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Freddie McGregor, RastafarI and Dancehall

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Freddie Mcgregor celebrated his 60th birthday this week. He’s had a vibrant career contributing to reggae and dancehall over the course of almost 6 decades. Mcgregor is among the likes of Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Judy Mowatt and others who in time joined the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Freddie’s popularity soared in the early 80’s with the release of Bobby Bobylon and hits like Big Ship, Push Comes to Shove, Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely (a UK top ten hit) and I Was Born a Winner.

The establishment of the Big Ship Label in 1983 is possibly one of Freddie’s most lasting contributions to the industry. The label has gone on to produce for artists like Papa San, Lieutenant Stitchie, Tiger, Luciano and Mickey Spice. His Son Stephen seriously intends to keep up with his father’s legacy having produced countless contemporary dancehall/reggae hits. This year Stephen contributed to Shakira’s latest album. In 2013 Freddie received a Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

RastaFaraI and Dancehall

There is no doubt that Rastafarianism has played a major role in defining Jamaica’s identity. Almost everything which makes Jamaica so different from the host of islands that dot the globe is Rastafarianism and reggae music. Many tourists still believe Jamaica’s national colours are red, green and gold. While these colors have been rightly appropriated from the Abyssinian flag to signify the movements imperial sovereignty and direct association with His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari).

The early 90’s saw an upsurge of interest in Rastafarianism. Perhaps it was due to a collective rise in black nationalism that surged after the widely publicized Rodney King incident, Spike Lee movies and Hip Hop music which began to reflect more and more nationalistic content. It appears simultaneously reggae and dancehall saw its own resurgence of nationalism as popular dancehall deejays like Capleton and Buju Banton began growing locks and infusing Africa and Rasta tenets into their tunes.

It seems music coming from Africans in the diaspora may follow common fluctuations of highs and lows in terms of culturally conscious content. Whether its Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Garnett Silk’s Christ in his Kingly Character or Buju’s Til Shiloh, there is a consistent common thread that seems to begin to lean towards something more than the money, love, power and sexual prowess subject matter that experiences popularity spikes throughout music’s ongoing history.

Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music

Peter Tosh Son Beat while serving time for Ganja

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The family of Peter Tosh have recently filed a civil rights suit against the U.S. Department of Justice after the son of the legendary Wailer, 37 year-old Jawara McIntosh was beaten into a coma while serving time in a New Jersey jail on a ganja possession charge.
The February 21st assault resulted in severe head injuries and has since left McIntosh in a coma(now 4 months).
Attorney Jasmine Rand has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and is now representing the Tosh family.
They are also seeking the immediate release of additional information and evidence from the incident, and have sent a request to the Department of Justice, asking for an impartial investigation into what transpired at the jail.

Have the prison authorities become so emboldened after the recent flare up of attacks against young men of color in the streets?

Does this have anything to do with the new administrations hard left stance on immigration? Since the proliferation of legalized ganja in US states it is sickening to believe that young men of color continue to be picked up, charged, convicted and sent to prison for possession of marijuana which is now being used in global pharmaceuticals.
I think its a good time to review one of Tosh’s most recognized anthems Legalize It.
Legalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise itSome call it tampee
Some call it the weed
Some call it Marijuana
Some of them call it GanjaLegalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

Singer smoke it
And players of instruments too
Legalize it, yeah, yeah
That’s the best thing you can do
Doctors smoke it
Nurses smoke it
Judges smoke it
Even the lawyers too

Legalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

It’s good for the flu
It’s good for asthma
Good for tuberculosis
Even umara composis

Legalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

Bird eat it
And they love it
Fowls eat it
Goats love to play with it

Buy Legalize it Here

Jr Gong and Stephen Marley’s Medication hits 1.5 million views

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Damian and Stephen Marley’s Medication Music Video reaches nearly 1.5 Million views on Youtube in less than a week. What you know about that Marley magic? Or is it simply that sweet magic of Mary. Mary Jane that is.

Buy Medication here

Dre Island captures Exodus

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Dre Island contributed to the BBC 40th anniversary tribute. Dre’s task was to capture the elusive Bob Marley tune Exodus and he made it his own with just a piano and a sweet raspy voice.

Watch Dre Island’s Official Video for Rastafari Way. 

¿Qué es Dancehall?

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El Dancehall es un género de música, estilo de baile y cultura que se originó hacia finales 1970 en Jamaica como resultado de los nuevos factores políticos y socio-económicos que habían surgido en el país. Durante este tiempo las ideologías neoliberales y materialistas fueron el factor dominante en la vida de muchos jamaiquinos.
El Dancehall como música es un derivado del reggae, otro género jamaicano originado en los años 60.

