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Bob Marley is not the greatest musician – Buju

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

Recording artiste Buju Banton says that Bob Marley is not the greatest Jamaican musician and that this fixation on the reggae icon has hurt the growth of the music.

Banton… I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago

Banton respects Marley’s music but argued that calling him the greatest logically implies that no better can follow.

“I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago, but as a pretext of a living being, working earnestly. If man cannot do what others have done in these times we might as well die,” he told a mixed crowd at the launch of Rasta Got Soul, his new album, at the University of the West Indies on Thursday. “You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don’t believe that, because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don’t kill our culture with one living one. Enough is Enough.”

Currently Bob Marley’s album Legend continues to top iTunes reggae charts in every major reggae market except Japan, even as Mavado, Banton and Jah Cure released new albums this month. Downloaders in 19 of the 22 listed countries are buying Marley’s 1984 album above any other reggae album on iTunes, arguably the Internet’s most popular online music store. These online sales will add to the album’s sales which have surpassed 20 million. Comparatively, the average reggae album sells some 5,000 units worldwide.

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Banton’s comments received claps from the crowd. He then evidenced his point with reference to Marley’s sons who receive the brunt of the comparisons. “Bob had nine sons, allow the youths to be who they are destined to be, because once you do that they automatically fade away. Don’t line me up with anybody. Don’t parallel me and then you find you kill I. I can learn from the great ones and can learn by the wheel, but I don’t want to be that someone who you only see in that shadow,” said Banton who had been compared to Marley with his 1995 release Til Shiloh.

That album had songs in the reggae folk tradition with Untold Stories being its classic hit. Even 14 years after the release it’s frequently compared with Marley’s Redemption Song. Til Shiloh had set the standard for subsequent Banton releases, but Banton has been torn between two lovers: dancehall and reggae. But on his new 15 track album both genres are included. Banton released Reggae Got Soul via his own record label Gargamel Music Inc, via a Tommy Boy distribution deal.

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New CD from Versatyle “Ghetto Soldier” is out Get It Now Via Bit Torrent!!!

Posted by Dresonic on May 11, 2008

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Ghetto Soldier is Versatyle’s newest creation. The Album features hit singles such as “Crazy feat Price & Jiggy”- “African Princess” – “High Grade” – “Ghetto Soldaz” – “I Miss You feat. Japanese sensation RuRu” and many more. The Album has twenty tracks. Get it while you can freely Via bittorent. Versatyle is making his CD exclusively available to Dresonic.wordpress.com so sonic readers grab it. Dresonic is working on a direct download but still no success with that yet.

Dresonic hopes to get an exclusive interview with Versatyle we will have that up as soon as possible for the sonic readers. Give some feed back…

How To Get It: Follow link and download the torrent file (Versatyle Ghetto_Soldier_Album + Bonus Photos) and then use your favorite bittorent client Utorrent ( get it at Utorrent.com) and then you are down.

About Versatyle : Verastyle is a new upcoming Independent Jamaican Artiste making his way throught the music with his unique flavor appealing to many different people across the world. His Versatility is shown in his songs. This CD was totally written by Versatyle base on his life’s experiences.

Contact Versatyle : myspace.com/therealversatyle

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New Hit Single from Rugu Nation – Versatyle & Price

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2008

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF JAMAICA’S GREATEST – BOB MARLEY

Posted by Dresonic on February 6, 2008

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Today Jamaicans celebrate the birthday of the late Bob Marley. His influence has left the world in a frenzy as he was a great trend setter and leader on the musical mission. Bob Marley was one of Reggae’s most outlandish patriots and he stands today in memory for his accomplishments. Jamaica would not be the great island today if not for outstanding achievements of its greatest people, Bob Marley stands strong in this category. The legacy left behind by Bob Marley will forever live on as long as Reggae music is a live. So for today let us all say a big “happy birthday” to Bob Nesta Marley!!!!

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STING 2K7 JAMAICA MUSIC’S FINEST

Posted by Dresonic on December 24, 2007

Do I need to say more>>>????

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Greensleeves releases 12-Inch Rulers compilation

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Twelve-Inch Rulers is the first in a series of compilations which have been released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Greensleeves Records.

