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Sit back, explore, learn, & enjoy! This is our music! A revolutionary music that changed the world & continues to spread the word, sound & power of One Love to new generations! Give thanks to the many talented writers, photographers & artists who contributed to this magazine’s success! Roots! Know your history!

Livicated to Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Don Taylor, Clint O’Neil, Mikey Zappow, & Arielle Grace.

Tragic Demise of ‘Mystic Man’ Peter Tosh – Nov. 1987

Peter Tosh was murdered in his home on Sept. 11, 1987, along with several friends. M. Peggy Quattro reported the details in this rare 1987 issue of #ReggaeReport. Peter’s funeral/life celebration inside Kingston’s National Arena is also covered by writer Imani Tafari Ama.  Click to read all this and more.  Roots! Know your history!

Today is April 20, 2015 – or 420 – International Peter Tosh Day!

“Legalize it, don’t criticize it…”

Jack Radics – The Man with the Golden Voice

Jack Radics
Jack Radics – Singer, Songwriter, Producer

There are many great singers in Reggae, and a few able to mix in Soul and Pop to create a unique sound. But there are very few who possess that golden voice – a voice that when you hear it, you know instantly who it is. At the top of that list stands veteran singer and songwriter Jack Radics. For more than 25 years, Jack Radics has quietly and deliberately guided his career to become an extraordinary artist, songwriter, and performer; a singer so recognizable, that from the first moment you hear those smooth, golden bass tones you suddenly feel caressed and warm all over. Think Barry White mixed with Lou Rawls, add a little Otis “Love Man” Redding for good measure, and you get close to the unique golden voice of Jack Radics.

Jack Radics' latest release is Way2Long
Jack Radics’ latest release is Way2Long

His musical journey continues with the release of Way2Long, the latest CD on his Sound Faculty label. The title track is obtainable as a single download on iTunes and Amazon, and available to listen to on Spotify, iHeartRadio, and the Jack RadicsYou Tube channel. The album contains several songs penned by the high-volume hit maker, including the title track, “Hour Glass,” “The Truth,” “Make You Mine,” “All I Ever Wanted to Be,” “Birdsong,” and “Lion on His Throne.” He also adds his golden touch to Lucky Dube’s “The Other Side,” Macy Gray’s “Fireplace,” and Paul Young’s “Every Time You Go Away.” Musicians include Sly & Robbie, Dalton Browne, Dean Fraser, and Othneil Halliburton. Pam Hall, Fionna Forrest, and Bunny Brown provide vocal support. Producers include Geoffrey Forrest, Lynford “Fatta” Marshall, Ruediger Nieschmidt, and Jack Radics as executive producer.

Born on December 31 in Kingston, Jamaica, this New Year’s Eve baby was blessed with the gift of music. Playing piano and singing in school and church choirs as a child paved the way for today’s Jack Radics – a moniker he took on because of his multiple talents and radical thinking. As comfortable in a recording studio as on stage, the international platinum-selling Jack Radics has delivered dozens of albums and innumerable hit singles over his extensive career. Noteworthy record labels he’s worked with include Jamaica’s Penthouse, Digital B, Fat Eyes, and New Name Records, as well as international labels Sony, EMI, Jive, RCA, and Island.

Jack Radics and Yami Bolo
Jack Radics & Yami Bolo – Two of Jamaica’s hottest singers of the 1990s!

Whether singing, writing, producing or performing, the inimitable Radics style shines through. His prolific published catalogue contains thousands of songs, and owing to his love of writing, there is an extensive catalogue waiting to be published. Jack Radics has enjoyed such major hits as “No Matter,” which topped charts around the world in 1999, and the No. 1, Gold and Platinum-selling “Twist and Shout” with Chaka Demus and Pliers in 1994. Jack Radics has been steadily in demand for shows, recording partnerships, and original songs. Gentleman, Germany’s premier Reggae performer has topped several charts with Gold and Platinum-selling Jack Radics-penned tunes. Collaborations include such Reggae and Dancehall greats as Shaggy, Tony Rebel, Super Cat, Yami Bolo, Reggie Stepper, and Josie Wales, and he has shared European stages with super stars Blondie and the late great Joe Cocker.

A highlight of 2014 was Jack Radics’ magnetic performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival along the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Backed by his Love and Laughter band, Jack Radics delivered a performance filled with energy and passion, his golden voice causing the Montreux staff to abandon their posts to enjoy the tasteful fusion of Reggae, Pop and Soul. His moving introduction of “Way2Long,” the new single that rose to the top of the Florida and New York Tri-state charts, was received heartily by this diverse, international and enthusiastic music crowd.

For 2015, Jack Radics has packaged his golden voice, tasteful talents, and his art of wrapping ribbon around smooth musical genres to present the world a gift he calls Conscious Music. It’s going to be an active year for the legendary singer, songwriter, and performer as he gears up to present the new Way2Long CD and his far-reaching roster of hit songs on tours to the U.S., Africa, and Asia.

Jack Radics
Jack Radics – Promo Print 1990s

Be sure to Like the Jack Radics Facebook fan page, Follow @JackRadicsMusic on Twitter, and check his website at JackRadicsOnline.com for news, updates, performance schedules, merchandise, and music.

 

Maxi Priest – This is My Life

by M. Peggy Quattro

Maxi Priest with Easy to Love CD
Maxi Priest – Easy to Love CD – Available now!

No doubt, Maxi Priest is one of the hardest and longest-working men in the Reggae biz. In town to perform for the inaugural ONE Caribbean Fest, and, following an exclusive Meet, Greet, and Eat fan luncheon at Miami’s HOT 105 to promote his Easy to Love CD, the supercharged singer sat down inside the Miramar offices of VP Records for a long overdue catch-up interview.

Our connection goes way back. Maxi Priest has been featured on no less than five Reggae Report magazine covers, and from 1985 to 1998, he was featured, reviewed, interviewed, or mentioned in innumerable issues. In fact, since storming the music scene from his South London base in 1985, Maxi Priest has not stopped writing, recording, performing, promoting, producing, or rockin’ n’ rollin’, all while circling the globe .  Continue reading

Garnet Silk Interview with MPeggyQ Highlighted in Jamaica Observer

By Howard Campbell, Observer Senior Writer

The Jamaica Observer continues its 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. This month marks 20 years since his death.

M. Peggy Quattro did not know what to expect when she arrived in Kingston to interview reggae star Garnet Silk for her Reggae Report magazine in February 1994.

The last time she saw the singer was five months earlier. He was being helped off the stage at a New York City nightclub, unable to complete a show due to what doctors later diagnosed as exhaustion.

He had not performed in concert since.

When Quattro showed up at Silk’s home in the St Andrew hills, his mood was completely different. Continue reading

ONE Caribbean Music Fest Makes South Florida Debut

ONE Caribbean Music Festival Debuts in Ft. Lauderdale!
ONE Caribbean Music Festival Debuts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

Broward 100 welcomes the inaugural ONE Caribbean Music Festival as part of its centennial activities. This star-studded event will feature multicultural cuisine, sounds and fusion of Reggae, Kompa, Salsa, Jazz, and Soca at Central Broward Regional Park, Dec. 13 & 14, 2014

Music, art, and Caribbean cuisine will provide an assortment of multicultural delights as world-class talent takes center stage at the ONE Caribbean Music Festival, Dec. 13 & 14, 2014, inside the Central Broward Regional Park. Recognizing the season of giving, patrons are encouraged donate one new, safe, unwrapped toy to the ONE Toy Drive, benefiting Angels of Hope children’s homes throughout the Caribbean. Continue reading

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