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The Upsetter movie (The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 September 2011 09:45


There’s a new reggae artist biopic coming to the big screen: The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry. The reggae music documentary details the life and times of Lee “Scratch” Perry, arguably one of the world’s greatest dub reggae music producers. It was created by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough, and features narration by Benicio Del Toro.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2011 09:57
 
Jah Cure has reportedly been removed from this year's MOBO Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 September 2011 09:27

 

Reggae singer Jah Cure has reportedly been removed from this year's MOBO Awards 'Best Reggae Act' category.

According to www.thesun.co.uk, Jah Cure was removed from this year's MOBO awards nominations because he was previously convicted and spent time in prison. According to the website, "organisers said they acted after being told about the conviction and 'severity of the crime". This would have marked the artiste's first time getting nominated for a MOBO award.

In 1999, Jah Cure, real name Siccature Alcock, was prosecuted at 19 years old for gun possession, rape and robbery. After serving time, he was released in 2007. Since his release, Jah Cure has topped the music charts with three number-one singles. It started with Call On Me, featuring his label mate Phyllisia, followed with You'll Never Find, and Unconditional Love.

Checks made by THE STAR to the awards website, www.mobo.com, showed that only Alborosie, Khago, Mavado, Damian Marley featuring Nas were voting options in the 'Best Reggae Act' category. Efforts to reach Jah Cure, who is currently off the island, proved futile. A representative from his team said that they have no comment on the matter adding, "right now we're just working, promoting and producing good music and focused on his tours coming up".

Last year, Gyptian won in the reggae category at the awards against acts such as Damian Marley, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Gappy Ranks. This year, the awards will be held on October 5 at the SECC Glasgow in Scotland.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2011 09:36
 
Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 years for drug offenses. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 September 2011 12:28

Today United States Judge Jim Moody in the Sam M Gibbons US Court in Tampa Florida sentenced Buju Banton to 10 years for drug trafficking offences.

A jury found him guilty in February of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offence. The judge threw out the gun charge, acknowledging that Banton had no idea others involved in the conspiracy were carrying guns, which was the basis for the charge and he was therefore not convicted of carrying a weapon himself.

 

The harsh sentence is in fact the lowest sentence legally allowed for his role in a large cocaine trafficking deal that took place in 2009 and had he been found guilty of the firearms charge he could have expected at least a further 5 years to his sentence.

Banton appeared at the sentence hearing, which lasted just over an hour, dressed in grey jail scrubs and shackled at the ankles. He did not speak in court and did not react when Judge Moody

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2011 12:41
 
Made in Jamaica [Movie] PDF Print E-mail

A movie-documentary about reggae in Jamaica outlines the music’s political and social roots

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The film looks at the history of reggae and its most popular modern form, dancehall. It is told entirely through the words of some of the genre’s most prominent artists. And that list of artists is more than impressive, from Bunny Wailer for the traditional reggae point of view to modern dancehall acts Bounty Killer and Elephant Man.

There are also specially-staged live performances and evocative footage of life in the ghettos and dancehalls of West Kingston.
The murder of a dancehall legend gets this fascinating documentary about the evolution of Jamaican music under way, and the violence that underlies the island's vibrant culture – from slavery to gun crime – is never far from the thoughts of the artists brought in to give their tuppence worth.


A portrait that unveils the leaders of the reggae music movement while showing how reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. The chronicle includes showcase performances by the top Reggae and Dance Hall artists in the business.

 
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