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Tiger – Ready Fi Dem

Tiger – Ready Fi Dem

by M. Peggy Quattro

Tiger & MPeggyQ – July 2, 2011

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Tiger, the award-winning DJ sensation who pounced on the music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, was recently in South Florida for a one-off performance with the groundbreaking Shabba Ranks. The 5th Annual Flash Back Nights was held at Ft. Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on July 2, 2011, and the sold out crowd welcomed the two icons with open arms.Prior to that evenings performance, I caught up with the two legends at their hotel. Shabba, a Reggae Report regular and featured on four covers, was looking fit and healthy. In between endless cell phones calls we chatted and reminisced about those early days of Dancehall when Shabba was king and paved the way for todays performers. The Grammy-winner was looking forward to that evenings performance and mentioned that he visits South Florida frequently. Sounds like a future interview, fi real.

Tiger – Prince of the Dancehall

I made my way to Tiger’s room, looking forward to seeing my pal from back in the day. Tiger, a regular Reggae Report item, was one of a handful of artists who stepped up to perform at the magazines fundraising Sampler Show in 1991. His talent, humor, spirit, and generosity were inspiring and not forgotten. I had not seen Tiger since the horrible motorcycle accident in December 1993 that forced the cat into seclusion and a long period of recuperation. Excited at hearing he was back on the prowl, it became my goal to catch up with the tenacious Tiger. Continue reading

Fas’ Chat – Ky-mani Marley

FasChat –  with Ky-mani Marley

By M. Peggy Quattro

Ky-mani Marley – Arriving back from a tour of Australia, Brazil, Thailand, Senegal,New Zealand, & Vanuatu in the Pacific Islands, MPeggyQ caught up with actor, author, humanitarian & Grammy-nominated  artist Ky-mani Marley backstage at Miami’s Nine Mile Reggae Fest, March 12, 2011

At the time of the interview, Ky-mani spoke proudly of his collaboration with upcoming singer Proteje.  Proteje’s single, Rasta Love, featuring Ky-mani was currently #1 in Jamaica and the two artists were excited to perform the hit for fans gathered at Bayfront Park that night. Ky-mani said that while on break at home in Miami, he was going to spend the time recording, mixing, and mastering his new album and get it ready for promotion before starting his summer tour. Continue reading

Busy Signal Breaks New Ground

Busy Signal Breaks New Ground with “Suavemente”

Busy Signal is a top versatile Dancehall artist, and one of the most sought after. Whether implementing the soulful importance of the Commodores’ Night Shift on his song of the same name, or his lyrical versatility connecting with all fans on Marcia Griffiths’ song Automatic, Busy Signal knows which buttons to push and where. Continue reading

Buju Banton-Before the Dawn Concert

Buju Banton Before the Dawn Concert: Soaring to Spiritual Heights!

By M. Peggy Quattro and Halcyone Hoagland
Photos M. Peggy Quattro, David Muir, Roy Sweetland

Buju chills with his fans – Photo David Muir

With more than 20 years as a Reggae music icon, Rasta Dancehall performer and five-time Grammy nominee Buju Banton has no shortage of true friends, as in those who are there for you in your greatest time of need. The all-star line-up of artists, media professionals from around the world, and all-around top-shottas of Jamaican entertainment gathered together inside Miami’s Bayfront Amphitheater were just that Buju’s nearest and dearest. Surrounded by those who have mentored and been mentored by him, Buju gave thanks for fans and friends who have clearly given him tremendous strength and support during the challenges of the past year. As Buju awaits retrial in February 2011, Reggae Report caught up with Buju’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, at a quick briefing inside the press tent. Markus has successfully defended several cases in the state of Florida and remains optimistic about the outcome of the case. Buju is positive most people would have crumbled by now he remarked. Its very hard to fight the government, very difficult. He added that they are trying to say Buju Banton is a drug dealer, and Buju is no drug dealer.

