Category: Music and Culture

5 Times Miss Lou Spoke To The Fighter In Jamaicans

1. When jackass back strong, dem overload him hampa … Translation: When the donkey’s back is strong, they overload his hamper. Ever had one of those days when you were sure that everything and everyone had chosen you to pick

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Smooth, Suave, Sensational: 10 Facts About Singer Frankie Paul

Hailed by social commentator Ian Boyne as “smooth, suave and sensational in his delivery”, Frankie Paul was one of Jamaica’s finest and most iconic reggae singers and dancehall personalities of the 1980s and ’90s. Christened Paul Blake at his birth in Kingston, Jamaica,

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What’s Right With Jamaica? It’s Carnival!

Byron Lee is the man who must be credited with popularising the concept of Carnival in Jamaica. From as early as 1990, Lee introduced, on an extensive scale, the fire and fierceness of Trinidad’s Carnival culture to Jamaicans. That was

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Saluting Alan Magnus (Part 1): The Man Meets the Mic

Friday, March 31, 2017 will go down as a momentous day in Jamaican history. After 46 years of being ‘The Morning Man’ and winning the hearts of Jamaicans both home and abroad, Alan Magnus stepped away from the radio broadcasting stage. After raising the bar

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The Road Calling: diGJamaica’s Ultimate Carnival Checklist

Carnival season is earmarked on many calendars as a time for excitement and fun. In Jamaica, Carnival has become a staple around Easter time. Bands clad in brightly coloured costumes can be seen palaving and parading their way through streets,

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Five Faces of Romain Virgo

Since his arrival on the professional music scene in 2006, Romain Virgo has become a Jamaican household name synonymous with a unique, soulful, lover’s rock sound. He has solidified his place as a reggae star locally and internationally, and many

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Reggae’s Sweetheart: 10 Fun Facts About Romain Virgo

His rise to stardom after winning the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2006 has been a very astronomical and very public affair, yet somehow, reggae crooner and heartthrob Romain Virgo has managed to take it all in stride, with a poise

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Virtuous: 15 Reggae Songs Celebrating Women

Reggae speaks the language of love, and, of course, women are usually a central theme in many of the songs. Whether she is an empress, queen, royal, or a natural beauty, leave it to the reggae lyricists to find the

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Untold Stories: 10 Times Buju Banton’s Lyrics Spoke The People’s Truth

Reggae has long been heralded as the people’s music, depicting the day-to-day experiences of the populace. In particular, reggae music has provided a place of communal solace –  a place for collective commiseration and expression of the struggles and strivings of a

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#Playlist: 10 Socially Conscious Songs By Buju Banton

Buju Banton is one of the most loved Jamaican sons of reggae. His music, especially his work on his ‘Til Shiloh album and onwards, has often been likened to Bob Marley’s, and is said to have a similar depth and

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