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British dub poet, political activist with Jamaican roots, dies at 65

Benjamin Zephaniah, a British poet and political activist who drew huge inspiration from his Caribbean roots – a Jamaican mother and a Barbadian father – has died. He was 65. Zephaniah died Thursday after being diagnosed with a brain tumour eight weeks ago, his family said in a statement on Instagram. “We shared him with the world and we know many will be shocked and saddened by this news,” the family said. Zephaniah, who was born in Birmingham in central […]

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Legendary selector Di General Pink Panther crowned at World Bash

A sold-out crowd erupted into roars at Irish and Chin’s World Bash in New York during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Billed as a victory for sound system culture by thousands of fans, emotions ran high at the musically charged event, which pinnacled with a touching, surprise crowning of nine-time World Clash General Pink Panther. The legendary selector was celebrated for his endless contributions to sound system, sound clash, reggae, and dancehall music and culture over his storied career. There wasn’t […]

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Tanya Stephens celebrates her ‘out-ness’ with Sting 40

Continuing her whirlwind year of local stages, Tanya Stephens is returning to the Sting stage after her 18-year hiatus. With only the highest praise for the show, Stephens told The Gleaner at the launch of the event on Tuesday, that her favourite platforms have always been those based in her island home. “I am a Jamaican and a Jamaican artiste,” Stephens explained. “A Jamaica build me and hone me in the sense that, a Jamaica all of mi inspiration come […]

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Clatta Bumboo shares inspirations for debut album ‘Make Way Rasta’

A self-proclaimed student of reggae, Clatta Bumboo favours the roots-reggae sound that found a global audience during the 1970s. It is the dominant feel on Make Way Rasta, his first album, which was released in November. Based in Rhode Island, he recorded the 12-song set there and his native Westmoreland, working with local musicians. He co-produced Make Way Rasta with Jamaican Garfield Gabay and Americans Djim Job and Ray Gennari. Clatta Bumboo, 46, wanted the songs to reflect his heroes. […]

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