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Midnite Band: “Mongst I & I” (I Grade Dub) Exclusive Download & Video | Large Up!



Here’s another exclusive from the elusive Midnite collective. In anticipation of King’s Bell–the Virgin Islands-based crew’s first full-length album recorded in Jamaica (at the hallowed Tuff Gong studio) with a Jamaican producer (Andrew “Bassie” Campbell)– they have let off this special I Grade dub of the album’s first single “Mongst I & I” (for which they’ve also just made their first music video ever). Taking the haunting melody into the heart of the echo chamber, the version excursion only enhances the spiritual and trance-inducing qualities that have made Midnite’s live shows the stuff of island legend.

Listen or download below and vibrate on…

Midnite’s first single off of the upcoming “Kings Bell” album – a highly anticipated collaboration with Jamaican producer Andrew Bassie Campbell, featuring legendary musicians such as Earl Chinna Smith, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace, Lloyd Obeah Denton, Sticky Thompson, Wilburn Squidly Cole and others. Available as a digital single EP featuring the music video, 2 remixes and a dub mix on 9/27/11. Kings Bell full album coming 11/1/11.

Music video co-produced & edited in St. Croix by Michael Nissman of Aqua Media www.aquamediacompany.com.

Download the track HERE!

Source: LargeUp!

Author: Eddie ‘Stats’ Houghton

Bob Marley: The Legacy Wanes but the Cult Lives On


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — Bob Marley’s musical legacy may be waning 30 years after his death as Jamaica’s youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.

Marley has become a merchandiser’s dream, with everything from shoes to snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.

“He was never about commercialism,” one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. “Money was not his greatest motivation.”

For loyal fans of the Third World’s first pop superstar, who died from cancer at the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year’s milestone anniversary is not about grieving but about celebrating.

“His music was so full of life, it doesn’t seem right to mourn him,” 24-year-old Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.

Nickia Palmer stopped briefly to peer at a photo of the dreadlocked legend playing his trademark Gibson guitar.

“The first performance I ever did was at Mount Vernon high school in Fairfax, Virginia and it was No Woman No Cry,” recalled the 33-year-old Jamaican singer, who has spent most of his life in the United States.

Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote many of his songs.

Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides his final resting place.

But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be beginning to fade.

The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer’s estate, says no events are planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on today’s Jamaican youth.

Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.

According to Miller, the ubiquitous One Love has reduced Marley’s revolutionary message to a catchphrase for Jamaica’s tourism industry.

“This is a man who took a bullet for his country. The powers that be in Jamaica are trying to make him soft,” he said.

In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley’s most memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived during the 1960s.

Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his records and a bed he slept on.

“As someone who was born in Trench Town, ‘Gong’ (Marley’s nickname) had a big impact (on me),” 48-year-old roots-reggae singer I-Cient-Cy Mau told AFP.

“Him always had time for the youths an’ that’s something missing from reggae today.”

But the sounds Marley made during the 1970s appear almost foreign to today’s Jamaican youth, more caught up with flamboyant dancehall acts like Vybz Kartel and Movado.

Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.

Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible mark.

“He’s been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There’s not a day that his music is not played,” said DePasse.

To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The Footsteps of Bob Marley today.

Source: Jamaica Observer 

Marley’s Light Shines 30 Years Later


This Wednesday, May 11, will mark the 30th year since the death of reggae icon Bob Marley. The Bob Marley Foundation and the Bob Marley Museum are making preparations to mark this occasion.

Manager of the Foundation and Museum, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, remarks that the Marley family promotes the celebration of Bob Marley’s life and as such emphasis is usually placed on the commemoration of his birth. However, due to the significance of the 30th anniversary special arrangements will be made for the commemoration of the date at the museum located on Hope Road.

Flowers will be available for visitors to the museum on Wednesday, May 11, to place at the feet of the Marley statue on the grounds. Interested persons can donate additional flowers for this activity or simply lay their own at the statue. In an intriguing twist, a mento band will provide live renditions of Marley’s music throughout the day.

Additionally, donations of non-perishable items in aid of the Eira Schader (Trench Town) and Abuna Yeshaq (Ethiopian Orthodox Church) Golden Age homes will be accepted.

Marley succumbed to cancer in 1981, four years after he was initially diagnosed. He was in Miami on his way back to Jamaica from Germany.

His musical influence has received great attention since his passing. By the end of the last century he was declared one of the most influential musicians of all time. In 1999 Time magazine dubbed Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Exodus the greatest album of the 20th Century, while the BBC named One Love the song of the millennium.

Marley’s contribution to the world, however, far exceeds the brilliance of his musicianship. His music is laced with his revolutionary spirit fusing his insights with proverbial wisdom and the influences of Pan African leaders such as Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie. His music remains inspiring, finding new audiences among the peoples of the world with whom his embodiment of a natural mystic continues to resonate.

Yet, for his daughter Cedella, it is the man, not the icon, who is most missed. “What I most miss about my father,” she says, “is … my father. The funny, kind, gentle and loving father.” She recalls, “One of my favourite quotes of my dad is, ‘Is not the people we come to play….we come to play music’.”

Marley’s children also continue to keep the Marley name current with their various endeavours and the manifestation of their own talent. Ziggy, Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani and Julian have successfully embarked on musical careers, while Cedella has explored the world of fashion through the Catch a Fire line. Marley’s face can also be seen on earrings, candles, clothing and numerous items.

While some have seen this as a watering down of Marley’s image as a soul rebel, his continued influence on the struggling peoples of the world belies this. Marley’s philosophies continue to resonate around the world in places like Tunisia, India, Nairobi, and among indigenous people of Australia and North America to whom Marley remains the soundtrack for redemption and revolution.

Stephen Marley has a simple message to all Marley fans to keep his father’s memory burning. “Spread his message of peace, love and equality,” he said.

Source:  Jamaica Observer

Stephen Marley: Revelation Pt. 1 “The Root of Life”


Seven-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to release his third solo project, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life from Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic on May 24.

According to the artist the album was conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae and ensures that the music’s regal template is maintained throughout the 21st century.

Anchored in reggae’s drum and bass backbeat, The Root of Life is described as an organic and richly textured sound through its 14 tracks, which Marley says makes it a true body of work that delivers powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses.

In describing the some of the tracks, the producers note that Old Slaves depicts the harrowing residual effect of slavery; She Knows Now evokes the sorrow of rejection; False Friends conveys the disappointment of knowing these people; a lovers-rock tradition there is the duet No Cigarette Smoking with Melanie Fiona; to the final track Now I Know, a contemplative song about moving on.

The first single Jah Army, features Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Buju Banton over a one-drop rhythm with lyrics to rally the troops. “Whether it’s in the music or our life, get it together man, the Gideon is on,” declares Marley.

Conceived as a two part project, The Root of Life will be followed by the release of Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, due in fall of 2011, which will feature an array of styles that have emanated from reggae’s core.

“Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music,” Marley reasons. “The Fruit of Life will be more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from.”

Having recently completed a cross-country tour to launch this album, Marley will also see exclusive distribution for the vinyl version of The Root of Life from VP Records.

Source: Jamaica Observer