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Stephen Marley featuring Julian Marley, Mr. Cheeks & Spragga Benz - Mind Control






A family reunion, a fan reunion, New Edition's show at the Gibson Amphitheatre was one of the best get togethers of the year. Bobby, Ronnie, Ralph, Johnny, Ricky, and Mike performed hits from their early New Edition days, and also from each of their solo careers.

NE opened the show with Candy girl, bringing back memories from their early youthful days. The dance steps were still as incredible as ever and always on time. Bobby Brown did not come on stage at the beginning of the show with the rest of the guys, but made his entrance when the band went into "Mr Telephone Man.

The audience was made up of mostly New Edition fans, and they knew every word to every song. A reunion that will surly be just a beginning of more great things to come from New Edition. All n all a great show!


...... For one night only!

Morgan Heritage, affectionately called the Royal Family of Reggae, comes to the Coral Springs Center For The Arts, located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, in the city of Coral Springs, for a concert dubbed, “For One Night Only”, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, at 8:00 p.m.

For One Night Only” is a series of planned concerts geared to the mature audience, and Morgan Heritage is the first headliner in the series. With a massive catalogue of hits, dating back to 1997, Morgan Heritage has been building an “across-the board” fan base of loyal fans, nationally and internationally. The off-springs of Denroy Morgan, this family of talent has recorded hits like Down By The River, Don’t Haffi Dread, Brooklyn & Jamaica, She’s Still Loving Me, What’s Going On, A Man In Love, Jump Around, Caribbean Party and many, many more!

In addition to Morgan Heritage, “For One Night Only” also features the very talented and beautiful singer/actress Cherine Anderson, who appeared in the movies Dancehall Queen and One Love – starring Kymani Marley. This is her first appearance as a singer in South Florida, where she has chalked up several hit singles on the South Florida Reggae Chart, which include Good Love, Skin To Skin and Coming Over Tonight – her collaboration with Chuck Fender.

Newcomer, Ray Darwin, whose single People’s Choice stormed the number one spot on the SFRC for four consecutive weeks, will make his debut appearance in South Florida. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Ray is a contestant in the 2007 Popular Song Competition in Jamaica. His entry is the rock-flavored Gotta Rock.

Gospel/Roots group, Katalys, will make a very special appearance at “For One Night Only.” Headed by Paul Barclay, Katalys is getting good radio support in both South Florida and New York, with tracks like Father, Woman Of Virtue and Unity – its combination with Luciano.

For One Night Only” is promised to be a night filled with top class performances. Tickets are now available at Carl’s Seafood Restaurant/State Road 7 & Oakland Park Blvd. (954) 676-5700, Rainbow Variety Store/Lauderhill (954) 733-6580, Aunt I’s Restaurant/Lauderdale Lakes (954) 321-0199, and online @ slimentertainment.com. “For One Night Only” is sponsored in part by Pro Quest Mortgage (954) 727-2998, Kirk Barrow Law Office (954) 484-6668, Joe Fraser Records, RAD’S Financial Services (954) 587-2662, Eight 76 Records, Second Chance Credit Solutions (866) 594-3517, and VP Records.

MC’s for the night will be TK Smith from WVIP 95.3FM/New York, and personalities from LYNKS 104.7FM/LYNKSFM.COM. For further information, contact Irie Beat promotions at: (954) 485-6822.


Echo chambers - Musical all-in-one at Tuff Gong published: Sunday | August 5, 2007

An engineer mans the expansive mixing board inside the studio.

Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

'Yuh hear fi mi voice coming through di speaker 'But it sound sweeter wid di echo chamber.'

So said Papa Levi in Mi God Mi King.

It is within the walls of a studio that the sweetest melodies are recorded. In the midst of instruments, inspiration sparks in the echo chambers and creates a musical fire. The Sunday Gleaner continues its new series looking at various influential studios across the island with a visit to Marcus Garvey Drive.

Standing tall, the walls of Tuff Gong Studio on Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston, protect a legacy of great Jamaican music.

Tuff Gong has garnered international acclaim with its affiliation with reggae superstar Bob Marley and his family. It is one of the biggest recording studios in the Caribbean. Artistes, musicians, producers and tourists travel from all over the world to see and use it.

Formerly Federal Records

Tuff Gong International, which was founded by Bob Marley in 1965, moved to the offices at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, which was previously known as Federal Records, where Bob and Rita used to record before he died. According to Norman 'Bulpus' Bryan, Tuff Gong International's product and sales manager, Rita Marley bought Federal Records after Bob's death and made it Tuff Gong International's base.

The company includes a recording studio, mastering room, stamper room, pressing plant, cassette plant, wholesale record shop and booking agency, as well as offices for Rita Marley Music. Tuff Gong studios stretch far across the lot and are plastered with the legend's image, so that visitors and regulars can feel Marley's presence in a place he often visited.

It was at this studio that Bob recorded definitive versions of No Woman No Cry, Trench Town Rock, Stir It Up, Concrete Jungle, Redemption Song, Buffalo Soldier and Could You Be Loved, just to name a few. Since its inception, Bob Marley and Tuff Gong International have sold millions of records and continue to do so.

Combines modern and old

Well kept, vibrant and obviously in constant use, the studio combines touches of the modern age with a feel for the old. In a large open area to vibe, play and sing stands an old organ, which is one of a kind, as well as a microphone, percussion, drum area and a piano. In the mixing room, new technology mingles with the old as a 24-track recording machine and a DA88 stand as tribute to the past, even as Bob's vocals echo through the room.

According to Bryan, in the early days almost all the greats passed through and recorded hits at Tuff Gong. They include Ernie Smith, Shaggy, Pluto Shervington, Third World, Garnett Silk, Bunny Wailer, Ken Boothe, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths and countless others. Today, Tuff Gong is where reggae artiste Tarrus Riley recently completed his smash album Parables. It is also where the Marley sons continue their musical heritage.

Bryan commented that "this is the best recording for live sessions. The sound is what most people come here wanting. Even Don Corleone works here. A variety of other people come here as well. You really get a feel for the music here, the base, everything. It has that '60s old-time feel in the music".

Everything done there

The Tuff Gong studios are different from others in that you come here with a talent for singing and can leave with an entire record - made and distributed. "You come here with your voice and leave with a record. It's a complete recording company - everything is done here," Bryan reiterated. Step by step Bryan showed The Sunday Gleaner team the process from idea to material. From the studio where you voice and record it into the Gong mastering and digital audio building. According to Bryan, this is where you bring your sound to be edited, mastered and fine-tuned. Engineers were on the job making records for promotional processes.

From there, it is on to where the vinyl records (still a hot commodity in Japanand Europe), cassettes and stamps for the records were made. With the rumblings of the various machines, the process is almost complete. At the record store that is also by the studio, there are posters of local artistes as far as the eye can see.

Tuff Gong International is the distributor for Universal Records in the Caribbean. As such, there are many albums on sale from artistes across the globe, along with local artistes.

Buzzing with a sense of purpose, Tuff Gong Studio remains a symbol of clean and pure music.



Reggae Night VI

KCRW's World Festival SU1

VI - Burning Spear, Sly & Robbie

Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

Sun, Aug 12, 2007 07:00 PM

US $7.00 - US $122.00

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(New York, NY//Kingston, JA - 23 July 2007) International reggae icon Buju Banton has nabbed his fourth magazine/newspaper cover this month! This go round he is featured on the premier West Coast monthly Carib Press. "Our slogan is 'bringing the Caribbean-American culture and lifestyle to the front page,'" says publisher Lyndon Johnson. "It's an honor to have Buju on our July cover as we seek to empower our West Coast Caribbean community by providing exclusive information about our culture and its top Reggae artists to our readers." The Los Angeles-based publication can be found in a variety of outlets throughout southern and northern California.

In other Gargamel Music news, our new album Buju Banton Presents: Excalibur Sound Vol. 2 - SMILE, is scheduled to hit stores in the US and Canada on Tuesday.The second release in Gargamel's wicked one riddim album series, Buju Banton Presents: Excalibur Sound Vol. 2 - SMILE features upful and rootsy contributions from a host of Jamaican talent, including Jah Cure, Bounty Killer, Tony Curtis, Lutan Fyah, Anthony B, Anthony Cruz, Gargamel artists New Kidz and Mitch, plus a dynamite collaboration between Buju Banton and Sizzla, titled "All Shall Be Well."

To preview key tracks from the SMILE album, log on to www.myspace.com/gargamelmusicinc GARGAMEL... DON'T STOP AT ALL! www.myspace.com/gargamelmusicinc www.myspace.com/bujubanton www.youtube.com/gargamelmusic www.gargamelmusic.com




- Banton Graces Spring/Summer Cover Of Backayard Magazine Out Now -

(New York, NY//Kingston, JA - 17 July 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. is proud to announce the hotly anticipated release of Buju Banton Presents: Excalibur Sound Vol. 2 - SMILE, which is scheduled to hit stores in the US and Canada next Tuesday, July 24th.

The second release in Gargamel Music's edgy, one riddim album series, Buju Banton Presents: Excalibur Sound Vol. 2 - SMILE features an uplifting array of rootsy contributions from a host of Jamaican talents, including Gargamel Music's own New Kidz (on the title track) and Mitch, plus Anthony Cruz, Jah Cure, Tony Curtis, Sebastian, Lutan Fyah, Anthony B, and a fierce collaboration between Gargamel CEO Buju Banton and dancehall reggae dynamo Sizzla, titled "All Shall Be Well."

Produced by Banton alongside his Gargamel Music production crew, Buju Banton Presents: Excalibur Sound Vol. 2 - SMILE is the third full length release from the blossoming label. To preview key tracks from the album, log on to Gargamel Music Inc.'s official new My Space page at www.myspace.com/gargamelmusicinc.

Buju Banton Presents: Excalibur Sound Vol. 1 - 100 WATT is in stores now.

Buju Banton - Too Bad is in stores now. In other Gargamel Music news, Buju Banton currently graces the cover of the spring/summer issue of Backayard magazine, which hit newsstands late last month. "Ever since his introduction into the Jamaican music scene, Buju Banton has always remained current and innovative with his music and ideals," says Editor-In-Chief Amilcar Lewis, who wrote the feature.

"In that way, he reflects the level that we at Backayard are trying to attain...It is never a bad time to put Buju Banton on any cover but now was the perfect time for us." To read the full Buju Banton story online, log on to www.backayard.com







'Collie Buddz' is America's #1 Reggae Album

07.12.07, 12:41 PM ET

Critically Acclaimed Reggae Artist Collie Buddz Takes U.S. Charts By Storm With Self-Titled Debut Album NEW YORK, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Collie Buddz -- creator of the freshest young sound in contemporary reggae -- has just entered the Billboard Reggae albums chart at #1 with his self-titled debut album.

Released stateside by Columbia Records on July 3, Collie Buddz enjoyed a host of additional R&B and Rap chart entries in addition to its #1 Reggae debut including a Top 10 debut on SoundScan's Current Rap Albums Overall chart (#9) and a Top 30 debut (#23) on the Current R&B Albums Overall chart. Collie Budd has also debuted at #44 on the SoundScan Digital Albums chart and entered in the top half (at #68) of the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart. Collie's debut album jumped 10 positions this week from #39 to #29 on the CMJ New World Chart.

Collie Buddz is one of the most talked about artists of 2007. "Come Around," the first single from Collie's self-titled debut album, has become one of this year's summer anthems, topping Reggae charts around the world from Jamaica and Germany to Japan and the UK. Touted by tastemakers and journalists alike as an artist on the brink of stardom, Collie Buddz has delivered a fantastic debut album with contributions from Supa Dups, Shea Taylor, Bang Out, Screwface, Bobby Konders and Crown n Kah-So-Real, among others with Collie Buddz handling much of the album's production.

By the beginning of 2007, Collie Buddz was already drawing kudos from the music press. "Collie Buddz is being tapped by heavyweights like DJs Bobby Konders and Jabba as the next big Reggae star," reported MTV News. "Columbia MC impresses global Reggae market and US Hip Hop community alike," proclaimed Billboard. Collie Buddz has spent the majority of the year riding the success of his single, "Come Around," which has created a major international buzz. "This 24 year old shotta has got an anthem spreading across the seas," said the Source magazine. "The song is a monster," exclaimed Miami New Times. Hip Hop Weekly wrote, "Collie Buddz is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter." Collie's newly released single "Mamacita," an energetic sultry song set to an island beat, is showing signs of following the path blazed by "Come Around," the artist's monster-sized first single.

While widely credited for generating an album that's the soundtrack for Summer '07, Collie Buddz is humble with his expectations. "I just want to make good music and I hope people love it," he simply says.




SOURCE: Columbia Records 07/12/2007


Wayne wonders Again

Wayne Wonder has released Again, the single of Summer CD, Foreva, which will be accessible to the public, Monday, July 30 of this year. In doing so, Wayne, along with director Jay Will, and video producer Carlene Samuels embarked on making a video for his single. As Jay Will guides Wayne and his on-screen girlfriend, played by Renee throughout the video, a story comes to life.

The main themes were love and compromise starting off with Wayne having to leave home to go on tour. He becomes pre-occupied reminiscing on what it would be like if his girlfriend were by his side. Wayne continues to ponder on his life throughout most of the video in scenes filmed at Fort Rocky, Port Royal.

Despite the fact that the concept is one which Wayne occasionally utilizes, his video is different. Staging the scenes around the life of a musician whose career gets in the way of his relationship- Again, may be considered as a personal facet of Wayne Wonder’s life when compared to his earlier publicized videos.

In case you missed it: Check www.youtube.com for the making and the final video or www.waynewonder.com.




UCLA JazzReggae Festival 2007

A sold out weekend...the students of UCLA once again put together a great two days of music. 2007 was a little different with Jam Day on Sunday which included Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B, that included the artists Christian Scott, Lupe Fiasco, Les Nubians and ended with a moving performance by Jill Scott.

Reggae Day began with music played by local DJ Courtesy and was straight forward with performances by Cham who brought dancehall to the max, delivering a perfect performance. Joseph Israel, Syren, General Degree and Mr. Peppa also performed.

E-Dee, Jazmine, and Miss Triniti made local fans feel at home and proud as they heighten the day when they performed the song, "Bounce Alone".

And Reggae Day's headliner Luciano, "The Messenger", Bible in hand brought his wisdom to the stage and gave an energetic performance.


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Rapper Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" describes a personal heartbreak, but one that has worked out nicely for the 17-year-old newcomer.

The song of young love gone awry, which heavily samples Ben E. King's 1961 classic "Stand by Me," reached No. 4 on the Nielsen BDS national radio airplay chart in just a month — a virtually unprecedented ascent for a new artist that ensures it will dominate airwaves for the summer.

