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Bounty Killer Harder

Bounty Killer drops new single inspired by ‘The Harder They Come’

Bounty Killer HarderNow celebrating its 40th anniversary,  The Harder They Come has inspired countless reggae music love-ins on college campuses and among Jamaicans around the world.  Now the iconic movie can add a dancehall rhythm to its list of tributes, as One Jam Music releases Bounty Killer’s blazing  Harder – a devastating response to all his challengers, and the teaser to One Jam’s latest production, the Harder Than Hard album slated for release in early 2014.

Harder Than Hard is the brainchild and labor of love of One Jam Music, a boutique reggae music label. The project was inspired by the classic 1972 Jimmy Cliff film written and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor D. Rhone. Considered a cult classic, The Harder They Come was the first film made in Jamaica shortly after independence, one of the most successful independent films of all time and “the soundtrack album has joined Marley’s catalog as reggae’s cornerstones” (SF Chronicle).

Continuing the firsts, Harder Than Hard will be the first riddim-driven album that will use samples and themes from one movie as the basis for all the songs on the compilation. The album, slated for release in early 2014, will feature a star-studded cast of established and rising dancehall and reggae artists and will lead off with the single Harder from Grammy nominated international star Bounty Killer.

On the eve of “Sting” 2013, dubbed “The greatest dancehall show on earth,” the dancehall world has been eagerly awaiting a response from Bounty Killer to challenges and insults hurled at him in recent months from Mr. Vegas, Anthony B, and most recently Mavado. The Warlord has finally responded, and it is with devastating impact. The musical response Harder, which conjures up memories of a favorite dancehall era when lyrical battles were en vogue and reached their highpoint at Sting, draws dialog samples from The Harder They Come, and in true Killer style delivers a verbal lashing to his challengers.

While the single for Harder will be available on all major digital outlets served by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital, the 40-year legacy and enduring potency of The Harder They Come is being celebrated by the film’s owners, International Films Limited (IFM) and their distribution partners. IFM, Syndctd Entertainment and Xenon Pictures will digitally release the film on iTunes and through VHX in late December. A blu-ray is set for Spring 2014 and various Harder They Come theatrical screenings / reggae music parties will roll out through 2014 on college campuses and with Jamaican diaspora groups and roots reggae groups in Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto and all over the globe.

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Americans dominating Billboard Reggae charts

rebelutionDespite Jamaica’s apparent renaissance in Reggae music this year, the island’s presence on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart in The U.S. continues to dwindle Americans have recently dominated the top 10.

In the latest edition of the American magazine’s chart, five of the top ten albums are by American Reggae artists, led by California-based Reggae band, Rebelution for their Peace of Mind album. Pennsylvania-born Reggae act, Matisyahu is runner-up for his album, Spark Seeker while Virginia-based band, Soldiers of Jah Army (S.O.J.A) is third with Strength To Survive.

Two other American acts, Josh Heinrichs (Rooftop Session EP) from Missouri and Fiji (Born and Raised II – The Rebirth) from Hawaii round out the top 10 at nine and 10 respectively. This is the third straight week at least half of Billboard’s Reggae charts were albums from American Reggae acts.

Only two solo Reggae albums from Jamaican acts are on the list: Jimmy Cliff’ Grammy-award winning project, Rebirth at number six and Beres Hammond‘s new album, One Love, One Life at number eight. Marley: The Original Soundtrack and Reggae Gold 2012 are the only other Jamaican Reggae albums on the list at fourth and seventh respectively.

Bermudan act, Mishka is the only act outside Jamaica and the U.S. on Billboard’s Reggae albums chart with Ocean IS My Potion at number six.

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Jimmy Cliff wins Best Reggae album at 55th Grammy Awards

Jimmy CliffA 27-year wait is over for legendary Reggae singer, Jimmy Cliff as he has won the 2013 Best Reggae Album award at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Having last won the accolade in 1986 for his Cliff Hanger album, Cliff took home the honor during the Grammy pre-show in Los Angeles. His latest project, Rebirth toppled contenders such as Tomahawk Technique (Sean Paul), Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill (Toots and the Maytals), New Legend – Jamaica 50th edition (Sly and Robbie and The Jam Masters) and Miracle (The Original Wailers) for the prestigious award. The singer was not on hand to collect his trophy.

With this win, Cliff becomes the seventh musician to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy multiple times. His Rebirth album peaked at no. 76 on the Billboard charts in the United States while also be named 12th on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 albums for 2012.

Last week, Cliff called on the Recording Academy to give the Reggae Grammy its deserved press by allowing the award’s recipient to accept it on television. He told CBSNews.com, “It’s a nice thing to be nominated for a Grammy…However, I do think that people ought to see me on TV, accepting the Grammy. Not the way it is being done at the moment for a reggae Grammy where you just hear about it. It’s about time they show me on TV.”

Cliff was also the voice behind the soundtrack for the popular, yet controversial Volkswagen advertisement which debuted last month, showcasing a Caucasian businessman speaking Jamaican patois.

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Sean Paul, Jimmy Cliff head final nominations list for Reggae Grammy

Internationally-acclaimed entertainer, Sean Paul will be gunning for yet another Grammy award when music’s most celebrated show takes place next February in Los Angeles.

The Got 2 Luv U singer’s fifth album,Tomahawk Technique was selected on Wednesday as one of five finalists for the Best Reggae Album Grammy. It’s the fourth time that Sean Paul has been nominated for the prestigious honor as previous albums like The Trinity (2006) and Imperial Blaze (2010)have also been selected by The Academy.

Sean Paul previously tasted success at the 2004 Grammys when his multi-platinum CD,Duty Rock was named Best Reggae Album. Should the highly-acclaimed artiste prevail once again in two months, he’ll become the sixth act to capture the accolade.

