Has the Jamaican Community Become Desensitized to Murder?

Vybz Kartel murder trialOn Thursday 13 March, Vybz Kartel (real name, Adidja Palmer) was found guilty of murdering former associate Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams following a 65 day trial – the longest in Jamaica’s judicial history, writes Nadine White. Continue reading

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Bob Marley Celebrates Double Anniversary

Bob Marley and the Wailers, Simmer Down

50 years ago today, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ debut release, Simmer Down, topped the Jamaican music chart. Continue reading

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British Dancehall DJ Gabriel Heatwave on the Politics of Jamaican Music



British reggae and dancehall sound system The Heatwave founder GabrielOver the past decade, London-based sound system The Heatwave have built a solid reputation among 18 to 30-year-old dancehall fans as Britain’s premier party hosts.

We’d planned to sit down and chat with DJ and founder Gabriel on several occasions, but when we eventually did, ironically, the interview took place not in the UK, but in the home of reggae and dancehall, Kingston, Jamaica. Continue reading

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Real Life Review 2013: Bashment Vibes in Boscobel, St Mary, Jamaica


Bashment Vibes founder Orantes Moore at the Blue Lagoon in Portland, JamaicaDear readers: as some of you may know, I left London in October 2012 with the intention of travelling to Boscobel, a small fishing village in the historic parish of St Mary on the north coast of Jamaica, to stay with my family for four weeks, writes Orantes Moore. Continue reading

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Festival Review: Sting, 26 December 2013 @ Jamworld, Portmore, Jamaica



Lady Saw and Macka Diamond, clash at Sting 2013The annual dancehall festival Sting takes place every Boxing Day at the Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, Jamaica, and is billed as ‘The Greatest One Night Reggae Show on Earth,’ writes Nadine White. Continue reading

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Album Review: Fever – Tenor Saw, Legacy of a Fallen Dancehall Soldier



Tenor Saw Fever album coverThe untimely death of pioneering singjay Tenor Saw in August 1988 affected the Jamaican music scene in a way similar to how the fatal shootings of Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls shocked rock and hip hop fans almost a decade later, writes Nadine White and Orantes Moore. Continue reading

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Portland Paradise: Errol Flynn, the Blue Lagoon, Boston Jerk Centre and Frenchman’s Cove


Frenchman's Cove logo, Portland, JamaicaIn 2011, Beenie Man released Sex on the Beach (above), a risqué track with a first verse styled as telephone conversation which concludes with the rapper telling a lonely lady to meet him for fun and drinks at the exclusive Frenchman’s Cove resort in Jamaica, Orantes Moore. Continue reading

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Best Bashment Video: Konshens – Big People Ting aka X-rated



Konshens - Big People Ting aka X rated videoCheck out the video (above) for Konshens’ latest hit, Big People Ting aka X-rated. Continue reading

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Friday 22 November: London Rumble @ Club Kolis, 1 Archway Close, London N19 3TD


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Listen to Bashment Vibes on Choice FM



Natty B – Reggae Chart Show – 4th August by Choice Fm on Mixcloud

Natty B – Reggae Chart Show – 25th August by Choice Fm on Mixcloud

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Last month, we did two radio interviews with DJ Natty B on Britain’s leading urban music radio, Choice FM. Continue reading

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