On this occasion we tried to meet a wide range of musical styles, from traditional to modern devel- oped within the scene that nurtured so. sound system and bass culture, including the names of the anthology, over current, which in the past period recorded notable successes and results of their work, to the individual who represent fresh and upcoming power.
As every year, and this in addition to the dynamic and rich program of preparing and many other Festival events, including a variety of novelties and some new, exclusive information, which we will inform you in the second half of April.
Until then, let us once again that this year’s Seasplash held July 16 to 19
Inner Circle, originally from Jamaica, is one of the most respected reggae groups in the world and with a long series of successful projects starting in the mid seventies. With two won a Grammy and a unique sound that blends specific Jamaican rhythm with a very energetic performance of this band was able to overcome traditional reggae frames and attract a mass audience interest throughout the world. Performing on the world’s biggest festivals where they shared the stage with icons of pop music such as Elton John, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana and many, many others, this quintet has a background of decades of triumph within the music industry. And of the many success stories from their impressive long career almost every one of us will smile and swing at the mention of the largest ones such as Bad Boys, Mary Mary and of course Sweat (A La La La La Long). Inner Circle are among the pioneering reggae bands and day -present have a reputation and honor among colleagues and fans.
Earlier this year, Inner Circle teamed with Chronixx for a 2015 re-make of “Tenement Yard,” their classic 1975 single with singer Jacob Miller. The track, sub-titled “News Carryin Dread,” features a sample of Killer Miller’s original staccato vocals from the track. The “Bad Boys of Reggae” have taken the re-up a step further, releasing a full selection of tracks on the riddim, from Jesse Royal, Bugle, Tanya Stephens and Daniel Bambaata Marley, among others.
Hip-hop’s new favorite dancehall deejay Assassin also makes a contribution of particular note. On “What’s Da Story,” Agent Sasco asks for clarity regarding recent announcements pertaining to marijuana laws in Jamaica and the USA. “Hey what’s the story, is it for real now?” the “Idiot Ting” deejay asks. “Did they really legalize the weed now? Is it still offense to plant a tree now?” All good questions, and ones we’re seeking answers on, too.
Listen to “What’s the Story” below, stream all of the new tracks pon the Tenement Yard riddim at Inner Circle’s Soundcloud, and catch Assassin live at LargeUp’s fourth annual Winter Music Massive this Sunday in Miami, in his first US appearance since collaborating with Kendrick Lamar for “The Blacker The Berry.”
On this day in 1980 legendary #reggae singer Jacob “Killer” Miller died in a tragic car accident on Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica. “I was sitting with my father in Hope Road when he heard the news on Sunday,” recalls Rohan Marley. “Jacob and my Father always spend time together on Sundays.” 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.” He spent just 27 years on earth but the #Rockers music he made with Inner Circle and Augustus Pablo shall live forever. In fact, one of his classic cuts with the Bad Boys of Reggae, “Tenement Yard,” is enjoying a major resurgence 40 years after its release.
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Dr. Luke’s new signee Lunchmoney Lewis makes his Pop Songs debut at No. 38 with his catchy and comedic “Bills” (Kemosabe/Columbia) (up 115 percent in plays, according to Nielsen Music). The Florida native previously built cachet as a featured act on Nicki Minaj’s “Trini Dem Girls” (on The Pinkprint). Artists including One Direction’s Liam Payne and Meghan Trainor have supported “Bills” by sharing it on Twitter.
Fun fact: Lewis grew up in a musical family and his father, Ian Lewis, and uncle Roger Lewis helped found Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle. The act’s household-name hit “Bad Boys,” aka the theme from Fox’s Cops, reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. -Amaya Mendizabal