Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Third World Added to the 2017 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (@ThirdWorldBand)


Third World

SNWMF is pleased to announce that Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Subatomic Sound System, Barrington Levy, Third World, Horace Andy and a host of others have all been added to the 24th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, which takes place June 16, 17 and 18, 2017 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in the heart of Anderson Valley in Boonville, California.

Lee Perry will perform in the Dance Hall alongside Subatomic Sound System. For additional info visit: http://snwmf.com.

Capleton Confirmed for the 24th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (@capletonmusic)

Capleton Confirmed

Mark your calendar for SNWMF 2017 at the beautiful Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA! SNWMF is an annual family festival with a positive vibe. This year, Epiphany Artists presents another intriguing lineup of the best in roots reggae and world music on two stages.

Confirmed is Jamaica’s original fire man, King Shango, more popularly kown as Capleton!

After officially stepping out on the music scene in the late eighties, Capleton is now at the height of his powers. In 1999 and 2000 he got several hits and dancehall chart toppers like the anti-violence anthem “Jah Jah City” and “Good In Her Clothes,” among several others. Known as one of the most energetic entertainers out of Jamaica, patrons at the SNWMF 2017 are in for a real treat.

Additional info and tickets are available here.

Talib Kweli, Kenyatta Hill & Others Set For The 2nd Annual National Cannabis Festival (@TalibKweli @KenyattaCulture)


Thousands will meet at RFK Stadium festival grounds in Washington, D.C. on April 22nd to celebrate the end to prohibition during a full day of music, food, culture and activism at the 2nd Annual National Cannabis Festival.

Confirmed artists includes: Talib Kweli, Kenyatta Hill, The Pharcyde, Backyard Band, Reesa Renee and several others.

RSVP for updates and join the official Facebook Events Page for additional info.

​Jam Link Intl. Shares The Official Poster For The 2017 One Love Poetry Festival

On April 5th a slew of poets and story tellers will gather at Atlas Aarhus in Denmark for the 2017 One Love Poetry Festival. Earlier today Jam Link shared the official poster which was designed by MJE.

Confirmed poets are: Tahir Mirza, Line Hassall Thomsen, Judy Wanderi, Camilla Sydel, Janis Lynn Franko, Wael, Jefferys and Annette Vogel. There will also be musical entertainment from soul singer Pearl, Rony and John & James.

Additionally, patrons will be treated to finger food courtesy of foodfein, coffee from Marley Coffee and haircuts by Adel. Entry fee is only 50Kr.

For more information persons are encouraged to visit the event’s FB page.

Agent Sasco Confirmed for ‘Reggae on the River’ 2017 (@AgentSasco)

The wait is over and the moment has finally arrived! Reggae On The River has announced their artist lineup for the 2017 staging of the festival which will take place at French’s Camp, Garberville, California on August 3-6, 2017.

Long revered as one of the world’s most iconic Reggae music festivals; the 33rd edition of Reggae On The River will continue this incredible legacy, with a diverse collection of the best and brightest in Reggae and world music from around the globe. 

One such artist is Reggae / Dancehall lyricist Assassin, also known as Agent Sasco. Sasco has been having successful consecutive quarters since early 2016. He released a slew of hit singles, including one with hip-hop’s front man, Kanye West. Additionally, he delivered his chart topping album, Theory of Reggaetivity.

5th Annual Island Reggae Festival Announces Final Lineup (@IRF2014GA)


Tarrus Riley

Rudebwoy Entertainment presents the 5th annual Island Reggae Festival held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road in San Jose, California.  The event offerings in 2016  include activities on three stages with live music on the Main stage, the Oasis stage will host a DJ sound clash and the third stage will feature the Polynesian Dance Showcase.  The event also features carnival rides for children, the USO Car Club Showcase, a youth Rugby tournament  and a Tattoo Showcase.   The gates open at 10 am and the event concludes at 11pm.

Artists on the lineup for Island Reggae Festival consistently include some of the PacificIslands’ greatest talents and those that have been embraced by the culture. In 2016 the lineup includes the Common Kings who will perform the closing set at Island Reggae Festival2016.  A band with cultural roots in the South Pacific and based currently in Costa Mesa, California, they tour the world and rule the airwaves with their high energy island stylereggae flavored by R&B style vocals and polished production.

Coming from Jamaica is Tarrus Riley, an artist who rose to the top of the reggae charts with his conscious lyrics and strong hooks that uplift the culture. He’s released six albums and appeared on many of the world’s most prestigious festival stages with his band Blak Soil.  Most recently, he reached the Billboard top 100 and “charts worldwide with his song Powerful” a duet with UK artist Ellie Goulding that was produced by Major Lazer.

