Author Archives : Natasha Voncastle

Industry Focus: Kirk Bennett

Kirk Bennett the musician is one of contemporary reggae’s in-demand drummers. The Trelawny native currently records and tours as a member of singer Beres Hammond’s Harmony House band and the High Voltage Unit of deejay Busy Signal and has worked on a number of albums as a drummer.  Albums to his credit includes: Buju Banton – Rasta Got Soul, Cocoa Tea -Save us Jah, Da’ville – On My Mind, Gramps…

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Spice Earns GRAMMY Nomination for Best Reggae Album

(repost from the Jamaica Observer) In a Grammy nomination that was solely decided by the Recording Academy’s voting membership for the first time in 30 years, dancehall queen Spice, Etana, Sean Paul, Jesse Royal, Gramps Morgan and Virginia-based reggae group SOJA have all been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category. Instead of a final five, there were six finalists named in the nominations announced a short while ago on…

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V&P Family Foundation’s Holiday Market

Come celebrate the holiday spirit with the V&P Family Foundation’s Holiday Market! Featured items include delightful gift baskets, select merchandise, and other holiday goodies to ring in the season. Enjoy live music, local arts, Miss Pat’s “Miss Pat – My Reggae Music Journey” book signing, and good fun! Also presenting artwork for purchase by Michael “Freestylee” Thompson, Jah Wise, Ajamu Myrie, Cherry Stewart, Akahi Beckford, and Maria Papaefstathiou. Dates: Friday…

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Industry Focus:  Event Promoter Andrea Bullens

VP:      How did you get your start in the music business / business of entertainment? AB:      My time in the Entertainment business started in the late 1987 producing ‘Fashion & Music” events with my former business partner ‘Jackie Wright (deceased).   We staged shows around the city.  Jackie passed and I continued as a solo Event Promoter. My most memorable sole music project was a ‘After Work Reggae Vibration in the…

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Salute the Ones You Love Says Tarrus Riley

(repost from The Jamaica Star) International recording artiste Tarrus Riley has released his latest single, ‘ Love Salute’, which is a contemporary take on roots reggae, with an infectious yet familiar baseline. The song is a collaborative effort between the two second generation reggae royalty musicians: Tarrus, the son of Jimmy Riley, and Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell, the offspring of Fatis Burrell. Love Salute arrives in time for the festive holiday season, which will…

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Industry Focus: Engineer Kamal Evans From Big Yard Studios

Kamal Evans, more popularly known as Mixed by Kamal is a Grammy Nominated Engineer who wears many hats. Other titles under his belt are Producer and Songwriter. As an engineer in the music business for over 10 years his engineering style varies and can be best described as unorthodox and dynamic. His superior skills and keen ear for music has worked to launch his career to new heights while landing…

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