Thursday, November 29th, 2018


Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

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.


Beautiful Jamaica

Murder and arson in Olympic Gardens

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.

Cocoa Tea to rock Hilo Town Tavern, Hawaii

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.

Dancehall Artist L.A Lodge Plans to Take the Dancehall Scene By Storm

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.

LA. Lodge to release visual and audio EP in 2019

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.

Jamaica to host 2019 International Reggae and World Music Awards

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will reportedly be staged in Kingston next year May.Founder of the awards show Ephraim Martin,  made the announcement at the launch of the 37th annual IRAWMA, held at JAMPRO headquarters in Kingston recently. This will be the fourth time that the event is being held in Jamaica.

The IRAWMA, which was established in 1982, acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artistes, songwriters, performers, and promoters.Past winners include Third World, Chronixx, Etana, Inner Circle and Tarrus Riley.

Jamaica’s rugby league team reach the World Cup for the first time and hope to become everyone’s second team

The Reggae Warriors have got high hopes for their first foray in the competition

HARD tackling has replaced Cool Runnings but to quote the hit film — Jamaica, we have a rugby league team.

And after reaching the World Cup for the first time, the man behind them has revealed they aim to become everyone’s second team when the Reggae Warriors face the best on these shores in 2021.

 The Reggae Warriors will play in the Rugby League World Cup for the first time
The Reggae Warriors will play in the Rugby League World Cup for the first time

Director of rugby Romeo Monteith also believes reaching the tournament can propel the sport to the UK’s Caribbean population.

And he said a match featuring his stars in Leeds, Manchester or London would be a huge hit.

Monteith said: “I think we’ll be everyone’s second-favourite team. There are more than 800,000 Jamaicans in the UK and many more Caribbean people, so we hope they will take note.

“Us being there can definitely push rugby league to the Caribbean community.
 Team Liaison/Assistant Nicholas Wright (pictured) was rewarded for driving 15 hours from Texas to help and 15 hours back. Romeo Monteith believes Jamaica will be everyone's second favourite in England in 2021
Team Liaison/Assistant Nicholas Wright (pictured) was rewarded for driving 15 hours from Texas to help and 15 hours back. Romeo Monteith believes Jamaica will be everyone’s second favourite in England in 2021

“Jamaica is a big brand and we hope to be the team that represents not just the Caribbean but the African community as well and all people who are underdogs.

“It would be great to play in one of the areas with a large West Indian population.”

Jamaica’s qualification, sealed with a 16-10 win over the USA to clinch the Americas Championship, caps a remarkable journey for Monteith himself.

After helping set up the Jamaican Rugby League Association from scratch in 2004, he had to ignore plenty of naysayers.
 The Jamaican Rugby League Association was set up from scratch in 2004

The Jamaican Rugby League Association was set up from scratch in 2004

It has also not been without  sacrifice as his family still lives in Toronto, Canada, 1,800 miles away.

He added: “Most people said we were wasting our time. We didn’t have fields to play on but shared with football grounds, as we still do.

“We had four founding teams and started games in 2005. We didn’t get government recognition until 2011.

“Like any country there are areas where crime affects movement and activities.

“It’s really hard for players who live in the inner city areas to move freely and there are some fields where games can’t be played or you have to leave by a certain time.

“I’ve given up a lot of family time. It’s been hard not to watch my daughter grow.

“There were many times I thought, ‘Is it worth it?’. But reaching the World Cup is a celebratory occasion and we will bring that distinct Caribbean flavour.”


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