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U-Roy Dies At Age 78

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The legendary toaster U-Roy has died at age 78. He was in the hospital for kidney failure and had an heart attack.

He burst onto the scene during the heyday of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s Studio One sound system and record label at a period when reggae music and its now hugely popular offspring dancehall was frowned upon by the wider society and was seen as the music of the uneducated and uncultured.

U Roy is also credited for opening the door to allow rap and dancehall artistes to realize huge profits from an idiom he, along with Count Machukie and...

Miss Pat Set To Release Her Memoir

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A memoir on the life and work of reggae icon Patricia "Miss Pat" Chin, with quotes and remembrances from luminaries including former Jamaican Prime Minister, the late Edward Seaga, Chris Blackwell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Marcia Griffiths, and the late producer Bunny “Striker” Lee among others. Presented with many never seen, artist and family photos and original illustrations by the late Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, the book’s designer.

My Reggae Music Journey spans six decades of music history, from the rise and development of Randy's...

The Grammy Winners From 1985 - 2020

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1985 Black Uhuru was the first winner of a Reggae Grammy: Album titled "Anthem"
1986 The second Artist to win a Grammy is the Legendary the Rt Hon. Dr. Jimmy Cliff Album Titled "Cliff Hanger"
1987 Steel Pulse took home the 3rd Grammy for their album Titled "Bobylon the bandit"
1988 Peter Tosh won with his Album Titled No Nuclear War makes him the first to do so solo as a Ex member of the group Bob Marley led Wailers Band
1989 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers at a tender age of (20) makes him Ziggy Marley the youngest to win Album titled "Conscious...

2021 Grammy's Best Reggae Album Nominees

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The Grammys have announced the nominees for Best Reggae Album. The highly anticipated list of Grammy nominees for Best Reggae Album has finally been released, and while dancehall takes another snub this year, a newcomer Marley got a Grammy nod. This year there are five nominations that somehow are less surprising after you see them.

BEST REGGAE ALBUM – Grammy Nominees

Higher Place – Skip Marley​

Higher Place was released in August by the Marley-owned Tuff Gong...

North Carolina Courage Sign Jamaican Midfielder

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The North Carolina Courage announced today the signing of Havan Solaun to a short-term contract through the 2020 season. Solaun will be available to play in the Courage’s next match on Sunday, October 4 against the Houston Dash at 7 p.m. ET.

Solaun was drafted 15th overall in the 2015 NWSL Draft by the Seattle Reign. She suffered an injury her rookie season but played in four matches and scored one goal in 2016 before being traded to the Washington Spirit. The midfielder made 37 appearances with the Spirit during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

In 2019...

Koffee named Mastercard brand ambassador

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Reggae star Koffee is Mastercard’s official brand ambassador in Jamaica, the first such appointment in the region.

The exclusive partnership was announced on Wednesday September 23, 2020 and will see the artiste working with Mastercard to build awareness about digital payments and educate customers and merchants about the convenience, safety and wide acceptance of its electronic payment options.

Reggae Artiste Pad Anthony Is Dead

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Reggae artiste Hartley Anthony Wallace also know as Pad Anthony died in Jamaica on Saturday August 29, 2020. He had been suffering from various health issues after he suffered from a heart attack several years ago. A close friend of Paddy revealed that an unfortunate turn of events led to his death as it’s suspected that after suffering a stroke he reportedly fell and hit his head.

Rest In Peace

Rygin King Shot, Girlfriend Killed

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Matthew "Rygin King" Smith was shot and seriously injured during a gun attack in Struie district, Westmoreland, on Sunday while a woman, identified as his girlfriend, was also shot and killed. Another male individual was also shot and injured. The deceased female has been identified as 28-year-old Sashalee Blackwood.

The incident took place while the entertainer, his girlfriend, two children, and a group of other people were travelling through Westmoreland to a function that was being held in a neighboring parish.

On reaching a section of the Struie...

Jamaica now has 364 COVID- 19 cases

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Minister of Health & Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton stated that 16 samples tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. This has brought the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 364. The 16 new cases are comprised of seven males and nine females, who range in age from three years to 75 years.

Minister of Health & Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has advised that 16 samples tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
This has brought the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 364. The 16 new cases are...

Koffee Wins 2020 Grammy For Best Reggae Album

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Koffee made history on Sunday January 26, 2020 when she became the first woman and youngest artist ever to take home a victory in the best reggae category and the Grammy Awards.

Miley Cyrus settles $300 million lawsuit with Flourgon

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Miley Cyrus has settled a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit by Flourgon who accused the pop star of stealing her 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" from a similar song he recorded a quarter century earlier. Flourgon sued Cyrus in March 2018, claiming that "We Can't Stop" closely resembled his 1988 song "We Run Things," which he called a reggae favorite since reaching No. 1 in Jamaica.

Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating material including the phrase...

Sikka Rymes Shot Multiple Times in Jamaica

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Javian "Sikka Rymse" Chambers a known protege and family member of jailed dance hall artiste Vybz kartel is now undergoing surgery after being shot multiple times. The deejay was trailed after performing at an event in Sandy Park in the early morning of Sunday, December 1st.

The shooting took place at 3:45 am at a stoplight in the vicinity of the Sovereign Shopping Center, the entertainer’s vehicle was shot up by unknown assailants. Sikka Rymes is now undergoing surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Jamaica’s First Gold in Long Jump at World Championships

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Jamaican Tajay Gayle made history when became the first-ever Jamaican to score a gold medal in the long jump event at the World Championships.

The 23-year-old set a new personal best with a jump of 8.69 metres. It is also a new national record, erasing the 8.62 metres which was held by James Beckford. Gayle, who entered the championship with a personal best of 8.24 metres, struggled during the qualifying round and made the final with the 12th best jump of 7.89 metres.

He now joins Beckford, who won a silver medal at the 2003 World Championships in...

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 100 meters

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the world champion in the 100 meters for the fourth time since 2009 on Sunday. With a time of 10.71 seconds, she beat European champion Dina Asher-Smith in the women's final of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. The British athlete crossed the finish line in 10.83 seconds.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast took third place with 10.93 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce won the title in 2009, 2013 and 2015. The 32-year-old is also a two-time Olympic champion.

Riu Officially Reopens Jamaica All-Inclusive Hotel

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Riu Hotels and Resorts has officially relaunched its Riu Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort, the company announced this week. The property, which first opened in 2005, has undergone a dramatic refurbishing project, one that included what Riu called a “complete overhaul of its facilities.”

Riu has added what has become a staple of many of its resorts in the Caribbean, a new Splash Water World aquatic park. The reimagined poolscape means Riu Ocho Rios now boasts five pools at the property, including two pools with swim-up...