Jamaica Kite Festival 2017 Priory St. Anns Sativa D Black1

Sativa D Black 1 Rocks Kite Festival 2017 Jamaica

Success in no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” ~Pele~

Watch @SativaDBlack1 live performance at Kite Festival 2017 held at Priory St. Ann on April 17, the epitome of one striving for success!


and not dancehall.." The Sunday Gleaner Blogger is from the tropical house genre Jamaica Nerd Writer rubbished an assertion made by music magazine Rolling Stone that Rihanna's recent single Work

Give Dancehall it’s Due

This song is not tropical house music, nor has it descended from tropical house. Work is a dancehall song, a genre which has a rich tradition in Jamaican history, and a mistake like this is the perfect excuse to take a closer look at some of the popular trends in popular music.”  ~blogger Nerd Writer~

As published in Gleaner Jamaica: Popular United States-based online blogger Nerd Writer has rubbished an assertion made by music magazine, Rolling Stone, that Rihanna’s recent single Work, is from the tropical house genre, and not dancehall. According to Writer, Rolling Stone was wrong this time around since the record literally samples the classic Sail Away dancehall rhythm released by Richie Stephens in 1988, and reflects all the attributes of a dancehall record.

In a six-minute video posted on, the journalist provided facts to prove that Work is rooted in dancehall and even played songs from the tropical house genre to show the huge disparity in sound.

“This song is not tropical house music, nor has it descended from tropical house. Work is a dancehall song, a genre which has a rich tradition in Jamaican history, and a mistake like this is the perfect excuse to take a closer look at some of the popular trends in popular music,” he said.

Writer also said that tropical house is a slow-tempo type of house music which usually features instruments like steel drums, marimba, pan flutes, among other instruments from the Caribbean and Africa. He also suggested that OMI’s hit record Cheerleader, featuring Felix Jaehn, is more of a tropical house record than Work.

Also brought under the microscope according to The Sunday Gleaner….The journalist even compared the instrumental of Sorry (by Justin Bieber) to Shabba Ranks’ Dem Bow record to prove his point, while highlighting that the producer of Sorry, Skrillex, is known to dabble with dancehall, along with his frequent collaborator, Diplo.

Coincidentally, the Dem Bow instrumental is also credited for the birth of the entire reggaeton genre. When The Sunday Gleaner last spoke with creator of the instrumental, Bobby Digital, he didn’t seem willing to fight for his glory.

Yu see music, wi love it in such a away that when yu see somebody with yu pattern, yu see that yu did something right or else other people would’nt want to pattern off it. Di nuh world nuh stop yah suh, and from yu get yu props, one day it muss pay off,” he said.

Writer also say, “I have nothing against the new genres of music, even something as short-lived and characterized as tropical house, but I also think it is important to recognize the lineage of tropical house…Jamaica’s popularity and lineage will remain durable as long as there are great artistes willing to put the rythms to work,” he said.

Even Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna could not resist taking a jab at the Rolling Stone article. She took her grouse to social media, urging the magazine to give dancehall its due credit.

“Check your facts Rolling Stones Magazine. Rihanna’s Work is dancehall. Rihanna sampled the classic Sail Away rhythm, a 1988 Jamaican rhythm by Richie Stephens and Mikey 2000. Rihanna publicly gave credit. Why can’t you? Rolling Stones should give the credit to our music, it comes from Jamaica.”

When contacted, Richie Stephens, who has been on a campaign to reduce the impact of Rolling Stone’s inaccuracy told The Sunday Gleaner that persons have been on a mission to re-brand dancehall’s culture. He also pointed out that the music video for Sorry, which featured Jamaican dance moves, had no Jamaican dancers, neither did the overseas-based choreographer bother to give credit to the Jamaicans who created the moves.

As it relates to Rihanna’s single, Work, he told The Sunday Gleaner, “The fact that the song comes from rhythm, being analysed means it has to be dancehall is the template. Rihanna has also given credit to me and that also shows that Work is dancehall. I want to big up Rihanna and the producers for choosing my rhythm and dancehall because there are so many other genres that they could have featured instead,” he said.

Work, which also features Drake, currently sits at No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100 chart after only two weeks. Several Jamaican artistes have also hopped onto the instrumental with home-made remixes.

I am happy for social media because it gives people a voice, and they really went in at Rolling Stone for the comment to the point that they forced to apologize.  People have been doing this to us for years because Jamaica is a small country but we need to start speaking up” Richie Stephens.

