Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Morgan Heritage

THC Unplugged: J Boog Reimagines Marlon Asher’s “Ganja Farmer”

Words by Skyla Stover-

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A Samoan who was raised in Compton, the now Hawaii-based J Boog doesn’t have the typical reggae star pedigree. Over the last few years, though, he’s grown an increasingly large following, making his presence felt on some of the hottest reggae riddims—Kingston 13, Summer Scheme, Live in Love and Moving, to name a few—and collaborating with Jamaican artists like Peetah Morgan, Richie Spice and Tarrus Riley.

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Audio: Peetah Morgan x Hollie Cook, “Independent Jamaica”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

With Jamaican independence celebrations just days away, VP Records is set to drop its Out of Many, 50 Years of Reggae compilation on Tuesday, July 31. The three-disc set, which features one song from each of the 50 years since Jamaica gained its independence, begins and ends with the same tune: “Independent Jamaica” originally recorded by Lord Creator in 1962 and covered, on the compilation’s only previously unreleased track, by Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage) and Hollie Cook.

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Video: Inner Circle Remember Jacob Miller on His Birthday

Words by Jesse Serwer, Video by JRoc

Today would have been the 60th birthday of Jacob Miller, who died tragically in a car accident 32 years ago. The crew at Miami’s Circle House Studios just sent us this clip they put together in honor of the legendary reggae vocalist and Inner Circle frontman, featuring Ian Lewis, Roger Lewis and Touter Harvey of the “Bad Boys of Reggae” remembering their former bandmate.

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Bless Up, Mi Dads: Ten Current Caribbean Artists and Their Musical Fathers

Words by Jesse Serwer

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When you think of kids carrying on their father’s musical legacy, the Marley family is, rightfully, probably the first to come to mind. And if you’re talking about current reggae/dancehall music, you have to acknowledge the McGregor clan, with siblings Stephen, Chino and Shema all carrying on the Big Ship banner begun by their still-active father, Freddie McGregor. With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it got us wondering: who are some of the other current Caribbean artists and producers with influential musical fathers behind them? As many “mama” tunes as there are in reggae, dancehall and other genres, tributes to fathers are rare. Here’s 10 names we’re guessing you may know, and 10 reasons why you should also know their fathers–if you’re not up on the connections already.

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Mickey Dread: Disney Goes Reggae

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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Yes, you read the headline correctly. In yet another validation of the universal appeal (and selling power) of Caribbean music, entertainment giant Disney recently announced the release of it’s first all-reggae project, with a roots version of Louis Armstrong’s “It’s a Wonderful World” by Ziggy Marley (click here for a preview) as the lead single. As he discussed with LU in our recent interview, Ziggy has carved a niche for himself as the king of kiddy-bop lately with his Grammy win and Nickelodeon theme songs.

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