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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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Meet Carlos Vives

Getting to know Carlos Vives! Island Stage first learned about Carlos Vives in 2020 after Ziggy Marley shared his featured collaboration with Vives on the track "El Hilo" from Vives recent album release, Cumbiana. We caught up with Carlos for a quick Q & A. With more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, Carlos Vives…
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March 17, 2021
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A Conversation with Skip Marley

Cover photo ©Jack McKain Skip Marley Island Stage interview  By Shelah Moody ”Slow down, youth man, slow down Slow down, young girls, slow down” -Burning Spear, “Creation,” “Rasta Business” ”The smallest change in perspective can transform a life.” --Skip Marley  Slow down.  This may be the catch phrase of the current pandemic culture. While the…
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August 17, 2020
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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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Interview with Pepper

By Jen Cheshire Roots rock reggae band Pepper is currently touring with Iration, Fortunate Youth and Katastro, and promoting their new album “Local Motion”,  to be released on June 28th. The video of the first single released from the album, “Warning” ft Stick Figure, which was produced by Stick Figure, engineered by Johnny Cosmic, and…
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June 10, 2019
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Natalli Rize: Resonating

By Shelah Moody Olivia Newton John. The Bee Gees. Air Supply. Add rising star Natalli Rize to the list of innovative and powerful musical movements to arise from Australia. The dreadlocked, Melbourne born singer/songwriter/producer describes her style of music as rebel frequencies, which influenced the title of her latest album. Rize describes her style as…
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February 10, 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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Cookie The Herbalist

Interview by Jen Cheshire   Cookie The Herbalist, real name Stefano Raschi,  is to be counted as one of Switzerland’s most prolific, successful and relevant reggae and dancehall artistes. Thanks to his powerful and energetic performances and his characteristic voice, his live shows are favorites in Europe and abroad. Recently I caught up with Cookie…
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December 17, 2018
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To All My Relations- Interview with Taj Weekes

“You've taken on a lie, when falsehood became your alibi.  You've taken to deceive the very ones you once told to believe.  You’ve taken to defend anyone who’ll bring you money in the end. Taken out to war couldn’t get what you were wishing for.” Taj Weekes & Adowa, The Lie   Taj Weekes and…
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October 23, 2018
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An Interview with Jesse Royal at Reggae on the Rocks

Interview and photos by Rock NRobins   If you have never been backstage at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado then you don’t know what massive is. If you aren’t awed by the physical setting, then you might be impressed by the sheer numbers of iconic talent that have performed there over the decades. From…
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September 3, 2018
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It’s So Easy Being Green: An Interview with Zion Thompson

By Shelah Moody   The Green perform Sunday, May 27 at the California Roots Festival, Monterey, CA,  www.californiarootsfestival.com.    I first fell in love with reggae music on the island of Oahu in the late eighties. I remember hearing Bob Marley and the Wailers--really hearing them on someone’s boom box pre-sunset on Waikiki Beach. I…
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April 25, 2018
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Etana ~ Reggae Forever

Interview by Maliika Walker Photos by Angela Kay Photography   Etana is The Strong One.  I remember when I witnessed seeing her image for the first time, the video for Wrong Address.  I immediately was drawn to her soulful voice and have been a fan since that day ten years ago. Each album release brings forth…
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March 8, 2018
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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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FALLEN FIGHTERS U.S. TOUR- Interview with Dutty Bookman

A note from Dutty: I am Dutty Bookman, a thinker, an instigator, a family man. I am deeply affected by the human condition and I always seem to be working on ways to improve it for future generations. I have idealistic visions of life and what it should be, and I am learning to balance…
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August 17, 2017