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Chris Thomas The CEO I.W.A.A.D. Music

Cover photo by Rudy Ran Tommy Thomas, Lloyd Forrest, and lead singer Sam Bramwell of Jamaican group The Chantells -- aren't exactly the best-known roots harmony trio, but their limited output included 1978's smash "Waiting in the Park" and a body of respected tunes, mostly romantic odes showcasing their sweet vocals. The only full album,…
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October 4, 2020
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A Conversation with Skip Marley

Cover photo ©Jack McKain Skip Marley Island Stage interview  By Shelah Moody ”Slow down, youth man, slow down Slow down, young girls, slow down” -Burning Spear, “Creation,” “Rasta Business” ”The smallest change in perspective can transform a life.” --Skip Marley  Slow down.  This may be the catch phrase of the current pandemic culture. While the…
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August 17, 2020
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Cedella Marley Honored with a Jamaica National Award

Congratulations Cedella Marley CD The Bob Marley Group of Companies in Jamaica congratulates our CEO, Cedella Marley, on the honour of being a recipient of a Jamaican National Award to be presented at the official ceremony hosted by the Governor General later this year on National Heroes’ Day in October. ©George Kamper Kingston, Jamaica –…
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August 7, 2020
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Skip Marley releases “Make Me Feel (feat. Rick Ross and Ari Lennox)”

RELEASES NEW SINGLE “MAKE ME FEEL” FEATURING RICK ROSS & ARI LENNOX VIA TUFF GONG/ISLAND RECORDS LISTEN TO “MAKE ME FEEL” BUILDS ON SUCCESS OF #1 GLOBAL SMASH "SLOW DOWN" COLLABO WITH H.E.R., FROM SKIP’S DEBUT EP COMING IN AUGUST  (July 31, 2020 – New York, NY)Skip Marley, whose history-making global hit "Slow Down" with Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R. reached #1 on the Billboard Adult…
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July 31, 2020
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Toots and The Maytals reveal official video for “Warning Warning”

TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS UNVEIL POIGNANT NEW VIDEO FOR‘WARNING WARNING’FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN A DECADE TO BE RELEASED VIA TROJAN JAMAICA/BMG ON AUGUST 28 – PRE-SAVE/ORDER PRE-SAVE/ORDER ‘GOT TO BE TOUGH’ LP (OUT AUGUST 28)“’Got To Be Tough’ is a reminder to stay strong when corrupt systems rear their heads.” – Rolling Stone Magazine“The song is an inspirational…
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July 24, 2020
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Rootz Underground “Red-Gold-Green Album” Review

Written by Jen Cheshire When I was asked to write this album review and received the project, I was a bit overwhelmed by the size of the “Red-Gold-Green Album” as it is three albums together. I couldn’t understand why anyone would release three albums as one project, but after reading the album bio, I realized…
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July 23, 2020
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Tuff Gong International & Amplified Music release a new version of the global anthem ‘One Love’ in support of UNICEF

Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music release a new version of the global anthem  'One Love' Re-recording of iconic anthem will support UNICEF’s Reimagine campaign, a global fundraising appeal to respond, recover and reimagine a post-COVID-19 world fit for children. Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music has released a new version of the global anthem 'One Love'…
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July 22, 2020
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Let the voices be heard -Conscious reggae, dance-hall and hip- hop on the rise: Repositioning Zimbabwe on the global musical landscape

By Collence Chisita Zimbabwe’s  musical landscape has never been the same  since the late and great Robert Nesta Marley graced the independence celebrations on the 18th of April , 1980  as he belted out hits  from the album “Survival” which features the classical track  Zimbabwe.  Chitando (2007) noted that Robert Nesta Marley, the incomparable reggae artist provided the most enthralling and inspiring entertainment…
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July 16, 2020
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THE ROOTS PICNIC PARTNERS WITH MICHELLE OBAMA’S WHEN WE ALL VOTE FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

HOSTED BY QUESTLOVE, BLACK THOUGHT & WHEN WE ALL VOTE& EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY LIVE NATION URBAN, TWO ONE FIVE ENTERTAINMENT & DPSTHE EVENT TO STREAM EXCLUSIVELY ON YOUTUBE SATURDAY, JUNE 27THEvent to Feature Performances as Well as Segments with Musicians,Athletes, When We All Vote Co-Chairs and The RootsEchoing the Importance of Registering to VotePerformances by The Roots, H.E.R.,…
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June 23, 2020
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White Stone Productions Releases FREEDOM (THE DECLARATION OF RIGHTS) EP

