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interviews Wayne Marshall (@Wayne_Marshall) [Video]

I caught up with reggae and dancehall artist Wayne Marshall to discuss prevalent issues within the world of dancehall and the (controversial term alert) "Reggae revival".

We spoke about:
growing up in the business with the Bounty Killer-led Alliance to now moving with the Damian & Stephen Marley-led Ghetto Youths International, revival of both reggae and the '80s revival within that, whether he regrets partaking in the much criticised Island Pop era, Jamaican media's focus on Jamaican reggae's lack of commercial success in America to will he'll judge his forthcoming album, True Colors, success on sales.
Wobbly video, but ah so it go more time uzeet?



Couple songs for you to check which were mentioned in the video:

Latest single, "I Know". Can grab that on iTunes and others.



Wayne Marshall "My Heart" cover by Danish artist Klumben "Mit Hjerte"



Original video for Wayne Marshall's "My Heart" (Drake likes this song.…

interviews Christopher Ellis

Member of the Damian and Stephen Marley-led Ghetto Youths International, Christopher Ellis headlines London's famous Jazz Café for the second time this Saturday (28th September) following a sell-out last year on the birthday of his late great, father, rocksteady icon Alton Ellis. Sidenote: Jazz Café is the last venue his father performed.

Marvin Sparks caught up with south Londoner, Christopher Ellis (@EllisMuzicChild), in a west London hotel lobby to talk challenges making a name as a singer in his own right, choosing authentic reggae despite its lack of pop chart presence in UK, disappointing reaction to last single and learning from the other Ghetto Youths members.

Marvin Sparks: Was music something you always wanted to do?

Christopher Ellis: I always imagined myself as a singer from ever since I could remember. I used to tell my school teachers that I don't have to do the work because I'm going to be a singer [laughs]. I was always a clever boy in class, but I didn'…

Chronixx UK tour info + video at New York SOBs and Negril, Jamaica

Reggae's biggest name at the moment, Chronixx, will appear at Scala in London Town in just over 2 weeks time. He'll also appear in Leeds to BBC Radio 1Xtra Live on the 10th October and Birmingham at The Drum on 12th October.

Catch couple clips below

"Never Give Up"



Barrington Levy and Chronixx sing each others songs before Mr. Levy fires off some classics then Chronixx carries on the medley of Jamaican classics with The Melodyans "Rivers of Babylon".



Sourced from Boomshots

And check out this acoustic session which took place in Negril, Jamaica. "They Don't Know", "Wall St.", Protoje's "JA" interpolated with his own "Smile Jamaica".


Protoje OnStage interview

Big up Diggy talking the truth about the Jamaican government being ashamed of and shying away from reggae. Regarding the venue, I think Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records has proven that an indoor venue with live reggae music is valid. Also speaks on "reggae revival". Trust Winford to find an opportunity to slyly cuss dancehall impact in America. Good on Protoje saying he doesn't like the separation of dancehall and reggae. And you see the people at reggae festivals in Europe? Yeah.



One of my favourite reggae artists from about 2011. Check out this mixtape collection of a bunch of his songs

Shabba Ranks talks the tings about BET Awards "reggae" tribute

Emperor of dancehall, Shabba Ranks explains why he didn't take part in the BET Awards tribute to dancehall. The "Big Dutty Stinkin'" Shabba makes a good point regarding himself being too big to join in the festivities. He also explains why he has reservations about working the stage with former nemesis Ninja Man.



I understand the sentiments about artists from other genres getting treatment as a reason for himself. He's a legend. I can also see why the artists that did perform would jump at the opportunity. I also love that he points out they always side line dancehall then bring it out like it's a novelty. Yes, emperor, tell them! This is and culture that garners interest worldwide, in many cases, bigger than them.

"Dem no intellectual like Marcus Garvey all now! None ah dem nuh fast like Usain Bolt all now! None ah dem nuh great like Shabba Ranks all now! Dem nuh bad like Bob Marley all now!" Big speech. Future quotable.

Only clip I can find of Cap…