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Anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ album released

Bob Marley and the Wailers LegendMarking 30 years since the release of Bob Marley’s most popular posthumous album, Legend, Universal Music Enterprises (UME) are celebrating the anniversary by releasing a special CD and blu-ray edition of the compilation.

Initially released in May 1984, Legend sold over 25 million copies globally and was named in the top 50 of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500 albums of all-time list in 2003. Now, the special edition, dubbed the Legend 30th Anniversary Edition will feature never-before-heard versions of classics such as Easy Skanking and Punky Reggae Party as well as an early studio version of No Woman, No Cry.

The album also features hits such as Three Little Birds, I Shot The Sheriff, Redemption Song, Exodus and Is This Love. It is produced by Island Records in collaboration with Tuff Gong Music and UME, with mixing done by Grammy-winning producer, Bob Clearmountain.

The CD and blu-ray disc is included in a 28-page book with never-before-seen photos of Marley, as well as forewords by Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and liner notes by Christopher Farley, author of the book, Marley.

Legend 30th Anniversary Edition is also available on vinyl and across various digital music platforms.

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Tessanne Chin marches on to ‘The Voice’ semifinal

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Tessanne Chin’s desire to become the first Jamaican musician to win an American music talent show is another step closer to being fulfilled after advancing the semi-final round of The Voice thanks to two top quality performances.

The gentle songstress is now in the top five, receiving the third most votes overall following renditions of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and Katy Perry’s Unconditional. The former earned Tessanne top spot amongst her compatriots on the iTunes chart for the first time, peaking at 15th on the overall chart, while Unconditionally finished sixth.

She joins teammates, Wil Champlin and James Wolpert, who was saved by the ‘instant save feature near the end of the show at the expense of Matthew Schuler, the fan favorite being tutored by pop sensation, Christina Aguilera. This means that coach and rock superstar, Adam Levine has a commanding advantage going into the final shows on Dec. 16 and 17, guaranteeing that he will have a protégé on said finals with three of the remaining five contestants under his tutelage.

Jacqueline Lee (Team Christina) copped the most overall votes while Cole Vosbury (Team Blake) finished second.

Chin’s rendition of Redemption Song was undoubtedly a hit with the crowd as she performed the the song in a higher octave and was heralded by many observers as the performance of the night

However, it was her performance of Unconditional that garnered the biggest compliment of the night from judge, Blake Shelton who said, “You are a world-class vocalist and I think that’s what people should be talking about. I haven’t seen anything quite like you on this show.”

Tessanne will perform twice on Monday’s semi-final, where three of the top five will advance to the final the following Monday.

 

 

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Deluxe version of Bob Marley’s ‘Kaya’ released to mark 35th anniversary

Bob Marley KayaIt has now been 35 years since “Kaya,” the legendary album from universally-regarded Reggae icons, Bob Marley and The Wailers was released and now, fans can enjoy it in a whole new light as a deluxe edition of the compilation has been released.

On Tuesday, Universal Music Enterprises released “Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition,” a double album featuring 24 re-mastered tracks, including all 10 songs from the original version released in 1978 byIsland Records. An online release party as well as a live performance by Bob Marley’s son and Grammy-winning Reggae star, Ziggy Marley from Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatrehave been scheduled to mark the occasion.

The original version of “Kaya,” released in March 1978 by Island Records features hits such as “Is This Love,” “Sun Is Shining,” “Time Will Tell,” and “Satisfy My Soul.” The deluxe version will feature a newer version of Marley’s classic track, “Smile Jamaica,” as well a previously unreleased live concert: Live at Ahoy Hallen, a concert he and The Wailersperformed in Rotterdam, Holland in 1978.

Kaya’s release came around the time of Marley’s One Love peace concert, which was organized as a means of easing high political tensions between leaders and supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). The album earned a spot on the top five of the United Kingdom’s album chart.

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Bob Marley Grammy tribute gets mixed reviews from Jamaican music lovers

600702_485373901510717_1192814469_nIt was billed as one of the greatest tributes ever to an iconic musician; however fans and music lovers were left with mixed feelings following Sunday night’s honorary performance at the 55th Grammy Awards, dedicated to late Reggae legend, Bob Marley.

