Chris Martin, George Nooks & Others To Honor Dennis Brown On Feb. 1

(Photo by David Corio)

Reggae Month 2023 will kick off with a live concert celebrating the crown prince Dennis Brown. Scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st at Festival Marketplace (Kingston Waterfront), it will feature live performances by Chris Martin, Ras-I, George Nooks, Miguel, Shanice Sewell and Rissa. It will begin at 6pm and it’s absolutely free.

Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD was born on the 1st day of February in 1957. His birthday is celebrated every year in reggae communities all over the world.

Spanner Banner’s Birthday Celebration Set For Feb. 10th In NY

Joseph Bonner, more popular known as Spanner Banner, was born on the same day as legendary reggae artist Bob Marley (February 6th).

Spanner Banner‘s birthday celebration will be held on February 10th at Prestige Bar & Lounge – 40W Merrick Road – in Freeport, Long Island, New York. In addition to the guest of honor, there will also be appearances by Singer Irie, Bobby Lickshot, and Mad Dog; with host Sam Gotti and special guest Suzie Q.

This is a live band show that will also double as a pre-valentines party. Doors will open at 8pm, and there is a $20 admission fee.

Richie Stephens & Sanchez’s “Double For My Troubles” Racks Up 2.4 Million Views In Three Weeks

On January 6th – singer, songwriter and producer – Richie Stephens released Double For My Troubles, his newest single done in collaboration with fellow artist Sanchez. The official video was uploaded to YouTube a day later – on the 6th – and has been racking up views ever since. As of this writing – done on January 28th – it has been viewed 2.4 million times, and it continues to climb.

Both men have been actively promoting the song and its visuals; appearing on popular TV shows, being featured in printed and digital medias, and most importantly, performing live on major concerts. Two weeks ago they were Winford Williams‘ guests Onstage, and they delivered a stellar performance at the recently held Rebel Salute Festival

Additionally, a week ago Double For My Troubles entered Jamaica’s Reggae Chart and is now in the #20 spot. It’s also #19 on New York’s Reggae Chart.

The song comes to us courtesy of Pot Of Gold Records (owned and operated by Richie Stephens) and Sanmonik Productions (owned and operated by Sanchez). It can be streamed and/or downloaded on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and all other digital music platforms.


Enjoy “Timeless” Reggae Music On Feb. 11th In Priory, St. Ann

Three big reggae acts – Ken Boothe, Chalice and Boris Gardener – will deliver Timeless Reggae Music on Saturady, February 11th at Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann, Jamaica. They will be backed by Skool Band.

Tickets, which are going for $8,500 JMD, can be purchased in-person from Fesco Stations and Fontana Pharmacies; or online from caribtix-dot-com. Gates will open at 5pm and showtime is 7pm.

Sizzla, Ghost, Alaine & Christ Martin Confirmed For “Lovers & Friends”

Lovers & Friends – The Ultimate Valentines Concert, will take place on Saturday, February 18 at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann (Jamaica).

It will feature local recording artists Sizzla, Ghost, Alaine and Christopher Martin. The lineup also includes international acts Mýa, Bobby Valentino and actor and singer Rotimi, who is known for his role as Darius Morrison on the Starz series Boss, and as Andre Coleman on Power.

Belizean Reggae Artist Nego Hights Is Going Harder! (@Realnegohights)

Belizean reggae artist Nego Hights, who is now residing in the United States, is determined to Go Harder this year! He made that decision after his near death experience with covid-19 in 2020. According to the singer: “I had to give up music for the better part of 2 years and at one point was told by the Doctors that I might not be able to perform any more. After surgery and breathing issues I decided that I will perform again and started telling my self I have to go harder than before to get back and surpass where I was in 2020 before I got sick.”

After making that decision, Hights wrote Go Harder. And with the help of producer Wadadah II, he arranged and mixed the single, which is now #2 on DJ Kat’s Top 5 (UK). The production was done at DOVE Muzik Studio in Evanston, Illinois (United States). Nego Hights and the team at DOVE Muzik report that Go Harder is making a lot of noise in parts of West Africa, the U.S. and the U.K. It is also considered a hit on social media. 

Hights responded to its rapid success by saying: “I would like for this song to bring out the best in the listeners, this song is all about you being your biggest fan, cheerleader, believer and supporter and I pray it will encourage and motivate the listeners to Go Harder for their goals no matter what.”


Inner Circle Partners With JaRIA For’Reggae Month Miami’ (@BadBoysOfReggae)

The Bad Boys of Reggae – Inner Circle – and Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), will, for the first time, present Reggae Month Miami. What this means is that throughout the entire month of February (which is also Black History Month) there will be lots of free live music, as well as opportunities to network and meet reggae performers. Jamaican artists, businesses, and entrepreneurs in both Miami-Dade and Broward County will be highlighted, and a major conference is also on the schedule.

As a part of Reggae Month MiamiInner Circle will be releasing two singles to honor reggae legends Mykal Rose and Beres HammondBeres Hammond’s One Step Ahead, which pays tribute to authentic reggae music, will be released on February 10th. While Mykal Rose’s single, Reality, a track that showcases reggae roots and culture, will be shared later in the month.

In 2008 the Jamaican government officially declared February as Reggae Month. Since then the month’s activities have been organized by JaRIA, the Jamaican Recording Industry Organization, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. 

Bringing Reggae Month to Miami so that the South Florida community can join in the celebration and learn more about the reggae industry is important to Inner Circle“We want to offer this platform for local reggae and regggaeton artists to entertain everyone who is interested in the culture and bring awareness to music and showcase traditions. We also wanted to offer an opportunity for networking every Wednesday as part of the festivities,” said Ian Lewis, co-founder of Inner Circle.

For Reggae Month Miami information, please visit Instagram @reggaemonthmiami. All events are free but must RSVP for each Reggae Month Miami event at . The only event that is not complimentary with RSVP is the Jamaica International Music Awards on February 28th.