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WATCH THIS: Morgan Heritage “The Return” Video PREMIERE

The Roots Reggae Rulers Are Back
It’s been a long time—four years to be exact—since we heard new music from Morgan Heritage. During that time reggae has been going through some serious changes, some have even used the word crisis. Not to lay the blame at the feet of Denroy Morgan‘s musical offspring, but perhaps they can share some of the credit for putting things back on track. Contrary to popular belief they never really broke up, but Peetah, Gramps, Una, Lukes & Mr. Mojo have all been pursuing personal projects. Now they’re back with a brand new video to kick off their EP The Return. Video After The Jump
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WATCH THIS: Wayne Wonder “Drop It Down Low” Video PREMIERE

Brand New Visual From The Album My Way

The smooth singer who brought us dancehall classics like “Saddest Day of My Life” and “No Letting Go” is finally back with a new album called My Way on his own Singso Music imprint. His latest video, also featuring Triple-D and DJ Mo-A-Lee, finds Wayne in the club with champagne poppin’ and hot girls twerkin’. What’s not to like?
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WATCH THIS: Aidonia & Deablo “Run Road” Video PREMIERE

DiDi & Deablo Run It Red

Aidonia has been spitting hard lyrics for years now, but more recently the JOP boss has been stepping it up with even catchier tunes and slicker videos. (I know you remember that “Tan Tuddy” clip from a few weeks back.) Now Didi has returned to bless us with another boom visual for his song with Deablo called “Run Road.” From the motorbike stunts to the hot girls, you know they run it red. World premiere of the new video after the jump.
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Interview: Reasoning With Storm Saulter

The Director of Better Mus Come Talks New Caribbean Cinema

After apprenticing with Lil X and attending film school in Los Angeles, Storm Saulter returned to Jamaica to jump-start a movement that he calls “New Caribbean Cinema.” His first feature length film, Better Mus Come, is a gritty period piece is set within the politically charged turf wars of 1970s, when Kingston, Jamaica was on the front lines of the Cold War and poor ghetto dwellers were manipulated like pawns on a much larger chess board. The film tells the story of a young father who must choose between turning his back on the gangster life and making a better life for his five-year old son. It’s also a story of forbidden love that entices a boy and a girl to tempt fate and cross over the borderlines that crisscross the streets of Kingston. Loosely based on real events, the film courageously breaks an unwritten code of silence about depicting controversial events like the Green Bay Massacre—a landmark event in Jamaica’s political history during which government forces ambushed and shot to death a group of gunmen aligned with the opposition political party. This do not go unnoticed by the powers that be in Jamaica, who closely monitored the production and even sent spies to the set.

But all the drama was well worth it. After a successful run in Jamaica, Better Mus Come went on to win the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at both the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and the Bahamas International Film Festivals. It’s been screened at the Toronto international film festival, L.A.’s Pan-African film festival and at Lincoln Center in New York. Tomorrow Better Mus Come will be seen for the first time in the UK at the British Film Institute. (The following day BFI will host the world premiere of Ring Di Alarm, a compilation of seven short films that Storm calls “a true experiment in guerilla film making in the Caribbean.”) Reshma B caught up with Storm to talk about his first film and how the movement is coming along. Read more »

WATCH THIS: The Award-Winning Film “Better Mus Come” Opens in London Alongside ”Ring Di Alarm” World Premiere

New Caribbean Cinema Movement Will Take The UK By Storm This September
From Top: Michael ‘Ras Tingle’ Tingling, Michelle Serieux, Storm Saulter, Nile Saulter, Joel Burke, Kyle Chin

What could be hotter than a group of young directors getting together and making movies—Caribbean style? Just as Jamaica’s athletes have come in and done their ting its time for the island’s visual artists to come in and show Wha Gwan. Seven stories, six directors, all reprsenting one island: Jamaica.  Read more »

WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas Voices A Dub For Stone Love

Vegas Takes Us From Dub Studio To Dancehall

You already know Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica is one of the best albums of the year. The double CD is a musical celebration of the past, present, and future of reggae and dancehall culture. In this exclusive video, Vegas hits the dub studio to voice a special of his album cut “Gimme A Light”—based on Desmond Dekker’s classic “Israelites”—for the mighty Stone Love sound. Then later that night he tests it out in the dance. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Loudspeaker Riddim Preview

Walshy Fire Represents For Mixpak Records’ New Juggling

Dre Skull’s hard-driving Loudspeaker Riddim percolates through waves of echo laying a solid foundation for Beenie Man, Natalie Storm, Machel Montano, and Popcaan to come through and do what they do. Mixpak Records just dropped a preview video to introduce the juggling, which is due for a May 22 release. This Popcaan tune is about to be a problem. Video & tracklist after the jump. Read more »

Marley Movie Premieres In Jamaica

Rita Marley, Chris Blackwell, Director Kevin MacDonald, Jah Cure & Many More Turn Out For The Big Show

Last night history was made in Kingston, Jamaica as the documentary “Marley” was screened for free in Emancipation Park one night before the rest of the world got to see the critically acclaimed film. Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Rohan Marley, Chris Blackwell, Neville Garrick, and reggae star Jah Cure were just a few of those in attendance for the big show. And Boomshots was in the house.
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WATCH THIS: Damian Marley “Set Up Shop” Video Premiere

Jr. Gong’s Blazing Up The Place With A Brand New Video—Exclusively On Boomshots

Progressive youth must strive—and Damian Marley’s latest video is all about doing for self. Check out the blazing hot new clip directed by Winston “Tyson” Mayhew. Big up all inner city entrepreneurs.

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HEAR THIS: The Marley Soundtrack Album

One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain. And when the long-awaited documentary Marley opens on the official stoner holiday of 4/20, many of his fans will be feeling no pain either. But as great as the movie may be, it all begins and ends with the music. So thanks to our friends at Complex we are proud to bring you this exclusive preview of the official two-disc soundtrack from Marley, the movie. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Beenie Man ft. Malica “Reminisce”

Something Fresh For Spring From K.Licious Music Group’s Brand New 1st Quarters Riddim

Tony “CD” Kelly is back with what the game’s been missing. The Grammy-winning producer who helped turn dancehall music into pop culture—from Patra and Mad Cobra to Beenie, Shaggy and Sean Paul is also the CEO of K.Licious Music Group. Fresh for spring 2012 here comes first big tune off the 1st Quarters Riddim, “Reminisce” featuring Beenie Man and Malica. You already know Beenie as the King of the Dancehall and the Girls Dem Sugar,so get to know Malica Martin, the first female vocalist signed to K. Licious Music Group. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Jamaican parents, Malica grew up between Kingston’s Duhaney Park and New York City. Her dad is the owner of Jamaica’s well-known ‘Love Vibration’ sound system, so it’s no surprise to see Malica pursuing a career in music. No wonder she sounds so natural flowing alongside Beenie Man on the 1st Quarters riddim. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Marley Movie Trailer

The King of Reggae Hits The Silver Screen At SXSW in Austin, Texas
Last week at the South By Southwest film festival the long awaited documentary Marley had its world premier. Directed by Kevin MacDonald, this VH1 Rock Doc is the first official behind the scenes look at the life of the Tuff Gong featuring rare concert footage and exclusive interviews with his family and closest friends. Read more »