"I was dating this girl for about two years, and I caught her cheating with my best friend," says Kingston, whose self-titled album arrives July 31. "There are a lot of beautiful girls, but sometimes, they come with a lot of problems."

That cautionary note aside, the song's upbeat vibe connects with a range of listeners. "Beautiful Girls" is both musically breezy and lyrically arresting, says Sean Ross of Edison Media Research in Somerville.

"You don't hear a lot of up-tempo singalong songs where the hook is the word "suicidal' sung over and over," Ross says. "It's edgy enough for a 16-year-old but familiar enough for a 40-year-old because of "Stand by Me.' It probably would have been a hit at any time of year, but anything with a Caribbean feel seems to mean "summer' to program directors."

As soon as Kingston heard "Stand by Me" playing on an oldies station while he was in the studio with producer J.R. Rotem, he knew he wanted to incorporate it into a new song.

"I'm a very big doo-wop fan," he says. "My mom used to play a lot of the old-school stuff around the house."

Kingston was born in Miami but has spent much of his life in Jamaica. He is the nephew of reggae star Buju Banton and grandson of Bob Marley producer Jack Ruby. Still, he found himself homeless in Miami three years ago, after his mother and older sister were jailed on federal tax-evasion charges.

He e-mailed Rotem (Rihanna, 50 Cent and The Game) through the MySpace page for Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and asked Rotem to listen to his music. To Kingston's surprise, Rotem told him to get in touch if he were ever in Los Angeles. After Kingston moved there to live with his brother, Rotem signed him as the first artist on his Beluga Heights venture with Epic Records.

Other producers on the album — which combines elements of rap, R&B, reggae and pop — include Cool and Dre, DJ Khaled, The Runners and DJ Felli Fel. In addition to "Beautiful Girls," the album includes "Prosecutor," Kingston's account of his family's court ordeal; "Colors 2007," featuring Rick Ross and The Game; and a reggae remix of "Colors" with Vybz Kartel and Kardinal Offishall.

Kingston says he's trying to make feel-good music and won't use profanity in his songs. "People don't want to hear that from a kid," he says. "I want to make music for everybody."

SOURCE: www.app.com






Marley makes history in Britain

Bob Marley posthumously made history by becoming the first artist to release a full album on the USB Memory Stick format in Britain, reports BillboardBiz.com. Marley's longtime label home Island Records issued the reggae star's legendary 1977 album Exodus on Monday, June 4, which also marks the album’s 30th anniversary.

A limited edition of 4,000 units is being issued in the Rastafarian colors of red, green and gold. The 256 MB stick will contain the 10 original Exodus tracks, plus three videos taped at London's Rainbow Theatre in June 1977 and Marley "wallpaper."

Island is also reissuing the album CD as a special edition, packaged in a "hardback" case. A 5,000 limited edition deluxe CD will additionally be released, featuring a separate DVD of 12 tracks from Marley's historic Rainbow concerts in the summer of 1977.

Source: EurWeb.com


Grammy Winner Ziggy Marley Debuts on PodShow With New Music Release and In- Depth Interview 'Double-Play' Friday June 8, 9:02 am ET ARTIST OFFERS FREE MUSIC LICENSE TO PODCASTERS THROUGH PODSHOW'S PODCAST MUSIC NETWORK 'Eventually, music will be free ... I think that's a good way to do it,' he says SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- PodShow, the #1 New Media Network, announced today that music superstar Ziggy Marley has released the single "Into the Groove" from his second solo album Love is My Religion, on the Podsafe Music Network (PMN), supporting the release with a rare, in-depth interview with PodShow power couple, Dawn and Drew. With this release on the PMN, Marley is enabling thousands of podcasters to play the track on their shows for free, supporting the free licensing of music to the podcasting community and creating millions of 'spins' with audiences around the globe.

In conjunction with the release, Marley granted an exclusive interview on PodShow's award winning daily show, the Dawn and Drew Show. In the interview, Marley elaborated on his vision of the future of the music business. "Close in the future...music's gonna be free. I make music at home ... I don't need a big expensive marketing budget. Touring is the way to make money with music today." PodShow's PMN has already revolutionized how music is used in online programming. The company's approach fits Marley's philosophy, enabling podcasters to freely use his mix in their shows; a relationship that benefits the show producer, the artist ... and, above all, the fans.

"Ziggy is a rare combination of musical talent and industry vision," said PodShow CEO and Co founder Ron Bloom. "He is one of a new breed of artists who are blazing a trail and finding innovative ways to reach their fans and new audiences outside the traditional label system. Producers and fans love having him on the SHOW!"

"Ziggy's interview with Dawn and Drew adds an extra element to his music," added Adam Curry, President and Co founder of PodShow. "Releasing his material to be shared by podcasters with audiences worldwide is a huge endorsement for our Network. I am very appreciative of Dawn and Drew, as well as the Marley family for adding their magic to PodShow and the PMN."

By releasing his music on PodShow's PMN, Marley's hit will be available for podcasters to use free and legally, simply for reporting their use. This free-use license is revolutionizing the music industry by enabling artists to get literally millions of spins, or plays, often far exceeding the exposure they could get on traditional radio. The PMN has become the destination for artists, labels and producers seeking to go beyond the traditional system to connect with their fans. The network features songs that range from legends such as James Brown to new superstars such as Death Cab for Cutie and has supplied music to over 10,000 shows.

Click http://dawnanddrew.podshow.com to hear the interview now.

Audiences can listen to Ziggy Marley's song, "Into the Groove" for free at PodShow.com/Music (http://www.podshow.com/music/?artist_id=10087). The PMN can be found at http://music.podshow.com. Shows featuring PodSafe music can be found at http://www.podshow.com/music.

The Podsafe Music Network, (PMN) is the leading site for discovery of music from new and legendary artists. Experiencing over 250 million spins in its first 12 months, the PMN features music from thousands of artists ranging from the newest independent artists to the hottest pop stars to the legendary masters of soul; streamed music available to any PodShow user; an archive of music providing tools for musicians and podcasters; and a platform to create, promote and sell tracks for up and coming artists looking to gain a larger audience.

PodShow, the premier social media community, is the only network providing single-click access to the best in new media in audio, video, podcasts, and music to be delivered to your computer, iPod, mobile device or television.

About PodShow, Inc.

PodShow(TM) is the #1 new media network, addressing a global audience of tens-of-millions, comprising the PodShow Network (http://www.podshow.com), PodShowPDN, Podcast Alley, indiePodder and the Podsafe Music Network. PodShow+ makes independently produced media more accessible to an audience of tens-of-millions, providing resources for producers, and enabling marketers to take part in the digital media explosion. PodShow Productions produces serialized content and specials in audio and video for the PodShow Network. BTPodShow.com is a co-branded service from PodShow LTD in partnership with BT, enabling consumers in the UK and Ireland to create, connect and share their content on the PodShow network. PodShowTV is a version of the PodShow Network developed specifically for television viewing audiences, distributed through products like AMD Live! CastBlaster Software enables thousands of producers to create and distribute audio podcasts and other productions on the windows platform. The PodShowPDN(TM) is the first high-performance content delivery network meeting the specific needs of podcasting, delivering a comprehensive creation, production, and delivery and monetization solution for independent producers and mainstream media companies. In every way, PodShow has greatly simplified the production experience for artists and listeners around the world. PodShow is a privately held company, backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Sherpalo Ventures and DAG Ventures. For more on PodShow, visit: http://www.podshow.com , and for all queries visit: http://www.podshow.com/contactus.html .

PodShow, PodShow+, Podsafe Music Network, Podcast Alley, and PodShowPDN are trademarks of PodShow, Inc. theShow! is a trademark of PodShow UK LTD. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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LAZA challenged to be Number One

Being a member of the world renowned Morgan Family is no easy feat. But, if your dream is to make it in the music industry, it sure has its advantages.

Laza, formally of the popular LMS group, is currently recording his first solo album to be released later this year entitled Words of A Poor Man’s Son. Laza took on the deejaying (Jamaican style of rap) role within the group taking cues from a host of hip-hoppers (Rakim, KRS One, Special Ed and Run-DMC among them) as well as the hardcore dancehall toasters of the mid 80’s and early 90’s (Supercat, Ninja Man, Capleton, and Buju Banton). The group, in existence for little under a decade, decided to concentrate on their solo projects.

Laza’s album on the family label, Gedion Music, will be a unique mixture of Hip Hop, Roots Reggae and Dancehall. He will take some of his own personal experiences and enlist the aid of producers such as Mr. Mojo (from Morgan Heritage), Legendary Hip-hop producer Clark Kent, Shane Brown (Juke Boxx), Fattis Burrell, Bobby Digital, and upcoming Hip-Hop producer Reefa among many others.

The first two singles as a solo artiste reflect the diverse musical influences that inspire Laza. Brother Mr. Mojo brings in the legendary Ninja Man to toast on the lead single, Number One, currently being serviced at radio. Raw and poinent lyrics urgently delivered over Shane Brown’s instrument rich Chaos riddim describe Laza’s follow up single, What A Gwaan.

Laza grew up in Brooklyn, NY, attended school in Springfield, MA and lived in a distinctly Jamaican household. Surrounded by music [father Denroy Morgan had a crossover hit in the early 80’s with I’ll Do Anything For You while siblings Morgan Heritage earned the title “The Royal Family of Reggae”] Laza took to the business at a very young age. As early as age 7, Laza became very interested in Hip Hop and by the age of 13, his father introduced him to Dancehall. He has a special appreciation for Roots Reggae as he views it as a timeless sub-genre of Reggae.

In 1990, Laza started a group with his brother, Shy-Poo, called “The Dredz” and after performing at Reggae Sunsplash in 1992, they signed a record deal with MCA and recorded an album that was never released. In 1996, the family visited Jamaica and while here, they decided to form LMS, which is an acronym of the names of the members of the group; Laza, Miriam and Shy-Poo.

The newly formed group was well received, released four albums [Reality Check, Zion Gates, Straight from Root and London 2 Paris] and toured the world with Morgan Heritage. Now, as a solo artiste, Laza continues to tour with his siblings as a featured performer.

His dynamic background, contributes to his equally eclectic musical style and sound. “I can sound like an American and I can sound like a Jamaican. When the mixture comes together through music, it’s like magic.” When compared with Morgan Heritage’s R&B vocals, Laza simply describes his vocals as “raw”, especially when he raps. He is also quick to say that his father has played a major role in his music career as “he kept us focused- focused on our music.”

Laza comments that, “It’s harder being a solo artiste ‘cause I don’t have my brother or sister to fall back on, everything’s on me.”



ZIGGY MARLEY Brings His Religion to the Ventura Theatre

Photos and review by JAN SALZMAN

Ziggy, often with eyes closed, is seen here looking at the packed house.

It was Wed., May 16, when I headed out at 3 PM for Ventura, CA, an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. I have discovered that the best way for me to bring you personal and behind-the-scenes Marley stories is to show up early! Upon my arrival, there were many friends to greet me...Snoopy, Santa, Fabienne, Beezy, Sticky...love to all of you. While I was busy adjusting my cameras, a smiling Ziggy came up from behind and said, “What’s up, Jan." I was thankfully permitted access to wander around the theater and take in the awesome vibe and sounds of sound check. When all was put in order, ready for the evening’s much anticipated performance, the Grammy winner’s lovely manager and wife, Orly, cleared me to cover and photograph the much-anticipated Ziggy Marley show.

The show was scheduled to begin at 9:15, so I had a little time to hang out. I drank a beer and talked to the excited fans as they were streaming in. I met many fans of Reggae Report and reggaereport.com! A big up to all of you. Spread the word!

It was 9:20 when the band started milling around the stage. The packed crowd began to chant "Zig-gy! Zig-gy!" With a welcoming backdrop of giant letters that spelled L-O-V-E, Ziggy sprung on stage to the popular hit "Black Cat." I was given the evening’s set list, however, at the end of the night Ziggy didn't keep to the list of songs. He appeared to be in a mystic trance; letting the vibe of the night dictate the songs and their order of appearance.

Following "Black Cat," Ziggy reeled off "Beach in Hawaii," "Conscious Party," and "Rastaman Vibration." The band performed flawlessly, pounding the Reggae riddim to the audience’s delight. Ziggy has an archive of fantastic hits to draw from, so the happy crowd was treated to “Tomorrow People,” “True To Myself,” and “Lee and Molly.” One of my favorites that he performed is "Looking" from the Dragonfly CD. I love the song’s infectious African rhythm and the words are truly prophetic.

Ziggy concluded the set with a rousing version of "Is This Love" (one of my all-time favorite Bob Marley songs!) Needless to say, this night of music was extremely satisfying for all those fans lucky enough to be in attendance.

However, it wasn’t over yet! With the crowd pounding the floor and chanting for Ziggy's return, he responded with a smile and a sensational encore that included "Justice," "Look Who's Dancing," "Jammin’," and "Love Is My Religion,” from the Grammy-winning CD of the same name. With a closing shout-out and reminder to the audience that "Love Is My Religion," Ziggy left the Ventura stage.

This professional and seasoned performer always leaves you wanting more but feeling satisfied...just as LOVE should do. Ziggy Marley, you are the manifestation of LOVE!






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This debut album from Stephen “Ragga” Marley was well worth the wait. Three-plus years in the making, we waited as Stephen produced Grammy-winning albums for his brother Damian. Now it is Stephen’s time to shine. I cannot stop talking about this CD. It is a fresh collection of new Reggae together with old-school, Hip-Hop, Latin and R&B, with a little Blues, Country and Roots thrown in. Each song takes you on a musical journey into the life and mind of Stephen Marley.

From the haunting intro of “Mind Control,” Stephen leads you down the road of mental slavery. With a call to free ourselves of this suppression, Stephen follows the path set up by his mentor and father. He says he did not sit down to write a political song; but what he depicts is what he sees, and if it’s political—so be it. He warns that today’s leaders offer the possibility of destroying one’s soul and corrupting one’s thoughts. With a call to wake up and raise our consciousness, not be fooled or victimized, he also states positively that the truth is out there for all to see.

Upon first hearing “Hey Baby,” I was touched by the kindness and sincerity of its story. My feeling was it was a love song. And it is. However, it was written for his children. A song he used to sing to them while on the road touring; now they consider it their song! Listeners can take what they want from it because the message is simply love. The addition of a two-year-old remixed rap by Brooklyn-based Hip-Hop star Mos Def adds “swagger,” as Stephen says, and adds to the uniqueness of the album.