The series concentrates on those classic 12-inch singles that Greensleeves has released over the years and those that have never been released on compact disc. The series will be spilt into producer and genre selections such as Dub, DJ, Vocal and Dancehall.

This first selection zooms in on the talents of the late Henry Junjo Lawes, a producer who had a very special relationship with Greensleeves which dates back to 1979. Back then, Lawes had scored big with Barrington Levy’s Englishman.

Kingston-based Lawes continued to supply Greensleeves with sparse and heavy productions that were to dominate reggae’s emergent dancehall culture for the next few years. Lawes was to later discover a wealth of newcomers, including Scientist, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Josey Wales, Wailing Souls, Ranking Toyan and Frankie Paul, all of whom released breakthrough albums on Greensleeves.

All tracks on the 12-inch Rulers compilation were recorded at Channel One and mixed by Scientist, Soljie and Barnabas at King Tubby’s studio. Most of the tracks featured here have never appeared on compact disc before. The Wailing Souls single Firehouse Rock is exclusive to this release. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deejays plead for peaceful election

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Montego Bay, St James – Dancehall heavyweights used their musical platform at the just concluded Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest to appeal for a peaceful election, putting to rest fears by the local police that utterances by the artistes would have stirred political tension.

Chuck Fender. led the way in calling for a peaceful election.

“It’s quite refreshing to see them taking that stance,” said St James commanding officer Superintendent Steve McGregor, who warned last week that any such utterances would have been dealt with sternly. “You could see that they were really making an effort and it augurs well for Reggae, which is an integral part of our culture.”

Prior to the start of the four-day festival, McGregor said he had met with Sumfest organisers and warned that inflammatory political utterances by artistes would not be tolerated.
In response, chairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, pledged to support the police in ensuring that the artistes refrained from negative political statements, but noted that it was unusual for them to get involved in politics in any negative way.

True to form, several artistes made good on this and on Thursday, as Reggae music exploded on the Catherine Hall stage, Chuck Fender led the way in calling for a peaceful election, set for August 27, 2007.
Several others of the genre’s leading lights followed suit, including the hard-hitting Anthony B.
“Mi a beg oonu, duh, nuh kill off none a yuh bredda dem dis election,” he pleaded.

Deejay Cham, who lashes out against vicious criminals in his latest single Conscience, also spoke out against election violence. “Election a come, please, mi a beg oonu, it a affect the yout dem, it a affect old people,” he said.

Deejays Idonia and Assassin also added their pleas, while dancehall’s arch rivals Beenie Man and Bounty Killer found common ground on the issue. “All who bun dutty JLP and dutty PNP put up oonu hand,” Beenie Man instructed during his closing set Friday morning, while Bounty declared, “mi nuh waah hear who say dem a go do dis and do dat, mi waah hear when minimum wage a go rise and how dem a go help poor people”.

And in what was the only broadside directed at any one party Ninja Man, the dancehall’s ‘Don Gorgon’, scolded, “dem have whole holiday fi run dem dutty election and a wait til di pickni dem fi go back a school”.

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US singer gives emotion-filled performance at Sumfest

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Mary J Blige is one of those performers who, through music, relates her own experiences, moving the most stoic of listeners to catharsis. “I was going through hell, and when you went out and bought my album, I was your therapist. and when you listened we both began to heal,” said the emotional singer during her Saturday night performance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest’s final instalment, The Zenith.

Blue lights flashed as the thud of piano keys heralded the favourite No More Drama, which alludes to her past struggles with abusive relationships and an alleged drug problem.
The life lessons continued, as the diva’s voice soared, meandering through difficult rifts even as she contorted her slim frame as if each word jabbed her body.

 

“Don’t let the naysayers kill your dreams. keep kickin’ ’em to the curve. Be happy with who you are,” the R&B queen declared, her fans endorsing her statement by way of applause. And after a long sigh, she proceeded with the love song Be Without You from her late 2005 album Breakthrough.

“I got sick and tired of people’s opinions and how I let that rule my life. as long as I love who I am that’s cool,” she said, apt lines for the introduction to Take Me As I Am, followed by the bluesy I’m Going Down. The audience, however, seemed to have ‘first dibs’ on the latter track, nearly completing the song before the singer could utter a note.
The ghetto soprano’s four-inch heels proved no impediment for her since she glided across the stage, dancing, stooping and jumping during the other renditions: Real Love (her 1994 debut single), Enough Cryin’ – produced by famous R&B producer Rodney ‘Dark Child’ Jerkins, featuring her rapping alter ego Brooklyn – and Baggage, among others.