Source: The Sunday Gleaner, Click and watch Nerd Writer’s video 

Jamaica one of world's leading reggae festivals Rebel Salute 23rd staging 2016

Rebel Salute one of world’s leading reggae events

The annual Rebel Salute, reggae festival kicks off in Jamaica Friday 15 -16 at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St. Ann. Tony Rebel, promoter of the event, says the show he first held in 1993 is one of the leading reggae events in the world, and on par with major European festivals like Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Geel.”Rebel Salute is of the highest standard, we give no show any level above us” he told the Jamaica Observer. “Loads of people from those shows come to see what we do, so we set the bar.”

Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Geel are calendar reggae events, both held in the summer. The former lasts for a week in Bennicasim, Spain and is recognized as the biggest, most organised of its kind.

Reggae Geel is held in Belgium and in its 36th year is one of Europe’s oldest and most established reggae festivals.

Rebel Salute is one of Jamaica’s biggest music festivals, known for its focus on roots and conscious music. It began in 1994 in the parish of Mandeville and was long held annually in St. Elizabeth until 2012.  The event became a two-day festival as of 2014 and was moved to the Richmond Park Estate in St. Anns.

This year, marks the 23rd staging of Rebel Salute, Beres Hammond, The Abyssinians, Mykal Rose, Sanchez, LUST, Richie Spice, David “Mavado” Brooks and one of Reggae’s hottest tickets, Nesbeth are expected to perform.

The inaugural Rebel Salute showcased a number of artistes who were leading figures in a roots-reggae revival that took place during the early 1990s. According to Tony Rebel, unlike other Jamaican shows, he and his team have considered inviting hip hop acts.

We are a concert that promotes the indigenous Jamaican music product which is reggae. Even if someone is coming from abroad, they must do our music,” he said.


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A Reggae and Dancehall Seasons Greetings To One and All

Wishing you all…a happy season where even in the midst of the festivities, we remember to remain steadfast in our thinking and show love toward each other.  Let us uphold the basic principles our grandparents, parents and elders taught us. Lets enjoy the season embracing positiveness, respectfulness and peace among ourselves throughout the rest of the season

We invite you to sit back in your living rooms and enjoy raw authentic reggae performances by some of our artistes and entertainers.  God bless you and God bless Jamaica.

                              #BornFree  “a new set a free generation a rise up..”

Jamaica Mellinial Musicians Reggae Revival Vogue Magazine

Vogue – on Reggae’s Revival; The resurgence of “Mellinial Musicians behind Jamaica’s New Movement”

In its October 2015 issue, Vogue published an article entitled, “Reggae Revival – Meet the Mellinial Musicans Behind Jamaica’s New Movement” written by Abby Aguirre who shared her personal experience on a trip to Jamaica. Important stops included her attendance at the annual Rebel Salute music festival produced by potent reggae artistes Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrika, as well as interviews conducted with the, Mellinial Musicians.  I share some excerpts of that article here with you, hope you find it as interesting as I do.

Abby Aguirre’s trip to the island was to satisfy her own curiosity, “I’m here for something I have read about but not yet seen. After more than two decades of being dismissed as music for parents and tourists, roots reggae is relevant again in Jamaica…” 

The performances and seemingly euphoric vibe at Rebel Salute seem to have left an indelible mark on her. She wrote of an impressionable moment, When Raging Fyah, a young five-piece band that came up through Edna Manley College’s School of Music in Kingston (“the Julliard of Jamaica,” as it is often described), had begun to sometime around 3:00am, the whole crowd was drawn to its feet in a visible wave, like fallen dominoes getting up again.  

When I first heard that roots reggae was coming back in Jamaica, it made sense to me in


that reflex, unthinking ways things sometimes do: I believed it before knowing the details, and without knowing why. Maybe because the 70s were resurgent on the runways. Or because of the way millennials around the world were building new movements for civil rights. What was less immediately fathomable was the idea that reggae had lapsed to begin with…. 

Foreign versions of the Revival origin story cast it as a rejection of modern dancehall, with its overtly digital sound and emphasis on money and sex, and cite the 2014 murder conviction of that genre’s biggest star, Vybz Kartel, as the final turnoff…. But in Protoje’s (the first of the new reggae artists to hit in Jamaica) telling, “I was running off some tapes from my mother’s studio sessions in the 70s, and I heard some music and I was captivated by it. And then I really went into research mode on 70s and 80s local music, and a whole new world kind of opened up to me.”

They did not find reggae without finding Rastafarianism, which brought about changes in diet and outlook. They went vegetarian. They began to emphasize the positive and the communal. There came, as Protoje puts it, “an overall awareness of self, or at least a beginning to wonder.” These choices made sense as news headlines turned from the global financial crisis to Arab Spring and then to Occupy. They engaged in “reasoning,” philosophical discussions, with Mystic. There was something else that they embraced: “Social media played an integral part in it, especially for me.” Protoje says.

