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Jahdan Blakkamoore LIVE in Newport RI! w/ BOO CITY

On August 23rd catch internationally acclaimed reggae artist Jahdan Blakkamoore in Newport, RI at One Pelham East. Jahdan Blakkamoore will be performing LIVE in Newport at an intimate venue with a full live band w/horn section. Local favorites BOO CITY will be opening for this internationally acclaimed recording artist. Doors open @ 8PM show starts @9PM, $10 advance / $12 door.

Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist -- both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as “Urban World Music with a message.” Jahdan’s sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross over genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in Reggae music. As lead singer of his group Noble Society, they received Best Reggae Album of the year on iTunes for ‘Take Charge’ in 2008 and he has not stopped to win over worldwide audiences since. His solo debut album ‘Buzzrock Warrior’, released worldwide in 2009 on the Gold Dust/!K7 label, was also voted Best Reggae album of the year on iTunes. His solo debut has long been anticipated by his large fan base spanning from Brooklyn to Oslo, built over many years of delivering command performances and recordings throughout the US and Europe. ‘The General’, the first single released from ‘Buzzrock Warrior’ was chosen for Song of the Week on National Geographic World Music soon after its release. After a successful European tour with Noble Society in support of their forthcoming album ‘PPM’, Jahdan released his mix tape ‘Global Warning’ a preview to his current solo album ‘Babylon Nightmare’ released December 7th 2010 on the Lustre Kings label. “All Comes Back to One” the first video and single from the album has been receiving positive reviews globally. Routes for a supporting tour with Noble Society are currently being planned for 2011. Jahdan is a featured artist on the track “Cash Flow” from Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer collaboration. He also wrote the song “Struggla” on Matisyahu’s new album. His verse on the hook of Smiff N Wesson’s classic, “Sound Bwoy Buriell” is still played regularly in clubs around the world and in radio throwback sets on Hot 97 by Funk Master Flex, Mr. C, and others. Jahdan has shared the stage with great artist such as Anthony B, Sizzla, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and many others.

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Barrington Levy | Live at Ocean Mist | August 27th

Catch international reggae sensation Barrington Levy live at the Ocean Mist on August 27th.

The Ocean Mist | 895 Matunuck Beach Road Wakefield, RI | (401) 782-3740 | 21+ | $27.50 Advance | 30 Door

In 1976, Levy formed a band with his cousin, Everton Dacres, called the Mighty Multitude; the pair released “My Black Girl” in 1977. Levy established his solo career the next year with “A Long Time Since We Don’t Have No Love”;though the single was a failure, the fourteen year old was a popular performer at Jamaican dancehalls. In 1979, Levy met Henry “Junjo” Lawes and Hyman Wright, both record producers, and recorded several singles with the Roots Radics, including “Al Yah We Deh”, “Looking My Love”, “Englishman”, “Skylarking”, “Wedding Ring Aside” and “Collie Weed”, all of which became hits and established Levy’s career. Levy’s next few singles were similarly successful, including “Shine Eye Girl”, “Wicked Intention”, “Jumpy Girl”, “Disco Music”, “Reggae Music”, “Never Tear My Love Apart”, “Jah”, “You Made Me So Happy” and “When You’re Young and in Love”. Levy then recorded several duets with Toyan, Jah Thomas and Trinity, and appeared at Reggae Sunsplash in 1980 and 1981.

In the 1990s, Levy continued to release periodic hits in Jamaica, and more rarely in the UK, although his vocals were sampled and used in many underground and released jungle tunes. In 1998, he released Living Dangerously, which included a collaboration with one of Jamaica’s most prolific deejays, Bounty Killer, and with Snoop Dogg. The release was one of Levy’s most successful since the start of the 1990s, and saw him finally achieve some success in the US. Levy performed on two tracks on Long Beach Dub All Stars 1999 album Right Back, and also played a few shows with the band. He was featured on a 1999 track by the Rascalz titled “Top Of The World”, also featuring K-os. Levy also appeared on two singles by rapper Shyne (notably Shyne’s 2000 debut single, “Bad Boyz”), and on a track for drum and bass artist Aphrodite’s 2000 album Aftershock. “Here I Come” returned to the charts in 2001, with a new version by Levy and Talisman P reaching number 37 in the UK.

In 2004, he contributed to a track on the album White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School, a project by Prince Paul and Dan the Automator. He also did some collaborations with Slightly Stoopid on their 2005 album Closer To The Sun. Most recently, Levy made a guest appearance on the single “No Fuss” by Red-1 of the Rascalz, from his 2007 album Beg For Nothing.

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The Slackers Live at One Pelham East | 7.19.11

Catch NYC’s The Slackers live at One Pelham East on Tuesday July 19th, brought to you by Strangeland Tuesday summer reggae series.

One Pelham East | 270 Thames Steet | Newport, RI | 21+ | $10 Advance Tickets available at Water Brothers

The Slackers are a New York City band, formed in Brooklyn in 1991. The band’s sound is a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, soul, garage rock, and jazz. The Slackers’ notability is credited to their prolific career, tours of North America, Europe, and elsewhere, and signing to notable punk label Hellcat Records. They were the featured musical guests on All Things Considered on National Public Radio on July 24, 2001, playing songs from their album Wasted Days.

This focus on the live show is not surprising because the Slackers have a good part of their existence on the road. Since 1997, the band has been doing around 110 shows a year. This includes some 20 major North American tours, 14 European tours, 3 Japanese tours and 2 Brazilian tours. They have played in 42 different US states, 6 canadian provinces, 22 european countries, 4 Latin American nations, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea.

