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Brothers in Revolution, Divided Paths: Bob Marley vs. Peter Tosh

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  Peter Tosh/ Bob Marley: Brothers in Revolution, Divided Paths Reggae music boasts few figures as iconic as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Though their names are often uttered in the same breath, their musical approaches and personalities differed greatly. This post explores the history of these reggae titans, their time with the legendary Wailers, the reasons for their split, and how their contrasting styles could have formed a formidable creative force. Roots in the Wailers: Marley and Tosh, along with Bunny Wailer, formed the Wailers in 1963. The group gave voice to the frustrations of Jamaica's underclass, their early ska tunes brimming with social commentary. Marley, the charismatic frontman, possessed a smooth, soulful voice and a knack for crafting catchy melodies. Tosh, the gritty guitarist and songwriter, brought a more militant edge, his lyrics fiercely challenging authority. Together, they were a force, revolutionizing Jamaican music. Parting Ways: Despite their music

New EP: The Business meets Dub Siren - Dub Down To Business

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Today Dubphonic Records Gets Down To Business Dub Siren   is a dub-inspired electronic music composer, producer and remixer, a Cypriot from London now based in West Sussex. His home studio is a shed filled with synthesizers, analogue hardware and old-school mixing desks. Dive Deep: The Business Meets Dub Siren in a Sonic Wormhole Imagine a dance floor pulsating with infectious grooves – a potent blend of 80s electro, disco fire, and funky basslines. The Business, a London-Brazilian production trio, has bottled that energy in their debut album, "Get Down To Business." But the party doesn't stop there. Prepare to be abducted by "Dub Down To Business," a remix EP that warps those dancefloor anthems into a trippy, spacey odyssey. The mastermind behind this sonic wormhole is Dub Siren, a UK/Cypriot producer with a deep reverence for King Tubby, the godfather of dub. He takes The Business' infectious tracks and injects them with his signature twist: pulsating bass

Equal Rights and No Hypocrisy: Decoding a Peter Tosh Quote

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Peter Tosh, the legendary reggae artist, was a voice for the voiceless. His music resonated with themes of social justice, Pan-Africanism, and Rastafarian spirituality. One of his most thought-provoking quotes is: "Equal rights and justice for all, not just because it's convenient." This seemingly straightforward statement unpacks layers of meaning when considering Tosh's life and beliefs. Firstly, Tosh likely saw this quote as a critique of hypocrisy. Colonial powers often preached about equality and justice while simultaneously oppressing colonized nations. Racial prejudice and discrimination were rampant despite ideals of liberty. For Tosh, true equality wouldn't be a convenient mask for the powerful, but a genuine commitment to dismantling unjust systems. Furthermore, the Rastafarian faith, a cornerstone of Tosh's worldview, emphasizes the interconnectedness of humanity. Equal rights and justice wouldn't just benefit a select few, but uplift all. Th

Reggae: More Than Just Beach Vibes and Bob Marley (Although We Love Those Too)

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Let's face it, most of us first encountered reggae through a hazy image of a palm tree swaying on a postcard, with Bob Marley serenading us about island life. But reggae, my friends, is so much more than just soundtrack for burnt noses and fruity cocktails. It's a vibrant tapestry woven from social commentary, spiritual yearning, and some seriously funky beats. The Roots Run Deep (and Skunky): Reggae's story starts in the 1960s in Jamaica, a place simmering with the aftereffects of colonialism and the rise of the Rastafari movement. This religious movement, with its emphasis on living a natural life and celebrating African heritage, became the soul of reggae. Rastafarian beliefs fueled lyrics about social justice, repatriation to Africa (cue Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up"), and of course, praising Jah (their term for God). The Skank Stops for No One: But reggae isn't just about righteous messages. It's about feeling the groove! The signature sound com

One Love: Unveiling the Heart of Rastafari Culture

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Rastafari, often mistaken for just dreadlocks and reggae, pulsates with a rich history, vibrant belief system, and unique practices that extend far beyond the shores of Jamaica. Born from the struggles of the African diaspora, Rastafari offers a powerful message of liberation, respect for Africa, and a call for unity. This blog post delves into the heart of Rastafari culture, exploring its core beliefs, practices, and customs that resonate from Jamaica to Ethiopia. Rooted in Faith: A Reinterpreted Bible Central to Rastafari is a distinct interpretation of the Bible. Rastas believe in one God, Jah, who they see as a manifestation of the divine within each person. They draw heavily from the Old Testament, particularly the story of the Israelites' captivity in Babylon. This resonates with the Rastafarian experience of oppression under European colonialism, which they view as metaphorical Babylon. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, crowned in 1930, holds immense significance. Many R

