The West Palm Beach waterfront festival was full of fun, food, and music!
Words & Photos by M. Peggy Quattro
Video & Social Media by Arielle Quattro
This year, the trek to West Palm Beach (WPB) from Miami was by Tri-Rail. As first timers on the two-tier train that rides alongside the 10-lane I95 expressway, we enjoyed the special SunFest $5 fares, an added bonus to the hands-free, gasless, mindless commute.
Downtown Palm Beach was all abuzz with festival activities. A favorite for South Floridians, SunFest draws all ages, races, and nationalities, men, women, kids, and millennials sporting the latest fashion trends. But it’s the music that brings them to the waterfront fest every year, for the five days of top names from all musical genres and the best in local talent. This Saturday drew me in with two acclaimed Reggae acts – Grammy-winner Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, aka Zilla, and the Grammy-nominated Washington, DC-based band SOJA. Continue reading
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…”
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. Continue reading
by M. Peggy Quattro
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
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