The 61st Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been revealed.
Five releases are nominated in the category BEST REGGAE ALBUM.
BEST REGGAE ALBUM – NOMINEES 2019
- BLACK UHURU – AS THE WORLD TURNS
- ETANA – REGGAE FOREVER
- ZIGGY MARLEY – REBELLION RISES
- PROTOJE – A MATTER OF TIME
- STING & SHAGGY – 44/876
This is Etna’s first nomination! Fourth female nomination ever! Judy Mowatt (1986), Rita Marley (1992) and Sister Carol (1997) were nominated. No woman has ever win the Reggae album nomination.
Etana has been having a spectacular year. She has completed several successful tours and is Scheduled to Start a new 2 month tour with Grammy Award winning group Morgan’s Heritage
- Protoje’s first Grammy nomination!
- First nomination for Sting in the Reggae category.
- Shaggy‘s fifth nomination. He won in 1996 with Boombastic.
- Black Uhuru won the first ever Reggae Grammy in 1985.
- Ziggy Marley holds the record for the most Best Reggae Album wins: 7!
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, will be held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Here is the complete winner list in the category BEST REGGAE ALBUM:
1985 Black Uhuru – Anthem
1986 Jimmy Cliff – Cliff Hanger
1987 Steel Pulse – Babylon the Bandit
1988 Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War
1989 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Conscious Party
1990 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – One Bright Day
1991 Bunny Wailer – Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley
1992 Shabba Ranks – As Raw As Ever
1993 Shabba Ranks – X-tra Naked
1994 Inner Circle – Bad Boys
1995 Bunny Wailer – Crucial! Roots Classics
1996 Shaggy – Boombastic
1997 Bunny Wailer – Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary
1998 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Fallen Is Babylon
1999 Sly and Robbie – Friends
2000 Burning Spear – Calling Rastafari
2001 Beenie Man – Art and Life
2002 Damian Marley – Halfway Tree
2003 Lee Perry – Jamaican E.T.
2004 Sean Paul – Dutty Rock
2005 Toots & the Maytals – True Love
2006 Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
2007 Ziggy Marley – Love Is My Religion
2008 Stephen Marley – Mind Control
2009 Burning Spear – Jah Is Real
2010 Stephen Marley – Mind Control Acoustic
2011 Buju Banton – Before the Dawn
2012 Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life
2013 Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth
2014 Ziggy Marley – In Concert
2015 Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta
2016 Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots
2017 Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
2018 Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley – Stony Hill
2019 ? ? ?
Buju Banton was finally released today after serving eight years at the McRae Correctional institution. The United States embassy in Kingston are tight-lipped about when the 45-year-old entertainer can return to the country, but according to our sources Buju Banton has board a plane to Jamaica. He is scheduled to land on the Island at 7:30 PM this evening.
Video Of Buju Boarding Flight To Jamaica
Buju, born Mark Myrie, was arrested in December 2009 after he was met by a convicted drug trafficker on a flight from Spain who planned to set up a cocaine deal for him. After his conviction of drug trafficking in February 2011, the reggae icon was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
His initial release date was February 2019, but was later revised to December 8, 2018.
Buju Banton recently released a statement making it very clear that his main focus upon his release is his music.
“Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I’ve devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me,” Buju said.
Family, friends and fans of Buju Banton are ecstatic now that the reggae artist is out of prison in the U.S and back home where he belongs.
Born, Mark Myrie, Buju was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of intent to distribute more than 5KG of Cocaine.
The Grammy award winning artist was convicted back in February of 2011, nonetheless he has been released and will reportedly be on a flight back to Kingston tomorrow!
Even though the Jamaican Government has nothing planned Buju banton will still be going home to a hero’s welcome, the most eagerly awaited arrival in Jamaica since Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie touched down in April 1966.
Jamaica’s culture minister, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, reports that Banton “is now really about, from what we understand, employment of young people. If he can help shape and resocialise young people, that is something we should embrace.”
That said, the government isn’t pulling out any stops. “We can’t give him a hero’s welcome,” says minister of national security, Horace Chang. “He committed a crime.” And yes, Grange agrees, “There’s no getting over the fact that he was convicted, but Buju was loved long before he was convicted and he will be loved just the same, even if he comes home in handcuffs.”
