Category : Culture
New York City/Jamaica – Morgan Heritage, The Royal Family of Reggae, have just announced their upcoming “Catch A Fire” Tour” with Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, and Tarrus Riley, along with special guests, Jo Mersa Marley and Black Am I. The tour will kick off August 29th in Philly and wrap up September 27th in LA.
Both the Morgan and Marley reggae dynasties are thrilled to finally be on tour together. “The Marley’s and Morgan’s are more than just childhood friends. We are both 2nd generation musicians carrying on our father’s legacies. The Catch A Fire tour is a historic moment for both families because as family our bond goes beyond blood, it’s etched into our souls with the fire. We always spoke of the day when Marley and Morgan would tour together sharing the same stage night in and night out. Well now the time has come and we could not be more joyful to see this dream become a reality.”
The band recently released their tenth studio album, Strictly Roots, on April 21st, 2015. The album, which has received fan and critical acclaim, is currently available digitally and in retail stores nationwide including Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Barnes and Noble. Purchase Strictly Roots on iTunes, here: http://apple.co/1zzk8II or on Amazon, here: http://amzn.to/1OyYCe8. For more information, please visit: www.MorganHeritageMusic.com.
Morgan Heritage recently premiered “Wanna Be Loved” (ft. Eric Rachmany of Rebelution) with ThePier.org. On working with Morgan Heritage, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution told ThePier.org, “It’s an honor to collaborate with Morgan Heritage. In my eyes they are one of the best Reggae bands of all time. Their style is like no other out there and their story is remarkable. They sent me ‘Wanna Be Loved’ and I immediately connected with the concept that each and every one simply wants to be loved for who they are.” In addition, Morgan Heritage previously partnered with Billboard.com to premiere the video for their first single, “Perform And Done,” as well as working with Yahoo! Music to premiere “So Amazing,” the second single off the album. The band also teamed up with HitFix to stream the entire record a day before its release.
The sensational roots reggae quintet, which comprises siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Gramps Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Lukes Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo Morgan (percussion/vocals), is undoubtedly one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces on the global stage. Guided by sheer acumen and a passionate desire to make their already rich musical legacy even more impactful, Morgan Heritage, after much deliberation and contemplation, triumphantly delivers their latest album exclusively on their very own label CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group.
Legendary International Reggae Crooner Sanchez Wants his Voice to be Heard “In The Ghetto” – @godmummaCultureLatest Music
A staple for over the past two decades on the international music scene, Sanchez (Kevin Jackson) epitomizes the genre of Lover’s rock by having covered some of the most romantic songs of all time as well as his own classic lyrics, fusing reggae and R&B. For years Sanchez music as stood the test of time and music lovers were serenaded to an arsenal of hits after hits which led him to the billboard charts. Besides numerous awards and accolades, it was almost a year ago to the date that the city of Miramar in Florida took the time out to honor and recognize him for his contribution to reggae music and his career accomplishments, May 17th, 2014 was officially proclaimed as Sanchez Day in the City of Miramar.
For the past few years the international reggae crooner has been delivering music sporadically, as well as a critically acclaimed album, but on his latest single titled “In The Ghetto”, Sanchez wants his voice to be heard. The song is a departure from his usual romantic themes as Sanchez belts the familiar words “People, don’t you understand the child needs a helping hand or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day Take a look at you and me, are we too blind to see, do we simply turn our heads and look the other way”. Speaking of this latest endeavor, Sanchez explained “Every day I hear the news from home to abroad, and it seems like another person died in vain, so many angry people. I am hurting for humanity and the best way for me as a singer to have my say, is with my voice, with lyrics.”, he further added “I grew up listening to this song, I even won an award and a standing ovation in school with my rendition. So when I received the riddim, the words came back to me, It made sense, a hurt child becomes an angry adult, and more often enough society turns a blind eye, especially IN THE GHETTO”.
The single produced by Triple T Production will be available on all major digital markets by the end of the month. Triple T Production is responsible for some of acclaimed music from Natural Black, Luciano, Turbulence, among others.
The Reggae.Zone News Update is a weekly news programme with Reggae & Dancehall News from around the World. On this week, Shaggy, Bounty Killer & Beenie Man, Spice & Kartel, new diss release from Ishawna Randy Valentine, Kabaka Pyramid, UK’s Reggae Star Factor + more
Multi-talented, versatile singer-songwriter/producer hails from theTropical Isle of Jamaica and is currently under the umbrella of‘HempHigher’ and ‘J.O.A.T’ (Jack of all tradez) productions. Randy Valentine is a true star who hones his craft with a special passion and desire to touch people through his music.
2012 saw Mr. Valentine tour Costa Rica and Panama supporting one of Dancehall’s biggest artists – BUSY SIGNAL. The tour proved to be a huge success for Randy, catapulting him onto a brand new platform, on which he could voice his talent, and build up a solid international fan base. To add to his repertoire, Randy has also opened for the likes of BUSY SIGNAL, DEMARCO, MR VEGAS, US R&B Sensation, LLOYD from YOUNG MONEY and toured Austria alongside fellow rising Reggae star, Cali P.
