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Victor Essiet Brings ‘Africa Meets Reggae World Music Festival’ To Nigeria

In a bid to celebrate and bring back the renaissance of Africa Reggae Music, Legendary Reggae Art, Victor Essiet has brought to the forefront “Africa Meets Reggae International Music Festival” which is billed to be held at the Prestigious Hockey Stadium in Surulere, November 29th 2014

Definitely, all roads will lead to the Prestigious Hockey Stadium in Surulere as the first international festival of this brand debuting this year in the country of Nigeria. The festival will be held in Lagos State; showcasing the top names in Reggae and World music.

Amazingly, the Festival headliners are some of the most talented pioneers of poetic Reggae Stars an Legends, Majek Fashek, Raskimono, Orit SDamian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and Stephen Marley, Victor Essiet and The Mandators, King Sunny Ade, and top international artistes.

Africa Meets Reggae has been an annual musical event hosted by Echodelic Music and Dub Club in Los Angeles the past four years and now it will be hosted in Nigeria for the first time by Mystic Records USA / Nigeria (Victor Essiet The Mandators “the Godfather of African Reggae”) and AWD / Brand Believers based in Nigeria in conjunction with Tom Chasteen (Echodelic Music / Dub Club) and Russell Gerlach (Foundation Artists) from the USA. All are bringing this concept to an international stage with production offices established in Los Angeles, CA, USA and Lagos, Nigeria.

Reggae music is a powerful instrument of change and since Victor Essiet’s time in America over the last decade, the message and music has greatly faded. Victor Essiet (The Mandators) has returned to Nigeria in recent years and one of his missions is to re-establish Reggae music and its message to prominence in Nigeria and the whole of Africa

This festival will give Reggae and world music new exposure and awareness to music fans worldwide. Come celebrate Reggae and World Music with the Living Legends of today.

Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Girlz’ Near World Cup Thanks to $200,000 Crowdfunding Save

What do Bob Marley, crowdfunding and next summer’s Women’s World Cup have in common?

Jamaica’s “Reggae Girlz” national soccer team and one of the coolest — and most overlooked — stories currently going on in sports.

Back in April, we told you about how the Reggae Girlz’ biggest obstacle in qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada may not be having the requisite on-pitch skill, tenacity and togetherness to make it. No, it may be a lack of funding.

Without some serious donations to help pay for training, travel and accommodations, the team wouldn’t have had nearly enough money to cover its expenses during its qualifying campaign, Garth-Anthony Savoury, the Jamaica Football Federation’s director of marketing, told Mashable in April.

That’s why Cedella Marley — an activist, entrepreneur and daughter of Bob Marley — stepped in to help lead an online crowdfunding drive aiming to raise money for the Reggae Girlz in their quest to make their first World Cup. As Marley sees it, a lack of Title IX legislation in Jamaica, soccer being seen as a male sport there and an overall limited pool of athletic funding means the Reggae Girlz get left behind. The Reggae Boyz, the country’s men’s national team, does not face the same challenges.

Marley thinks the impact of this lack of opportunity goes well beyond soccer for women and girls in Jamaica.

“This has hindered the development of the program which is a shame because many young women have been able to receive scholarships to college based on their athletic ability,” Marley told Mashable in an email when the effort got underway this spring. “That education empowers not only them but our nation as a whole.”

The story has a happy ending though — at least for now. The Reggae Girlz finished second in a Caribbean tournament recently to qualify for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that starts next week. (CONCACAF is the regional soccer confederation to which North American, Central American and Caribbean teams belong.)

While the Reggae Girlz were taking care of business on the pitch, their fans, random supporters, Cedella and the House of Marley company took care of business on the Internet. Cedella helped spread the word, the House of Marley company matched many donations and contributions poured in from the U.S., Russia, Australia and beyond.

Overall, more than $200,000 has been raised via crowdfunding campaigns on GoFundMe and Indiegogo. According to a public relations representative for the team, that’s covered them so far and will help get them through the CONCACAF tournament that starts next week and is hosted by the U.S.
More help might be needed

But this story isn’t necessarily over. If the Reggae Girlz finish in the top three teams at this month’s CONCACAF tournament, they make the World Cup in 2015. If they finish fourth in the eight-team field, they play South America’s fourth-place team for a berth in the World Cup.

And therein lies the rub — the money raised so far has combined with the Reggae Girlz’ play to get them this far. But should the team make history by qualifying for the World Cup, it’d be a bittersweet achievement. Making the World Cup would bring on a whole new round of training, preparation and travel, all of which requires more money.

While a team representative says the squad hopes to attract a corporate sponsor or two should it qualify for the World Cup, it could still have a funding gap to cover. If no corporate sponsors step up, the gap will be even harder to bridge.

As we noted back in April though, the Reggae Girlz wouldn’t be the first Jamaican team to use the Internet’s compassionate crowdfunding to boost them to their sport’s highest stage. Earlier this year, the Jamaican bobsled team made it to the Winter Olympics in Russia partially thanks to Reddit, dogecoin and online donations from around the world.

But first, the Reggae Girlz must perform well at this month’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship. That much, at least, is up to them.

Alkaline, Popcaan Nominated For MOBO Reggae Award

Popcaan and Alkaline are among five other reggae dancehall artists vying for this year’s (Music Of Black Origin) MOBO reggae award.

The nominees were recently announced in London ahead of the October 22nd show at the SSE Arena in Wembley.

The other three nominees for the reggae MOBO are Taurus Riley, Chronixx and Stylo G.

This is the first MOBO nomination for Chronixx and Alkaline who have been seeing huge success in reggae and dancehall over the past year.

This marks Popcaan’s third nomination. The former Portmore Empire deejay has been releasing a steady stream of hits since breaking on the scene in 2010.

Influential reggae drummer found dead in Manchester home

Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott, an original member of the influential Roots Radics Band, was killed at his Manchester home Thursday evening.

The Constabulary Communication Network reports that the 58-year-old Scott was found dead by police at his home in Williamsfield district just after 10:00 pm.

The police were told that gunshots were heard from Scott’s home at about 10:10 pm.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Born in Clarendon, Scott was a member of the Jamaica Military Band who also played the North Coast hotel circuit before joining the ‘Radics’.

The band also included bass player Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt, rhythm guitarist Eric ‘Bingy Bunny’ Lamont, lead guitarist Noel ‘Sowell’ Bailey and keyboardist Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson.

They were, arguably, the hottest reggae band of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, playing on numerous hit songs including Barrington Levy (Looking my Love), Bunny Wailer (Rock ‘N’ Groove) and Gregory Isaacs (Night Nurse).

In recent years, Scott toured Europe frequently as leader of the Dub Syndicate Band which he coordinated with British reggae historian/producer Adrian Sherwood.

In May, the Largeup.com website named Scott number four on its list of top 10 reggae drummers.