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Children of reggae legend Peter Tosh fighting over his estate

The kids of late reggae star Peter Tosh are at war over more than $2 million in royalties from his estate, according to a new Manhattan lawsuit.

Tosh’s daughter, Aldrina McIntosh, claims in the suit that younger sister Niambe McIntosh hasn’t paid her or their other eight siblings a cent in royalties for the past five years.

The estate of the famed “Bob Marley and the Wailers’’ musician — who wrote the lyrics to such reggae classics as “Get Up, Stand Up” — rakes in $150,000 to $300,000 annually, according to the surrogate court case.

The money was supposed to be split evenly among the 10 siblings annually after Tosh, who was born Winston McIntosh, was murdered by a gang of robbers in Jamaica in 1987.

Niambe, Tosh’s youngest child, took over her father’s estate in 2009. It had previously been run by a court-appointed lawyer because Tosh died without a will.

At the time, there was only $280,000 in the estate’s coffers, but Aldrina believes that her younger sister is sitting on another $1.7 million, according to court papers.

Niambe told The Post on Tuesday that the amount was grossly exaggerated but declined to reveal the balance.

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Convicted Reggae Singer Buju Banton Wants Early Prison Release

A recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines has prompted convicted Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton to ask for early release from his 10-year prison sentence.

The singer is appealing his 2011 conviction on a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge. He is scheduled for release in 2019.

Banton filed a motion asking to be released early under the change that reduces sentencing guidelines for most drug offenses and can be applied retroactively. Read more

Soja Featured on Billboard’s top 15 reggae albums of 2014

BILLBOARD Magazine has revealed its top 15 best-selling reggae albums of 2014. The publication did so in its year-end issue.

Each week, Billboard ranks the Top 50 reggae albums based on sales from Nielsen Soundscan. The figures are from compact discs and digital downloads.

Here are the Top 15 albums:

1 – Count Me In (Rebelution): Released in June, it is the third chart-topper for the Santa Barbara, California band. The album sold over 17,000 copies in its first week. To date it has sold over 38,000 copies.

2 – Amid the Noise and Haste (SOJA): The American band’s sixth studio release went straight to number one when it debuted in August with over 12,000 copies. To date, it has sold over 22,000 copies. Produced by Jamaican Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee, it is nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 57th Grammy Awards.

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Now You Can Go to the Mall to Get Your Reggae Fix

Very rarely does someone go to the mall expecting to hear live reggae music. However, Vince Peña of Cali Vibes Clothing hopes to change that for anyone who comes shopping at the Puente Hills Mall.

Located in the City of Industry, Peña opened Support Local Reggae back in mid-November as both an outlet for his Cali Vibes Clothing brand and a place for reggae-influenced musicians from all over Southern California to showcase their talents. The location features live, in-store, acoustic sets every weekend and is currently booked through December.

Peña looked at mall spaces in Glendale and Eagle Rock before finally settling on Puente Hills. He describes the location as “my hometown mall during my teenage years.” The mall has given him a three-month trial lease to test out his store concept. “Before signing the lease, I made sure that they were willing to comply with my ideas and plans of bringing live music into the store.”

Support Local Reggae held its grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 15, with a live in-store performance featuring rising L.A. musicians, Ital Vibes and Preston Lee of Ezzrah. Also in attendance were a mix of local artists, managers, promoters, supporters, friends and family of all ages. Members of fellow L.A.-based band, Iya Terra, were also present and showed no hesitation when asked to play a few acoustic versions of their songs. Read more

The Reggae Tune of the Century Chronixx Inner Circle and Jacob Miller

Grammy winning, Bad Boys of Reggae, Inner Circle team up with Reggae Revival’s superstar Chronixx for the anticipated music video “Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread).”

“Dreadlocks can’t live in a tenement yard ~ too much watchie watchie watchie, too much su-su su-su su”

In Jamaica, a tenement yard is a shanty town or Jamaican ghetto.

The lyrics explain why Rasta need more freedom from people watching their every move and chatting their business.

Jacob Miller and Inner Circle originally recorded this big classic tune ‘Tenement Yard’ in 1976. Jacob Miller was the lead vocalist for Inner Circle, and the band flourished with Miller’s humorous antics and vocals. Tragically, Miller met in an untimely car accident in 1980 which took his life. Inner Circle and Chronixx pay tribute to the late, great Jacob ‘killer’ Miller with the release of the music video “Tenement Yard.” Read more