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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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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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Mp3: Lutan Fyah Ft Freeky – God Watch Ova Wi

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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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Could Bob Marley return to the stage?

On May 11, 1981, Reggae and the music world in general lost one of its pioneers as Bob Marley passed away at the tender age of 36 after a long battle with cancer. Now 31 years since his death, industry observers may be plotting a way to bring him back to the stage.

During the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States last month, fans were stunned when a realistic version of late rap legend, Tupac Shakur appeared on stage and performed. The image was created through a holographic projection, making it appear as if Shakur was revived given that his motions, vocal tone and physical appearance resembled that of the real life rap superstar.

After the success of that project, Jamaican music industry players are speculating about whether to bring back Bob Marley in a similar fashion. According to the island Youth Ambassador for entertainment, Graham Rowe, creating a holographic image of Marley would garner unlimited interest for pure Reggae fans, but could somewhat diminish his effervescent aura.

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Bunny Wailer unhappy with Marley film, blames family for carpet controversy

Marley, the first official documentary on the life and work of Reggae icon, Bob Marley has been lauded with compliments and praise regarding their portrayal of Jamaica’s most prominent musician. However, one of Marley’s closest friends believes the film failed to highlight an important aspect of his career.

Neville ‘Bunny Wailer’ Livingston, the lone surviving member of the legendary Reggae group, The Wailers features prominently in Marley as he intellectually offers vast insights and anecdotes regarding Bob Marley’s personal and professional life. He initially agreed to become a part of this project given that Bob’s eldest son, Ziggy Marley was the executive producer; perhaps painting a more vivid picture of the Reggae icon on and off stage.

However, Wailer insists that when he saw the final cut, there was a major part of Bob Marley’s life that was inadequately portrayed: His Rastafarian beliefs.

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Bob Marley’s family unhappy with MOJO Magazine snub of Reggae legend

The family of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley remains surprised by a stunning exclusion of their prominent patriarch from a recent list by an established British magazine. However, they won’t let it negatively affect the aura of his music.

Last week, British based music magazine, MOJO Magazine unveiled their Top 50 Reggae albums of all time in honor of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012. The list was filled with many surprises, most notably the declaration that Roots Reggae and melodica legend, Augustus Pablo possessed the greatest two albums of all time with East of the River Nile topping the list followed by his collaborative album with iconic engineer, Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock entitled. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.

However, the glaring omission for MOJO Magazine’s list was that no album from Reggae’s most accomplished superstar, Bob Marley made the cut; particularly Exodus which was named TIME Magazine’s best album of the 20th century while making the top 50 of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 albums all-time. It also comes as a surprise given that most of Marley’s chart success came in the United Kingdom.

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Peter Tosh documentary in the works?

With Thursday being the premiere of the first official Bob Marley documentary in Jamaica, the film’s director is already hinting at a similar project involving one of the Reggae icon’s right hand men.

Academy Award winning director and the mastermind behind Marley, Kevin Macdonald has revealed that he’s been engaging in talks over doing a film on legendary Reggae singer, Peter Tosh. The former Bob Marley and The Wailers singer is still regarded as a Reggae icon 25 years since his death and calls have been made by Tosh’s family for the Jamaican government to make him the island’s eighth National Hero.

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Damian Marley to premiere ‘Set Up Shop’ video

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley will finally unveil the visuals for his hit single, Set Up Shop this Friday.

The highly acclaimed song, produced by Ghetto Youth International, has garnered strong buzz since its initial release in October. Set Up Shop has copped over 350,000 YouTube views and has been a fixture on local and international radio stations.

Damian Marley will host the world premiere of the Set Up Shop video which coincides with the international premiere of Marley, the first official documentary on the life and work of his iconic father, Bob Marley. A preview of the Set Up Shop visuals was unveiled via Damian Marley’s official YouTube channel on April 13, earning over 30,000 views in less than a week.

Marley’s currently enjoying universal chart success with his mega hit, Affairs of the Heart while the accompanying video has copped 1.5 million YouTube views on Marley’s official VEVO outlet.

You can support Damian Marley and buy Set Up Shop via iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/set-up-shop-single/id474518500

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Jamaican film maker debuts her own Bob Marley documentary

With the highly anticipated debut of Marley set for next month, a Jamaican filmmaker has decided to unveil her own film about the iconic Reggae superstar.

Long time actress and photographer, Esther Anderson has unveiled her own movie, The Musical Documentary – Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend.  The film, which she’s currently promoting in Barbados, features never-before-seen footage, in black and white, of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Anderson hailed as a minority shareholder and co-founder of Island Records, the label where Bob Marley established himself as a dominant force in Reggae music. In the 1960s, Anderson helped to launch the international careers of local singers such as Millie Small and Jimmy Cliff.

In 1972, Anderson met Bob Marley in New York after she starred in the film, A Warm December alongside prominent Bahamian-American actor, Sidney Pottier. Marley then asked Anderson to help promote him and his band as they looked to establish themselves as household names. Anderson agreed and returned to Jamaica where she helped launch Bob Marley and the Wailers, rehearsed them, photographed them and filmed their early progress.

Reportedly, Anderson also collaborated with Marley on his internationally acclaimed hits, Get Up, Stand Up and I Shot The Sheriff. Furthermore, her picture of Bob Marley smoking marijuana became the cover for the Bob Marley and the Wailers album, Catch A Fire.



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DVD, soundtrack to accompany Marley documentary

Academy Award winning director, Kevin Macdonald continues to pull out all the stops as he’s set to unveil additional material which will accompany his highly anticipated documentary on Reggae icon, Bob Marley.

