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

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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 […]

Legendary selector Di General Pink Panther crowned at World Bash

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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