Showcasing her impressive repertoire aside, Blige was the consummate performer, possessing what seemed like an innate ability to connect with her mostly female fan base – many of whom were also stirred to emotion. Her set was well-organised and perfectly executed, which easily made her the best performer of the three-day festival.
The singer, who appeared midway through the show, closed with her ‘crunk’ track Dance For Me.

It seemed emotion – albeit of a different and perhaps a more tongue-in-cheek variety – was also on homegrown star Tanya Stephens’ agenda. Her trademark ‘sunglasses-at-night’ paired with jeans, furry boots and a simple tank made for a simple appearance, but this lyrical maven’s songs were anything but. In fact, the whole arrangement was quite complex, one that could sit in any of the world’s major music festivals.

Taurus Riley is at ease with his guitar during his performance on Saturday night at Reggae Sumfest.

Releasing hit after enthralling hit, the rebel reggae-rocker sang It’s A Pity and Way Back, the track that served as a segue into her older material like Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, Don’t Goggle and Handle The Ride. The musical time machine was fast forward to present day when she performed the sexually charged Boom Wuk, Good Ride and Tek Him Back, all from her penultimate project Gangsta Blues. The artiste, who weeks prior to Sumfest declared in a Splash interview that “the other woman” is often her muse, didn’t disappoint with bitter-break-up-songs After You, Damn You and Can’t Live Without Me.

The biggest applause, however, came for the artiste’s latest single These Streets from her 2006 Rebelution album.
Tessanne Chin, who was among the smaller acts to grace the Sumfest stage, also showed brilliantly with her rock-meets-reggae vocals, especially on tracks like Black Books, One Night Stand and the tres popular Hideaway.

Though the ladies gave the strongest showing, reggae-rock steady crooners Beres Hammond and newcomer Taurus Riley were simply refreshing – especially the latter, whose raspy, breezy lilt resounded through the Catherine Hall venue.
Think John Legend’s rough-cut tremolos paired with the lyrical poignancy of Bob Marley to understand the genius that local music lovers know as Taurus Riley.

Performing choice tracks from his 2006 album Parables, including Microchip, Lion Paw and a cover of John Legend’s Stay With You, the singer soared. It was his closer, the ‘rootsy’ reggae ballad She’s Royal, that sent screams through the audience and the singer had to pause his rendition due to the loud noise.

Veteran balladeer Beres Hammond gave an inspiring performance, charming with his hits and making an impromptu call for audience member Beenie Man to join him on stage. The deejay obliged and the results were simply entertaining.
This reporter left the venue during the tribute to veteran musicians Lloyd Parks and his We The People band.

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Kartel, Mavado make peace

Posted by Dresonic on June 4, 2007

After weeks of intense lyrical feuding and spurts of physical violence believed to be linked to the lyrical war between Vybz Kartel and Mavado, a press conference was held yesterday at the Jamaica Pegasus, where both artistes under the guidance of DCP Mark Shields and Kimani Robinson called a truce.

According to Vybz Kartel, “this is not a publicity stunt, wi si seh di ting all a reach inna di schools an it a guh too far suh we haffi do sum’n.”

Mavado also agreed that the feud was doing more harm than good for the music.

More harm than good

“Clashing a sumting weh a go always happen but when it reach on a level where it escalate to a more violent ting, den it haffi level. These tings nuh really help we as an artiste, cause it don’t help di music. When it don’t help di music, it don’t help us, it breaks us down and breaks down di whole music,” Mavado said.

Both artistes said that if they led by example and made the first move towards peace then others, including their fans, entourages and other personalities in the music would eventually follow suit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaica in the Pacific: Reggae’s got a hold on Guam

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

It’s a cool and breezy Marley birthday in Lower Tumon, Guam, and I’m sitting on the second story veranda of the Tumon Bay Bar and Grill. A reggae roots trio is entertaining tonight, led by Art Chan, a local reggae hero.

