Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Old Grey Whistle Test was an influential BBC2 television music show that ran from 1971 to 1987. It took over the BBC2 late night slot from "Disco Two", which had been running since January 1970, while continuing to feature non-chart music. It was devised by BBC producer Rowan Ayers. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from... a 'tin pan alley' phrase from years ago. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys [doormen in grey suits]. The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test.
Live performance specially recorded for Whistle Test from the Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973, featuring the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.
OLD GREY WISTLE TEST
To confirm that these events actually occurred, a video clip of one such monthly event. To say the least, the clip is nothing short of what we would call “hardcore porn” with music and tons of people watching. The couple engaging in sexual intercourse attempts to follow the beat of the music provided by the DJ as they attempt various sexual positions. However, the female’s face is covered with a bandanna to protect her identity.
While the bandanna alone speaks to the cultural stigmatizations that exist in Jamaica as in many other countries in the world, where female is more often than not ostracized for committing such as act, the male in video can clearly be identified. It is the familiar double standard. The male will be glorified for the act he committed and the female will be taunted, shamed and gossiped.
The Jamaica Star recently published an article acknowledging the authenticity of this monthly event. According to the said publication, “Head of the Linstead police, Inspector Michael Walker, said he was not aware of the event or its happenings, but promised to investigate. Asked of the sanctions for such an event, Inspector Walker said, “Of course, they could not get a license to have sex in public.”
While freedom to express one’s self is a right that all human beings should be entitled to, certain behaviors as exemplified in the present case should be kept in closed environments rather than the streets. Pornography is not a stranger to many of us so it is not a question of censoring pornography; it is a question of embracing the freedoms you have with responsibilities to society.
GO GO JAM PART.1
GO GO JAM PART.2
GO GO JAM PART.3
GO GO JAM PART.4
GO GO JAM PART.5
GO GO JAM PART.6
FROM THE PROLIFIC PEN OF PATRICK BROWN, THE WRITER OF “OLIVER AT LARGE”, “CINDERELISHA & THE DJ PRINCE”, “RAS NOAH & THE HAWK”, “VIBES” AND DOZENS MORE, COMES MORE HILARIOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT --- “CLASS OF ’73”. PRACTICALLY REJECTED BY THE TEACHING PROFESSION, THE HARDLY-WORKING MR. B. BRINGLE (PLAYED BY THE CARIBBEAN’S KING OF COMEDY, OLIVER SAMUELS) FINDS HIMSELF SADDLED WITH A BUNCH OF INTELLECTUALLY-CHALLENGED SOCIAL REJECTS KNOWN AS GRADE 6Z. JOIN THESE SOCIAL MISFITS ON A GUT-BUSTING, LAUGH-A-MINUTE RIDE TOWARDS THEIR UNLIKELY GRADUATION.
“CLASS OF ’73” HOLDS UP A MIRROR TO THE SOCIETY, ILLUMINATING SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF THE NATION’S (JAMAICA) EDUCATION SYSTEM. BUT DESPITE THE INHERENT AND OBVIOUS FRALITIES, WE SHOW THAT AS A NATION WE CONTINUE TO BEAT THE ODDS. HOW? COME SEE WHAT EVENTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CLASS OF ’73. THE 1973 SETTING ADDS A TOUCH OF NOSTALGIA TO THIS UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE. PICTURE OLIVER SAMUELS IN JHERRI CURLS AND BELL-FOOT POLYESTER PANTS “SKANKING” TO THE MUSIC OF THE HEPTONES. OR GLEN “TITUS” CAMPBELL & COMPANY, SPORTING GIANT AFROS, DOING THE “S90 SKANK”, ETC.
CLASS OF ’73 IS THE 9TH ANNUAL JAMBIZ CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION, AND WILL OPEN AS IT CUSTOMERY ON BOXING DAY, DECEMBER 26TH AT THE CENTERSTAGE THEATRE IN NEW KINGSTON. IT WILL HAVE A LIMITED RUN AT CENTERSTAGE, AFTER WHICH IT WILL FOLLOW ITS USUAL PATTERN OF PLAYING MAJOR RURAL TOWN CENTERS ACROSS JAMAICA BEFORE JETTING OFF FOR PERFORMANCES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE WIDER CARIBBEAN.
CLASS OF 73
Smile Orange is a 1976 satirical film set in Jamaica. It follows the day-to-day life of Ringo a smooth-talking waiter and con-man. The film explores the tourism industry in the Carribean and seems to suggest there are similarities to slavery in that industry.
Di Driva boasts a most powerful and experienced cast in the likes of Keith "Shebada" Ramsay, Andrea "Delcita" Wright, Maxwell "Maama Man" Grant, Donald "Mattress" Thompson, Shermane Wisdom and Vanashia Rowe (from Like Father Like Son) and Trudy Campbell. The play is Stages Productions' fifth comedy and by all measures it has lived up to the Stages standard of high entertainment quality. Di Driva is written by Paul O. Beale and directed by Garfield "Bad Boy Trevor" Reid. DI Driva explores the issue of surrogacy in Jamaica. Ranny (Thompson) is a very cocky politician who thinks that he is the greatest gift to Thelma (Wisdom/Rowe) his wife, is angered by the discovery that he is unable to father children. This is not the only battle he is trying to win, he also is in the middle of a general election. While Ranny is unrelenting in his quest to win a seat in parliament, his wife is busy trying to find a medical solution to their child bearing problem. Enter Dr. First (Campbell) with the perfect solution by employing the maternal services of Delcita (Wright). All this takes place without the knowledge and blessing of Driva (Ramsay), Delcita's boyfriend. Things begin to fall into place when Driva gets himself a new job and decides to migrate to Kingston. Di Driva is for the entire family. It is a realistic comedy with a very interesting mix of characters. The characters (Driva and Delcita) played by Keith and Andrea are two of the top comedic acts in Jamaica today and this is their first time on stage together. There is so much laughter and excitement being generated by these two talented individuals, it is hard to justify having these two powerhouses in the same play – it seems almost like an overkill. Nonetheless, Keith and Andrea work very well together and the audiences are the ones benefiting from the enviable stage chemistry shown by these two very talented individuals. The balance and distribution of labour in the play is manifested in the significant contribution made by all the actors. While Donald and Shermane/Vanashia carry the bulk of the story, Trudy in her role as the gynaecologist and Maxwell as Thelma's father bring up the support line. The beauty about this play is that it does not pivot on ridiculousness in order to deliver a strong entertainment value.
