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Artists and family pay moving tributes to John Holt at singer’s tribute

John HoltLate, great Reggae singer, John Holt got a fitting goodbye Monday as many of his former friends and colleagues within the music industry paid tribute the best way they knew how at on Monday; in song.

The artist’s funeral was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kingston Monday afternoon as family and friends remembered the highly touted musician, who passed away at the age of 67 at a London hospital in October after a long battle with colon cancer. Prior to the service, several artists performed some of Holt’s classics, including U-Roy with his unique version of Wear You To The Ball as well as Karen Smith with Memories By The Score, Hezron with The Tide Is HighTinga Stewart with The Tide is HighLuciano with Impossible and George Nooks with Left With a Broken Heart.

 Holt’s sons, Junior and Richard, also performed for the packed congregation they sang their father’s hits, Stealing and A Love I Can Feel.

 Other musicians, such as gospel legend, Carlene Davis and one of Holt’s closest friends, Ken Boothe also performed in honour of the singer.

During the service, Holt’s family and friends spoke glowingly of the artist, with his daughter, Debbie particularly emotional in her speech, saying, per the Jamaica Observer “My father enjoyed his life most when he was among the people, performing for the people.” 

 Opposition spokesperson on Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange also spoke on Holt’s legacy and impact on the local music industry, saying, “He was no ordinary Jamaican. He was part of that set of Jamaicans who have distinguished themselves. We have such an impressive list that we often become nonchalant with how we treat these gifts. They deserve much more than compensation.”

 Following the service, Holt’s former manager, Copeland Forbes said it was fantastic to see the unity and respect shown as they gave a great sendoff to one of Reggae’s greats, telling IRIEFM, “Today was really a special day…It was like a celebration of his works. It goes to show you the strength of the artists; the respect that people in Jamaica have for him.” 

 Other entertainers who came out to the funeral service included Derrick Harriott, Lloyd Parks, Ninja Man and Josey Wales.

 Holt was interned at the Dovecot Memorial Park in St. Catherine. He was survived by his wife, Merl, a host of children and grandchildren, a great grandson, siblings and many other relatives.

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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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Armed with a fresh new mix of her previously released “Catch Me If You Can” studio album, reggae recording artist Sophia Brown will be looking to grab the attention of her fans on June 19th with the official release of her dub and instrumental album entitled “Catch Me Dubbing” on her Music Mecka label distributed by U.S based digital distribution company Zojak Worldwide.

According to Brown “Catch Me Dubbing” was done taking into consideration other music markets across the globe. “I decided earlier this year that when I released my album “Catch Me If You Can” I would also do a dub and instrumental version of it and this is what we are gearing up to drop next week because we recognize that in different parts of the world that is also in demand”.

With “Catch Me If You Can” souring to #55 on the iTunes Top 100 Album Charts Brown said her energy at the moment is centered around promoting the singles “Relationship” and “Poverty”. “Since my song “Tonight Is The Night” went #1 in 9 different countries earlier this year we have been searching for that next official single and we feel “Relationships” which feature Hezron and “Poverty” which features The Messenger Luciano are getting good radio play. A video for “Poverty” is definitely in the pipeline while other tracks such as “Tall & Sexy” and “Mama Africa” have been buzzing internationally”.

With confirmations of a 3 weeks tour of Egypt already on the table Sophia Brown continues to forge ahead in the reggae fraternity.


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Jamaican artistes collaborate on new Reggae Boyz theme song

With CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers set to restart early next month, some of Jamaica’s top musicians are contributing to the Reggae Boyz cause as they have been recording a new theme song for the Jamaican national football (soccer) team.

The Reggae Boyz will begin the second round of qualifiers on June 8 against Guatemala as they attempt to make it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Should they succeed in their efforts, it would be the first time qualifying for football’s most prestigious tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

As locals try to rally the troops for their ‘Road to Rio’ World Cup campaign, Dancehall & Reggae artistes are lending their voices as support for the national team by recording a new theme song to help cheer them on. The song, Fever Taking Over was co-written by prominent songwriter/producer, Mickey Bennett, who revealed that he was asked by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) two months ago to write a piece that would help spark the Reggae Boyz campaign.

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Junior kelly and Luciano and Mikey General live in Paris 2010

Junior kelly and Luciano and Mikey General live in Paris 2010

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