DAMIAN MARLEY (Gongzilla) – JUST AINT THE SAME

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Jurors evenly split on Buju’s fate

TAMPA, Florida — A jury foreman minutes ago told United States judge Jim Moody that they have not been able to reach a verdict in the drug case involving Jamaican Reggae star Buju Banton. Continue reading

Jury selected for Buju Banton trial

Buju Banton

TAMPA, United States — A 14 member panel of jurors was selected for the trial of Reggae singer Buju Banton in the Gibbons US Court in downtown Tampa this morning. The jury includes seven woman and only two African Americans. Continue reading

Distant Relatives tops Billboard Reggae

The Marley names continues to dominate the Billboard Reggae Albums chart for this week.

The name accounts for three of the albums on this week’s top 10. Leading the list of Marleys is Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, whose collaboration, Distant Relatives, with US hip hop artiste, Nas, continues to hold on to the No 1 spot after 13 weeks on the chart. Distant Relatives is also charting on other Billboard charts. On the Top 200 it holds No 93; No 18 on the R&B /Hip Hop Album charts and No 11 on the Rap Albums charts.

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Sumfest was Mudfest…

Dancehall entertainer Mavado (left) performs with R&B singer Usher during the final night of Reggae Sumfest Saturday in Montego Bay, St James. – Photo by Janet Silvera

Reggae Sumfest may be forced to relocate to the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium if conditions at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC)-owned Catherine Hall complex in Montego Bay, St James, are not improved.

Sumfest would become the second major event forced to move from the tourism capital as a result of the absence of a suitable show venue. The first was the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. Continue reading

Reggae Rising Festival cancellation to drain US$2M from economy

The popular Reggae Rising Festival, with headline acts The Mighty Diamonds and Third World was cancelled by US authorities this month and will result in the loss of some US$2 million (J$172 million) from the rural Californian community, noted producers.

The event was cancelled for 2010 as the producer, Dimmick Ranch LLC, failed to secure a permit for the annual festival patronised by roughly 14,000 people each year.

Third World was one of the headlined acts for Reggae Rising Festival

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Junior Reid’s New Album ‘Living Legend’

Junior Reid

Junior Reid makes a bold claim with the title of his next album, due mid-August. It is Living Legend, a 16- to 18-track set of all-new songs, which includes Heat is On, Looking Out, Take it Easy (featuring Capleton), Where is the Love, I’m So Crazy (featuring Cassidy), and Real OG. With the songs all recorded and the artwork already done, Reid says he is now “listening back to see which mix can be better.”

He has a long list of legendary hits to draw upon, yet by going with a totally new song line-up, Reid is not resting his statement on what he has done in a very long and storied musical career. Continue reading