Word of this planned event broke late last week after a picture emerged of prominent Barbadian pop singer, Rihanna with Bob’s sons, Ziggy Marley and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley; all of whom were rumored to be performing the tribute. After days of anticipation and over two hours into the Grammy Awards, internationally-acclaimed singers, Bruno Mars and Sting started off the tribute with a pair of Reggae-influenced songs: Locked Out of Heaven and Walking To The Moon respectively.

Both performances were received well by the star-laden audience, but were mere appetizers to the main course a few minutes later when Rihanna and the Marleys appeared.

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Luciano blasts young musicians for making degrading content

04e435f6a5c2ddaac841d846eaa1618bThe self-professed ‘Messenger of Reggae,’ Luciano has a big issue with the current state of Jamaican music, taking aim at younger artistes for what he calls the demise of positive lyrical content within Reggae/Dancehall music.

Speaking with Bermudan newspaper, The Royal Gazette earlier this week, the veteran singer chastised emerging acts for pushing messages of degradation to the public, disrespecting women and their culture in the process.

“These youth nowadays would sing any garbage. They don’t weigh their words and that’s not right,” Luciano said. “When yuh listen to Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, yuh don’t hear these great pioneers cursing and demoralizing women.”

He says this is only part of the ongoing downfall with Jamaican society, proclaiming there is a precipitous decline in morality and standards.

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Celebratory events planned to celebrate Bob Marley this week

bob-marley-blog-do-beehWith Jamaica set to celebrate what would have the 68th birthday of late Reggae legend, Bob Marley, telecommunications giant, Digicel plans to host a number of events culminating the Reggae legend’s life and times.

On Wednesday, Digicel will sponsor events scheduled to take place at the Bob Marley museum that morning, including a Masters vs. Celebrities charity football match, featuring some of the island’s premiere musicians, actors and comedians. Music lovers will also be able to purchase some of Bob Marley’s classic songs as their InTunes ringback tones.

However, the bulk of planned celebrations will take place Thursday as a free concert has been scheduled by Digicel, in conjunction with the Bob Marley Foundation to honor the universally-revered singer. In what will be its third edition, the event features a strong bill of performers including award-winning Dancehall diva, Tifa as well as prominent singjay and fellow brand ambassador for the phone company, I-Octane. 

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‘Marley’ cops NAACP award nomination

Marley, the highly-acclaimed documentary recapping the life and music of Reggae icon,Bob Marley, has secured another nomination for a major international award.

The documentary, directed by British filmmaker, Kevin Macdonald recently copped a nomination for next year’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.

Marley is up for the Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical of Television)award, which features contenders such asBlack Wings (Smithsonian Channel), Brooklyn Castle (Producers Distribution Agency), First Position (IFC Films) and On The Shoulders of Giants (Showtime).

It’s the second major international accolade that Marley has been nominated for since the start of December. On December 5, the documentary earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Compilation soundtrack for Visual Media category.

All the NAACP Image Award winners will be named during a ceremony to take place on February 1, 2013, during a two hour special on NBC, CBS and ABC.

Marley premiered on April 19 at Emancipation Park in Kingston on April 19 and hit theatres across the United States the following day. The movie not only takes a more personal look into Bob Marley’s life and music, but offers in-depth interviews with former managers, industry peers and family members, including wife, Rita Marley and daughter, Cedella Marley.

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Edward Seaga to release album celebrating Jamaica 50 next month

One of Jamaica’s longest tenured politicians has been delving into the world of music as he looks set to release a new album commemorating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, will be releasing a 100-song box set entitled, Reggae Golden Jubilee: The Origin of Jamaican Music via New York-based record label, VP Records. Seaga’s CD celebrates the evolution of Jamaica’s music, from ska to Reggae to Dancehall, recognizing artistes who used this medium to promote social change.

Seaga hosted an official launch of Reggae Golden Jubilee at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday night. During his speech at the event, Seaga insisted that Jamaicans must pay more attention to the social value of their music while expounding on the creative and cultural forces that Reggae has on the island.

