“As I Would Say” or “As I Would Tell You”: Big Youth Selector’s Choice Mixdown

Here is a short profile on Jamaican heavyweight ‘Big Youth,’ the man who single-handedly invented and innovated “deejay,” or rap, as we refer to it in the U.S.  Quite possibly the “heaviest” dread to hold the mic since Marley and… Continue Reading


Bob Marley presented with UN Peace Medal, 1978

  The United Nations’ Peace Medal of the Third World was given to Bob Marley on June 15, 1978. in New York City. The late singer and songwriter earned this distinction for his courageous work appealing for justice and peace… Continue Reading


Peter Tosh: Reclaiming A Wailer

I have included a NPR podcast titled “Reclaiming A Wailer” and a Jamaica Gleaner article that discusses the recording of Tosh’s seminal debut album “Legalize It.” Jamaica Gleaner May 9, 1975 Photo by Lee Jaffe www.leejaffe.com


‘Scratch’ Perry a Pioneer in Jamaica’s Music Scene / Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2012



How Jamaica Conquered The World – Episode 1: Jamaican Independence


Over the coming weeks I will be sharing with you the “How Jamaica Conquered The World” podcast series.  To read more about the project and film, please visit http://www.howjamaicaconqueredtheworld.com/ Today is Episode 1: Jamaican Independence “1962-2012 Celebrating 50 years of… Continue Reading


“Bad Card” Banned in Jamaica 1980


In 1980, upon the release of the single “Bad Card” from the Uprising album, the Jamaican government moves to ban the song from Jamaican airwaves because of it’s negative political connotations.  Bob Marley, a Peoples National Party supporter, sees two… Continue Reading


Bob Marley: The New York Times Magazine (Part 5 of 5)


The following is the final in a 5-part series on Bob Marley published in the New York Times Magazine and The Jamaica Gleaner on October 3, 1977.


Bob Marley: New York Times Magazine (Parts 3 & 4)

Marley Profile (09_30_77)

This is Parts 3 and 4 of a 5-part series originally published in the New York Times Magazine and the Jamaica Gleaner on September 30, 1977 profiling Bob Marley in 1977. You will not find a more thorough examination of… Continue Reading


Experience MarleyMania! New York Times Magazine 1977


Over the next several days, I will be sharing a profile of Bob Marley that was originally published in the New York Times Magazine in September and October 1977.  This 5-part series was also published in the Jamaica Gleaner. You… Continue Reading


Bush Doctor: Peter Tosh at the Jamaica World Music Festival, 1982


The Jamaica World Music Festival, promoted by Feyline Jamaica Limited, is staged at the newly constructed Bob Marley Performing Arts Centre from November 25-27, 1982.  Headlining the show are reggae superstars Peter Tosh and Toots and the Maytals. Recently playing to sold out… Continue Reading