Marley, a two hour and 24 minute film featuring never before seen footage of the legendary Jamaican artiste, will premiereworldwide on April 20. A day prior to its international release, Jamaican fans will get the opportunity to see the critically-acclaimed documentary as it will premiere at Emancipation Park in Kingston.

Marley includes interviews with Bob Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, his daughter, Cedella Marley and his eldest son, Ziggy Marley who’s a co-producer for the film. Additionally, it contains raw footage and images exploring Bob Marley’s personal and professional lives as Macdonald aims to portray the prominent singer in the most realistic of fashions through loved ones, friends and fans who knew him best.

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Top 10: Jamaican musicians gone too soon

The recent passing of legendary pop songstress, Whitney Houston truly shocked all walks of music life as her angelic voice captivated millions of fans worldwide and inspired many of today’s premiere artistes, including within the Dancehall/Reggae fraternity.

Having died at a relatively young age (48), Houston’s death triggered memories of many other iconic artistes who passed while enjoying the fruits of their prime like Amy Winehouse or adjusted to the latter stages of their careers like the ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson. It also offered of similar instances within the Jamaican music industry where fans were left to wonder “What If?” when an artiste’s life was taken away while still perfecting their well-regarded craft.

As a measure of remembering the fallen who’ve made contributions, whether small or large, to the evolution of Jamaican music into a global phenomenon, he’s a list of 10 artistes whose impact on music forever resonates with those they’ve left behind.

10. J.O.E – Born Alty Nunes, J.O.E was regarded as one of the premiere upstarts in Dancehall/Reggae after his smash hit, Nah Nuh Mercy earned strong acclaim in 2009. The son of renowned dancer, Patsy Ricketts, J.O.E (Jah Ova Evil) seemed to have a promising career in front of him after having previously performed at Reggae Sumfest and St. Mary Mi Come From.

2011 was poised for J.O.E to stamp his authority on the local scene as the Equiknoxx Music recording artiste unveiled two well received singles, Tonight and Rasta Chant. However, J.O.E’s life and career were suddenly cut short after the 25-year-old singjay suffered a rupture blood vessel in the head, shocking fans across the industry. His death came just hours after performing a live rendition of Rasta Chant, which was later released in his honor.   



9. Copper Cat – Just two week prior to J.O.E’s death, a fellow young cultural artiste, Demar ‘Copper Cat’ Graham was shit killed outside the home of his adopted father, Richie Stephens. The former Jamaica College student had garnered buzz after the release of his first mainstream single, Mek It Stay in 2008. More success followed in 2010 after unveiling popular songs such as Friend Murderer and Life Goes On, encouraging fans with his upbeat, conscious lyrical tone.

After Copper Cat’s senseless killing in January of last year, his final recording, Since You Came In on the Penthouse Records produced, OMG Riddim was released; reminding fans of what could have been for the young star, who was only 22 when he died.




8. Simpleton – ‘A jus di Coca Cola Bottle shape, ah it a run de place,’ was the famous lyric from the classic single, Coca Coca Bottle Shape by Christopher ‘Simpleton’ Harrison in 1992. The St. Andrew native had a really bright future ahead of him thanks to the single as it earned international acclaim for a Dancehall genre that just began taking shape as a popular form of music.  Noteworthy singles such as ¼ to 12 and Drive Me Crazy followed for the promising deejay. But any hopes of recreating similar success to his 90s string of hits were dashed after Simpleton suffered a heart attack at just 33 years old in 2004, ending his career in its prime.







7. Natasja Saad – Many Dancehall/Reggae fans might raise an eyebrow seeing this name on the list. However, if you remember the chart-topping single, Calabria and the girl who repetitively sang ‘Easy now, no need fi go down,’ the name might sound more familiar.

Natasja Saad was born in Denmark but had a particular taste for Dancehall music and in 2006, became the first non-Jamaican to win the IRIE FM sponsored, Big Break competition which allowed her to work at that year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest. The following year, she recorded vocals for Calabria (featuring Enur) which later topped the Billboard Charts, earned her international acclaim and was remixed featuring Dancehall mega star, Vybz Kartel.

But Saad never got the opportunity to enjoy her overwhelming success after dying in a car accident in Spanish Town during the summer of 2007. She was 33.




6. Oneil Edwards – A cherished member of universally regarded Dancehall group, Voicemail, Oneil Edwards gained fame for his smooth vocals and dance moves. Alongside, Kevin Blair and Craig Jackson, Edwards scored several hits while a part of Voicemail such as Wacky Dip, Nuh Behavia and Ready To Party amongst several others.

On May 10, 2010, Edwards was robbed and shot several times in front of his Duhaney Park home and underwent several surgeries in an attempt to regain consciousness. However, two week later, Edwards was pronounced dead, leaving a major void in the highly acclaimed group whilst saddening the Dancehall community which later held a vigil in his honor. Since then, Blair and Jackson have carried on Edward’s legacy by continuing to perform as they ensure his music forever lives on.


5. Delroy Wilson – One of foundation Reggae’s pioneers, Delroy Wilson mastered variations of his genre from the age of 13 when he recorded several ska and rocksteady singles. Wilson’s career soared in the 70s releasing classics such as Dancing Mood, Raining from the Sky, Better Must Come and Footsteps From Another Man. Wilson’s partnership with prominent Reggae producer, Bunny Lee helped Wilson enjoy chart success in the United Kingdom while his collaboration with fellow Reggae icon, Bob Andy produced another chart-topper, Last Thing on My Mind in 1976.

