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The Music Diaries | U-Roy keeps busy schedule in the studio, on the stage

Written by on 20 June 2017

Last week’s Music Diaries focused on the important role that deejay Dennis Alcapone played in keeping the Jamaican Diaspora connected with the Jamaican authorities and fans, concerning artistes scattered abroad and, particularly, their passing. He consistently said in an interview I had with him in 2013 that deejay U-Roy was his main inspiration. Ironically, he […]

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Leslie Kong: Big man at Beverley’s

Written by on 20 June 2017

WHEN Leslie Kong died from a heart attack at age 38 in August 1971, Jamaican music lost one of its most astute businessmen. The Chinese Jamaican had amassed a formidable catalogue since his debut as a producer a decade earlier. Kong was part of the strong Chinese influence on early reggae, others being Vincent Chin […]

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Spragga Benz talks new album with late son’s best friend

Written by on 20 June 2017

On August 23, 2008, Spragga Benz suffered a parent’s nightmare. The dancehall artiste suddenly lost the son named after him, Carlton Grant Junior. His son, more affectionately known as Carlyle, was fatally shot, allegedly by policemen, in downtown Kingston. Since his son’s passing, the dancehall star has repeatedly honoured the memory of Carlyle, and later […]

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Mad Cobra ready to Flex for Reggae Sumfest

Written by on 20 June 2017

Mad Cobra is fired up about his performance at the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest. Cobra insists that the Sumfest audience will be in for a treat, as he’ll be bringing his greatest resource, that is, himself! He says, “I’ll be bringing ME. I’ll be doing me…bring people back to that nostalgic dancehall, hardcore…at the […]

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Platinum Cartel Becomes First ‘UK Rumble’ Champion

Written by on 20 June 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2017 — London, England (Irish and Chin) — Known as a hotbed for sound clash, the UK erupted into an unforgettable battle of some of the country’s most feared sounds, including Natural Vibes, XTAC 4×4, Classique, Immortal, Little Sample and Platinum Cartel at the “UK Rumble” on Saturday, June 17 […]

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