Registration opens for Virtual Reggae Marathon 2020

Registration opens for Virtual Reggae Marathon 2020

“The virtual event is a first for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K now in its 20th year. We decided to go virtual so as not to disappoint the thousands of local and international participants who were looking forward to arriving in Negril for the event this year,” said race director Alfred Francis.

Under the new arrangement, each participant anywhere in the world will be able to run their own individual race between November 14 and December 6 and submit their times. Each runner or walker will receive a digital finisher certificate and runner’s bib, while post-race, each will get a medal, signature Reggae Marathon T-shirt and branded tote bag.

JCDC urges youth to learn about Toots

JCDC urges youth to learn about Toots

As the music fraternity mourns the loss of iconic reggae artiste Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibberts, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is urging the younger generation to take some time to learn about his contribution to the development of the country’s entertainment industry.

Andrew Clunis, director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC, said that in order for this generation and the next to truly appreciate the late singer’s legacy, they first need to understand the magnitude of the talent that was Toots Hibberts.

Full story: Jamaican Gleaner

How tone deaf police misunderstand music

As a musician and a policeman, I’ve watched as the police have consistently misunderstood and stigmatised black music and the people who make it. When I hear the complaints about Drill music, I hear echoes of the way things have always been. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, reggae music venues, from record shops and clubs to house parties, attracted disproportionate attention from the police ...
Leroy Logan has been both a senior policeman and a serious musician. For decades, he’s seen the police in London misunderstand and criminalise black music.
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Feluke has died

Master percussionist and songwriter Denver ‘Feluke‘ Smith is dead. The songwriter lost his battle to stage 4 colon cancer while in Mexico on Saturday. He had reportedly gone to the North American country to undergo another round of cancer treatments.

How music star Apache Indian is transforming young lives in Handsworth – with ‘no swearing’

The Handsworth born singer’s AIM Academy on Soho Road has been making a positive difference to the lives of young people.

For the past six years he has been touring and producing music, as well as inspiring youngsters through the AIM music Academy, based at South and City College Handsworth campus.

Although housed inside the college, it is separate to the college and managed and run by Apache every Wednesday from 12-9pm.