Representing the island nation of Bermuda on the Atlantic side of the globe is the artistCollie Buddz  who gained popularity after exploding on the scene in 2007 with his chart topping-“Come Around”, he continues to tour extensively with his unique brand of reggaeinfluenced by hip-hop.    Returning to the Island Reggae Fest 2016 stage is the legendary Fijiwhose stage name reflects his cultural background and whose golden voice has made him a pioneer of the Pacific Island sound and its most well-known artist and pave the way for the careers of many others whom he has personally mentored throughout the years.

Female singer-songwriter Anuhea returns to the festival in 2016, born and raised on Maui in Hawaii, although she is of Caucasian descent she has ruled the live music scene and radio waves for the past several years with her own brand of pop influenced hits sung over reggaerhythms. Sammy J from New Zealand returns to Island Reggae Festival 2016 with his sweet vocals influenced by R&B and reggae.

Pacific Island reggae music receives a great deal of attention both at traditional broadcast radio and online as those that have moved from their birthplace or those that represent the next generation maintain a strong cultural connection through music.  Some of the most well-loved artists in the genre today will be at Island Reggae Festival including  Tenelle, Pati, Jordan T, Mango Kingz, Makisi & Fina Love.

After presenting the festival for the first 3 years at Great America, in 2015 the organizers began hosting the event at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds a venue that allows for expanded space for an all-ages event that the entire family can enjoy and one that provides an appropriate concert setting to attract music lovers from varied backgrounds.  As event organizer Danny Perez notes, “In 2015 what stood out were the various ethnicities that were in attendance.  We are predominantly a Pacific Island crowd and to see to our demographic expand to include many different groups is great.  I’ve envisioned the Island Reggae Festivalas an event that we as Polynesians can call our own but also as an avenue to expose ourisland culture and music to others.”

A family-friendly event, this year there will be free carnival rides and games for ages 13 and under.  The event will feature over thirty merchandise and food vendors with Polynesian food as well as some of the best in festival food favorites.

Returning in 2016 is the Youth Rugby 7’s Tournament.  Rugby is a popular sport in the South Pacific Islands.  This year the tournament will invite youths from the ages 8 to 14 known as U8-U14 to participate.  The tournament will take place from 8am to 3pm and the winners of each age group will be announced on the main stage and receive a hand-crafted Island ReggaeFestival plaque inscribed with their team name.

The USO Car Club will host the USO Car Club Showcase.  For the past 10 years this group has been led by CEO Kita Leao.  Mr. Leao is of Samoan descent and has instilled elements of the Samoan culture with his car club members.  The meaning of the word USO is “brother” in the Samoan language and this is the shared sentiment between all of the car club members.  Cars will be showcased  as a reminder to the Polynesian youth that hard work and dedication can result in a car that is ready to be presented in a showcase.  The Car Club Showcase is  an opportunity to spotlight the lifestyle and interests of Polynesians in the United States.

The Polynesian dance showcase and competition will present dance groups and styles from various islands in the South Pacific including Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand.  Groups will come from  Southern California, the Central Valley and Northern California as well as local groups from within the Bay Area.  Dance groups will be presented with a hand-crafted Island Reggae Festival 2016 plaque and with the opportunity to dance on the festival’s main stage for the group with the winning dance performance. 

The Tattoo Showcase will  be featuring some of the most popular Polynesian Tattoo artists who will be tattooing live at the festival and giving tutorials on traditional Polynesian tattoo patterns and what their symbols and origins derive from.

The 5th Annual Island Reggae Festival will also include a Diabetes Awareness initiative and the Red Cross will be on hand as part of a blood drive.  As to how these community-health oriented aspects of the festival come into play Danny Perez explains, “This festival is a platform we created to celebrate our Pacific Islander culture through music and dance.  We are also bringing awareness as to the diabetes epidemic our people face.”

Tickets are available on line through the Island Reggae Festival website islandreggaefest.com or at 24 regional ticket outlets in the Peninsula Area, San Francisco, North, East and South Bay, Sacramento, Stockton and Monterey areas.

New Date Announced for the 2016 Aarhus Reggae Festival

2016  Aarhus Reggae Fest early coverJam Link International, last week, announced that it will change the date of the annual Aarhus Reggae Festival from the 19th and 20th of June, to the 23rd and 24th of September. They have now launched the event page on the social networking site Facebook and have begun their promotion.

Though an official line up has not yet been publicized, the Jam Link International team is promising a bigger and better festival than the previous year. For more information, join the event page via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/274121312927019/