By 2011 they were all getting radio play, especially Protoje, and it was decided by a young Jamaican writer-known as Dutty Bookman that this new movement needed a name. At the time he was very fascinated with the Harlem Renaissance…”If there was any Renaissance in reggae music, it was that era of Bob Marley and all of them,” Protoje says. What Bookman saw, rather, was a reawakening. And so, in Novemember 2011, with history and search optimization in mind, Bookman published a post on his blog announcing the Reggae Revival.

It was around that time that Protoje was first contacted by Chronixx, “He wanted to produce” Protoje said….Protoje invited Chronixx to send some beats, and then to with him and Kabaka Pyramid.

Kabaka Pyramid

Abby Aguirre met the others at Grafton studio, here’s how she described her encounter. First comes Kabaka Pyramid, about to play South by Southwest, tall and thin in fitted camouflage pants, Clarks Wallabee boots, a black tank top that say “Rockers,” and a slouchy knit hat…… Kelissa, a reserved and elegant singer wearing a bright, graphic headscarf; Addis Pablo, the song of 70s reggae musician Augustus Pablo, with his group, Suns of Dub; and Jesse Royal in a camouflage jacket and shirt that also says “Rockers.’ Jah9, the singer who grew up on the island’s west coast, daughter of a Baptist minister and social worker, arrives close to sunset, from from yoga class, in a black tank top and wide-leg pants, thin dreads pulled into a bun..

For their part, the artists of the Reggae Revival cite a global “shift in consciousness” in as matter-of-fact a tone as they might describe a movement of tectonic plates. It seems to follow without need for explanation here that such a shift should make us want to hear reggae, not merely for its lyrics but also for the one-drop, Its signature rhythm, which, depending on your vantage point, is about the pace of a heartbeat, or of the slow, incessant drone of manual labour, the kind that builds pyramids, or railroads….

If dancehall offers the dream of material riches, reggae seems to offer an alternative idea of freedom. To Jamaicans and especially to Rastafarians, the music is encoded with cultural and religious references, but the rest of the world has never needed to understand the references, or believe that the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie was a prophet, to hear the underlying messages. Get Up, stand up. In reggae, it seems, the promise of freedom is fulfilled through awareness itself..

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Tarrus Riley pull all the stops to assist a student with life threatening illness

Tarrus and Akalia Moore at Morrant Bay HS

Jamaican reggae singer, member of the Rastafari movement and the son of reggae stalwart Jimmy Riley, has brought hope to young Akalia Moore, a student of Morrant Bay High School who is to undergo brain surgery.

At a star studded concert, Tarrus Riley and several of his colleagues will perform at a benefit concert in aid of the student and scheduled to be held on the school ground November 6, in the parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica. Tarrus tagged artistes such as Popcaan, Alaine, Ding Dong, Delus, Darrio, Bushman, Chico, Alozade, Erupt, Omari to perform at the concert and has reached out to his fans on social media for support.


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Muscian of 25 years Robert Burchell puts his vocals to test

Robert Burchell

Robert Burchell has been a musician for more than two decades.  He has played across Jamaica and the United States of America with Rude Beat band, Tony Bell and Cutchie, Indika band, Gregory Isaacs, Freddy McGreggor, Sanchez, Tony Rebel, Tonto Metro, Shelly Thunder, Sister Charmaine, Singing Melody, Elephant Man, Jimmy Riley, Half Pint, Junior Tucker, Carlene Davis, Chuck Fender, Spragga Benz, Mega Banton, Terro Fabulous and many others. 

A Jamaican, Robert Burchell migrated to the United States of America in the 90s where he juggled musical skills he nurtured from as early as age 10 between Upholstery, a trade he grew interested in at age 16 from working with his mother Icolyn Brown, a Seamstress in Kingston.  In 1994, Robert Burchell founded Burchell Upholstery in Chicago and subsequently, Mountain Top Villa, a vacation get away in Mandeville, south coast of Jamaica was built in 2008.

In 2013, Robert Burchell yielded to his spirit and made the decision to step away from his busy life to help spread the love of Jesus Christ and save souls for his kingdom.

Robert Burchell with his new Martin guitar!!

Robert Burchell writes, compose and produce his own music and have released two singles ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ (gospel) and ‘Never Judge a Book’ (reggae) that are currently receiving favourable airtime on radio stations across Jamaica.  Both singles, will be coming soon to digital retail stores worldwide. Robert Burchell is hard at work in studios as well, looking to release his debut album entitle ‘Agape’ which means ‘unconditional love’ soon.  

Check out and follow this Christian minded Reggae artist on twitter @rburchellmusic and facebook @Robertburchell, Instagram @realrobertburchell and social cam @RobertBurchell.