However, Wilson’s soothing voice and tender lyrical touch soon faded thereafter as releases became less common in the 1980s while his health slowly deteriorated. In 1995, a year after receiving a special plaque recognizing his musical contributions, Wilson died from cirrhosis of the liver at only 46 years old. Since his death, several dub plates and covers of his singles have been released in his honor and a remix of Raining From The Sky was recently released featuring his daughter and upcoming Reggae singer, Shana Wilson.



4. Dennis Brown – A prolific singer with over 75 albums to his credit, Dennis Brown helped set the standard for Reggae music in the 1970s and 80s. Dubbed the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae,’ by Reggae icon, Bob Marley, Brown mesmerized audiences with classics such as Promised Land, Revolution and Money in my Pocket; earning him acclaim in the United Kingdom and Canada.  Brown’s singing exploits and occasional ventures into deejaying made him a legend as he teamed with fellow foundation Reggae pioneers such as Bunny Lee, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Sonia Pottinger, Brown’s consistency elevated him to legendary status before turning 30; amassing a slew of top 10 hits as well as a pair of Grammy Award nominations in 1994 and 2001 respectively.

By the late 90s, Brown’s health deteriorated after years of cocaine use and later died in 1999 after suffering cardiac arrest at the age of 42. Over the last decade, many tributes have been paid to him, including an honorary concert in 200, the formation of the Dennis Emanuel Brown Trust in 2001 and several remakes of his songs, most notably, Land of Promise by Reggae stalwart, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and American hip-hop superstar, Nas.

3. Peter Tosh – Renowned for several years as Bob Marley’s right-hand man whilst with the The Wailers, Peter Tosh became a superstar in his own right, writing many of Marley’s hits such as Get Up, Stand Up, No Sympathy, amongst others. After leaving Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1974, Tosh became a successful solo artiste with singles such as Legalize It, Rumours of War and Mystic Man whilst also becoming a strong voice during the turbulent political era in the 1970s.

Just months after winning a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, Tosh, 43, was murdered during an attempted robbery at his home in Kingston.  Despite having his career shut down shortly after his greatest achievement, Tosh’s contributions of music were impeccable; prompting calls by his daughter Niambe Tosh and fellow industry players to make him Jamaica’s eighth National Hero.

2. Garnett Silk – If there was ever a Reggae artiste who could have been next in line to become a local legend, Garnett Silk personified that sentiment. With a divine voice and smooth persona to match, Silk gained popularity with Hello Mama Africa in 1992, a debut single that topped the United Kingdom charts. His thought-provoking lyrics and conscious vibe was somewhat reminiscent of a young Bob Marley as he teamed with fellow Reggae star, Tony Rebel and iconic producer King Jammy to record a slew of hits that immediately elevated him to top-draw status including, Fill Us Up With Your Mercy and Watch Over Our Shoulders.

In 1994, Silk signed a major record deal with American label, Atlantic Records as he looked poised to capitalize on his international success. However, a major void in the future of Jamaican music was soon left when Silk died after attempting to rescue his mother from a house fire. At just 28, Reggae music lost its ‘chosen one.’

1. Bob Marley – Though he died in 1981 of cancer at the tender age of 36, Bob Marley may still go down in history as the greatest musician ever, in any genre. Though his over 20 number one hits and countless chart-topping albums captivated the world during his life, Marley’s shocking death somehow enhanced his legacy, most notably when the popular 1984 compilation, Legacy became Jamaican music’s most successful album, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.

Marley’s brand, image and lyrics remain strongholds within society, not only because of his abilities as a musician but also his desire to fight and stand up for social causes which made him a revolutionary. His birthday is posthumously celebrated like a holiday across the world and with sons, Stephen and Damian Marley becoming universal successes in their own rights; the appreciation for Marley’s legacy may have its strongest impact nearly 31 years after his passing.

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Damian Marley calls for Jamaica to revamp Reggae music

With the apparent declining stronghold that Reggae music has within Jamaican culture, one of its premiere disciples hopes the local industry will help that change for the better.

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley addressed the local and universal state of Reggae music during an interview on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday. Marley, who’s spent recent months back home after spending most of 2011 overseas recording and touring, believes that Jamaicans need to once again reap the benefits that Reggae music has provided to fans and musicians worldwide.

With many prominent foreign artistes such as Beyoncé, Justin Beiber and Rihanna using Reggae Riddims in recent hit songs, Marley insists that Jamaicans need to get back to their musical roots and show appreciation for the genre they helped make popular.

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Marley documentary set for Emancipation Park premiere

Jamaican fans of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley won’t have to wait too much longer to see the much anticipated documentary of their beloved icon.

After being initially unveiled at the Berlin International Film Festival late last month to rave reviews, Marley, the first authorized documentary on Bob Marley’s storied life and career will be premiered at Emancipation Park in Kingston on April 19. The premiere of Marley will take place a day prior to its international release and will be free to the public.

The Marley family, as well as the executive producer of the 2 ½ hour film, Chris Blackwell expect a record turnout for the event which marks yet another major contribution and celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence this year.

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The 2012 installment of “Carnival Puntarenas,” the third of the three “major” festivals of the season in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, proved to be another spectacular affair for the more than 40,000 music lovers who converged for the beach side concert in the capital city to see Jamaican reggae star Ky-mani Marley set the day to music.

