Sisters to Sisters Mediathon 2008

Sisters to Sisters TV Mediathon

Raises JA$6.5 Million Dollars for Jamaica’s Young Women
by A. Frischauer-Bernard

Sunday, April 13, was a day of shared joy and pain, a celebration of lives and achievements, the ability to endure abuse and suffering, and to overcome through strength and determination. But most of all, it was about Sisterhood. The CPTC’s (Creative Production & Training Centre) studios were host to a live ‘Mediathon’ entitled “Sisters to Sisters,” under the International Women’s Day theme, “Financing for Gender Equality.”

Marcia Griffiths and Lady G Performed Together

Sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports (MICYS), the objective was to raise JA$10 million for the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation and the establishment of a shelter being built by the Bureau for Women’s Affairs for battered women. Continue reading

Luciano at Crash Mansion 2008

Luciano Performs at Crash Mansion – As Part of His Summer Tour

Photos and Review by Jan Salzman

Luciano at Crash Mansion, LA

I eagerly anticipated this show as, about six weeks prior, I caught up with Luciano at a CD release party held at a Jamaica Live event insie the club, Dragonfly. This Crash Mansion show, in downtown LA, was another great production put on by the group known as Jamaica Live.

The club was packed as Jah Messenjah Band took the stage about 11 pm. First up was Luciano’s long-time music associate and friend, Mikey General, who livened up the crowd with “Power of the Most High, Jah.” At one point during his show, Mikey told about the tribulations he went through in choosing to wear dreadlocks, and his choice to follow the Rastafari path. He did a short but magnificent set.

Dreadlocks flying!
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Buju Banton Speaks Out 2008

A Few Words From Gargamel Himself – Buju Banton Speaks Out…

May 12, 2008 – Kingston, Jamaica
Greetings, good people of the earth! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the love and support over the years and for your continued support in the future.

By now most have already heard about the separation between myself and Penthouse Music Group. Let me assure you that it was one of mutual understanding, and that I sincerely wish Mr. Donovan Germain all the best. With much respect, I say to Mr. Germain, thank you for the many years of service and for the eye-opening experience.

To the haters, hate on. To the well-wishers, we will be victorious because JAH LIVE. As for me personally, I am fine. Glad I now have the medium to communicate to my fans and friends all over the world. Continue reading

SunFest 2008 – W. Palm Beach

Steel Pulse and Stephen Marley Draw Huge Audiences at SunFest!

By M. Peggy Quattro
Photos Lynn Dearing

May 6, 2008 – Palm Beach, Florida  – Another picture perfect weekend for a picture perfect festival. Founded in 1982, SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival, is held the first of every May and attracts more than 275,000 visitors annually. The ever-popular 5-day Fest stretches for nearly a mile, tucked between the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and the architecturally beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.

David Hinds brought the Roots back to Reggae

The Fest always features the finest in music, food, art, and fun for the entire family. This year, SunFest’s diverse headliners, spread out over three stages, included John Legend, Fergie, Sheryl Crowe, Little Feat, The Black Crowes, and Morris Day and the Time, to name just a few. Reggae fans can always count on catching the Reggae train at SunFest, and this year’s featured performers included Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Matisyahu, and Made of Hemp. Continue reading