Posts tagged "Chris Blackwell"

WATCH THIS: Chronixx “Likes” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Chronixx "Likes" Official Music Video

Like it or Love it, Chronixx Keeps His Culture In New Visuals
Chronixx carries us on a journey through music in the video “Likes” from his forthcoming debut album Chronology. Directed by Joachim Maquet (@alleyesonit), the video was shot in London on the UK portion of his fore-running Chronology tour. Known for his intimiate performances and high-quality visuals, this video also features scenes from the sold-out Brixton Academy show. The upcoming U.S. tour with Nas and Lauryn Hill this Fall will not be one to disappoint! Video after the jump…
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Sean Paul Signs With Island Records

Sean Paul Signs With Island Records

Dutty Paul Has The Last Laugh

Two years after parting ways with Atlantic Records, Grammy-winning dancehall superstar Sean Paul has signed a new contract with Island Records, according to Kevin Jackson at the Jamaica Observer. After making history with a series of chart-topping releases for VP/Atlantic, Sean has stayed Gettin’ Busy as an independent artist, recording hit features with acts ranging from Enrique Iglesias to Major Lazer and most recently Sia. The Australian-born star’s Dutty Paul duet “Cheap Thrills,” has already topped Billboard’s Dance Music Club Play chart and now sits at #6 on the Hot 100. Video & Full Story After The Jump… Read more »

Chris Blackwell Speaks on “Countryman”

Chris Blackwell Speaks on "Countryman"

Island Records Founder Reflects on a Friend Who Had Nothing And Still Had Everything

Most reggae fans know the Reggae Cult Classic film Countryman, but it’s less well known that the star of the film is real person. The 1982 film, which will be streamed online next Friday night, December 5th—following an exclusive BoomshotsTV chat with one of the original cast members, veteran Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw—was directed by Dickie Jobson, and stars a Rastafarian Indian Tamil fisherman who lived in the seaside community of Hellshire outside Kingston, Jamaica. Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who backed the film project, reflects on the man he knew, a real Rastaman who truly undersood the meaning of the term Thanksgiving, and embodied it in his simple life and his every word and deed. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Bob Marley’s “Catch A Fire” Turns 40

Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell Speaks On The Recordbob

This week (April 13th to be exact)marks the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley And The Wailers “Catch A Fire.” Often credited as one of the first reggae albums to gain international acclaim as well as to many one of the greatest albums of all time in any genre, but most importantly the one that propelled Bob Marley into stardom. Already with three studio albums under their belt Bob Marley And The Wailers signed with CBS Records and hopped on a plane and headed to the UK to work with Johnny Cash on the soundtrack for the film Want So Much To Believe. Bob and friends encountered an  obstacle when financing for the film ran short, they now found themselves stranded in the UK without money and worse,  a way back to Jamaica. As fate would have it Jah smiled on Bob and the Wailers through Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, a fan of the group, connected through a mutual friend and subsequently signed Bob Marley and the Wailers to the then indie label Island Records. On the occasion of Catch a Fire’s 40th anniversary, The Boom Box sat down with the man largely credited as the one who “discovered’ Bob Marley” about the making of the record. Read more »

WATCH THIS: How To Mix A Blackwell Rum Cocktail

The ReggaeGirlAboutTown Makes A Big Splash At The UK Rumfest 

Reshma B passed through the UK Rumfest in London last week and headed straight for the Blackwell Rum shack. Yes that’s right—Chris Blackwell himself, the man who founded Island Records and signed Bob Marley—now has his own brand of rum (and it’s actually quite tasty). At the Rumfest, master mixologist Jay Zinzan showed RGAT the finer points of mixing signature rum cocktails like the Goldeneye and the Blackwell Stormy. So check the video, practice your wrist action, then grab yourself a few bottles of Blackwell Rum and start mixing up a storm. Video after the jump…
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