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Robert “Dubwise” Browne Cliff Marley Tosh Album Review

Album Review By Jen Cheshire When I was asked to review “Cliff Marley Tosh” the latest album by Robert “Dubwise” Browne, I thought this would be difficult as it’s an instrumental album of covers of well-known songs by Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh. Dubwise is an acclaimed musician, from a talented musical family…
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August 16, 2021
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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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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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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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Album review of Bugle’s “Picture Perfect”

Review by Jen Cheshire- Reggaewerx PR “Picture Perfect”, the third album by Bugle (birth name Roy Thompson) is an epic 20 track album containing two distinct parts, traditional roots reggae but with a modern vibe and an upbeat conscious and clean dancehall selection.   In preparing for this review I made a list of the tracks…
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November 18, 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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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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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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Album Review – Christopher Martin – “And Then”

Jen Cheshire In my opinion, Jamaican reggae artist Christopher Martin has always been on the pop side of dancehall music and with his latest album, “And Then”, I feel he has gone even further in that direction. “And Then” is an album with a love theme, that has tracks ranging from upbeat to an acoustic…
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May 21, 2019
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The Green “Black and White” album review

Written by Jen Cheshire Hawaii based band, The Green will be releasing their new acoustic album “Black and White” on Friday, March 22nd. Celebrating a decade as a band, they revisit their previous four albums, picking out popular songs and making them a personal message to their fans in an acoustic form, before working on…
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March 19, 2019
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In Our America – Aaron Nigel Smith Album Review

By Jen Cheshire “Aaron Nigel Smith released his debut solo album In Our America, on his Aya World label, in partnership with Tuff Gong International, on March 8, 2019. With reggae songs that speak truth to today’s turbulent times, In Our America offers positive messages and inspiration for everyday activism. Songs from the new album…
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March 11, 2019
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Island Stage Album Review ‘Rebel Frequency’ – Nattali Rize

Written by Jen Cheshire After seeing Nattali Rize perform at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in June 2018, I had to buy this album. “Rebel Frequency” is an album that has restored my faith that reggae music with a message isn’t dead. Recently I heard somebody say “With all that’s going on in society today,…
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February 11, 2019
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‘As I Am’ Album Review

By Jen Cheshire It’s been close to ten years since Julian Marley last released an album, so this one has been very much anticipated. The album “As I Am” will be released this Friday, January 25th, 2019. I had no expectations as I’m not very familiar with Julian’s earlier albums; so when I started to…
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January 22, 2019
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Julian Marley – As I Am Interview

Maliika Walker “To be merciful and forgiving is his promise, so, never deny his guarantee.His love for us is broader than the universe, and as a father, he don't show partialitySo, who am I but to exalt his name.”  Papa- Julian Marley Julian Marley will be releasing his fourth studio album on January 25th titled…
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January 7, 2019
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Sammy Johnson-‘Moonlight Lovers’ Album Review

Jen Cheshire   Not being familiar with Sammy Johnson at all, going into this EP review was a new experience for me. Sammy Johnson grew up with an Australian mother and a Polynesian father but didn’t really connect with the Polynesian part of his roots until he was given an album of the artist Fiji…
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December 17, 2018
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A.M.E.N Album review

Written by Jen Cheshire   When I was asked to review Nesbeth's debut album “A.M.E.N.”, an acronym for his late wife's name Ann Marie Elliot Nesbeth, I was not sure what to expect. I was a big fan of his hit single "My Dream" but was not so impressed by the follow-up singles and was…
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October 11, 2018
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Groundation “The Next Generation’ Album Review

By Shelah Moody Island Stage Magazine   What do reggae, blues, funk and improvisational music have in common? Prolific singer/songwriter/producer Harrison Stafford and Groundation have based their unique sound on fusing the music of the African Diaspora since they formed 20 years ago in Northern California. Propelled by Stafford’s mystic, reedy tenor, Groundation is perhaps the only…
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July 30, 2018
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Kabaka Pyramid’s “Kontraband” Sure to be a Grammy Contender- Album Review

Review by Shelah Moody Photos by Rock N Robins   Kabaka Pyramid and Protoje have a lot in common. Both Jamaican singer/DJs are  leaders of reggae revival a movement of globally conscious Jah-centric, Afro-centric and dread-centric reggae/dancehall artists. This summer, both released dynamic albums that could easily become Grammy contenders for 2018.  Ironically, both albums…
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July 15, 2018
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Ziggy Marley ‘Rebellion Rises’ Album Review

By Shelah Moody “I'm not a Christian, I'm not a Muslim I'm not a Jew, it shouldn't matter to you I'm not a capitalist and I'm not a communist I'm not a socialist, I'm not the politics Tell me, are these the reasons, you can't live right?”  —Ziggy Marley, “I am a Human,” from “Rebellion…
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May 18, 2018
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Mellow Mood – ‘Large’ Album Review

Review by Jen Cheshire for Island Stage Magazine   Mellow Mood’s latest album ‘Large’  is an album full of social comment, with subjects ranging from fake news to consumerism, and a little ‘broken hearts’ and ‘self-pity’ thrown in the mix. Mellow Mood is an Italian band fronted by twins Jacopo and Lorenzo Garzia. The band…
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April 2, 2018
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Damian Marley Returns with Stony Hill

Review by Maliika Walker  “The way Jah fire keeps blazing, that’s why I constantly praise him.” Speak Life by Damian Marley Twelve years.  Yes, hard to believe it’s been twelve years since Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley’s Grammy winning album Welcome to Jamrock was released.  However, fans were still able to see and hear his music thanks to…
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August 18, 2017
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CHRONOLOGY (Chronixx) Review

review by Sista Irie, photojournalist Chronology, the long awaited debut album from Jamaica’s youngest, most internationally acknowledged reggae artist blends a genius mix of intellectual and spiritually infused lyrics into a wickedly produced new release. Chronology is destined to attract a wide scope of music lovers from solid roots reggae aficionados to a multitude of cross…
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July 10, 2017
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Midnight Raver’s “One Dance” Album Review

Review by Midnight Raver Groundation lyricist and front-man Harrison Stafford takes back to Jamdown on 'One Dance,' the new album featuring legendary reggae musicians Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace (drums),  Errol “Flabba Holt” Carter (bass), Lloyd “Obeah” Denton (keyboards), and Dalton Browne (guitar).  Perhaps the most authentic non-Jamaican reggae musician on the planet, Stafford has earned the respect of…
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May 23, 2016