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Don’t rush ganja-smoking freedom

I could entertain the decriminalisation of ganja, though I support no form of smoking. This week marks 30 years since the death of my dearly beloved and deeply missed mother, one of the multiple millions of lives claimed by the tobacco industry. If cigarettes can be legal, why should it be criminalised?

I celebrate the fact that through legislative action, thousands of youth whose present opportunities and future prospects were darkened because of a criminal conviction can now have that record expunged. The bill recently tabled in Parliament still has ganja as an offence, though one that would be ticketable, like traffic violations. So even with decriminalisation, it would still not be on par with cigarette smoking. Only Rastafarians who use ‘herb’ as part of their religious sacrament would be exempted.

The Medical Association of Jamaica and the National Council on Drug Abuse have come out against decriminalisation and have raised the issue of the dangers of ganja smoking, while supporting the expungement of criminal records and using ganja for medicinal and religious purposes. Read more

Inner Circle Matisyahu Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage This Sunday Aug 3 at Reggae In The Park Philly’s Premiere Summer Reggae Festival

Celebrate the 3rd Annual Reggae in the Park – Philly’s Premiere Summer Reggae Festival Sunday, August 3rd at the Mann featuring performances by Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Mavado, Konshens, Morgan Heritage, The Expendables, Inner Circle & many more. “Reggae In The Park” features music on both the Mann’s Main Stage and at the Crescendo tent including performances from legendary reggae artists plus live DJ sets on the main plaza as well as arts & crafts vendors, Caribbean & global cuisine, and more at the top of the hill – all in the heart of Fairmount Park! Children 12 & under admitted for free with parent.
Tickets are on sale now via,, 800-745-3000,, or The Mann Box Office.

Lineup subject to change. Free children’s lawn tickets are only available at the Mann’s Box Office day of performance, and the child must be present with parent or guardian at the time of redemption. Undercover seating must be purchased at regular prices. Event is rain or shine. All day event. Re-entry till 6:00PM.

If you are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcohol at the concert, please be prepared to present proper I.D. There is no re-entry once exiting the facility after 6:00PM. No outside food or beverage are permitted for this performance.

What Stephen Marley (@stephenmarley) Learned from Dad: “Do It for the Love and Not the Fame”

Many musical offspring have faltered under the pressure of trying to live up to the level of greatness once bestowed on their popular progeny. Stephen “Raggamuffin” Marley has refreshingly bucked those odds, and has in fact, become a modern-day legend of reggae music in his own right, and has done so for now more than three decades.

What has been a big influence for the eight-time Grammy Award winner is the lesson imparted by his deceased famous father, the legendary Bob Marley: “Do it for the love and not the fame,” Stephen Marley says.

The third child of Bob and Rita Marley, the 42-year-old Stephen Marley has embarked on an American tour that stops at the Mesa Amphitheatre Thursday night and will unveil tracks from his soon-to-be released fourth solo effort Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life, the anticipated follow-up to the highly successful Grammy award winning 2011 album, Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life. Read more

Album Review: Delly Ranx – Sweet Reggae

So, I guess mesh marinas are back in the spotlight. Yes, we are talking that questionable piece of clothing that has never really revealed its sense to me as it does neither cover up nor protect the body anyway. But, as one wise scholastic already knew: There is no arguing of taste. And speaking of phrases, one should not judge a CD by its cover anyway, right?! So we’ll leave the fact aside that Delly Ranx poses in a yellow see-through piece on the front picture of his latest album and focus on the inside of Sweet Reggae.

Opening the selection with the previously released title track the listener can dive right into heavy drum and bass, flickering delays, ponderous horns, that create a fascinating old school dub vibe. In a slow-down motion Sweet Reggae narrates a party tale of flashing lighters, skanking dancers and a massive ready to give a forward and buss a blank. ”Officer, officer, gimmie a bligh now!”, Delly begs a police man for some support in the intro of Juggle Me A Juggle right after. The mid-tempo one drop produced by fellow artist Mr. Vegas is a classical hustlers anthem telling the story of a little ganja dealer, who finds himself on the edge of being charged. Delly Ranx is mostly known for his production works, yet repeatedly proves his talent as a narrator. Pictorial lyrics are ear-catchers and surprising twists keep it refreshing. Real Gyalis for example is gladly not another self praise of a popular man, but the reminder that “real gyalis never look dem friend gyal”. In One More Dead we meet a petty thief, who has to face his final judgement and Cyber Love describes the many aspects of modern technology like skype and facetime in today’s relationships. Read more