Blessed Love, One and All
This Week In Reggae: On May 11, 1981 BOB MARLEY lost his battle with cancer. BUJU BANTON draws fire in Barbados. RITA MARLEY releases compilation album Lioness of Reggae. SKP sparks outrage by bleaching half of his face and dying half of his hair blonde. STARFACE goes under the knife. Foreign investors supplant Jamaican local ganja farmers. Jamaica’s former Prime Minister EDWARD SEAGA hospitalized. We commemorate the triumphant return of EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I to Ethiopia after the end of the Italian occupation.
– A Likkle Labrish –
11 MAY 1981, BOB MARLEY LOSES BATTLE WITH CANCER
On May 11, 1981 ROBERT NESTA MARLEY OM lost his battle with cancer. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a acral lentiginous melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not caused by an injury during a football match but was instead a symptom of an already-existing cancer. Marley refused his doctors’ advice to amputate his toe, citing his religious beliefs, and instead, the nail and nail bed were removed and a skin graft was taken from his thigh to cover the area. Despite his illness, he continued touring.
BUJU BANTON DRAWS FIRE IN BARBADOS
BUJU BANTON drew criticism after his performance from a Barbados MP for his drug conviction.
RITA MARLEY – LIONESS OF REGGAE
Best of RITA MARLEY Lioness Of Reggae limited vinyl was released May 3 on Tuff Gong Worldwide and compiles her top songs from Beginning, Who Feels Knows It, We Must Carry On, Harambe and Spectacle For Tribuffalos.
SKP HALF BLEACHED
Dancehall artist SKP has sparked outrage by bleaching half of his face and dying half of his hair blonde.
FULL STORY: http://reggaeinseattle.com/skp-half-bleached/
FOREIGN INVESTORS SUPPLANT LOCAL GANJA FARMERS
Jamaica decriminalized marijuana in 2015 and ever since the Island has seen a “weed gold-rush” of sorts where foreign investors are seizing the opportunity to grow and sell in a volumes that poor Jamaican ganja farmers cannot.
STARFACE GOES UNDER THE KNIFE
A slew of dancehall artists have gone under the knife lately in what appears to be a booming trend in Jamaica and STARFACE is the latest to join the movement.
FORMER PM EDWARD SEAGA HOSPITALIZED
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, EDWARD SEAGA, who turns 89 on May 28, has been admitted to hospital in Florida in serious condition.
EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I RETURNS TO ETHIOPIA
On May 05, 1941 EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I returns triumphantly to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, five years to the day of when it was occupied by Italy.
– New Music –
VYBZ KARTEL – DEM NO READY
POPCAAN – LEVEL UP
CAPLETON – BADMIND
DEMARCO – SLIM A WEAR
VYBZ KARTEL – SEXABILITY
TOMMY LEE SPARTA – BLESSINGS
– The Happenings: Local Reggae News –
JUST ANNOUNCED!!! MORGAN HERITAGE with Jereme Morgan (plus Two Story Zori) bring their “Loyalty Tour” to Nectar Lounge on Friday, September 6, 2019.
PATO BANTON and the New Generation is coming to Nectar Lounge along with Lion of Judah Band on June 5th, 2019.
COCOA TEA is back at Nectar Lounge, on Tuesday, May 14th. If you haven’t gotten your tickets you may want to make that purchase. He’s always a good show and you don’t want to miss out!
KABAKA PYRAMID and The Bebble Rockers will grace Seattle on May 22, 2019 at Nectar Lounge. Tickets – Admission $15 for advance purchase, 21 and over.
KRANIUM and Jada Kingdom performs at Nectar Lounge on Friday, June 7th.
KONSHENS is bringing his A-game to the Red Lounge on Saturday, June 8th. This will sell out. If you haven’t purchased your tickets, I suggest you do so. And, then get ready to turn up!
EP RELEASE PARTY!!!!! CLINTON FEARON & BOOGIE BROWN BAND is back at Nectar Lounge on June 8th with new music!!
The legendary THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS will be playing at Nectar Lounge at June 14th with Irie Lights.
MYKAL ROSE WITH SLY & ROBBIE Is coming to Seattle!!! June 23rd at Nectar Lounge!! This is a match made in heaven!! Mykal Rose is the original voice of Black Uhuru. This show will go down as memorable.
We have two nights of ZIGGY MARLEY and MICHAEL FRANTI and Spearhead at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Friday and Saturday June 21st and June 22nd.
EVERY SATURDAY night is CARIBBEAN NIGHT at the Red Lounge with Reggae, Dancehall, Reggaeton, and Soca.
EVERY MONDAY is the Monday Night #JamJam at The Monkey Loft with DJ. Element and Zions Gate Sound.
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– Blessed Earth Strong –
This week we celebrate the Blessed Earth Strong of the following artists:
May 07 Janice Fyffe aka Lady G
May 07 Justin Hinds
May 09 Earl John Daley aka Earl Sixteen
May 10 Lowell Fillmore Dunbar aka Sly Dunbar
May 10 Keith Blake aka Prince Alla
May 11 Roman Stewart
May 11 Steven Kapur aka Apache Indian
– This Week in Reggae Playlist –
This week’s playlist is dedicated to the The Skipper – Bob Marley
– Meditation of the Week –
“One Bright Morning When My Work Is Over, Man Will Fly Away Home”
– Bob Marley
UNTIL NEXT WEEK – ONE LOVE