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Jamaican musician CEDRIC BROOKS passes away

Jamaican saxophonist, flautist and all-round roots reggae musician Cedric Brooks has passed away at the age of 70.

After falling ill several years ago, Brooks finally died on 3 May of cardiac arrest at the New York Hospital in Queens, New York.

The Alpha Boys School pupil started his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing on songs such as BURNING SPEAR's "Door Peep", and was also was a member of THE SKATALITES.


BURNING SPEAR not happy with Jamaica 50 celebrations

Reggae legend BURNING SPEAR has voiced his displeasure with the celebrations marking Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence.

As reported in the Jamaica Observer he is particularly unhappy with how it relates to the music industry.

He questioned why the government was not organising major reggae concerts across the island to celebrate the achievement of the country's music.


BBC reggae show: episode three now available

The third instalment of DAVID RODIGAN’s new ten-part reggae series for BBC Radio 2 is now available.

This week the British DJ plays lovers rock anthem “Silly Games” by JANET KAY, alongside 1960s Jamaican beach music from JOHN HOLT and THE PARAGONS, as well as roots-rock-reggae anthems by BURNING SPEAR and DENNIS BROWN.

Here’s the full playlist:


BURNING SPEAR back with new studio album

Winston Rodney, better known as BURNING SPEAR, is back with a brand new record, entitled No Destroyer.

The roots reggae legend has published a series of “behind the scene footage” on his website showing him at work in the Magic Shop Studio in New York.

You can listen to “No Fool Rough” here: