Monthly archive February, 2011

HEAR THIS: Collie Buddz featuring Sean Paul “I’m On My Way Back Home”

Herbalist Anthem On The Big Bad Lyfe Turn Riddim

Lionface, the legendary selector for the musical killing machine known as King Addies sound, is also an accomplished producer, and Face is goin’ hard with his latest juggling, the Lyfe Turn Riddim. The lineup already includes Luciano, Gyptian, Nitty Kutchie, Anthony Cruz, and Lutan Fyah. But now in comes the herbalists’ anthem Sean Paul alongside Collie Buddz. Bermuda meets JA in a kouchie pipe conference. Can’t say you no want it! Read more »

WATCH THIS: Christopher Ellis “Willow Tree”

Fresh Sounds From Christopher, Son Of The Late Great Alton Ellis

“My dad did a lot for music, but he didn’t really boast about it like he could have,” said Alton Ellis’s 23-year-old son Christopher shortly after his death in 2008. “He’s got a lot of respect, and his name is really big, but financially he’s been robbed over the years. He told me, ‘Son, do not let them rob you like they robbed me.’ ” But weep not. Christopher Ellis is making music with the Ghetto Youths International family, and that’s a very good thing. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Meta & The Cornerstones featuring Peter Morgan “Somewhere In Africa” (Remix)

Jamaican And African Voices, Singing From BK To The Motherland

Peter and Gramps Morgan recently linked up with Meta Dia at Coptic’s Brooklyn soundlab, headquarters of The Black Star Line Movement. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Buju Banton Video Mix

Nothing Left To Say But Let The Music Play…
Special request to the Gargamel and his entire family.
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Jury Finds The Banton Guilty

Buju Banton Thanks Tearful Fans As His Attorneys Plan Appeal

Just a week after celebrating his Grammy win for Best Reggae Album, Buju Banton was convicted today by a 12-person jury in a Federal Court in Tampa, Florida. After deliberating last Friday and again today for a total of eleven hours, the jurors found Buju—born Mark Myrie—guilty of conspiracy to possess five or more kilos of cocaine, of using a telephone to facilitate drug-trafficking, and of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug dealing offense. Buju was found not guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine—and in fact, he never did possess the drugs in question. But then again, he didn’t possess a gun either. Read more »

Buju Celebrates Grammy Win

Before The Dawn Honor Lifts Spirits As The Gargamel’s Trial Resumes

Although Buju Banton was not able to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony yesterday in Los Angeles, the reggae star—who is still confined to Florida—celebrated his win to the fullest. A member of Buju’s security team was startled when he heard shouting from Buju’s hotel room in Tampa, where the artist faces jury selection in his second trial on drug charges today. “I thought something was wrong,” the guard told The Jamaica Observer. Instead he found out Buju had won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Bramma “Nuh Truss People”

One Time For The Haters, And All Who Study Evil

Stephen McGregor’s Pepper Riddim just gets hotter and hotter. Like this tune, where Bramma’s burning out all bad mind and grudgefulness. Check it deeply. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mavado “Pepper”

New Heat From Di Gully Gaad: “All Dem A Talk… Man A Steppa”

Di Genius brings the Pepper riddim, Di Starbwoy proceeds to hot it up. Certified Boomshot. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Tarrus Riley “Shaka Zulu Pickney”

“Me Nah Go Bleach,” says Singy Singy “Me Say Me Nah Dilute It”


“Ancestors no leave me,” Tarrus Riley pleads in this rootical new selection that premiered just in time for Black History Month. As fate would have it, the video premiered in Jamaica the same day that the respected New York radio DJ Chris Dubb Master of IRie Jam decided to ban Vybz Kartel’s music for the month of February. In comes something completely different. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Damian Marley & Nas “Patience”

The Latest & Greatest Video Yet From The Album Distant Relatives

“Ayo D—let’s go all the way in on this one,” says Nas at the top of the track. And director Nabil Elderkin did just that—this video is all about mystical visionary-type visuals. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Stephen Marley featuring Melanie Fiona “No Cigarette Smoke”

Fresh Cut From Forthcoming Album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life

Here comes something strong for your Monday morning from the Ghetto Youths camp: Brand new music from Stephen Marley’s highly anticipated new album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life. What do you do when JuJu gives you a boom draw and your hotel room is under heavy manners? Read more »

WATCH THIS: Bob Marley’s One Love Peace Concert

We Free The People With Music. Can You Free The People With Music?

The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978 at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. This concert was held on the anniversary of Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica during a period of political civil war in Jamaica between the right wing Jamaican Labour Party and the socialist People’s National Party. Since Marley, his wife and manager had been wounded in a previous assassination attempt, the concert was nothing less than a heroic act. Read more »