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Reggae X: Ziggy Marley’s Tribute to the Legends at the Hollywood Bowl

Presented by Tuff Gong Worldwide and KCRW

Words: Velissa Robinson


Los Angeles, CA The LA weather was invitingly warm on July 31, 2011. The Hollywood Bowl was alive. Busses were still pulling in, fans still climbing the hill, and TV cameras were all over covering what was happening on the stage. People were upbeat and packed down with everything they thought they would need for the evening, from sandwiches and cold beer to cheeses and warm wine. Incense was in the air and it’s white clouds hung in whiffs between the bodies. Before the sunlight went dim, the concert’s host, KCRW’s Jeremy Sole, introduced himself and the night’s first performers, Ras Michael and the Sons and Daughters of Negus. The legendary Ras Michael, whose music is built on the foundation of Count Ossie’s Rastafari drumming, took the vibe to another level. As the sun slowly set and the audience began to settle, Ras Michael brought us into his world with the layered echo-ness of his music. The guitars, keyboards, bass, and horns danced slightly above his voice; it was officially Reggae Night X at the Hollywood Bowl.  Read more

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Reggae on the River 2011 - a Pictorial by Lee Abel 

July 16-17, 2011 - Benbow Lake in Garberville, CA


The 27th Annual Reggae on the River, featuring Ky-mani Marley, Gramps Morgan, Queen Ifrica, Perfect, Tony Rebel, Bushman, and more! More pics here!





Nkulee Dube: Feeling Irie in Northern California

Words and photos by Lee Abel


San Francisco, CA - South Africa-based Nkulee Dube delighted Californians in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Berkeley during July, on what was her first U.S. tour. She was ably supported by her own wonderful band. Many who came to see the 26-year-old singer/songwriter were curious about the great Lucky Dube’s daughter. She did not disappoint.

 

Nkulee Dube in Berkeley, CANkulee possess a strong voice with a natural beautiful melodic tone. She has managed to fuse ethno-soul and jazz with ethno-ragga in a true African stylee. She’s charismatic and joyous, with a command of the stage far beyond her age and experience. Like her father, Nkulee danced with members of the band. But, unlike Lucky, she also invited the audience on stage to show off their own moves.




 

Beres Hammond in Concert - Hard Rock Live

The Love Within the Music Tour 2011

Words: M. Peggy Quattro

Photos: Don Parchment

Beres Hammond by Don Parchment


Hollywood, FL - There’s no more beloved Reggae singer and performer today than Beres Hammond. For more than 30 years Beres has given 100 percent of his energy and love to writing, recording, and performing.  He has been quoted as saying that he’s happiest when in his convenient home recording studio. Well, after witnessing the outpouring of love and affection on July 29, 2011, inside the 5500-seat Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL, all bets are on that the stage is his second happiest place. Performing for thousands of loyal South Florida fans was the perfect way to kick off the eastern USA leg of the Love Within the Music Tour. Read more

 

 

Stephen Marley:  

A Celebration of Peace, Love and Unity

Words: Sarah Soutar


Stephen Marley & Ghetto Youths Crew

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - It was a splendid evening on July 24, 2011. The Revelation tour bus had finally made its way to South Florida and the Culture Room fans were lined up! With the recent release of Stephen Marley’s mind blowing, Grammy-worthy album The Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life, his followers were eager to catch him live and direct.

 

Stepping into Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room, Reggae Report headed upstairs for the perfect vantage point. Sponsor Marley’s Mellow Mood brought in DJ Geefus from Stone Love, a popular international Reggae sound system, to keep the vibes flowing. He was not joking around with his music selections. Hit tunes from such greats as Dennis Brown and the Marley family, amongst others, kept the happy crowd rocking. As the new single “My Girl,” from Jo Mersa (Stephen’s son), blared from the speakers, Geefus started a round of follow-the-leader that had the entire house grooving along to Jamaican dance crazes, including Signal, Lift the Weights, and Thunderclap. It actually felt as though you were invited to an exclusive party – a night you would not soon forget. Read more



Julian Marley: On Love, Roots & Education

Julian Marley

In His Own Words

Words: M. Peggy Quattro

Miami, FL - Julian Ricardo Marley, a seasoned roots Reggae performer, is a multi-talented musician, writer, and singer. Born on June 4, 1975, in London, Julian is the only British-born Marley son. He spent summers with his extended family in Kingston, tuned in to Rastafari, and became immersed in the Marley’s musical environment. A self-taught musician, Julian is skilled at guitar, drums, bass, and keyboards. Since the 1996 release of his debut CD entitled Lion in the Morning, Julian “JuJu” Marley has traveled the world extensively to perform alongside his talented brothers. The 2003 CD Time and Place, and 2009’s Awake have resulted in a large legion of loyal fans that attend his solo performances. At the invitation of the Jamaican government, Julian Marley and the Uprising band represented his adopted country and performed at the historic 2008 Beijing Olympics. Read more

 



 

 

Tiger:  Ready Fi Dem

Tiger - Prince of the Dancehall

Words: M. Peggy Quattro


Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Tiger, the award-winning DJ sensation who pounced on the music scene in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, was recently in South Florida for a one-off performance with the groundbreaking Shabba Ranks. The Fifth Annual Flash Back Nights was held at Ft. Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on July 2, 2011, and the sold out crowd welcomed the two icons with open arms.


I made my way to Tiger’s room, looking forward to seeing my pal from back in the day. Tiger, a regular Reggae Report item, was one of a handful of artists who stepped up to perform at the magazine’s fundraising Sampler Show in 1991.  His talent, humor, spirit, and generosity were inspiring and not forgotten. I had not seen Tiger since the horrible motorcycle accident in December 1993 that forced the “cat” into seclusion and a long period of recuperation. Excited at hearing he was back on the prowl, it became my goal to catch up with the tenacious Tiger. Read more

 

 

Ky-mani Marley - Miami

Fas’Chat - Ky-mani Marley

 

Miami, FL - Arriving back from a grueling tour of Australia, Brazil, Thailand, Senegal, New Zealand, and Vanuatu in the Pacific Islands, Reggae Report’s MPeggyQ caught up with actor, author, humanitarian—and not to mention Grammy-nominated Reggae artist—Ky-mani Marley backstage at Miami’s Nine Mile Reggae Fest, March 12, 2011 for a fas' chat. 

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David Hinds




Sierra Nevada World Music Fest: Roots, Culture & Reggae!

Words: Terri Larsen and Saundra Torres   Photos: Lee Abel


Booneville, CA - Nestled in the comforting arms of Mother Earth and Anderson Valley (known for its beautiful vineyards and wines, and as the gateway to Northern California) is the quaint and friendly town of Boonville. Here locals welcomed, for the fifth and most successful year at this location, thousands of revelers for the 18th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival(SNWF). Held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in beautiful downtown Boonville, and, although the rock hard hoof prints embedded in the dried mud and straw made a rough road for the dancers and players of instruments, everyone celebrated three days in sheer bliss and joy, without complaint, confirming the strength and power of righteous music that gathered here from around the world. Read more

 





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