the Dawn"

On the eve of his return to court Buju Banton has been awarded the "Best Reggae Album" Grammy Award. This is Buju Banton's Fifth Nomination, but first win. He has edged other great nominees such as Gregory Isaacs, Bob Dylan and Sly & Robbie, Andrew Tosh and Lee Scratch Perry for the win.

SAD: Stars of the Famed UK Reggae Band UB40 Now Face Bankruptcy

Five original members of the highly acclaimed and ground breaking British reggae band UB40 are now facing bankruptcy, according to a U.K. report.
It is reported that Liquidators are currently chasing Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Terence Wilson, Norman Hassan and James Brown as part of an investigation into their finances.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some Parents Fear BBC's Patois Talking and Reggae Singing "Rastamouse" is Bad For Their Kids

"Rastamouse", a BBC created animated crime fighting dreadlocked mouse that speaks Jamaican patois and sings Reggae music has come under fire by some parents in the UK. Some fear that "Rastamouse" promotes stereotype and encourages their children to use slangs.

House of Marley Products for MAGIC in Las Vegas, Julian Marley and The Next Generation of Gongs to Perform

The Marley Family will be heading to Las Vegas to showcase House of Marley's Premium Personal Eco-Conscious Audio Gear. 

The family of Bob Marley will carry its message of peace, love and unity to the fashion industry's largest trade event by introducing its first collection of audio electronic products from The House of Marley at MAGIC in Las Vegas from February 14 – 16, 2011.  The House of Marley will showcase its full line of MARLEY audio gear in the STREET Unlimited area of MAGIC at Booth# 20930 on the 2nd floor, while only the premium collection from MARLEY will be on display at PROJECT in the Town Square section of the show.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grim News for Buju Banton and his Defence Team

Yesterday, the Middle District of Florida Court ruled that Buju Banton will now answer to four charges and not two, when he returns to court on Monday February 14th.  This is a huge blow to Banton and his defence team who sought to have the new indictments thrown out.

Third World Band, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser and Tessanne Chin Sings For Charity

Palmyra Foundation Fundraising Event - Third World - Tarrus Riley - Dean Fraser
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Third World Band, along with Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser and Tessanne Chin will perform at The Palmyra Foundation's Fundraising event on Friday, February 11, 2011.  The event, which was originally scheduled for November 5, 2010, was postponed due to a tropical storm.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

DeScribe Teams up With Fellow Jewish Reggae Star Matisyahu for new Single "Pure Soul"

Recording artist DeScribe has released his new hype dancehall vibe single "Pure Soul," which features fellow Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu. The track is Produced by Springs, "Pure Soul" will be the first single off DeScribe's highly anticipated EP, which drops June 2011. The proceeds from the song will benefit the non-profit organization The Friendship Circle.

Director of Marley Movie : The Film will tell an Intimate Story, Including Bob's Slave Heritage

Kevin MacDonald the director of Bob Marley's upcoming film intends to tell   a very intimate story about the Reggae legend. 

"He's universally revered and looked up to as an inspiration. But we've never seen anything that gets to the root of who he is as a man," says Kevin Macdonald "This is going to tell an intimate story of who he is the context of the time and the time of slavery."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bob Marley Could Finally Become a Jamaican National Hero

Although some may say it is a worthy acknowledgement that is long overdue; Bob Marley could soon become a National Hero of Jamaica. It is a honor that Olivia Babsy Grange, a member of the Jamaican Government said the Reggae legend is well deserving of and she is willing to advocate for it.

NEW VIDEO: Nas & Damian Marley [Distant Relatives] – “Patience” | Official Video

RasTa : Donisha's Exploration of Rastafari, the Spiritual Legacy of her Grand-Parents Rita and Bob Marley

In a bid to explore Rastafari the spiritual legacy of her beliefs and that of her grand parents Rita and Bob Marley, Donisha  embarked on a global journey which took her to countries like Ethiopia, Israel and South Africa. Her entire journey has been documented and recorded and will be released as a feature-length documentary titled "RasTa".

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Juice on Bob Marley Takes Reggae Music Mainstream

For the 28 days of Black History Month the world's most notable music chart magazine/website Billboard's, The Juice pays homage to some of the musicians who have made music what it is today. Today, on the birthday of Jamaica's Reggae legend and icon Bob Marley, The Juice pays homage to Bob's impact on reggae and how he has made the music a global sensation.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I & I: The Natural Mystics – Marley, Tosh and Wailer by Colin Grant [VIDEO INSIDE]

Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers—one of the most influential groups in popular music.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I-Octane US Tour Dates

The Business of Bob Marley: A Billboard Cover Story

In this Billboard Cover Story, Rob Kenner highlights the earning potential of brand "Bob Marley". He speaks to the continued growth and demand for the Reggae legend's music, globally. With each passing year there seems to be a growth in the demand for Bob's music and it is evident that he is probably by far one of the most globally influential dead musician of all times.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

No Limit to the Marley's Creativity: Ziggy Marley Releases "MARIJUANAMAN" Book in April

In April Ziggy Marley will prove his creative genius with the release of his 48 page MARIJUANAMAN from Image Comics.

Based on a character conceived of by Ziggy Marley, written by Man of Action Studios JOE CASEY (GODLAND, BUTCHER BAKER) and illustrated by JIM MAHFOOD (KICK DRUM COMIX, MIX TAPE), MARIJUANAMAN promises to shatter all expectations -- this is not the comic you think it is! The oversized deluxe hardcover graphic novel tells the tale of a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet.

"Marley" the Movie Slated for Summer Release

There have been rumors and buzz on the internet for the past months that there is a possible Marley movie/documentary in the works, well it is now confirmed that there is indeed a movie/documentary in the works.

Producers of the film about the reggae legend has confirmed that it's director will be Kevin MacDonald who is known for directing films such as “Touching the Void” and “The Last King of Scotland”. The director did receive permission and approval from the Marley family and is free to include material from the Marley archive.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Congrats to Ziggy Marley and his Wife on the Birth of Their Baby Boy

Ziggy Marley and his wife Orly Agai have a new addition to their beautiful family and to the Marley dynasty. They welcomed Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley into the world on January 26th in Los Angeles, according to People.

Talisman 'Dole Age' The 1981 Reggae Collection

Released on 9th May 2011