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The rapes of two Detroit women at a Jamaican resort has highlighted a pervasive problem on the island getaway: sexual assaults are ignored. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press
Sandals’ comments are in response to a Free Press investigation that found that Sandals and other Jamaican resorts have silenced multiple alleged sexual assault victims over the years, discouraging them from calling police and offering free trips and refunds in exchange for signing nondisclosure agreements.
Sandals says there’s “nothing more important than the safety and security of our guests” and that all sexual assault and harassment claims “are fully reported to law enforcement.”
Jamaica is home to Sandals Resorts International, a family-owned, billion-dollar hospitality empire that is headquartered in Montego Bay and has 24 properties in seven Caribbean countries; 10 of them are on Jamaica’s north coast, including three Beaches resorts, the company’s family-friendly brand. Sandals views itself as the “undisputed leader” of the Caribbean vacation experience and proudly boasts of its founder’s influence on Jamaica, noting on its website that Sandals Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart spearheads 24 companies, including a newspaper, “that are collectively Jamaica’s largest private sector group, the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner, and its largest nongovernment employer.”
The Free Press cited eight incidents in which victims allege that Sandals did not handle their sexual assault complaints properly and failed to help them obtain justice, including an 18-year-old au pair who says Sandals paid her host American family $25,000 and had them sign a nondisclosure agreement vowing to never discuss her alleged rape at a resort over the summer.
Sandals said it could not comment on any specific incident, citing privacy issues, though it denied not reporting sexual assaults to police and discouraging guests from doing so. It also said that in the rare event that a guest reports a crime, including sexual assault, this protocol is followed:
- immediately assign a dedicated resort team member to address the guest’s situation and coordinate assistance to help meet the guest’s needs;
- ensure the guest has immediate access to medical attention, including, when appropriate, transportation to a hospital;
- immediately contact law enforcement so that the guest can report the criminal conduct to authorities and a police investigation can ensue;
- preserve the physical area where reported violence occurred and make the area available for inspection and examination by law enforcement;
- immediately turn over security video surveillance footage to law enforcement for their review;
- fully cooperate with law enforcement’s investigation of the reported incident;
- contact the guest’s embassy, high commission or consulate and local tourist board to inform it of the reported incident
- offer counseling to the guest when appropriate.
“Our policies are clear — all reported incidents of sexual assault and harassment are fully reported to law enforcement, investigated and, where appropriate, prosecuted by the authorities. This is a core element of our incident response protocol,” Sandals states. “In no way does Sandals discourage guests or others from reporting allegations of criminal conduct to law enforcement or from cooperating with law enforcement investigations.”
Moreover, the company states: “Refunds are not offered to guests who report being victims of criminal assault where an active law enforcement investigation or prosecution is underway. Where there is no active criminal investigation or prosecution, on rare occasions, we do offer refunds or similar compensation when our guests feel that we did not meet expectations which may include releases and confidentiality, as is industry practice.”
Sandals also said it has state-of-the-art security systems, including 24-hour closed circuit TV surveillance systems at all resorts; uniformed security guards posted at each resort; background checks of all job applicants, including a criminal record search and evaluation of their social/online history; a zero-tolerance policy for fraternization by personnel with guests and mandatory sexual harassment training for all staff.
“We also have a zero-tolerance policy for any sexual misconduct by our personnel, whether on or off the resort,” the company said.
But the U.S. State Department has questioned Jamaica’s ability to do anything about the sexual assault problem, noting its police force is considered “underpaid, poorly trained and understaffed.”
“Reporting crime can seem archaic,” the State Department has stated. “And the confusing, lengthy process is widely believed to be a waste of time.”
PARIS (AP) — Reggae music has been inscribed on the prized intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural agency.
United Nations Deems Reggae Music A Protected Cultural Treasure
The international musical sensation will be here for generations.
UNESCO said Thursday the Jamaican music is unique because it represents “a vehicle of social commentary” and “continues to provide a voice for all” since it was first created by marginalized groups, mainly in the western part of Jamaica’s capital of Kingston.
It said the music — which combines Caribbean, Latin and North American influences — provides a “cathartic experience” when played and it is also used as a means of praising God.
The intangible heritage list aims to improve the visibility of non-physical traditions and know-how of communities around the world.
UNESCO committees are holding their latest round of heritage inscriptions in the Mauritius capital of Port Louis through Saturday.
The police are investigating a murder and arson attack which occurred in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew Wednesday morning.
A man was shot dead and eight houses set ablaze on One Fourth Street in a section of the community known as Bell Rock.