By Roger Steffens

Their bassist is ill tonight, so Fanai Tafari features a guest percussionist from the States named Brett, alongside Tomas, a round, sweet-faced 18-year-old ukelele virtuoso. On their first number, a soulful cover of Santana’s Europa, Tomas masterfully duplicates Carlos note-for-note, but with just four short strings. Brett has three large Polynesian-patterned congas, and a rectilinear box that makes a sound like a muffled cymbal.

Guam is an island that knows many RAW artistes, proven by Fanai Tafari’s cover of Bambu Station’s Gunsmoke. Art says, “People ask me all the time how come you love the music that’s from all the way over on the other side of the world.” He pauses, as if the answer is obvious. “It’s the message.” As for his own musical intentions, he is adamant that “the road to success is always under construction”.

I was brought to the island through the good graces of RAW’s members in Guam, a small band of true believers who meet once a week at the small apartment of Math Teacher/Reggae Fanatic Tom Pearson. Tom took over the leadership of this worldwide networking organisation following the retirement of its co-founder, Papa Pilgrim, almost a decade ago. He is a stocky, white-bearded fellow, whose life is devoted to the multi-cultural mix of students at St John’s School, the campus on which he lives.

He acts in loco parentis for at least nine of them, and – though a bachelor – seems to have his parenting skills down, a mix of discipline and a bit of nose-thumbing at authority, combined with goofy nicknames for his charges like Dirt Bag, Squishy and Gangsta. His other passion is Jah Music and the unheralded singers and players of instruments outside of Jamaica who are equally devoted, but given little chance to be heard. Thus his livication to the principles of RAW. Read the rest of this entry »

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Presumed Dead: the curious case of the vanishing vinyl record

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

Mobile Music in Liguanea doesn’t sell them, neither does Music Fair in Premier Plaza “We don’t sell them any more. Is only the white people [read foreigners] that really ask for them now,” was the comment to SunDay from the store attendant at Music Fair.

Just down the road, at Be-bop Records, the answer is qualified, but slightly more optimistic.”Yes, we sell vinyl, but only old vinyl from 1996 back,” the attendant advises, adding: “We get a good deal of interest from the Japanese as well as some local collectors.”

Truth is, you’ll have a hard time finding vinyl 45s or LPs (the long-playing format used for albums), in record stores these days. The vinyl record – or more precisely the phonograph- was an invention that came about somewhat by accident. Thomas Edison was trying to go one better on Samuel Morse (as in Morse Code) and Alexander Graham Bell (you know, the telephone guy) by introducing a better telegraph unit, when he ‘accidentally’ ran a piece of tin foil under a stylus; the speech-like noise that resulted encouraged him to look into producing a sound recording-reproducing device. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lady Saw’s Walk Out

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2007

Stereotypes are the proverbial two-edged sword. Once the performer establishes themselves within a particular type, success can come easy, but transcendence is much harder.

Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall burst onto the dancehall scene in the 1990s taking the aggressive, even predatory sexuality her male counterparts had enshrined and flipping it on them, with no-nonsense raunch like Stab Up Di Meat, Good Wuk and Hice(hoist) It Up.

Her exploits sparked controversy (often the best friend of the artiste in need of promotion) and brought her to the attention of overseas pop and hip hop acts.

The wider exposure and personal trials have led Hall to try and temper her in-your-face persona (an entity she has repeatedly said is reserved solely for the stage and on records) and Walk Out represents a kind of tic in her ongoing evolution.

After four relatively unremarkable tracks, the disc hits its creative stride in the mid-section of the track list (coincidence?) with a four-track run that shows both vulnerability and spunk.

The testimonial No Less Than A Woman (Infertility) features a chorus that has the ring of Marcia Griffiths circa the late 1970s/early ’80s. Not The World’s Prettiest — with it’s bell-driven rhythm track — unabashedly shows the off-stage alter-ego, Marion, at her most prosaic and domestic. You Need Me updates the ‘country-rockers’ hybrid she previously explored fruitfully on Give Me The Reason, channelling Dolly Parton, vintage r&b and early Jamaican gospel in a loopy yet likeable mix. Baby Dry Your Eyes might just be the album’s sleeper classic, hopping back-and-forth between cabaret sultry and modern, dancehall-influenced swing with typical Lady Saw bravura. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beenie Man parts company with Virgin Records

Posted by Dresonic on March 25, 2007

Beenie Man is reportedly no longer a part of the Virgin Records roster. The dancehall kingpin recently parted company with the label after releasing four albums including a Grammy-winning disc.

