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Ziggy Marley Teaches MTV News About Reggae Music PDF Print E-mail
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MTV News prides itself on being fans of all types of music, but one of the genres that we needed a little bit of schooling in was reggae. So, we figured who better to ask about the culture then the offspring of arguably the most influential reggae artist of all time: Bob Marley's son, Ziggy!

"It's like a mantra, a constant rhythm and groove," says Ziggy when asked to definitely describe the 'sound' of reggae. "It repeats in a type of melodic mode."

Ziggy is a successful artist in his own right, releasing 6 solo albums since 2003. One thing we wanted to ask him about was whether or not there is a definitive look in the reggae culture for performers.

"The Rasta culture, which is the dreadlocks, and the [colours] red, green and yellow is really something that is separate then reggae, it's so dominant in reggae that people think reggae and the Rasta thing [is the same thing], but everybody has their own look and feel."

Is smoking marijuana still as prevalent in the culture as ever before?

"It's best known in reggae because we come from Jamaica, and again - my culture, the Rasta culture uses the plant as a sacrament, as a religious thing.

New releases of Reggae Classics on CD and Vinyl PDF Print E-mail
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Great news for reggae fans. Two new record labels have been set up to release classic music on CD and the Vinyl, so if you missed something first time around you will get another chance to add some classic sounds to your collection. Sunrise Records will release CD’s while Sunspot Records will release Vinyl LP’s.

The Upsetter movie (The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry) PDF Print E-mail
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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.

Jah Cure has reportedly been removed from this year's MOBO Awards PDF Print E-mail
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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.


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