Jamaican superstar Bob Marley once sang about “Reggae on Broadway” — and now, more than four decades after the release of that song, some of Marley’s greatest hits have been incorporated into an off-Broadway musical for children called Three Little Birds. The musical, based on a children’s book by Marley’s daughter Cedella Marley, opens today at Manhattan’s New Victory Theater.
NPR’s Audie Cornish spoke with Cedella Marley, who is also CEO of her father’s record label, Tuff Gong International, about the show, plus what the song means to her and what it was like growing up in the home of a counterculture icon. Read more
Miami-Dade Country Parks Recreation and Open Spaces Department presents a free Caribbean-reggae concert under the stars by Wyle Fyah at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Goulds Park, 21805 SW 114th Ave.
The band has opened for many musical stars such as Jimmy Buffett, Third World, and Inner Circle. The group also plays a wide scope of music genres, among them Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Rock and the Blues.
The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, chairs, and snacks in order to enjoy the festivities.
1985 hit “Under Mi Sleng Teng” kickstarted revolution in Jamaican music Wayne Smith, the reggae vocalist whose 1985 single “Under Mi Sleng Teng” reshaped Jamaican music by popularizing digital production in the genre, died in Kingston Monday at the age of 48. Smith was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital Friday after complaining of sudden stomach pains, according to his son, Tidel Smith, who confirmed his father’s passing with the Jamaica Observer. Read more
It is the latest collaboration by the band and a new-wave reggae artiste. Inner Circle, formed in 1968, recently did songs with deejay I-Octane and singjay Khago.
Roger Lewis, Inner Circle’s co-founder and guitar player, says working with contemporary reggae acts is their way of reaching out to a new generation.
“In a way (it is) to reach a new ‘demo’ but we collaborate with the artistes we feel have the right vibe and who touch us musically,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “We have done stuff with Junior Gong, Buju (Banton), David Hines of Steel Pulse and my dear brother Bunny Rugs.”
Chronixx is the latest to work with the Miami-based veterans. He sang the lyrics to Tenement Yard with Miller’s distinctive vocals from the original track in the background.
According to Lewis, “Jacob would be very happy…It’s a perfect bridge of past and present.”
Miller joined Inner Circle in 1975 after stints with producers Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd and Augustus Pablo.
Recorded at the Channel One studio, the original Tenement Yard featured Roger Lewis on guitar, his brother Ian on bass and Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith on guitar and drummer Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace.
Tenement Yard was among a number of hit songs the burly Miller recorded with Inner Circle. He was still their frontman at the time of his death, at age 27, in an auto accident in 1980.
Inner Circle had a remarkable comeback in 1993 with the hit singles Bad Boys and Sweat (A La La La La Long). They won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album the following year with Bad Boys.