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Beenie Man retrieves United States work permit

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will finally return to a U.S. stage after his work permit to the North American country has been officially reinstated.

Despite being issued a United States visa last summer, Beenie Man has yet to perform at an event in the country since his work permit was revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston over two years ago. As a result, the self-professed King of the Dancehall was unable to perform on BET’s 106 and Park alongside Trinidadian-American hip-hop megastar, Nicki Minaj as originally scheduled this past April.

However, Beenie Man will perform at the first ever Groovin’ In The Park concert on July 1 at Roy Wilkins Park in the New York based borough of Queens. CEO of Groovin Inc. Christopher Roberts announced that Beenie Man will be a headliner at his company’s upcoming event while expressing glee regarding the prominent deejay’s retrieval of his American work permit.

“I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the Dancehall king, Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s ‘Groovin In the Park’ concert on July 1,” Roberts said in a statement.

“Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York.”

Groovin’ In The Park will also feature Reggae legends, Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff as the show honors three nations celebrating milestone independence anniversaries this year: United States (236) as well as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who will both be celebrating golden anniversaries this year (50).


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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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Reggae artist Jiimmy Cliff to play free Brooklyn concert

 Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will perform a free concert in Prospect Park to kick off this year’s Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series, organizers said Tuesday.

The 63-year-old Jamaican star is known for hits like “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” and “The Harder They Come,” which helped make reggae mainstream.

“He’s been on our wish list for a long time,” said Jack Walsh, director of performing arts for BRIC Arts Media Brooklyn, which puts on the series. “I think in particular he really resonates in Brooklyn across all tupes of audiences. Obviously in Brooklyn we have a large Jamaican community that he’ll be instantly recognizable to.

“In his later years he’s become a fastastic crossover artist, and we think that really resonates well for all of Brooklyn,” he said.

Cliff will perform on June 5 at 8 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The rest of the Celebrate Brooklyn! line up will be rolled out in the coming weeks.


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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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CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Mar. 16, 2010:  Jamaican Grammy-winning reggae legend and actor, Jimmy Cliff, last night brought the house down as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Cliff Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Mar. 16, 2010:  Jamaican Grammy-winning reggae legend and actor, Jimmy Cliff, last night brought the house down as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cliff turned the Waldorf Astoria ballroom into a dancehall as he thrilled with three of his all-time favorite hits. After graciously thanking the Museum organizers for the honor, Cliff got down to what truly makes him great as he kicked off his set with `You can Get It If You Really Want,` before moving on to the inspirational, `Many Rivers To Cross.`

As the guests, who shelled out $1,200 for the event got to their feet and thunderous applause echoed in the ball room as Mr. Cliff pulled his final note of the song, he was joined by Haitian Grammy-singer Wyclef Jean.

Jean, who moments earlier had inducted the man he called his inspiration and a the only living reggae legend into the Hall of Fame, pulled out his guitar and joined Cliff on the tune that catapulted the St. James native to worldwide fame.

The two rocked out on `The Harder They Come,` as Jean urged all to get up. The audience needed little encouragement as they took to their feet and turned the formerly mundane event into a rocking party.

Earlier in the night, Jean had shared with the audience his love of Cliff and his music and reminisced on a night the singer shared with him and his wife in a tiny New Jersey apartment after a day of recording.

`I was always a Jimmy Cliff groupie,` said Jean, while acknowledging the many Jamaicans watching the proceedings via live TV and the Jamaican roots to Haiti through Dutty Boukman.  Cliff, in accepting the award, was humble, thanking the Hall of Fame Museum for honoring a non-American who sings a new genre of music that was introduced to the world from Jamaica.

He became emotional as he paused to thank his grandmother and other relatives, before moving on to thank music producer, Chris Blackwell, who signed him in the 1970s to Island Records and the people of Jamaica, the Caribbean, Africa and South America.

`It is good to be here tonight,` said Cliff. `I see it as a stepping stone for higher glory.`

Cliff was only one of 5 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. They included Abba and Genesis.

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Cliff is among a list of other entertainers who will be inducted, including Genesis, The Stooges, Ann Arbor, Swedish pop-icons ABBA and The Hollies. Cliff is the first reggae nominee cited by judges at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since Bob Marley was inducted in 1994.

Jimmy Cliff will be inducted into the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Cliff is among a list of other entertainers who will be inducted, including Genesis, The Stooges, Ann Arbor, Swedish pop-icons ABBA and The Hollies. Cliff is the first reggae nominee cited by judges at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since Bob Marley was inducted in 1994.

The inductees for next year were chosen by a committee of rock and roll historians and they were voted on by 500 voters in the Hall of Fame Foundation. Artistes become eligible for induction 25 years after their first record is released. One of the criteria is that the person must have made some contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll music and the contribution to music must also be of significance

Cliff has made large contributions to the reggae industry as he is known for hits such as Harder They Come, I Can See Clearly Now, Wild World, Many Rivers To Cross, Rebel In Me and Reggae Nights, some of which have been used as soundtracks in movies. He was also an actor in the movie Harder They Come.

This year’s class will be inducted in the annual ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 15, 2010, and will be televised live on Fuse. All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Jimmy Cliff was announced on Wednesday as one of twelve 2010 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The other nominees are ABBA, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Genesis, KISS, Laura Nyro, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, The Hollies, and The Stooges.

Jimmy Cliff Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Jimmy Cliff was announced on Wednesday as one of twelve 2010 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The other nominees are ABBA, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Genesis, KISS, Laura Nyro, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, The Hollies, and The Stooges.

To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Thus, this year’s nominees had to release their first single no later than 1984. Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will make their selections for artistes to be inducted.

The five artistes with the most votes will be announced in January 2010, and their induction ceremony will happen on March 15, 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York City. It will be the 25th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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