Montego Bay, Jamaica, January 18, 2023 - The sleepy township of Friendship in Trelawny, which sits in the heart of the cockpit country, and washed by the Martha Brae river that provides potable water for the parish, is destined to come alive in the not too distant future, with the sound of music at “The Reggae Park 420 Escape” now under construction.
Beyoncé has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own.
More than Nollywood films, Afrobeats is arguably Nigeria’s strongest cultural export since the turn of the millennium. It is a hugely dynamic music category that incorporates a range of moods, languages, styles, and existing genres. To understand its impact, a cultural connoisseur has equated good Afrobeats music with well-made, smoky Nigerian party jollof rice!
Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy burst onto the global stage in 2018 with a slew of irresistible hits on his third album, Outside, accompanied by mandatory fiendish good looks and charm. Grammy and BET awards helped firm up his status within a highly competitive global music industry.
MONTEGO BAY, December 1, 2022 - Veteran Reggae entertainer Freddie McGregor is said to be at home in the United States, recuperating after suffering a stroke that he suffered a stroke on Monday and was hospitalized.
August 15, 2023 (Washington, DC) - The media launch for the Second annual DC World Reggae Festival will take place on Friday August 19, 2022 and will be addressed by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks.
MONTEGO BAY, July 30, 2022 - It is referred to as "Cultural Appropriation," and seems to be an emerging academic terminology in Europe, closely linked to the concepts of "cancel culture" and "wokeness".
WASHINGTON DC, July 20, 2022 - Days after the conclusion of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Washington DC is slated to come alive with the staging of the second annual DC World Reggae Festival to be held at the RFK Festival grounds on the 20th and 21st August 2022.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 25, 2022 - One of Jamaica’s first singing sensations, Jimmy Tucker, died on Tuesday at the age of eighty, at his home in Fayetteville, Georgia in the United States. He was surrounded by his family.
If there is one musician as commonly associated as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with the West African musical movements Afrobeat and Afrobeats (never mind Afro-Blues and Afro-Soul), this is the preserve of Orlando Julius Ekemode. Given Fela’s immense stature it would seem impossible to speak of another musician from whom he gained musical direction. Yet, one must, in the case of his fellow multi-instrumentalist Orlando Julius.
MONTEGO BAY, April 5, 2022 - Jamaica Jazz and Blues Promoter Walter Elmore says the Grammy Award for best Reggae Album won on Sunday night by almost all white Reggae Band SOJA, should act as a wake-up call to Jamaican musicians that Reggae music is no longer the exclusive precinct of Jamaican Reggae artistes.
Another Grammy Awards season and there is a growing list of African nominees. For African music enthusiasts, it is heartwarming that recognition is being accorded to practitioners in the Afrobeats space.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 30, 2022 - The People’s National Party has expressed regret at the passing of Donald “Tabby Diamond” Shaw, who died on Tuesday March 29, 2022, in a gruesome act of violence and expressed sincere condolences to his family and friends.