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Sumfest 2017

Reggae Sumfest 2017 full lineup announced

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Looking to improve on last year’s epic staging, organizers of Reggae Sumfest Downsound Records has cooked up something special to commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary.



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Taking place on the glistening beaches of Negril, Jamaica this May 17-23, Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest forays onto the international festival landscape, with the aim of enlightening those who will voyage into paradise.


Feluke Needs Our Help

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Ever so often entertainers the world over have rallied to the cries for help, from persons in desperate situations, giving medical support, financial support, moral support, spiritual support or just shoulders to lean on. Now the cry has come again, this time not from distant shores but from  one of our own musicians right here at home, in our backyard, right under our noses.


Marley’s House of Payne

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In a time where the essential nature of the music industry is shifting evermore, like a Rubik’s cube being fashioned into a more and more complete version of itself, consumers of music are having to refocus their perceptions of it. The radio, which originally represented a hub for curated programming, has now become entirely dependent on advertising thereby warping the intended purpose.

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Have a little ‘Curtisay’

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Naturally talented, lyrically inclined, versatile, eccentric, and diverse are some of the words used to describe Curtis “Curtisay” Brown. It is quite often said that his vocals are of international standards this is in essence to his multi cultural diverse childhood.



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There was a young man from Trinidad who went to England on the celebrated Empire Windrush ship. He played steel pan and sang calypso. He helped build the creative counter-culture that put Liverpool 8 on the post-World War 2 art map. He was the first singer-songwriter the Beatles ever met. His name is rarely repeated though a legend in his own right. This is the story of the Black Beatle.


BACKAYARD Issue 22 First Look

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DESCRIPTION OF MAGAZINE BACKAYARD Magazine has been at the forefront of change, unconventionality and versatility in alternative print media since 2005. Born and bred in the diverse underbelly of Kingston (Jamaica), BACKAYARD has quickly become more than printed literature and more than a movement—BACKAYARD Magazine is a social network.


New Rules for Dancehall?

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It had to be providence for so many to gather at the car park of the Jamaica’s National Stadium this past Saturday. Just a few feet from where so many of the country’s greatest achievements have taken place, one of the most anticipated dancehall stage shows in recent times dubbed, ‘New Rules’.