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Stories by Dave Rodney

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

A Jamaica-born 17-year veteran in the United States Army died in Kuwait on Tuesday while on a tour of duty for less than a year.Sergeant Hughton Coopie Brown, 43, was born in Kingston and attended Wolmer's Boys' School before migrating to New York....

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

It was clear from the start that this year's Exxxotica Expo, billed as 'the largest event in the United States dedicated to love and sex', was going to be a record-breaking smash.The 2017 expo is celebrating its 10th anniversary and hours before the...

Published:Saturday | October 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

New Jersey's multi-award winning reggae deejay, Ras Emmanuel, has earned yet another feather in his cap.The artiste who hails from White Marl in St Catherine, Jamaica, recently received a proclamation for reggae ambassador for New Jersey, the first...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Jamaica-born, Brooklyn-based reggae artiste Bucky Ital is set to wed the love of his life today.Bucky Ital, whose real name is Uhan Pearson, hails from Westmoreland. He attended the Frome Technical high school before migrating to New York, and he's...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

In the fast-paced entertainment world of flashy concert venues, first-class travel and plush de luxe hotel suites, few music fans were aware that Caribbean celebrity mom Carol Maraj, the mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, was the victim of...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

New Jersey-based reggae artiste Jah Jah Yute is smiling from ear to ear because a track from his latest album has ended up on the upcoming TBS television series The Last O.G.Jah Jah Yute's single Rough Life, from his recently released album Fresh...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

On the eve of celebrations for Jamaica's 55th anniversary of Independence, I asked Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans what are the things they love most about the island. Here are the top 10 Jamaican treasures that my...

Published:Saturday | July 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Eight upcoming reggae artistes who are based in the New York and New Jersey area have joined forces to create their own performance showcase as part of their American independence holiday celebrations.The group of eight includes Bucky Ital, K Flav,...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 11:09 PMDave Rodney

Groovin' In the Park, New York City's premier reggae and R...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:04 AMDave Rodney

Another R&B icon, Stephanie Mills, has just been added to the line-up of New York's premier reggae/rhythm and blues summer concert, Groovin' In The Park...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Five years after he was extradited to the USA from Jamaica on a charge of absconding bail, entertainer Busy Signal is now heading to New York City in June, where he plans to deliver a blistering performance to thousands of reggae fans who have had...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 5:52 PMDave Rodney

Due to inclement weather conditions across the island, the Denroy Morgan performance that was scheduled for tonight at Pepperseed at Puls8 has been postponed. The normal Wednesday retro party will however, continue there tonight, weather conditions...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

U-Roy set for first NY performance in over 25yJamaican music icon and pioneer, U Roy, who ruled the charts in the '70s with classic anthems like Penny for Your Song (with Derrick Harriott), Stop That Train, Dread inna Babylon, Wake the Town, Rule...

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Brooklyn-based Westmoreland born reggae artiste Bucky Ital has just beenadded to the galaxy of starsparticipating in the remake of the Peter Tosh classic anthem, Legalise It.The surprise addition was made recently by Brian Latture, manager of the...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

A Jamaican student, Savion Wilson, 17, was recently named mayor for a day in the New Jersey city of Plainfield.Savion Wilson, an Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (FAAAS) student, on March 23, stepped into the shoes of Plainfield Mayor...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Like most sixth-formers, I jumped straight from high school to college - in my case, to the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) - to 'read' for a degree in the humanities.I could hardly wait to begin my journey at the UWI. My...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

It was just over 40 years ago, in 1976, that Peter Tosh released his classic hit song Legalize It from the album of the same name. The song was written by Tosh as a response to his ongoing victimisation by the Jamaican police, but it was also a...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

In the early '60s, long before there was reggae, a haunting, captivating and blissfully bouncy beat called rocksteady captured the imagination of music lovers on the island of Jamaica. This beat was an offspring of ska, and it first emerged from the...

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

"Scandalous but not surprising" is how veteran Jamaican reggae singer Freddie McGregor has described the outcome of the 2017 Reggae Grammy Awards, where Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley's eldest son, was announced winner of the Best Reggae Album.Ziggy's...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Seven students and two teachers from Ardenne High School were recently in New York City to participate in the 2017 World Federation of United Nations Associations (UFUNA) conference.In addition to the United Nations activities, Ardenne High students...

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

A Jamaican couple had their plans to celebrate St. Valentine's Day together abruptly ruined when the boyfriend was denied landing access at Newark's Liberty airport on the night of Wednesday, January 18. Instead of spending the night in the loving arms of his...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

Destination Jamaica shone brightly on Wednesday night when the island was the recipient of four travel awards, which were presented to the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) by the Travvy Awards in recognition of the island's high standards of excellence...

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

In perhaps the most blistering attack on the reggae Grammys to date, Jamaican reggae icon and veteran singer Freddie McGregor has lashed out at the 59-year-old American institution, calling the reggae arm of the organisation that typically awards...

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

On Tuesday night, the top-tier of the fashion industry in New York City paused to pay tribute to design icon Carolina Herrera for her thirty-five years of first-class contribution to the industry and for establishing a globally recognised style. At...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney

(This is Part 1 of the FAUM series - Five Astonishing and Unforgettable Moments - that explores aspects of reggae, dancehall and soca music through the prism of the performers, promoters, producers and other professionals).By any measure, Roger...

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