DI DRIVER PART.1
DI DRIVER PART.2
DI DRIVER PART.3
DI DRIVER PART.4
DI DRIVER PART.5
Sunday, November 9, 2014
IN 2002 THE BIG CHAMPION SOUND OUT OF KINGSTON JAMAICA KILLAMANJARO FLIGHT TO STUTTGART TO CLASH THE GERMAN SOUND POW POW. THIS WAS THE FIRST SOUNDCLASH EVER HELD IN EUROPE WITH A SOUND OUT OF JAMAICA. SO THE PEOPLE WERE READY FOR THIS CLASH AND FREDDY FROM KILLAMANJARO WAS READY TO CLASH POW POW AND SO WAS POW POW .THE CLASH WAS GOOD AND INTERESTING AS YOU CAN WITNESS ON THIS DVD.
JARO VS POW POW PART.1
JARO VS POW POW PART.2
Friday, November 7, 2014
In The Street is Getting Hot. . . Richie Spice, a true reggae ambassador and one of Jacaica's top performers, delivered his most powerfull performance to date on his 2006 tour. He took consciousness to higher heights in Delaware, thrilling the audience with a most scintillating performance. This DVD embodies the true essence of "Reggae Music.
RICHIE SPICE AND FRIENDS PART 1
RICHIE SPICE AND FRIENDS PART 2
RICHIE SPICE AND FRIENDS PART 3
RICHIE SPICE AND FRIENDS PART 4
RICHIE SPICE AND FRIENDS PART 5
Jamaica's Windalco Sports Club was jumping for the Reggae Campfire festival in 2007, and with artists such as Buju Banton and Keith Campbell, it's no wonder. The first volume from the fest features performances from these reggae kings and more.
REGGAE CAMPFIRE 2007 PART.1
Thursday, November 6, 2014
20 years after riots ripped through Los Angeles, "Uprising" documents how hip hop forecasted -- and some say ignited -- the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. The film revisits the riots in gripping detail and draws from a diverse collection of voices -- the rappers, rioters, victims, police officers, journalists and everyday citizens of South Central Los Angeles. The documentary traces the rise of dissent in Los Angeles in the 80's and 90's and explores why citizens chose to rise up violently against police abuse and perceived injustices.
VH1 ROCK DOCS UPRISING HIP HOP & THE L.A. RIOTS
In the summer of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the slums of Staten Island and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, garnering fans worldwide and generating sales in excess of $50 million. This is their story.
The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City originally composed of East Coast Rappers RZA,GZA,Method Men, Ghostface killah, Inspecta deck, U-God,Masta killa, and the late OL Dirty Bastard The group was formed in (and are associated with) the New York City borough of Staten island (U-God, Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon) (referred to by members as "Shaolin"), though some of their members are from Brooklyn (Ol Dirty Bastard, GZA and Masta Killa). They are frequently joined by fellow American rapper and childhood friend Capadonna a quasi-member of the group.
They have introduced and launched the careers of , affiliated artist and groups often collectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees, and in 2008, About.com ranked them the No. 1 greatest hip hop group of all time, and stated "No weapon in hip-hop history can rival the chaotic cohesion of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Clan had so many characters, each with his own eccentricities. They were fearless in their approach. There's a good reason no group has been able to successfully recreate their sound. The crew spawned countless loosely associated acts.
THE STORY OF THE WU-TANG CLAN PART.1
THE STORY OF THE WU-TANG CLAN PART.2
Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS
Monday, November 3, 2014
Steel Pulse have been true front-runners in world reggae since hitting the chart with their seminal 'Handsworth Revolution' album back in 1978. This fantastic rare live UK show from the early 90s finds the veterans powering through the cream of their 12-year back catalog.
STEEL PULSE LIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES
Pow Pow Movement is a German Reggae Soundsystem.
There are weekly appearances of Pow Pow Movement in the discotheque “Petit Prince” in Cologne. Pow Pow started in 1990 as a soundsystem in 1995, the Jamaican Devonian started as MC with Pow Pow. Ingo and Alfred Backra are active as Selector and DJ.In 2000 Pow Pow created the international break-through with Worldclash in New York. Thus Pow Pow Movement belongs to the Top 10 Reggae Soundsystems in Europe. With the annual reader inquiries of the largest German Reggae Musikzeitschrift, the Riddim they were selected several times to the best German sound system.Pow Pow produced following Riddims, which are not only used by European artists, but also Jamaican musicians such as Anthony B, junior Kelly, Sizzla, Luciano, Jah Mason, Richie Stephens or Turbulence produce Tunes on Pow Pow Riddims.
THE 15th ANNIVERSARY OF POW POW SOUND OUT OF GERMANY ON THE DVD ARE POW POW,ONE LOVE HI PAWA AND DAVID RODIGAN
POW POW 15th ANNIVERSARY PART.1
POW POW 15th ANNIVERSARY PART.2