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Irie Cooking: Spicy Jamaican-style jerk combines fiery chicken and cooling salsa

It’s barbecue season, and chicken is the ideal candidate to get you grilling. Why? Chicken is light, it easily picks up the marinade of your choice, and it cooks quickly. But this recipe is not for your everyday grilled chicken. This is spicy Jamaican-style jerk chicken.

“Jerk” refers both to a unique blend of seasonings and to a method of slow cooking. It is said to have been invented by Jamaica’s Maroons, slaves who escaped from Spanish-owned plantations when the British took over and established free communities in Jamaica’s mountainous interior. The Maroons hunted wild boars, then preserved the meat with a spice mix that contained a hefty amount of salt. When it was time to eat, the meat was cooked in a pit or grilled very slowly over a fire. Eventually, Jamaicans began to cook all kinds of meats jerk-style. Read more

Maxi Priest to visit Jamaica for Caribbean FashionWeek

British reggae crooner Maxi Priest will perform live at Caribbean FashionWeek (CFW) 2014, scheduled for June 11 to 16.

Maxi Priest joins a long list of international celebrities and superstars who have appeared and performed at the event since its inception in 2001. Other CFW notables include Kelly Rowland, Eve, Nia Long, Brian McKnight, Morgan Heritage, Machel Montano, Joe, Sheila E. and Johnny Gill. Read more

Reggae Legends Inner Circle ‘Happy’ with Pharrell’s monster hit!

Since its launch 15 years ago, the Circle House recording studio in north Miami has been used by a number of major acts. Last year, American singer/producer Pharrell joined the list of artistes to record at the facility, owned by the Inner Circle band.

One of the songs he did was a dance number called Happy which turned out to be a monster hit, topping charts in the United States, the United Kingdom and 20 other countries. Read more

Dancehall, reggae mix for Reggae in The Park

Philadelphia’s renowned annual reggae festival, Reggae in The Park, will be celebrating its third anniversary this year. The festival in Pennsylvania, USA, has pulled in thousands of patrons in previous years and the organisers are predicting that the 2014 staging will also have a strong turnout.

The event is presented by The Mann, AEG Live and Jamaican Dave Productions. It is slated as a production suitable to all ages. Read more

Reggae/Dancehall Queens to Invade New York May 24

An all star cast of seven of Jamaica’s hottest females will be descending on the Amazura stage in Jamaica Queens, New York on May 24. Dubbed Invasion of the Queens it will be featuring Queen Ifrica, Etana, Spice, Sister Carol, Junie Ranks, Sister “Muma” Nancy and Lady Ann.

“The event will deliver an entertaining blend of culture, laced with old school dancehall and today’s rocking hits” said veteran concert promoter Donald Wright.

Queen Ifrica, Etana and Sister Carol the cultural crusaders are known for their biting social commentaries as they champion the cause of the voiceless through their many songs. Read more