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The Preservation of Reggae Music, Rebel Salute 2019

Article and photos by Sista Irie - Austin,Texas Some say reggae music never died and there was no need for a ‘Reggae Revival.’ Perhaps that is true, yet, the preservation of reggae music should never be taken for granted. Reggae music has experienced intermittent ups and downs beginning in the late eighties and early nineties…
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February 5, 2019
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Reggae in the Desert 2018

By Jen Cheshire Photographs courtesy of Monty Jay of  MJPh0to     Reggae in the Desert is a festival I see advertised every year but until this year I had not had the opportunity to go to. Since I have relocated to Las Vegas, home of Reggae In The Desert, I, at last, had the…
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July 2, 2018
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Rototom Sunsplash, The United Nations of Reggae, Celebrating Africa!

article and photos by Sista Irie, photojournalist “Fake news is only a problem now because it is affecting European and American politics. So everyone is talking about fake news, forgetting that in Africa, we have been under fake news for 400 years.” Seun Kuti, Reggae University, Rototom Sunsplash 2017 The evolution of Spain’s second largest…
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September 22, 2017
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Diversifying Reggae on the River

Article by Jay Steinberg Photos by Lee Abel Photography   Approaching Reggae on the River from Highway 101, I could feel the intense vibes radiating from the bank of the Eel River. It was my first year attending what the veterans of this festival call “Reggae” after years of hearing about it at other, smaller California…
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August 28, 2017
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Celebrating Africa at Rototom Sunsplash 2017

Sista Irie, reggae photojournalist, Island Stage Magazine "Celebrating Africa" reflected a colorful, educational and spiritually filled week  during the  24th annual Rototom Sunsplash. Africa was ever present on the Lion Stage, the African Village and the Main stage, as well as the deliciously aromatic food booths, visual art graphics throughout the grounds, Reggae University panels,…
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August 28, 2017
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ARISE Music Festival Sells Out // Announces Slightly Stoopid in 2018

This is how we do it in Loveland, Colorado!   ARISE 2017 Magic Moments Video from the sold-out Arise Music Festival. Headliners for ARISE Aug 3-5, 2018 will include SLIGHTLY STOOPID, THIEVERY CORPORATION and more. $139 Loyalty Tickets on sale now. Big love to all of the amazing artists, presenters, volunteers and staff that made the…
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August 11, 2017
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The Lion Stage roars at Rototom Sunsplash 2017

The stage announces its line-up for the 'Celebrating Africa' edition, in which it grows and broadens its range of artists The Tuareg guitarist Bombino, the unstoppable show of Mungo’s Hi Fi and Turbulence, Jamaican music’s standard bearer, are among the music delights to be enjoyed this August     Rototom Sunsplash has completed the line-up…
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July 19, 2017
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Summer Solstice Heats Up at the 24th Edition of SNWMF

Summary by Hal Wendlinger Photos by Lee Abel The 24th edition of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival occurred this June 16-18th at it’s recurring home in Boonville, California. For this one weekend a year, this normally quiet town lives up to it’s affectionately given nickname of “Boomville.” The festival normally occurs in conjunction with…
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July 7, 2017
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Reggae On The River #33- August 3-6! Get Your Tickets!

On the weekend of August 3-6, the non-profit Mateel Community Center will present the 33rd year of Reggae On The River- one of the world’s iconic festival experiences.  Set on the banks of the majestic Eel River and delivering the best in reggae and world music to the hills of Humboldt County, CA since 1984,…
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June 26, 2017
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Ziggy Marley Shines at SunFest 2017

by Xavier LeBlanc   In West Palm Beach, there is no greater gathering of music lovers and summer fun than the long celebrated SunFest music festival which first began in 1984. But this year, more than ever before, the sun was shining and the weather was sweet. Thousands of attendees were graced with the presence…
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June 25, 2017
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Sunfest 2017 Day 1 – Wednesday, May 3rd (The Strumbellas, Snoop Dogg, Weezer)

