Jamaican music

  1. Shaggy Releases First All-Reggae Album at Kingston's Legendary Rae Town Dance

    October 14, 2013 12:17 PM EDT Shaggy dominated the Hot 100 with "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel" and spent six weeks atop of the Billboard 200 with "Hot Shot" (MCA Records), his eclectic sound melding an array of influences. The title of Shaggy&# ...

  2. Is Chronixx Jamaican Reggae's Next Big Thing? Chris Blackwell, Diplo Think So

    September 25, 2013 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 17, SOB's nightclub in lower Manhattan presented the New York City debut of Jamaica’s most buzzed about reggae act, Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption. Throughout their 8-date Dread and Terrible east coast tour (so named for th ...

  3. VP Records Launched Dub Rockers Imprint For U.S. Reggae Acts, Partners With Vans

    June 04, 2013 3:04 PM EDT California based skate-shoe company Vans who have developed numerous footwear/merchandise lines inspired by bands ranging from Bad Brains to Metallica have entered into a partnership with Queens, New York based Reggae independent VP Records to ...

  4. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  5. Backbeat: Richie Spice Launches Album at Usain Bolt's Kingston Club With Shaggy, Tad's Records Chief

    November 09, 2012 4:05 PM EST Boombastic: Raggae artist Richie Spice, founder/CEO of Tad's Records Tad A. Dawkins, Sr ; and recording artist Shaggy (Photo: Patricia Meschino) Kingston sports bar/restaurant Tracks and Records , where Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold me ...

  6. Can Sean Paul Find 'Dutty Rock' Success Once Again?

    October 19, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Get(ing) Busy: Sean Paul has just released Tomahawk Technique on VP/Atlantic records. For his fifth album "Tomahawk Technique" (VP/Atlantic) released last month, Grammy award winner Sean Paul recruited a cadre of international hit-making ...

  7. Captain Barkey, Veteran Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Fatally Shot in the Bronx

    October 16, 2012 12:12 PM EDT Captain Barkey , a veteran Jamaican dancehall deejay, was fatally shot in front of a Bronx motel in the early morning hours on Saturday Oct. 13. Best known for the mid '90s No. 1 dancehall hits "Go Go Wine" and "Bun Fi Bun,&quo ...

  8. Backbeat: While Vybz Kartel Jailed, Vice Records Hosts NYC Album Party, Usain Bolt Gives Olympic Shout-Out

    August 17, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Usain Bolt (right), the Jamaican Olympian and the fastest man alive making the sign of Vybz Kartel's Gaza crew. Bolt and Kartel have known each other since high school Although he's been incarcerated for nearly a year awaiting trial on m ...

  9. Ranking Trevor, Veteran Jamaican Deejay, Killed in Kingston Motorcycle Crash at Age 53

    August 08, 2012 10:18 AM EDT Ranking Trevor, an influential deejay or toaster, as Jamaican patois rappers were called during his 1970s heyday, died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday morning, Aug 7. According to reports, he was returning home from a dance when ...

  10. Sluggy Ranks, New York Based Dancehall Singer, Killed in Kingston Car Crash

    July 31, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Sluggy Ranks (b. Andrew Phillip Gregory), a deeply affecting vocalist who rose to popularity within New York City's vibrant dancehall reggae circuit of the '80s and '90s with numerous socially conscious singles, Sluggy Ranks was kil ...

  11. How German Reggae Star Gentleman Found Success By Keeping It Real

    March 27, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Richie Stephens (left) and Gentleman perform at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge March 13. (Photo: Marjorie Flash) In 1998, German sing-jay Gentleman flew to Kingston, Jamaica to further his career in reggae. Seeking recording opportunities, ...

  12. How SOJA Topped the Reggae Chart and Played 360 Gigs in 18 Months

    March 12, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Referencing Bob Marley's 1979 album "Survival" (Island Records), his most overtly political release, Washington D.C. based band SOJA's "Strength to Survive" (ATO Records) has topped the Reggae Album chart for four out ...

  13. From the Skatalites To Shaggy to the Blue Note: How Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander Keeps Keeping On

    February 29, 2012 4:05 PM EST How does a venerated jazz pianist whose career spans six decades remain relevant among a younger audience? If you are Monty Alexander you take it back to your Jamaican roots and invite friends like multi-platinum selling dancehall superstar Shaggy ...

  14. Damian, Stephen Marley, Romain Virgo Celebrate Roots Reggae at Jamaica's Rebel Salute

    February 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST With more than 40 veteran artists, contemporary stars and upcoming acts performing during its 12-hour presentation, Pepsi Rebel Salute, held on Jan. 14 at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, reaffirmed that culturally-themed ro ...

  15. Sean Paul, Shaggy Headline 'Strictly The Best' Concert/Tribute to Late VP Records Exec Joel Chin

    December 19, 2011 5:01 PM EST A flyer for the Strictly the Best concert/tribute to the late Joel Chin at B.B. Kings in New York. Sean Paul and Shaggy were the headliners at an all-star dancehall reggae concert on Dec. 14 commemorating the late Joel Chin, Director of A&R at ...

  16. The Green Bring Hawaii to the Top of Reggae Chart

    November 15, 2011 7:00 AM EST Incorporating drum and bass driven grooves, nuanced harmonies and the positive vibrations that have made Jamaican reggae an internationally embraced music since the early 1970s, Hawaiian band The Green's sophomore album "Ways & Means ...

  17. Vybz Kartel Facing Murder Charges: The Reggae Biz Reacts

    October 14, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Murder Was the Case: Vybz Kartel is facing murder charges following the death of promoter Barrington "Bossie" Bunton. As dancehall artist Vybz Kartel faces his latest and most serious criminal charges, speculation is rife within the regg ...

  18. International Reggae Day Celebrated Across the Globe

    July 01, 2011 12:45 PM EDT The anti-Apartheid movement in the 1980s was spearheaded through numerous consciousness raising initiatives, which included reggae music's unrelenting attention to the plight of South Africans (notably the late Peter Tosh's 1977 anthem & ...

  19. Desmond Dekker Dies Of Heart Attack

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reggae star was 64. Reggae star was 64. News ...

  20. Beenie Man

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The dancehall veteran and reggae toaster offers up the next chapter in his storied career. The dancehall veteran and reggae toaster offers up the next chapter in his storied career. News ...

  21. Reggae Icon Coxsone Dodd Dies At 72

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer and label operator Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, one of the great architects of reggae music, died of a heart attack yesterday (May 4) at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 72. Producer and label operator Clement "Coxsone&qu ...

  22. VP Records

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It was 25 years ago that Jamaican emigrants Patricia Chin and her late husband Vincent set up a record shop in Queens, N.Y. Now VP and its influential label is considered a dominant force in reggae mu It was 25 years ago that Jamaican emigrants Pa ...