Superintendent Gary Francis, commanding officer for St. Andrew South, told RJR News that 20 people, including eight children, have been left homeless.
A taxicab was also damaged in the fire.
Superintendent Francis said units from the Kingston & St. Andrew Fire Department responded to the fire which started around one o’clock.
The charred remains of a man were found after the fire was doused and he was identified as Andrew McLean (also known as Peter and Killa).
It was then discovered that the body had “multiple gunshot wounds,” the superintendent revealed.
“The general area was quiet prior to this incident. We are still investigating to find out what led to this case of murder and then the multiple arson,” he said.
Legendary Jamaican reggae singer/songwriter/dancehall DJ Cocoa Tea will rock the Hilo Town Tavern Friday night.
The 59-year-old reggae icon born Calvin George Scott in Rocky Point, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, is known for his easygoing vocal presentation and songs such as “Lost My Sonia,” “Tune In” and “Rocking Dolly.” Admired and respected for his social consciousness, Cocoa Tea is regarded as a messenger, teacher and humanitarian.
Recording his first song, “Searching In The Hills,” at age 14 in 1974, it would be another decade before Cocoa Tea became a full-time musician. Working first as a jockey, then as a fisherman, he began to structure his music career, honing his craft in Jamaica’s ubiquitous dancehalls.
His success in the dancehalls strengthened his purpose and encouraged him to go further, so he began writing songs and training his voice.
In December 1983, he moved to Kingston and recorded “Who’s The Champion.” and his first hit, “Rocking Dolly,” His next hit, “I Lost My Sonia” spawned an album of the same name.
In 1985, Cocoa Tea accepted the Rastafarian faith. His conversion was reflected in his music, with songs like “Settle Down,” “Don’t Be Shy,” Too Much Fussing And Fighting” and “I’ve Gotta Love You.” His single, “Rikers Island,” topped the U.S. and United Kingdom reggae charts. His most controversial recording, “Oil Ting,” was banned in England while topping the reggae charts in America. He followed that up by “No Blood For Oil,” ”What’s Gonna Happen After The War” and ”Ruling Cowboy.”
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission, $55 VIP section, available at Hilo Town Tavern, Hilo Ukulele and Guitar, CD Wizard and Hilo Music Exchange in Hilo; Keaau Natural Foods; Top Stitch in Honokaa; Waimea General Store in Parker Square; Kona Music Exchange and Kiernan Music in Kona; by calling 896-4845; and online at bluesbearhawaii.com.
L.A Lodge also known as Lemar Andrew Lodge is a creative being who expresses his artistry through music, drama, and dance. He stems from a Jamaican cultural background. L.A. grew up in the crime ridden community of Fletcher’s Land in Downtown Kingston. He turned to the performing arts at a tender age to escape the negativity that went on in his community. Performing has always been a positive expression for him.
Some of his influences were Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Spragga Benz and Baby Wayne. L.A’s dream was always to be an artist, but his first opportunity came at age of 19. He joined the local community development center and started to perform at various community events and schools.
L.A. Lodge started his professional career in 2009 when he migrated to the United States. He started recording with Sir Hypes Records, and formed a group called Team J.A. The group’s tracks were not release because of their inability to agree. Despite that disappointment, L.A. continued on his journey as a solo artist. He released a mixed tape titled the Chosen 1 which gave him exposure throughout the United States. He has performed live in New York, Florida, Atlanta and New Jersey.
Over the years his fan base has grown. He gained popularity from his hit songs “Work Hard”, “Two Girls”, and “My First Love”.
L.A’s music addresses social issues such as; poverty, family values and the caring for women and children. He believes that life is not just about what you can accomplish for yourself, but the impact you have on society. L.A plans to use his musical platform to make that impact.
While his artistry is not limited to dancehall, he believes that dancehall lacks innovation and he can bring that mindset to the industry. L.A has signed a management contract with Atlanta based record label Island Jams and is currently working on his debut E.P which is set to be released early 2019. The E.P will contain seven songs and a bonus seven music videos. L.A. is also set for a promotional tour in the Spring of 2019 alongside label mates Fantan Mojah, Mr. Peppa and Blakkman. He will make stops in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida before heading to the Midwest in the summer and the West Coast in the winter. With hard work, dedication, focus and consistency, L.A. Lodge will achieve mainstream success and will help to take dancehall to the next level.