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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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Austin Reggae Festival 2016~when it rains, it pours

Article by Sista Irie, photojournalist, Austin, Texas The Austin Reggae Festival, founded in 1994, is the largest fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, a non-profit organization feeding thousands of hungry families in Austin, Texas, and its surrounding areas. Each year, the three day event is highly anticipated as one of the most entertaining and…
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May 5, 2016
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MUSICALLY SPEAKING

  by Lloyd Stanbury What Does Reggae Mean to Africans? “How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, to see the unification of all Africans”. Bob Marley - “Africa Unite”  “Don’t care where you come from, as long as you are a black man, you’re an African”.  Peter Tosh - “African” …
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SXSW 2016 Reggae International Austin Stylee

Article and photos by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas The ebb and flow of a musically rich city like Austin, Texas is an education few people are privileged to experience. In 1984, downtown Austin was a hubbub of antiquated warehouses sprinkled with one and two story buildings reminiscent of aging and uncared for small town businesses.…
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Who is Esther Anderson?

Esther Anderson was born in the parish of St. Mary on the north coast of Jamaica. Her father Randolph Anderson was an architect and planter. Her mother, Ivy Mae Mahon, belonged to a well-established Indian community in St Mary. She studied at Highgate High School and at the Quaker Finishing School, where she joined the…
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RUNKUS

Born Romario Sebastian Anthony Bennett aka RUNKUS to parents veteran entertainer Determine and artiste manager and booking agent Paula Francis, he started recording at the tender age of seven (7) years old with songs like Ghetto Youths, Those Niggas and Back on the Street Again on his parents Zulu Productions label. Runkus is a past…
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March 3, 2016
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EarthKry

The EarthKry band was born and nurtured within the halls of the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica where four budding musicians hoped to hone their skills.  Their journey began in 2012 with a twist of fate which brought together lead singer and guitarist Aldayne Haughton, keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane ,…
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March 3, 2016
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AGAPE FEATURING NADIA HARRIS

Treading their own path through a diverse spectrum of sounds and life experiences, Agape brings it all together in a collaboration that ignores geographical locations and sound barriers. The sound can be called “DUB” since it’s the element that seems to mostly tie the strings of their prismatic sonic collages. Elements are drawn from their…
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March 3, 2016
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ORieL

Oriel Barry was born in Wesley, Dominica a small island in the Caribbean. Grow- ing up, he was part of a drum band and was an active member of his school and church choir. Undoubtedly that was where he discovered and started to develop his passion for the art of music. Having experimented with the…
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March 3, 2016
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Khalilah Rose

Khalilah Rose is a beautiful roots reggae flower that uses singing and songwriting as a tool to revolutionize the world. She possesses a burning desire to ignite positive change for humanity. Khalilah Rose is not afraid to stand on the frontline as she has managed to elude her rebellious nature passed through her Maroon bloodline.…
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March 3, 2016
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F Y A K I N

 Musician, Performer, Producer, Writer - Reggae / Reggae Soul / Dancehall - If music can ever be described to have an element of “refined rawness” then you have aptly described Fyakin’s music. A young talent to rise out of Portmore, Fyakin is here to claim his place in music history with his honest lyrics and…
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March 3, 2016
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DAN GIOVANNI

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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March 3, 2016
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Davianah Music

by Empress K Davianah, the young, vivacious 23 year old singer and songwriter has been surrounded by the music business her entire life.  Following in the footsteps of her famous father, veteran Reggae artist Tony Rebel,  this next generation Rebel became interested in her own music career at the early age of 6.  At approximately…
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March 3, 2016
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Taj Weekes & Adowa ~ Love Herb & Reggae

Written by Maliika Walker Once in awhile we all come in contact with phenomenons that have the ability to affect positive change in the communities in which we live.  That most recent feeling for me came when I heard the music of Taj Weekes for the first time.  His music drew me to remember why…
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March 3, 2016
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The Revolution and Revelation of the Mystic Revealers

“There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air, if you listen carefully now, you will hear..” Bob Marley The MYSTIC REVEALERS play a unique role, past and present, in their contribution to a fertile  environment that defined Rastafari philosophy as the root of Jamaican music. For those who do not know Jamaica’s, Billy “Mystic” Wilmott,…
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March 3, 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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Sounds of Reggae December 13, 2015

By: Maliika Walker Photos © Reggae Reflection   The anticipation for the Sounds of Reggae Concert were high from the moment it was announced this fall.  A show featuring Shaggy, Third World and Ky-Mani Marley, all on one bill was surely not to be missed.  The recently refurbished Kings Theatre was the chosen venue for…
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January 7, 2016
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WALKING A MILE IN YOUR SHOES: My Spiritual Journey With Lucky Dube

 by Lenah Mochoele book review by Lee Abel   Lucky Dube’s music touched millions of hearts worldwide, but very few souls had the opportunity to work with him professionally. For those who did, their lives were forever altered, elevated, and enriched. Fate smiled on Lenah Mochoele. She began working at Gallo Record Company, Lucky’s label,…
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January 7, 2016
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Up Close and Personal with Award Winning Author Marlon James

Article By Shelah Moody Photos by Lee Abel “From Jamdown to Boogie Down; hope you enjoy the trip.” –Marlon James This fall, acclaimed Jamaican author Marlon James arrived in San Francisco on the heels of winning the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his third novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (Riverhead Books). James made…
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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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PUPPA LËK SÈN

Lëk Sèn grew up in Ngor, a fishing village close to Dakar, in Senegal. Haunted by singing from early childhood he expresses himself by rapping within the SSK music band. Their style develops as they grow up and they start in February 2006 a collaboration with the Louxor Station musicians from Paris. This common work…
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January 7, 2016
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Ras Takura

Founder of the annual ‘Dis Poem’ Wordz & Agro Festival’ RasTakura, was nominated for the International Reggae and World Music (IRAWMA) award in 2011 - Dub Poet of The Year. Founder of the annual ‘Dis Poem ‘Wordz & Agro Festival’ As the tides change in the Reggae landscape that maintain the Rootical vibration from the days of…
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January 7, 2016
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Cunnie Budd

Growing up in the Northern Parishes on the beautiful island of Jamaica Oneal Lance Bullah aka Cunnie Budd was born in Trelawny in 1981. He is the youngest of five children, raised by his mom for a short time before moving to St Marys to live with his father. From a very young age he…
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January 7, 2016