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Son of reggae great Peter Tosh has until Monday to take plea or be tried for 65½ pounds of pot in Mahwah traffic stop

Peter Tosh’s youngest son, Jawara McIntosh, is currently in a New Jersey jail. Police pulled his car over in June and found 65 pounds of pot.

A performer like his famous father, Jawara, is known as Tosh 1. He’s one of nine children sired by the former Wailer.

On June 15, McIntosh’s 2013 Nissan Sentra rental car was stopped by police in Mahwah for allegedly driving recklessly. They claim there were open bottles of alcohol on the front seat and that McIntosh was under the influence. His license, which he didn’t have, was suspended at the time.

Peter Tosh’s youngest son, Jawara McIntosh, is currently in a New Jersey jail. Police pulled his car over in June and found 65 pounds of pot.

A performer like his famous father, Jawara, is known as Tosh 1. He’s one of nine children sired by the former Wailer.

On June 15, McIntosh’s 2013 Nissan Sentra rental car was stopped by police in Mahwah for allegedly driving recklessly. They claim there were open bottles of alcohol on the front seat and that McIntosh was under the influence. His license, which he didn’t have, was suspended at the time.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: An outside look at reggae’s godfather

Guitarist and producer Emch never imagined he would play with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; he didn’t even know whether the storied producer was still alive. Perry is a musical figure so strikingly influential, universally pervasive, and oft-imitated that he seems too mythical to be the stuff of reality. In 1999, decades after Perry pioneered sampling, defined DJ culture, and introduced Bob Marley to a then-revolutionary musical genre known as reggae, Emch reimagined his influence in a New York City dub collective known as Subatomic Sound System. Emch was initially emulating the communal creativity of Perry’s famed Black Ark Studios, but 10 years later he found himself entrenched in the enigmatic world of Scratch himself. “I never would’ve thought that I would be playing with Perry,” Emch says. “Most people weren’t even sure where on Earth he was.”

Years before dubstep imploded, the Sound System was integrating electronics with makeshift reggae recording techniques perfected by producers such as Perry and the late King Tubby. Thanks to the computer boom of the 21st century, professional recording technology was made cheaper and more accessible to the layperson. Emch and his fellow musicians spent the early aughts using home studios to furiously churn out music. “Perry was one of the first famous people who created a home studio,” he says. “He made so much world-renowned music from his backyard.”

In 2007, Vienna-based dub outfit Dubblestandart took notice and tapped Subatomic for a remix of a Perry-featuring track, “Iron Devil.” Two years later Emch was backing Perry with Dubblestandart for a sold-out show at Central Park, and since then he’s been touring the world with the shadowy idol he once thought dead.

Even though Perry recently turned 79 years old, his backing band’s biggest challenge is keeping pace with his forward-thinking vision. “We’re actually the ones who have to push Perry to play classic material because he wants to make new music,” he says.

Emch doesn’t speak of Perry as some dated figurehead, confined to documentaries and historical anecdotes. Instead, he appears as a Yodalike figure, constantly giving obscured wisdom that may seem like the ramblings of a ganja-addled mind, but his cryptic words are laced with glimmers of genius. Once, before a show, Perry instructed the bass player to “play a major scale up and down, like a monster walking in space.” Anyone familiar with the space-age boom of dub bass can recognize how apt the imagery is. “When he communicates his musical ideas he does it in metaphors, which I think can be so much more inspiring to people,” Emch says. “You understand the feeling, and you create something from that feeling.”

Perry’s murky metaphors are especially crucial to help his band re-create the phased-out, stripped-down, low-end psychedelia that defined his Black Ark Studios, where musicians from around the world came to capitalize on his expertise. “That very analog sound gets lost by a regular band,” Emch says. “One of the most important things was trying to capture that sound.”

Subatomic Sound System’s electronic prowess proved to be Perry’s biggest asset in fulfilling his renewed vision. His recent shows have incorporated the live band feel of a traditional reggae band with updated electronic touches typical of dubstep sets. While dubstep can seem like a dirty word thanks to an onslaught of spring break anthems, Emch is quick to point out that their version of the genre actuallyretains the “dub.” The link between Perry and massively popular DJs such as Rusko is so important to Emch that he teaches the connection to his students at DubSpot, an electronic music school.

“It’s like a mission for me to expose people to Perry,” he says. “In America, I felt like dubstep got super popular with lots of producers who didn’t know it was drawn from reggae roots.”

Even for musicians outside dubstep, the connection is not a minor footnote. Perry was one of the first producers to explore sampling and remixing, and to put himself on the cover of his albums, a space usually reserved for musicians. He helped elevate DJs from the fine print to the rock-star status that producers such as Pharrell and Deadmau5 currently enjoy. His influence even transcends the electronic realm. Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, and even Andrew W.K. have all professed their admiration for dub’s godfather.

“Beyond music, Perry has influenced my whole life,” Emch says. After 79 years, when so many other so-called legends have lost relevance, Perry is still inspiring new generations of musicians.

Britain’s Got Reggae

WHAT DO you get if you mix popular ITV 1 show Britain’s Got Talent with the country’s top unsigned reggae artists?

Britain’s Got Reggae (BGR) offers a syncopated spin on the popular television franchise and aims to give unsigned UK reggae artists opportunities and exposure in a competitive field.

This year’s event, the second in the series from City Link-Up Unsigned, will take place at the Hootananny in Brixton, south London, on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Brixton’s Hootananny has previously won awards for the Best Live Music Events venue and Best Live Music Pub and has also played host to many established reggae artists from home and abroad.

