Hollywood plans Bob Marley Biopic
Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, who in his short life globalized reggae music will be the subject of a Hollywood biopic.
A representative for Paramount Pictures recently confirmed that the studio was working on a film chronicling the life of Bob Marley and the impact his music had on the world. Paramount did not offer specific details but news site Deadline Hollywood reported that, Bob’s son, Ziggy Marley was head the production plans.
Bob Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994; in December 1999, his 1977 album “Exodus” was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine and his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC. Since its release in 1984, Marley’s “Legend” compilation has annually sold over 250,000 copies according to Nielsen Sound Scan, and it is only the 17th album to exceed sales of 10 million copies since SoundScan began its tabulations in 1991.
Bob Marley’s music was never recognized with a Grammy nomination but in 2001 he was bestowed The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor given by the Recording Academy to “performers who during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” That same year, a feature length documentary about Bob Marley’s life, Rebel Music, directed by Jeremy Marre, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video documentary. In 2001 Bob Marley was accorded the 2171st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, in Hollywood, California. As a recipient of this distinction, Bob Marley joined musical legends including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces winners of Essentially Ellington Competition 2018
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the three top-placing high school jazz bands in the nation that took the highest honors at the prestigious 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The first-place winner is Dillard Center for the Arts from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The second-place winner is Newark Academy from Livingston, NJ and third-place winner is Tucson Jazz Institute from Tucson, AZ. Honorable Mention is Beloit Memorial High School from Beloit, WI and Roosevelt High School from Seattle, WA.
Beginning on May 10, the top 15 high school jazz bands in the country participated in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival and were immersed in three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops. The competition culminated in tonight’s concert wherein each top-placing band performed with their choice Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member as a soloist. The final concert also featured the world-renowned *Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis*– whose members served as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the week – performing repertoire made famous by Duke Ellington.
Each finalist band was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished jazz musicians and historians: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; composer, arranger, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap; big band leader, drummer and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jeff Hamilton; acclaimed musician and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Todd Williams and renowned flautist, saxophonist, composer, educator, and EE Alum Erica von Kleist.
At the ceremony, Wynton Marsalis presented awards to each of the 15 finalist high school jazz bands. Dillard Center for the Arts accepted the first place trophy and an award of $5,000. Newark Academy accepted the second place trophy and an award of $2,500. Tucson Jazz Institute accepted the third place trophy with an award of $1,000. Roosevelt High School and Beloit Memorial High School received honorable mention with an award of $750. The remaining ten bands were each awarded cash awards of $500. All monetary awards are to be used for improving the jazz education programs of each respective high school.
25TH Anniversary of Reggae Gold 2018 out July 27th
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic compilation series Reggae Gold. Now available for pre-orders and out July 27th everywhere, this milestone will be celebrated with a throwback mixtape by the legendary RoryStoneLove, featuring classic reggae jams from the likes of Maxi Priest, Capleton, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and more from Reggae Gold albums in the 90’s. 1993 marked the first year in the series and it has since solidified its place of importance in the culture, being the premier compilation album for the latest and best in reggae and dancehall each year.
Reggae Gold 2018’s exclusive lead track and instant-grat is “Easy to Love You Remix” by VP Records newly signed artist Culan featuring Konshens. The UK born dancehall artist Culan was discovered off the pace of his hit “Easy to Love You”, originally featured on last year’s Strictly the Best Vol 57. Released on June 1st, “Easy to Love You Remix” has all the right ingredients to become a notable Summer 2018 jam. Other exclusive include “Better”, a new smooth rhythmic single by singer Estelle, following her 2017 Reggae Gold debut with “Love Like Ours” featuring Tarrus Riley and Jahmiel’s flirty single “U”.
Another lead track is Jah Cure’s melodic “Risk it All” featuring Phyllisia Ross. Other standouts include Beres Hammond’s new single “I’m Alive”, Romain Virgo’s “Still”, Christopher Martin’s “Come Back” and Jah9’s “Love Has Found I”, all of whom have current or upcoming projects this year on VP Records.
There is no shortage of crowd pleasers and popular hits from the past year on “Reggae Gold 2018”. Hood Celebrity’s massive hit “Walking Trophy” has established itself as a 2018 ladies anthem. Amindi K. Fro$t, Tessellated, Valleyz’s “Pine and Ginger” has also made waves on urban radio with its tropical and laidback vibe. Ding Dong’s popular “Dweet (Genna Bounce)” has the energy that fans of his expect and anticipate. This year’s compilation also includes hits “Raggamuffin” by Koffee, “Stay So” by Busy Signal, “Ghetto Paradise” by Chronixx and much more.
The innovative and iconic covers have become an integral aspect of the Reggae Gold brand. Many concepts, colors and themes have been explored over the last 25 years, but 2018’s cover pays homage to the humble beginnings by showcasing the raw energy and fashion of the 90s, one of the most influential eras of pop culture.
