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Afro-roots musician Rocky Dawuni to detail youth, tree projects at GLF New York

U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Environment to lead major tree-planting in AccraYouth cultural incubator to be built in complex near Aburi, Ghana Members of the press must apply to attend GLF by Sept. 23 due to on-site security NEW YORK (Sept. 16, 2019) – Ghanaian-born Afro-roots musician and humanitarian activist Rocky Dawuni is set to rock the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)…
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September 18, 2019
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Shawn Ice Goes Afrobeats with Provoice on Hot Collabo ‘Mine’

New York, New York -- September 2019  (Acclaim PR) -- As Afrobeats continues to dominate our playlists and radio stations, it’s typically a win, win scenario when stars of the vibrant genre team up with Dancehall artists. The upbeat “Mine” is no exception to the winning rule. In fact, it shines as one of the year’s…
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September 17, 2019
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Stephen Marley Babylon by Bus Tour

Fillmore Theatre, San Francisco Sept 5, 2019  Article by Shelah Moody Featured cover photo by Rock N' Robins Police, beggers and thieves patrol Geary Street in front of the Fillmore theatre in San Francisco. It is a scene straight out of what Rastas call Babylon, this neighborhood has been afflicted by systems of oppression: corporate…
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September 17, 2019
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Producer’s Corner: King i aka King i Music

By Shelah Moody This month’s featured artist, King i, comes from Boston, MA via Trinidad and Tobago. The emerging producer, entertainer and visual artist, aka Keno Sampson Sankofa, recently spoke with Island Stage about the craft of building dancehall riddims. Island Stage: Tell  us about the reggae scene in Boston.   King i : Well, I…
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September 16, 2019
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The 5th Annual Dry Diggings Festival

The 5th Annual Dry Diggings Festival has created an extra special and surprisingly mature vibe, out of the Cali Roots youthFull norm. The all to common dusty festival environs are welcomely absent as the paved parking lot and sidewalks leading to the entrance of the venue makes for a convenient easy and calm entrance into…
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September 16, 2019
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One Love One Heart Fest 2019 in Photos

Photos by © Lee Abel Photography Article by Rasta Stevie Smith For California's central valley, all Labor Day roads led to the The One Love One Heart Festival, a culmination of a decade of commitment, hard work and the belief in the power of Reggae music as a transformational gathering medium. Set in the quiet…
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September 12, 2019
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DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY TINY DESK CONCERT

GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley stars in the latest installment of NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk, which premiered on NPR Music today.  This special and rare performance by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley includes acoustic versions of songs from his Grammy award winning album, Stony Hill.  The set includes “Slave Mill,” “So A Child May Follow” and “Speak Life” performed with his band and background singers. “With eyes shut, Marley…
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September 10, 2019
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BaRuch Hinds Speaks on “Mass Manipulation”

By Shelah Moody  "As you can hear, my son, Baruch, actually rapped on that song. I’m very proud of him. I’ve never really told him to his face, maybe you can tell him for me. I’m proud of him, because usually when people write lyrics, it’s based on what they normally do. Luther Vandross sang…
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September 9, 2019
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African Giant Vibrates Denver – Burna Boy

Article and photos by Robin Shaffer Hundreds of the most beautiful people you’ve ever seen filled Summit Music Hall on Sept. 4, 2019, to see the Nigerian African Giant sensation, Damini Ogulu, best known as Burna Boy. Although the website for the venue had some conflicting information - such as the time the doors open…
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September 6, 2019
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Album review Crazy for Jane – Locos Por Juana

By Jen Cheshire-Reggaewerx Reviewing Locos Por Juana’s latest album “Crazy For Jane” was a bit of a challenge as I don’t speak Spanish and there were several Spanish tracks.  A friend helped me by translating the Spanish tracks. Thank you, Justin Goodman! “ Locos Por Juana is a GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® nominated bilingual band,…
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September 5, 2019
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Difference Between a Viola Bow and a Cello Bow

Resource: https://fiddlershop.com/collections/violas Viola and cello are known as instruments mostly used for classical music that sets the mood and elegance of the song.  However, these musical instruments are also being incorporated in other genres such as pop, jazz, classic rock, reggae and dancehall music to name a few as musicians make covers of popular songs. Some…
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August 29, 2019
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DAN GIOVANNI REGGAE SINGLE “WORLD CRY”