When the young Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, hit the stage backed the band Konfrontation, excitement and pandemonium broke out in anticipation of the tasty musical treat that was to follow. Marley blazed the stage for well over 120 minutes, delivering a dynamic litany of songs, from his father’s repertoire as well as some from his own catalogue. The multi talented singer proved his relevance with favourites like ‘Iron Lion Zion,’ ‘Is This Love,’ ‘One Love,’ ‘Get up Stand Up,’ ‘No Woman No Cry,’ ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and originals like ‘Who We Are,’ ‘Rasta Love,’ ‘Ska-Ba-Dar’ and ‘Dear Dad’ – a song that pulls at the heartstrings of anybody who has lost a loved one. 

Ky-mani’s humble yet high-energy style of delivery demonstrated that it was really about the music and exceeding fans’ expectations. He was inundated with requests for autographs and how he managed to sign them while performing is baffling. Pocketbooks and shirts were only a few of the articles patrons threw on stage for signatures.    

Two encore performances later, the band was all set for shutdown, Ky-mani however obliged fans with a third and final encore performance. When he segued into the reggae anthem “One Love” the sea of patrons, obviously beguiled, appeared to be in a musical trance. 

“The picturesque view of thousands singing all the songs word for word, knowing they neither spoke nor understood English demonstrates one thing, that the universal language spoken today is the language of love” Ms. Lexy Brooks of VIP Connected Entertainment said moments after Ky-mani left the stage.

Marley, who is working on a new album, from which a single will be released this summer, is also making time for his latest project “Love Over All Foundation” (L.O.A.F.) an organization he is spearheading to assist his Alma Mata, Falmouth All Age School, along with a number of schools in Jamaica

“I am trying to assist kids in Jamaica who, though obviously eager to learn, don’t have many of the basic tools such as lunch money, school supplies, computers and desks. I have donated some of these items but would love to put a program in place where the efforts are ongoing” he said.

Ky-mani personifies the name “Marley” by continuing to maintain the highest professional standards through music and the love of his fellow man, something Bob would undoubtedly be proud of. The Marley legacy clearly, continues through his children.

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Stephen Marley lauds young Jamaican talent, defends father’s brand

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley doesn’t see a bright outlook for the local music industry. But the prominent singer believes said industry has great talent that he’d like to collaborate with.

Marley recently gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report where he talked about his recent Grammy Awards victory for Best Reggae Album as well as the state of the local music scene. While downplaying his Grammy victory, Marley intimated that the industry’s been negatively affected by the slew of bad news that’s surfaced in recent times.

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9 Mile Music Festival – Bob Marley Movement 18th Annual – Sat March 12th 2012

Event Details

Formerly known as the Caribbean FestivalThe Annual 9 Mile Music Festival is also a canned food drive to help feed the hungry in South Florida and rural parts of Jamaica. Created in order to fill the demand for an event to celebrate and pay tribute to the life of the legendary Bob Marley, this daylong festival generates at least 11,000 fans annually. The festival also features a wide variety of international food as well as an arts and crafts marketplace, and a main stage, which is used for the facilitation of a plethora of live entertainers.

Four canned goods are required by all patrons.

Please help feed the less fortunate!

Special performances by

  • Stephen “Ragga” Marley
  • Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
  • Julian MarleyKy-Mani Marley
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Major Lazer
  • Inner Circle
  • Kevens
  • and many more

Food Drive

Bob Marley Movement of Jah People’s Caribbean Festival is not only a music festival but a humanitarian effort to feed the hungry.  For the past 17 years, we have asked our patrons to help us keep the spirit and message of Bob Marley alive by contributing to our Food Drive.  To date, the festival has collected over 1 million canned goods to benefit other charitable organizations dedicated to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition throughout the state of Florida.  This year our Food Drive will benefit Curley’s House, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, families, the elderly, youth-at-risk, the abused and HIV/AIDS infected individuals by providing bulk food product to needy residents.  To find out more information, please visit www.curleyshouseinc.com.


Saturday, March 12th


Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd. 33132
Miami, FL, United States


  • $58.00 General Admission + 4 canned goods
  • $170.00 VIP + 4 canned goods
  • Kids 12 and under get in free

Ticket Info

Purchase tickets online here or at these vendors below:


Juney’s Restaurant 

18400 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, 33169


Barbican Square 

11030 Pembroke Road, Miramar, 33025


Reggae N Things 

7851 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 33065


Jamaica Kitchen 

8736 S.W. 72st Street, Miami, 33173


Condom USA 

3066 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, 33133


Uncle Sams 

1141 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139


Caribbean Delite Rest 

9491 S.W. 160th Street, Miami, 33157


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Could Peter Tosh become Jamaica’s next National Hero?

The daughter of an iconic Reggae superstar hopes that her father will become Jamaica’s eighth national hero. But it’s not the legendary artiste who you might be thinking of.

Niambe Tosh, the daughter of late, great Reggae singer, Peter Tosh thinks that her famous father should be branded a National Hero by the Jamaican Government. This hails as part of the Peter Tosh Estate’s campaign to garner full recognition for the Reggae singer’s many contributions to Jamaica’s music industry, amongst other works.

In an interview with IRIE FM on Tuesday, Niambe Tosh insists that her father deserves such acknowledgement from the local government.

“It’s long overdue that our father is recognized as a National Hero. This I just the start of many things I believe to come in Jamaica from the Peter Tosh Estate,” she said.

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Bob Marley documentary unveiled in Berlin, reveals unknown facts

The first official documentary on legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley has finally been introduced to the masses as it delves into different, unknown aspects of the Jamaican star.

