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‘Yeah, mon’: Toronto mayor resurrects Jamaican patois in Ford Nation video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took another opportunity to showcase his Jamaican accent in the latest episode of his weekly web series Ford Nation, called “From Jamaica with Love.”

In the video posted Thursday, Ford and his brother Coun. Doug Ford spent the three-minute segment reading fans’ letters about the mayor’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last month.

About two and a half minutes into the segment, Doug Ford read a letter he said is from a fan in Jamaica. Read more

[Photo Recap] @SOJALive , Inner Circle, @Murs316 at the Florida theater in Jacksonville

Last year, SOJA played over 100 shows in 17 countries on 4 continents. It’s through constant touring and the need to spread their positive message about the earth, that SOJA is the dominant force on the reggae scene now. Their shows also happen to be lots of fun!

This tour, dubbed Calm Before the Storm Spring Tour 2014, will have the band finding its way through various cities along the East coast, including a stop at the Hangout Festival in Orange Beach, Alabama this May. The tour continues around the rest of the US trough this summer. Check out sojamusic.com for more info. Read more

Big Sugar to Release Acoustic Reggae Record

Genre-melding ’90s rockers Big Sugar staged a comeback with Revolutions Per Minute in 2011 followed by the live album Eliminate Ya! in 2013, and now the reunited group have yet another new record. Yardstyle is out on April 15 through eOne Music.

This acoustic record includes brand new songs, along with reworked versions of old material. It’s inspired by the band’s jam sessions on the tour bus and in the backstage lounge before shows. Read more

Reggae Icons Marcia Griffiths & Judy Mowatt honored in NYC

International Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and legendary reggae/gospel singer Judy Mowatt, two thirds of the world famous I-Threes group, who provided backing vocals for reggae superstar Bob Marley in the 70′s, were honored with the “Reggae Ambassador’s Award” in New York by VP Records and Groovin Inc., sponsor and organizer of the fourth annual Groovin In The Park concert respectively. The awards were presented to the ladies for their supreme artistry, outstanding achievement and contribution to the development and promotion of reggae worldwide. Read more