Monthly archive February, 2009

“Hands In The Air! Rags In The Air!” UPDATE

“My name is Fay-Ann Lyons” …. Memba dat.

Double congratulations to the Road March Queen and expecting mother.

If you thought mama-to-be M.I.A. set the standard for pregnant swagger at this year’s Grammys, check out Fay-Ann Lyons’ nice round belly as she mashes up the 2009 Soca Monarch Finals. Read more »

NOW HEAR THIS: Good Girl Gone Bad

Tarrus Riley featuring Konshens “Good Girl Gone Bad”

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Reggae Grammy Rewind

“Reggae Get The Grammy.” All These Years Later… do you still feel happy?

“They nominate five ah we,” Yellowman chants over a bouncy Junjo Lawes riddim track. “Steel Pulse Black Uhuru and me / Peter Tosh and also Jimmy.”

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Spear Burning Over Yonder

Photograph excerpted from SOUL REBEL: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley © 2009 by David Burnett. All rights reserved. Published by Insight Editions. Used with permission.

This past Sunday, while 19-year-old Chris Brown was chilling in the L.A. County Jail and 20-year-old Rihanna was recovering from her injuries at a local hospital, 63-year-old Winston “Burning Spear” Rodney was at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards collecting the Best Reggae Album Grammy for his latest release Jah Is Real.
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Don’t Ramp With Kartel

Daggering” is more than the latest yardie slang for sex, it’s a ritualized theater of the absurd that’s taken the dancehall by storm with acrobatic, thigh-bruising dance moves and a slew of songs cashing in on the controversial trend. It’s not like this machete/manhood metaphor is anything new. Nobody flipped out over Lady Saw’s “Stab Up The Meat” did they? Okay, maybe a few people did, but somehow the whole thing seems more appropriate when the young lady asks to be daggered.

Nevertheless, Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission has ordered the island’s radio, TV, and cable operators to delete all “Dagggering” songs and videos from their playlists or face “strong disciplinary action.”

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Behold the Gong at his Tuffest…

“Never make a politician grant you a favor / They will always want to control you forever.”


Soul of The Rebel

During his 36 years on planet earth, Robert Nesta Marley became one of the most photographed human beings in history. And judging by the brisk sales of Bob T-shirts, CDs, and rolling papers, nobody’s has yet grown “Tired fi see me face,” as he put it in his prophetic tune “Bad Card.”

"From the very first time I rest my eyes on you..."

The Gong and his customized guitar.

Now, just in time for the Tuff Gong’s 64th birthday, comes a new view of the man behind the Legend. David Burnett was sent to Jamaica by TIME magazine in 1976 to document the roots reggae phenomenon. The following year Rolling Stone sent him on the Exodus tour. Read more »