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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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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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BaRuch Hinds Speaks on “Mass Manipulation”

By Shelah Moody  "As you can hear, my son, Baruch, actually rapped on that song. I’m very proud of him. I’ve never really told him to his face, maybe you can tell him for me. I’m proud of him, because usually when people write lyrics, it’s based on what they normally do. Luther Vandross sang…
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September 9, 2019
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African Giant Vibrates Denver – Burna Boy

Article and photos by Robin Shaffer Hundreds of the most beautiful people you’ve ever seen filled Summit Music Hall on Sept. 4, 2019, to see the Nigerian African Giant sensation, Damini Ogulu, best known as Burna Boy. Although the website for the venue had some conflicting information - such as the time the doors open…
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September 6, 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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Ziggy Marley Changes Our World

Photos and article by Robin Shaffer aka Rock 'N' Robins July brought Colorado some rain, some hail, some blue skies, and some powerful reggae from the master, Ziggy Marley. The first Colorado shows were presented at the idyllic Denver Botanic Gardens. But the ultimate show occurred July 5 at the mystical Mishawaka Theatre in Bellvue.…
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July 8, 2019
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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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An Evening of Musical Healing with Julian Marley

Photos and article by Danny Savage Sunday, May 12th marked Julian Marley and the Uprising’s stop in Wilmington, Delaware at the historical Queen Theater. The weather was unseasonably cold and the relentless rain caused streets to flood, making the journey to the show a difficult one. But those of who braved Mother Nature’s wrath were treated…
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May 16, 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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Colorado Loves Stephen Marley!

Photography by Rock 'N' Robins After all, he did six dates in the colorful state!! Island Stage was blessed to have covered 3 of them. Durango, Colorado 3.5.19 Mindy Walck   The 7th stop on the Stephen Marley Acoustic Jams Tour took place at the Community Concert Hall in Durango, Colorado. While stellar staple in the…
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March 12, 2019
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Nattali Rize ” Pa’apa’a “

Photos and review by Robin Shaffer Pure positive vibes on a higher frequency emanated from the stage on Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the form of Nattali Rize and her band, who opened for the Common Kings at Aggie Theatre. Wrapped in a message of universal alignment, with music as a power to uplift and…
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February 26, 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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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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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 Celebration of Life with Stephen Marley

By Danny Savage photo slideshow below November 16, 2018 marked Stephen Marley’s next-to-final stop in his “Evening with Stephen Marley” acoustic tour. This night was performed at the lovely and historical Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. The Keswick marks its 98th year in this month, and what a perfect performance to showcase the venue’s pristine…
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December 10, 2018
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Rebellion Rises in Philadelphia

 by Danny Savage It has been quite a hot and rainy summer here in Philly. Thursday, September 6th was no exception as Ziggy Marley’s Rebellion Rises tour made a stop at the Electric Factory. The tour promotes Ziggy’s seventh studio hit, “Rebellion Rises”, and he brought the people of Philly exactly what they needed—some celebration of peace.…
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September 9, 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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Mighty Crown Cruises for Third Win at Welcome to Jamrock Sound Clash

New York, New York -- November 7, 2017 (Irish and Chin) -- Mighty Crown "The Far East Rulers" are cruising for a third consecutive victory at "Sound Clash at Sea," the riveting Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise sound clash! And after last year's explosive win -- defeating Tony Matterhorn, Fire Links and King Turbo --…
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November 14, 2017
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Zally Releases New Single – One World

Zally Releases New Single - One World "One World" was produced by Altafaan Records in Jamaica and released on all online retailers on September 5th, 2017. '...and on the real, that's what Jamaica and Reggae is about, music, peace and love, and that is what Zally is about...'   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zallyganjamaica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZallyBuff Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zallymusic/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/al…/one-world-single/id1272774077
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September 28, 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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UB40 at the Levitt Pavilion

Written by Jen Cheshire, Journalist Having been a longtime fan of UB40 but never seeing them live, you can imagine how excited I was to find out they were stopping in Denver on their US tour. To make it even better the lineup included Raging Fyah, one of my favorite bands, and Matisyahu and they…
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August 13, 2017