The short comic interlude of “Office Jimmy” sets up the next track, “Iron Bars.” Based on a 2002 unfortunate incident in a Tallahassee jail when Julian and Stephen were arrested for a small quantity of herb, this is the track where Stephen declares he is an “angry lion.” Brother Julian adds a heartfelt verse, while NYC-born Hip-Hop artist Mr. Cheeks delivers a scathing view on the feelings that come with being locked up. JA Dancehall star Spragga Benz finishes with a bleeped-out call for “getting outta here.” Blaze it, indeed.

“Traffic Jam” features Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley DJing with a Hip-Hop feel. This also deals with the hassles of a traffic stop and being taken “dung a station,” maybe for having a nice car, rims and jewelry (along with some ganja). Stephen displays versatility by coming in with his Ragga-Dancehall style and fashion. This one is sure to be a hit with Damian’s fans and has the prospect of opening up a brand new market to Stephen’s great talent.

The vibe changes up with “You’re Gonna Leave,” where Stephen openly exhibits genuineness. On this track you can tell that he’s listening to his inner voice. You may think it is a girl speaking when actually a voice in Stephen’s head is heard speaking, admitting that he’s confused and going to leave his girl. A relationship that combines pleasure and pain (Sandpaper kisses, paper cut bliss, from Martina Topley-Bird lyrics) is sure to end. (You’re gonna leave her/You have deceived her…ooh, just a girl).

One of my favorites is “Chase Dem.” At first you think it’s Bob Marley and the Wailers. You look at your music player, puzzled as Stephen delivers easy-skanking musical instructions for listeners to run away politicians for their trickery and lies. Definite shades of his father, from the message to the rhythm to the vocal touches. This is a great message song for Reggae dancing!

Next is “Lonely Avenue.” I loved this track right away. Recently, I learned it is a classic written by Ray Charles! Now given a distinct Bob Marley feel, this is another exposed chink in male armor. Stephen admits he is a huge fan and that this song — the only one not written by him — has numerous meanings, from the pain of interpersonal relationships to everyday youth struggles. “Now, my room it’s got two windows, but sunshine never comes through/You know it’s always dark and dreary since I broke off things with you… Someone help me Lord.”

When the rhythmic “Let Her Dance” begins, you will once again do a double take. Then you will succumb to the distinct Latin beat and driving Brazilian groove that forces you to get up and dance, dance, dance…cha! Another favorite of mine, this is sure to fill dance floors and be part of Latin dance/aerobic classes nationwide. Maya Azucena and Illestr8 provide additional vocals. Think Shakira, do the shimmy, and have a grand time!

Another favorite is “Fed Up.” A flute-infused ode to possible lost love, Stephen sadly realizes because “he is too demanding” and plays silly games, his lady is fed up. Fine guitar work, both electric and acoustic, add to the sultry feel of this snare-driven, harmonic production. Although he voices doubt of finding this love again, regret for “treating her this way,” and realizing she’s fed up, there is still an indication that she won’t leave after all. (“Cuz you know I’ll still stay.”)

The final cut is “Inna di Red.” If you are like most non-Jamaicans, you will have no clue what this means. In Patois, the yolk of an egg is referred to as red. This popular saying infers you are in the center of things, involved, not a bystander. This is where Rasta stands. Stephen declares Rasta as the center of things, a heavy responsibility where the burden may be eased with the roll of a spliff. From this irie place, he is able to free himself from the pain of humankind’s hate, and pray for Jah’s strength, love and grace. Red eye refers to envious people, the copycats (so to speak). Rasta proclaims that none of these shall escape Jah judgment. Rasta stands inna di red. Guitarist Ben Harper, who you can tell felt this song, adds Bluesy-Roots style licks. To reinforce this insight, the CD concludes with Bob Marley’s grandchildren singing: “So when we call him Rastafari, what shall we contend with…Heathen nah like Jah name,” followed by the sweetest laughter of a loving father.

An outstanding compilation of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Blues and Pop. An album that mixes Reggae melodies over Hip-Hop beats results in a new Marley standard. Stephen brings the generations together with his own words, music and production. He provides a glimpse of what Bob Marley may have done in this time and space. This “angry lion” is certainly no copycat of his father. -- M. Peggy Quattro



New reggae and soca compilations

The eagerly-awaited music compilations Reggae Gold 2007 and Soca Gold 2007 are to be released by VP Records on Tuesday, June 12.

This year's Reggae Gold, subtitled Treasures of the Caribbean, features artists such as Sean Paul, MIMS, Morgan Heritage, Elephant Man, Shaggy, Jah Cure and Gyptian. And a bonus DVD is filled with music videos, artist interviews, footage from some of Kingston's hottest dancehall parties and the casting call and photo shoot for the Reggae Gold CD cover model.

The lineup for Soca Gold 2007 includes Peter (Mr. Freestyle) Ram, Edwin Yearwood, Roy Cape, Destra, Krosfyah, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. A DVD also accompanies this compilation. It features carnival footage from Trinidad Carnival 2007, Barbados' Crop Over festival, music videos and more.

The CDs will be available in stores and online - including VP's Web site, www.vprecords.com - and their store at 170-21 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica, Queens, and their new location at 763 Flatbush Ave. (between Lenox Road and Clarkson Ave.) in Brooklyn.

Source: NY Daily News


Richie Spice Has Landed

The Europe leg of the tour had Richie traveling to six countries and performing in eleven cities to a total of over 6000 fans at sold out venues. The tour took him to the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, France and Italy where he performed in popular cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Rotterdam.

The most memorable performance of the tour was in Brussels at the VK club. After his usual 90 minute set, the crowd demanded him to perform more, repeatedly screaming "We Want Richie!!" The VK Club, which usually closes at 11pm, had to extend their opening hours to allow Richie to perform for another 30 minutes.

In Paris, Richie performed along with Beenie Man to a crowd of over 1200. The crowd seemed disappointed to see Richie leave the stage and demanded more, however Richie made way for the King of the Dancehall.

At all performances Richie shows why he has kept such a strong following. His ability to connect with the crowd is what makes him loved by many. "At all the venues the crowd sang along with the Ark Angel, they knew all his songs including the ones from In the Streets to Africa," reported Ron Remak, tour organizer. A fan, one of the over 400 persons who watched Richie's performance in Rotterdam, had this to say: “I had a great time in Waterfront Rotterdam, a lot of people just wanted for Richie Spice and the band to stay and play for us a little longer… everybody was feeling the music 10 times stronger than Richie might have thought. If we had an opportunity to play for the band if they were too tired we would have done that for sure; Keep spreading the word and love of Jah Rastafari" - Anselm Alexander Albertus. “Europe was a great experience. We plan to go back in August for major festivals such as Upssala Reggae Festival in Sweden," Richie Spice commented.

Richie Spice continues to travel the globe to promote his 2nd album In the Streets to Africa.


Trinidad's Bunji Garlin is full of fete and fire

To some who are unfamiliar with Caribbean culture, reggae might seem to be the dominant form of music in that region. It's easily the most popular style that matriculates out to the States, and with the long list of reggae luminaries in Jamaica at any given time, there's no fault in assuming that reggae is the end-all, be-all of Caribbean music.

But look east and southwest of Jamaica and it's soca, not reggae, that drives the pulse of the English-speaking island chain. It's been mashing up dancehalls, carnivals, and backyard parties for the past 50 years, from the Bahamas to St. Kitts.

The hottest soca star of the current scene is Trinidad's Bunji Garlin. He's just released a potent album - the sixth in his catalog - and, at the relatively tender age of 28, Garlin is arguably the genre's biggest name, though fellow West Indian artists such as Trinidad's Machel Montano and St. Vincent's Kevin Lyttle might beg to differ.

For the uninitiated, soca is a sexually charged, uptempo form of music that's thought to have originated in Trinidad as a more party-based extension of calypso. It traditionally involves steel drums, cowbells, whistles, and electric percussion and is most celebrated during Carnival and Junkanoo season throughout the Caribbean.

As for what sets Garlin apart from most of his contemporaries, it's his ability to combine the urban elements of Jamaican dancehall with the festive vibe of soca to create a subgenre all its own. He's got a slightly more aggressive style that's catching on with youth all over the island chain, giving the genre new legs and helping it spread beyond its normal confines.

"My style is ragga-soca - it's a fusion of dancehall and soca vibes, which is different than what other artists are doing right now," says Garlin, speaking by phone from Trinidad. "It's more raggamuffin, more of a down-in-the-ghetto kind of music, but people are taking to it."

Garlin's latest album, Global, was released last week on reggae power-label VP Records, which in itself testifies to the growing power of soca. He's one of only two soca artists on the label, and his new hit single, Brrrt, is tearing up mixtapes and nightclubs from Fort Lauderdale to New York. The song is full of jump-up-and-wind energy and mile-a-minute lyricism that's catchy and loaded with crossover potential. Massive B sound system just released a version of Brrrt for its Big Tunez Vol 3 compilation, and that's been racking up radio play ever since. Global is in fact the first disc that Garlin has intended for a wider audience, he says; his previous material was strictly for West Indian territories.

"It's time to make the music grow," he says. "I naturally hate to be stuck in one place for too long... In order for the genre to grow, we have to put out music that people throughout all of the islands can feel, not just for Trinidad."




Oakland, CA – J. Myers who created a major buzz in the industry and among American music lovers with his recent appearance on BET’s 106 & Park has hit the high seas as he embarks upon his first European tour with none other than rap legend, Nas.

A passionate artist, this acoustic guitar playing crooner is making his way through the hearts of many in only a short period of time. He has been referred to as one of the most talented artists to hit the music scene in a while and regarded by many as the male balance to Lauryn Hill.

What many rising artists would consider a dream come true, after performing for Nas’ manager, Blue Williams, Myers not only received a management deal, but a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel as Nas’ opening act to almost 30 European cities.

The tour which began May 15th will continue through mid – June. Past performances include major cities including Amsterdam, Paris, London, Barcelona, Dublin, and Copenhagen, to name a few. Following are the remaining tour dates.

06/01/07 Fri Berlin, Germany

06/02/07 Sat Stockholm, Sweden

06/03/07 Sun Groningen

06/04/07 Mon Helsinki, Finland

06/05/07 Tue Gothenburg

06/08/07 Fri Warsaw, Poland

06/09/07 Sat Budapest, Hungary

06/10/07 Sun Bologna, Italy

06/11/07 Mon Milan, Italy

06/12/07 Tue Toulouse, France

06/13/07 Wed Lyon, France

06/14/07 Thu Madrid, Spain

To get a preview of the sultry sound of J. Myers

visit: J.Myers At Myspace.com


Buju Banton Reggaes hottest star to open



CHICAGO (June 2007) It will be an explosive fire cracking 4th of July weekend kick-off when the most sought after reggae superstar BUJU BANTON takes the stage at the 5-day 15th Annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) on Wednesday, July 4th. Yes! You heard it right- Washington Park (proposed site for 2016 Summer Olympics) will be HOT HOT HOT with performers from July 4 to July 8, 2007, 10AM to 10PM daily (except July 5 & 6 2PM to 10PM).

Kickin off with Independence Day- WED, JULY 4th- BUJU BANTON, who received nine nominations and won the categories of Best Album/CD (Driver) and Best DJ/Rapper of the year 2006 at Martins International and Associates 26th IRAWMA, Apollo Theater, NYC, will be headlining the opening day at this years 15th IFOL!

Bringing a touch of Reggae & Neo-Soul performing THU, JULY 5th actor-turned-entertainer LEON & THE PEOPLES BAND, FEATURING TANTO METRO. New & fresh with hits “Walk It Out and Two Step Hip Hop star DJ UNK performing JULY 5th!

Other leading performers for this 5-day celebration of life include INNER CIRCLE- one of reggaes most outstanding show bands famous for their song “Bad Boys, Bad Boys What You Gonna Do� on the television show COPS performing SAT, JULY 7th. Best known worldwide for their hit songs “My Jamaican Girls,Lady With The Red Dress,Accept My Apology, and Red Rose, recent inductee to the 26th IRAWMA reggae Hall of Fame, the veteran, B.B. SEATON & THE GAYLADS- Jamaicas top hits maker in the 1960s & 70s- performing FRI, JULY 6th & SUN, JULY 8th.

On the special urban R&B and Hip Hop side, Veteran hip hop superstar and human beat box DOUG E. FRESH will entertain the audience FRI, JULY 6th. The talented BOBBY VALENTINO, singer of the premier R&B hits Anonymous and Turn the Page, will be exploding onto the stage on SUN, JULY 8th!

Scores of other top Reggae, Calypso, African, and Latin entertainers will be performing on both International & Gospel/Educational stages. Among them the Queen of Calypso- CALYPSO ROSE- who last year released the official IFOL theme song Lets Go to Festival of Life, an internationally promoted song for Chicago and the Festival of Life. Jamaicas legendary Gospel star CLAUDELLE CLARK, R&B/Reggae/Gospel songbird WINSOME BENJAMIN, Reggae rapper LADY G, BELIZE VIBES and a host of other Reggaeton & World Music performers to rock the stage!

Daily admission to the festival is only $10 adults; $5 children under 12 and seniors 65 and older; free to kids 6 and under. A $30 season pass covers all FIVE days! Tickets are now available at ticketmaster.com or 312-559-1212 and at Martin's International Culture. For details, 312/427-0266 or visit www.festivaloflife.com.

The Festival of Life is a family event designed to help bridge the gap between people from the Caribbean, Africans, Europeans and Americans of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds by spotlighting the various cultures through their music, food, arts and crafts.

Presented on 2 stages, the 5-day event features continuous live entertainment, childrens activities and an international marketplace featuring 300 food, arts & crafts, jewelry and clothing vendors and other small businesses and corporations. In addition, the Games and Carnival area will feature the Inflatable and other activities for kids and adults to enjoy.

The theme for the festival is Bringing Nations Together and Living Together As One.

The 15th Annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life is sponsored by The Chicago Park District, NBC 5 Chicago, WYLL 1160 AM Radio, Illinois Arts Council, Majestic Star Casino Hotel, Star Planet TV, Western Union, African Spectrum & others.


Nadine Sutherlands Call My Name Tops the Chart

May 30, 2007 Two months after its release, the album that heralded Nadine Sutherlands return to the music spotlight shows no signs of slowing down. Call My Name (Eight76 Records) is number 1 on this weeks South Florida Reggae Album Chart (XNews) and inches closer to Billboard’s Reggae Album Top Ten with a two point rise to #12. In related news, the albums first single, Big Tingz, has entered the top ten in South Florida, and sits at #30 on New Yorks Reggae Singles Chart.

