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I came across this video by a woman called Terry Lynn from Waterhouse, Kingston – a ghetto area I have been to a number of times.
It’s a really good video and I was kind of transfixed by the production, filmed entirely in Waterhouse, the images and shots are really fantastic.
Very innovative and she has an interesting story to tell about growing up in Waterhouse and trying to make it as an artist when you have to pay money to get your records onto the radio. Here’s an interview she gave.
Right now I’m feeling Tarrus Riley and Konshens …
and Brick and Lace (I didn’t like them before, but this tune is pretty catchy).
Someone is spoiling their fun, their vibes, their livelihoods.
A long standing reggae old hits night is the latest casualty in the clampdown on music events going on in Jamaica. The Noise Abatement Act is a law from 1997 which prohibits loudspeakers after 11pm and at music events after 2am. I mean come on – this is Jamaica where the dances go on until 6 in the morning standard time. What is going on here?
Well the residents of Rae Town are now losing their weekly Sunday night reggae old hits session which many of the people in this poor community based their livelihoods around – whether it was selling alittle fish to the crowds or just to spread some good vibes.
I have no idea why the government are deciding to enforce this law at this time, probably to distract people from the fact that the economy is in crisis.
This is the concert that I have always wanted to go to but never have yet. Every year I’m like, wouldn’t it be great to go, but I still never have. One day, one day.
It is a legendary concert. The proper ghetto concert – not for the faint hearted. Go there expecting some shots to be fired!
It happens in Portmore every Christmas time. Run by the promoter called Leng – proper name Isaiah Laing from Supreme Promotions.
It’s the 25th concert this year and it has been launched by Portmore native, Vybz Kartel (who’s been busy promoting Ramping Shop!)
Laing of course and none other than Renato Adams. Adams is a more than controversial police man. To just get a flavour of how controversial he is take a look at some of these newspaper headlines about him – here and here.
Gosh I could write a very long post about Adams, but this is about Sting.
2004 I was set to go but life got in the way – that year was when Kartel bottled Ninja man in the face and there was a lot of blood.
There is always some beef between the artists that has to get hyped up – but hopefully it won’t lead to any actual violence this year. In the past, the big beef has always been between Bounty Killer and Beenie man – but them two are ready to collect their pension now!
It’s all about Kartel and Mavado nowadays.
I always loved Kartel the best – whenever I have met him and interviewed him he has made me laugh and i’ve always been blown away by his eloquence and sense of humour. I like the guy and I’ve always liked his songs.
But I don’t feel like that anymore – since Mavado, Kartel just seems like old news. Mavado is singing about Jamaica now – he’s got the sadness and the grief in his voice. Kartel has got the bravado and cockiness and cheekiness which I think is the past. Today’s Jamaica is much more serious. Read more about this years’s Sting line up and details here.
I read that Shaggy is holding a concert on Jan 3rd 2009 to raise money for Jamaica’s Bustamante Children’s Hospital. I always considered Shaggy as abit of a useless artist, so hearing this news certainly increases my estimation of him.
There seems to be quite a lot of charity events in the reggae and dancehall world – usually some gala or other going on.
Like Richie Stephens who did this thing with BET to raise money for potential athletes in Jamaica.
Also as i said in my last post, Buju Banton has a charity supporting people with HIV.
I had a quick look arouns to see what Vybz Kartel was doing and found an article from 2007 which says he donated funds to Tredegar All-Age School. I’m sure he probably does a bit more than that. I wish they would publish a list like Forbes rich list which detail how much they give away as a percentage of their overall wealth and to which causes.
Of course the question probably worth asking is, what’s the point? If the government can’t fund education, equip hospitals, maintain law and order, what can Shaggy do about it?