Ras Michael and the Nyabinghi Drummers set the evenings tone with Rasta chants invoking the spirit and blessings of the Most High. With a certain reverence in the air, guest artists took the stage one by one: Richie Loop, Everton Blender, Nadine Sutherland, Freddie McGregor, Wayne Wonder, Mykal (Michael) Rose, Gyptian, Sean Paul and Spragga Benz, Tarrus Riley (who did some hilarious impersonations of Buju and had Dean Fraser mocking Buju’s voice with the his sax), Shaggy with Rayvon and Serani, Gramps Morgan, and Miami’s own DJ Khaled, who brought Ace Hood, Rich Kid, and surprise guest Busta Rhymes. Each one echoed their sole purpose for being there, to provide support, strength, and to build solidarity as a community. Hit after hit, the program grew in steady anticipation of Buju’s arrival. Continue reading

JA Vintage Music Fest with Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Frankie Paul – Classic Reggae!

Great Vocalists Rule at the Jamaica Vintage Independence Celebration

Review by M. Peggy Quattro
Photos by Lynn Dearing and M. Peggy Quattro

Photo M. Peggy Quattro

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Jamaica Vintage Music Fest is becoming one of the must-see shows in South Florida. In celebration of Jamaica’s Independence, a group of the island’s finest singers came together for a night of true niceness.

From Rock Steady to Dancehall to the Cool Ruler himself, Club Cinema was packed with an all-ages audience eager for the music and ready to dance! Continue reading

Cat Coore & Jarcat Records

Cat Coore and Jarcat Records Launch into Cyberspace

Words and photos by M. Peggy Quattro

Kingston, Jamaica – Master musician Stephen “Cat” Coore has an impeccable reputation amongst industry peers and music fans in Kingston, Jamaica. Therefore, it was no surprise when the internationally acclaimed Third World Band guitarist, cellist, and producer aligned with veteran Kingston hotelier, actor, and aspiring singer/songwriter Donahue Jarrett, and Jarrett’s longtime friend and successful businessman Philip Hill, to launch Jarcat Records in Kingston, the heart of the reggae music industry.

http://www.reggaereport.com/images/stories/articles/donahue%2C%20cat%2C%20phil%20by%20kai.jpgThe multi-faceted recording company has been in development for more than two years. Cat and Donahue have been writing and recording songs featuring themselves individually, while also capturing the talents of local singers and songwriters. The result is a 13-track CD entitled Jarcat Grooves Vol. 1. The first single to reach the airwaves is Donahue Jarrett’s “All I’ve Got to Give,” featuring guest vocals by Third World’s Bunny Rugs Clarke. This debut release offers a sampling of the songs that will be found on future solo albums for Cat and Donahue, as well as new recording artists Kai Wakeling and Sean Dayes. Continue reading

Alton Ellis -Rocksteady Legend: A Tribute & Stories

Alton Ellis: Godfather of Rocksteady -The Loss of a Legend

(9/01/40 – 10/10/08)
By M. Peggy Quattro

Alton Ellis – Rocksteady Legend Photo Jan Salzman

Oct. 12, 2008 – London, UK – The music world bid a fond farewell to Alton Nehemiah Ellis, legendary singer and songwriter, who peacefully passed away October 11, 2008, inside London’s Hammersmith Hospital, after a year-long battle with lymphatic cancer. Born in Kingston and raised in the Trenchtown area, Alton attended Ebenezer School and Boys’ Town School, where he excelled in music, piano, cricket, table tennis, and boxing. It is known that Alton was a skilled and talented dancer, often winning local dance contests. However, when he began performing at school concerts, his interest and passion turned to singing.

The smooth and silky voiced Ellis began his singing career in the 1950s, forming Alton & Eddie with partner Eddie Perkins. Soon after Perkins left for a solo career, Ellis moved to the Studio One label in the early 60s. Unhappy there, Alton then took his talent to Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle, where he formed a backup vocal trio called The Flames. His first solo hit was “Dance Crasher,” followed by the first Rocksteady single, ‘Get Ready – Rock Steady.” The story is that when a bassist did not show up for a recording session, master keyboardist Jackie Mittoo played the bass part himself. Unable to keep up with the quick ska beat, Mittoo slowed down the tempo, resulting in a new rhythm that allowed Alton to stretch his voice more – and the Rocksteady era was born.

Alton continued to wow Jamaican fans with the new sound, releasing such Rocksteady standards as “Cry Tough,” “Willow Tree,” and his smash hit, “Girl I’ve Got a Date.” During the late 1960s, Alton recorded “Remember That Sunday” with the great Phyllis Dillon, as well as several singles and albums with his talented sister, Hortense Ellis, including the well-known Alton & Hortense Ellis.    (Continue reading to see the interviews and articles in past Reggae Report Magazines!)

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