Taken from the forthcoming book “The Crabs & the 500 Acre Bucket” by Original Gong Family Copyright Patrick Howell 2014 I was thinking… What if my father had been working his father Vivian’s land (as he often did)on one of those days when his Uncle, The Gong, made one of his frequent visits in order […]
Maliika Walker Squidly Cole has been a drummer within reggae music for over thirty years. Yes let that sink in for a minute, thirty years. At the age of thirteen you were probably playing with your friends in the playground but Squidly Cole was in the studio recording Barrington Levy’s, Black Black Roses for Channel […]
Rebel Salute 2014 review and photos by Sista Irie radio producer/host, photojournalist, Austin, Texas “The Preservation of Reggae Music,” the stated mission of this year’s Rebel Salute is no easy task. That said, Tony Rebel has literally ‘set the stage’ sending a clear message to national and international fans, historical and emerging artists and growing […]
The 9 Mile Music Festival began as a labor of love, Pioneered by Cedella Marley Booker. Over the years the festival has had other names including “ The Caribbean Music Festival” finally evolving into what is known today as the 9 Mile Music Festival. This music event is more than just your average concert; it […]
Iam Chadinsky presents Chaddy Royal “Love Is Supreme” mixtape. A young and upcoming DJ hailing from Kingston, Jamaica by way of Mandeville links up with upcoming Roots Reggae artist Chaddy Royal who is based in Baltimore, Md. Love is Supreme is a must have!! FREE Download Here! DJ Chadinsky is a 22 year old disc […]
Muscially Speaking The Future of Jamaican Reggae Music By Lloyd Stanbury, Entertainment Attorney and Music Business Consultant Greetings, and let me take this opportunity to congratulate the Island Stage team on the successful launch of this quarterly magazine designed to highlight and discuss Caribbean lifestyle and cultural issues. I look forward to making regular […]
By Lisa Lamarre When I found out Morgan Heritage was coming to New York City, I knew I had to be there no matter what! I’ve been a fan for quite some time and dying to see them live. I honestly didn’t get into listening to full studio albums until recent years, so I made […]
Written by Maliika Walker- Island Stage This morning I woke up, took a shower, and prepared breakfast in my own home. I then took out my tablet and proceeded to read. The fact that I was able to do these things today, as a free black woman, did not enter my mind at all. Today […]
Fall 2013 Dates Have Been Postponed Stephen “Ragga” Marley announces new Spring 2014 dates for his U.S. tour. He will no longer be hitting the road this fall due to a change in his album release date. In anticipation of his third studio album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life, the eight-time Grammy award winner […]
Protoje and The Indiggnation Europe!! Protoje & The Indiggnation is coming your way again!! Check the dates! Where will we see you? France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Swtizerland, Austria, Netherlands. Spread the news, see you soon!!
Summary & Photos by Empress K Chronixx, one of the leading young Jamaican artists in the new Reggae Revival Movement is on the move in 2013. Chronixx backed by his band, the Zinc Fence Redemption Band completed a 2nd successful tour in Europe this year and is now just wrapping up a well received […]
Summary and Images by Sista Irie – Austin, Texas “Kingston, be wise, Kingston, free up your mind…. Kingston, just be wise, Kingston, free up the I, yeah” –Protoje Nothing exposes truth as much as travel to faraway places, especially when multitudes of music lovers unite in heartical passion. After thirty years of faithfully attending Reggae festivals […]
“I will never be a politician nor will I ever think political. Just deal with life and nature.” Bob Marley Review & Interview by: Maliika Walker- Island Stage Freelance Writer I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the Brooklyn screening of the documentary, Bob Marley:Making of a Legend. I began hearing about the […]
George Duke died Monday night in Los Angeles at the age of 67. As reported by Billboard, he had been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He leaves behind a body of work that stretches from the deepest trenches of jazz and avant-garde rock to the highest echelons of R&B and pop. Duke was born in San […]
Rototom Sunsplash, one of the largest platforms in the world for reggae music, will celebrate its 20th staging this August 17-24, in Benicassim, Spain. Coinciding with the milestone is the recent groundswell of new-generation conscious acts from Jamaica known as the ‘Reggae Revival’. Acknowledging this, festival organisers have decided to host a discussion specifically about […]
A federal judge in Florida has tossed a 2011 gun conviction against Buju Banton after concluding that a juror did independent research into the case during the Jamaican reggae star’s trial. Banton is serving a 10-year sentence for convictions on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges stemming from a 2009 arrest. He faced an additional five […]
Please take a listen to Miriam Simone’s latest mixtape, mixed by renowned Dutch Sound System- Herb-A-Lize It. Miriam is currently lining up tour dates in your region. If you are interested in bookings please drop us an email. Dubplates available with studio coverage cost.
Maliika Walker- Island Stage Daniel Bambaata Marley, grandson of Bob Marley and first son of Ziggy Marley, is scheduled to perform with his live band at two reggae festivals on the West Coast (U.S.) this summer including, Utah Reggae Festival in Salt Lake City on July 13; Reggae On The Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre […]
Maliika Walker- Island Stage I recently had the opportunity to check out the documentary, ‘Rasta: A Soul’s Journey’, an amazing account of one young woman’s search for the presence of Rastafari around the globe. Donisha Prendergast is the granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley. A representation of the third generation of the Marley family, ready to […]
Maliika Walker- Island Stage St. Croix reggae pioneers, Midnite, performed an amazing 3 hour and 40 minute set at BB King’s in NYC on May 17, 2013. The band held the audience captive with their hypnotic sound from 12:15 AM through around 4:00 AM. Vaughn’s voice was in perfect form, while the band kept the […]
Maliika Walker-Island Stage Lioness. When I see or hear this word I think of all the strong, confident, intelligent women that have come before me. I picture a woman who will do whatever is necessary to fight for her loved ones and herself. A woman that stands tall when circumstances requires her to do so. […]
Written by Maliika Walker-Island Stage Reincarnated is defined as, “to be re-born in a new body.” When Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion announced that Reincarnated was the name of his forthcoming documentary and album I have to admit I was more than skeptical. Yes, I was judging him. After all, this is […]
Written by Maliika Walker – Island Stage A New Day is Dawnin in reggae music, are you ready? Reggae is undergoing a root’s revival. Artists such as Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Chronixx, Jah9 and Dax Lion are setting the reggae world on fire with the roots reggae vibe. While listening to Judah Tribe’s debut album, Nu […]
Maliika Walker-Island Stage Julian Marley- “One is born to praise the almighty.” After a chance encounter with a fan at a roots reggae concert, Maliika Walker was left wondering if the audience was listening to the lyrics in roots reggae music. The fan commented she loved reggae music but did not understand why some artists […]
Susan Underwood-Island Stage Island Stage has been following this artist for the past 5 years or so, and we were delighted to catch up with him for a conversation! If you have not yet met Sunn, read the interview, watch the music videos, and then go and get the Music!! You will be happy you […]
TONY REBEL & QUEEN IFRICA –TOUR NORTH AMERICA – FEBRUARY, MARCH 2013 For tour dates go to http://www.kingsmusicinternational.com/tourdates.html Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica are touring North America together again January, February 2013. This is a conscious, hardcore roots-oriented tour package. They have been touring together for many years. This years entourage features a top notch […]
Stone Love made its entry into the dancehall business in the early 1970’s. It has been for the past 40 years the sound system with the most dancehall patrons. Promoters are of the view that it is the best in the business. The House of Leo was where it played mostly in the 1980’s and […]
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