Marley debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany this past Sunday as fans and various members of the film industry gained a first look at the most anticipated music documentary of its time.  The feature film, directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin Macdonald features never before seen clips of Marley, on and off-stage, turning a 13 month long shoot into a 2 ½ hour long documentary. It features several interview with Marley’s family, friends, fans and over 50 hours of the iconic singer’s music, as well as 10 hours from other Reggae artistes.

Many surprising facts about the Reggae icon are unveiled in Marley. For instance, it’s revealed that Bob Marley used to work in a Delaware-based hotel and factory in the United States, during his younger days. Additionally, the movie touches on Marley’s rocky relationship with his white father’s family; exhibiting emotional pain caused as a result of their undermining him.

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Stephen Marley wins 2012 Reggae Grammy

Score yet another victory for the Marley family on music’s biggest stage as Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley copped his eighth career Grammy on Sunday.

Marley won his the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his third studio album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. The announcement was made during the Grammy pre-show event at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in California and later conveyed to fans through Marley’s official website and Facebook page.

Stephen Marley beat out his brother, Ziggy Marley who was nominated for his sixth studio album, Wild & Free. Marley also beat out Dancehall/Reggae superstar,Shaggy for his tenth studio album, Summer in Kingston.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were veteran artistes, Israel Vibration for Reggae Knights and Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express: Live.

This Grammy victory marks a record third for Stephen Marley as a solo artiste; adding to five awards he previously won as a member and producer of his brother, Ziggy’s band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. The Marley family, in total, has won an impressive 14 awards since the Best Reggae Album category was introduced in 1985, four years after their legendary father, Bob Marley died. Ziggy Marley has won four awards while Damian Marley won for his albums, Half Way Tree (2003) and Welcome to Jamrock (2006).

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Snoop Dogg to record new material in Jamaica

Internationally-acclaimed hip hop artiste, Snoop Dogg will become the latest foreign act of note to visit Jamaica to record new material.

Following recent visits by American R&B superstar, Alicia Keys as well as Senegalese rap superstar, Akon to the island to work on new music, Snoop Dogg has announced that he will be travelling to Jamaica in the near future to record a new single. The announcement was made via Snoop Dogg’s official YouTube channel this past Monday as he honored what would have been the 67th birthday of late Reggae legend, Bob Marley. 

In the video, Snoop Dogg puffs marijuana to honor the Reggae icon while playing one of Marley’s highly-acclaimed singles, So Much Trouble.

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Ziggy Marley launches new radio show in U.S.

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae singer, Ziggy Marley, will host a new program on American satellite radio; promoting the best that Reggae music has to offer.

Ziggy’s new monthly show, Legends of Reggae launched this past Sunday on SiriusXM satellite radio in the United States, a day prior to what would have been his legendary father, Bob Marley’s 67th birthday. The program will feature unique insights from Ziggy Marley regarding Jamaican music and culture as well as interviews and music from some of his favorite Reggae artistes. Additionally, Marley will feature some of family’s music on the new program, including music from his days with the Melody Makers as well as his Grammy-nominated album, Wild and Free.

The pilot episode of Legends of Reggae featured an interview of legendary Reggae singer, Jimmy Cliff by Marley. The episode will be rebroadcast this Friday at 6 p.m. on The Joint: Channel 42. Additionally, Marley will interview other special guests during each show.

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First official Bob Marley documentary to debut this month

The life of Jamaica’s greatest ever musician will be encapsulated in film for the first time ever for the world to see later this month.

On Monday, which would have been Marley’s 67th birthday, it was announced by his family that the first ever documentary on the legendary singer’s life, entitled Marley, will premiere later this month at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival. Marley was directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin MacDonald. Additionally, the movie was produced by Magnolia Pictures and executive produced by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell as well as Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae artiste, Ziggy Marley.

According to Ziggy Marley, this documentary will take an in-depth look into Bob Marley’s life as a musician, father and social activist.

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Natural Mystic: The Best of Bob Marley

On this day, February 6, 2012, Jamaica celebrates what would have been the 67th birthday of its greatest product and celebrity whose music has no expiry date.

Robert Nesta Marley, simply known as Bob Marley forever holds the status as Reggae’s king and patriarch as messages of peace, love, righteousness and social consciousness preached throughout his music still resonate in the minds of fans worldwide. Marley impacted the lives of so many with his hundreds of legendary songs that still warrant radio airplay in this current day and age. Honestly, this man deserves a top 50 or 100 list and some would say a top 10 list of Bob Marley songs doesn’t do him nearly enough justice. However, on this very special day in Reggae music, here are ten Bob Marley songs that, while some may dispute aren’t his best, they arguably are the most impactful through the genre.

10: I Shot The Sheriff: Deemed as one of Marley’s more controversial, yet thought-provoking masterpieces, Marley’s 1973 hit song, I Shot The Sheriff played out a scene involving a man owning up to shooting a sheriff in self-defense but denying shooting a deputy sheriff. The song spoke of justice and became an instant hit of he and The Wailers’ hit album, Burnin’, but drew some controversy as some government officials, amongst others took it as a subliminal attempt to denounce the police force.

Nevertheless, the single’s storyline made for compelling musical theatre and was later remade by rock and roll superstar, Eric Clapton in the 1990s.

9: Waiting in Vain: Offering a more sensual side of this Reggae icon, Waiting In Vain remains one of Reggae music’s most heralded love songs. Off his legendary 1977 album, Exodus, Waiting in Vain was well received locally and earned a top 30 slot on the United Kingdom singles charts.

