Live bands. Soulful music. Substantive lyrics. I could be describing the Jamaican music scene circa 1976, the heyday of . But I’m talking about a sound that dominated at this year’s Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest annual music festival.
Jamaican artist Chronixx, 20, performed live before nearly 10,000 fans at the yearly event. He’s Jamaica’s most buzzed-about artist right now, and he’s leading the way in a rich musical movement: new-school roots. It’s a bit of Rasta meets hipster. Chronixx says it’s a repackaging of what came before.
“We are not going to do it like Bob Marley did or like did,” Chronixx says. “We are using their blueprint to bring on a new generation of works.” Read more
Father-of-eight Levi Roots found success after promoting his Reggae Reggae Sauce on Dragons’ Den ‘leaves his children to struggle’
When he appeared on Dragons’ Den to market the Reggae Reggae Sauce that would make him a multi-millionaire, Levi Roots billed it as the ultimate family collaboration.
He told the world that the sauce was made to his Jamaican grandmother’s authentic recipe and said that his children helped out in his business.
But it seems that most of the entrepreneur’s eight children – by seven mothers – struggle to think of him as a family man. Read more
Independent hustler AR is a rapper who wants you to get on his level.
You’re going to need a Bentley, several cases of Ciroc, a backyard party at the Circle House, and a single with Jim Jones.
We were there at his new music listening party on Saturday night, getting drunk, eating chicken and shrimp, and jamming to new songs like “Fire.” Read more