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Reggae renaissance - Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2012 SO far, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has staged four Reggae Wednesdays at Emancipation Park, New Kingston. And, the events have grown from strength to strength, both in terms of the performances and patronage. The most fascinating feature of these events, especially the last one staged on Ash Wednesday, is the attendance of three generations of Jamaicans. Secondly, they're being staged in a central location, with adequate security arrangements. Thirdly, all the artistes are given adequate stage time to properly showcase their repertoire. Finally, the conditions under which the artistes are asked to perform restrict the choice of their material to songs which are fit for all members of the family. Another very satisfying feature is JaRIA's use of young musicians to back some of the pioneering artistes who were at the peak of their careers from the 1960s to the 1980s. Email:

Welcome to MusicBrainz! Dromos Records Lost Identity - Rodigan says music lacks creativity - Entertainment BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter Tuesday, February 28, 2012 British reggae historian and sound system selector David Rodigan on the turntables. INFLUENTIAL British reggae historian and sound system selector David Rodigan believes contemporary Jamaican music suffers from a lack of original ideas and creativity. According to Rodigan, the music has lost its identity. “The reason young Jamaican artistes are not making an impact internationally is because many of them are too busy trying to emulate rhythms and productions that they see on MTV and BET videos,” Rodigan told the Observer. “Consequently they are making pop, R&B and hip hoptype rhythms voiced with Jamaican accents, but that is not distinctive enough to make them stand out as being significant and different,” he added. However, he does not feel all is lost. “The root of the problem is that young Jamaican artistes are spellbound by the potential hype in a pop music world which is in itself sterile and manufactured.

Monster Jinx 25 Tempting Music Apps for the iPad What would it take to tempt you to grab an iPad? These 25 apps might just whet your appetite. And if you can't afford to buy an iPad, read on for how you can win one in AudioJungle's new competition. When iPads were first announced, we asked whether they would revolutionize music production. We - and many of you - couldn't see it becoming the hub of our musical world, but thought that it might be a good peripheral device or controller. Well, they've been out for a while now, and it's time to round up a list of useful audio apps. Win an iPad in AudioJungle's iPad Treasure Hunt AudioJungle have turned two, and to celebrate they are giving away an iPad and other prizes. First prize is a 16GB Apple iPad, while the runner up wins $150 of AudioJungle marketplace credit. Why would you want to win an iPad? 1. Cost: $19.99 "Pianist, the original iPhone piano, turns Professional in an all new iPad-only app with photo-realistic graphics and an unbelievable sound." Learn more here. 2. Cost: $0.99 3. 4.

33 – 45 | r p m TALLAWAH Magazine: Jamaican Culture: JAMAICA JOURNAL: The bigger picture behind controversial new Vybz Kartel issue TRUE COLOURS: Vybz Kartel graces new issue of Jamaica Journal. Embattled dancehall entertainer Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer strikes a characteristically rude-boy pose on the cover of the newest issue of culture bible Jamaica Journal, which has published “Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art,” the text of a lecture the deejay delivered to a huge UWI Mona audience exactly one year ago under the auspices of the university’s Department of Literatures in English in association with the Mona Centre for Gender and Development Studies. Heavily tattooed with his facial features partially hidden beneath a street-style cap, the deejay appears caught in a moment of fleeting introspection. The brightened flora adorning his tattooed hands adds a touch of eye-catching beauty to (and somehow softens) the rugged image.As is common knowledge, the Jamaica Journal is the enduring landmark magazine (tasked with chronicling inspiring aspects of the culture) put out by the Institute of Jamaica.

test tube - a netlabel «Pallqa - 'where paths come together', in Quechua language. Panchasila's story so far: two Buenos Aires friends team up for a musical journey taken in between cultural influences from south-american folk to southern asian traditional music, all wrapped up in dub (of course). Musically it isn't very easy to define Panchasila past its obvious dub-flavored electronica. The music is heavily supported by sampling vinyl and mp3 from old and obscured folk records found all over the place, but also from synths and real instruments played by both musicians. Delay after added delay, the final result is a seductive yet inebriating mantra-like soundtrack.» - test tube - In heaven everything is fine because heaven is a place where nothing ever happens «From Marcus' website: Marcus Rubio is a young composer that works in a variety of mediums and genres ranging from pop songs to long form drone works for ensembles of portable fans. (...) Busy guy, right? February 06, 2014 10 years of test tube Hello, top

The-Dream Performs at S.O.B.’s His angst didn’t stop there. “1977” also captured The-Dream’s superiority complex about his craft. He is a witty, savvy songwriter, and a hip-hop-era R&B oddball; his success has made room for others to continue to colonize that space. Certainly there is no bigger advocate of this theory than The-Dream, who seems to hear himself everywhere his ears land. This week The-Dream headlined a two-night stand at S.O.B.’s. Still, the difference was instructive. But he didn’t dwell. For a singer of severely limited vocal range, The-Dream still managed to create a small extravaganza onstage on Sunday. Sometimes, as on “Fast Car” and “Kill the Lights,” it sounded as if he were backed up by Prince’s band. The-Dream is an R&B traditionalist in hip-hop costume. “I haven’t done a show in close to two years,” he said, and in that time, he insisted, imitators had abounded.