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J Boog – Wash House Ting

J Boog – Wash House Ting (Wash House, 2016)

J Boog is part of the American reggae scene where feel good reggae is interweaved with soul/R&B influences and pop.

Wash House Ting features several guests, including two iconic reggae artists, Buju Banton and Gramps Morgan.

J Boog’s given name is Jerry Afemata. His family is of Samoan origin although he grew up in California listening to reggae. He later traveled to Jamaica to immerse himself in the island’s culture.

Wash House Ting is effectively crafted reggae with an instant crossover appeal.

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KCRW’s World Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Ziggy Marley

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced program for the 19th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The event is a partnership between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The first concert will start on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:

Sunday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Reggae Night XVI
Ziggy Marley with orchestra
The Specials (ska)
U-Roy
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Reggae star Ziggy Marley will make his orchestral debut playing a set of his and his father Bob Marley’s music.

Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Brazilian singer Seu Jorge will celebrate David Bowie’s catalog, with an orchestra for the first time, through a Brazilian lens.

Sunday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Blondie · Garbage
Sky Ferreira

Sunday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Belle And Sebastian
Spoon
Additional artist to be announced

Sunday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large
Charo

Sunday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Cosmic Journey
Solange
Plus Blood Orange and special guests King ·
Kelela · Moses Sumney · Kelsey Lu and more

More information at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323-850-2000.

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Roots Music at Primavera Trompetera Festival 2017 in Spain

The Primavera Trompetera Festival 2017 will take place March 31 – April 1 at the racetrack in Jerez de la Frontera, in southern Spain. The festival will feature a wide-range of genres, including mestizo, world music and reggae. Some of Spain’s leading roots music acts will perform there along with Asian Dub Foundation and American band Balkan Beat Box.

The lineup includes Asian Dub Foundation, Eskorzo, The Zombie Kids, La Jungla Band, Miguel Caamaño Dj Set , Los Vivos, La Tarambana, Kase.O, Balkan Beat Box, Tomasito, Enseco, Loquillo, Fali Abad, Cristo el Mesías de Jerez, Marcos Cruz Dj Set, Chagar Dj Set, Bony Stuche Dj Set, Aivan Cabrera Dj Set, Dannyboy DJ Set, Cali Dj set, Miguel Campello, Guadalupe Plata, Rozalén, Ganjahr Family & Atlantic Force Band, Gordo Master, Macaco, La Raíz, Narco, Nikone, G.a.s Drummers, La Selva Sur, Nach, Fuel Fandango, Poncho K, Emeterians & Forward Ever Band, Mama Ladilla , El Chojin, Estricnina, Mala Rodríguez, Chambao, Fyahbwoy & Forward Ever Band, Green Valley, Muchachito, Shotta and Mario Díaz.

More information at www.primaveratrompeterafestival.com

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Ziggy Marley Wins Best Reggae Album Grammy Award

Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley

The self-titled album Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong Worldwide) by Ziggy Marley won the Best Reggae Album Grammy at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The other finalists were:

Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her (Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records) – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
Rose Petals (Wash House Music Group) – J Boog
Everlasting (Dub Rockers/VP Records) – Raging Fyah
Falling Into Place (87 Music/Hill Kid/Raise Up Music/Easy Star Records) – Rebelution
SOJA: Live In Virginia (ATO Records) – SOJA

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Acclaimed Ghanaian Artist Rocky Dawuni Releases Shine A Light Music Video

Rocky Dawuni

Ghanaian reggae and afro-roots singer Rocky Dawuni has released a new music video titled Shine A Light, where he New Orleans influences with reggae and samba.

The music video supports the Whole Planet Foundation that endeavors towards poverty alleviation through microcredit loans in communities around the world.

“Shine A Light” appears in Dawuni’s album Branches of the Same Tree (Cumbancha).

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Artist Profiles: Cultura Profética

Cultura Profética

Cultura Profética is a Puerto Rican reggae band that was formed in 1996. Cultura Profética creates a fusion of smooth sounds rooted in reggae with touches of salsa, bomba, ska, jazz, funk, hip hop and additional Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

The band has toured across the island and in venues of Central and North America, and was the only Spanish-speaking band invited to perform at the prestigious Bob Marley Festival in California in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Cultura Profética worked with Errol Brown, Bob Marley’s legendary producer. The band’s lyrical content emphasizes socio-political and environmental concerns, thus making them a treat to both the ears and the mind.

