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Stephen Marley @ The Scoot Inn March 2, 2019

Article and Photos by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas Austin loves Stephen Marley! That says a lot for a city known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Music is as prevalent as the air one breathes, yet Stephen Marley stands out as a city favorite. Although, Austin is known internationally for music, the city…
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March 8, 2019
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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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Buju Banton’s Return to the Future

Article and cover photo by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas   “In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love. I only want to be associated with my craft. Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of…
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November 20, 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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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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JUDGEMENT I-taweh Album Review

Sista Irie: Reggae Photojournalist, Reggae Radio DJ   “Judgement” the album just released by singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist, I-taweh, is as much a biographical statement as it is a deep rooted Rasta reasoning. I-taweh meticulously crafts the yin yang sequence of life, acknowledging oppression, Babylonian entrapment and insidiousness of poverty while emphasizing hope and faith…
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February 13, 2017
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Protoje Interview

by Sista Irie, photojournalist, Austin, Texas Sista Irie caught up with Protoje as he was chilling in Kingston between tours. With three amazing albums under his belt, Protoje has firmly established himself as one of the most recognizable artists aligned with the Reggae Revival. Protoje has played all over the world for his amazing fans…
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July 14, 2016
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Austin Reggae Festival 2016~when it rains, it pours

Article by Sista Irie, photojournalist, Austin, Texas The Austin Reggae Festival, founded in 1994, is the largest fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, a non-profit organization feeding thousands of hungry families in Austin, Texas, and its surrounding areas. Each year, the three day event is highly anticipated as one of the most entertaining and…
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May 5, 2016
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SXSW 2016 Reggae International Austin Stylee

Article and photos by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas The ebb and flow of a musically rich city like Austin, Texas is an education few people are privileged to experience. In 1984, downtown Austin was a hubbub of antiquated warehouses sprinkled with one and two story buildings reminiscent of aging and uncared for small town businesses.…
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May 5, 2016
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EarthKry

The EarthKry band was born and nurtured within the halls of the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica where four budding musicians hoped to hone their skills.  Their journey began in 2012 with a twist of fate which brought together lead singer and guitarist Aldayne Haughton, keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane ,…
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March 3, 2016
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Khalilah Rose

Khalilah Rose is a beautiful roots reggae flower that uses singing and songwriting as a tool to revolutionize the world. She possesses a burning desire to ignite positive change for humanity. Khalilah Rose is not afraid to stand on the frontline as she has managed to elude her rebellious nature passed through her Maroon bloodline.…
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March 3, 2016
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The Revolution and Revelation of the Mystic Revealers

“There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air, if you listen carefully now, you will hear..” Bob Marley The MYSTIC REVEALERS play a unique role, past and present, in their contribution to a fertile  environment that defined Rastafari philosophy as the root of Jamaican music. For those who do not know Jamaica’s, Billy “Mystic” Wilmott,…
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March 3, 2016
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REBEL SALUTE 2016 with JAH BY MY SIDE

by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the dark of destructive selfishness.” - Martin Luther King   Creative altruism is a practice of selfless concern benefiting and enhancing the well being of others. In 1994, Rebel Salute took a risk by celebrating…
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January 21, 2016
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ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH, From Fantasy to Fan

By Sista Irie, Austin, Texas “Friendship is the mortar that helps to overcome the difficulties and permits the big jump.” Rototom organizers. For many years, I heard about a magnificent reggae festival; one I could only imagine taking place every year in the lovely, romantic setting of Italy. For me, ROTOTOM began as a purely…
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November 5, 2015
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Pentateuch

Interview and photos by Sista Irie Ancient wisdom comes from deep knowledge of past experience resulting in a unique philosophical understanding of nature and behavior of people and events. When carried forward through multiple generations, ancient wisdom serves as a powerful pathway to benefit the intelligence and actions of future societies. Pentateuch, a rising Kingston…
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August 29, 2015
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Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2014

“Celebration of Culture, Art, Music and Humanity” by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas   Living in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” one rarely needs to travel outside Austin, Texas to hear the greatest, most captivating music in the universe. Austin is a living gumbo of musical cultures and performance art combined with a historical legacy…
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July 7, 2014
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Saluting the Rebel

Rebel Salute 2014 review and photos by Sista Irieradio producer/host, photojournalist, Austin, Texas "The Preservation of Reggae Music," the stated mission of this year's Rebel Salute is no easy task. That said, Tony Rebel has literally 'set the stage' sending a clear message to national and international fans, historical and emerging artists and growing support…
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January 31, 2014
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United Nations of Reggae -Summerjam 2013

Summary and Images by Sista Irie - Austin, Texas "Kingston, be wise, Kingston, free up your mind…. Kingston, just be wise, Kingston, free up the I, yeah" -Protoje   Nothing exposes truth as much as travel to faraway places, especially when multitudes of music lovers unite in heartical passion. After thirty years of faithfully attending Reggae festivals…
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September 18, 2013