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Young reggae Performers Make a statement at The Rebel Salute in St. Ann

The legendary Bunny Wailer’s statements were almost prophetic on night one of Rebel Salute at Richmond Estate in St Ann, the veteran artiste pointing out that there was a host of young acts who could carry on reggae’s rich traditions. Though he spoke specifically about the children of legends like himself and Bob Marley, he would have been happy with what he saw from reggae’s youngest proponents.

On night one, Friday, Hempress Sativa, Jesse Royal and Kabaka Pyramid were not just good performers, they provided the social commentary and rebellious leanings of reggae music of old. Read more

Inside Circle House Studios: Rico Love Sits down with The Feature Presentation at Circle House!

Prolific singer, songwriter, and producer Rico Love sat down with The Feature Presentation to chop it up about his life and career.

Love begins by discussing a diss record three fellow musicians made aimed at the him before he blew up, and that the best feeling was finally finding success while they did not. “When people disrespect me I take it personal, because I’m really a nice guy,” he adds.

He then moves on to discussing his label and making a ton of money off his publishing company, but he also recalls only having $7 in the bank at one point, and praying that the next check he received would be enough to survive.

Other subjects Love touches on include racism, ensuring financial stability, religion, and more.

Reggae rocks the Bamboo.. Inner Circle Performs at Bamboo for Paul Soliai’s Birthday

REGGAE is not normally associated with American football, though the sport has grown in popularity in Jamaica.

Last Sunday, Jamaican music was the theme for Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai’s birthday party at Bamboo, a popular club on Miami’s fashionable South Beach.

A big reggae fan, the 31-year-old Soliai requested Inner Circle, Ky-Mani Marley and Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage help him celebrate his latest milestone. Read more

*Throwback Thursday* Miami’s “Bad Boys” Nominated for ’94 Grammy by Sara Gurgen

They won the Grammy for best 1993 Reggae album, and now Inner Circle–Miami’s world famous, hard-working “Bad Boys” of Reggae–have been nominated for the 1994 Grammy with their latest Big Beat/Atlantic release, Reggae Dancer.
“It’s doing excellent, man, everywhere in the world; and when I mean excellent, I mean excellent,” said band leader and rhythm guitarist, Roger Lewis, in a recent Miami interview during a brief respite from Inner Circle’s hectic touring schedule. “It is one of the biggest selling foreign albums in Japan. Over 300,000 albums [have sold] in Japan [as of Dec. 21]. Hundreds of thousands in Mexico. In Brazil, in Europe–very well. In America, it’s not doing too bad. I think we made it up to about 200,000 copies.”
One of the songs on the album that has been released worldwide and doing very well is “Games People Play.” “It was not really a success in America, but ‘Games People Play’ was literally a hit single every where else in the world,” explained Roger. “It was a top 10 song in about 10 countries in Europe. It didn’t really go No. 1 and do what “Sweat” did, but it was top 10 in Holland, in Germany, in Scandinavia, in Brazil; and it was No. 1 in Japan.” Read more