Blessed Love, One and All
This Week In Reggae: RIHANNA confirms reggae album in the works. BOUNTY KILLER blasts Alabama’s new abortion law. SHENSEEA is the first Jamaican Dancehall act signed with American label Interscope Records. BILLIE JEAN, the daughter of BILLY BOYO, seeks compensation from DJ KHALED. CEDELLA MARLEY saves Jamaican women’s football. YELLOWMAN to release first album in 16 years. We commemorate 21 May 1981 as BOB MARLEY was laid to his final rest in Nine Mile…
– A Likkle Labrish –
RIHANNA CONFIRMS REGGAE ALBUM IN THE WORKS
RIHANNA confirms that she is working on a Reggae album with a working title of R9.
BOUNTY KILLER BLASTS ALABAMA ABORTION LAW
BOUNTY KILLER pulled no punches as he responded to the Alabama’s new abortion law…
SHENSEEA SIGNS WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS
In a historic move, SHENSEEA is the first Jamaican Dancehall act signed with American label Interscope Records.
BILLY BOYO’s DAUGHTER SEEKS COMPENSATION FROM DJ KHALED
BILLIE JEAN, the daughter of Billy Rowe, aka BILLY BOYO, says her father’s estate has not received royalties for a sample lifted from the song One Spliff A Day, used in hip-hop producer DJ KHALED‘s song Holy Mountain from the album Father of Asahd.
CEDELLA MARLEY SAVES JAMAICAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL
CEDELLA MARLEY got frustrated when she learned that Jamaica’s soccer federation had cut the funding for the women’s senior national team but not the funding for the men’s team. She decided to do something about it…
YELLOWMAN TO RELEASE FIRST ALBUM IN 16 YEARS
Winston Foster aka KING YELLOWMAN is releasing his first album in over 16 years, called No More War.
BOB MARLEY LAID TO HIS FINAL REST
On 21 May, 1981 BOB MARLEY was laid to rest in the village of Nine Mile. In his casket was his red Gibson Les Paul guitar, a football, a Bible opened at Psalm 23, and a stalk of ganja placed there by Rita Marley.
– New Music –
VYBZ KARTEL – DAY RAVE
CHRONIC LAW – NO SHY SIDE
STRANJAH MILLER featuring ANAICON – ANCIENT WARRIOR
ALKALINE, WALSHY FIRE, RUNTOWN – NO NEGATIVE VIBES
CHASE & STATUS featuring KABAKA PYRAMID – MURDER MUSIC
– The Happenings: Local Reggae News –
KABAKA PYRAMID delivered a stellar performance at the Nectar Lounge this week. The Bebble Rockers hit the stage with an extended introduction with a musical beat that I can still feel in my spirit, Kabaka walked on stage and opened up with a rendition of Can’t Breathe that let us know what we could expect from the rest of his show. He performed several hits from the album Kontraband and from his catalog of singles before he gave us a brief journey through the annals of Jamaican classics, ranging from Tenor Saw to Bob Marley.
It’s MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!! And, there are many musical events in Seattle where you can get your reggae vibes on. Let’s start with the NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL. It’s going on all weekend at the Seattle Center. The great thing about the NWFF is the focus on local bands with Monday being the day for reggae lovers with performances by The Georgetown Orbits, Laborer and Universal Roots, Unite-One, and Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band. And, best of all, it’s FREE!
In addition to those live performances at the NWFF we have quite a few DJ sets this weekend. This SATURDAY The Red Lounge is having a MEMORIAL WEEKEND DJ BATTLE!! Old Skool VS New Skool!! Can old school dancehall beat out new school dancehall? We’ll see. The Red Lounge follows up on SUNDAY with their ANNUAL YACHT PARTY. Then we have Zions Gate Sound pulling out all the stops on Memorial Day with their MEMORIAL DAY #JAMJAM at the Monkey Loft! DJ Abel, DJ X Man & DJ Element will providing the Carnival style soundtrack all night and Betty Rox the Caribbean dance! Come out in costume and dance the night away.
We have some fierce live performances kicking of the month of June starting with PATO BANTON and the New Generation is coming to Nectar Lounge along with Lion of Judah Band on June 5th, 2019.
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!!
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.
REBELUTION, COLLIE BUDDZ, along with Durand Jones & The Indications are going to be at Marymoor Park in Redmond on June 29th.
TOOOOOOOOTS!!! YES! TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS are bringing their act to Benaroya Hall! #DoTheReggay August 1!!
MORGAN HERITAGE with Jereme Morgan, plus local opening band Two Story Zori, bring their “Loyalty Tour” to Nectar Lounge on Friday, September 6, 2019.
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– Blessed Earth Strong –
This week we celebrate the Blessed Earth Strong of the following artists:
May 20 Tyrone Downie
May 22 Shauna McKenzie aka Etana
May 22 Jimmy Riley
May 22 Dennis Bovell
May 24 Cecil Bustamante Campbell aka Prince Buster
May 25 Lincoln Barrington Minott aka Sugar Minott
May 26 Lloyd Parks
– This Week in Reggae Playlist –
– Meditation of the Week –
“The fool speaks, the wise man listens”
UNTIL NEXT WEEK – ONE LOVE