The True Story of Rastafari

by Lucy McKeon David McFadden/AP Images A mural of Leonard Howell in Tredegar Park, near where the first Rastafari community was formed in the 1930s, Spanish Town, Jamaica, January 4, 2014 In the postcard view of Jamaica, Bob Marley casts a long shadow. Though he’s been dead for thirty-five years, the legendary reggae musician is easily […]

AUDIO: Dubwise Selections from Bob Marley’s Legend Remixed

[mixcloud width=100% height=120 hide_cover=1 light=1 Dubwise Selections from Bob Marley’s Legend Remixed – Pick up the release on 6-25… 1. Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix) 2. Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix) 3. Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix) 4. Get Up, Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix) 5. Redemption Song (Ziggy Marley Remix) […]

9 of the Best Songs About Afrika By Artists From the Diaspora

Africa, both as a place and a concept, has inspired some of the best works from musicians in the diaspora. For many, creating songs that highlight the continent is a way of fostering a connection with their African heritage. While some songs address Africa as a singular unit, they manage to steer away from the “Africa is a […]

Lost Bob Marley Tapez Found in Hotel Basement in London

Jamaican legend Bob Marley. | Photo: Reuters It is still uncertain whether the restored tapes will be available for sale. Thirteen reel-to-reel analog master tapes of reggae superstar, Bob Marley, found in the damp basement of a modest hotel in Kensal Rise — long since closed down — where he and the Wailers used to […]

Wattz Prophetz

  The Watts Prophets poets and World’s longest performing “Rap” group from Watts, Los Angeles, California, were the first Rap artist to publish the common law trademark word “Rappin™” on an album, establishing the global title of the new American art form called “Rap”. Anthony ‘Amde’ Hamilton, a true Father of Rap music was taught […]

Forty yearz ago, the CIA had itz eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley got shot

by: Citispotter David Cupples Two nights before a much awaited national show, two carloads of armed men drove into Marley’s Hope Road yard and shot up the place. Whether the CIA was connected to the attack is unclear. But Marley was stirring up the populace with lyrics of resistance and revolution, inciting the people to […]

The Black Pantherz’ Lessonz for Jamaikanz on Police Violence

By: Ajamu Nangwaya The Black Panthers’ militant, assertive and courageous pushback against the police’s violent class and race containment practices should be replicated. Amnesty International’s recently released report “Waiting in Vain: Jamaica: Unlawful police killings and relatives’ long struggle for justice” documents the murderous and violent behavior of the police within the island’s African working-class communities. […]