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Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System’s West Coast Tour – October, 2018 (@ScratchLee @SubatomicSound)

Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System's West Coast TourGrammy winning dub & reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry is celebrating the 45th anniversary of his landmark album “Blackboard Jungle Dub,” the world’s first dub album.

Scratch, now 82 years young, will embark on a tour across North America performing his 1973 studio masterpiece live in its entirety for the first time, aided by the
technology of NYC’s Subatomic Sound System, his hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from the Black Ark era recordings. They will also perform music from their album “Super Ape Returns To Conquer,” which topped both reggae and electronic charts in 2018, plus singles like “Black Ark Vampires” and classics from Perry’s work with the likes of Bob Marley, Max Romeo, and many more. Perry’s Blackboard Jungle album includes dub remixes of hit songs he co-wrote with Bob Marley, “Kaya” & “Keep On Movin,” as well as other big tunes from The Wailers and Junior Byles. Below are the upcoming dates and locations for the tour.

OCT. 12
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC, Canada

OCT. 13
Nectar Lounge
Seattle, WA

OCT. 14
Aladdin Theater
Portland, OR

OCT. 18
The Chapel
San Francisco, CA

OCT. 20
SLO Brew Rock
San Luis Obispo, CA

OCT. 21
The Reel Fish Shop & Grill
Sonoma, CA

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New Reggae Video: Etana – Spread Love (@EtanaStrongOne)

Spread LoveEtana’s new video for her song Spread Love, which is taken from the album, Reggae Forever, is now available for viewing on her Vevo channel. The video was uploaded on September 29th and as we have come to expect from Etana, both the song and visuals are beautiful and positive.

Click here to check out the video and remember to like, comment and share.

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‘Pon Di Endz’ Returns On October 31st At A New Location (@RuachRu)

Ruach & CrewAt the end of August, reggae recording artist Ruach Ru launched a new concert series dubbed PON DI ENDZ. The concept was to create an atmosphere where artists and
musicians can gather together and freely share their creative expressions while entertaining patrons. The first installment, which took place on Hughenden Avenue, was a success.

The second installment is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st at a new location: Mello Sports Bar & Lounge, located at 16A West Kings House Road in Kingston (from 7 PM to 12 AM). In addition to hosting PON DI ENDZ on the 31st, Ruach Ru will also be celebrating her birthday; that being said, fans and supporters will be treated to a
special performance.

Artists that have already been confirmed include: Wormbass, WildLife, Sycorah, Earth Tremma and of course Ruach Ru. Additional artists will be added and announced shortly. Backing band for the evening is the Spirit Band. This is a free event and all are invited!

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Reggae Artist Zally Seeks Funding For Surgery (@ZallyBuff)

zallyReggae artist Zally has just shared a Press Release in which he is asking his supporters and members of the public to help with the funds needed for his surgery. Here is the full media release.

As many know, I, Zally, have been in the hospital since Thursday September 27th, 2018. I am having surgery on my spine on Monday October 1st, 2018.  

     Starting in June 2018 I had issues with numbness, tingling, and burning in my left hand. After going to the doctor, I was told I had carpal tunnel and prescribed Voltaren gel which made my condition seem worse. All of a sudden my left knee/leg had weakness, numbness, and stiffness. This grew worse over the past couple of months as it became more difficult to walk.  After having an MRI on Friday September 21, 2018 the radiologist discovered that there is compression on my spine, as shown in the picture above. As well as herniated discs and spinal cord deformity. Lately it has been very difficult to get around and one day I fell. I was admitted to the hospital and surgery is the only option. Because of all of this I have not been able to work or do any shows, since I am also a reggae artist. These funds will help with costs related to surgery and bills. Any support is greatly appreciated in this time. Blessed. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN

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Reggae Radio JA Announces New Website

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Reggae Radio JA, a digital radio station broadcasting from Kingston, Jamaica, has a new web address. On Friday, September 28th, the owners shared that the station can now be streamed from www.zeno.fm/reggaeradioja. Persons who have bookmarked the other link to the station should know that they will still be able to listen via the old site.

known and respected as a Jamaican media that streams strictly clean and conscious reggae and dancehall music, Reggae Radio JA came on the scene several years ago and currently enjoys listenersip from all over the world.

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Freddy McGregor, Chino, Marcia Griffiths & Lust Confirmed For Florida’s Jerk Fest On Nov.11 (@JerkFestivalUSA)

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On Sunday November 11th, the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will take place at Markham Park Sunrise, Florida from 10 AM to 10 PM. The event will feature a lineup of A-list reggae acts, namely: Freddy McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Chino and Lust.

For additional information such as tickets, directions etc. visit: www.JerkFestival.com or call 954-634-2706

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Anthony B To Headline The 8th Annual Donnsa Reggae Festival In Mauritius (@AnthonyBReggae)

Anthony BThe 8th edition of the Donnsa Reggae Festival will take place at the Anjalay Stadium (in Mauritius) on October 20th, 2018. The organizers have confirmed three international reggae acts as headliners: Anthony B, Nkulee Dube and Crosby. Anthony B is a well known Jamaican artist whose lyrics advocate freedom, equality and the need to fight for these values; Nkulee Dube is the daughter of Lucky Dube; and Crosby is the current trending reggae artist in Cape Town. The festival will also feature local artists like: The Prophecy, OSB Crew, Matrix, and many more.