Nadine and Eight76 recently held a press reception for the album at Grog Shoppe (Devon House) in Kingston, Jamaica. The islands press corps turned out in full force including representatives from RE-TV, HYPE TV, Entertainment Report (TVJ), CVM-TV, X News, Khool FM, Roots 96.1, Jamaica Observer, and Irie FM. After an invocation from Rev. Sheila McKeithen (Universal Center of Truth) guests were treated to a video presentation and live performance by Nadine. The popular artists creativity, growth, longevity and perseverance were lauded in remarks by Desmond Young (Jamaica Federation of Musicians), Clyde McKenzie (Entertainment Advisory Board), Winston Merritone Blake, and industry peers Pam Hall and Robbie Lyn. Co-executive producer, Kenroy YahBreeze Archibald, spoke of the creative connection with Sutherland that made the album special from the very outset. Wife and Eight76 Records partner, Myshjua Archibald, noted that the albums success brings her pleasure not only as a record label but also as a friend. I am excited to see my friend doing well and still enjoying her work after so many years in this industry, said Archibald.

Nadine is on a short production break from her hit show, Digicels Rising Stars. She will use the time to continue promotion of her album with stops in South Florida and New York. In South Florida, Sutherland will appear at the City of Lauderhill Lakes WalMart SuperCenters Hurricane Preparedness Rally on Saturday, June 2nd in conjunction with NBC 6 TV and MYSTIK 1400AM. From there, she heads up to the Big Apple for the CTDC Caribbean Week (June 9 through 17). For more information visit www.CaribbeanWeekNY.com.

Eight76 Records is distributed in the United States by C.E.D. Entertainment / Super D, and the labels vinyl singles are sold through Dynamic Sounds in Jamaica.


Bob Marley to be honoured by Ghanaian Government “I am a proud African, proud of my land, proud of my people, committed to making the third millennium the African millennium.” Bob Marley has been specially selected to be honoured by the Government of Ghana “Akwaaba Anyemi Programme” under the “The Joseph Project”. His widow, Mrs Rita Marley has been invited to collect the award at the launch of The Joseph Project on Saturday, July 21 to Sunday, August 12 in Accra, Ghana. Bob Marley was selected by a nominating committee of Africans, who have similarly excelled in their own fields, and thought it important to honour him. The purpose of The Joseph Project is to change the “21st Century” into the “African Century”.

The Joseph Project facilitates the reconciling and uniting of all Africans so that Africans’ positive spirit and strengths are used to emancipate Africa and Africans worldwide. The Project seeks to highlight those who had to overcome great adversities.

The Government of Ghana will also convert one of the slave forts into a museum called the African Excellence Experience. This museum is dedicated to the telling of the story of Africans who have triumphed over those that sought to enslave them. These persons are referred to as “True Josephs”.

Mrs Rita Marley will receive this honour unbehalf of Bob Marley at the Healing Ceremony at Elmina, Central Region, on Sunday, August 1. For more information you can visit the website, www.thejosephproject.com.



U.R.G.E.(Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), the charitable organization founded by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers sponsored its annual Health Fair on Saturday, April 26, 2007 at the Cedella Marley Booker Basic School in Nine Mile, St. Ann.

Dr. Lewin Bruno, a physician and Director of Travel Advisory Service at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA and who also teaches medical students at UCLA Medical School, spearheaded a 25-member team of 12 physicians including a dentist and acupuncturist, four nurses, dietician, medical students and support staff. Assisted by the Tuff Gong International employees, these dedicated volunteers administered free medical care and donated supplies to over 500 adults and children from Stepney District and surrounding rural areas. Home visits were also conducted by some of the physicians and URGE supporters.

Annually, Dr. Bruno also organizes a multi-disciplinary medical clinic in Falmouth. Air Jamaica provided discounted air fares from Los Angeles to Jamaica for Dr. Bruno and his team. Colgate Jamaica provided its mobile dental unit for dental consultations, fillings, extractions. Some 140 children received dental cleaning and supplies.







Reggae star continues to plug last year’s Love is My Religion.

Ziggy Marley will remain on the road a little longer in support of his most recent solo album, 2006’s Love is My Religion.

The eldest son of late reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy--who kicked off his current run back in March, extends performances deep into August.

Released last July, Love is My Religion is available exclusively via Target retail stores in the U.S., as well as via Apple's iTunes Music Store. The disc includes electric and acoustic versions of the album's title track, both of which are streaming at Marley's MySpace Web site.

Check the tour section at www.ziggymarley.com for dates and venues.

Source: EurWeb.com


E-Dee & Sasha Team up on New Song.

Last week E-Dee finished voicing a new song called "Bosy Girl" with Sasha on the new Kevin "Iceberg" Blake riddim featuring Lexus & Mr Vegas, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, and many more. Look out for the medley video to be shot soon.

E-Dee Releases New Single "Revolution" the remake of the Dennis Brown classic is at radio in Jamaica and getting a forward from Irie-FM giants like Gary G, GT Taylor, as well as being picked up at FAME-FM, Hot 92 by Richie B, and V103. Production has just completed in Jamaica for the music video for "Revolution". The video shot on location mostly in May Pen, Toll Gate, and Rocky Point, Jamaica features Kashu Man, Perfect, Irie Love, Paul Campbell and of course E-Dee. The world premiere for the video is Thursday 17th on Hype TV In the US Hype TV is available on DirecTV.



photograph by Terrance Jennings//Urban Eye Photo

BUJU BANTON SELLS OUT THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -Shares Historic Moment On Stage With Dancehall Legend Shabba Ranks-

(New York, NY/Kingston, JA - 8, May 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. is extremely pleased to announce that Buju Banton sold out the Theater at Madison Square Garden this past Sunday May 6th. It was the third time Banton graced the world famous stage, playing to a capacity crowd of over 5,000 energetic patrons that included former New York Knick and Jamaican national Patrick Ewing.

Billed as a "Pre-Mother's Day Driver Concert," in recognition of Buju Banton's latest smash single "Driver A," the blockbuster event featured live performances by Jovi Rockwell, Khari Kill, Da'Ville, Lady Saw, Tony Matterhorn and Gargamel Music artist New Kidz, whose lively set included a brief lesson on the latest dance moves out of Jamaica.

Banton and his Shiloh Band were in prime form, running gracefully through his diverse and extensive catalog of hits-old and new, keeping the audience on their feet the entire time. Climax came when Banton brought out dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, to perform a few songs for the amped up crowd. Indeed, it was a night to remember.

Produced by veteran Caribbean radio personality Dahved Levy with partners GB God Bless and Don Grant of Roti Plus, the sold out show proved once more that Reggae music is not a niche and that artists the caliber Buju Banton not only deserve bigger and better venues, they can actually pack the house.




April 27, 2007- Los Angeles, Ca.

The House of Blues was live last night when Stephen Marley's tour landed in Los Angeles, and if you were there you knew this was no ordinary show. From the opening act "KNAAN" who heated the stage with his powerful performance of Rap Hip Hop and African vibes to the moment Stephen Marley took the stage, the crowd was heated and ready to go...but wait..if you think things could not get better..check this. Stevie Wonder entered and stood in front of the stage singing, dancing, and clapping his hands.

Stevie Wonder joined Stephen on stage several times and sang with him...one memorial moment was when Stephen began singing to Stevie..."I wanna Jam with you". Once again Stevie joined Stephen on stage and they sang "Jammin". When Stephen introduced Stevie Wonder to the audience he told them, when he last saw Stevie...that Stevie had told him "You have a good name "Stephen".

Stephen's bright smile and his eyes shined with pride through out the performance. He was also joined by his brother Damian on "Traffic Jam", Damian also sang his hit.."Welcome To JamRock" , Mos Def performed with Stephen, and Ben Harper was in the house and made a stage appearance. What a night of memories.

Stephen Marley's tour will make a stop in my town on Saturday April 28th at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. I will have the chance to see one more show!

Review by Marsha Hunt "Kaya"





REGGAE MUSIC REVIEWS.COM would like to send out "CONGRADULATIONS", to our friends below on receiving "Special Awards of Appreciation for Contribution to the Music Industry".


Jerome Hamilton (Headline Entertainment)


Lorna Wainwright - Tuff Gong

Big up to IRAWMA 26th aimed highest Ephraim Martin deserves credit for being persevering in hailing niche music. Along with Austin McBean and Clifton Edwards, the triumvirate is taking the honours to the highest heights. Although he credits some of the most ignored genres, he should be commended for consistently highlighting the Caribbean sounds.

Most impressive were speeches made by B.B. Seaton. Seaton who is known with the Gaylads flew in from London to render his wondrous My Jamaican Girl. He said he is penning a book and was humbled to be on the same stage as the man who said, “Say it loud I’m Black and proud.”

Seaton may not have known that James Brown’s 74th birthday was celebrated at the landmark theatre two days earlier but he had the foresight to make mention of the historic showplace he was honoured.

In addition to that mention, Seaton talked about internationalising Jamaican patois. A dapper, dressed Bunny Lee wore red from hat to shoe. His outfit stood out from all the rest. To see this big man, humbled by the honour was inspiring and memorable.

“It is great to be honoured. It is great to be remembered,” Lee said in acceptance of his special Martin’s honour.

Lorna Wainwright radiated carrying her golden, star statuette.

The Tuff Gong executive was accompanied by Mitzy Evans, the boss lady who runs the Kingston address.

Wainwright expressed appreciation that she was acknowledged despite the fact she seems to prefer the behind the scenes notoriety for advancing the profile of the entire Marley family, especially Rita.

Radioman Richie Burgess accepted his honour on behalf of the seven colleagues recognised for appreciation and for contribution to the music industry.

By the way, the most missed artiste was Tanya Stephens. Tanya’s absence was noticed.

SOURCE: Pure Class magazine of Jamaica Sunday Herald paper. Vinnette Pryce's column "Vinette's Whirl".

Winners at the 26th International Reggae & World Music Awards

Monday, May 7, 2007

Winners Of the 26th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) held at the Apollo Theater in New York on May 5, 2007

01) Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year: Sean Paul

02) Recording Artist(s)/Group of the Year: Sean Paul

03) Best Male Vocalist: Luciano

04) Best Female Vocalist: Tanya Stephens

05) Best Song: “Temperature” by Sean Paul

06) Best Album/CD: “Too Bad” by Buju Banton

07) Best Crossover Song: “Temperature” by Sean Paul

08) Best Gospel-Oriented Song: “King Jesus” by Chevelle Franklyn

09) Best Male DJ/Rapper: Buju Banton

10) Best Female DJ/Rapper: Macka Diamond

11) Best New Entertainer: Tony Matterhorn

12) Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer: Machel Montano

13) Best Reggaeton Entertainer: Daddy Yankee

14) Best Latin-Oriented Entertainer: Shakira

15) Best Compas/Racine Entertainer: Sweet Mickey

16) Best African Entertainer: Angelique Kidjo

17) Best Soukous Entertainer: Koffi Olomide

18) Most Popular Hip Hop Entertainer: Sean Paul

19) Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Music: Ziggy Marley

20) Most Outstanding Stage Personality: Capleton

21) Best Music Video: “Ghetto Story” by Baby Cham

22) Best Poet: Mutabaruka

23) Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer: Luciano

24) Most Outstanding Show Band/Group: Morgan Heritage

25) Most Consistent Entertainer: Byron Lee & the Dragonaires

26) Most Promising Entertainer: Tarrus Riley

27) Most Improved Entertainer: Da’Ville

28) Best Instrumentalist: Dean Fraser

29) Best Backing Band: Live Wyya

30) Most Popular Sound System/Selector: Tony Matterhorn

31) Concert of the Year: Irie Jamboree

32) Promoter of the Year: LinkUp Media

33) Producer of the Year: Don Corleon

34) Songwriter of the Year: Sean Paul

35) Selassie I Award for “Spiritual Service Through Music”: Damian Marley

36) Community Service Award: Moodies Records & Butterfli Wings Foundation


37) Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award: Bono, Oprah Winfrey

38) International Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductees: B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads, Boris Gardner

39) Martin’s International & Associates Award of Honor: Don One (Don One Records), Ed Robinson (E2 Recordings), Edward “Bunny” Lee, King Jammy’s

40) Producer’s “Respect” Award: Doug E. Fresh, Gregory Isaacs, Half Pint

40A) International Award for Leadership: Hon. Portia Simpson Miller- Prime Minister, Jamaica

41) Awards of Appreciation for Contribution to the Music Industry:

Bobby (Culture Jam WVIP 93.5FM),

Dave Clark (Friends of Reggae),

Jerome Hamilton (Headline Entertainment),

Lorna Wainwright (Tuff Gong),

Mikey Jarrett, Richie B. (HOT 102FM),

Dahved Levy (WBLS 107.5FM),

Winston “Niney” Holness (The Observer)


MP3.com Live: Marley madness

In front of an irie crowd, Stephen and Damian lead a tight band through a set of classic modern reggae.

Hundreds of artists have covered Bob Marley songs over the years, with varying degrees of success.

But with apologies to Ziggy, there's only one artist who really has the goods--talent, bloodlines, charisma and, most of all, voice--to pull it off.

Stephen Marley, Bob's middle son, is probably the most talented of his 13 children, and in front of a packed house full of devotees at the Fillmore last night, he, his brother Damian, and opening act K'Naan played the kind of sets that foreshadow a bright future for a music that is so steeped in its past.

That hope comes from a simple yet woefully uncommon trait: songwriting. All three artists have written a number of fantastic songs over the past few years on their respective albums, Mind Control, Welcome to Jamrock, and The Dustyfoot Philosopher, and they were on full display last night.

Sure, the songs are grounded in the rhythms and philosophy proffered by the Marleys' legendary father. But they have injected them with hip-hop beats, modern soul, and a knack for catchy hooks, bringing a pop sensibility that feels both accessible and artistically interesting.

The best example of the lot was the final song of last night's 90-minute set. Move, the Damian Marley track that puts his father's Exodus on steroids, complete with rapid-fire verses and a rumbling bass line, proved the perfect capper to the night. The mashed-up medley mixed Move with original pieces of Exodus, and both Marleys and K'Naan added new verses and a slice of spontaneity to the song.

The track closed out a night that started strong, as K'Naan, an MC that comes from Somalia by way of Toronto, delivered a set that was driven by the written word. Riveting wordplay is K'Naan's calling card, set to a simple sonic backdrop of African percussion and guitar. Although he's been touring almost non-stop in support of his 2005 debut album, K'Naan has been working on new material, and debuted a fantastic new track last night that was set to programmed Mulatu Astatqe-style horn riffs.

Backed by an extremely tight band, Stephen Marley was up next. His new album is full of songs that take reggae to the next episode, from the dubby funk of "Mind Control" to the hip-hop soul of Hey Baby. On the latter last night, Marley himself performed the verse of guest rapper Mos Def, a move that is sadly rare from most live performances missing a guest that appeared on a track.