However, what truly makes the song’s essence stand true was the accompanying visuals as the video for Waiting in Vain showcased a child like version of Marley and young girl frolicking through a Hawaiian paradise. Waiting in Vain was a truly heartwarming song to say the least.  

8: Is This Love: Keeping with the sensual theme, Marley dazzled fans once again as he and the Wailers teamed up for the 1978 smash hit, Is This Love. Another highly regarded love song internationally, Is This Love earned a top ten slot on the U.K. Singles Charts and was part of his posthumously released Legend compilation in 1984.

The accompanying music video also won the hearts and minds of fans across the world, featuring Marley running through the streets with children. One of those children was a then seven-year-old, Naomi Campbell.

7: Buffalo Soldier: One of Marley final recordings prior to his death in May 1981, Buffalo Soldier became one of Marley’s most synonymous efforts. The lyrics of Buffalo Soldier were tied to the black United States cavalry regiment, otherwise known as “Buffalo Soldiers.”  The soldiers, who fought during the Indian Wars in the 1800s, made great lyrical fodder for Marley as he spoke of black resistance, power and courage. Fans of all ages grew to love the song; proven when a young American baby, who featured in a YouTube video nearly two years ago, stopped crying when Buffalo Soldier. If that instance did not prove the power of Marley’s music, who knows what would.

6: Could You Be Loved: Released off the final Bob Marley and The Wailers album, Uprising in 1980, Could You Be Loved hails as one of Marley’s greatest self-empowerment anthems. A song which denounces the casting of judgment by mankind with lines such as “You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry;
No matter how you treat him, the man will never be satisfied.” Related to the everyday struggle of people who envy the blessings of others. The song not only became a chart success but also has since become a post game normality at sports events, including the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa.

5: Redemption Song: Regarded as one of the Top 100 songs of all-time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Redemption Song became one of Marley’s most vital contributions. A song speaking of the concept of mental slavery and quoting words of a legendary speech by one of Jamaica’s National Heroes, Marcus Garvey, Redemption Song related to the struggles of blacks to establish liberation. Both the live and acoustic versions were well received while they also showcased the pain that Marley endured after being diagnosed with cancer in 1979. To some Jamaicans, it’s regarded as Marley’s most influential political song.

4:  No Woman, No Cry: The 1974 single, No Woman, No Cry made Marley a household name as his star continued to grow on an international basis. A single which encouraged women to find strength in times of tribulation within the inner city, No Woman, No Cry made the top 40 or Rolling Stone’s Top 500 all-time songs list. The Fugees later remade Marley’s song in 1996 and Bob’s son, Stephen Marley, joined forces with the group in 2003 for yet another remix.

3: Get Up, Stand Up:  One of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh’s best creations as a duo, Marley unleashed another self-empowerment anthem with his 1973 release, Get Up, Stand Up.  Regarded as one of Marley’s best live songs, Get Up Stand Up promoted liberation and the ability for people to fight for what they believed in. The song was re-released by Tosh and Bunny Wailer as they did solo versions of the song. Additionally, artistes, including Shaggy, recorded at least 10 covers of the song.

2: Three Little Birds: A song emulating Marley’s hope for peace and unity within mankind, Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry) remains one of the icon’s most acclaimed singles. Universally, the easy-going tone within Three Little Birds made it easy for fans to sing along and appreciate life’s aura.

The motivation behind Three Little Birds remains a mystery as some say he was referring to actual birds while others believe it was a reference to an all-female Reggae group, The I-Threes. Nevertheless, the chart-topping song was a universal success and a cover of the single, done by British singer, Connie Talbot topped the Billboard Singles Chart in 2008.

1: One Love: If there’s ever a song that truly represented Marley and his homeland to the fullest, One Love was it. Released on the aforementioned Exodus album, One Love remains the ultimate anthem for unity, love and righteousness and, in the eyes of many, hails as the greatest Reggae song of all-time.

The single has become the sound of the Jamaica Tourist Board and its advertising campaign since 1994, was named BBC’s greatest song of last millennium and made Marley the universal symbol of positivity within music that those that succeeded hi have yet to resemble.






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Mr. Vegas asks Reggae fans to save genre’s foundation with new petition

International Reggae star Mr. Vegas is urging fellow musicians and music fans to sign the Save Foundation Reggae petition – an appeal to radio disc jockeys to include the music of classic or ‘foundation’ Reggae pioneers like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Culture, and Alton Ellis into their Island Hop-driven playlists. The online petition also makes an appeal to Jamaica’s current crop of producers, who have flooded radio with Hip Hop inspired beats instead of the island’s signature bass-heavy rhythms.

“Reggae music is like the heartbeat of Jamaican people and culture, and now it is barely played on popular radio stations anymore,” says Clifford ‘Mr. Vegas’ Smith. “Young people today have no idea who Cynthia Schloss or Hortense Ellis or Delroy Wilson are. These are people, who pioneered Reggae, who created a space for people like Sean Paul, and even Sean Kingston and Iyaz to be pop stars. Radio barely plays foundation Reggae, and many of our producers have abandoned traditional Reggae and Dancehall rhythms for American sounding Hip Hop beats. This petition is to let them know that foundation Reggae is still a crucial part of our culture and we must preserve our musical heritage and legacy.”

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Marley Africa Road Trip, A travel documentary

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When you are the son of a legend such as Bob Marley, whose music still lives more than three decades after his death, it is hard to make something out of your life without being compared to your father.

