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Scent Of Cedar- A book by Lasana Bandelé

Book Cover Photo ©Lee Abel www.reggaeportraits.com Scent Of Cedar by Jamaican poet Lasana Bandele is a volume of poems that is musical, inspirational, modern, fresh, prolific with absolutely no emphasis on rhyme but rhythm, message, meaning and flow, taking you to love, hope, freedom, justice, politics and places in the sun where dreams roam the…
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September 18, 2014
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Reggae Rise Up SLC 2014

Photos © Melanie Stratton Article by Alyssa Corbeil Nestled in the middle of Salt Lake City’s historical Liberty Park is where Reggae Rise Up’s 2 day festival has found its home for over the past 5 years. But this year was different, with numbers of festival goers almost tripling in size toppling over 17,000 lending…
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August 5, 2014
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Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2014

“Celebration of Culture, Art, Music and Humanity” by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas   Living in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” one rarely needs to travel outside Austin, Texas to hear the greatest, most captivating music in the universe. Austin is a living gumbo of musical cultures and performance art combined with a historical legacy…
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July 7, 2014
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Ras Mc Bean

Ras Mc Bean - Inlightment Label: Union World Music Produced by: Fireman Crew Distribution by: Groove Attack / Irievibrations Records / LC-18422 IRIE071 / CD / Digital Download Release: 06-06-2014 Ras Mc Bean, born in Guyana, which is a state in South America and a part of the Caribbean, knows how to please the listeners…
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July 2, 2014
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House of Marley Supports Jamaica Reggae Girlz Campaign

Will Match Crowd Donations Up to $5,000.00 Kingston, Jamaica: It was announced Friday that House of Marley, maker of high-quality consumer electronics inspired by the life and music of Bob Marley, has initiated a program to support the Jamaica Reggae Girlz’ current fundraising campaign being hosted on the crowd-funding site GoFundMe. The Reggae Girlz are…
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April 22, 2014
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The Crabs and the 500 Acre Bucket -A Pinnacle Thought

Taken from the forthcoming book “The Crabs & the 500 Acre Bucket” by Original Gong Family Copyright Patrick Howell 2014 I was thinking… What if my father had been working his father Vivian’s land (as he often did)on one of those days when his Uncle, The Gong, made one of his frequent visits in order…
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April 21, 2014
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Saluting the Rebel

Rebel Salute 2014 review and photos by Sista Irieradio producer/host, photojournalist, Austin, Texas "The Preservation of Reggae Music," the stated mission of this year's Rebel Salute is no easy task. That said, Tony Rebel has literally 'set the stage' sending a clear message to national and international fans, historical and emerging artists and growing support…
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January 31, 2014
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British Dependency

by Workaholix Media Before the live show started, I was able to sit down with the Anguilla-based trio,British Dependency, backstage for an interview. An artist interview can be tricky, you never know what mood the artist/band might be in before or after a show. I met British Dependency as they started their pre-show routine; I…
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January 30, 2014
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Musically Speaking- The Future of Jamaican Reggae Music

Muscially Speaking The Future of Jamaican Reggae Music By Lloyd Stanbury, Entertainment Attorney and Music Business Consultant   Greetings, and let me take this opportunity to congratulate the Island Stage team on the successful launch of this quarterly magazine designed to highlight and discuss Caribbean lifestyle and cultural issues. I look forward to making regular…
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January 10, 2014
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MORGAN HERITAGE LIVE AT B.B. KINGS NYC 11/7/13

By Lisa Lamarre When I found out Morgan Heritage was coming to New York City, I knew I had to be there no matter what! I've been a fan for quite some time and dying to see them live. I honestly didn't get into listening to full studio albums until recent years, so I made…
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December 3, 2013
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Protoje Music From My Heart Tour

Protoje and The Indiggnation Europe!! Protoje & The Indiggnation is coming your way again!! Check the dates! Where will we see you? France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Swtizerland, Austria, Netherlands. Spread the news, see you soon!! Subscribe for a free digital download of Island Stage Magazine
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September 21, 2013
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Chronixx in Philly

Summary & Photos by Empress K   Chronixx, one of the leading young Jamaican artists in the new Reggae Revival Movement is on the move in 2013. Chronixx backed by his band, the Zinc Fence Redemption Band completed a 2nd successful tour in Europe this year and is now just wrapping up a well received…
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September 20, 2013
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United Nations of Reggae -Summerjam 2013

Summary and Images by Sista Irie - Austin, Texas "Kingston, be wise, Kingston, free up your mind…. Kingston, just be wise, Kingston, free up the I, yeah" -Protoje   Nothing exposes truth as much as travel to faraway places, especially when multitudes of music lovers unite in heartical passion. After thirty years of faithfully attending Reggae festivals…
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September 18, 2013
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Reincarnated Documentary -Recap & Review

Written by Maliika Walker-Island Stage Reincarnated is defined as, "to be re-born in a new body." When Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion announced that Reincarnated was the name of his forthcoming documentary and album I have to admit I was more than skeptical. Yes, I was judging him. After all, this is…
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April 25, 2013
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Remembering 2Pac

June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996 Tupac Amaru Shakur was an inspiration to millions. Makaveli While 2Pac was most famous for his rap career, he was also a gifted actor, poet and thoughtful while outspoken advocate for the poor and the overlooked in America. During his life, he produced an immense amount of artistic…
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September 13, 2012
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Racism and the RNC

A black CNN camerawoman was targeted in a racially-charged incident at the Republican National Convention earlier this week has come forward, saying she is “not surprised” it happened. Patricia Carroll, 34, was pelted with peanuts on the convention floor Tuesday by two alternate GOP delegates who said, “This is what we feed animals.” It was…
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August 31, 2012
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Hummingbird Hall

MONTEGO BAY, CORNWALL, JAMAICA Hummingbird Hall is a boutique Jamaican mansion where birds dance amongst tropical fauna by day, and fireflies play under star spangled skies by night! Nestled between the exclusive White Witch and Cinnamon Hill "ocean courses", we offer beautiful eco friendly retreats for the discerning traveler, and weddings that are unique, romantic…
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July 3, 2012
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Meet Ludmilla Muse

Affectionately known as "Ludi" Ludmilla “Ludi” Muse was born in the “Windy City,” Chicago, Illinois to native Haitian parents. In front of the camera, on the stage, or behind a mic, Ludi developed a love for performing at an early age. Writing and performing plays for her friends and family fueled a spark within her…
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June 1, 2012
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MARLEY.. The Island Stage Review

Yesterday was a good day! A friend of mine hooked me up with a pass to see the screening of "Marley", the much anticipated docu-film which opens on 4/20/12 in theaters. I grabbed a couple of close friends and off we went! I was wondering what the crowd would be like and hoping that there…
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April 13, 2012