Not surprisingly, there were plenty of Bob Marley covers, too, from Buffalo Soldier and No Woman, No Cry to Jammin and Could You Be Loved. But nostalgia was nowhere to be found on the beatbox-driven Traffic Jam. The track arrived 30 minutes into the set and marked the arrival on stage of Damian Marley, whose emergence was greeted by an explosion from the crowd.

The wafting clouds per capita in the venue seemed to pick up at that point, as did the energy in the already-surging building. The highlight of Damian's mini-set was All Night, in which the divergent styles of Stephen and Damian were at their best, with Damian's charged toasting adding an exclamation point to Stephen's soulful crooning.

Dad would have been one proud papa.

Source: MP3.com, Monday, April 23

For more information on Stephen Marley please visit www.stephenmarleymusic.com


Kingston, Jamaica 16th April 2007

Tuff Gong Recording Studio to hosts Red Bulls Music Academy Info-Session

On Wednesday April 18, 2007 Tuff Gong Recording Studios located at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 11 will be the venue for the 4th Music Academy Info-Session hosted by Red Bull. Sessions begin at 7:00pm.

The aim of this eight year old programme is to bring together DJs and producers who can inform their peers about life in the music industry as well as offer suggestions and opinions.

The programme has also been previously held in Berlin, the United States, Rome, South Africa and Australia in 2006 where aspiring Jamaican artistes Swandi Simon was a participant.

For further information contact: Feonia Williams – 876-684-9462 (Red Bull representative)


Alex performing

Latino Boyz At Universal City Walk 04/03/07


New Music from eight76 Records - NADINE SUTHERLAND "BIG TINGZ"

New Music from Def Jam Records - REDMAN "PUT IT DOWN"

New Music from U.S.D.A. "CHECK"





“How good and how pleasant it would be, before God and Man, to see the unification of all Africans…” Bob Marley

New York – The feature documentary AFRICA UNITE will make its highly-anticipated North American debut at the 14th annual New York African Film Festival. The film, starring Rita Marley, Danny Glover, Angélique Kidjo, Lauryn Hill and members of the Marley family, is produced and directed by Stephanie Black (Life and Debt, H-2 Worker).

The documentary highlights the vision for African unity that Bob Marley was devoted to throughout his music career and presents an inspiring tribute to a man who defined his own aim as “spreading the message of unity and equality to end the needless suffering of mankind.”

On February 6th 2005, over 350,000 people gathered in the historic Meskel Square of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia to celebrate what would have been Bob Marley’s 60th birthday. The twelve-hour concert, featuring a host of internationally acclaimed artists, is interwoven throughout the film, highlighting the singer’s global influence. American Lauryn Hill passionately debuts new material, Benin-born Angélique Kidjo jumps into the audience during “Mama Afrika”, and legendary Jamaican artist Bob Andy serenades Ethiopia. The concert culminates with a spectacular nighttime performance by Rita Marley and the I-Threes and all of Marley’s sons singing their father's songs.

Critical to the Africa Unite vision, the film also focuses on UNICEF-sponsored symposia and youth-oriented workshops that were held during the week-long celebration. Taking their inspiration from such Bob Marley songs as “War” and “Get Up Stand Up”, these sessions deal with issues including conflict transformation, youth and women’s empowerment, the prevention of corruption, awareness and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases, and the centrality of human rights. Speaking at a symposium dedicated to dialogue with youth, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover, whose production company Louverture Films executive produced the film with Tuff Gong Pictures, stresses that “it takes time to build, years to organize, and that’s what we have to commit ourselves to. This is a process if we want to change this continent. In Guinea, in Kenya, in too many other countries, less than 30% of children go to school. It is a human right to have an education. And that begins right here with you. Bob Marley would’ve loved to have been here with us today... He loved Africa, and the fact that we are here to carry on this work is most important.”

“AFRICA UNITE is a call to action catalyzed by Bob Marley’s musical legacy,” says producer/director Stephanie Black. Pointing to past Pan-African movements, Black underscores: “We know that change occurs when we refuse to be silent in the face of injustice and inequity. It’s our aim with this documentary to further Bob Marley’s eternal message of hope and struggle across continents and generations.” Rita Marley


ABOUT LOUVERTURE FILMS www.louverturefilms.com Dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance and social purpose, Louverture Films is also passionate about the objective of nurturing artistic creativity and integrity. The New York based company owned and operated by Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes has a slate of progressive features and documentaries, which include the critically-acclaimed BAMAKO (a New Yorker Films release) and the action-epic TOUSSAINT. The epic deals with the Haitian Revolution and the heroic life of Toussaint Louverture, who led one of the only successful slave uprisings in history. His efforts decisively defeated the French, Spanish and British imperial armies and established the first independent black Republic: Haiti. The film will be directed by Danny Glover.


AKON ADDED TO BEST OF THE BEST ALL-STAR CONCERT LINEUP -Joins Buju, Bounty, Barrington, Capleton, Elephant, Mavado, Matterhorn, Shaggy- (Miami, FL - 11, April 2007) South Florida’s premier Caribbean music and lifestyle promotions company, Rocker’s Island — in association with RebelMix.Com and Massive B promotions, offically welcome multi-platinum hip-hop soul star Akon to the lineup of the 4th annual Best Of The Best concert being held Sunday, May 27th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown Miami. Senegalese born Akon has much love for Jamaican music. Early on in his career he worked with some of dancehall's wickedest producers (i.e. Dave Kelly, Supa Dups ), and more recently he signed a pair of R&B singers from the island, Brick & Lace, to his Kon Live record label. Fans can expect Akon's Best of The Best performance to be peppered with hits from his smash new album Konvicted, in stores now. Artists already confirmed for the highly anticipated Memorial Weekend show include headliner, dancehall-reggae icon Buju Banton aka Gargamel, alongside Bounty Killer, Capleton, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Mavado, Tony Matterhorn, Barrington Levy, Lady Saw, Collie Budz, Bling Dawg, Da'Ville, Jovi Rockwell, Shifta, Munga Honorable and Trevor Off- Key. Best Of The Best 2007 will be hosted by Wyclef Jean, Jabba and Bobby Konders and DJ Khaled, with co- hosts Jamusa, DJ Roy, Mikey Mike, 800-Bungie, Andrew D, Lady Terra, Papa Keith, Walshy Killa, Supa Twitch. Doors open at 1:00pm. Show starts at 2:30pm and ends at midnight. Tickets on sale now at all ticketmaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.com). The official after party for Best Of The Best 2007 will jump off at Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway).



Jah Petes in San Diego

From St. Thomas Jamaica to St. Thomas USVI Their presentation at the Tempo anniversary concert only served to whet the appetite. The rescheduled appearance from February only served to build anticipation. The searing performance at the Reichhold Center for the Arts in St. Thomas, USVI was nothing less than satisfying.

At 9 pm last Saturday, the MC heralded the arrival of the eagerly anticipated reggae group, Morgan Heritage to the sold out arts center. Seconds later, Mr. Mojo, Lukes, Gramps and Peter raced onto the stage in matching kaki shirt and jeans. The audience immediately leaped to their feet, hands waving in the air, singing in unison to the Morgan Heritage signature hit, Down by the River.

Effortlessly, lead vocalist Peter Morgan guided the enthusiastic crowd through a carefully selected set list that included One Spliff and So Much To Come. The audience jumped and danced, then swooned and rocked as Morgan Heritage raised then dropped then raised the tempo. Set against the slopping hills that created the back drop for the venue, the rich instrumentation of the band carried clean and clear.

Obviously enjoying the multitude and much as they enjoyed him, Peter called out various members of the group to demonstrate their versatile talents. Mr. Mojo stepped to centre stage drop his rap flavour on I’m Still the Same before returning to percussions then Gramps unleashed his deep vocals with A Man Is Still A Man to the delight of mob increasing in numbers before the stage.

The musical family also showcased new band member Chanda McKnight.

Chanda, in her role as a representative of sister Una, who was unable to make the trip due to commitments to motherhood, first appealed to the crowd with an amazing keyboard solo to showcase her technical dexterity. As the crowd screamed for more, Chanda stepped from the platform, took the microphone and sang.

Two hours into their set, the audience showed no signs of stopping; fortunately, neither did Morgan Heritage. Arguably, Jamaica’s finest reggae group still had the energy to keep going. The set included new tracks like Brooklyn to Jamaica and modern day classics like Best Friend, She’s Still Loving Me and I’m Coming Home.

Thoroughly satisfied with Tell Me How Come, the audience finally released Morgan Heritage. Clearly the trip from St. Thomas, Jamaica to St. Thomas USVI was well worth it. Next stop is Turks and Caicos on Saturday, April 8.


BUJU BANTON TO PLAY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN MAY 6TH -"Driver A" Music Video Debuts On Jumbo Screens Across NYC-

(New York, NY/Kingston, JA - 2, April 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce that international reggae icon Buju Banton will play the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Sunday May 6th at 8:00pm. Billed as a “Pre-Mother’s Day Driver Concert,” the show is being promoted by veteran Caribbean radio personality and entrepreneur Dahved Levy through his Devonish Promotions company, with partners GB God Bless and Don Grant of Harlem’s Roti Plus. Sponsors include Air Jamaica, Moet/Hennessy and CaribbeanFever.com.

“Buju Banton is an exceptional live performer who still has the ability to capture new audiences musically,” says Levy, who together with Grant was the first promoter to bring Banton alongside Beres Hammond to the world famous arena over a decade ago. "Right now he has two songs playing on mainstream radio in New York with 'Traffic Jam' and of course, his smash hit 'Driver A' from the latest album Too Bad."

Banton’s long-awaited “Driver A” video, directed by Troy Antonio, actually debuted on three MSG-owned outdoor marquees around the city this past weekend: Madison Square Garden (7th Ave. & 32nd St.), Radio City Music Hall (Ave. of the Americas & 50th St.), and the jumbotron in the middle of Times Square (42nd St.). This abbreviated clip promoting the upcoming Garden show will run for the next five weeks. Since its release last fall on Banton's own Gargamel Music label,Too Bad has received praise from a gaggle of prestigious media outlets such as Associated Press, Billboard, The Beat, Jamrock, The LA Times, Riddim, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle — and it nabbed a 2007 Grammy nod for Best Reggae Album. Last month Banton was nominated for nine International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), including Entertainer of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, Best Song for "Driver A" and Best Album for Too Bad.

Buju Banton and his Shiloh Band are guaranteed to electrify Madison Square Garden with blazing dancehall cuts from the new album as well as older classics and roots selections from the critically acclaimed collections Mr. Mention, 'Til Shiloh, Inna Heights, Unchained Spirit and Friends For Life. Tickets for this very special evening are available at all Ticketmaster locations and also online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com


For All Things Buju Banton: www.gargamelmusic.com & www.myspace.com/bujubanton

BUJU - BOUNTY - SHAGGY - CAPLETON - MATTERHORN - MAVADO -Dancehall’s Biggest Names To Blaze Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Event In Miami

(Miami, FL - 26, March 2007) South Florida’s premier Caribbean music and lifestyle promotions company, Rocker’s Island — in association with title sponsor Rebel Mix (www.rebelmix.com) and Massive B promotions, have officially announced their all star lineup for the fourth annual Best of the Best concert to be held Memorial Sunday, May 27th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown Miami.

Confirmed performances for the highly anticipated show include Jamaican music icon Buju Banton aka Gargamel, Shaggy, Barrington Levy, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Lady Saw and Elephant Man. Also on this year's lineup are dancehall's newest dynamos Mavado, Tony Matterhorn, Bling Dawg, fresh-faced singers Da'Ville and Jovi Rockwell, plus newcomers Collie Budz, Shifta, Munga Honorable and Trevor Off-Key.

"We have some of Jamaica's brightest stars all on one bill," boasts Joseph "Budafuco" Louis, CEO of Rocker’s Island. "Buju still has the most requested single locally with 'Driver A.' Shaggy is making huge waves with 'Church Heathen.' Tony Matterhorn's 'Dutty Wine' was the #1 song just last year. And people are also excited to see Barrington Levy who hasn't played Florida in over 8 years."

Best Of The Best 2007 will be hosted by Wyclef Jean, Jabba and Bobby Konders and DJ Khaled, with co- hosts Jamusa, DJ Roy, Mikey Mike, 800-Bungie, Andrew D, Lady Terra, Papa Keith, Walshy Killa, Supa Twitch. Doors open at 1:00pm. Show starts at 2:30pm and ends at midnight. The official after party will be held at Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway).




A Special Invitation

Nadine Sutherland lovingly invites you to enjoy a special sneak preview of her new album.

Beginning Sunday, March 25 Nadine Sutherland and Eight76 Records will stage a series of on-air preview parties at radio stations all over North America and the Caribbean for her upcoming album Call My Name. Nadine will share songs from the album and answer questions about her career and the making of the album that she co-wrote and co-produced with YahBreeze. Listeners will also have the opportunity to win a signed copy of the album before it hits stores Tuesday, April 3rd.

The Call My Name Preview Parties will continue through the first week in April.


Stephen Marley's Mind Control drops TODAY!


Stephen Marley, Grammy winning artist and producer, and son of the legendary Bob Marley, releases his highly anticipated solo debut album Mind Control (Tuff Gong/ Ghetto Youths/ Universal-Republic), today, on Tuesday, March 20. The release of Mind Control represents a new stage in Stephen's evolution, one that brings together the genius of his production and his wise and soulful voice with hip-hop beats, smoky bass and winding keyboard runs. This is the sound of a man coming into full realization of his powers- and his legacy.

His debut, which includes guest appearances from Mos Def and Ben Harper, will showcase the diverse range of the studio-savvy Stephen, with songs such as the mesmerizing Chase Dem, and the soulful serenade Hey Baby. The album will also include the hit track The Traffic Jam, which features Damian "Jr Gong" Marley.

The song is currently exploding onto charts in Jamaica and England and showing early spins on several US Rhythmic/Crossover stations. Marley recently performed the track live on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Thursday, February 1.

Early press reviews on the album are beginning to hit with Urb Magazine calling the release "irresistible...an impressive offering" and Spin Magazine giving the album "4 stars" proclaiming that the "heir to reggae's royal family honors dad's legacy....dance-hall-inflected reggae/ hip-hop jams, carefully balancing political fire and island-life vibe. His ease with both elements would make his father proud."

