JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: January 10th – 16th, 2015

PATIENCE AND BRANDING REQUIRED FOR REGGAE TO REGAIN GROUND—01/11/15Billboard magazine discovered that Jamaican reggae acts did not do well in 2014 when compared with non-Jamaican acts. This has become a matter of serious concern for local industry representatives. Copeland Forbes, the former manager of John Holt, said that reggae is uniquely Jamaican and that non-Jamaicans […]
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Sean Paul “LIGHTS ON” Tops This Week’s Charts – Top 10 Reggae Chart for the week ending 01/09/2015

This week’s top 10 reggae songs ranked by RockDaBox.net  for the week ending January 9th, 2014. Sean Paul’s “LIGHTS ON” tops this week’s charts.  Be sure to listen on Friday mornings to RockDaBox.net for the Weekly Top 10 Reggae Charts.  TW = This Week LW = Last Week WOC = Week on the Chart HPR […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: January 3rd – 9th, 2015

2014 A BAD YEAR FOR LOCAL REGGAE MUSIC—01/04/15According to Billboard magazine, Jamaica is losing its hold on reggae to markets overseas. The publication showed that United States reggae acts outsold Jamaican reggae acts in June 2014, while by September, research by Billboard indicated the same situation. Non-Jamaican reggae performers dominated its 2014 list of the […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: December 27th – Januray 2nd, 2015

2014 STAGING OF MAGNUM STING ENDS ABRUPTLY—12/27/14This year’s staging of the Magnum Sting event ended abruptly due to several incidents in which artistes fought, and patrons ran for cover from the bottles the parties threw at each other during the melee. The first altercation began when Major Mackerel started his set, which was scheduled to […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: December 20th – 26th, 2014

JAMPRO TO SPONSOR 2015 FILM FESTIVAL—12/20/14The premier Jamaica Film Festival sponsored by JAMPRO will be held in July 2015 in Kingston. Carole Beckford, film commissioner of JAMPRO, said that 54 scripts or treatments for documentaries and short films were received by the agency since it announced the event several months ago. Beckford expects only five […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: December 13th – 19th, 2014

GRAEME GOODALL DIES—12/13/14Graeme Goodall, the co-founder of Island Records, has died at the age of 82. Also a music engineer, Goodall was involved with the earliest Jamaican singles that had an impact on the global music markets. He was born in Melbourne in 1932, traveled to London in the 1950s, and trained as an engineer […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: December 6th – 13th, 2014

FOUR JAMAICANS UP FOR BEST REGGAE ALBUM GRAMMY—12/06/14Four Jamaican musicians are competing for the 2015 Grammy award for best reggae album. They include Ziggy Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sean Paul and Sly & Robbie, and Spicy Chocolate. The nominations illustrate the dominance Jamaica has in the reggae space, which was invented on the island during […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: November 29th – December 5th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS TO BE INCLUDED IN JAMAICA BIENNIAL—12/01/14The Jamaica Biennial art exhibition scheduled to begin December 7, 2014, at the National Gallery of Jamaica, will include international artists as well as local artists. This is the first time non-Jamaicans have been included in the event. Executive director Dr. Verlee Poupeye believes this represents an “evolution” […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: November 22nd – 28th, 2014

NEW BOOK HIGHLIGHTS JAMAICA’S WOMEN MUSICIANS—11/23/14A new book by Heather Augustyn is putting Jamaica’s female musicians into the spotlight. The book, entitled “Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music,” is focused on women involved in the country’s music industry between the 1940s and the 1980s who were instrumental in developing the music. She was prompted to write […]
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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: November 15th – 21st, 2014

FILM BY MINNESOTAN HONORS JAMAICAN SKA—11/15/14Brad Klein of Minnesota has spent over ten years making a documentary film about the history of Jamaican ska music. The film, “Legends of Ska,” premiered in St. Pau, Minnesota at the Sound Unseen Festival. Klein is excited about sharing his love of ska with those who may not know […]
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