Juggling: Musician, Mum And Me

YolanDa Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
YolanDa Brown

I am a Musician, a Wife, a Mum an artist, writer, presenter, racing driver, educator, daughter, sister and friend. Pausing to think of these titles that make up Yolanda Brown gave me a strange feeling... was it stress, anxiety? How do I do it? Am I ok doing it?

The 200 best protest songs of all time

Neil Durkin | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

It's a totally misleading title of course. This post should really be called something like "A List Of 200 Protest Songs That I've Been Able To Put To...

The Artist Formerly Known As Young Thug

Aaron Vallely | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Aaron Vallely

Thugger now wants to be referred to as Jeffrey, his real name. Jeffrey's cover features the Atlanta rapper in a blue dress with tiered cascading ruffles that wrap around his white buttoned-down shirt, an outfit which took him an hour and a half just to put on. Apparently, this is controversial because of the masculinity that pervades the rap industry, and because of the cover, he even held back its release for some time.

Remember The Skanking TV Pigeon? The Selecter's New Album 'Subculture' Is The Soundtrack Of Summer 2015

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Claudia Tomlinson

Subculture is the rhythm-packed, vibrant, fresh new album from The Selecter, and listening to it you understand why this band has remained relevant, a...

Marley and Me: Review of Redemption Live - Bob's 70th Birthday Concert, Kingston, Jamaica

Kris Griffiths | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kris Griffiths

The world's most influential ambassador for reggae music and the Rastafari movement, Robert Nesta Marley is today more alive than ever, and here in the capital city he grew up in he seems almost to have attained the status of a prophet, this 70th birthday concert a kind of grand ceremonial canonisation or coronation in absentia.

Why I Am Going to the Notting Hill Carnival...

Kiesha Meikle | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiesha Meikle

The carnival has changed. For my parents, it was a place where they could assert their duality - as Jamaicans living in England. For me and my sibling, it was an opportunity to wave a Jamaican flag alongside others, whilst pretending we were in the Caribbean. Now, the carnival feels like a great big raucous party.

Marley and Me: John Tobler Reflects on a Reggae Legend

Roger Crow | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Music journalist John Tobler has spent decades chatting to iconic musicians. I spoke to him about his interviews with reggae legend Bob Marley...

Sweet Reggae Music

Ashley Beedle | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ashley Beedle

Exciting times, people!! We're deep into summer and the sound of reggae music is in the air. It all kicked off in mid June with the launch of Dean ...

A Reggae Revolutionary: Remembering Peter Tosh

Sonia Grant | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sonia Grant

Before Nelson Mandela had been laid to rest, talk, inevitably, turned to his legacy. How would he be remembered: a benign, saintly figure, or, an unswerving revolutionary? For some, there was no ambiguity: he was one, or the other. But, for others, it wasn't contradictory that he embodied both traits: saint and revolutionary.

Resurrecting UK Reggae: Stylo G Interview

Yomi Adegoke | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yomi Adegoke

For the generation that know Channel AKA as Channel U, Stylo G is a household name. Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with what was the anthem of many a...

Uganda's Premier Annual Music Video Awards

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

One thing that intrigued me was that it seemed that 99% of all music videos submitted, seemed to come straight from Jamaica, such is the passion of Ugandans brought up on dancehall music. With full patois accents and dancehall dance moves, it was like judging a Caribbean set of acts, as opposed to African. It reminded me of the early UK urban music scene.

Smiley Culture 'Died From Self-Inflicted Stab Wound'

PA | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

Reggae star Smiley Culture died from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest during a police raid at his home, an inquest jury found today. Surrey...

Catch a Fire: Forty Years on the Wailers are Still Burning

Colin Grant | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Colin Grant

Forty years ago, three young Jamaicans walked into the offices of Island Records and sat down to make a deal with Chris Blackwell. No money changed hands that day or was even talked about.

Film Review: Snoop Lion's Reincarnated

Jack Pelling | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jack Pelling

The first hour of this tediously self-infatuated documentary consists almost exclusively of American millionaires swaggering around Jamaica smoking an astonishing amount of weed and saying "yeah, mun" every five seconds with all the authenticity and respect for their surroundings of an obnoxious public schoolboy on his gap year.

Bleach Blood: Lifeline Back to Punk

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Guitar bands are manifold in London town, and it's been a while since that fact could be stated with any certainty. Tastes are reverting as live music played in intimate venues becomes a necessary constant in these cash-strapped, culturally arid times.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

Happy Birthday Bob! Wednesday would have been the charismatic Jamaican singer's 68th birthday. Marley died of cancer in 1981, but his notoriet...

Simon Bartholomew: Still Enjoying a Heavy Love Affair With the Funk

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A snowy Saturday night in New Cross found Jason Holmes enjoying a post-gig chat with Simon Bartholomew of the Brand New Heavies

Peter Tosh - Real Revolutionary

Michelle Holmes | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Michelle Holmes

Yesterday (September 11, 2012) marked 25 years since reggae musician and Rastafarian Peter Tosh was murdered in his home in Jamaica.

Rocker Adam Lambert Channels Bob Marley - Any Good?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Adam Lambert may have impressed rock fans who saw him joining forces with Queen for a recent round of gigs, but he proved he could turn his talents to...

Fifty Years of Jamaican Independence Expressed Through Music

Colin Grant | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Colin Grant

When Bob Marley died in 1981, by then the holy trinity of Marley, Tosh and Livingston, the original gang of three Wailers had been broken.