This has been the story of all of Marley’s sons, but most of them chose to make music anyway. While they may not have surpassed the father’s musical accomplishments, the Marley brothers have ensured that the family name is still held in high regard through their professional and personal lives.

Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Rohan and Robert Marley have all had their go at music. Though kids these days may probably know Damian (aka Junior Gong) as the hot thing, big brother Ziggy has been making music for decades and even won a Grammy.

So, having seemingly accomplished all that can be done in the music industry, it is only appropriate that Marley’s first-born son leaves the reggae behind for a bit to venture into television.

Coming to your screen tonight will be his first production, Marley Africa Road Trip, a travel documentary that follows him, Rohan and Robert.

With the show premiering on Discovery, Ziggy took time out to speak to Tonight about it.

“All three of us are fans of motorcycles and riding a motorcycle… the experience is very mental. It’s very conscious. You have to be aware and we like that, you know. We did the trip on bikes just to be open to the elements and to the people,” he explained.

The brothers travel the South African countryside on their bikes. It is the ultimate survivor’s dream as they attempt to live under the stars and ride from dusk till dawn while exploring the land.

“It’s a much more open way to travel,” he said, referring to their preferred mode of transportation.

“You get a much more real experience being on a motorcycle travelling through a country than you would in a car, or any other way, or by any other means.

“We stopped when we felt like it and we got involved with the communities wherever we stopped. It was just a way to have a more open and not-so-insulated view of the land.

“I think being on a motorcycle gave us that opportunity and the freedom to explore places and people we probably wouldn’t if we were just driving in a car.”

Whenever an outsider makes a first visit to the country it is always interesting to hear their views on the place before the visit. Ziggy had an interesting take on the subject.

“It was my first time to South Africa and I was kind of, I wouldn’t say surprised, but I felt very good about what I saw because before we made the trip I remember there was some sceptical news about how you need to get a vest for knife attacks and things like that because South Africa is so dangerous. So I think this film will show Africa in a light that I think a lot of people who have never been here before don’t really know of, and I think that’s good for Africa,” he said.

Ziggy could have shot this production with anyone else, but he chose to do so with Rohan and Robert, for specific reasons.

“We work well together but we are kind of different, you know what I mean?” he asked, but I didn’t know what he meant so he carried on.

“I am really into the adventure stuff and my brother Rohan is not so much into it. He doesn’t like camping and things like that.

“Robbie is… he’s like the most quiet one of us all, so it was interesting.

“The trip showed different sides of us I think, because look, I like roughing it, but Rohan ended up driving in a Rolls-Royce at one point. I thought we were supposed to be on bikes, roughing it, but he would rather be in a Rolls-Royce. So I gave him some attitude about that, you know, but I mean, we have differences, but we get on together well,” he said, defining the typical sibling rivalries.

If you could digest Kim Kardashian and her sisters, then you would enjoy this as the brothers give a bit of themselves, away from the stage or studio.

lMarley Africa Road Trip airs today at 9.05pm on Discovery World (channel 250).

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Ziggy Marley creates his own identity with new album – “Wild and Free”

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World renowned Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has been instrumental in carrying on the Marley family legacy since he & the Melody Makers released their debut album in 1985. Though he’s done well to continue from where his legendary father, Bob left off, Ziggy’s latest project, “Wild & Free” is a part of his campaign to show Reggae fans how different he & his father are both personally despite their musical similarities.

“Wild & Free,” released in mid-June passes on lessons that Ziggy learnt from his late father & worldwide Reggae icon, Bob Marley but simultaneously reveals some of Bob’s many personal issues during the peak of his career, from his womanizing to his inability to shed yes men as he eluded to in one of his singles of the new album, “The Road Less Traveled.”

In an interview from his home in Los Angeles, California; Ziggy opened up about the issues he noticed Bob encountering during his career; particularly his tendency to keep an entourage around him. I’d rather be by myself really than have like a million posse around me,” Ziggy claimed. “Some of them you don’t even know what’s in their hearts. You don’t know who you can trust.”

Furthermore, Ziggy detailed some of the run-ins he & his father would have regarding personal beliefs & expression. Ziggy explained, “I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn’t like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy, you know.” Ziggy also spoke of his affinity for city life given he was born in the city; one day telling his father, “I don’t want to be a country boy.” The single “Get Out Of Town,” off the “Wild & Free” album that talks about Ziggy leaving Jamaica for greener pastures.  Despite owning a home in LA, Ziggy mainly resides in Miami, Florida.

Ziggy & Bob even shared separate beliefs regarding their Rastafarian faith. “I said to him, ‘You cannot have dreadlocks. You can be dread in your heart. He was very upset. Each father want their sons to be just like them really,” Ziggy intimated.

Though Ziggy shares such differing personality traits from Bob, he’s more than willing to keep his father’s brand alive; recently releasing the “Marijuana Man” comic book as well as a “relaxation drink” called Marley’s Mellow Mood.

Musically speaking, “Wild & Free” is reminiscent of Bob’s smooth vocals & is filled with messages that attack political ignorance & promote love & unity like his father regularly preached. Singles on the album that speak to said messages include, “Forward To Love,” “Welcome To The World,” & “Personal Revolution.” Currently, the album is placed third on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart; one place below his brother, Stephen Marley’s album, Revelation Part 1, The Root Of Life.

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The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Dave Stewart joins forces in a new band

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones has reportedly formed a new supergroup with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone, Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman, and Jamaican reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley. The group have apparently been recording together for the last 18 months, but have yet to release an album or give a public performance. They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.

