Ky-Mani Marley Gets Personal In Autobiography

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Although he is the son of music royalty, Ky-Mani Marley says life has not always been a bed of roses. The 33-year-old singer/actor tells his story in Dear Dad, his autobiography to be released February 6.

Marley is best known for minor hit songs like Dear Dad and Warriors and roles in movies such as One Love, as well as starring in a hit reality show on Black Entertainment Television (BET). But he says his childhood was difficult, even though his father was reggae superstar Bob Marley.

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Jr Gong, Nas for National Geographic Event

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American rapper Nas and Reggae’s Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley thrilled audiences in Montego Bay this past summer as their performed together giving a snippet of what is to come on their upcoming project, Distant Relatives.

Now, internet reports are indicating that in keeping with the album’s union of Hip Hop and Reggae music and culture, the duo has joined National Geographic for a Distant Relatives event.

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Rockers Takes Over Saturdays Inside Kress Restaurant

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After many requests to bring back a weekend party for our fans we are proud to announce the launch of ‘Rockers’ this Saturday August 15th inside Kress restaurant.  Last Saturday’s success of the ‘Rock The Bells’ after party hosted by Damian Marley showed us the potential of the Kress restaurant to bring our dancehall/hip hop vibe there on a weekly basis. ‘Rockers’ will feature monthly live shows, live art, the best in reggae, dancehall, hip hop, crazy remixes and mash ups. Our goal is to make the restaurant have a totally different feel than the rest of Kress on Saturday nights which currently has a typical Hollywood club vibe. Continue reading

Contagious – Tarrus Riley Spreads ‘Sweet Sickness’ On Third Album

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It’s early Tuesday evening at Grafton Studios in Vineyard Town, St Andrew. Tarrus Riley has just finished voicing a track, but that is not his only reason for being particularly upbeat. He is in the later stages of preparing his third album for an August release on the Cannon label, VP Records handling distribution.

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Reggae Legend Jr. Reid Comes to Rock Jamaica Tonight @ Kress

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Reggae legend Jr. Reid is in town recording tracks for his highly anticipated new album due out later this year and will grace the Kress rooftop this Tuesday night. Please check out some of Jr.’s recent hit songs below.  Kress is located at 6608 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Ca. 90028 click here for more details and drink specials…

This is Why We Hot – Mims ft. Jr. Reid

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Damian Marley & Nas to Perform at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica this Summer

Damian Marley & Nas are collaborating on an album entitled ‘Distant Relatives’ to be released sometime this year. The two super stars will be headlining the ‘Rock the Bells’ tour this summer in cities around America and they have just announced a performance at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica on July 25th. The album is a call to Africa to wake up and start making a change for itself. The tracks that the Rock Jamaica crew have been able to hear so far have us thinking it’s a definite instant classic… Click here to read more…

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Rock Jamaica News – LA Reggae

Click the fliers below to view Rock Jamaica’s Reggae on the Roof info

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Free i Entertainment’s monthly ‘Rock Jamaica‘ event was the premier Los Angeles reggae party for 2008. Rock Jamaica’s ability to merge the Caribbean crowd with the Hollywood crowd caught the attention of the exclusive roof top venue Kress who was looking  for new events. The two companies met and the hottest summer party was born, Rock Jamaica’s ‘Reggae on the Roof’.  The event will happen weekly beginning Tuesday, May 19th on the spectacular design-driven rooftop lounge of Kress. This summer the Hollywood Reggae scene will be created and the LA Reggae scene will expand.

Thank you for all the emails and comments showing your love for ‘Rock Jamaica’ and asking when we are coming back. As you have read above, we have the privilege of bringing back ‘Rock Jamaica’ this summer to a brand new vwnue, the amazing Kress roof top in Hollywood with a weekly party called ‘Reggae on the Roof’. For those of you who don’t know, Kress is located at 6608 Hollywood Blvd. but you enter in the back off of Schrader which is the cross street.

For those of you new to ‘Rock Jamaica’ get ready for an uptown Kingston experience which features Jamaican and local Dj’s who will spin the best Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop. Yes, we play some hip hop because in Jamaica hip hop is mixed into to most of the parties as hip hop has had a big influence on dancehall, reggae culture and vice versa. Our events bring an influential industry crowd as well as hardcore reggae/dancehall fans creating a unique networking experience surrounded by authentic Jamaican culture. Free i is creating the Hollywood Reggae scene and we are proud to promote the positive aspects of Jamaican culture.

A few things have changed this time around with the ‘Rock Jamaica‘ events. As you will see on the front of the flier we have added Art Director Nesta Garrick, Former Senior Executive with CBS, Peter Mott and Writer/Director Bobby O’neill as hosting the party along with me, Jason Robinson. Nell and Justin are not based in LA right now so once the deal came through with Kress I decided to bring on friends of mine who are experts in their fields, who have worked with me before on Rock Jamaica events and most importantly who are Jamaican themselves. I am predicting that these additions, along with Nell and Justin’s guidance, will take Rock Jamaica to the next level in the LA Reggae party scene.

Justin is now based in Kingston, Jamaica handling business on that end for Free i Entertainment along with working on other business ventures. Nell is still travelling the world doing her modeling, fashion endeavors and, most recently, completed a sohot for Italian GQ. They will fly in at least once a month to attend and help coordinate the Rock Jamaica Reggae on the Roof events.

The entire ‘Rock Jamaica’ crew thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to sharing the 2009 series of Rock Jamaica Reggae on the Roof events with all of you. Please send us your questions, comments and suggestions as your feedback helps us to develop. Subscribe to this blog as I will be constantly updating you on Jamaican popular culture news and Rock Jamaica events.

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