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Relatives of businessman slain in Jamaica angry at £3000 bill for body

Relatives of Keith Murrain, a UK businessman who was abducted and killed in Jamaica in July, are angry about having to find nearly £3000 to fly his body to Birmingham, England for burial.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Jamaican authorities refused to release the 54-year-old’s body unless the family handed over the money.

Community leaders in Birmingham are angry about having to find the £2,750 needed to fly the body back and believe that the consulate and commission are responsible for assisting nationals in repatriation to the UK.

Community campaigner Desmond Jaddoo said, “I believe if you are killed in Kingston and you are black, there is an assumption you are Jamaican.” Read more

Veteran reggae band Third World (@ThirdWorldBand) plays Wild Buffalo

Celebrating 40 years, Third World – one of the longest-lived reggae bands and one of Jamaica’s most crossover acts among international audiences – will play at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.

Mixing in elements of rhythm and blues, funk, pop, rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion.”

Band guitarist Cat Coore said of their music: “The hybrid of various types of music is a natural thing because, by growing up in Jamaica, we know the direct roots of reggae and ska. At the same time we live in a country where you get to hear Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and all the R&B artists.”

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Fans turn out for Portland Reggae Fest

One of the perks of hanging out on the Portland waterfront during an outdoor concert is that you don’t have to be a paying customer to enjoy the music.

As the opening act of the Portland Reggae Fest boomed out from the Maine State Pier on Sunday afternoon, passengers aboard Casco Bay Lines ferry boats got a front row seat for as long as it took to board or disembark.

The ferries, schooners and other harbor traffic provided a nautical backdrop for the latest in a series of summer concerts on the pier. An hour into the nine-hour-long festival, hundreds of people of all ages had already piled onto the pier.

“We are thrilled. We love it,” said Emily Davis of Mount Desert.

Davis said she and her children, Isaac Steiner, 12, and Asha Steiner, 9, won tickets to the concert. They were debating just how long they would stay.

The concert featured a definite Rastafarian motif. Concert-goers were dressed in Rastafarian green, gold and red, wore tie-dye shirts and sported dreadlocks. The odor of burning marijuana wafted through the crowd.

Food kiosks sold rice and peas, plantain chips and other Caribbean delicacies while other vendors offered henna tattoos and Rasta-style hats. Shop Chronic, a retail operation started by two Maine entrepreneurs offering a line of products designed for the “cannabis lifestyle,” rounded out the Rasta theme.

Organized by the city of Portland and Waterfront Concerts of Bangor, the concert was one of a number of oceanside concerts this summer that some say is a sign that demand for outdoor music is on the upswing in Maine.

Reggae Fest is one of five concerts that Waterfront Concerts of Bangor has been involved in organizing on the Maine State Pier this year, including Alanis Morissette on Aug. 23 and ZZ Top on Sept. 27.

Concert promoters point to the success of the Mumford & Sons concert on the Eastern Promenade in 2012 that drew 15,000 fans.

Thompson’s Point developers have said their Portland development would include a venue capable of accommodating as many as 5,000 people.

Other cities, such as South Portland and Westbrook, have eyed the possibility of developing waterfront concert venues, but so far no concrete plans have emerged.

The hundreds of people who showed up at Sunday’s festival were a sign that live dance music seaside will draw a crowd on a sunny summer day. Read more