BGR’s inaugural event took place in January and showcased artists from Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London. It was originally planned as a one-off affair, but due to an outpouring of positive feedback, another celebration was organised almost instantly.

“There are some fantastic artists and music being produced within the UK but limited platforms exist for those that are up and coming,” the show’s organisers said.

“Mainstream radio stations are no longer playing reggae music, so they are not even getting heard by wider audiences. We feel as a team that we have created a platform with a few of the leading businesses within UK Reggae Music such as VP Records, Stingray Records & Natty B’s UK Official Reggae Charts, which will enable artists to get the positive exposure that is needed,” they added.

CHARITY

The events support raise awareness for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) and makes every effort to encourage people of colour to join the register. Black donors are seriously unrepresented.

“Our vision is for reggae music within the UK to be recognised and for artists to get the recognition they deserve.”

The full schedule of dates for future events are as follows:

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015

The City Link-Up Unsigned team are currently looking for sponsors for Britain’s Got Reggae events. If you’re interested, please email citylinkup@gmail.com or visit: www.citylinkup.co.uk

Wayne Marshall headlines reggae tour stop

One of the first reggae shows of the year promises to be a blockbuster, as Wayne Marshall joins Jo Mersa — the grandson of Bob Marley and son of Stephen Marley — and established reggae artists Christopher Ellis and Black-Am-I for the first stop in their sweeping American tour.

In keeping with a theme, Ellis is the youngest son of the late reggae music great Alton Ellis.

The “Ghetto Youth International Tour” will make its first stop on Thursday, April 9.

Marshall is appearing in support of both his latest album, “Tru Colors,” and the incredible collaboration album, “Ghetto Youths International presents Set Up Shop, Vol. 2.”

That collaborative effort features all of the artists on this ticket, plus the artist Cham.

Wayne, who will celebrate his birthday during the Philadelphia stop, said he was looking forward to providing his fans with known material and peeks of his evolving sound.

“Definitely, fans can expect me to do the sounds they have come to know over the years, songs they know from when I started my career as a younger artist,” Marshall said during a recent conversation. “But they can also expect to [see] a more mature side.”

That more mature vibe includes embracing a more acoustic approach to recording and performing, and for the first time in his career, Wayne is going to perform with his guitar — a major departure, as many reggae artists are opting for sound boards and other technology, especially on tour stops such as these.

For Marshall — who said he has been practicing with his guitar for more than two years and only now feels confident to break it out for a live performance — this will be an opportunity to broaden his musical scope.

“Ever since I started out singing, I would expand myself and grow, but I started out not fully understanding the concept of music,” Marshall said. “So I always promised myself to learn the instrument, get a guitar under my hand and really experience what music was all about.

“Music has paid my bills all these years, and I wanted to show respect to it and learn an instrument and the theory of music.”

Marshall is well-known to reggae fans. After establishing himself with Ward 21 in 2001 and breaking out with the hit “War” with Elephant Man in the same year, Marshall then released his VP Records debut, “Marshall Law.”

After a string of guests appearances, he resurfaced with the dynamic “Tru Colors” album last year.

For that album, Marshall collaborated with several of reggae music’s most prominent artists, including Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Assassin, Aidonia, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, and Cham.

“Damian Marley and I worked together a lot that album, but he is an artist, himself, and is always touring, so its hard to sketch out time to get him in the studio,” Marshall said, adding that once Marley is in the studio, he turns into a workaholic. “Putting together the album was a challenge, especially since I wanted to get six artists on one song.”

That song, “Go Hard,” features Aidonia, Assassin, I-Octane, Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley.

It is that collaborative synergy that also propels the dynamic sounds found on “Ghetto Youths International presents Set Up Shop, Vol. 2,” from the Ghetto Youths International record label, which was founded by Bob Marley’s sons Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley.

Marshall, who referred to the Marley family as the “musical royals” of Jamaica, said it was an honor to work with them and the other artists on the compilation and is looking forward to bringing that energy to Philadelphia.

“It was a very exciting project to work on, to get it complete and serviced to the fans,” Marshall said. “Our focus right now is on the tour. We are bringing a very unique collection of artists, so if you are a fan of dancehall, rocksteady or roots and culture, there is something for everyone.

“This is our first stop, and we want to make it special.”

The “Ghetto Youth International Tour” will be held at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15.

Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style Read More: Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style

Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style
by Jeff Giles

Plenty of rock groups have been given the reggae treatment, but only Kiss has the honor of receiving it from a Swedish tribute band.

We mark this momentous achievement courtesy of Dressed to Thrill, the four-piece outfit whose latest act of Kiss homage is a reggae version of “I Stole Your Love.” For now, this is just a standalone offering, but the group’s Facebook page promises “more to come soon.”

According to the Dressed to Thrill website, the band came together after two of the members cleaned up during a Kiss trivia event and were asked to do an acoustic set of some of the band’s classics. Inspired by the idea, they reached out to some friends, threw together some costumes and put on a real show; four years later, they’re the undisputed champions of Swedish Kiss tribute acts.

“All being born in the early ’70s, the band grew up with Kiss. This is a childhood dream come true,” explains Dressed to Thrill’s bio. “To this date, Dressed to Thrill has done several shows in the south of Sweden, Stockholm and Copenhagen. As being originated in Malmö, Sweden, the band is now trying to conquer the rest of the world. They are ready, are you?”

Check out the reggae version of “I Stole Your Love” to find out whether you’re ready to be conquered, and after you’re finished with that, take a look at this genius reggae version of “Detroit Rock City” that grafts Paul Stanley‘s vocals onto a completely different backing track.