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Good Times at Colombia's Off-Beat Cafe Gourmet

Bob Schulman | Posted 02.08.2017 | Travel
Bob Schulman

You're in a colorfully seedy cafe on a little Caribbean island. Some homies are sitting around a big, rough-hewn table gulping down a kind of fish ste...

JamRock Is The Coolest Cruise You've Never Been On

Hugh McIntyre | Posted 12.19.2016 | Travel
Hugh McIntyre

A look at JamRock, a reggae cruise (photo courtesy of the cruise) The role of music on cruise ships has changed over the past number of years, and th...

Symbiosis Gathering Says Hello to Autumn And Goodbye to The Woodward Reservoir

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.12.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

As the autumnal equinox made its way to the western hemisphere, Symbiosis Gathering kicked off on the weekend of September 22nd to the 25th, celebrati...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Get Right Band's Large and in "Charge;" CT's Kalimur "Fires Away"

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

It seemed fitting that the room The Get Right Band filmed their A-Sides session in - a studio at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains...

Matisyahu Invites Coffee Shop Musician To Perform At His Show

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 08.09.2016 | Entertainment

Never stop doing what you love. You never know who’s watching ― or, in this case, singing along. Last week, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Clint ...

Conversations With an Urban Griot: Kweku Collins

Nana Karlsson-Ofori | Posted 06.27.2016 | Entertainment
Nana Karlsson-Ofori

I recently had the chance to attend the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. There were talks about technology and content during the day and events at night. I attended a block party in Mccarren Park where hip-hop legend Grand Master Flash was the headlining act. Although I was super excited to witness one of the founding members of hip-hop in action, I was also very interested to check out his opening acts: Radamiz, I.O.D and Kweku Collins.

Assassin a.k.a Agent Sasco, Who Has Hit Collabs With Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar Drops His Outstanding-First Solo Album After 10 Years!

Melissa Mushaka | Posted 06.02.2016 | Entertainment
Melissa Mushaka

Theory of Reggaetivity Assassin a.k.a Agent Sasco's new album is an incredible example of true talent taking reggae to another level. The album, is a ...

Rudimental x Gorgon City: NYC Summer Is Here! (Picture Gallery)

Marlon Regis | Posted 05.27.2016 | New York
Marlon Regis

You know the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words, which is exactly why you're invited to glide through what you missed, or relive what you might have experienced in NYC when on the brink of summer, Central Park's Summer stage kicked off with two British ensembles.

Omari Banks: Former Cricketer Turned Reggae Rocker Is Making Waves

Erika Finn | Posted 05.18.2016 | Arts
Erika Finn

At six foot five, dark and handsome, with long dreadlocks and a cool Caribbean style, you can't help but be drawn to Omari Banks. I meet up with Omari...

The Heart of Lightness: Envision Festival 2016

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.18.2017 | Arts
Morena Duwe

There exists a realm called Envision, betwixt beach and jungle it lies, Created with care and precision, for bright and curious eyes. The moment you p...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Matisyahu Reflects on 10 Years of 'Youth,' Home, and the Road

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.09.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Hasidic Jew makes it as a reggae star. It could've been a gimmick. It could've been a joke. It could've been an interesting episode of The Fresh Princ...

My Night Out: Trading Broadway Tunes for Caribbean Melodies

Erika Finn | Posted 03.02.2017 | Arts
Erika Finn

I arrived in St. Martin full of excitement and ready to embark on a musical exploration and cultural adventure. I headed to my hotel, Belmond La Saman...

Buju And the Deportee Narrative (Things Change)

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.07.2017 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

The lyrics of Freddie McGregor's Big Ship rocked out in my head as I boarded the massive Norwegian Pearl cruise liner. It was a rainy Saturday afterno...

Feeling the Music

Curtis Rogers | Posted 01.21.2017 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

Apparently the 'Sprinkler' isn't an appropriate dance move for Reggae. It isn't really my fault I broke into dance while listening to my new favorite music. I was just feeling the spirit of the sound of the islands.

Filmmakers Jeremy Whittaker and Roy Anderson Bring Jamaican Culture and History to a New Generation

Anne Thornley-Brown | Posted 10.11.2016 | Black Voices
Anne Thornley-Brown

As more and more Black young people of Jamaican heritage are raised in the USA, Canada, and the UK, it is important for them to have an understanding of their history and culture in order to develop a strong sense of identity.

In Tense Times, Thousands of Matisyahu Fans Find Some Light in Jerusalem

Anav Silverman | Posted 10.12.2016 | Entertainment
Anav Silverman

At a press conference in Tel Aviv prior to his performance in the capital, Matisyahu stated that it was important for "American Jews like myself to come to Israel no matter what's happening here."

For Love of the Music: A Review of Matisyahu's Live at Stubb's, Vol. III

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 10.08.2016 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Ten years after the release of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb's (which reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart), Matisyahu has again returned to the well-known Texas venue to record Live at Stubb's, Vol. III.

It's a Perfect Summer

Brad Puet | Posted 09.09.2016 | Entertainment
Brad Puet

It's a Perfect Summer: An Interview with Quino of Big Mountain The Big Mountain in the 1990's took the world by storm with their reggae music. With h...

#Katrina10: How Trust Faith and Grace Got Us Out of New Orleans in the Knick of Time

Laura Aiisha | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Laura Aiisha

I watched as the stories came in that covered the destruction, fatalities and the chaos that ensued. And my heart ached for all those who were missing, dead and displaced as a result of this storm and the busted levies. This experience had an impact on me I will never forget.

'Rudimental in Jamaica' for We The Generation!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we've seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows.

A Remarkable Silence -- Taking a Look in the Mirror

Shahar Azani | Posted 08.27.2016 | World
Shahar Azani

In mid-August, an American Jewish singer, Matisyahu, was due to perform at Rototom Sunsplash festival in eastern Spain.

Roger Steffens: Reggae Encyclopedist and "Family Acid" Photographer

Eric Trules | Posted 08.14.2016 | Arts
Eric Trules

Steffens' world-famous reggae archives are housed in a labyrinthine maze below the first floor of his home in Echo Park, filling the entire lower level of seven rooms from floor to ceiling.

The Santa Cruz Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.05.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Many music festivals are located in outskirts, wildernesses and boonies with the idea of creating a relocated community away from the normalcy of city life. Even city festivals usually take place at a venue that though proximal to city life, makes festival-goers feel as if they are in a timeless and placeless dimension.

Jennifer Hudson's Body-Positive Mantra: 'Love What Skin You're In'

RaVal Davis | Posted 07.22.2016 | Style
RaVal Davis

"You've got to embrace yourself. Love what skin you're in," says Jennifer Hudson. "It's not about what other people think. It's about what you believe about yourself, so own it."

The Musical Evolution of Chuckie

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.16.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Diverging from his roots in techno and tech house, Chuckie has also been releasing a series of EPs with ChildsPlay titled Traphall. Though he will still often play techno and tech house during his live sets, he is perpetually striving to expand his sonic horizons.