For Stephen, 2006 was a coming-out party of sorts. He scored his fifth Grammy award for his triumphant co-production work on brother Damian "Jr.Gong" Marley's acclaimed RIAA certified Gold disc Welcome To Jamrock, to date garnering him the most Grammy awards of any Marley and more than any other Reggae artist in history. Stephen also embarked on two U.S. concert tours last year, including the acclaimed "Bob Marley Roots, Rock Reggae Festival," where brothers Stephen and Ziggy Marley joined together for the first time ever with reggae pioneer Bunny Wailer.

Music heads have been up on Stephen's work for years, whether for collaborations with R&B stars like Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner It Was Written, and especially after Chant Down Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob Marley tribute he produced. A veteran of the family's fertile launching pad, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Stephen has emerged in recent years as a pivotal production and creative force, helping to oversee Marley enterprises like Tuff Gong Records and its umbrella imprint Ghetto Youths.

Stephen Marley plans to announce tour dates in support of the release shortly. For more information please stay tuned to www.stephenmarleymusic.com.

Source: Tropicalfete.com (http://www.tropicalfete.com/fusion_news/fullnews.php?id=674)


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ROLLING STONE REVIEW Stephen Marley, Mind Control

Rolling Stone Rating: 3.5of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

There are moments during this middle Marley boy's debut album that you can drift off and imagine you're listening to a long-lost B side from his dad. The fourth of Bob's ten recognized children, Stephen possesses a vocal tone that is uncannily close to his dad's. Perhaps more important, Stephen is also blessed with some of Bob's songwriting gift. He co-wrote and produced most of Damian's breakthrough 2005 collection and demonstrates an even broader range here. Hey Baby features a verse from Mos Def and some skillful light R&B production; The Traffic Jam is a stripped-down dancehall romp; Iron Bars -- which has the impassioned refrain "Let me out, let me out/I'm an angry lion" -- could be a roots-reggae classic. Mind Control does justice to Bob Marley's legacy -- and that's saying a lot.

Source: www.RollingStone.com


What the press said about his album, Mind Control

"Humble yet accomplished, the album is a quiet masterpiece—easily the best effort from a Marley progeny yet". (Interview Magazine)

"…an all-in-all impressive offering". (Urb Magazine)

"…He kicks out dance-hall-infected reggae/hip-hop jams, carefully balancing political fire and an island-life vibe. His ease with both elements would make his father proud." (Spin Magazine)

"Download now…Backed by a beatbox and a few glitchy synths, (Traffic Jam) has a strip-down hypnotic vibe that leaves plenty of space for the singsong tale to unfold…3 1/2 stars" (Rolling Stone Magazine)

"…with the release of his first solo effort…this triple-threat entertainer is taking the Marley name to new heights." (Jamrock Magazine)

"…with the release of his long-awaited debut album…the spot light will solely shine on Stephen's talents as an emotive singer, diversified songwriter and accomplished instrumentalist while solidifying his reputation as an innovative, genre-blurring producer." (Billboard Magazine)

"(Traffic Jam) could do for Stephen what Jamrock did for Damian." (Music Week, UK)

"On Mind Control, the 34-year-old songwriter emerges as a central figure in modern reggae. High points include the droning, trip-hop excursion Hey Baby; the soulful, effects-laden You're Gonna Leave that's as silky smooth as a Seal tune; and two conventional reggae tracks (Chase Dem and Lonely Avenue) that would do his father proud." (Performing Songwriter)

Other reviews

Stephen Marley, Mind Control: 4 stars

Mind Control is the solo debut by this son of Bob, but Stephen has done time in older brother Ziggy’s Meloday Makers for years ad produced much of younger brother Damian’s work, including 2005’s international hit, Welcome To Jamrock. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Stephen’s music fits snugly between the that of his two siblings: He kicks out dance-hall-inflected reggae/hip-hop jams, carefully balancing political fire and an island-life vibe. His ease with both elements would make his father proud. (Spin)

Stephen Marley- This reggae pop is the perfect go-to fix- good for curing a headache, planning a protest or moving your hips on the dance floor. You know, just like that other Jamaican export. (Jane)

Second son Stephen Marley seems to have garnered the mother lode of his father's musical genes. On Mind Control, his debut CD, the 34-year old songwriter emerges as as central figure in modern reggae. Employing the production skills unfurled on brother Damian's Grammy-winning Welcome To Jamrock, Marley incorporates a rich blend of contemporary styles into a solid Reggae foundation. (Performing Songwriter)

Stephen Marley, Traffic Jam: Stephen and Damian reunite for this upbeat track which could do for Stephen what Jamrock did for Damian. (Music Week)


Redemption Song - A Tribute to Bob Marley: Lyrical Poet

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY &

The National Black Writers Conference present

Redemption Song A Tribute to Bob Marley: Lyrical Poet Saturday March 31, 2007 2:00 pm

Medgar Evers College, CUNY Founders Auditorium 1650 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225 (see directions below)

Donation: $10 (reduced rate for seniors & students with ID)

Keynote Speech By Kwame Dawes author of Bob Marley, Lyrical Genius University of South Carolina Poet in Residence novelist, actor, playwright and producer, and former lead singer of Ujamaa.

With critically acclaimed author, Colin Channer as moderator, panelists will discuss the impact of Bob Marley on other musicians and poets, explore the cultural, political, and spiritual elements of Bob Marley’s lyrics and examine the influence of Bob Marley’s lyrics on the global culture. Q & A will follow panel discussion.

Panelists: Christopher John Farley author of Bob Marley: Before the Legend;

Vivien Goldman author of The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century

and Dera Tompkins producer, and collector Bob Marley and reggae memorabilia

Performances by: Imani Dancers

and international reggae artists Taj Weekes & Adowa


2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Franklin Avenue.

Franklin Avenue Shuttle to Botanic Gardens

B48 bus to Crown Street

For more information or to sponsor this event, contact The Center for Black Literature Phone: 718.270.6976 or 718.270.6983 www.mec.cuny.edu/blacklitcenter

Sponsored by: The Center for Black Literature & The National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College, CUNY; The New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce; The Office of New York State Assemblyman Karim Camara; The Office of New York City Councilman Kendall Stewart; and The Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.




Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. 15th March, 2007 Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (URGE), a charitable organization founded and operated by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers is pleased to announce that it is a co-sponsor with the Sports Development Association in building a multi-court facility at the Nine Miles Community Centre, Nine Miles, St. Ann.

The construction of a multi-court facility will be home to netball, basketball and similar sports. Most recently, a One Love football tournament kicked off at the Community Centre with Mrs. Cedella Booker, Stephen and Damian Marley in attendance. This was won by Ferncourt High School, Clarermont, St. Ann. Other projects implemented by the Marley family in St. Ann include the roofing of Rhoden Hall Basic School, the building of a library, canteen, chicken coop and water tanks at Stepney Primary and All Age where Bob Marley attended at an early age.

Over fifteen students from that institution have benefited from scholarships sponsored by the Marley family.


Musiq Soulchild is ready to release his highly-anticipated new album LUVANMUSIQ!

The album is in stores so pick up your copy now! Look for exclusive bonus tracks and footage of LUVANMUSIQ by picking up your copy at participating Target, Best Buy, Circuit City and iTunes stores! Each store has different bonus tracks you can't get anywhere else! Don't miss out on more Musiq, why not pick up a copy of each!

LUVANMUSIQ Track Listing: 1. B.U.D.D.Y 2. Ms. Philadelphia 3. TeachMe 4. BetterMan 5. TheQuestions 6. Today 7. MakeYouHappy 8. Ridiculous 9. Millionaire 10. TakeYouThere 11. Lullaby 12. GreatestLove


This week catch Musiq as he visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, tune in this Friday 3/16 @ 11:35pm EST only on NBC!


; Stephen Marley takes to the road headlining venues across North America concert tour

Also featuring "Jr Gong" and K'Naan scheduled to kick off in March

Debut Album “Mind Control” Set For Release On Tuesday, March 20 <;p> "The album is a quiet masterpiece - easily the best effort from a Marley progeny yet" (Interview Magazine)

New York, NY February, 26, 2007 – Stephen Marley, GRAMMY winning artist and producer has announced that he is launching a much anticipated tour this spring. Kicking off on Friday, March 30, the tour is happening in association with the Ghetto Youths International Foundation and will feature special guest ‘Jr. Gong.’ The tour will run through May, hitting more than 40 cities with acclaimed artist K’naan also in tow.

Billed as the Mind Control North American tour, Ghetto Youths International will contribute one dollar from every ticket sold to the Marley’s homegrown charity, The Ghetto Youth Foundation, which provides aid and programs to children struggling in impoverished and war-ravaged conditions around the globe. Highlights of the 3-month tour of Canada and the US will also include performances at the World Ski & Snowboard Championships in Whistler, British Columbia on Sunday, April 15, Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA on Friday, April 27, and Jazzfest in New Orleans on Saturday, May 5.

Stephen is preparing the cross-country trek in support of his soon-to-be released solo debut album Mind Control (Tuff Gong/ Ghetto Youths/ Universal-Republic) released on Tuesday, March 20. The album has been receiving accolades in the press with early reviews calling the release "irresistible...an impressive offering" (Urb Magazine) and “4 stars...heir to reggae's royal family honors dad's legacy....dance-hall-inflected reggae/ hip-hop jams, carefully balancing political fire and island-life vibe. His ease with both elements would make his father proud” (Spin Magazine).

Stephen will be showcasing new songs from the release, which includes guest appearances from Mos Def and Ben Harper. Standout tracks include gems such as the mesmerizing Chase Dem, and the soulful serenade Hey Baby. The album also features the hit track “The Traffic Jam,” which is currently exploding onto charts in Jamaica and England and showing early spins on several US Rhythmic/Crossover stations. Marley, along with Damian, debuted the track live this past month on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

For Stephen, 2006 was a coming-out party of sorts. He scored his fifth GRAMMY award for his triumphant co-production work on brother Damian ‘Jr.Gong’ Marley’s acclaimed RIAA certified Gold disc Welcome To Jamrock, to date garnering him the most GRAMMY awards of any Marley and more than any other Reggae artist in history. Stephen also embarked on two U.S. concert tours last year,

including the acclaimed “Bob Marley Roots, Rock Reggae Festival,” where brothers Stephen and Ziggy Marley joined together for the first time ever with reggae pioneer Bunny Wailer.

Music heads have been up on Stephen’s work for years, whether for collaborations with R&B stars like Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner “It Was Written,” and especially after Chant Down Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob Marley tribute he produced. A veteran of the family’s fertile launching pad, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Stephen has emerged in recent years as a pivotal production and creative force, helping to oversee Marley enterprises like Tuff Gong Records and its umbrella imprint Ghetto Youths.

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The upbeat single was released to radio earlier this month, and has quickly become a staple at reggae radio in South Florida and is picking up steam all over the Caribbean. Shot on location at the beautiful Negril Escape resort in Negril, Jamaica the video is directed by Michelle Barnes (Red Rat's "Crying For My People" and Macka Diamond's "Bun Him") of Mad Multimedia Productions and choreographed by local dancers Erica Allen, Anika Thomas, and Nakoy Asher. Every member of the cast and crew was local, from the stylists to the set auditors.

Eight76 Records exec Myshjua Archibald flew down to oversee the shoot and was thrilled with the results. "The talent in Jamaica always blows me away. There is so much brilliance there, both aesthetically and creatively, and I get excited just watching these young people express themselves. Very professional as well- we came in on schedule and under budget." The video showcases several facets of Nadine and will premiere in early March. Some photos and out-takes from the shoot will be available on the eight76 website and their myspace page, but don't expect to see too much. "We don't want to spoil the effect of the premiere by giving away too much beforehand", says Archibald. Sutherland will also perform the song at several of the official events planned for the 2007 World Cup Cricket series taking place March 5 through April 28.

After several years out of the musical spotlight, Nadine's profile has stepped up in a major way since hooking up with Eight76 Records a little more than a year ago. The association has already produced two hit singles, "Keep Me Safe" and "Cyan Tek It" (featuring Chrisinti) and both label and artist promise that the best is yet to come.

"Big Tingz" is a significant choice for the first single from the album. Written by Nadine and producer Kenroy 'YahBreeze' Archibald the song was the first track recorded specifically for the new album. "I work with a lot of different producers, and YahBreeze is definitely one of my favorites," says Nadine. "I always write, and the vibe and connection was there instantly with us. I immediately wanted to do more songs. We worked together the whole way." Nadine is also credited as a co-producer on the album. For the next two months, preview music will be available on both Nadine's myspace page and the label's page. There will also be snippets on their distributor's website, CED Entertainment Distribution. "We are excited and proud to be working with Eight76 Records and Nadine Sutherland on Call My Name," said CEO Steve Lane. "This album is great, and the label continues to impress me with their hard work and integrity as well as talent."


Reggae diva Nadine Sutherland is wasting no time making her claim on 2007 with the release of "Big Tingz", the lead single from her hot new album Call My Name (in stores April 3, 2007) on Eight76 Records. "Big Tingz" is a shout to my people all over the world to let them know that I am bringing the heat for this year. I am very excited about Call My Name and just about life in general right now."

Nadine filmed a video for "Big Tingz" on February 24 in Negril, Jamaica.


BUJU BANTON WRAPS "DRIVER A" VIDEO SHOOT IN BROOKLYN -Will Perform At Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony In Jamaica On Sunday-

(New York, NY/Kingston, JA - 6, February 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. has wrapped production on the hotly anticipated music video for Buju Banton's hit single "Driver A." Directed by rising young filmmaker Troy Antonio ("Magic City," "Nothing" Refix), the clip was shot on location in and around Brooklyn, New York by esteemed director of photography Philip Martinez.

Veteran reggae radio host Jeff Sarge stars as our hero "Driver A." Actor Laurence Gates plays "Cop." Actress Chyna Layne plays our "Mystery Lady." And of course, Buju Banton is "The Boss."

Special thanks goes out to our phenomenal cast and crew, and especially our vendor friends: Steven Krampf at Beau Brummell for hooking up Buju Banton's dapper suit; David Annakie at Link Up Media for arranging the Ferrari; Lou Pepe at Mira Auto Body for providing the classic cherry checker cab--twice; Mary Kay Gallagher and Kaz at Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate for use of the victorian house; Rohan and the incredible staff at Super Power Records for allowing us to shoot in the store. An extra special big up goes out to all the extras at Super Power Records for their enthusiastic participation.

Sneak preview additional photos from the "Driver A" video shoot at Buju Banton's official myspace page: http://myspace.com/bujubanton Gargamel Music is also pleased to announce that Buju Banton will perform two songs with the legendary Sly & Robbie at the Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony being held in Jamaica this Sunday. For more information about the Cricket World Cup - 2007 West Indies go to http://cricketworldcup.indya.com. For more information about Buju Banton and Gargamel Music, Inc. go to http://gargamelmusic.com.