The New York Post has received conflicting information as to how serious this group is. One source claims that Super Heavy have finished a record and a video and are now in the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label. Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply “thought it would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music.” According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label involved.

Jagger is not the first Rolling Stone to start a new band. Keith Richards, whose 2010 autobiography “Life” repeatedly rakes Jagger over the coals, formed a group called X-pensive Winos in 1987, when the Rolling Stones were on hiatus. Though the X-pensive Winos have not recorded or performed together in years, Richards has recently revealed that they are now working on a new project. The Rolling Stones have not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a group since 2007.

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Video: Matisyahu – Redemption Song Cover – Bob Marley

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Redemption Song | Playing For Change

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CES 2011: Bob Marley Puts Family Name to Sustainable Audio Gear

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Rockband features Bob Marley

If you’re a Bob Marley fan, you’ve surely heard about the rumors that have been surfacing the past days about an upcoming DLC (downloadable content) album being released the following days. Well, it turned out they were true, as they were confirmed by RockBandAide.

The “best of” album, called “Legend” was initially launched three years after Marley’s death, in 1984. The DLC “Legend” be released on September 21 (September 22 in Europe) and will be available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Although this album has suffered various changes over the years, Rock Band has confirmed that the new version will contain 13 songs, as follows:

• Is This Love*

• No Woman No Cry*

• Could You Be Loved*

• Three Little Birds *

• Buffalo Soldier

• Stir It Up

• One Love/People Get Ready

• I Shot the Sheriff

• Waiting in Vain *

• Redemption Song

• Satisfy My Soul *

• Exodus

• Jamming

The songs marked with ‘*’ are also available in the LEGO Rock Band music score, meaning they are appropriate to children too.

The release date of the album was carefully chosen, as it will announce a memorial concert that will take place on September 23, in Pittsburgh. Members of the Marley family, as well as their special guests will sing to benefit the One Love Foundation.

The initial ”Legend”, released over 25 years ago, is still considered to be the best selling reggae album ever, so there is no doubt that the re-release of this compilation album will be a success.

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Bob Marley’s family loses lawsuit against UMG

NEW YORK, United States – Bob Marley’s family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer’s best-known recordings.

A US District Judge in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of the Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records

The albums “Catch a Fire,” “Burnin’,” “Natty Dread,” “Rastaman Vibrations” and “Exodus” were recorded with Marley’s band The Wailers. They include some of Marley’s best-known songs, including “Get Up, Stand Up,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “No Woman, No Cry” and “One Love.”

The ruling is a defeat for Marley’s widow Rita and nine children who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG’s effort to “exploit” what they called “the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings.”

Marley’s family accused the company of holding back royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning them rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.

It also accused UMG of failing as required to consult with them on key licensing decisions, including the use of Marley’s music as ringtones.

But the judge ruled that Marley’s recordings were “works made for hire” as defined under US copyright law, entitling UMG to be the owner of the albums.

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Bob Marley’s Master Recordings Burnt in Ghana

A stash of reggae legend Bob Marley’s master recordings and personal belongings has been destroyed by a fire in Aburi, Ghana. The tapes were being stored at the solar-powered studio established by Marley’s wife Rita, who has lived in Africa for the past decade.

The studio complex, Studio One, was set to officially open in June this year – a month after it was ravaged by a blaze. Rita Marley insists she will rebuild the complex. She reveals the lost items include footage of her late husband performing in concert.

Work on the studio was completed in early 2009, but the launch was delayed because Rita Marley was out of the country. Initial reports suggested the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

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A Tribute to a Reggae Legend – US based band “Funkadesi” pays tribute to Bob Marley

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Twenty-nine years after the death of reggae star Bob Marley, musicians around the world continue to celebrate his music. A new tribute album to Bob Marley features performers from six different countries.

While the nine-member band Funkadesi is based in the U.S., there’s no limit to their musical influences, including the Caribbean, Indian and Latin rhythms that flavor Bob Marley’s “Real Situation.” Representing Europe, Africa, India, Jamaica and Latin America, Funkadesi was once praised by President Barack Obama, who commented, “I can’t say enough [about] how energizing this band is.”

Of course, energizing crowds with his message of world peace and harmony was a Bob Marley trademark. Born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, Marley rose to fame as a member of the ’60s reggae group The Wailers, and later, as the leader of Bob Marley and The Wailers. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and, earlier this year, The Wailers’ album, “Catch A Fire,” featuring the track “Concrete Jungle,” entered the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Brazilian newcomer Ceu sings Bob Marley’s “Concrete Jungle” on the Tribute To A Reggae Legend album.

Also featured on the compilation are South Africa’s “Freshlyground,” Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and acclaimed reggae, hip-hop and African beat star Rocky Dawuni, dubbed “Ghana’s Bob Marley.”

Dawuni turns to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1978 album “Kaya” for “Sun Is Shining.”

The global reach of the Marley tribute CD includes a pair of Canadian vocalists, two groups from Hawaii, and the veteran string band from the northeastern U.S. called Northern Lights, who perform the Bob Marley classic, “Waiting In Vain.”

Doug Levine | Washington – voanews.com

Twenty-nine years after the death of reggae star Bob Marley, musicians around the world continue to celebrate his music.  A new tribute album to Bob Marley features performers from six different countries.

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Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley Performed On Jimmy Kimmel Live

“As We Enter” LIVE

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“Count Your Blessings” LIVE
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Nas & Damian Marley ft. Lil Wayne & Joss Stone – My Generation

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Album in stores – May 18th

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