30 ene. 2017

Morgan Heritage covers Jimmy Cliff's classic: Reggae Night

Morgan Heritage's upcoming album contains a cover of Jimmy Cliff's Reggae Night, produced by DreZion who also makes a guest appearance on the track.

"We love to pay tribute to our legends and Jimmy Cliff is one of Jamaica's unsung heroes. He has done many songs to heal the world, and this is one of those feel-good songs that makes your spirit happy and brings you to a happy place. It's a great song. Bless up to Mr Cliff," group member Gramps Morgan told the Jamaica Observer.

He was tight-lipped about the album, which is scheduled for a spring release. It is the follow-up to 2015's Grammy-winning

Strictly Roots which sold over 4,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Music.

"The name of the new album is a secret for now. We are not giving away the name until a later date, but the keyword for now, just know that it will be magic," he said.

20 ene. 2017

Original UB40 members launch 'Red Red Wine' with Eminent Life collaboration

Three original members of the Brummie reggae hit-making band UB40 have launched a Red Red Wine.

The Red Red Wine is a collaboration between original UB40 band members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, and Eminent Life, a company which creates limited edition products connected to the arts. In May last year Eminent Life launched a limited edition 'Cuvée Roger Daltrey' Champagne to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Who.

Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey (now no longer part of the official band) on its front label, Red Red Wine is being launched as the trio launch a new album of acoustic reggae, entitled Unplugged.

According to a statement from Eminent Life, the Unplugged album features "their smooth sound, which is perfectly reflected in the limited edition Red Red Wine Bordeaux Supérieur".

Produced from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the Red Red Wine cuvée has been vinified especially for UB40 and has a fruit profile of sweet blackcurrant, plum and cherry oh, cherry oh baby.

18 ene. 2017

Dawn Penn: How we made You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)

"The moment it became a hit, eight different people claimed they wrote it"

I grew up in Jamaica, near Studio One, the famous recording studio in Kingston. It became a second home, especially on Sundays, when they would hold auditions. I was barely into my mid-teens when I got a chance to sing for the legendary producer "Sir Coxsone" Dodd. It was 1967, the early days of rocksteady, and he liked my voice.

You Don't Love Me (No No No) was our first recording and I remember standing next to Jackie Mittoo, the keyboard player from the Skatalites, following his chords as I sang about lost love. In church, we used to sing this old gospel thing, "Yes, yes, yes, Jesus loves me", so I sang, "No, no, no." People said: "It's too negative. It'll never sell." But it was a big hit in Jamaica.

I made more records, but never saw any money for them, and in 1970 left Jamaica to trace my family ancestry. This took me to Pennsylvania and the British Virgin Islands. After 17 years, I came back to Jamaica and found the island alive with dancehall. I was asked to rerecord the song for Studio One's 35th anniversary. They made it a bit more dancehall, then Atlantic picked it up and it became a global smash.

15 ene. 2017

Human Rights Watch: Informe Anual 'Capítulo Sobre Venezuela'

Bajo el liderazgo del Presidente Hugo Chávez, y ahora del Presidente Nicolás Maduro, la acumulación de poder en el ejecutivo y el deterioro de las garantías de derechos humanos han permitido que el gobierno intimide y persiga a críticos, e incluso actúe penalmente contra ellos.

La grave escasez de medicamentos, insumos médicos y alimentos se ha intensificado desde 2014, y las pobres respuestas gubernamentales a la crisis han vulnerado los derechos de los venezolanos a la salud y la alimentación.

Se ha detenido en forma arbitraria a manifestantes, que han sufrido abusos cometidos por miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad. Las redadas policiales y militares llevadas a cabo en comunidades populares han dado origen a denuncias generalizadas de abusos.

Otras preocupaciones que persisten son las condiciones deficitarias en las prisiones, la impunidad de violaciones de derechos humanos y el hostigamiento continuo contra defensores de derechos humanos y medios de comunicación independientes por parte de funcionarios gubernamentales.

13 ene. 2017

California Roots Music and Arts Festival 'Third and Final Artist Announcement Announced'

The 8th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival that takes place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 26-28, 2017, announced its third and final round of artists completing their full lineup.

Adding to the already impressive lineup of Nas, Dirty Heads, SOJA, Iration, Stick Figure, Jurassic 5 and more, is the recently GRAMMY nominated Rebelution, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, and Collie Buddz. Melding well into the environmentally conscious and sustainable nature of the festival is Rising Appalachia, who recently announced "The Slow Music Movement" designed to "to create and promote sustainable touring practices across the board." Rebelution frontman Eric Rachmany will have a busy weekend, as he will also be teaming up with Amp Live showcasing their Unified Highway project. Zach Deputy will also be adding his far-reaching talents and live looping abilities. Representing reggae on the east coast will be John Brown's Body and Roots of Creation. Capping off the list is Beebs, LAW Records artist Darenots, LA-based Tyrone's Jacket, and the Skank Roots Project, founded by DJ Skanks and Tribal Seeds' E.N Young.

Three (3) day general advance tickets are currently on sale at http://californiarootsfestival.com/tickets and select Bay Area ticket outlets http://californiarootsfestival.com/ticket-outlets, with the availability of the 3 Day "Redwood Advance" passes.