reggae

Rum Journal: A Rum and Reggae Cocktail From Negril, Jamaica

 Above: the Beaches Negril Resort & Spa Few things go together quite as well as rum and reggae. That’s particularly true in Jamaica, the home of the world-famous Appleton Rum and the Beaches Negril Resort. It’s the latter that has …

Eddie Murphy Releases Reggae Song With Snoop Lion

 Above: Eddie Murphy By the Caribbean Journal staff Reggae may have begun in Jamaica, but it’s now in almost every country in the world, including Zamunda: star actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has gotten into reggae. The star of films …

Jimmy Cliff: Caribbean Journal’s Artist of the Year for 2012

 Above: Jimmy Cliff Caribbean Journal is proud to name Jimmy Cliff as our 2012 Artist of the Year. The award is a testament to Cliff’s enduring talent and his work on the recently-released Rebirth — in our opinion, the best …

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 Above: Jimmy Cliff By the Caribbean Journal staff Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff leads a slate of nominees for best reggae album at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Cliff’s Rebirth (which he talked about with Caribbean Journal earlier this year is one …

 By Alexander Britell Jimmy Cliff, one of the titans of reggae, had gone seven years without an album until releasing “Rebirth” earlier this year. The crisply-made work, created in collaboration with veteran punk-music producer Tim Armstrong, represents a rebirth, not …

 By the Caribbean Journal satff Global rap superstar Snoop Dogg has a new moniker, “Snoop Lion,” and he is attributing the change to a recent trip to the hills of Jamaica. Snoop Lion, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, recently …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor This is a stellar year in Jamaica’s history, as Jamaicans and well-wishers everywhere will soon be celebrating the country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.  Easily one of the most beautiful places on earth, Jamaica is not merely …

 Above: Tarrus Riley By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican reggae star Tarrus Riley will be releasing his new acoustic album on April 17, Mecoustic in European markets. The album, which is being released in conjunction with France-based Soulbeats Records, features …

 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 …

 By Alexander Britell Before the music, there was football. Haiti’s premier reggae band was born on Haiti’s football fields, where Alain Moraille would play in what he calls the sport’s “school of life.” The same friends with whom Moraille competed …

 Above: Monty Alexander (Photo/Crush Boone) By Alexander Britell JAMAICAN MUSIC LEGEND MONTY ALEXANDER recently completed a two-week run at the famed Blue Note jazz club in New York City dubbed “50 Years In Music – 50 Years of Jamaica,” a …

 By Alexander Britell IN 1997, ELAN ATIAS began a musical journey as the frontman for legendary reggae group The Wailers. Since then, his career has brought him across the globe and the industry – spreading his talent across genres and …

 Above: Willis and the Illest (Photo: Dante Carrer) Since 2008, Willis and the Illest have been turning Nassau’s music scene on its head with their own brand of reggae from the Bahamas. The group, which is led by vocalist and …

 Above: Damion Crawford, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment By the Caribbean Journal staff Reggae must once again play a role in effecting change in society, according to Damion Crawford, Jamaica State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment. “The music needs …

 By Alexander Britell Tarrus Riley is one of the leading lights of reggae music today, who led the BBC to call him “Jamaica’s brightest hope” on the release of his previous album, “Contagious,” in 2009. The Bronx-born Jamaican stays true …

 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. …

 By Alexander Britell (Photos: CJ) Since his first album, Lakou Trankil, in 2005, Haitian singer Belo has seen his star soar, finding a global following for his mix of  traditional Haitian, jazz and reggae styles. Belo, whose real name is …