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Sean Paul becomes first Jamaican artiste to reach 100 million views on YouTube

Though prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Sean Paul may not be reaping the rewards he hoped for in the United States regarding his latest album, the entertainer has scored a major milestone through the North American country’s biggest video-sharing outlet.

The official video for Got 2 Luv U, the chart-topping single from Sean Paul and American pop princess, Alexis Jordan has clipped the 100 million views mark on YouTube, via Atlantic Records’ official channel. This makes Sean Paul the first Jamaican artiste to reach such a milestone with one single as the lead track off his new album, Tomahawk Technique has struck a chord with his fans in around the world, particularly in the United States and Europe, since its release in September 2011.

Sean Paul’s nine figure achievement blows away his Jamaican compatriots as Reggae legend, Bob Marley (No Woman No Cry, One Love) and Dancehall megastar, Shaggy (Angel) are the only other artistes from the island to top 50 million views with one song.

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Marley and Me

New edition of popular Marley book set for release on singer’s birthday

One of the most popular and controversial books documenting the life of late Jamaican Reggae legend, Bob Marley will hit the shelves for a second time in the New Year.

Marley and Me: The Real Bob Marley Story has been scheduled for a February 2013 re-release by Kingston-based publishing house, LMH Publishing. The second edition of Marley and Me will be unveiled nearly 18 years after the original version of the book hit stores and could be released on what would have been Bob Marley’s 68th birthday on February 6, 2013.

Marley and Me is a tell-all memoir penned by Bob Marley’s former manager, Don Taylor, documenting the on and off-stage works of the Reggae icon. Taylor, who passed away in 1999, sparks controversy in the book as he dishes many details about Marley’s personal life while also making claims against Marley’s widow and former I-Threes singer, Rita Marley.

According to Taylor, Rita Marley objected to the fact that Bob’s ‘outside’ children were benefiting from his legacy and riches. Bob Marley, who had 11 children by seven different mothers, was worth an estimated US$30 million at the time of his death in May of 1981. Additionally, Marley never left a will behind, citing his Rastafarian faith.

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Portia Simpson-Miller condemns Mugabe’s comments

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller has finally broken her silence regarding recent comments made by Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe about her country.

As reported on Monday, Mugabe allegedly made a number of controversial assertions about Jamaican while speaking to a number of business people, government official and dignitaries during the Research and Intellectual Expo 2012. At this event, Mugabe lectured that people from the Caribbean island are drunkards, weed smokers and somewhat uneducated; sparking expressions of disappointment and anger towards the revered African leader, including from high-profile Jamaican artiste such as Sizzla and Tony Rebel as well as Opposition Spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.

Now, Jamaica’s prime minister has weighed in on the controversial statements after her government moved to confirm that these comments were valid. Once verified, Simpson-Miller blasted Mugabe for what she labeled as distasteful and highly stereotypical given the continued progress that the island’s people have made over the years.

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Zimbabwe president allegedly labels Jamaicans as drunkards, weed smokers

Many Jamaicans who go overseas will tell you that they’re often confronted with the stereotypes that people from the island either smoke or drink often. Those labels apparently have been slapped on Jamaicans by one of Africa’s most revered leaders.

Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, reportedly took shots at Jamaicans at a recent university lecture dubbed the Research and Intellectual Expo 2012. According to Zimbabwean internet news and entertainment outlet, Nehanda Radio, President Mugabe branded Jamaican men as weed smokers and drunkards.

According to the report, Mugabe allegedly described Jamaica as, “a country of marijuana smokers, where women are now taking charge since men are always sloshed (drunk).”

President Mugabe, who neither smokes nor drinks alcohol, insisted that Zimbabweans should never follow in Jamaica’s footsteps while implying that the island’s culture has negatively influenced his people. This, as speculation mounts that Mugabe has diplomatic differences with Jamaica.

