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Grammy ‘Best Reggae Album’ shortlist revealed

The nominations in the ‘Best Reggae Album’ category for the 56th Grammy Awards can now be revealed.

The shortlist includes:


Visa issues force SIZZLA to cancel US tour

Jamaican reggae musician SIZZLA has been forced to cancel all the dates on his upcoming tour of the US following visa complications.

The US tour had been scheduled for November and December, and following the rescheduling of a number of the shows, the whole tour has now been pulled.


US violinist collaborates with Jamaican artists

Los Angeles-based violinist ORISHA SOUND has followed through on her promise to record with a number of Jamaican artists including SIZZLA KALONJI and WAYNE DANIELS.

As reported in the Jamaica Gleaner, the violinist recently wrapped up collaborations with SIZZLA including a track called “Embrace It”.


Reggae Gold 2012 out now

VP Records and Greensleeves Records have released the 20th edition of the annual reggae compilation Reggae Gold as a special two-disc set including new and old hits from SEAN PAUL, POPCAAN, KONSHENS, BUSY SIGNAL and DAMIAN MARLEY.

Artists:- June 2012 podcast now available

This month DJ RICHIE BLOOD delivers another hour of the best in dancehall, dub, jungle and reggae to get you warmed up as the summer season kicks off.

The June podcast blazes a trail showcasing brand new dancehall riddims including Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor’s Bassline Riddim, Aurora Skies Riddim Pt.2 and Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker Riddim.


RICHIE BLOOD drops ReggaeChapter podcast: Hot Jamaican riddims + rising UK dancehall talent

The new podcast for April is now available and features the latest dancehall and reggae music coming out of Jamaica and the UK. 

Listen to the show on Mixcloud or download it here.


New SIZZLA album ‘The Chant’: full details revealed & video

SIZZLA KALONJI will shortly release his new studio album The Chant; watch the video below for a heads-up on what you can expect from the Jamaican musician.

The new record was produced at Caveman Studio in Kingston, Jamaica by Everton Dr. Cave Moore, and is out on the AfroJam Music label (Germany).

The official release date is 17 February 2012.


New SIZZLA single released: ‘Learn To Read’

Jamaican reggae artist SIZZLA has returned with a new single "Learn To Read" that focusses on the importance of education and empowering the younger generation. 

Here it is:

SIZZLA is a member of the Bobo Shanti sect of Rastafarians - a group that typically places a strong emphasis on education and literacy.


SIZZLA back on the live music scene: Performs for Nigerian minister in Jamaica

Jamaican musician SIZZLA KALONJI has returned to the stage after successfully recovering from a motorcycle accident that occurred in August.

SIZZLA was invited to perform for Nigerian foreign minister Olugbenga Adeyemi Ashiru at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.


SIZZLA confirms live comeback in 2012

Reggae artist Miguel Orlando Collins, better known as SIZZLA KALONJI, is expected to make a return to the live music circuit in 2012.

According to local reports SIZZLA made the announcement after fake promoters got the live performance rumour mill going with news of an upcoming 'winter tour’.

SIZZLA has also signalled his intention to shoot two new videos for singles from his 65th studio album, The Scriptures.


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.


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.


SIZZLA stable following motorcycle crash

Dancehall musician Miguel ‘SIZZLA KALONJI’ Collins is in a stable condition in hospital following a motorcycle accident last night in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Police have confirmed that Collins broke his collarbone and one of his fingers after being struck while riding his motorcycle near the resort town of Ocho Rios. His publicist has also spoken of “several broken bones” and internal bleeding.


Next issue of “No Ice Cream Sound” dancehall zine out

The second issue of UK-produced dancehall and reggae zine “No Ice Cream Sound” is now available for order.

The new publication includes 50 pages, all hand-printed on a risograph, with full colour insert and cover.


Dancehall stars turn out for CAPLETON show

Jamaican dancehall artists I-OCTANE, KHAGO and TEFLON all put their differences aside to perform onstage together at CAPLETON’s annual “St. Mary Mi Come From” show.

According to the Jamaica Observer CAPLETON invited the three to join him onstage after 3am (on 6 August) at the Grays Inn Sport Complex in Annotto Bay.