The Jamaican Tourist Board has released a catchy reggae jam titled “The Bobsled Song” to celebrate their involvement in the Sochi games.
With a flapping visor and a rattling sled which teetered on the brink of overturning, 46-year-old Winston Watts ended Jamaica’s 12-year absence from the Olympic bobsleigh track by careering down into 30th and last place after two heats of the men’s two-man competition at Sanki Cliding Center. Read more
Queens, New York-based reggae independent VP Records has relaunched UK reggae label Blood and Fire, known primarily for its quality reissues of Jamaican recordings from the 1970s and ’80s, many of which were overlooked upon their initial release.
Founded in Manchester, England in 1993 by Elliot Rashman, Andy Dodd, Bob Harding (management of the multi-platinum 1980s soul-pop group Simply Red), Mick Hucknall (Simply Red’s lead singer) and authoritative reggae collector Steve Barrow, the label’s A&R and co-author of “The Rough Guide to Reggae” (which has reportedly sold nearly 50,000 copies), Blood and Fire sought to highlight the reggae narrative beyond the genre’s crossover stars through promotion of beautifully packaged reissues that include extensive booklets detailing the featured artists’ career trajectories, annotated song listings, rare photographs and vivid graphics. Read more
Reggae artist Wayne Smith has died at 48-years-old.
The Jamaican musician, responsible for ‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’, dubbed as the first computerised riddim in Jamaican music, was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital on Friday after complaining of stomach pains.
Although his health was said to have improved on Sunday, he passed away on Monday. An autopsy has been arranged to determine the cause of death.
‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’ was released in 1985 on King Jammy’s Jammy’s Records after Smith discovered the revolutionary riddim on Noel Davey’s Casio MT-40 keyboard.
Jamaican American reggae singer Tarrus Riley, 34, is fond of saying that reggae music is “the newest old music and the oldest new music.” At first, that’s a bit of a head-scratcher. But a listen to his new record, Love Situation, brings Riley’s meaning into focus.
The son of reggae singer Jimmy Riley has risen to international acclaim on the heels of rootsy, pop-tinged hits such as 2007’s “She’s Royal” and last year’s “Gimme Likkle One Drop.” But his latest record is pure rocksteady, a precursor to reggae that developed in Jamaica in the mid-1960s. It’s a throwback, but one whose easy, organic sounds feel especially forward-thinking in an era smitten with electronic effects. By looking to the past, Riley is moving ahead, creating something new from something old. Read more