They have appeared on the stages of the Warped Tour (1998), the Lowlands Festival (1999), Pukkelpop (1999, 2004), CMJ (2000), Montreal Jazz Festival (2000), the Bourges Festival (2001), the Dour Festival (2002, 2007), Deconstruction Tour (2004), Augustboller (2005), Streetbeat Festival (2005), Popkomm (1999,2006), Summerjam (2007), Mighty Sounds (2007), Ilosaarirock (2007) and Glastonbury (2008).

They have opened for Rancid (1999,2003, 2006), Hepcat (1999), Joe Strummer (2002, 2003), Flogging Molly (2002), Jimmy Cliff (2002), the Beat (2002), Pennywise (2004), Toots & the Maytals (2005), The Pogues (2006), and John Spencer’s Heavy Traffic (2007).

They have sold out numerous headlining gigs including such venues as Bowery Ballroom (nyc), Slims (San Francisco, 3 times), Lee’s Palace (Toronto, 2 times), The Garage (London), CBGBs (NYC, 2 nights in a row in 2006), Troubadour (LA, 3 times in 2006), the Knitting Factory (NYC, 5 times), the Melkweg (A-dam), SESC Pompeia (Sao Paolo, 2 nights in 2006), and the Loft (Tokyo). The band has come a long way from their little dirty rehearsal studio on e. 3rd street on the lower east side.

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On July 10, 2010 one of reggae’s greatest legends passed away. Sugar Minott began his singing career as part of The African Brothers in 1969, along with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. The group released several singles in the first half of the 1970s on labels such as Micron and their own Ital label, and were an early example of the Rastafari movement’s influence on the Jamaican music scene, taking a clear lead from The Abyssinians. After the African Brother’s split in 1974, Minott teamed up with the producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, as studio apprentice at Dodd’s Studio One, working as a singer, guitarist and percussionist, and soon began recording his own singles.

Minott developed a talent for writing new songs to fit over existing rhythms (which at the time was common when singers performed live, but rare in the studio), often proving more popular than the original songs, pioneering an approach that would be central to the emerging dancehall style. After a number of moderately successful hits for Studio One, such as “Vanity”, “Hang On Natty”, “Mr. DC”, and “Jah Jah Children”, his debut LP Live Loving made his name and increased his popularity, and is regarded as pioneering the dancehall style that would dominate the early 1980s.

Throughout the 1980s the hits kept coming. Able to encompass different styles from rough roots to sweet lovers, through to classic dancehall, he was an artist of some influence. In that period he was working for all the top producers in Jamaica including, Mikey Dread, George Phang, Sly & Robbie, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Channel One, Prince Jammy, and Donovan Germain, as well as recording for United States-based Lloyd “Bullwhackie” Barnes (the Wicked A Go feel It  album from 1984). His biggest hits included “Herbman Hustling”, “No Vacancy”, “Jamming In The Street”, “Rub A Dub Sound”, “Buy Off The Bar”, “Rydim”, and “Devil’s Pickney.”

“Herbman Hustling”


Minott died on July 10, 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St. Andrew, after being admitted there earlier that day. The cause of death is yet to be announced. He had been affected by a heart condition since early 2009, and canceled several performances in May 2010 due to chest pains.

On Sunday July 10th, Peter Dante compiled a 2 and a half hour tribute radio set to Sugar Minott, which can be heard in it’s entirety below.

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This July 4th be sure to come through Newport for the big reggae, dancehall and hip hop sounds provided by Omega Sound (Dj Realm + Jah Soldier), Rebel International, One Drop Sound, DJ Baby Matt & Silent Assassin.

Free admission, 21+ from 9PM to 1AM at The Rhino Bar, 337 Thames St., Newport, RI.

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Nas & Damian Marley

Nas and Damian Marley dropped “Distant Relatives” on May 17th, a genre defying mix of reggae and hip hop featuring K’Naan, Stephen Marley, Dennis Brown, Joss Stone and Lil Wayne. With the production responsibilities being handled by Junior Gong, the majority of the beats are not your typical hip hop style, but a combination of reggae with dancehall, traditional and modern African music, with rock and hip hop elements seeping in.

Offering a conscious and poignant take on African culture, spirituality, the in-fighting the plagues people of color around the world, and being modern revolutionary musicians, “Distant Relatives” is a groundbreaking collaboration between two of hip hop and reggae’s strongest artists. You can catch them live on 07/28/10 in Boston, MA at the House of Blues.

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Check their upcoming tour dates HERE.

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Get a free digital download of the RAS Attitude Album “I Meditation”from, featuring Jah Dan who will be performing at Exodus to Escoheag on August 7th 2010. You can follow Ras Attitude on Facebook HERE.

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Download’s “Ganja Anthems Vol. 1″

Are you looking for the perfect blend of high-grade reggae tracks for this summer? Then be sure to check out “Ganja Anthems Vol. 1″ Produced by Silverback Guerilla, mixed by DJ Mendoja Of Lonestar Sound, and mastered by Dread Lion, this potent mix of classic and current weed infused anthems features appearances from Sizzla, Ras Attitude, Tony Curtis, Buju Banton, Red Rose, Richie Spice, Chuck Fender, Wayne Marshall, Turbulence, Lexxus and many more. Seamlessly mixed by DJ Mendoja, this is a blend that’s sure to stay on your play list throughout the summer.

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