The Big Youth Interview

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 […]

Talking Reggae with I Wayne

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. […]

Singer Belo on Social Conscience and Rebuilding Haiti through Music

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 […]

Author Maggie Harris on "Kiskadee Girl"

Author Maggie Harris, whose 1999 poetry collection, “Limbolands,” won the Guyana Prize for Literature, has returned to the place of her childhood with “Kiskadee Girl,” published by Kingston University Press, a memoir of her time growing up in Guyana. Caribbean […]

Ed Robinson on the Global Art Form

Ed Robinson occupies several seats in the world of reggae—from a long career as a reggae drummer to broad work now as a reggae singer. It’s taken him from his native Jamaica to Brooklyn, which he now calls home. Caribbean […]

Qshan Deya and the Power of Reggae

Qshan Deya, the “volcano trumpet,” is part of a younger generation hearkening back to the roots reggae music of the past. A native of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Union Island, Qshan’s career has seen him go from his home […]


Talking Reggae with Ossie Dellimore

Reggae star Ossie Dellimore has built a varied career in the art form with albums like “Freedom’s Journal,” “Reggae Music” and the recent single “Gone So Far.” The native of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ style is at the cutting […]

CJ Spotlight: Major Daps

Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Major Daps is working on a synergy of the roots reggae music of the past with that of the present. In this CJ Spotlight, we talk to Major Daps about what makes his music and what […]

Beenie Man Regains United States Visa

By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man has regained his United States visa, he announced today in a release. According to a spokesperson, Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses David, said he re-affirmed his “commitment to […]


Buju Banton Gets 10-Year Sentence

Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for his cocaine conspiracy conviction. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, had seen a wave of support for leniency, and his 10-year sentence fell below […]

Working to Preserve Reggae's Identity

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 […]

Interview with Beenie Man: Dancehall, Jimmy Cliff and Buju Banton

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 […]


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