Article written by Sheldon Robertson Photos © Reggae Reflection The Strumbellas © 2017 Reggae Reflection The Strumbellas ©2017 Reggae Reflection The Strumbellas This award-winning sextet got my Sunfest off to a pleasant start, with a catchy folk-rock sound reminiscent of The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. Formed in Toronto in 2008, the Canadian character of…
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June 23, 2017
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Rototom Sunsplash prepares its first social art gallery

Social Art Gallery is born out of the idea to exhibit the creative work of some twenty artists and collaborate with social projects by putting the finished works on saleThe theme will be that of the 24th edition: Celebrating Africa  Benicàssim | Tuesday, 20 June 2017   Social Art Gallery. Under this new name the space for…
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June 20, 2017
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SNWMF 2017: Lineup by Day & Stage Announced

NEWSLETTER SNWMF 2017 GENTLEMAN CHRONIXX CAPLETON BARRINGTON LEVY TARRUS RILEY THIRD WORLD ANTHONY B MELLOW MOOD HORACE ANDY MACKA B DENNIS BOVELL THE BLACK SEEDS THE SKINTS GAPPY RANKS LAKOU MIZIK RANKING JOE CHRISTOPHER ELLIS EXCO LEVI SINKANE GENERAL ROOTS KEITH & TEX NST & THE SOUL SAUCE MARLA BROWN SARITAH LOS PINGUOS I-TAWEH EASTERN…
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June 14, 2017
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Mateel Community Center Presents the 33rd Annual Reggae on the River

Available now on line and as a free download, is the 2017 Reggae on the River Program Guide.  In it you'll find information about the artists, camping, festival shuttles, vendors, sponsors and more. 4 Day & 3 Day passes on sale now A benefit for the non-profit Mateel Community Center,  the 33rd staging of this iconic festival known…
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June 4, 2017
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Sunfest 2017: Rear-View

Article by Sheldon Robertson Photos by Empress K- Reggae Reflection When does a Fitbit give you too much information? As a longtime Sunfest attendee, I realize that a lot of walking is involved, especially on the weekend days when the third stage and the Art District is open, but I was not prepared for my step-counter…
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May 11, 2017
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Mateel Community Center Presents the 33rd Annual Reggae on the River

French’s Camp- 657 US Hwy 101, Garberville, CA Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6, 2017 A benefit for the non-profit Mateel Community Center, its known as “Reggae”- one of the best parties on the planet Tickets available online here   REGGAE ON THE RIVER 2017 Artist Lineup  Slightly Stoopid, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Sly &…
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May 4, 2017
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Kaya Fest April 22, 2017 Miami, Florida

Produced by eight-time Grammy award-winner, singer, songwriter, musician producer and son of legend Bob Marley, Stephen Marley, the Kaya Fest will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami. “My Father was at the forefront of the movement to educate people about the benefits of Cannabis,”…
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April 6, 2017
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Sunfest 2017 May 3 – 7 West Palm Beach Line-up

One of our favorite annual musical festivals kicks off on Wednesday, May 3rd in West Palm Beach, Florida. SunFest is Florida's largest annual art and music festival taking place at the beautiful waterfront location along Flagler Drive. The multi-day multi-genre music festival celebrates its 35th year with an impressive and diverse line up of artists…
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April 6, 2017
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33rd annual Reggae On The River®

Happy New Year Reggae Family!     On the heels of the Winter Solstice, we at the Mateel Community Center are already starting to look forward to longer days, warmer summer temperatures, and the return of festival fun. Presently though we are drenched in bountiful winter rains- reinvigorating our blessed Eel River, filling our new rainwater…
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January 23, 2017
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Island Stage Goes to The Emerald Cup

Off to See The Wizard! By Shelah Moody Photos by Lee Abel With all of this green, there must be a wizard. During the weekend of Dec. 9-11, activist Tim Blake, in conjunction with producers Dan Sheehan and Thomas Cousins of Ineffable Live Music Group, presented the 13th Annual Emerald Cup—Northern California’s premiere cannabis competition,…
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December 22, 2016