On March 28 I received a press release from online music station Bang Radio 103.6 FM , announcing the exciting news that they were about to officially launch Riddim Radio FM across London and online via http://www.weareriddim.com, becoming the ‘first legal reggae and dancehall music station in the capital’. (Click here to read the entire press release). The press release also stated that the news was embargoed until Monday March 31. I posted the news on Monday morning and within an hour […]
UK RADIO NEWS: REGGAE DJ NATTY B AND DADDY ERNIE, DAVE P AND MARTIN JAY AXED IN CAPITAL XTRA TAKEOVER
It was officially announced today that Choice FM is now to be known as Capital XTRA and as expected there are casualties and will probably be more. The Voice reports that Choice FM veteran Reggae DJ Natty B has been axed by the station. Natty tweeted: “It is with deep regret that last Sunday…was my final show on Choice FM. This has come as an unexpected surprise as has the news that the station will be now known as Capital Extra & […]
Lord have mercy Shabba Ranks has given me LIFE on this wet and gloomy Thursday morning. In the interview below Shabba talks about the recent BET Awards Reggae/Dancehall tribute performance featuring, Beanie Man, Elephant Man, Dawn Penn, Chaka Demus and Pliers, and why he declined their offer to appear also. [Thanks Keysha] Hahahahahaha. TELL DEM SHABBA!!! Over to you BET. *Looks over at Stephen Hill and Debra Lee – sips tea*
Reggae DJ David Rodigan MBE has announced via Twitter that he has joined BBC 1xtra. I am absolutely delighted to be joining BBC @1Xtra focusing on new cutting edge reggae and classic cuts every Sunday from 7-9pm. — David Rodigan (@DavidRodigan) January 08, 2013 In November 2012 Rodigan resigned as KISS FM after 22 years of service at the station. After handing in his resignation Rodigan said in a statement: Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio […]
The Independant reports that one of Britain’s best known Reggae deejay’s David Rodigan has resigned from Kiss FM, after 22 years of service at the station. In a statement Rodigan said: “I’ve been with the station for 22 years, shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff and it’s with great sadness that I’ve come to this decision. Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio scheduling, it has left me no option […]
BBC 1xtra DJ Robbo Ranx presents a special documentary on Tuff Gong Studios in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th independence. With exclusive performances from, Beenie Man, Capleton, Elephant Man, TOK, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin, Mr Vegas, Khago and ‘Gyptian. [Thanks Keysha] Brilliant!
The Jamaica Observer reports that controversial reggae star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Police issued the following statement, “The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a 27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park,” The Jamaica Observer also goes on to report that the preliminary hearing […]
Reggae star Buju Banton (real name Mark Myrie) has been found guilty of three cocaine related charges in Florida. Click HERE to read more. This news has ruined my appetite.
“This is my new image,” Kartel said in the interview. “You can expect the unexpected. I feel comfortable with black people lightening their skin. They want a different look. It’s tantamount to white people getting a sun tan. [Reggae star Vybz Kartel talks about his ridiculous skin bleaching antics in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine] Check out lost soul Vybz below.
Rapper Rick Ross has joined forces with Jamaican reggae artists Jah Cure and Mavado on the new track Like I See It. When I first heard about this collaboration I was far from happy. I have never really liked the outcome when reggae artists mix it up with rap artists – especially when they mix it up with rap mainstream mediocrity like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake to name but a few. I am very protective of my beloved reggae music. The genre has still managed to preserve it’s purity somewhat and […]