Performances at the Donnsa Reggae Festival will begin at 18h and will continue until the wee hours of the morning. This event is being presented by Live n Direk Entertainment in collaboration with Coulisse VIP.

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Jimmy Cliff Cancels October Shows Due To Broken Hip

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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has announced – via his management team – that he will have to cancel all his shows scheduled for October, 2018. The announcement comes as the artist is currently in the hospital recovering from a broken hip.

For additional information, please visit Jimmy Cliff’s official website: www.jimmycliff.com

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Toots & The Maytals Confirmed For Barcelona – Oct.3

Toots and The Maytals

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Toots & The Maytals will play at the Sala Apolo – located at Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113 – in Barcelona, Spain. This event is being hosted by Canibal Sound System.

All info, such as tickets, supporting acts, etc. is available HERE.

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The Legendary Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, now available for 2019 bookings (@RIDDIMDONMEDIA)

Marcia GriffithThe legendary Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths continues to maintain her place in the musical sphere. Consistently releasing music, Griffiths is revered for a catalogue of hits, which date back to the late 1960’s.

She started her career in 1964, performing on stage with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires at the behest of Phillip James of The Blues Busters, who had heard her rehearsing in her home. Her performance was sufficiently impressive that the following day Ronnie Nasralla and Clement Dodd both offered her recording contracts. She chose to record for Dodd’s Studio One label, where she recorded a series of duets with male singers such as Tony Gregory (“You’re Mine”), Bob Marley (“Oh My Darling”), Jeff Dixon (“Words”), and Bob Andy (“Always Together”).

In 1968 she had her first success as a solo artist, with “Feel Like Jumping,” which like her other early Studio One solo hits (including “Truly” and “Melody Life”), were written by Andy.

From 1970 to 1974 she worked together with Bob Andy as a duo (Bob and Marcia), on the Harry J label and scored hits on the British pop chart. She also recorded for Lloyd Charmers.

Between 1974 and 1981, she was a member of the I Threes, a trio of backing singers, which supported Bob Marley & the Wailers. She continued to record as a solo artist throughout the 1970’s, working with producers such as Sonia Pottinger and Joseph Hoo Kim.

In 1983, she released her re-recording of the Bunny Wailer song “Electric Boogie,” originally recorded and released by Wailer in 1976. Although the 1983 version became a minor hit for Griffiths, the song was remixed in 1989, and it was this version that made the Electric Slide, a line dance, an international dance craze. It reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it her most successful single. It is currently the highest-selling single by a female reggae singer of all time.

In the 1990’s, she had chart hits with Closer, Half Idiot featuring Cutty Ranks, Live On featuring Beres Hammond and I Shall Sing.

In 2014, Griffiths was the recipient of the Jamaican Order of Distinction (Commander class).

Earlier this year, Griffiths signed an exclusive booking deal with New York-based Donsome Booking Agency. She is now available for bookings for 2019.

To Book Marcia Griffiths
Donsome Booking Agency
Ph: 1 914-522-1529
Email: donsomebookingagency@gmail.com

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Dub Legend, Scientist, Returns To The UK On Nov. 23rd (@posvibefest)

Scientist

Legendary recording engineer and producer, Scientist, makes his long-awaited return to the UK, and will perform alongside one of the country’s finest MCs, Horseman. The show details are below.

LIVERPOOL SHOW
Venue: District, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BW
Date: Friday 23rd November 2018
Time: From 9pm
Tickets: £15 advance // £20 on the door (click here for ticket)

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Admiral Tibet To Headline Rastafest Reggae Festival On Nov. 2nd, 2018 (@RastafestTO)

admiral tibet2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Rastafest Reggae Festival in Toronto, an annual music festival celebrating the national and international initiatives of the Rastafari movement in Canada and Jamaica!

This year’s festival takes place at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Avenue on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 in recognition of the 88th coronation of H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I. Normally staged as an outdoor summer festival Rastafest has rebranded as an indoor family fun, reggae event showcasing different aspects of the Rastafari history, culture and lifestyle.

From 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm there will be ancestral drumming from various Rastafari mansions followed by an international reggae concert featuring Admiral Tibet, Horace Martin, Iley Dread, and Orthodox Issachar.  Also, on the concert are the winners from the Rastafest competition: Empress Divine, Jade Siress, Joyce N’sana, Tony Propfit, Planky, Dan Fiyah Beats and Ras Akkurate.  The band competition winners are: Richie Flo, Freedubstar and BTH.

Donation: Children 12 and under are free; youth – $10:00; online – $15:00 and $20:00 at the door. Part proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Sickkids Foundation: Caribbean Initiatives.

Rastafest is sponsored by Ontario Music Fund, Masani Productions, Snapd, First Friday, Upfront Theatre Foundation, Eglinton TV and Roots Reggae Hub.

For more details visit: www.rastafest.com