Discography

* Canción de Alerta (1998)
* Ideas Nuevas (1999)
* Cultura en Vivo (2001)
* Diario (2002)
* M.O.T.A. (2005)
* Tribute to the Legend: Bob Marley (2007)
* La Dulzura (2010)
15 Aniversario En El Luna Park (La Mafafa, 2012)

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Artist Profiles: Damian Marley

Damian Marley

Damian Marley is the son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Jamaica’s 1977 Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare. He is the offspring of a union between two distinctive and disparate worlds.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica on July 21, 1978, Damian Robert Nesta Marley (a.k.a. ‘Junior Gong’), Bob’s youngest son, began performing as a child as the vocalist for a group called The Shepherds. Comprised of other well-known reggae artists’ children, including Shiah Coore (son of Third World guitarist Cat Coore) and Yashema Beth McGregor, the daughter of Freddie McGregor and Judy Mowatt, The Shepherds performed at several shows in Jamaica including the Reggae Sunsplash music festival in 1992.

After The Shepherds’ demise, Damian turned his vocal talents to deejaying (the Jamaican equivalent of rapping). In 1993 Damian’s debut single Deejay Degree was released on Tuff Gong Records (the label founded by Bob Marley) and the following year he released Sexy Girls On My Mind for the Main Street label.

Damian’s next release, 1995’s School Controversy, was featured on the Epic/Sony Wonder compilation, Positively Reggae with all sales proceeds going to Jamaica’s Leaf of Life Foundation, an organization which assists children who are HIV positive.

Although he was still a teenager, Damian was selected as the Positively Reggae spokesperson, a role that introduced him to the international press and record buying public. That same yea, Damian performed at select dates on the Shabba Ranks World Unity tour and with his brother Julian performed at Jamaica’s Reggae Sunfest and Sunsplash festivals.

Damian was a high school student when he began recording Mr. Marley at the Marley Music 48 track-recording studio. Produced by Stephen Marley (head of the Marley Boyz production team), Mr. Marley delivered a fusion of contemporary reggae grooves and infectious dancehall rhythms alongside tough edged hip-hop beats, an ideal complement for Damian’s versatile deejay-rap style.

The album included several updates of Bob Marley classics as well as the single ‘Me Name Junior Gong’ which went to the number one in Hawaii and held that position for several weeks. ‘When we went to Hawaii in 1997,’ Damian recalls, ‘we had three songs on the charts there: ‘Me Name Junior Gong,’ ‘One Cup of Coffee’ and ‘Now You Know,’ a tune from Julian’s debut album.’

Damian and Julian’s burgeoning popularity earned them featured appearances on the 1997 traveling alternative rock festival Lollapalooza which provided invaluable exposure among a new sector of music fans.

Five years after the release of Mr. Marley, Damian had matured as a performer, songwriter, recording artist and Rastafarian, his unwavering convictions reflected throughout his new album, Halfway Tree.

Stephen Marley produced Halfway Tree for Marley Boyz productions. Stephen’s innovative approach to Halfway Tree incorporates spoken word introductions and dramatic vignettes as song interludes, creating a conceptual cohesiveness lacking from most Jamaican albums. Stephen also adapts traditional reggae elements (forceful drum and bass lines, committed social commentary) to 21st century hip hop’s synthesized beats and sometimes defiant stances while utilizing the talents of Jamaican singers, deejays and musicians alongside American rappers, each underscoring Damian’s impassioned delivery.

Damian called the album Halfway Tree because ‘my father is from the country and the ghetto and my mother is from uptown so I come like a half way tree, like a bridge because I can relate to both sides.’

Discography

* Mr. Marley (Universal Republic, 1996)
* Halfway Tree (Motown, 2001)
* Welcome to Jamrock (Universal, 2005)
* Stony Hill (Ghetto Youths International, 2017)

Web site

http://www.damianmarleymusic.com

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Artist Profiles: Canteca de Macao

Canteca de Macao

Madrid-based band Canteca de Macao was founded in 2003 and has caused a stir in international music circles in recent years with its wild blend of flamenco, Gypsy rumba, rock, reggae, ska, salsa and jazz. One of Spain’s most popular live acts, the group makes each performance into an exciting and joyful party. Canteca de Macao’s concerts include music, dance and sometimes jugglers.