Shot at the House of Dancehall in Jamaica, models Abonique Coley, Rayana Campbell, Shacqueal Witter, Kimiko Miller, Maleik Lamont and Hakeem Notice posed in an array of 90s fashions styled and photographed by Savanna Baker and contributing photographer Keanu Gordon. “Being this was the 25th anniversary, the concept was to embrace the aesthetics of the 90s which led to shooting a group of dancers candidly, pulling inspiration from the first years of the Reggae Gold brand,” said creative director for VP Records Stephanie Chin. “Savannah Baker was the ideal photographer to portray the dynamic unfiltered energy of the 1990’s while Director Rogen ‘Ruption’ Walker (RD Studios) was able to capture the rawness of the era,” she concluded. “Having experienced a part of the 90’s made this project more special to me. Being able to capture something from my childhood memory and bringing it to present day was amazing! Bless up VP records,” Ruption stated.
The album’s photo shoot will be used to anchor a limited-edition print and online zine curated by Richard “Treats” Dryden. The piece will include unique features and interviews with reggae artists and cultural influencers across the reggae scene.
“Reggae Gold continues to be the marker for the hottest tracks in the genre every year,” said Christopher Chin, President of VP Records. “As we approach the 25th year of this brand, we are happy to offer the best current and past music to honor the legacy and look forward to the future.”
Upcoming Community Events Sponsored by Council Member Mathieu Eugene
BEYONCE HOMECOMING SCHOLARS AWARD PROGRAM
Following the initial announcement of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, Beyoncé through her BeyGOOD initiative has partnered with Google to announce more scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Google.org will match her original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including, Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father's alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the previously announced Universities: Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman.
One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.
The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.
Shaggy and Sting Come together with Album 44/876
Shaggy and Sting performed at Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday party in London on April 21st at Royal Albert Hall; the announcement left a lot of people scratching their heads. What in the world? You see Sting and Shaggy collaborated on a reggae album recently called 44/876 , the unusual pairing is making quite a stir in the music world.
On April 20, Sting & Shaggy released their new collaborative, island-inspired album, entitled 44/876, on A&M/Interscope Records. Featuring various album formats (see below for track listing & configurations), fans “Morning Is Coming” - a brassy reggae track fueled by sultry horns - as well as the current, Caribbean-flavored single “Don’t Make Me Wait.”.
Sting, who wove Jamaican rhythms into his early work with The Police as well as his solo repertoire, and Shaggy, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and cutting his musical teeth in the dance hall clubs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, initially joined creative forces to record “Don’t Make Me Wait” as a tribute to the Caribbean sounds that influenced them both - and ended up recording an entire album full of joy, melody and uplifting music.
“Don’t Make Me Wait” was released on January 25 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s digital reggae single sales chart. The release was followed by a performance on the 60th Annual Grammy Awards as well as the NFL’s Super Bowl Tailgate event that aired on NBC Super Bowl Sunday.
Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, the video for “Don’t Make Me Wait” was directed by Gil Green (Nicki Minaj, Drake) and celebrates the duo’s mutual love of the country. Sting & Shaggy also added Brazilian flair with a new Tropkillaz remix of “Don’t Make Me Wait” released February 23 worldwide. “Don’t Make Me Wait” (Dave Audé Rhythmic Radio Remix) and “Don’t Make Me Wait” (iLL Wayno Remix) bring additional dance floor and dance hall treatments to the infectious song.
Sting & Shaggy will also be extending their collaboration to the road this summer when the two Grammy-award winning artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as selections off their forthcoming album.
44/876 was recorded in Jamaica and New York with Sting & Shaggy being joined by various musicians and writers including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Morgan Heritage, Branford Marsalis, Agent Sasco and Sting’s longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller as well as writers Taranchyla, Dwayne “iLL Wayno” Shippy, Shane Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx.
RAGING FYAH RELEASES NEW SINGLE “REBEL”- EMBARKS ON THEIR SECOND TOUR OF THE YEAR
Off the heels of a Winter tour with Rebelution, Raging Fyah is releasing their brand-new single “Rebel” out this Friday on Dub Rockers/ VP Records. The single is the first since their Grammy nominated album “Everlasting” in 2016.
Produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown and written by Raging Fyah, the energetic reggae track features the band’s signature sound with new subtle alternative instrumentation, taking their music to new heights.
Along with new music and a new album in the works, the band will also be embarking on “The Marching Orders” Spring Tour with Hawaiian roots reggae band The Green and Iya Terra. Commencing in Austin TX, stops along the west coast will also include Corpus Christi, Tucson, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Ventura and Berkeley, closing at the Cali Roots Festival in Monterey California on May 27th.
Upcoming Tour Dates with The Green:
House Of Rock
Corpus Christi, TX
Hard Rock Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
Majestic Ventura Theatre