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INTERNATIONAL REGGAE / DANCEHALL NEWS (Ajang Media Jamaica) REGGAE LIFE JAMAICA MUSIC FESTIVAL On Boxing Day, December 26, Good Year Oval in St Thomas will play host to the second staging of Reggae Life Jamaica Music Festival. The event is the brainchild of reggae artiste Rohan ‘Prophecy’ Brown, who said proceeds from the event will go towards a section of the Princess Margaret Hospital in the parish. “Proceeds will be donated to the facility for the purchase of an ultrasound machine and a computed tomography (ClT) scanner that are at the top of the hospital’s list of most-needed items,” he said. The Reggae Life Jamaica Music Festival will feature live performances from Richie Spice, Sizzla, Prophecy and the Reggae Life Band, Junior X, Hezron, Warrior King, Uprising Roots Band, Duane Stephenson, Bugle, Donna Makeda, Louie Culture, Vershon, Nateesha Stream, Jameik King, Jennifer Barrett among others. “The music festival is poised to be a staple on Jamaica’s event calendar that will attract visitors from around the world to the parish annually, during the holiday season. Known for its rich history and historic sites, St Thomas is the ideal place to host this event,” he said. ONE LOVE FESTIVAL NEW ZEALAND Black Uhuru is set for One Love Festival in New Zealand Jan 27- 28, 2018. One Love returns to Tauranga in January 2018, with a first class line-up which includes Black Uhuru. New Zealand’s premiere celebration of roots, rock and reggae has moved from Waitangi weekend and will now be held on Auckland Anniversary weekend, across two days - January 27 and 28 at Tauranga Domain. In true One Love tradition, some of the biggest names in music from around the world have been carefully hand- selected to play at the festival. Pato Entertainment is proud to present the first line-up announcement: Bringing their sweet sounds to New Zealand for the first-time ever is Toronto-bred, LA-based Magic! Their 2014 smash reggae-pop tune ‘Rude’ held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, charted in 41 countries, sold more than 7 million singles and has had more than a billion hits on YouTube. They’re joined by the legendary Shaggy. The Grammy-winning Jamaican singer has been a force to be reckoned with since he exploded on the scene in 1993. He’s gone on to release hit after hit, from ‘Oh Carolina’ and ‘Boombastic’ to ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and ‘Strength of a Woman’. event will host some of the best homegrown talent, with the first line-up including House of Shem, 1814, Sons of Zion, Sammy J, Ardijah, Herbs, Swiss, Foundation and a special appearance by the Marley NZ All Stars featuring a bunch of Kiwi legends, including Tiki Taane, Laughton and Fran Kora, Boh Runga, Logan Bell, Ria Hall and Annie Crummer. The legendary Black Uhuru is looking forward to bringing their Jamaican reggae to Aotearoa next year. Forming in 1972, the highly- respected band won the first-ever awarded Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 1982 with their gem, Anthem. As always, the two-day This year’s festival featured performances by Raging Fyah, along with Jah9 and the Dub Treatment, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz, EarthKry, Chevaughn, Koffee and 6 points. The sound system controls were in the hands of Dub Club founder, Gabre Selassie and Dubwise founder, Yaadcore. OSUJAH RECORDS Osujah Records has released Bolt Dance riddim featuring Kannedd with his Bolt Dance song. The song was premiered at Stone Love HQ. There was also a competition held for the person with the best bolt dance move. Lugo Lugo was the winner for the dance competition. Other artistes on the riddim are Ding Dong, Anaicon and Lady Donna. The riddim is produced by Jermaine ‘Ajang’ Forde. Straight outta Compton, J Boog will make a triumphant return to the festival. A firm favorite, he’ll be joined by Hot Rain feat. Siaosi. The Californian-based Common Kings are also returning after their mind-blowing One Love debut in 2016. Also on the bill are the legendary British reggae act Aswad who hit the big time in 1988 with their chart-topping tune ‘Don’t Turn Around’. And flying the flag for Hawaiian sounds are Maoli who took the islands by storm in 2008 with their debut album Groovin; also singer-songwriter Anuhea with her sweet blend of pop and reggae. this year, and it was. RASTAFARI ROOTZ FEST The three-day festival, consumer expo, trade show and competition were hosted in Negril, one of Jamaica’s most famous tourist resort towns and global ganja capital. An estimated 1,500 showed up for this event as well as exhibitors from the US and Canada. The Event also featured educational and information booths for Jamaican businesses and interested persons. Parish associations, organizations and government ministries also participated including the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining. The event began on Friday December 15, 2017 and ended on Sunday December 17, 2017. WICKIE WACKIE MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS Along the shores of Bull Bay, St. Andrew, sits the homely cottage and seaside stage of Wickie Wackie beach. This venue was blazing on Saturday December 9 when reggae band Raging Fyah and Elite Organics returned with the Wickie Wackie Music Festival. The festival, which has been going on for seven years, was not held last year. However, a representative of the festival’s production management team, Palmer House Entertainment, said that the show is definitely back on GT TAYLOR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA GT Taylor’s Christmas Extravaganza (See Pg 18) reggaeXclusive -- Web Site: --- Phone: 416-519-0831 -- Email: Pg - 16