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The 26th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), by Martin's International and Associates returns to Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theatre, in New York City on Saturday, May 5 th, 2007.

The official announcement and the releasing of the nominees were made on Tuesday, February 20th at a Press Conference, held at the Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, Jamaica by Martin's International and Associates.

Chairman Ephraim Martin, Directors, Clifton Edwards and Austin McBean; along with several entertainers, nominees and media celebrities, such as: Tanto Metro, Cecile, Macka Diamond, Winford Williams, Daville, Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin and Loyal Hayley announced nominees for all 41 categories.

More than one hundred and fifty entertainers and music industry professionals were nominated and selected for special awards by music industry experts through out the globe.

Among the leading nominees for 2006 are: Sean Paul and Buju Banton with nine (9) nominations each. Baby Cham with six (6) nods, and Gyptian, Tanya Stephens and Tony Matterhorn with five (5) each.

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey and International Pop/Rock Star Bono will be given the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award for their contributions to humanity worldwide, especially in continent of Africa. Inductees to the IRAWMA Hall of Fame will be Boris Gardner and B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads.

Special Martin's International and Associates Award of Honor will be given to: King Jammy's Edmond "Bunny" Lee, Ed Robinson (E2 Recordings) and Don One Records. Special Producer's Respect Award will be given to Dougie Fresh, Gregory Isaacs and Half Pint. Special Award of Appreciation will be awarded to the following: Winston "Niney" Holiness, Jerome Hamilton, Dahved Levy of WBLS 107.5 FM, Lorna Wainwright of Tuff Gong, Bobby Culture and Friends of Reggae Dave Clark.

Other nominees include: Capleton, Damian Marley, Beenie Man, Luciano, Beres Hammond, Freddy McGregor, Daville, Richie Spice, Dean Fraser, Chuck Fenda, Marcia Griffiths, Cecile, Alaine, Jah Cure and Bounty Killa. Plus: Sly and Robbie, Vybz Kartel, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Sizzla, Macka Diamond, Machel Mantano, Rhianna, Daddy Yankee, Youssou N'Dour, Toots and the Maytels, Rupee, Third World, Burning Spear, Tarrus Riley, Daville, Malachi Smith, Voicemail, Mutabaruka and Dean Fraser, among others.

Tickets for this star-studded, made-for-television event are now on sale at the Apollo Theater box office (212) 531-5305 and thru Ticketmaster.com, 212/307-7171 and all Ticketmaster outlets. VIP Diamond box tickets are available only from Martin's International and Associates 877/9-REGGAE ((973-4423). The tickets are: General admission $55, VIP Gold $99, VIP Platinum $125 and VIP Diamond box $1000 per seat or $5000 per box for five persons.

Each year, the experts in the reggae and world music industry select the nominees for IRAWMA, after which reggae and world music fans and the general public then vote for the winners. To participate in the process and help to select the winners in the various categories, you may vote online www.irawma.com, or mail in your ballot to: IRAWMA-c/o: Martin's International and Associates, P.O. Box 5836, Chicago, Illinois 60680. Ballots are available in various newspapers, restaurants and record stores. Ballots may be requested by sending your request by e-mail to: irawma@aol.com

The International Reggae and World Music Awards which annually honors the best in reggae and world beat music at the global level, has been expanded in terms of organizers, and is produced by Martin's International and Associates, LLC whose directors include: Ephraim Martin, Clifton Edwards, Austin McBean and Carlton Muldrow.

Please see the list of all nominees below:

1. Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year- Sponsored by C. Sea Perkins & Cyberwize Powered by Tunguska Blast - Beenie Man - Buju Banton - Damian Marley - Gyptian - Sean Paul

2. Recording Artist(s)/Group of the Year - Sponsored by Dahved Levy Rockin You - Buju Banton - Chuck Fenda - Richie Spice - Sean Paul - Tony Matterhorn

3. Best Male Vocalist - Sponsored by... - Beres Hammond - Daville - Gyptian - Luciano - Richie Spice

4. Best Female Vocalist - Sponsored by... - Alaine - Cecile - Cherine Anderson - Marcia Griffiths - Tanya Stephens

5. Best Song - Sponsored by... - "Driver A" by Buju Banton - "Dutty Wine" by Tony Matterhorn - "Ghetto Story" by Baby Cham - "Temperature" by Sean Paul - "These Streets" by Tanya Stephens

6. Best Album/CD - Sponsored by Sams24-7.COM - "Ghetto Story" by Baby Cham - "My Name Is Gyptian" by Gyptian - "Rebelution" by Tanya Stephens - "Too Bad" by Buju Banton - "Youth" by Matisyahu

7. Best Crossover Song - Sponsored by... - "Ghetto Story, Pt. 2" by Baby Cham & Alicia Keys - "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira & Wyclef Jean - "Give It Up To Me" by Sean Paul & Keyshia Cole - "Break It Off" by Sean Paul & Rhianna - "Temperature" by Sean Paul

8. Best Gospel-Oriented Song - Sponsored by Dennis Shipping - " Holy Ghost Church" by DJ Nicholas - "King Jesus" by Chevelle Franklyn - "Open Up Your Eyes" by Katalys Crew - "Real Life" by Prodigal Son/Blessed - "Thank You" by Sherwin Gardner

9. Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper - Sponsored by CVM TV - Baby Cham - Beenie Man - Bounty Killa - Buju Banton - Capleton - Vybz Kartel

10. Best Female Disc Jockey/Rapper - Sponsored by Linkup Media, Jam Rock Magazine & Plush TV - Lady G - Lady Saw - Macka Diamond - Spice - Tanya Stephens

11. Best New Entertainer - Sponsored by Sam Ash Music Company - Aidonia - Cherine Anderson - Collie Buddz - Movado - Tony Matterhorn

12. Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Destra Garcia - Kevin Lyttle - Machel Montano - Rupee - Shurwayne Winchester

13. Best Reggaeton Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Daddy Yankee - Don Omar - Luny Tunes - Tego Calderon - Winsin Y Yandel

14. Best Latin-Oriented Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Daddy Yankee - Fonseca - Julieta Venegas - Ricardo Arjona - Shakira

15. Best Compas/Racine - Sponsored by... - Carimi - Nu Look - Sweet Micky - Ty-Vice - Zin

16. Best African Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Amadou & Mariam - Angelique Kidjo - Koffi Olomide - Salif Keita - Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars

17. Best Soukous Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Baby Ndombe - Fally Ipupa - Ferre Gola - Jordan Kusa - Koffi Olomide

18. Most Popular Hip Hop Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Akon - Jay-Z - Ludacris - Ne-Yo - Sean Paul - T.I.

19. Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Music - Sponsored by... - Jimmy Cliff - Selif Keita - Soweto Gospel Choir - Youssou N'Dour - Ziggy Marley

20. Most Outstanding Stage Personality - Sponsored by Caribbean Food Delight - Beenie Man - Buju Banton - Capleton - Elephant Man - Luciano

21. Best Music Video - Sponsored by... - "All Night" by Damian Marley - "Beautiful Lady" by Gyptian - "Ghetto Story" by Baby Cham - "Nothing" by Buju Banton featuring Ghost & East Coast - "Temperature" by Sean Paul

22. Best Poet - Sponsored by... - DYCR - Linton Kwesi Johnson - Malachi Smith - Mutabaruka - Steppa (Miguel Williams)

23. Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer - Sponsored by... - Buju Banton - Jah Cure - Luciano - Morgan Heritage - Richie Spice

24. Most Outstanding Show Band/Group - Sponsored by Irie Jam Media - Morgan Heritage - Steel Pulse - The Wailers Band - UB40 - Voice Mail

25. Most Consistent Entertainer - Sponsored by Spencer Financial Services - Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Freddie McGregor - Gregory Isaacs - Toots Hibbert - Yellow Man

26. Most Promising Entertainer - Sponsored by Trans Continental Shippers Express - Daville - Natural Black - Sadiki - Tarrus Riley - Tessanne Chin

27. Most Improved Entertainer - Sponsored by Keeling Records Reggae Video/DVD - Busy Signal - Daville - Leon and the Peoples Band - Mr. Vegas - Tarrus Riley

28. Best Instrumentalist - Sponsored by... - Dean Fraser - Ernie Ranglin - Monty Alexander - Sly Dunbar & Robbie - Willie Lindo

29. Best Backing Band - Sponsored by Bennett/World Class Limo - Gumption - Live Wyya - New Kingston - Rough Stuff Band - Shiloh

30. Most Popular Sound System/Selector - Sponsored by... - Bass Odyssey - David Rodigan - Mighty Crown - Stone Love - Tony Matterhorn

31. Concert of the Year - Sponsored by Atlas Vacation - Irie Jamboree - Rebel Salute - Reggae Sumfest - Welcome to Jamrock - Westchester Reggaefest

32. Promoter of the Year - Sponsored by Ruff Stuff Studio - Friends of Reggae (Dave Clark, Kansas City Reggae & World Music Festival) - Irie Jam Media - LinkUp Media - Raggamuffin Production - Sumfest Promotions

33. Producer of the Year - Sponsored by Liberty Star Newspaper - Big Yard (Sting, Robert Livingston) - Delly Ranks (Di Ranx Productions) - Don Corleon - Donovon "Vendetta" Bennett - Rohan "Sno Cone" Fuller

34. Songwriter of the Year - Sponsored by Jamaican Weekly Star - Baby Cham - Gyptian - Sean Paul - Tanya Stephens - Tony Matterhorn

35. Emporer Haile Selassie I Award for "Spiritual Service through Music" - Sponsored by... - Buju Banton - Damian Marley - I Wayne - Luciano - Morgan Heritage

36. Community Service Award - Sponsored by The Gleaner N.A. - Burning Spear (St. Ann's Bay Infirmary) - Capleton - Friends of Reggae (Kansas City Reggae & World Music Festival) - Moodies Records (Butterfli Wings Foundation for Children In Jamaica) - Wyclef Jean

37. SPECIAL: Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award - Sponsored by... - Bono - Oprah Winfrey

38. SPECIAL: International Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductees - Sponsored by... - B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads - Boris Gardner

39. SPECIAL: Martin's International & Associates Award of Honor - Sponsored by...

- Don One (Don One Records) - Ed Robinson (E2 Recordings) - Edmond "Bunny" Lee - King Jammy's

40. SPECIAL: Producer's "Respect" Award - Sponsored by...

- Dougie Fresh - Gregory Isaacs - Half Pint

41. SPECIAL Awards of Appreciation for Contribution to the Music Industry - Sponsored by... - Bobby Culture - Dave Clark (Friends of Reggae) - Jerome Hamilton (Headline Entertainment) - Winston "Niney" Holness (The Observer)

- Lorna Wainwright- Tuff Gong - WBLS 107.5FM With Dahved Levy

For everything IRAWMA log on to www.irawma.com


Ziggy Marley and the name of his fourth album, Love Is My Religion, have been on the lips of ardent Reggae music fans, ever since he claimed the 2007 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. But despite his fourth win at the Grammy Awards, Ziggy Marley isn’t blinded or distracted by the hype, because he has a deeper mission. “To me, Love Is My Religion is more than a record; it’s concept of consciousness. I can’t be happy or stop making music until people everywhere has been inspired,” said a convicting Marley.

Ziggy has years of musical experience under his belt and so it isn’t too surprising that he wrote, recorded and produced almost all the tracks on the album. “I felt inspired to do it. I felt like I wanted to put my own vision, my own ideas in an album, and I have a long history in the business, so I went for it,” Marley said in reflection. “And it felt good doing it. I had more freedom and a greater drive to get things accomplished. The project felt like my child that I had to raise. It took more focus but I have grown as a person through this experience; I’m more disciplined and hardworking.”

Marley’s definition of success is pretty simple; “Being healthy and happy in life no matter what we’re doing.” He wants his fans to view him as “someone that had a message to enlighten people.”

But what’s next for Ziggy Marley? In March, he embarks on the Asian leg of his world tour, all in the attempt to get people inspired. He heads to China, The Phillipines and Japan, to name a few countries he will visit. He has already completed the US, South American and European legs of the world tour. But he also wants to come home to Jamaica and perform. “There are a couple levels to what I want to do when I come home. I want to help the youths through my charity, URGE, which helps several orphanages in Jamaica. I want to build some parks so that the youths can go there and just relax and forget about their troubles.” When asked what he expects when he hits the stage in JA, he laughingly says, “Naw, me naw expect nothing. Just music we a go play.”

Source:Headline Entertainment


BUJU BANTON GRACES COVER OF RAGGA MAGAZINE - FRANCE (Kingston, JA/New York/NY - 14, February 2007) Gargamel Music is happy to announce that our CEO and marqee artist, dancehall-reggae icon Buju Banton graces the cover of this month's Ragga magazine (#82), based out of France. The engaging eight-page feature story "Revenge of the Rudeboy" was written by senior contributor David Commeillas, who reasons with Banton about the recent passing of his uncle, the late, great Joseph "Culture" Hill, the development of his Gargamel Music record label, and of course, the new album Too Bad, which has been received tremendously well in the territory. Too Bad really is too bad and "Driver A" is one of the best songs ever," says Gilbert Pytel, Editor in Chief of Ragga. All the French massive love this tune." He adds, "Buju is the only DJ who can sing on a one drop and ride a bogle riddim with the same cleverness...he's an old school artist who can easily compete with the new generation. The eternal artist!" Ragga magazine #82 featuring Buju Banton is out now!




The event held at the Durban Art Gallery was attended by almost thirty media houses in South Africa. Several dignitaries were present; including the Chief Councellor who represented the Major of the City of Durban .

The Press Launch served to make known Africa Unite 2007 activities. It kicked off at 10am. Ashanteewaa Archer, who is the Coordinator for Africa Unite, welcomed the curious and excited audience to the event. During the open session,the panel comprising Mrs. Rita Marley (Executive Producer of Africa Unite), Ryan Fortune (Africa Unite Publicist), Dr. Eleanor Wint (Rita Marley Foundation Director), Bongiwe (NEPAD Coordinator) and Ashantewaa Archer (Africa Unite Coordinator) answered various questions posed by the media about the event. Additionally, Mrs. Marley enlightened all in attendance on the foundations and Bob Marley's works.

Mr. Eric Applegreen who is Head of International Governance for the City of Durban issued the closing remarks.

Africa Unite 2007 Itinerary of Events

Feb 6

6am- Commencement of Bob Marley 62nd Birthday Bashment. Releasing of 62 Doves Cutting of Birthday Cake by family members Blessing by Priest from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Drumming by South African drummers Breakfast hosted by Ethekwini Municipality Marley Photo Exhibit @ Durban Art Gallery featuring over 100 authentically stunning photos of The Legend. This incredible exhibition is erected and curated by Mark Painter. 2-3pm "No Woman No Cry" South African book launch and signing by Mrs. Rita Marley @ The Kiddies Campbell Center. Mrs. Marley will be presented with a special gift by kids from the City of Durban.

