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Spragga Benz live in LA-NBA Allstar Weekend 2018

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JAH LAMB AND LIONS   presents

The star of the classic Jamaican Gangsta film Top Shottas and living legend of 90’s Dancehall SPRAGGA BENZ is set to perform Live in LA NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND February 18, 2018.

The artist will be performing from his catalogue of 90’s hit tunes like; She Nuh Ready, Nuh Funny Guy, Badman Anthem, Wi Nuh like and much more!

Additionally Spragga will be backed by 4 of LA’s baddest Dancehall Sounds:

QUANTEGY INT’L

 

DJ FYNESS

DJ COURTESY and THE PARTY MINISTER

SELECTA EASY B

Tickets available via Eventbrite

Jah Lambs & Lions etstablished in Los Angeles in 1998.

The #1 Reggae Outlet in Southern California for 17 years on Fairfax Avenue located in the heart of the Little Ethiopia district.


With humble beginings as a small record shop in front of Rosalinds Ethiopian Restaurant selling music, incense and a small selection of Bob Marley tshirts Jah Lambs soon expanded into a thriivng 2000 square foot boutique just two doors down at 1030 Fairfax Ave.

At its height Jah Lambs featured a curated blend of unique Jah Lambs & Lions branded T-shirt designs while offering the latest and greatest in reggae music and the widest selection of unique urban wear, jewelry, hats, african imports, books, Jah Lambs essential oils, Jah Lambs incense, natural hair products and soap.

 

 

Jah Lambs & Lions the boutique closed its doors in 2015 yet Jah Lambs iconic presence online and within the LA Reggae and greater Caribbean/African community stands firm as a pillar of what can be accomplished with passion, purity and an honest dedication to RastafarI culture.

Capleton Live LA- That Day Will Come/Jah Jah City

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Capleton performed to a packed house last saturday night in LA. The Echoplex was shoulder to shoulder by 12 a.m. and the crowd seemed anxious. The Prophet was preceded by a nice segment from Gappy Ranks who had time to stress to the diverse mostly roots crowd that all contemporary music leads back to reggae and that goes for Hip hop and Afro beat he said. This seems the current sentiment in dancehall.

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King Shango Capleton at Dubclub-LA-6/10/17

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Dub Club at Echoplex is bringing another roots and culture beast to LA again. Capleton will be performing Saturday June 10th on his Rise Above Tour.

Rise Above Tour: Capleton

DubClub June 10, 2017

 

UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest Cutting Costs to Cash In

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Summer is just beginning in So. Cal and reggae festivals are in full effect already. From Hollywood, to Palm Springs to UCLA all the way down to Rosarito, Mexico…LA’s reggae culture is as diverse as the bustling metropolitan population. Just how much money is being funneled into reggae from Southern California and whats up with Cali’s historic affinity for festival full summers.

UCLA JazzReggae May 29. 17

The prestigious private university known for its high ass tuition and bomb ass education has been holding the Jazz Reggae Fest for 31 years.

The late 90’s saw UCLA JazzReggae at the height of dancehall’s crossover success in the US. It was definitely a meet (meat) market but what could you expect for an reggae event on campus and fully coordinated by the students?

Tickets were between 10 and 15 dollars if that. Those patrons that did not want to pay just chilled outside and often parking-lot-pimped the hell out of it.  Westwood the small city where UCLA resides has an approximate population of 2,000. Just last year UCLA scaled down this show to a capacity of 2,000. People who didn’t want to pay still got to listen to some free tunes from way beyond the gates alongside a view of the passing LA low riders. It was win win.

Yet as the years passed reggae rose in popularity and so did organizers eyes and bellies. They saw dollar signs and a very real and possible city disturbance issue looming. In order to alleviate some of the mass of activity outside the gates ticket prices had to go up.

As the ticket price rose so did Jazz Reggae Fest budget. As did the artist’s performing rates and the number of performers on the 2 day line up. Money, money, money.

As the outside activity dwindled so did the extra-festival vibe that initially gave UCLA its uniqueness. It became about the bottom line and thus appears to have suffered a steady decline in profits as a result.

This year we were delighted to see Protoje and Jah9 on the line up representing the only Jamaican reggae acts on the bill.

It may be an extraordinary way to re-calibrate the essence of reggae and what it needs to be on a global scale. And it would be one of the most competitive universities on the planet, UCLA in one of the most forward thinking regions in the world, California to do it.

UCLA newspaper The Daily Bruin dedicated an interesting article detailing UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Festival steady attendance and profit decline since the late 90’s. Take a look at details below.

The Daily Bruin online Posted: February 1, 2016 8:49 am

Roy Champawat, director of the student union, said this year’s festival will be held at a smaller venue due to declining crowds, increasing production costs and last year’s venue change….the music industry has changed and there are more music festivals such as Coachella which draw students away from attending JRF…. JRF was $152,000 over its intended budget, said USAC President Heather Rosen at last week’s council meeting. Two years ago, the festival was $113,000 over budget.

2o16 and 17 saw a more thrifty budget of just $85,000 as well as a scaled down one-day event. source: Daily Bruin

 

 

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