Ambos estilos tendrán una gran relación, pero no en sus bases culturales ya que son consideradas contraculturales.Este género unido a la danza se caracteriza por ser un baile muy sensual, con claras referencias a la danza africana y caribeña, y actualmente en Jamaica es un baile social, que se ejecuta siguiendo los pasos que las canciones van nombrando o incluso se mezclan con movimientos de HipHop muchos más enérgicos.

¿Por qué Dancehall?

Este estilo debe su nombre a los dance halls (salas de baile) donde se reproducían la música popular jamaiquina y la gente con menos dinero que no podía acceder a las salas más acomodadas acudían.Inicialmente, el Dancehall era una versión del reggae llena de “espacio”, a diferencia de otros estilos mucho más recargados. Hacia mediados de los años 80 la instrumentación en este estilo se hizo más rápido cambiando a sonidos más rápidos.Los años 90 fueron la completa conexión entre el dancehall y la cultura Rastafari.

Cuando el gobierno socialista de Michael Manley fue reemplazado por el político de derecha Edward Seaga las temáticas de injusticia social, repatriación y el movimiento Rastafari fueron sustituidas por letras sobre violencia y sexualidad, lo cual ha sido crítica durante muchos años debido a la perdida de la esencia lírica y temática del Dancehall. Esta nueva situación en el país llevó incluso a la muerte de varios deejays en la ciudad de Kingston.

En 1992 en contraposición de este nuevo tipo de Dancehall y más en concreto sobre el tema homófobo “Boom Bye Bye” de Banton se creó el denominado “ragga consciente” un nuevo movimiento social que agrupó a cantantes y deejays como Garnett Silk, Rocker T, Tony Rebel,Sanchez, Luciano, Anthony B y Sizzla con la intención de volver a las raíces de este género, los “roots”.

Los primeros años 2000 vieron alcanzar el éxito a toda una nueva ola de grupos y artistas como Elephant Man y Sean Paul. Actualmente son los artistas más relevantes de este estilo musical es el español Swan Fyahbwoy y Lion Sitte.

 

Pasos básicos de Dancehall

 

Como ya hemos mencionado en la introducción, el Dancehall como baile se basa en una coreografía formada por pasos que se nombran en la canción y que se repiten varias veces. Los pasos suelen ir muy ligados a su cultura e incluso hay movimientos que representan acciones cotidianas de la vida como barrer o tender la ropa. A continuación se muestran videos con algunos de los pasos básicos actuales de este estilo de baile. source

 

 

Note: This is just a great, simple yet thorough history into the core of the culture en espanol. Bravo telocuentobailando! Bravo indeed.

The Chancellor

Damian Junior Gong Marley, Stoney Hill and High Times

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High Times also had me daydreaming of so many beautiful strains that at the time I had not yet had the chance to experience….It is now an honor to be a part of the High Times legacy that I’ve been a fan of for so many years. Damian “Junior Gong” Marley confirmed that his company has acquired 60 percent interest in Trans-High Corp. The new company will operate as High Times Holding Company.

more details from Nbc.com

 

“It’s an exciting day,” said Adam Levin, the company’s new CEO. “We have really the largest brand in cannabis, really the trusted brand, that we’ve been able to acquire at a time when obviously legalization trends are burgeoning and the industry as a whole is exploding.”

With marijuana legal in some form in 26 states and the District of Columbia, Levin and his partners believe it’s the perfect time to acquire the company with a mainstream brand name and a colorful reputation.

While many magazines have struggled in recent years, High Times says it has retained a loyal print subscriber base of more than 200,000 with millions more following it online. “We’re the Wine Aficionado of the cannabis industry,” he said. source: nbc.com

Kabaka drops Can’t Breath from New Album Contraband

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“Contraband the album speaks about the message in the music and how the powers [that be] doesn’t want the people to hear this message and therefore see it as forbidden. I see myself as a mouthpiece for the people, here to deliver this message,” he told Splash.

Kabaka is preparing to depart for their summer tour and concert dates in Europe and North America. This kicks off in Europe on June 16 and will be highlighted by his appearance on Summerjam in Cologne, Germany, which also features Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Protoje, and American hip hop act Nas. He then returns to Jamaica for his second appearance on Reggae Sumfest on July 22, and then it’s on to the North American leg with dates in the United States and Canada.

source: jamaicaobserver.com

Protoje covers The Heathen for Exodus Tribute

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With de Heathen back dey ‘pon de wall…..

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