On May 29th, American residents will have a public holiday as they celebrate Memorial Day. For those based in Florida, this means it’s time for the annual Palm Beach Jamaican Jerk Festival. One of the headlining acts for this year is Mr. Singy Singy, Tarrus Riley, who will be supported by Dean Fraser and the Blak Soil Band.
The Palm Beach Jamaican Jerk Festival takes place on Monday, May 29th at West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. It starts at 4PM and goes until midnight.
Jamaican reggae artist, Damian Marley, arguably the most famous of the Bob Marley children, will perform in Utrecht, Netherlands. He is confirmed for Ronda / TivoliVredenburg on Wednesday, June 14th between the hours of 7PM to 11PM.
Damian Marley’s big break came in 2005 with the song ‘Welcome To Jamrock,’ a reggae / hip-hop crossover track that became somewhat of a street anthem in dancehall sessions worldwide. Since then, he has continuously released hit singles and projects, even collaborating with popular hip-hop artist, Nas.
Rudebwoy Entertainment presents the 6th annual Island Reggae Festival held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road in San Jose, California. The event offerings in 2017 include activities on three stages with live music from around the world, and an Island Dance Showcase. The event also features unlimited carnival rides for children, the USO Car Club Showcase, a Youth Rugby 7’s tournament, an Island Tattoo Showcase and a free Diabetes Awareness clinic. The gates open at 11am and the event concludes at 11pm.
Jamaica’s roots reggae band Raging Fyah make their first appearance at this year’s festival. With three albums to their credit, and numerous tours throughout the US and Europe, the band is building a huge following. Their album Everlasting was nominated for a Grammy in the reggae category.
Reggae singer and songwriter, Thriller U, is featured in today’s (May 23rd) copy of the Jamaica Observer – one of the island’s biggest newspaper. In it, the artist talks about his latest song and the associated video, “Non Genuine.”
In the brief, yet telling interview, Thriller U said; “I really hope that the single will reaffirm me as one of Jamaica’s best vocalists and pave the way for reintroducing me to the mainstream reggae industry.”
Duane Stephenson is now accepting bookings for his 2017 European Tour which will run through the months of July and August. For info and bookings, persons are being asked to send an email to email@example.com and it goes without saying that they’re only accepting serious inquiries.
Stephenson is already confirmed for Reggae Geel in Belgium and he will be supported by both Chevaughn and Mackeehan, with live music by the Dread Heights Band.
As he continues to promote the album, “Love and Wisdom,” Jah Mason has just released another single from that project, “Every Likkle Mek A Mukkle.”
“Love and Wisdom” was officially released towards the end of 2015 but continues to do well on the global reggae market as Jah Mason and his New Creation Records team have been releasing one single at a time.
Jamaican dancehall lyricist Karamanti is extremely busy these days. The artist just dropped her new video for the controversial track, “Black Song” and is in high promo gear, while simultaneously prepping for gigs in Europe and Africa.
“Black Song” is the second single from her EP, The Black God, which was released on March 21st. The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica. Not wanting to take away from the message of the song, the visuals simply shows Karamanti discussing all the Black related issues outlined on the record. Watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RenBY5SL8oQ
As for the Euro/Afro Tour; Karamanti is set to head out to Europe at the end of June. She will be in France where she will do a small media tour before heading to Togo in West Africa for five shows. For additional info about Karamanti and her music, visit her official website at www.karamantimusic.com
Etana announces her summer 2017 Reggae Forever North American Tour. See dates and locations below.
REGGAE FOREVER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
MAY 29: BROWARD REGIONAL PARK- FORT LAUDERDALE
JUNE 10: BELLS ISLE MARINA, HAMPTON VA
JUNE 11: HAMILTON, WASHINGTON DC
JUNE 18: ST. LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL*
JUNE 22: GAS MONKEY BAR – DALLAS, TX
JUNE 23: FLAMINGO CANTINA – AUSTIN, TX
JUNE 24: NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS
JUNE 25: CLUB RIDDIMS, HOUSTON TX
JULY 1: FESTIVAL OF VOICES – GUADELOUPE*
JULY 7: SOLVENUE, CARSON, CA
JULY 8: 710 OCEAN BEACH CLUB, SAN DIEGO, CA
JULY 12: HOPMONK TAVERN, SEBASTOPOL, CA
JULY 13 – TBA
JULY 14: MOE’S ALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA
JULY 15: CHRIS NEW HARBOR, BELMONT, CA
JULY 16: CALIFORNIA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, GRASS VALLEY, CA
AUGUST 1: GUYANA*
AUG 19: CALGARY REGGAE FESTIVAL, CALGARY, CANADA
AUG 20: MONTREAL INT’L REGGAE FESTIVAL, MONTREAL, CANADA
AUG 26 : BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, BOSTON, MA
AUG 27: SURFSIDE BEACH, SALISBURY, MA
If you’re into reggae music and of a certain age, then Sanchez is probably one of your favorite singers. With a hit-making career that began in the 1980s with a cover of “Lady in Red,” this singer has done it all musically and maintained a classy image throughout. His R&B covers can erase all former knowledge of the original songs.
Atlanta based sound system, Highlanda, captures all we love about the legendary singer in their latest podcast titled, “Best of Sanchez Lovers Rock.”
Kweli and Styles P just dropped the official visuals for the single “Nine Point Five,” which is on the Seven album and features Sheek Louch, Jadakiss and Niko Is. The video, which shows several members of the Javotti Media squad, as well as The Lox was shot and edited by Jack Bedouin.