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Journey To Jah: ‘be part of the film’

The film makers of a new reggae documentary Journey To Jah need the public’s support to help finance the remaining part of the project.

A short video clip below reveals what kind of content you can expect if the film is completed, urging supporters to “join the part of the film”.

German film directors Noël Dernesch and Moritz Springer have been working on the film for the last six years and now need to close a funding shortfall of US$60,000.


I-OCTANE & ASSASSIN lined up for Guinness concert

Guinness Caribbean is hosting “Arthur Guinness Day Live” in Jamaica – a concert 'simulcast' [simultaneous broadcast] featuring dancehall artists ASSASSIN and I-OCTANE.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner the event will feature live footage via regional TV and online streaming to fans across the Caribbean.


STYLO G’s ‘Call Mi A Yardie’: official video released

London-based record label Blessed Youth Entertainment has released an official video for the STYLO G track “Call Mi A Yardie”.

Check out the new video below.


TOOTS & THE MAYTALS live in the UK: Bristol footage available

Fan-filmed video footage of TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS’ concert at the O2 Academy in Bristol (11 September) can now be seen below.

The Jamaican ska and reggae legends have been celebrating their 50th anniversary with a greatest hits tour of the UK.


D'ANGEL dishes the dirt on BEENIE MAN: 'I was dragged through the mud, beaten, almost like when Christ came on earth'

Dancehall artist and ex-model Michelle Downer, more commonly known as D’ANGEL, has appeared on Jamaican TV speaking about her divorce from Moses Davis, BEENIE MAN.

D’ANGEL was interviewed on TVJ’s Entertainment Report - her first television appearance since the announcement of her divorce.


JUNIOR REID re-launches record label

Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician JUNIOR REID is re-launching his JR Productions record label that he formed back in 1984.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, REID is set to reintegrate his music production house into the world of reggae and dancehall with a newly built Club View Studio based at 39b Eastwood Park Road, Kingston.


DAVID RODIGAN reggae show: part 9 available

British reggae DJ DAVID RODIGAN has presented part nine of his summer radio show for BBC Radio 2. 

The one-hour-long show of classic roots and reggae is now available for download.

This week RODIGAN features a session track from BOB MARLEY and THE WAILERS, which was recorded for the BBC back in 1973.


JAH CURE axed from MOBO Awards

Reggae artist JAH CURE has been dropped from the UK’s MOBO Awards after organisers found out he was a convicted rapist.

The Jamaican singer, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was up for the "Best Reggae Act" at this year’s Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards


New SAXON & COXSONE sound systems film: View it online for free

A new film documenting the ‘platinum era’ of the UK reggae sound system, featuring SAXON STUDIO and COXSONE SOUND, is now available to view for a limited period.

Visit the Holy Roller Productions website to watch the 26 minute documentary for free.


SIZZLA makes it out of hospital

Reggae artist SIZZLA KOLONJI has finally made it out of hospital nearly two weeks after a serious motorcycle hit-and-run accident.

The Jamaican singer, whose real name is Miguel Collins, was discharged on Sunday (4 September) after an 11 day stretch in an unspecified Kingston hospital. He will continue to rest at home until he has fully recovered.


BEENIE MAN gets Lifetime Achievement Award: video available

Jamaican dancehall artist BEENIE MAN, born Anthony Moses Davis, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues festival in Queens, New York.

The award was presented by US congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, born to Jamaican immigrant parents, in Roy Wilkins Park on 4 September.

The brief ceremony included a video celebrating the "King of the Dancehall's" milestones in the music industry.


Police 'off the hook' in SMILEY CULTURE case

Police involved in the raid and subsequent death of British reggae singer SMILEY CULTURE will not be disciplined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The police watchdog said the raid on his house was "not satisfactory" but criticism of the police involved did not amount to misconduct. 

SMILEY CULTURE, real name David Emmanuel, died in March from a single stab wound to the chest while in police custody during the raid. His family was told the singer stabbed himself while making a cup of tea.


New GAPPY RANKS video: The Road

UK reggae artist GAPPY RANKS has released a new video for the track "The Road" taken from his recent Thanks & Praise album.

The track is produced by Clement/Animal Sons and the video is filmed and edited by Jojo.

You can check it out here:


Part 8 of DAVID RODIGAN reggae show available

The eighth instalment of DAVID RODIGAN’s reggae show on BBC Radio 2 is now available for download.

This week, he unearths a classic 1982 John Peel session from GREGORY ISAACS, plus tracks from INI KAMOZE, BUNNY WAILER and LOUISA MARKS.

Click here to listen to the show in full.


VYBZ KARTEL dating show: preview clip available

A sneak preview of the "Teacha's Pet" mansion - the new VYBZ KARTEL reality dating TV show - is now available.

You can check it out here:

The Jamaican dancehall artist is currently shooting episodes for the show that debuts on CVM TV next month.


TOOTS & THE MAYTALS kick off UK tour

Ska and reggae legends TOOTS & THE MAYTALS have set out on a headline tour of the UK celebrating 50 years as a band.


Date set for ELEPHANT MAN trial

O'Niel Bryan, more commonly known as dancehall artist ELEPHANT MAN or “The Energy God”, has been ordered to return to court in November to face charges of stealing electricity.

According to the Jamaica Observer the deejay appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning and was told that his trial date will be on 30 November.


SIZZLA on the mend following hit-and-run

Miguel Collins, better known as reggae artist SIZZLA, is now fully aware, talking and eating in hospital five days after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in St Ann, Jamaica.

According to local reports the singer is resting well after suffering serious injuries including broken arms and ribs, a fractured collar bone and ruptured liver which caused extensive internal bleeding.


Carnival & bank holiday mixes round-up

For those unable to be at Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, but looking for a bit of the carnival vibe at home, have a listen to the following summer mixes that are available for download.

Rinse FM 21/08/11: THE HEATWAVE - Carnival Special


Reggae goes country and gay

Two things you might not expect to hear from the world of reggae have hit the headlines recently – firstly VP Records is releasing a country-reggae record, and secondly a Jamaican artist has put out a "pro-gay reggae” album.

VP and Warner Music Nashville have joined forces on new compilation Reggae's Gone Country that includes 13 country songs by a number of well-known reggae artists.