RRI Media Corp., a Miami, Florida-based corporation, aka Reggae Report enjoys an international reputation. As we celebrate 33 years in 2014, we look forward to the possibilities of this Web site. This is a continuation of our journey. From its humble beginnings as a newsletter in 1983, Reggae Report evolved into a glossy magazine that, by 1986, was distributed throughout the U.S. and dozens of cities around the world. By the mid-90s, Reggae Report had an international following in more than 46 countries, a collection of awards and accolades, and a history of consistency and dependability. In addition, it was recognized as the ultimate source for Reggae news and information, sustained a reputation for providing quality journalism, and received the trust, support, and respect of performers and music industry professionals on all levels.
Before the Internet – there was Reggae Report!
Our goal is to present a site that speaks to the audience, a site that will engage and entertain Reggae fans with current news & events in the world a’Reggae, but also provide an Archive rich in the history, a timeline of Reggae’s international growth. Our success will be based on brand power, intellectual property, and our strong competitive position. As our site grows, fans will reap the rewards.
This momentum will carry us to destinations worldwide, bringing you visual contact and up close and personal with your favorite stars and locations. In addition, we will have video and audio gems to share. The plan is ongoing. As we reach one goal, we will strive for another. We will endeavor to meet and exceed your expectations.
Publisher M. Peggy Quattro enjoys an extensive musical history. She began her career in 1981 as assistant to Don Taylor, then manager of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Gregory Isaacs; followed by a stint with veteran producer Joe Gibbs whose label boasted Dennis Brown, JC Lodge, Culture, Yellowman, and Beres Hammond, to name a few. In 1983, with a strong desire to utilize her writing and photography skills, and armed with industry contacts and an awareness of the popularity of Reggae music in Europe and South America, she began Reggae Report with Michael “Mikey Zappow” Williams. Williams returned to Jamaica in 1985, and Ms. Quattro continued the magazine and her quest to spread the music and message continues.
Ms. Quattro’s background includes:
- Writing articles for Billboard, Caribbean Travel andLife, Miami Metro, High Times, Caribbean Today, and the JamaicaRecord.
- Executive producer of Reggae Report’s fan-favorite “Small Axe” Awards presentation.
- Both panelist and moderator at music conferences held in New York City, Miami, Austin, and Kingston, Jamaica
- Speaking about Reggae on several occasions, including a seminar at the University of Miami and the Coral Gables, FL library.
- Being a special guest on BET-TV’s “Black Voices” program, along with other popular Reggae performers.
- In 1982, directed “Caribbean Sunburst”, a major four-day festival on Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
- In 1991 and 1992, hosting “Strick’ly Reggae,” a twice-weekly radio program on WAVS-AM (Ft. Lauderdale) and WVCG-AM (Miami).
- In 1998, executive producer of Dancehall Dynamite, a CD for NYC’s Relativity Records, coordinating 13-tracks of top names in Reggae and Dancehall.
- In 1999, introducing ReggaeReport.com, a popular Internet portal for Reggae music.
- In 2000, contributing biographical liner notes and photos for Atlantic Records’ tribute Garnet Silk CD.
- In 2005, her exclusive interview with the late Garnet Silk was included on VP Records tribute 10th Anniversary Garnet Silk CD.
- In 2007, introduced “Backstage @ReggaeReport.com,” an online Net-TV video production outlet.
- In 2009, served as VP of Communications for Jamaica Arts Development Foundation.
- In 2009, began the popular Reggae Report Facebook Fan Page.
Arielle Grace Quattro is Social Media Manager, as well as Video Producer and On-air Personality for “Backstage @ReggaeReport.com.” Arielle is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Nicholson School of Communication, where she received a BA in Television Production.
Many of our contributors, whose names you will surely recognize, have been associated with Reggae Report for many years. Their dedication is unwavering, and their contributions invaluable. We welcome our new associates and look forward to their active participation. If you would like to become a contributor, please send samples of your writing and/or photographs to Publisher.
Publisher/Editor: M. Peggy Quattro
Social Media Manager/Video Editor: Arielle Quattro
Webmaster and Technician: Adam Buechler
Artistic Director: LMCS (Lloyd Mattis Creative Services)
Technical Advisor: Greg Vannoy