Bunny Wailer, whose real name is Neville O'Riley Livingston, was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
Bunny Wailer is one of the most iconic names in reggae music history. In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Merit, the fourth highest honor in Jamaica. Two years later, in 2019, he was again recognized by the Jamaican government for his overwhelming contribution to Jamaica’s popular music, with the Reggae Gold Award.
A three-time Grammy Award winner, he is considered one of the long-time standard-bearers of reggae music.
March 5, 2021.
The 2021 Grammy nominations for ‘Best Reggae Album’ have just been announced. Reggae lovers around the world are excited to see who will take home the award.
This year’s nominees are:
Who will take home the Grammy, will it be Marley or Priest?. My pick is Skip Marley 's "Higher Place" album.
I listened to all five albums and listed them above 1 to 5, my thoughts only.
The two best albums are "Higher Place" and "It All Comes Back To Love", so I'm simply giving Marley the edge because of the two mega hits 'Slow Down' featuring H.E.R and 'That's Not True' featuring Damian Jr Gong from the album.
Congratulations to all the nominees, keep creating good music. One love smile....
By DJ Brian Kool. Dec 03. 2020.
Ewart "U-Roy" Beckford, who transformed the Jamaican art of toasting, or deejaying, from a sound system phenomenon into a hit-making art form that deeply influenced generations of dancehall artists as well as the formation of early hip-hop.
Respectfully referred to as The Teacher, The Originator or simply Daddy, U-Roy wasn't the best-known name in Jamaican music among an international audience, yet exerted an incalculable influence on the development of reggae and dancehall and its offshoots, most notably hip-hop.
RIP Daddy U Roy.
February 20, 2021
Johnny Nash, reggae-pop singer-songwriter who had U.S. hits with “I Can See Clearly Now,” “Stir It Up” and “Hold Me Tight,” died Tuesday at his home in Houston Texas. He was 80.
Nash scored a pop smash in 1972 with his self-penned “I Can See Clearly Now,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He followed up that success with a cover of reggae legend Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” that just missed the top 10.
Nash’s first big pop hit was “Hold Me Tight,” which reached No. 5 in 1968. But he remains best known for “I Can See Clearly Now,” the islands-tinged soft-rock classic that has been featured in dozens of films and TV shows and famously was covered by reggae icon Jimmy Cliff for the 1993 John Candy movie Cool Runnings.
He was even more popular in the UK, Guyana and the Caribbean where Nash had many Reggae top 10 singles and Pop/Oldies dance classics from 1962-75 including the No. 1 I Can See Clearly Now, Stir It Up, Hold Me Tight, Tears On My Pillow, Guava Jelly, Rock Me Baby, Lets Move And Groove Together, Ol' Man River, I'm Leaving, Moment Of Weakness, Don't Take Away Your Love, I've Got A Lot To Offer Darling, Loving You and many more.
Marley would be introduced to a new crop of fans in Great Britain as the opening act for Nash’s 1972 UK tour. While there, Marley was introduced to Chris Blackwell, who later would sign the reggae singer to his Island Records.
Johnny Nash (Aug, 1940 - Oct, 20200, singer, songwriter, actor and producer music and dance floor classics will live on forever. RIP
October 8, 2020
Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert, O.J. was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who was the lead vocalist for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals. A reggae pioneer, he performed for six decades and helped establish some of the fundamentals of reggae music. Hibbert's 1968 song "Do the Reggay" is widely credited as the genesis of the genre name reggae. His band's album True Love won a Grammy Award in 2005.
Toots first became widely known in 1966 for his recording of the song "Bam Bam" which won the Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition. That success was followed by "Do The Reggae" (the first song to ever include the word Reggae and name the genre), "Pressure Drop," "Sweet and Dandy" and "54-46 That's My Number."
Sept 12, 2020
Calypso legend of Antigua and Barbuda Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo has died. He was 78.
He began competing in the calypso art form when still a youth in 1961. His very first hit entitled Raphael Trujillo recalled the story of a dictator of the Dominican Republic, whose maltreatment of migrant workers from Antigua and Barbuda was re-told upon their return home. He is also known for his social and political commentary.
King Swallow earned several calypso crowns over his career and won Antigua’s road march titles five times. His hits and popular party jams were Fire in the Backseat, Subway Jam, Party In Space and Satan Coming Down.
The Calypso community across the region is mourning the loss of a legend.
“During this time the vibrant, fiery and pulsating rhythms of his soca hits have created frenzy wherever and whenever he performs,” Trinbago Unified Calypsonian Organisation (TUCO) said.
King Swallow was awarded the Order of Merit (Gold), and the Grand Cross of Princely Heritage during terms of governance under the Labour Party. Each award was conferred in recognition of his sterling contribution to the calypso art form.
Sept 12, 2020
Millie Small born Millicent Dolly May Small (October 6, 1946 - May 5, 2020) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, often known as "Little Millie Small", and in the United States as "Millie Small", and is best known as the singer of the 1964 hit, "My Boy Lollipop"
My Boy Lollipop became a huge hit in 1965 and played around the world. It was even featured in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
It was Jamaica's first million-selling single and helped propel Millie to stardom in England.
My Boy Lollipop was a huge hit in the Caribbean and is still played presently in parties as a ska stepping oldies dance song.
May 06, 2020
William Harrison Withers Jr. ( July 4, 1938 - March 30, 2020) was an American former singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985.
He recorded several major hit songs, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands".
Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill.
His songs have been covered by a diverse array of artists that include Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Club Nouveau (their 1987 cover of "Lean on Me" won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song in 1988), Morrisey, Paul McCartney, Michael Bolton, Fiona Apple, Sting, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Mathis.
Bill's songs have been featured on the soundtracks of many movies, famously "Lean on me".
Withers was the recipient of the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award in 2006. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
March 30, 2020
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".
She continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. In 2015, she paid tribute to singer/songwriter and honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin's other well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Call Me", "Ain't No Way", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Spanish Harlem", "Day Dreaming", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Franklin is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008, she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.
The West Indian American Labor Day Carnival 2018 attracts the usual 2 million revelers representing the Caribbean culture and colors with music, dance, costumes, food, flags, powder, oil, steel pan, iron and beautiful people.
Eastern Parkway Brooklyn was the place to be on Labor Day September 3 . 2018 along with the other 2 million people to experience Carnival Caribbean styleee. From 11 am to 6 pm the parade of music and costumes was a peaceful day enjoyable for families and friends representing with flags from every Caribbean island and South America.
The 5-day festival begins at the Brooklyn Museum grounds from Thursday before Labor Day through the weekend and culminates in a spectacular New York Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.