Versatility, creativity, modern vocal sound fused with old school style, Royell Walker known as Dan Giovanni is one of reggae’s newest recording artist. A love and passion for music, he is also a studio engineer, producer.  Resident of the sunshine city Portmore, Royell has always had great desires to become a professional musician. He displayed…
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August 28, 2019
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Jah Cure-Royal Soldier

Album review written by Jen Cheshire I became a fan of Jah Cure with “The Universal Cure”, his 2009 album. I loved the raw gritty lyrics of his “prison songs”.  Since that album, I have been disappointed, as I felt that the rawness had gone. “Royal Soldier” has brought me back again. “Royal Soldier”, Jah…
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August 20, 2019
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After Medical Hiatus, Morgan Heritage’s 1st Lady; UNA MORGAN is Back !

MPR Consulting “She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.” ― Sarah Addison Allen The Evolution of Reggae's Royalty 1st Lady; UNA MORGANMPR CONSULTING - Amid the 2015 historic Catch A Fire tour uniting Reggae's legendary families Morgan Heritage, Marleys and…
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August 19, 2019
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Fyakin Ushers in New Wave of Consciousness

By Shelah Moody  New  age Afro- futurist Rasta. All these terms apply to independent singer/songwriter/producer Fyakin. On August 9, Fyakin released his second full length album, “New Wave,” on his Nyle Banks Music label. The Florida based, Jamaican born reggae artist ushers in a new wave of consciousness with tracks such as “ Africa Awaits,”…
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August 19, 2019
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New Wave – Fyakin

Album review By Jen Cheshire- Reggaewerx “The Most High calls on you when you are young, ‘cause you are strong,” said Fyakin. Over the years Fyakin found himself surrounded by other cultural icons in the industry, such as I Wayne. Fyakin, a devout Rastafarian, humbly credits I Wayne for imparting valuable words of wisdom that…
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August 6, 2019
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New Single from Mortimer – “Lightning” – Produced by Winta James

We are pleased to share with you the latest single from Jamaican recording artist Mortimer called "Lightning", released July 26th, via Overstand Entertainment and Easy Star Records. Produced by Winta James, "Lightning" is available now on all streaming platforms.  "Lightning" is a classic down-tempo reggae love song with a modern update. With a sparse rhythm section featuring a live Hammond organ and rhythm…
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July 29, 2019
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Boundary Breaking Artist Matisyahu Announces Summer Tour Dates!

This July, the multi-talented & GRAMMY-nominated artist Matisyahu will be continuing his incendiary summer tour on July 5th at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. The 30+ date tour will roll on through the western and southwestern United States - tickets are on sale now & the full tour date line up is below, and also available here. Matisyahu has created his…
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July 10, 2019
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Ziggy Marley Changes Our World

Photos and article by Robin Shaffer aka Rock 'N' Robins July brought Colorado some rain, some hail, some blue skies, and some powerful reggae from the master, Ziggy Marley. The first Colorado shows were presented at the idyllic Denver Botanic Gardens. But the ultimate show occurred July 5 at the mystical Mishawaka Theatre in Bellvue.…
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July 8, 2019
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JULIAN MARLEY RELEASES NEW VIDEO to TRACK “BROKEN SAIL”

from HIS RECENTLY RELEASED ALBUM, "AS I AM." Julian Marley | "Broken Sail" | Such Is LifeMiami, Florida. July 02, 2019 -GRAMMY nominated Roots-Reggae crooner, Julian Marley releases new video to his self-written track, "Broken Sail," off of his fourth and latestseventeen track album, AS I AM.  The four minute and twenty-one second video was filmed in both Jamaica Port Royal and Lime Cay. In the lyrics, Julian compares his life and…
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July 3, 2019
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Best of the Best Music Fest 2019

Best of The Best Music Fest 2019 Story by @NattyDPhotography  Photos by @NattyDPhotography & @MelvinCalender Best of the Best Music Fest brought the best Caribbean experience to Miami Florida on Memorial Day weekend.  While there is a welcome party as well as a day party surrounding the music festival, the highlight of the weekend is the Music Fest that takes place…
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June 20, 2019