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10 Things You Don’t Know About Jimmy Cliff

10 Things You Don't Know About Jimmy Cliff

In Honor of Jimmy Cliff’s 70th Birthday Author David Katz Drops Knowledge on the Reggae Legend

David Katz is no stranger to the world of reggae and documenting it. In 2006, he got hold of Lee “Scratch” Perry and released the widely-received biography People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee ‘”Scratch” Perry. He then got the story of icon, Jimmy Cliff to pen Jimmy Cliff: An Unauthorized Biography. Though Cliff was not heavily involved in its production, Katz relied on his previous interviews with the star and stories from artists who collaborated with him to bring forth the biography. In his travels and through countless reasonings, he gathered some interesting (and previously unknown) tidbits about JC. Scroll Through Gallery Above… Read more »

Kartel Found Not Guilty in First Murder Case

The Werlboss Has Beaten The First Case—One More To Go
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Vybz Kartel is one step closer to being set free on themurder charges. Days after deliberating in Jamaica’s Home Circuit Court, Judge Bryan Sykes has denied the motion to review statements from two witnesses. Since the trial began, reports have surfaced that the prosecution’s arguments have been weak and Judge Sykes has stated that not enough action was taken to locate other witnesses. Details After The Jump… Read more »

Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh” Goes Gold

Gwan Gyppy! Go For The Gold
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July 24 marks the three year anniversary of Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh,” his most recognized hit that has topped the Billboard, Canadian and UK charts since its release. Most recently, the single—produced by Brooklyn’s own Ricky Blaze—has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and is being lauded as the first reggae record to hit the 500,000 sales mark in over a decade. Read More After The Jump… Read more »

Marley’s Music Uprising Band Search Picks Top 25

Searching For The Next Uprising Talent
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There’s no denying the influence Bob Marley had on rising up de people. Even after life, his music continues to inspire countless listeners and musicians alike and now the Marley family is paying it forward with the Marley’s Music Uprising Band Search. In conjunction with Sonicbids, 25 bands across the States have been selected with the help of Cedella and Ky-Mani Marley for the chance to perform at music festivals and lay a track at Tuff Gong Studios. Nearing the summer’s end, voters will have the final say as to who gets this once in a lifetime opportunity. Read More After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Etana “Reggae” Official Video

The Strong One’s New Video Takes a Tour of Historic Sites in Jamaican Music  
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In February, Etana released her third studio album, Better Tomorrowon VP Records. The visuals for her latest single “Reggae” were recently premiered on MTV’s international imprint, MTV Iggy. It was only right for her to profess her love for reggae with landmarks like the Kingston Dub Club, Tuff Gong studios and the Rockers International record store. Check out “Reggae” and let Etana take you on a journey in JA. Video After The Jump… 

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WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas “Whenever You’re Lonely” Official Video

Mr. Vegas Strolls Through The City of Love 

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A few months ago, Boomshots hit you with Mr. Vegas’s ode to long distance relationships, “Whenever You’re Lonely.” Recorded on the Suriname riddim, Vegas took his talents to Paris to reassure his love that even when they’re thousands of miles apart, nothing can divide them. Check out MV Music’s latest. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Warrant Issued for Mavado’s Arrest, Attorney Acts to Stop It

More Legal Woes for the Gully Gad

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Mavado is one of many reggae stars whom the legal system can’t seem to leave alone. Since last July the Gully Gad has been fighting assault charges and now a warrant has been placed because of his non-appearance on a recent court date. Read After The Jump For More…

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Snoop Lion and Drake Speak on “No Guns Allowed”

The Lion Is Clapping Back Against Gun Violence
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Proving he isn’t all bark with no bite, Snoop Lion has taken the initiative to stand firmly behind the words of his single “No Guns Allowed.” The song which features Drake and speaks on the detriments of the national crime rate and highlights the need for gun control is a stepping stone for the Lion’s next project: a gun buyback program. Hear Them Speak About The Song’s Inspiration After The Jump…

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Mavado’s “Take It” Video Debuts on MTV

The Gully Gad Gears Up for a U.S. Crossover
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The Mavado reign just won’t let up.  High off his stellar performance with Snoop Lion at SXSW, the Gully Gad’s Stateside winning streak continues with the sexy visuals for his hit single “Take It”  (featuring Karian Sang) being debuted on MTV. The media giant’s international music platform, MTV Iggy, has had Mavado on their radar for some time, and now they’re taking it further by including him in their prime-time lineup, positioning the Starbwoy as the next dancehall act to make a major crossover move since Sean Paul. Only time will tell but the chances are looking better and better. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Watch This: Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Vision of Paradise” Kickstarter Trailer

It’s Not Just a Movie—It’s a “Fairytale Documentary”
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The story of Lee “Scratch” Perry has been told many times before, and it’s already been the subject of one outstanding documentary. But that’s not stopping Swiss filmmaker Volker Schaner from working on another Scratch movie. Schaner, who befriended the artist over a decade ago, has journeyed with Pipecock Jaxson around the globe documenting his day-to-day experiences while gaining personal insight into the artist’s enigmatic personality. With the creation of Vision of Paradise, more of Scratch’s wisdom will be introduced to the world but it can’t be done before the creators raise funds for the doc’s post production process. Video After The Jump…

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Buju Banton Juror Turns Over Computer for Investigation

Could The Banton Be On His Way To A New Trial?

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In the latest crazy plot twist surrounding The Banton’s federal trial, Terri Wright, a juror who was part of the original trial has turned over her personal computer for investigation. After the trials proceedings concluded in February of 2010, Wright admitted to Florida-based media outlets that she researched Buju Banton and his music while serving jury duty. This fault could grant Buju and his legal team the mistrial they’re looking for. Find Out Why After The Jump…

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Bob Marley’s 1977 Land Rover Gets Restored

Natty Dread Rides Again
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Julian Marley posed by his father’s Rover before it was shipped off for repairs.

After being parked at the Bob Marley Museum for the past 25 years, Bob Marley’s iconic 1977 Land Rover has seen better days. But restoration of the rough and rugged vehicle is currently underway, sponsored by Sandals resorts. Last month the Rover, a dilapidated Defender Series III, was transported by flatbed truck to ATL Automotive in Montego Bay. The company recently released a time-lapse video to show what’s going on in their studios. Rohan Marley stated in an interview that the company has worked diligently to source the car’s parts from various countries including finding an original 1977 engine from Ethiopia. By the time his eldest sister Cedella gets done customizing the interior you can expect it to be di wickedest ride! Video After The Jump…