Skaii D Limit new Music Video: DESIRE

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  Skaii D Limit drops another Sensual video: D e s i r e Once again Skaii D Limit has applied the pressure in this highly motivational lyric video.  With visuals that'll keeo you glued to the screen as you digest the positive words of encouragement to follow your dreams. Skaii D Limit - Desire official lyric video Out Now on all platforms! click the link and stream https://onerpm.link/skaii-desire Follow Skaii on instagram @Skaiidlimit facebook @Skaiidlimit Tiktok @Skaiidlimit #Skaiidlimit #desire #dancehall LYRICS FOR DESIRE I desire Aim higher Oh oh I desire Skaii D Limit Mi desire fi be happy ina mi life time Link up wid mi frens and hav a nice time Mi haffi mek mi family good dem a mi lifeline Suh one way or next mi haffi find mine Deep dung ina mi thoughts 💭 mi a write lines Haffi mek it one day a just the right time Find a way fi dweet mi stay pan my grind Cause If yuh wah fi b great!.. It starts with YOU! And any ting weh u desire it’

Reggae Hour Interview: Reggae Star Lincoln Prophet Discusses Musical Journey

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In a recent interview on Mr. E's Southside Bosses show, Jamaican reggae artist Lincoln Prophet dives deep into his musical roots, tracing his path from his Jamaican upbringing to international recognition. Born Weithney Reid in Saint Elizabeth Parish, Lincoln's passion for music blossomed early. After immigrating to the US at 14, music became his constant companion. Even during his military service, Lincoln gravitated towards reggae, collaborating with established artists like Sugar Minott and Frankie Paul. Watch Interview Here: The year 1991 marked a turning point. With laser focus, Lincoln embarked on a full-time music career. Experimenting with diverse styles and lyrical approaches, he landed his first vinyl production alongside Corporal Tim. His talent resonated with audiences both in the US and Jamaica, where he seamlessly blended reggae with emerging hip-hop influences. Back in Jamaica, Lincoln's star continued to rise. He signed with the prestigious Youth-man Promoti

Terrible Time New Music Video by Luciano

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Terrible Time  New music video by Luciano Luciano, the legendary reggae artist known for his powerful vocals and socially conscious lyrics, has just released a new music video for his latest single "Terrible Time". The song addresses the struggles and hardships faced by many individuals in today's society, touching on themes of injustice, poverty, and inequality. In the music video, Luciano delivers his poignant message through soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, accompanied by stunning visuals that capture the raw emotions behind the song. The video serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of standing up for what is right and speaking out against injustices in the world. As one of the pioneers of the reggae music genre, Luciano continues to use his platform to shed light on important social issues and inspire positive change. Through his music, he encourages listeners to reflect on the world around them and take action to create a more equitable and compassiona

Dancehall legend and World Boss: Vybez Kartel

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  Vybez Kartel: Dancehall Star's Rise and Fight Vybz Kartel, a name synonymous with dancehall music, has a career marked by both immense musical success and significant legal controversy. A Meteoric Rise: Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, rose to prominence in the early 2000s with his electrifying performances and captivating lyrics. His music, often characterized by its raw energy and sometimes provocative content, resonated with fans worldwide, making him a dancehall icon. Kartel's hits, like "Romping Shop" and "Summer", became anthems in Jamaica and beyond, solidifying his place as a major force in the genre. Legal Turmoil: Kartel's journey took a sharp turn in 2011 when he was charged with the murder of an associate, Clive "Lizard" Williams. This high-profile case gripped Jamaica, with strong opinions on both sides. The trial, which lasted for several years, was marked by controversy. In 2014, Kartel was convicted of murder and sentenced to life

Texas legalization of marijuana

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  Why Texas Should Embrace Recreational Marijuana Texas has long been known for its independent spirit, but when it comes to marijuana legalization, the state lags behind much of the country. Here's why Texas should join the growing movement to legalize recreational marijuana: Tax Revenue Boost: Legalizing and regulating marijuana sales would generate significant tax revenue for the state. This windfall could fund vital public services like education, healthcare, and infrastructure. Economic Growth: A legal marijuana market creates new jobs in cultivation, retail, and ancillary businesses. Texas' thriving economy could benefit from this growing industry. Criminal Justice Reform: Prohibition disproportionately impacts minorities. Legalization would remove unnecessary burdens on law enforcement and the court system. Personal Liberty: Adults should have the freedom to choose what they consume responsibly. Legalization allows for regulation and quality control. Medical Bene