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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS - REMEMBERING A LEGEND

February 19, 2017

 

 

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS

"REMEMBERING A LEGEND"


 

Spawned in the steaming ghetto called Trench Town, the Wailers are the masters of reggae; the acknowledged voice of Rastafari is Bob Marley. Brother Bob Marley and the Wailers touch the very core of our psyches and as the musical branches of a growing Caribbean roots consciousness, these brethrens made understandable the foundations of our being. We see ourselves reflected in their music.

 

Robert Nester Marley, internationally famous superstar was born in 1945, the son of an English army Captain and a Jamaican woman. Bob started singing professionally at the age of fifteen (15), “But why?” “That is a hard question he says, “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else, I just like music.” In 1963, himself along with Peter McIntosh (later Peter Tosh) and Bunny Livingston (later Bunny Wailer) formed the Wailing Wailers. Two of their earliest hits were “Simmer Down” and “Rude Boy”.

 

In 1967 he did some work with Johnny Nash. Nash came to record in Kingston and later had a series of Reggae singles on the British charts culminating four years later with “Stir It Up”

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ALTON ELLIS - THE GODFATHER OF ROCKSTEADY

February 19, 2017

 

ALTON ELLIS

 

THE GODFATHER OF ROCKSTEADY (1938-2008)

 

 

Alton Nehemiah Ellis, O.D. was known as the “Godfather of Rocksteady”.   He was born on September 1, 1938 and grew up in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.  A soft spoken and humble individual, his music reflects his philosophy.  Alton is the elder brother of the late Hortense Ellis (one of Jamaica’s popular female vocalists).  As a youngster he learned to play the piano by sneaking into a local youth center to practice at nights. He attended Ebenezer and Boys’ Town schools excelling in music and sports. Alton initially was a dancer and competed in the “Vere Johns Opportunity Hour” contests and was quite successful.  He was a fashion designer by trade, so he was one of the slickest dressers on stage.  In 1959 he decided to switch to singing and teamed up with Eddy Perkins to form the duo Alton and Eddy. They recorded the massive hit single “Muriel” for producer Coxsone Dodd on his Studio One label. Alton had written this song whilst working as a laborer on a building site.

 

“M y Heaven”, “I Know It All”, I’m Never Gonna Cry, “Lullaby Angel” and “Yours”

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GREGORY ISAACS - THE COOL RULER

February 19, 2017

GREGORY ISAACS

“COOL RULER 1951-2010”

 

Another musical genius succumbed to the dreaded cancer disease. The reggae fraternity lost Gregory Anthony Isaacs, another pioneer of the genre. Gregory’s career spans over four decades and he was one of Jamaica’s most beloved balladeer. This musical stalwart is said to have appeared on over 500 albums, many of which are compilations.

“Oh What A Feeling”, “Rumours”, “Love Is Overdue”, “Night Nurse”, “Top Ten”, “Soon Forward”, “Front Door”, “Hard Drugs”, “All I Have Is Love”, “Red Rose For Gregory”, “One Man Against The World”, “I’m Just A Stranger In Your Town”, “I Am Wanted”, “Turn Me On”, “Tune In”, “Number One”, “Heng On”, “I Don’t Want To Be Lonely Tonight”, “Give Me A Chance”, and “Sad To Know That You Are Leaving”  are just a minute fraction of his musical arsenal that remains in our archives to cherish for generations to come. But how did it all started?

Gregory Anthony Isaacs affectionately dubbed “Cool Ruler” was born on July 15, 1951, in the Fletcher’s Land community in Kingston, Jamaica. As a teenager and like so many of…

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Did You Know That

June 4, 2015

Did You Know That......

(1) Rita Marley O.D., Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, The I-Threes and The Wailers Band made history when they became the first Jamaican Reggae acts ever to entertain the Grammy audience at the 39th renewal of the distinguished Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1997. They performed alongside The Fugees.
 

 


(2) In Jamaica persons found guilty of violating the peace under the anti-noise act will be charged a fine of up to J$15,000 or up to three months in prison for a first offence; a maximum of J$30,000 or six months in prison for a second offence; or up to J$50,000 or twelve months imprisonment for any subsequent offences. The owner of any premises on which the offence is committed could also be fined if he or she does not make an effort to prevent the noise offence from being committed.

The law also proposes that any person singing, playing a musical instrument or operating a device for the amplification of sound in a manner that the sound is audible 100 metres away, and the sound is reasonably capable of causing annoyance to persons in the vicinity, shall be guilty of an offence. All Jamaicans and visitor…

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EQUAL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE: REMEMBERING PETER TOSH

May 24, 2015
EQUAL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE: REMEMBERING PETER TOSH
 
Winston Hubert McIntosh, popularly known as Peter Tosh was one of the original members of the group, the “Wailing Wailers”, along with the late Bob Marley, and Bunny Wailer. When Peter was fifteen, his aunt died and he went to live in Trench Town in Kingston, Jamaica. He acquired the love for guitar after watching a man playing one song for half a day, memorizing everything the man’s fingers were doing. He then picked up the guitar and played the song back to the man. The man then asked Peter who had taught him to play; Peter told him that he had.
 
 
 
 During the early 1960s Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer went to vocal teacher Joe Higgs, who was giving out free vocal lessons to young people, in hopes of forming a new band. He then changed his name to become Peter Tosh and the trio started singing together in 1962. Higgs taught the trio to harmonize and while developing their music, they would often play on the street corners of Trench Town.
 
 
In 1964 Tosh assisted in organizing the band the “Wailing Wailers”, with Junior Braithwaite, a falsetto singer, and backup singers

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GENERATING TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG

May 13, 2015
 
Blogging is rapidly becoming popular and there’s no stopping its popularity. The battle for the highest ranked blog or the most frequently visited blog is now at its peak. It is also no surprise that blogs now are becoming popular because of its use as a vehicle for earning extra bucks. Bloggers pride themselves and blogs are usually about self-expression, and having people read about your life can be uplifting, not to mention inspiring. Blogs can be difficult to maintain, and blog writers need to be creative in order to keep their blogs alive. Blogs don’t promote themselves, and the best bloggers are those who are able to spread the word about their blog and get a lot of attention in the process.
 

 

 

 

What do you need to increase your blog’s traffic?  You need to maximize your networking skills. First you need to have a constant appearance online. Advertise your blog online. You can visit other blogs as well, in that manner bloggers will see your blog entries as well. It’s more like a give and take relationship. Forums are a great way to not only meet people, but get the word out on any kind of news. Some b…

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ARE YOU CHEATING ONLINE?

May 9, 2015

 

 

 

 
Are Online Relationships Cheating - Yes Or No

If your significant other seems to be spending a significant amount of time online, you may wonder what is going on and are online relationships cheating?  For the most part that depends on you and your relationship.  If you and your partner are OK with the other  having a lot of online friends, regardless of gender, then it's not cheating to the two of you.

If, on the other hand, one or both of you considers a deep connection with another person either online or off to be cheating than yes it is.  You and your partner define your own relationship.

The internet, and all the social sites that are constantly popping up, have made it a lot easier to find other people to connect with.  That can be a great thing. It's fun to reconnect with old friends you haven't seen or heard from in years. The problems can come when your partner seems to enjoy their online friendships more than they like spending time with you. 
Photo courtesy of Ambro @FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 

While it may not be technically cheating, it can definitely put a serious strain on your relationship.  If your partne…

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