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People Power-Jesse Royal Ushers in Post Pandemic Reggae Revival

By Shelah Moody Photos by Lee Abel   “Music is service, so we live in service continually,” said conscious reggae singer Jesse Royal.     On Oct. 5, the “Modern Day Judas” singer, his dynamic Jamaican band and his younger brother  DJ Justus, of the Ft. Lauderdale based group Firm Music, brought positive vibes to the Independent…
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October 13, 2021
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Taj Weekes Wants us to Pause

Written By Maliika Walker    “Come out the water is safe, no need for testing. If you come out to late, we lose Investments.”  Taj Weekes, Crisis   Taj Weekes has returned to the music scene with a new album opus reflecting on the events affecting the world today titled, Pause.  This album is the…
Susan
September 14, 2021
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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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Garfield “Chin” Bourne CEO, Irish & Chin

Part One Of Maliika Walker's Interview I witnessed my first Soundclash on the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise in 2015.  I always fashioned myself a “roots” girl but witnessing my first soundclash led me to research the Soundclash movement and such greats as David Rodigan, Kilimanjaro, Stone Love, Mighty Crown and Tony Matterhorn.  I recently saw…
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January 3, 2018
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Get to Know Samory I

Samory-Tour Frazer, otherwise known as Samory I was born November 21,  1989, a Gaddite, to parents Owen and Muriel Frazer. Samory I has a passion for music, as a child he sang every day. An ardent church goer, he performed at many church functions and brought the congregations to tears on many occasions upon hearing…
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April 4, 2017
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Hempress Sativa- Interview

Interview and photos by Jan Salzman February 18, 2017 San Diego, California   I met up with Hempress Sativa after her set at the Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival at the World Beat center in San Diego, California. I was sitting to the side of the stage backstage and she came off stage and…
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February 28, 2017
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Songs From Zion – Kristine Alicia

Interview by Jennifer Cheshire Kristine Alicia burst onto the reggae scene with her new album Songs From Zion produced by Rory "Stone Love" Gilligan, released on February 17 and is set to take the world by storm.  "Where did she come from? Isn't she a gospel singer?" you may ask. Kristine Alicia is a singer/songwriter who was…
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February 23, 2017
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What’s Cooking with Ziggy Marley?

Seven-Time Grammy Winner Launches Family Cook Book in Menlo Park, CA By Shelah Moody with Safi Wa Narobi of KPFA F.M. Berkeley “The food of my youth, and my wife’s Orly’s, continues to be the food of our adulthood. An Israeli of Iranian decent, Orly really understands food and family.  She grew up in a…
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November 15, 2016
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Getting To Know Noah Landale

Interview by Maliika Walker Remember the name Noah Landale, a reggae artist on the rise.  His current single, “Can’t Let Go”, has not been released to the public, but is getting support from radio stations in the US, UK, and Jamaica.  “Can’t Let Go” has a crossover to listener’s outside of the reggae genre. Noah…
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May 5, 2016
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Up Close and Personal with Harrison Stafford

By Shelah Moody Photos by Lee Abel Photography When you think of Harrison Stafford, Bob Marley’s song “Easy Skankin” comes to mind. Watching him open for Bunny Wailer at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, backed by an upcoming reggae band from Santa Cruz, CA called Pure Roots, singing and dancing with a joyous spirit,…
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May 5, 2016
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Tarrus Riley aka “Singy Singy”

Interview: Maliika Walker “No I never been someone shy Until I seen your eyes Still I had to try, yeah Oh yes, let me get my words right and then approach you Woman I’ll treat you like a man is suppose to” Tarrus Riley has a gift that he shares with his fans.  That gift…
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January 7, 2016
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Jah Mason “Love and Wisdom”

By: Empress K Jah Mason has created an extensive catalog of music over the course of his nearly 25 year career. His latest album, aptly-titled, Love and Wisdom is his 20th official studio album and the first project with New Creation Records, his new management team based in Atlanta, GA. In high spirits after a…
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January 7, 2016
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Reggae Artist TUFF LIKE IRON

Blending Purpose with Fury & Passion Biography written by Grace Vanriel Pulsating spirituality and pure creative energy through every vein, songwriter and vocalist Kindele Aixe known on-stage as Tuff Like Iron is a multitalented songstress, with an already established track record in the world of fashion design, who is also quickly gaining recognition on the…
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November 5, 2015
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Alaine – Ten of Hearts

Interview by : Maliika Walker Alaine has the voice of love. When I hear her voice I hear the sweet sounds of how beautiful love can be. Not just romantic love but self-love, general love of all people, just love. Her voice embodies a feeling that she truly is living the lyrics she is saying.…
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November 5, 2015
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Abby Dallas

If Lady Saw is a deejay that sings sometimes, then Abby Dallas is a singer that deejays sometimes. So, think a blend of Tessanne Chin with a little more street cred and a bit of Lady Saw with much more subtlety and you would not be far off from Abby Dallas. That Abby Dallas is…
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November 5, 2015
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Miriam Simone

Miriam Simone is one of Europe’s hottest up-coming female Reggae artists, hailing from Amsterdam and now resident in Surinam. To-date she has released four music videos, and several singles, performed at major Reggae events, collaborated and shared stages with some of Reggaes biggest artists. At the age of four Simone started to sing. She was…
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November 5, 2015
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Shuga

Misty Campbell is a Jamaican international recording artist and winner of the competitive national TV program, Jamaica Digicel Rising Stars (J.D.R.S - 2009). Best known as “Shuga”, the artist adapted her moniker depicting the sweet sugary sound of her vocal ability. Embodying the spirit of a rebel with positive messages, Shuga’s mission is to create…
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November 5, 2015
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“The Crown Princess” Marla Brown

Deborah Adela Marla Brown (born November 5th 1986), popularly known as Marla, is the youngest child of the late, great Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emanuel Brown. With a history of professionalism through the arts, young Brown is no stranger to performance and entertainment. Having Ballet, Street and Contemporary dance as her foundation, Marla has…
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November 5, 2015
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Kamila McDonald ~ Kamp Kamila

Interview by Maliika Walker Kamila McDonald is a wife, mother, Honors graduate from Stanford University, Master’s graduate of UC Berkeley, certified personal trainer, and sports nutritionist. She is also an official Adidas Ambassador of Jamaica who is a passionate advocate for preventing chronic non communicable diseases, like Diabetes. Kamila is also the founder of 10poundpledge.com…
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November 5, 2015
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The Goddess Creator of Jewel London Custom Jewelry

Jewel London was birthed by Jamaican born Sidjae Reid Cuellar, a former international fashion model, mother, wife and an intuitive life-long super lover of healing gemstones and crystals. The birth of her daughter “Jewel London” was the divine inspiration that manifested the vision to share her endless love of style combined with her knowledge of…
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November 5, 2015