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German producer falls in love with reggae

It is no surprise that reggae music, much like Rastafari, has gone beyond race and nationality. The universal message, which promotes equality and love for all, has certainly transcended Jamaican shores and has found residence with Benjamin Zecher and his Oneness Records label.

The German producer told The Gleaner he initially fell in love with reggae as a child when he heard the universal message of love being promoted in Robert Nesta Marley’s music. Read more

Smart Reggae producer dies at 53

New Yorkers are grieving the death of Freeport, Long Island music producer Phillip Smart. Beloved by musicians, singers, radio personalities, engineers, technicians and those he encountered, Smart, 53 died on Feb. 25 after battling pancreatic cancer. Since news of his passing went viral, alums, associates, friends and veteran entertainers have been stopping into HC&F Recording Studios to reminisce the gentle giant who toiled to promote reggae music he was passionate to share with the universe. Read more

A Reggae Romp For The Family, With Marley’s Music At Heart

Jamaican superstar Bob Marley once sang about “Reggae on Broadway” — and now, more than four decades after the release of that song, some of Marley’s greatest hits have been incorporated into an off-Broadway musical for children called Three Little Birds. The musical, based on a children’s book by Marley’s daughter Cedella Marley, opens today at Manhattan’s New Victory Theater.

NPR’s Audie Cornish spoke with Cedella Marley, who is also CEO of her father’s record label, Tuff Gong International, about the show, plus what the song means to her and what it was like growing up in the home of a counterculture icon. Read more

Free Caribbean-reggae concert at Goulds Park on March 7th

Miami-Dade Country Parks Recreation and Open Spaces Department presents a free Caribbean-reggae concert under the stars by Wyle Fyah at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Goulds Park, 21805 SW 114th Ave.

The band has opened for many musical stars such as Jimmy Buffett, Third World, and Inner Circle. The group also plays a wide scope of music genres, among them Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Rock and the Blues.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, chairs, and snacks in order to enjoy the festivities.

Reggae Pioneer Wayne Smith Dead at 48

1985 hit “Under Mi Sleng Teng” kickstarted revolution in Jamaican music Wayne Smith, the reggae vocalist whose 1985 single “Under Mi Sleng Teng” reshaped Jamaican music by popularizing digital production in the genre, died in Kingston Monday at the age of 48. Smith was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital Friday after complaining of sudden stomach pains, according to his son, Tidel Smith, who confirmed his father’s passing with the Jamaica Observer. Read more