WHITE STONE PRODUCTIONS RELEASES FREEDOM (THE DECARATION OF RIGHTS)8 SONGS BY 12 AMAZING ARTISTES !!!PRODUCED BY JUBBA WHITE (DUBTONIC KRU) AVAILABLE NOW ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMSFROM WHITE STONE PRODUCTIONSDISTRIBUTED BY TUFF GONG INTERNATIONAL LISTEN NOW JUNETEENTH, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Cel-Liberation Day, is celebrated in the USA on June 19.  On June 19, 1865, the…
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June 19, 2020
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EP Review of “The Experience” – Lila Ike

Review by Jen Cheshire “The straight-shooting, free-spirited, yet easy-going singer who belts soulful tunes with a velvety smooth voice. Born and raised in the cool hills of Manchester, Lila attended the Manchester High School where her love for music truly started to form. Affectionately labeled the ‘class clown’, Lila was usually in the position where…
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June 14, 2020
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Meet Iyah Syte

BIO Dillon Alton Hines was born in Montego Bay in the beautiful Parish of St. James Jamaica. His parents Russell Hines and Jasmine Murray were both devoted lovers of Reggae and American R&B music, thus exposing him at an early to artists such as Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Ken Booth, Sir Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid,…
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June 9, 2020
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A Kulture Walk with Kumar

Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter Releases Solo Album Interview By Shelah Moody Straight out of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, vocalist Kumar Bent is gearing up to make a huge impact with his first solo album, “Kulture Walk,” releasing May 1st .       In the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the former Raging Fyah frontman and his family are sheltering…
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April 29, 2020
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Kulture Walk

Album Review by Jen Cheshire “Born on December 12, 1988, Kumar McCarty Bent was raised in the parish of Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica. As a young man he found himself frequenting sound system hubs in the neighboring parish of Clarendon, where he would purchase dub plates for resale in other sections of the island. It was…
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April 26, 2020
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The Last Ship: The Experience

By Shelah Moody  Cover PHOTO CREDIT: MATTHEW MURPHY  “Ships are powerful symbols for me. As a child, I watched them being built in the flash of acetylene light. Each one had great ribs of steel, like the skeleton of a sleeping giant and was tended by massive towering cranes, which moved with the slow deliberation…
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March 9, 2020
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Buju Banton in Nairobi, Kenya at #NrgWave Legends Edition | #BujuInKenya

Reggae/dancehall star Buju Banton alongside his enigmatic 10-piece Til Shiloh Band performed his first concert in Africa following his release from prison on the Valentines day aftermath of Saturday 15th February, 2020 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi Kenya. And what a legendary night of destiny it was!  Words: Embukane Libosso Photos: ©…
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February 18, 2020
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Beautiful Sights & Sounds As Buju Banton Lands In Kenya

The most eagerly awaited arrival in Nairobi might just have been last night. Dancers, Media, event organisers and fans kicked off their journey some few minutes after 7pm in a branded convoy from the KICC venue. Two matatus, the public transport minibuses that have over the years been catalysts of pushing Jamaican music and culture…
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February 14, 2020
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UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro – ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ – 40th Anniversary Tour – Nairobi

They’re arguably one of Birmingham’s biggest exports - and last night it was clearly A Labour of Love when UB40 put on a tremendous show in Nairobi graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.  Photo Credits: Garang Photography (https://garangphotography.com/) Words: Embukane Libosso Pulling into the Carnivore grounds on Saturday night to an uplifted…
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February 5, 2020
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I-Taweh “Reload” Album Review

Written by Jen Cheshire Reggaewerx PR for Island Stage Jamaican artist I-Taweh released his third album “Reload” on January 3rd, 2020. The album presents an eclectic mix of old and new styles without straying from I-Taweh’s conscious roots. © Bruno Bobillier-Monnot The album opens with “Danger Zone”, previously released as a single in October 2018, a track with…
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January 29, 2020
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Hot Topics, Superstar Guests, More Planned for 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) During Reggae Month

Kingston, Jamaica -- January 2020 (Acclaim PR) -- Plans for Reggae Month in Jamaica this February are shaping up quite nicely. And amidst an amazing line up of dedicated events, activities and celebrations is the Jamaica Music Conference, aka JMC, which takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, February 13-16, 2020, under the central theme of “Reggae Mek’ka…
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January 28, 2020
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Jonathan Emile drops new album via MindPeaceLove / Tuff Gong International

Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter and cancer survivor Jonathan Emile takes a deep dive into his roots with the release of his debut reggae album Spaces-In-Between . Released January 24, 2020 via the artist's own MindPeaceLove label, and distributed through musical icon Bob Marley's Tuff Gong International, the album retraces the eras of Jamaican music from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, from ska to rocksteady…
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January 24, 2020