8pm-12am "Free Party" All night singing, chanting and dancing at the Durban Art Gallery hosted by the City of Durban

2/7/07 Mrs. Marley, Marley family members and entourage will tour the City of Durban. They will meet with the Rastari Community and children of Durban.

Johanessburg 2/9 - 2/13/07 IIIrd International Youth Symposium key sponsor UNESCO. This annual event on the Africa Unite calendar will target the youth. This symposium will convene at the University of Johanessburg under the theme "Yaa Cyaan Blame Dey Yuth." Key note speakers include Domisha Prendergast, Dr.Eleanor Wint and Ashanteewaa Archer.

2/12/07 "No Woman No Cry" South African book launch and signing by Mrs. Rita Marley @ the former Women's Prison @Consitutional Hill

2/14/07 14/07 Constitution Hill ,where President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned Bob Marley Freedom Fighters Exhibit featuring Alf Kumalo photos of Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmund Tutu "One Love" Fund Raising Dinner. Scrumptous Ethiopian and Jamaican cuisine will be served. Cedella Marley ‘Catch a Fire’ Fashion Show with local South African Designers



"How good and how pleasant it would be, before God and Man, to see the unification of all Africans…" Bob Marley

New York February 6, 2007– The feature documentary AFRICA UNITE will make its North American debut on April 7 at the 14th annual New York African Film Festival. The film, starring Rita Marley, Danny Glover, Angélique Kidjo, Lauryn Hill and Marley’s children Ziggy, Cedella, Sharon, Stephen, Kymani, Julian and Damian, is produced and directed by Stephanie Black (Life and Debt, H-2 Worker).

The documentary highlights the vision for African unity that Bob Marley was devoted to throughout his music career and presents an inspiring tribute to a man who defined his own aim as "spreading the message of unity and equality to end the needless suffering of mankind."

On February 6th 2005, over 350,000 people gathered in the historic Meskel Square of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia to celebrate what would have been Bob Marley’s 60th birthday. The twelve-hour concert, featuring a host of internationally acclaimed artists, is interwoven throughout the film, highlighting the singer’s global influence. American Lauryn Hill passionately debuts new material, Benin-born Angélique Kidjo jumps into the audience during "Mama Afrika", and legendary Jamaican artist Bob Andy serenades Ethiopia. The concert culminates with a spectacular nighttime performance by Rita Marley and the I-Threes and all of Marley’s sons singing their father's songs.

Crucial to the Africa Unite vision, the film also focuses on UNICEF-sponsored symposia and youth-oriented workshops that were held during the week-long celebration. Taking their inspiration from such Bob Marley songs as "War" and "Get Up Stand Up", these sessions deal with issues including conflict transformation, youth and women’s empowerment, the prevention of corruption, awareness and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases, and the centrality of human rights. Speaking at a symposium dedicated to dialogue with youth, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover, whose production company Louverture Films executive produced the film with Tuff Gong Pictures, stresses that "It takes time to build, years to organize, and that’s what we have to commit ourselves to. In Guinea, in Kenya, in too many other countries, less than 30% of children go to school. It is a human right to have an education. And that begins right here with you. Bob Marley would’ve loved to have been here with us today... He loved Africa, and the fact that we are here to carry on this work is most important."

"The message of AFRICA UNITE is for Africans to take our own lives into our own hands and to realize that we are better off together than divided," says Ziggy Marley. "We know the history of Africa. Believe the dream of the unity of Africa is something we can accomplish. It is possible and we should do it."

"It’s our aim with this documentary to further Bob Marley’s eternal message of hope and struggle across continents and generations," agrees producer/director Stephanie Black. "We know that change occurs when we refuse to be silent in the face of injustice and inequity, and AFRICA UNITE is a call to action catalyzed by Bob Marley’s musical legacy."

"In the words of Bob," says Rita Marley, "Africans Unite for the benefit of your people – Africans Unite for the benefit of your children – Africans Unite – it’s later than you think!"


Born in Ethiopia in 2005, and again realized in Ghana in 2006, the now annual Africa Unite event came to life from the unwavering passion and spirit of Mrs. Rita Marley. Mrs. Marley and her family are inspired to spread the spirit and legacy of Bob Marley, continuing to bring life to his Songs of Freedom and to actively work towards a united Africa in their lifetime. The Africa Unite events have begun a global movement that creates awareness for vital issues affecting Africa, as well as for realizing important and meaningful change that will contribute to lasting solutions. Through a series of benefit concerts, symposiums, fund raisers and events, Africa Unite will encourage peace, education and empowerment for youth in Africa while working to manifest change throughout the world. Africa Unite 2007 commences on the honor rebel Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6, 2007 and continues throughout the year. For more information on Africa Unite 2007 click on www.africa-unite.org


Dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance and social purpose, Louverture Films is also passionate about the objective of nurturing artistic creativity and integrity. The New York based company owned and operated by Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes has a slate of progressive features and documentaries, which include the critically-acclaimed BAMAKO (a New Yorker Films release) and the action-epic TOUSSAINT. The epic deals with the Haitian Revolution and the heroic life of Toussaint Louverture, who led one of the only successful slave uprisings in history. His efforts decisively defeated the French, Spanish and British imperial armies and established the first independent black Republic: Haiti. The film will be directed by Danny Glover. www.louverturefilms.com

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Saturday, April 7 @ 8:00pm

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center

NOTE: This Saturday screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Stephanie Black, executive producers Rita Marley and Danny Glover and other members of the Marley family. Limited press and photography opportunities will be conducted during this time period.

Producer/Director: Stephanie Black

Country: USA/Jamaica/Ethiopia Year: 2007

Language: English

Time: TBD Film Types: Color/DVD Rating: TBD

Production Companies: Tuff Gong Pictures, Louverture Films

Executive Producers: Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Danny Glover, Joslyn Barnes

Camera: Arthur Jafa, Malik Sayeed, Kyle Kibbe, John Bentham, Carla Swanson, Chris Browne, Gregory McPhail, Axel Baumann

Editors: Laura Israel, John Mullen

Sound: Caleb Moses, Gautam Choudhury, Dave Curtin, David Curbelo

Cast: Rita Marley, Danny Glover, Ziggy Marley, Angélique Kidjo, Lauryn Hill, Teddy Afro, Bob Andy, Cedella Booker, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Kyamni Marley, Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley, Dudley Thompson.








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JetStar To Release New Abijah Album

Leading international Reggae label JetStar - out of the U.K. - is about to release a brand new Abijah album entitled "Never Lose Faith."

Featured will be 19 extraordinary songs produced by the renowned "Fatis" (Phillip Burrell), who's company Xterminator can claim much credit for the meteoric rise of artists like Luciano and Sizzla.

Radio response has been one of resounding support, just for the pre-release demo. We hope to offer sound samples shortly on Reggae4i.com (for listening only), and to become increasingly involved in supporting both the label & producer in the promotion of this project.

JetStar boasts "The World's Largest Reggae Distribution" and though it hasn't yet posted the album to its site, you can contact JetStar (or your favorite Reggae distributor) to pre-order your copy today, or email them at feedback@jetstar.co.uk (tell 'em we sent you).

With this type of support from across the Atlantic, we expect the long-anticipated follow-up to Abijah's European Festival circuit of a few years ago: a new promotional tour of Europe in 2007!


The video also features Tevin Cambell.




-Nine Nods Include Best Album for Too Bad, Best Song for "Driver A," Best Male DJ/Rapper, Best Video for "Nothing" Refix, Recording Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year-

(New York, NY/Kingston, JA - 26, February 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. is thrilled to announce that dancehall-reggae icon Buju Banton aka Gargamel has been nominated for nine International Reggae & World Music Awards: Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, Best Song for "Driver A," Best Album for Too Bad, Best Male DJ/Rapper, Most Oustanding Stage Personality, Best Music Video for "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley (directed by Troy Antonio), Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer and the Emperor Haile Selassie I Award for Spiritual Service Through Music.

The 26th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will be held on Saturday May 5th at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York (235 W. 125th st.). Buju Banton fans and supporters around the world can vote at www.IRAWMA.com until the April 20th deadline.

BUJU BANTON'S SMASH HIT "DRIVER A" DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SINGLES CHARTS - Accompanying Music Video To Be Shot In Brooklyn, New York - (Kingston, JA/New York/NY - 5, February 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. is extremely proud to announce that Buju Banton's hit single, “Driver A” is the second highest debut on this week's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart, sliding in at a cool #75. Previous Buju Banton Billboard chart entries include "Champion" back in 1995 and "Make My Day" in 1993. The classic reality tune "Driver A" is the second single from Banton’s critically acclaimed, 2007 Grammy-nominated album Too Bad, currently #7 on Billboard's Reggae Album Chart. The music video is set to be shot in Brooklyn, New York by director Troy Antonio ("Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley," "Magic City").

GARGAMEL MUSIC JOINS FORCES WITH ODYSSEY ENTERTAINMENT - Promotions Powerhouse To Bust Buju Banton's "Driver A" At Mainstream Radio -

(Kingston, JA/New York/NY - 31, January 2007) Gargamel Music, Inc. has tapped Odyssey Entertainment to take Buju Banton's blazing new single "Driver A" to the next level at radio. A classic reality tune laced on the vintage Taxi riddim, “Driver A” has been perched at #1 for seven weeks on Mediaguide's Reggae Specialty chart and was recently added into rotation on Hot 97 - New York's #1 station for Hip-Hop, R&B and Reggae. It is the second single from Banton’s 2007 Grammy-nominated album Too Bad.

Headed by music industry veteran, Tyesh Harris, Odyssey Entertainment is a full service lifestyle marketing and promotions firm specializing in generating exposure and motivating the consumer through its creative campaign vehicles. With over twenty years of high level promotions, marketing and event planning experience, Odyssey boasts an A-list clientele that includes such major labels as Atlantic, Bad Boy, Columbia, Epic, J Records, Interscope, RCA, TVT, Universal and Warner Bros.

"Odyssey Entertainment is excited about working with Buju Banton. We are VERY aware of his history and his deep roots within the Reggae community," says President Harris. "His new single "Driver A" recently being added at Hot 97 in New York as well as other stations across the country is proof that Buju Banton is poised to become an artist to contend with at mainstream radio."








Love Is My Religion Nominated For Best Reggae Album

Los Angeles, CA (December 7, 2006) – Three-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ziggy Marley, garnered a Grammy nomination today for his second solo studio album Love Is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide). The album picked up 1 nod in the Best Reggae Album (Vocal or Instrumental) category and will compete against albums by Buju Banton, Matisyahu, Sly & Robbie and UB40. The winner will be announced at the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I appreciate the recognition by the Recording Academy. I am very proud of Love is My Religion and believe the whole album offers a message that people need to hear,” said Ziggy.

Love Is My Religion expands upon the personal, social and political themes explored Ziggy’s debut CD, Dragonfly, peppering a reggae core with African percussion and other flavors. Ziggy serves as the album’s songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. The album was released on July 4th, 2006 and is currently being sold exclusively through Target.

Ziggy’s previous win in the Best Reggae Album category was in 1997 for Fallen Is Babylon by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers also picked up the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording in 1998 for Conscious Party and in 1989 for One Bright Day.

Ziggy Marley’s early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father. He later joined his siblings to front The Melody Makers, whose eight best-selling albums generated such chart-topping hits as “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down” Ziggy’s solo debut, Dragonfly, was released in 2003 and featured such artists as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Einziger and DJ Kilmore (Incubus). For more information on Ziggy Marley, please log on to www.ziggymarley.com.



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Roots, rocking Reggae band

Engaging, dynamic and energetic performers

Extensive catalogue of Reggae hits

Mr. Mojo, Gramps, Lukes, Peter and Una are the dynamic siblings who have made their lives all about Reggae music. They are however, better known as the Reggae quintet band, Morgan Heritage.

With Jamaican parentage and an elusive musical background, Morgan Heritage brings a unique sound to the forefront of Reggae music but they hail not from Kingston Jamaica, but rather Springfield, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York. Nonetheless, when they decided to focus squarely on their mission, the family relocated to Morant Bay, Jamaica.

On arrival, Morgan Heritage was embraced by the fraternity of Reggae recorders and promoters who invited them to perform at every major concert. Jamaica confirmed the significance of the group after a stunning performance at the finale of the week-long Reggae Sumfest. It was at this point that VP Records committed to provide support. Birthday celebrations were frequent.

Morgan Heritage has a solid grip on the mic and have busied themselves by recording several albums and that are considered Reggae favourites. One of the gems that those projects yielded was the signature, Reggae Bring Back Love. Undeniably, two more tracks to consistently blaze requests from audiences include Down By The River (from the seminal More Teachings album) and Don’t Haffi Dread.

From Dominica to South Africa, Australia to New Caledonia, France, and Denmark as well as every major city in the United States, Morgan Heritage has come full circle to fulfill the legacy that Denroy envisioned when he grouped five of his children.

Morgan Heritage toured on the Warped Tour, playing to rock audiences, who are sure to seek out Full Circle, their new 18-track compilation. Full Circle compiles a potpourri of songs to suit every music connoisseur. With the monster hit Tell Me How Come the release of Full Circle has definitely been successful. Dancehall fans relish Girls Round The World, a track which features Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on a hip-hop, flavorful, mix. Grammy-winning Shaggy collaborates on Keep On Jammin’, to reprise a Marvin Gaye classic. There is also a Latin-tinged hybrid titled U’ve Got Me, that pleases every ear, north and south of the border.

On Full Circle, Morgan Heritage continues a journey started by their father. Together, Morgan Heritage has achieved a lot and are seasoned professionals who know how to keep their audience entranced and leave them satisfied.

See Morgan Heritage At The "Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival".

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On August 18, 2006, Mrs. Rita Marley was appointed spokesperson for the Desmond Tutu Emerging Leadership Programme in South Africa.-READ ABOUT IT HERE



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Turbulence ‘Notorious’ is taking the reggae scene by storm!

The harmonizing deejay has scored hits in the roots and dancehall genres as a solo artist and on duets (with sultry songstress Sasha). His vocal delivery is both passionate and raw as he easily moves from conscious tune to love song. Turbulence has won fans and positive press through well crafted live performances. (spending much of the last two years touring with Sizzla).Displaying a wide range of musical influences and exciting musical approach, Notorious – The Album promises to break Turbulence onto a new level of recognition.

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