After a series of parties and events up and down South Beach, Memorial Day weekend ended on a funny note at the Miami Comedy Festival at the James L Knight Center in Downtown Miami (May 29). Following the opening performance from Baltimore rapper Damon Blue, host and fellow comedienne Kym Whitley introduced every funny man on the playbill, and had the crowd cracking up
Comedians Steve Brown, Miami native Kitchen, Jacksonville native Lil Duval, Michael Colyar, John Witherspoon and Earthquake all owned the stage with hysterical sets. We got to catch up with revered comedians like John Witherspoon, Michael Colyar, Lil Duval, and Earthquake, who had the pleasure of celebrating his 53rd birthday on stage with the audience.
Since Drake dropped off his new album Views, the community has taken notice to his strong island influence, especially reggae artists like Mr. Vegas and Popcaan. Recently, Mr. Vegas called Drake a fake and put him on blast for getting big off of island music and not giving proper credit where it’s due.
Not long after Vegas’ rant, OVO collaborator Popcaan came to Drizzy’s defense in his own diss video. The reggae artist, who appeared on the original version of “Controlla,” violently threatened Vegas for going off on the Views rapper.
“Me have a matter to address now,” Popcaan said in patois. “Mr. Vegas whats that you do now. You can’t violate Drizzy Drake… Don’t try violate my brother because you don’t know anything about OVO or Unruly. We don’t need you to defend Popcaan.”
Last week, Mr. Vegas shot back at Popcaan and said that he only trying to defend the culture. Watch his full response below.
Close out the madness of Memorial Weekend with the most hilarious names in comedy at the 9th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival on Sunday, May 29th 8pm. Get ready to laugh until cry with Lil Duval, Kym Whitley, Steven W. Brown, Michael Colyar, Quakeshouse, and the veteran himself John Witherspoon at the The James L.Knight Center in Miami Beach with more to be added.
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GRAMMY-WINNING Jamaican music producer Supa Dups has taken the ambitious task of finding a permanent home for Caribbean music in mainstream America.
“Where reggae is concerned, it is not as big as it could be because the unity is off. As soon as we can work together, then we’ll have a vibrant industry again. The industry is there, but our successes come in spurts, like a novelty, and like every couple of years you have a one song like a Cheerleader (Omi) or a Gimme Di Light (Sean Paul) come around,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
“Mi want reggae fi be part of the mainstream music and stay that way. Mi want when the Grammy Award a show, our awards can be televised live. Mi nuh know if mi a shoot too high, but that a just mi dream,” he continued.
To fulfill that dream, the Florida-based Supa Dups organised a ‘collective of creative industry people’ for a four-day camp at Miami’s Circle House Studios. The group comprised artistes and producers.
“The idea came about a month ago. The camp started [last] Friday and ended Wednesday. This is the first time anything like this has ever been done. It’s a blend of new flavour and experience. Everybody here is my bredren,” he said.
Sunday night’s impeccable Reggae Night: Bob Marley’s Roots Rock Reggae – A 70th Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl proved Jamaican reggae is more than alive in Los Angeles. This year’s Reggae Night was pegged as a celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, and the likes of Ziggy Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Inner Circle and the Skatalites all joined the sold-out party.
Eight-member ska, reggae, jazz band, the Skatalites got the festivities started and, boy, were they awesome during their 45-minute set. The immensely peppy crowd enjoyed them a lot, especially Doreen Shaffer’s vocals.
Inner Circle, a sextet also from the Caribbean island, went off for another 45 minutes. Lead singer Errol “Skatta” Bonnick was spot on during the nine performed tunes. “Bad Boys,” their finale, proved magical musically. We all get a kick out of that track every time we hear it, it’s so popular; experiencing it live was nothing less than spectacular.
Inner Circle turned up the Hollywood Bowl, hands down. It’s safe to say everyone was excited to see this illustrious music act as much as they were there to witness history by the Marley brothers.
Despite the turned up energy, Ziggy and Stephen (and at one point even Bob’s grandson Skip Marley) quickly soothed the crowd with “Redemption Song.” The brothers sang the mellow, uplifting tune – as well as the rest of the memorable 15-melody set – as a duo.
Throughout his career, Bob had been an unexpected ambassador of attempting to cure racism and hate with music and love. He truly believed in such a thing; his music, of course, is his most prominent example. With “Redemption Song,” we saw the Marley brothers go about promoting just that about their father.
The third song of the night, “Is This Love,” quickly created chills among the audience. The live rendition of the late-1970s piece was romantic and upbeat. Vocals from both Ziggy and Stephen were the closest thing that there could be to Bob’s distinctive voice. This was such an impactful tune of Reggae Night this year.
Another intriguing moment came when Skip delivered an epic “Roots Rock Reggae.” The palpable public engaged with Skip on the “roots rock reggae” stanzas, and the tenor saxophone play was incredibly sensual.
“Buffalo Soldier,” “No Woman, No Cry” and “One Love” were all stunners. “Get Up, Stand Up,” which talks about the act of battling oppression, proved motivating with regard to fighting for our many rights in life. While at times being undertone in sound, “Get Up, Stand Up” bestows an aggressive energy (in a positive way) intermittently. The on-stage demeanor of the Marley brothers depicted such.
For the encore, the Marleys granted us “Could You Be Loved” – one of Bob’s highly recognized tracks worldwide. The song, which was rendered beautifully, served as a reminder that Bob was and continues to be one of the best songwriters of all time. If you think or believe otherwise, just ask the Angeleno fans who attended this year’s Reggae Night how much they love and enjoy reggae.