Citing ‘the foundation’ music as one of his main sources of inspiration,Randy decided to release a one-drop mixtape, where he sings over 13 tracks – all built upon classic STUDIO ONE riddims, such as “Stalag Riddim”, “Bobby Babylon Riddim”, “Lecturer Riddim” and more!
Hence, on the 1st of October 2012,’ Bring Back The Love’ was introduced to the world. The mix-tape, mixed by Switzerland’s finest, ‘Straight-sound’ became an instant hit with fans, from the Caribbean to Japan, commanding 800 downloads on its first day of release.
Embarking on the US November 15 – November 18th Randy Valentine will be making stops via various media outlets and available for interviews.
If MAGIC! wins Single of the Year at the American Music Awards this month for its hit “Rude,” Toronto’s reggae culture will have played a part.
“Growing up in Toronto, there’s a pretty heavy Caribbean descent (and) community there,” the band’s frontman, Nasri Atweh, told Spin magazine in a summer interview. “So you grow up going to different college parties and everyone’s always playing reggae in the clubs . . . for whatever reason ever since I was a kid, whenever I heard reggae or reggae groove or whatever it was, I just understood the fun but serious part of it. I kind of got it.”
But the success that made “Rude” a No. 1 hit in the U.S. has eluded other reggae acts in the Greater Toronto Area.
Take Brampton’s Tasha T. She has had top 10 songs in Canada, Ghana, Italy and the U.S., earned a Juno nomination and toured worldwide, but she has to work regular jobs to help sustain her 25-year music career.
Her most recent album, Real Talk, was released in May via her own label, RasVibe Records.
“A lot of times what I find with a lot of us here is that we have to have a 9-to-5 to really balance everything,” she said. “I do all types of different jobs. Administrative jobs, customer service, sometimes I work in the factory.
“Even with grants, there’s so many independent artists that try to apply for these grants and they’re not able to get it unless there’s a close link that you know inside that can help,” she added. “It’s like an up and down situation.”
Cultural critic Klive Walker has written about the history of Canadian reggae, including his 2005 book Dubwise. He says a big gap has existed since the 1970s, when artists such as Leroy Sibbles, Jackie Mittoo and Carlene Davis migrated here, and local acts such as Truths and Rights, Mojah, the Sattalites and Lillian Allen emerged.
The music industry never truly backed the reggae movement, he argues, lacking the financial backing of a visionary such as Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who successfully marketed Bob Marley to an international fan base.
“The thing was kind of diseased from morning,” Walker said. “Lillian, Mojah and Truth and Rights had to do a lot of work on their own. It’s a tribute to them that they were able to chip off a piece of mainstream notoriety out of it, but at the same time they didn’t have a consistent and substantial mainstream presence because the industry around them didn’t understand what they were dealing with.”
He also says a lot of Jamaican-born artists who grew up here during the emergence of hip hop in the 1980s and ’90s chose hip hop instead of reggae given there were more opportunities to make money.
Perhaps the most successful mainstream Canadian reggae act was Messenjah, who originated in Kitchener in 1980. They were the first Canadian reggae band in 1985 to be signed by a major label, Warner Music Canada, and appeared in the Tom Cruise movieCocktail in 1988.
The group has been reconstituted and will appear at the Tattoo Rock Parlour on Nov. 14, releasing a new single and performing other songs from their upcoming album We Return.
Charles “Tower” Sinclair, the band’s bassist, argues that a lack of business sense has hindered progress within the Canadian reggae scene and thinks artists should hold themselves more accountable.
“What (labels) look for is a business,” he said. “You need a business head to talk to a business head. We cannot just blame other people, we have to blame ourselves too.”
Sinclair said reggae acts here should bear no grudge against MAGIC!, which mixes reggae with other styles, including R&B and jazz, in its music.
“We have a little jazz influence in reggae, a little country influence. So why can’t they have reggae in their funk or reggae in their calypso?” he said. “Why must we think reggae must belong to us. . . . We got it from somewhere too. We got it from ska, we got it from jazz. That’s how reggae came down to what we made it today.”
JuLion King, a Toronto reggae promoter and founder of Canadian Reggae World, notes that European and Asian countries, as well as the U.S., have become big markets for reggae over the years and questions why mainstream Canada has not adopted the music.
“I’ve done reggae jams in this country for the past 15 years,” he said. “We used to play at the Opera House, BamBoo and other places. There are people who do love the music here.
“Reggae is the only music that doesn’t get mainstream airplay, yet why is it in Poland? Why is it in Japan? It’s not a fluke that reggae can penetrate every country; how come we can’t sell it here in Toronto? We’re a nonentity.”
There is some hope for the future in the form of Manchester-born Toronto singer Exco Levi, who has won the last three Reggae Recording of the Year Junos.
He admits there could be more mainstream promotion of reggae in Canada but says the music has evolved in terms of production and public interest since he immigrated here in 2005.
“I remember the first time performing in Montreal, there were 15 people,” he said. “But at the beginning of this year, I performed in Montreal and it was a sold-out crowd; me alone and my band. When I looked around the crowd, it was mostly white people. The promoters said to me they’ve never seen a reggae artist from Toronto draw those crowds in Montreal before.”
