Monday, March 31, 2014

Reggae/Dancehall and other music news 'Bits n Pieces' highlights throughout the month of March 2014

29/3/14 Choreographer Orville Hall tell of his dance group's major impact on the World with Dancehall Choreography
Bogle/Beenie Man Worl Dance
Popular Dance Choreographer Orville Hall says "dancers" in the local reggae/dancehall industry "should find ways to market themselves" shedding some light on what was described as an inability of that sector to capitalize on the art form. Orville Hall in an interview on the Winford Williams 'OnStage' entertainment program aired Saturday's on CVM television Jamaica tell how his group 'Dance Expression' made a break through with Dancehall Choreography.  
Tribute to Bogle and Ice
Hall travels across Europe visiting several countries including Russia and Croatia teaching Jamaican dance moves as well educating persons about the Jamaican dance culture watch/listen

28/3/14 Interesting Reggae Albums Title/Inspiration
'Hard Times' the album title of Reggae-soul singer Carl Dawkins a senior member of the traditional reggae school.  Carl Dawkins started singing, writing and performing in the 60s while he was still in school.  His first recording 'Baby I Love You' is an all time hit.  Now over 40 years later the 65 years old Reggae-soul singer vocal delivery on this new celebratory album 'Hard Times' is as strong as ever listen 

"Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life"
The album by Stephen 'Ragga' Marley scheduled for release summer 2014 is described by the Wall Street Journal as "The new album is a collaborative project that blends all genres from hip-hop to even EDM but its foundation is reggae music" check out a selection click 'Rock Stone' featuring Capleton and Sizzla Kolanji.

"Dread and Terrible"
Described as 'the project' by Chronixx is a message to 'babylon' "we are dread and terrible, we are the outcast, we are the black heart people...we just a remind the system of who we are" Chronixx speak to Winford Williams OnStage Watch


17/03/14 UK/Jamaican Teacher Playwright Poet Jane Crichton Honoured in Jamaica
Born Gwynydd Jane Price in Exeter, England, jane Crichton came to Jamaica in 1952 where she taught English and Drama in several schools.  Jane Crichton swept 13 of 14 Actor Boy Awards for the musical 'White Witch' she wrote in 2011 and was appropriately recognised by students, local actors, friends and family in a two hour tribute titled 'Poetry Prose and Footprint in the Sand' at Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay read more.

17/03/14 Veteran Dancehall artiste Frankie Paul stand against Dancehall discrimination
Frankie Paul resurfaced defending 'Dancehall.'  The singer not only recorded his opinion on a single entitled, "It's Not Dancehall but spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the music saying, "I don't know where they got the idea that Dancehall music promotes crime.  Dancehall has always been about life and fun" read more



6/03/14 Tessanne Chin White House Performance 
Tessanne Chin continues to land impressive gigs that somewhat points in the direction towhich this artiste is either aiming destine for.  Tessanne performed Donna Summers 'Lets Dance' at First Lady Michelle Obama's "Women of Soul" concert at the White House in front of a packed East Room ballroom and featured a stellar line up of top class singers ranging in different eras, including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae, Mellissa Etheridge, Jill Scott and Ariana Grande Watch


8/03/14 Sean Paul's "Full Frequency" album Tops Billboard 
"but could not outlast Snoop Dogg Marathon reign"

On it's official release 28/2/14 International Dancehall artiste Sean Paul released his sixth studio album 'Full Frequency" anchored by the popular collaboration between himself and fellow Dancehall artiste Konshens entitled, "Want Dem All" which debut at #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart read more   However, the album's peak on Billboard's Reggae Chart could not outlast the artiste Snoop Dogg formerly Snoop Lion's Hip-Hop/Reggae album 'Reincarnation' which ending March 2014 is in it's 49th week on the chart holding the top spot 98% of it's marathon reign.

03/03/14 Breakthrough for Music-Math Research
Glenroy Pinnock Lecturer and Mathematics and Statistics Research Coordinator at the University of Technology(UTECH) Jamaica said he had been observing the correlation between music and students math scores for years and had positive results from recent findings read more

Grammy Museum Director make plans for the Bob Marley Museum
The Director of Grammy Museum, Bob Santelli selected the Bob Marley Museum as an affilliate of his organisation. According to an article written in the Sunday Gleaner Santelli said, "I thought this house was such an important part of not just Jamaican culture but world musical culture, so if we were going to have the first Grammy Museum affilliate, it had to be here read more

Greater August Town Film Festival
Now in its second year, Greater August Town Film Festival anticipates submissions from regional and international film makers. The festival held in the hometown of International Reggae artiste Sizzla Kolanji, boasts strong international connections with the renown Orlando "Love Your Shorts" Film Festival read more


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