Monthly Archives: February 2013

20 Year Anniversary of Shabba Ranks’ Infamous Homophobia Interview

20 years ago today, British journalist and broadcaster Mark Lemarr singlehandedly changed the face of dancehall music by ending Shabba Ranks’ mainstream career.

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Popcaan Drops a Banger for Summer 2013: Unruly Gal

So far this year, Popcaan has done a lot of work with international record labels and media outlets, but he’s been relatively quiet on the local scene in Jamaica – until now.

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Shabba Ranks Xtra Naked: Grammy Anniversary

Today marks exactly 20 years since Shabba Ranks won a Grammy award for his landmark album Xtra Naked .

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Chronixx: The Future of Jamaican Roots Music

In October, top reggae and dancehall blogger Marvin Sparks told us that newcomer Chronixx would be one of the artists to watch out for in 2013; and his prediction was spot on, writes Nadine White.

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Sean Paul 10th Anniversary: Gimme the Light

10 years ago today, Sean Paul reached number 5 in the UK charts with the track that kicked off the contemporary dancehall era, Gimme the Light.

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Top 10 Wailers Albums

Last month, Nielsen Sound Scan, the organisation that tracks music sales across the US, Britain, Canada and Japan, revealed the compilation Legend: Bob Marley and The Wailers had become the 9th best-selling album of all-time. Legend has been certified platinum … Continue reading

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Gappy Ranks: Money Finger, Hello and Maybe

With over 10 years of hard graft to his credit, British rapper Gappy Ranks continues to fly the flag for reggae and dancehall with three new singles: Money Finger , Hello and Maybe , writes Nadine White.

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Musical Youth 30th Anniversary: Never Gonna Give You Up

30 years ago today, reggae boy band Musical Youth reached number six in the British charts with Never Gonna Give You Up.

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I Octane’s Infidelity Song Strikes a Positive Chord

In his latest single, Gal a Gimmi Bun , I Octane turns his focus to the subject of infidelity, a popular topic in dancehall culture and one that is particularly relevant following Mr Vegas’ much publicised meltdown a few months … Continue reading

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