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Johnny Nash

Posted by rooschrock on May 21, 2009

Johnny Nash picJohn Lester Nash, Jr, was born, August 19, 1940, in Houston Texas, was the first non-Jamaican to record reggae music in Jamaica. Nash is a pop singer/songwriter, who is best known for his 1972 hit, “I Can See Clearly Now”. Nash began his career as a pop singer in the 1950’s as well as doing some acting in the screen version of “Take a Giant Step”. He won a Silver Sail Award for his performance, presented to him, by the Locarno International Film Festival.

Nash recorded several hits in Jamaica, in early 1968, as his girlfriend at the time, had links to local television and radio host, Neville Willoughby. Nash planned on breaking the local rock steady sound in the United States. Willoughby introduced him to a local struggling vocal group, The Wailers, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh helped Nash transition to the local music scene. Nash signed all three to an exclusive publishing and recording contract with his JAD label and financed some of their recordings, some with Byron Lee’s Dragonaires and some with other local musicians such as Jackie Jackson and Lynn Taitt. None of the Marley and Tosh songs he produced were successful. Only two singles were released at the time: “Bend Down Low” and “Reggae on Broadway”, which was recorded in London on the same sessions that produced “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Nash was also an active composer in the Swedish romance Vill så gärna tro in which he portrayed Robert. The film soundtrack, partly instrumental reggae with strings, was co-composed by Bob Marley and arranged by Fred Jordan.


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Cherine Anderson

Posted by rooschrock on May 13, 2009

cherine anderson picCherine Anderson was born (Sept. 25, 1983) in Rockfort, East Kingston, Jamaica and is a Reggae musician as well as actress, and Dancehall vocalist.  Anderson has performed with numerous other musicians like, Sly and Robbie, Wyclef Jean, Bootsy Collins, Sting, Michael Franti, Jimmy Cliff and many, many more. “Good Love” is on the 2008 Grammy Nominated album “Anniversary” released by Sly & Robbie with the Taxi Gang.   Chuck Fenda worked with Cherine, in 2006, on the single, “Coming Over” which made its way to numero uno on the Jamaican charts.  She has even workd with Britney Spears on “Piece of Me” remixed by Sly & Robbie.

Anderson opened for Wyclef Jean in Tortola British Virgin Island in 2007. She was a featured vocalist on Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gangs US/Canadian tour in 2007 as well.

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Peter Tosh part one, the early years.

Posted by rooschrock on May 7, 2009

peter-tosh-pic-1Peter Tosh(October 19, 1944-September 11, 1987), originally named Winston Hubert McIntosh was born in Bellmont, Westmoreland, Jamaica and grew up in the ghetto, known as Trenchtown. He learned the guitar by listening to American radio stations. Peter took vocal lessons, as a youngster, with Joe Higgs, who introduced Tosh to Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. The three played day and night perfecting their vocal sound and harmonies. Higgs not only helped the three harmonize, but was also credited with teaching Bob Marley to play guitar. In 1962, he drove the formation of “The Wailing Wailers” centered around his magnificent trio, by adding Beverley Kelso, Cherry Smith, and Junior Braithwaite. Their first single, “Simmer Down” became a huge hit, of ska sound, among Jamaicans, as well as others until Junior, Beverley, and Cherry left the band, leaving the core three to look for others to fill the rhythmic needs.


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Bob Marley part one

Posted by rooschrock on May 5, 2009

Robert Nesta Marley was born(February 6, 1949 – May11, 1981) in the small village of Nine Mile, in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. His father was Norval Sinclair Marley, a white English Jamaican, that was a Marine officer, Captain, and oversaw a plantation. His father, who was 30 years the elder of his mother, married Cedella Booker after getting her pregnant. It’s been said that she was a worker on the plantation at the time. Bob rarely saw his father while growing up the Kingston ghettos. His father later died at age 60, Bob was only 10 years old at that time.

Bob Marley faced extreme prejudices on both sides, having a black mother and white father didn’t sit well with many during that time period, and it came out full boar against the young Marley.

It wasn’t long before he met his best friend, Bunny Livingston, followed by Peter MacIntosh(Peter Tosh as he was later known as). In 1963 the three joined forces with, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith, to create “The Wailing Wailers”, and were soon discovered by Coxsone Dodd. “The Wailing Wailers”, who were first called the “The Wailing Rudeboys”, formed their rocksteady group that helped put Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Bob Marley on the map in Jamaica.

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Ben Harper part two

Posted by rooschrock on April 23, 2009

Okay, it seems many have requested us to post more Ben Harper pics and music. Since, this is, the staff will keep the videos within the reggae sound. With Ben Harper growing up listening to the blues, not all of his music is necessarally Reggae. Enjoy!!!



Performing “Get Up, Stand Up” with the Wailers

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