Canteca de Macao was started around 2003 when several musicians from Spain, Venezuela and Chile got together to perform at Madrid’s popular flea market, El Rastro. The nine-piece band recorded a self-produced first album titled Cachai, which sold 4,000 exclusively at concerts. To promote the album, Canteca de Macao toured throughout Spain and the rest of Europe.

The band’s line-up in 2009 included Ana Saboya “Anita Kuruba”, Álvaro Melgar (‘Azelga’), Isidoro Lora-Tamayo (‘Chiki’), Danilo Montoya, Guillermo Martínez Yusta, Juan Tomás Martínez París (‘Juancho’), Pablo Carretero, Javier Rodríguez de Zuloaga (‘Zulo’) and Rodrigo ‘El Niño’ Díaz.

 

In 2013, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Canteca de Macao released a music video each month featuring its greatest hit s and new songs. A tour followed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The band released a CD + DVD titled Una Década that features its greatest hits accompanied by some of the leading mestizo and flamenco crossver acts in Spain: Chico Ocaña, Amparo Sánchez, El Canijo de Jerez, Alamedadosoulna, Juan Manuel Montilla (Langi), and Dremen.

In 2015, Canteca de Maca released “Lugares Comunes.” The band featured new songs composed by Chiki and Anita. The lineup in 2016 features Ana Saboya, “Anita”; Isidoro Lora-Tamayo, “Chiki“; Javier Rodríguez de Zuloaga “Zulo“; Rodrigo Ulises Díaz, “El Niño“; Carlos Leal Valladares; bassist Yago Salorio; and keyboardist Rubén García Motos.

 

Discography

* Cachai (2005, reissued by DRO / Warner Music Spain)
* Camino de la vida entera (Warner Music Spain, 2007)
* Agua pa’ la tierra (Warner Music Spain, 2009)
* Nunca es Tarde (Kasba Music, 2012)
* Una Década (2014)
* Lugares Comunes (2015)

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Makes It Better

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Make It Better (Rootfire Cooperative, 2016)

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is one of the most interesting groups I’ve found in recent years. Their albums switch back and forth between reggae, Americana and jam rock. Make It Better is solidly reggae, with a fabulous mix of roots reggae, dub effects, classics soul/funk and lots of deep bass.

Several of the songs hook you immediately and are instant classics, such as “What Kind of World” and “Gotta Make a Living.”

Make It Better shows a boy on the cover. The band conceived it as the journey a boy who no one will identify, although he is at the center of our global discussion.

The lineup includes James Searl on bass; Dylan Savage and Dan Keller on guitars, Chris O’Brian on drums; and Tony Gallicchio on keyboards. There are numerous guests including former band member Matt Goodwin.

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Artist Profiles: Alborosie

Alborosie

Alborosie was born Alberto D’Ascloa in Sicily, Italy. At 15 he created a reggae band called Reggae National Ticket. Signed to BMG Italia, they enjoyed huge success and record sales in excess of 200,000 units. Wanting to leave his “Italian Babylon,” Alborosie decided to quit the band, get rid of all his possessions and move to Jamaica.

Looking to find a place he could call his spiritual home, Alborosie immersed himself fully into the music, the people and culture of the island. Soon after, Alborosie embarked on making a name for himself as a reggae artist.

His self-penned singles “Herbalist” and “Kingston Town” released in 2008 did well in Jamaica and in the UK with strong radio support. He released “Call On Jah” and “Rastafari Anthem” in late 2008 and collaborated with some of the island’s biggest artists including Luciano, Michael Rose, Morgan Heritage, Ky-Mani Marley, Jah Cure, Beenie Man and most recently with Etana on “Blessings”.

Discography

Escape From Babylon to the Kingdom of Zion (Greensleeves, 2010)
2 Times Revolution (Greensleeves, 2011)
Soul Pirate (Evolution, 2015)
Freedom & Fyah (VP Records, 2016)

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