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Jamaican Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel Sentenced to Life in Prison

 Above: Vybz Kartel By the Caribbean Journal staff Dancehall star Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Jamaican court on Thursday. Kartel and his three co-defendants all received a life sentence. Kartel was sentenced following a murder conviction last …

Taking Jamaican Dancehall to the World

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Turning 30 – A Time for Reflection IT’S the end of 2013. Everyone’s busy making plans for 2014. I’m sitting in office on New Year’s Eve feeling more than a tinge of excitement. 2013 was …

Marcia Forbes: Disrespecting Women (And Men) in Jamaica

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor The following is the second excerpt in Caribbean Journal from Marcia Forbes’ book, Music, Media & Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica . The research-based book examines relationships between teens and TV, in particular through the music …

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 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor The following is an excerpt from Marcia Forbes’ book, Music, Media & Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica . The esearch-based book examines relationships between teens and TV, in particular through the music videos they watch.  Findings …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican dancehall duo Voicemail has released a new mix tape ahead of the planned summer release of their new album. The mix tape, called “Journey Continues,” was mixed by popular radio jock and selector Kurt …

 JAMAICA’S REGGAE AND DANCEHALL ARTIST KONSHENS has been finding success across the globe, most recently in Japan, where his album, Mental Maintenance, has risen to the top of the reggae charts in a country with a strong appreciation for the …

 Mario C is one of Jamaica’s top dancehall producers – winning the EME Award for Dancehall Producer of the Year and well known for his collaborations – from Beenie Man to Lady Saw. But now he has a new project …

 Emerging from Kingston’s Trenchtown in the 1970s, Big Youth became one of the pioneers of reggae – as arguably one of the first deejays and, as he says, the first Rastafarian to do so. In a four-decade career, in which …

 Jamaican native I Wayne has taken a versatile path to the top of reggae, mastering both reggae and dancehall rhythms, and sometimes a fusion of the two. His newest album, Life Teachings, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. …

 Above: Carlyle McKetty (left) and Sharon Gordon By Alexander Britell For Carlyle McKetty and Sharon Gordon, protecting reggae is a way of life. The world recently marked the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s premature death, and in that time, much …

 Anthony Moses Davis a.k.a Beenie Man has been at the forefront of reggae and dancehall music, both in Jamaica and globally, for two decades. His 2000 album, Art & Life, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, and the self-proclaimed …