With a new album set for release next March, Exco believes he can carry the banner for Canadian reggae music but says the industry here must do a better job of unearthing and developing reggae talents.
Things won’t change “until Canada and the reggae community here realize what they have and realize that they have to support their artists and play them on the mainstream (airwaves),” he said. “We need booking agents, we need an industry.”
Former Miss Jamaica Universe and media personality, Yendi Phillipps, has filed for full custody of her child with dancehall entertainer, Chino, whose real name is Daniel McGregor.
The application was filed in the Supreme Court this week by the law firm Nelson-Brown, Guy and Francis.
Phillipps is asking the court to grant her custody, care and control of the child.
She is also seeking $60,000 per month in maintenance for the child.
Phillipps is further asking the court to order Chino to pay half of the child’s
medical and educational expenses.
As part of the custody arrangement, Phillipps is asking the court to grant the dancehall entertainer access to the child twice during the week for three hours and once every weekend for seven hours.
She has been ordered to serve the application on the defendant.
No date has been set for the matter to be heard.
If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.- Bob Marley
Rodigan digs out a classic live session in the BBC archives from May 1973 of Bob Marley & The Wailers – all to commemorate ten years since John Peel’s last Radio 1 programme.
This is an open letter to Peetah Morgan of the Internationally known reggae group/band “Morgan Heritage” from Tamar “Fire Pashon” Minott daughter of the Legendary Sugar Minott and the mother of his two daughters.
Anyone who know the whereabouts of this man,please remind him that he has two beautiful daughters, Destiny and Journey.Tell him that they still exist! Here is a picture of the last time they saw and spoke to him 8yrs ago.
This has gone on long enough! I honestly think 8yrs is a long time for a parent not to see and support their children.Not knowing how they have been surviving. Its a shame!
Please tell him that these beautiful girls have needs and wants too.They attend school,like any other child.They have school fee to be paid too!They wear clothing and shoes too,they need books and uniforms too,and most of all, they need food to survive each day!!!
Not because a mother can balance herself and support her children,means that,the father should just walk around with a big smile for 8 yrs not knowing how HIS beautiful/smart/talented/well mannered children survive.This is not just about MONEY!I know what it is to have a great father in my life.A father who gave me the greatest gift,which was love.
Mi know seh some people aggo bex,but I care zero!I’ve been silent all these years,and I felt like doing this today.So please forgive me if I offend any of you.My apologies.WhoFeelsItKnowsIt
The reggae artist was responsible for such well-known hits as The Tide Is High which he penned in 1967.
John Holt has sadly passed away aged 69.
The former lead singer of The Paragons, who was perhaps best known for penning the hit The Tide Is High, died in a London hospital on Sunday.
His manager, Copeland Forbes, confirmed the news to Jamaica Observer Online.
He said: “John died at 2:40am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed [us] of his death.”
The cause of death is unknown.
John was born in the Greenwich Farm area of Jamaica and found fame in 1964 when he replaced original frontman Leroy Stamp in The Paragons.
His 1967 tune The Tide Is High was later covered by acts such as Blondie and Atomic Kitten.
During his time with the group he also wrote several other big hits including I See Your Face, Tonight, and Wear You To The Ball.
After leaving the band he enjoyed a successful solo career and continued to perform for many decades.
Friends and fans have since flocked to Twitter to pay homage to the popular reggae artist.
She wrote: “After leaning of John Holt’s death earlier, I now learn that the wonderfully warm Lynda Bellingham has succumbed to cancer. Gutted. RIP.”
The cause of death is still unknown.
This week on Video Alley which now airs on CIN TV in New York & Jam TVin the United Kingdom & throughout Europe, will see Suzie Q coming to the forefront to address several notions. The episode dedicated to shedding light on her ex-husband and others effort to discredit her through various media outlets.
The popular media personality speaks about the constant pressure to have her engage in threesomes and various sexual activities, even after she told him she has never participated in such and isn’t interested in being a part of. It’s also been alleged that Mr Absolute, who is Suzie Q’s ex-husband was cheating on her with several females and with his baby mother while he was married to Suzie Q (who he has been seeing at her house in Jamaica every day over the summer).
Though he was separated from his first wife, he lived with Suzie Q for two years before divorcing her. It’s also alleged that he had a different lady at his house every night while he was still married to his first wife, who resided overseas until he tried to settled down with the media personality.
After Underwater Dub and Dubmaster Voyage comes Sly & Robbie’s third dub album this year. It’s titled Dubrising and is mixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle, who is probably best known for Black Uhuru’s The Dub Factor, released in 1983.
In a press release the album is described as “taking you back to the golden age of dub” and being “heavy as lead, yet musical and refined”. And just as Dubmaster Voyage it features dub versions of tracks by Bunny Rugs, Horace Andy and Chezidek, among a few more.
Dubrising drops in November and will initially only be available on vinyl. In addition to the 33 RPM edition, a limited audiophile version will be available on a double 45RPM 12″ pressed on heavy 180g vinyl.