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Natural Black Looking To Conquer 2014

Reggae artist Natural Black carved his niche in the genre over a decade ago, with profound music and prolific lyrics that uplift fans far and wide. His resilience has been tested and demonstrated over the years, and he maintains his extraordinary ability to capture the attention of a massive and diverse array of music lovers, worldwide.

Born Mortimer Softley in Georgetown, Guyana, Natural Black migrated to Jamaica in 1995, in hopes of realizing his dream of becoming a reggae singer. “Coming to Jamaica was natural,” he reveals, for he epitomizes the inherent culture of reggae. “Like life, reggae music inspires and gives the artist an opportunity to express oneself fully, regardless of the issues highlighted.” Read more

Fortunate Youth’s All-Ages Reggae Shows Breathe Life Into the Band

Fortunate Youth, a six-piece reggae outfit from the South Bay, know just how lucky they are. While “fortunate” may be an obvious descriptor for guys who get to travel the country playing reggae, the “youth” part has gained more significance as five years of recording and touring has expanded the group’s positive vibe to a national, all-ages audience.

“We’ve heard from parents throughout the whole country that their 7- and 8-year-olds love our music,” says drummer Jordan Walpole. Read more

Bunny Rugs: Third World frontman became reggae superstar

BUNNY RUGS 1948-2014

Bunny Rugs, the Jamaican singer, was for 35 years the superb front man with the band Third World, deploying a powerfully expressive voice to help the group become one of the world’s most popular reggae acts.

He was born William Clarke in Mandeville on February 6, 1948, but his family moved to the harsh confines of downtown Kingston when he was two. Although his father was a preacher, church music never appealed to William, who was nicknamed “Bunny” because he energetically leaped around at home. Instead, towards the end of his teens, he began singing at the Kittymat Club with the local band Charlie Hackett and the Souvenirs, having observed the group rehearse near his home. Read more