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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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Kehv ~ The Prince of Reggae Soul Returns

It is a blessing when you realize what you’re passion is in life.  We are blessed that Kehv shares his passion with the world, via his voice.  Kehv released his debut album, Simply Kehv, in 2009.  The album featured such hit singles as Distant Lover, Conscious Farmer, and R.A.S.T.A. Naw Bow.  After the album’s release,…
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July 12, 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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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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Jemere Morgan ~ Transition Interview

By Maliika Waker “Open up your heart and your mind, Am telling you it’s time to realize, The jah love is real.”   From Try Jah Love by Jemere Morgan feat, Gramps Morgan   Some people are born with unique gifts that should be shared with the world.  Jemere Morgan was gifted with a beautiful…
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February 3, 2017
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Getting to Know Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion

Rochelle grew up surrounded by music.  The great Burning Spear used to rehearse in her living room.  She joined her first band when she was 13 years old, and still continues to share her gift with the world.  Rochelle is currently the lead singer of Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion.  When she is not performing, rehearsing…
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October 10, 2016
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Anthony B Interview

interview by Maliika Walker “When we say ‘burn fire’ we don’t mean take a match and light somebody, we are saying get rid of these things that are no good for humanity.” Keith Anthony Blair (Anthony B) was born in Clarkstown, Trelawny, Jamaica in 1976 and was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Anthony…
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July 15, 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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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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Kamila McDonald ~ Kamp Kamila

Interview by Maliika Walker Kamila McDonald is a wife, mother, Honors graduate from Stanford University, Master’s graduate of UC Berkeley, certified personal trainer, and sports nutritionist. She is also an official Adidas Ambassador of Jamaica who is a passionate advocate for preventing chronic non communicable diseases, like Diabetes. Kamila is also the founder of 10poundpledge.com…
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November 5, 2015
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Inner Circle ~ The Bad Boys of Reggae

Interview by Maliika Walker Kingston, Jamaica is the cornerstone of reggae music. Some of the greatest reggae artists in history were raised or spent a considerable amount of time in Kingston. The legendary group, Inner Circle is no exception as they also hail from where many say reggae was born. Inner Circle formed in 1968…
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August 28, 2015
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Third World ~ The Reggae Ambassadors

Interview By Maliika Walker It’s 1:30 AM and I just arrived home from another masterful performance by Third World. I was proud that I just witnessed the true power of reggae music, the representation of One Love. While walking thru the audience I noticed different cultures, languages, and ages. That night our differences didn’t matter…
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August 28, 2015
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The Wailers- Family Man ~ The Bass

by Maliika Walker Photos by Sista Irie Photography Can you imagine hearing roots reggae music without the bass? The bass is the cornerstone of reggae music. When one thinks of bass and reggae, Aston “Family Man” Barrett comes to mind. Family Man has recorded with some of the greatest reggae artists in history including The…
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August 28, 2015
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Jo Mersa Marley – Getting ‘Comfortable’

By: Maliika Walker When a new recording artist is launched to the public, audiences usually do not know what to expect from them.  That artist has to work hard to show the audience that they should pay them some attention.  Somehow they have to find a way to get their voice to stand out to…
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July 15, 2014
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Cristy Barber Talks Industry

by: Maliika Walker Cristy Barber started her career in the music industry as the Director of Operations for Front Page, the company owned by hip-hop great KRS-One.  That is no surprise considering her first tattoo was of the logo of A Tribe Called Quest. Today Ms. Barber is the President of Ghetto Youth’s International, the…
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July 14, 2014
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Tarrus Riley ~ A Love Situation

Interview and photos by: Maliika Walker "We got a love situation, you say you love me, but do you really love me? Or how I make you feel?" It is June 5, 2014 and Tarrus was set to hit the stage at BB Kings in NYC at any minute. A young lady standing next to…
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June 26, 2014
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Get to Know – Legendary Reggae Drummer Squidly Cole!

Maliika Walker Squidly Cole has been a drummer within reggae music for over thirty years.  Yes let that sink in for a minute, thirty years.  At the age of thirteen you were probably playing with your friends in the playground but Squidly Cole was in the studio recording Barrington Levy’s, Black Black Roses for Channel…
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April 20, 2014
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Bob Marley: Making of a Legend

“I will never be a politician nor will I ever think political. Just deal with life and nature.” Bob Marley Review & Interview by: Maliika Walker- Island Stage Freelance Writer I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the Brooklyn screening of the documentary, Bob Marley:Making of a Legend. I began hearing about the…
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August 12, 2013
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Getting to Know Daniel Bambaata Marley

Maliika Walker- Island Stage Daniel Bambaata Marley, grandson of Bob Marley and first son of Ziggy Marley, is scheduled to perform with his live band at two reggae festivals on the West Coast (U.S.) this summer including, Utah Reggae Festival in Salt Lake City on July 13; Reggae On The Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre…
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June 21, 2013
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Rasta: A Soul’s Journey

Maliika Walker- Island Stage I recently had the opportunity to check out the documentary, 'Rasta: A Soul’s Journey', an amazing account of one young woman’s search for the presence of Rastafari around the globe. Donisha Prendergast is the granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley. A representation of the third generation of the Marley family, ready to…
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June 17, 2013
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Midnite

Maliika Walker- Island Stage St. Croix reggae pioneers, Midnite, performed an amazing 3 hour and 40 minute set at BB King’s in NYC on May 17, 2013. The band held the audience captive with their hypnotic sound from 12:15 AM through around 4:00 AM. Vaughn’s voice was in perfect form, while the band kept the…
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June 12, 2013
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Lioness on the Rise

Maliika Walker-Island Stage Lioness. When I see or hear this word I think of all the strong, confident, intelligent women that have come before me. I picture a woman who will do whatever is necessary to fight for her loved ones and herself. A woman that stands tall when circumstances requires her to do so.…
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June 11, 2013