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Olihile ‘FREEKY’ Afrika is an African reggae artiste that was born in a
township south of Johannesburg, South Africa. His name ‘Freeky’ is origin from
Sotho (one of the tribes found in South Africa). He was musically incline and
dominantly played the bass guitar within his teenage years; and contributed
greatly to his friend’s albums and demos. This is where he developed his
recording skills. His musical transition to secular music introduced him to
his musical influences which stems from: Bob Marley, Garnet Silk,Buju
Banton,Capelton and Sizzla.

Thereafter, Freeky joined a legendary Sotho Band (Ntjapedi) in 2006. It
was with this band, that he shared stages with Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela and
other African musical legends. He also collaborated with other African musicians
he regards highly such as: Bongo Riot, Jah Seed under the Ntjapedi umbrella. At
the point, he was appointed a leadership position which deems him out of his
comfort zone to be front and centre to lead a band called TATTOO L9. TATTOO is
a band he writes, leads and composes music for.

In 2007 Freeky decided to try a solo career. He met Robin Mabunda of Dreaded
Sounds who got him more in touch with reggae music’s roots. His abilities as
a song writer and singer added colour to every song he did and as such drawn
the attention of other musicians he has now collaborated with: Mawe2, Lutan
Fyah, ,Singer Jah , Sizzla Tommy Gunn and Stacious

Freeky, is currently working on his sophomore album for Dreaded Sounds and
anticipate going to Jamaica to work with other artistes and producers.

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Marcus Garvey’s words continue to resonate throughout Jamaican music

“A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact,” the words of a true revolutionary who not only inspired his people to break through barriers, but a genre to serve as a conduit for said people seeking hope and success within an increasingly complicated system.

125 years ago today, Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born, signifying the beginning of an existence that contributed greatly in Jamaica’s fight for an identity. Garvey’s undeniable influence not only motivated a then colonized society to battle again oppression but also igniting the Rastafari Movement as his words, “Look to Africa for the crowning of a black King” would reign true given the rise of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

As a result, Garvey’s words soon translated to lyrics as Reggae music took hold over a developing Jamaican culture, most notably in Redemption Song by the iconic Bob Marley as he quoted from a speech created by the legendary Jamaican orator. From Burning Spear to Peter Tosh, Marcus Garvey has been prevalent throughout Reggae music, creating waves for a new generation of artistes to speak out against society’s ills.

However, given the perceived decline of Reggae music’s status locally as well as the many negative connotations associated with Dancehall’s perception in recent years, it might be conceivable to think that even though Marcus Garvey’s messages continue to resonate well in some circles, they have become somewhat distorted as both genres took shape.

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Bob Marley earns new Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Reggae music’s greatest icon has posthumously captured another accolade after receiving a new Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy recently.

Legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley earned a replacement version of the same lifetime achievement award that he initially copped in 2001. According to reports, Recording Academy personnel recently visited Jamaica and later noticed that the original version of Marley’s lifetime Grammy had been damaged; thus, leading to the decision of creating a new rendition of said award.

Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley reportedly accepted the award alongside his sister, Karen Marley following a Recording Academy screening of the popular documentary, Marley at the Los Angeles Film School on Sunset Boluevard in Hollywood.

According to Neil Portnow, the Grammy Recording Academy president and CEO dubbed Bob Marley’s music as ‘song of faith, devotion and revolution.’

Bob Marley has earned several posthumous awards since dying of cancer at the tender age of 36 in 1981; being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001, just to name a few.

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Snoop Dogg credits Bob Marley for ‘Lion’ transformation

Internationally acclaimed rap star, Snoop Dogg has reinvigorated his career by morphing into a full-fledged ‘Lion’ and credits Reggae music’s greatest product for his transformation.

Set to release his first Reggae album entitled Reincarnated, Snoop Lion has remodeled his musical approach in recent months; moving from the hardcore gangster raps he became renowned for into a more peaceful zone through efforts like La La La, the first single off Reincarnated.

In an interview with MTV earlier this week, Snoop Lion credited Reggae icon, Bob Marley as one of the pioneers who helped him change his musical style; also citing Beres Hammond, Peter Tosh. Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer as inspirations that helped guide him towards forming his new persona.

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