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South Florida Juggiling act. Music Icon Abebe Lewis profiled

AS the production crew gets ready to shoot scenes for the music video to Inner Circle and Chronixx Tenement Yard in Miami, Abebe Lewis is close to the action, making sure everything is in place.

Lewis, 35, is the son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis and nephew of the band’s guitarist Roger Lewis. He is the marketing consultant for Inner Circle’s label, Soundbwoy Entertainment, and the group’s Circle House Studios, located in north Miami.

Though he was born in Kingston, Lewis was raised in South Florida. He has helped oversee the second coming of Inner Circle, which his father and uncle formed as teenagers in 1968.

Inner Circle still tours, performing their hit songs from the 1970s (which include Tired Fi Lick Weed in a Bush and Tenement Yard) and the 1990s (Bad Boys, Sweat). In recent years, they have collaborated with emerging acts like Khago and Chronixx at Circle House, a state-of-the-art complex where top pop acts like P Diddy and Pharell have recorded.

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Jah Rog, of Inner Circle, sits down with new and upcoming reggae singer

The growth of Reggae is dependent on the artists of this generation.
Today Jah Rog, of Inner Circle, sits down with new and upcoming reggae singer, Jesse Royal. Roger compares his experience to the one Royal is living, mentioning that they are part of different generations, & different upbringings. However, the most important thing is to carry on the culture, no matter the differences. Reggae music is prestigious in the vibes that it sends and there is no better example than that of which Bob Marley made. Reggae is a cultural experience.

Rebel salutes Miller

PROMOTERS of the annual Rebel Salute show will pay homage to influential roots singer Jacob Miller during its 2015 renewal which takes place January 16-17 at Richmond Estate, St Ann.

Chief organiser Tony Rebel told the Jamaica Observer that Inner Circle, the band Miller was lead singer of during the mid and late 1970s, will be a key part of the tribute. So too, Third World whose members were also closely associated with him.

Miller, one of the stars of the 1970s roots-reggae explosion, died in 1980 in an auto accident at age 27.

The Manchester-born vocalist started his career at Studio One in the late 1960s with the hit song, Love is a Message. He blossomed early in the next decade with a number of cutting-edge tracks for musician/producer Augustus Pablo including Keep on Knocking (an update of Love is a Message) and Each One Teach One.

But he really hit his stride with Inner Circle, led by the Lewis brothers, Ian and Roger. They had a golden run with hit songs like Tired fi Lick Weed in a Bush, Tenement Yard and Everything is Great.