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Rebeloution WinterGreens Tour 2015 Florida Dates

California based reggae band Rebelution has been taking the world by storm. Billboard Magazine named Count Me In, the #1 selling reggae album of 2014. Their annual Winter Greens Tour stops in Estero, FL at the Germain Arena on February 5, 2015. They will be joined on stage by the iconic Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle. Inner Circle is a Grammy Award winning band who just released a new single Tenement Yard, News Carryin’ Dread, with vocals from the deceased former lead singer Jacob Miller and current messenger to the youths, Chronixx. The Winter Greens Tour is Rebelution’s 14 show blitz with stops throughout the Southwest, Gulf Coast, and Southeast United States.

Visit RebelutionMusic.com for tickets and more information.

RIP Noel “King Sporty” Williams, Miami Reggae Pioneer and “Buffalo Soldier” Writer

When King Sporty died, Rihanna cried.

The man who wrote “Buffalo Soldier” with Bob Marley in a smoke-filled studio in Hialeah flew to the other side on Monday, January 5 in a Miami hospital at the age of 71.

With roots in Jamaica’s Trenchtown music scene that wholly informed hip-hop, pioneering forays into electronic dance music, and an indomitable funk, the man born Noel G. Williams led a life in music that affected millions. And he did much of it from his longtime home in Allapattah, where he was also a mini real estate tycoon. Read more

PREMIERE: Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller “Tenement Yard (News Carryin’ Dread)”

Jacob “Killer” Miller was one of reggae’s greatest performers. His merry, manic brilliance shines through clearly in the crucial 1980 concert doc Heartland Reggae, particularly the performance of “Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush,” during which he puffs a huge spliff on stage while using his microphone to taunt the cops at the venue before somebody hands him a police cap and he starts chanting “Babylon, Babylon falling down.”

The roly-poly Rasta singer’s work with Coxsone Dodd and Augustus Pablo led him to Inner Circle, one of Jamaica’s most respected bands. Their first hit together, “Tenement Yard,” was released in 1975, exactly 40 years ago. The group went on to sign with Capitol Records and released two albums internationally before Miller died in a car crash at the age of 27.

As any self-respecting fan of the TV show Cops knows, Inner Circle went on to become the Bad Boys of Reggae, selling millions of records and setting up their own state of the art studio, Circle House, where A-list rap, R&B, pop, and reggae clients lay down hits. Meanwhile, across the street, the Lewis brothers (Ian on bass and Roger on rhythm guitar) continue jamming in their own private studio along with old friends like “Touter” Harvey on keyboards and Lancelot Hall on drums and most recently, Errol “Skatta” Bonnick on vocals—plus, sometimes, the occasional guest vocalist. Read more