Sources close to his former management company, Shocking Vibes Productions, hinted that Beenie Man’s departure from Shocking Vibes, as well as the low sales of his most recent Virgin album Undisputed, may have been contributing factors.

Said the source, who requested anonymity: “The situation is normally one that exercises options. Virgin will look to recoup their money from proceeding options, seeing that Beenie Man’s last album flopped. He was signed through Shocking Vibes to Virgin.” The source further added Virgin didn’t exercise the option on the contract to take up another album.

However, when contacted, Beenie Man refuted the claim that he was dropped by Virgin. Said Beenie Man, “I have no contract with Virgin. Virgin has merged with Universal EMI so there is no more Virgin Records. A contract is still there to put out a next album. I left them, they never dropped me,” Beenie Man assured.

He added: “I will be putting out my album on MAFIA House.”
Beenie Man was signed to Virgin Records in 1998 by the label’s A&R, Patrick Moxy, on the strength of the Billboard charting single Who Am I (Zim Zimma). Under the deal, he released Art & Life, Tropical Storm, Back To Basics, and Undisputed. Art & Life has been the most commercially successful, having sold 404,932 copies to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Tropical Storm has sold 282,976, while Back To Basics, which contained the Billboard charting singles Dude and King Of The Dancehall, sold a paltry 165,311 copies. Undisputed, which rocketed to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart (a similar feat accomplished by all the albums he released under Virgin), has to date sold 61,420 copies in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marley’s sons plan concert to mark 62nd anniversary of his birth

Posted by Dresonic on January 31, 2007

Four of Bob Marley’s sons will hold a concert promoting peace to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the reggae superstar’s birth, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

The Smile Jamaica concert will be held Feb. 10 at Marley’s birthplace at Nine Miles in St. Ann parish, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.

Bob Marley is shown in a 1979 file photo. His sons will reprise his Smile Jamaica concert aimed at restoring peace between rival gangs. Bob Marley is shown in a 1979 file photo. His sons will reprise his Smile Jamaica concert aimed at restoring peace between rival gangs.
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Marley, famous for hits such as No Woman, No Cry and I Shot the Sheriff, succumbed to cancer in 1981 at age 36. He was given a state funeral and buried with his guitar at Nine Mile, which has become a popular tourist spot.

The concert reprises a famous 1976 peace concert, also called Smile Jamaica, staged by Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley to promote harmony between politically aligned gangs.

Marley, who was recovering from gunshot wounds in an assassination attempt, was only supposed to play one song, but ended up playing for 90 minutes with his legendary band The Wailers.

During the concert, he got Manley and political rival Eddy Seaga to shake hands on stage.

Stephen Marley and his brothers Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian, will participate in the 2007 concert, but Ziggy Marley, a former member of the Melody Makers and the most famous of Marley’s children, cannot attend. Marley’s widow, Rita, also is expected to attend.

“They are trying to push a message of peace although it won’t be as hard-core as when Bob did it,” Hamilton said.

Jamaica is still plagued by gang violence.

The concert falls in Bob Marley Week, a celebration of the singer’s birth on Feb. 6, 1945, held annually in Jamaica.

In 2005, Marley’s 60th birthday celebration was held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Marley was a member of Rasta, the religious movement that reveres former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.

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Bob Marley Week

Posted by Dresonic on January 20, 2007

Jamaica is a small, beautiful island that has been plagued with hard, violent times. No doubt, blessed with talent and man-power, Jamaica is struggling to keep our people’s head above water, and let peace, love and unity reign. So to take a step further towards that ultimate goal, Ghetto Youths International is presenting, “Smile Jamaica”.

Smile Jamaica is a live-band concert scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 10, during Bob Marley week (Sunday, February 4 – Sunday, February 11). It takes place in Bob Marley’s birthplace at Nine Miles, St. Ann. Already confirmed to appear are: The Marley Brothers (Stephen, Ky-Mani, Julian and Damian), Cocoa Tea, Bounty Killa, Perfect, Chezidek, Wayne Marshall and Etana.

This should be a momentous occasion as this is the first time that these four Marley Brothers will be performing on the same stage in Jamaica. They will do their own sets and will definitely bring a different vibe to the island.

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