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The 2013 Reggae/Dancehall review pt. 1

The 2013 Reggae/Dancehall review will throughout this month, take you back to the scenes, comments, facts and opinion of those who know, as it relate to the Jamaican Reggae or Dancehall artistes who made 2013.

"we are not going to do it like Bob Marley did or like Burning Spear did," Chronixx says.  "We are using their blueprint to bring on a new generation of works."

Jamaica's Hottest New-School Reggae Artists Return to Roots
By: Baz Dreisinger

Live bands. Soulful music. Substantive lyrics.  I could be describing the Jamaican music scene circa 1976, the heyday of Bob Marley.  But I'm talking about a sound that dominated at this year (2013) Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's biggest annual music festival.

Jamaican artist Chronixx, 20, performed live before nearly 10,000 fans at the yearly event.  He's Jamaica's most buzzed-about artist right now, and he's leading the way in a rich musical movement new-school roots.  It's a bit of Rasta meets hipster.  Chronixx says it's a repackaging of what came more

"I sat on the top of the skyline and watched the city burn that day," Protoje says.  "So I wrote about that to say, 'Be wise in these times,' and understand there's a lot of geopolitics at play."

Protoje wrote a song called "Kingston Be Wise" about the so-called "Tivoli Massacre" of 2010, when 76 civilians were killed Jamaican police and military forces, who were scouring Kingston for alleged drug lord Christopher Coke.

This message suggests another commandment of the current movement: write your own songs and have something to say.  Kumar Bent, lead singer of the band Raging Fyah, says that's what the new roots scene is more

Bits 'n' Pieces

30/12/13 Rihanna and Bruno Mars were the most pirated
artists of 2013, a new analysis of illegal file sharing by industry analysts Musicmetric has revealed read more>>

Don Drummond's life, art by Heather Augustyn 24/12/13
The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trombonist by Heather Augustyn has been published. The book is a comprehensive biography of a brilliant musician and his lover, who forever shaped the course of ska, reggae, and popular music worldwide despite poverty, class separation, mental illness, racial politics, exploitation and sexism that resulted in murder.. read more

It's Official: Rihanna ties with Michael Jackson's 13 #1s #HistoRih 11/12/13
Rihanna ties with MJ as the third-most leaders of #1s in the Hot 100 history. The world reknown Super Star's career successes is in league with the Beatles who's scored 20, Mariah Carey 18, Michael Jackson 13, Madonna 12, The Supremes 12, Whitney Houston 11, Janet Jackson 10 and Stevie Wonder 10read more

UK Protesters call for a return of Reggae Soca and Gospel 9/12/13
Music lovers braved the cold on Saturday, November 30, outside the Global Radio building in Leicester Square to protest the rebranding of the station as Capital Xtra. Members of the community, holding placards, came out in force to show support of the 'We Want Our Choice' of music campaign chanting "What do we want" Choice FM! When do we want it? Now!" read more