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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.

RADIO RIDDLER Releases Debut Album ‘Purple Reggae’

2014 marks the 30-year anniversary of Prince’s Purple Rain, one of the most influential albums of all time. To celebrate this milestone, Radio Riddler has announced their debut album, Purple Reggae, out today, October 28, 2014 on MITA Records. The tribute album takes Radio Riddler’s unique style and pairs it with legendary vocalists including Sinead O’ Connor, UB40′s Ali Campbell, Citizen Cope,Beverly Knight, and more.

What started out as a labour of love experiment between Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Frank Benbini andFast Leiser (known together as production outfit Radio Riddler) has turned into a fully conceived reggae tribute album. The pair has been working together for the past five years doing remixes for acts including Coldplay and Lily Allen, when they conceived the idea of a possible reggae tribute album to their musical hero Prince. Initially they thought it wouldn’t work, but as tracks progressed the project grew organically and took a life of its own. Word got out and notable musicians were eager to join the project and pay tribute to the Purple One. Frank Benbini of Radio Riddler/Fun Lovin’ Criminals enthusiastically states, “Prince is the reason I started playing music. I grew up on this album. It’s the soundtrack to my life and this is a tribute to him from me.”

The featured artists on this project include UB40′s Ali Campbell with his vocals on “Purple Rain,” that has caused a buzz during his live shows. Rock and blues singer Deborah Bonham, US artist Citizen Cope, and soul singers Beverly Knight round up the talent for the album. But the most surprising isSinead O’Connor’s take on “I Would Die 4 U.” Radio Riddler approached her personally, since she had international success with her take on Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and she enthusiastically was on board. Their diverse vocal styles over an infectious reggae foundation have resulted in a fresh, perfectly crafted tribute that will inspire as much affection as Purple Rain did 30 years ago.

The Mandators moves to revive reggae in Africa

The Africa Meets Reggae and World Music Festival is to be held in Nigeria on Saturday, 29th of November 2014
The first international festival of the reggae music brand debuting this year in 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.
The festival will be held in three states; Cross River State (Calabar), River State (Port Harcourt), and Lagos State (Lagos) showcasing the top names in Reggae and World music over three days, coinciding with the 100th Centenary of Nigeria as a nation.Festival headliners are expected to be Majek Fashek, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and Stephen Marley, Victor Essiet and The Mandators, King Sunny Ade, and top international artists like Snoop Lion (Dogg), Shaggy, and many more.

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 both Los Angeles, CA, USA and Lagos, Nigeria.

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.

For more information, please contact:
Russell Gerlach: (562) 948-3008
africameetsreggae@gmail.com
www.africameetsreggae.com

Source:
Nelson NseAbasi

The playlist: reggae – Wayne Smith, Super Cat and Shabba Ranks

Last week the Jamaican novelist Marlon James unleashed his 600-page-plus blockbuster of a book A Brief History of Seven Killings. It’s a story that starts with the attempt on Bob Marley’s life in Kingston in 1976, and then reaches outwards to Miami and New York and forwards to the 1990s. Music looms large over Jamaican life, culture and history, so James has chosen five key tunes that take in the whole of the era covered by his novel.

However, there’s no Bob Marley. “I could have easily included on. Even though the story starts with the whole attempt on Marley, it goes on a good 15 years. It’s about people involved with him, but it’s not a Bob Marley novel. And at the same time, the people in the book, what they would have been listening too – it probably wouldn’t have been him. This is what the characters would be into – and not me. Not what I would like or what is cool, but what would have soundtracked the people in those places.”
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