Sound Systems: Pioneers of Jamaican Music

  by Deika Morrison Sound systems first became popular in the 1950s/60s in downtown Kingston. DJs would import foreign records to play on turntables with augmented sound through amplifiers and huge speaker boxes. Sound systems were big and profitable businesses employing, on average, fifteen people – music selectors, truck driver, engineers, men to lift speaker boxes[…]

The Harder They Come: A Treasured Piece of Cinematic History

By Ruth Chisholm 103 minutes of authenticity and artistry, The Harder They Come, directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone was released in 1972. It is the first full length feature film shot in Jamaica. The Harder They Come portrayed Jamaican life at the time in a real way. This was not palatable[…]

A Conversation with Shaggy: Gone Global – Shaggy’s Way

By Deika Morrison Leveraging technology to communicate across borders, Shaggy and I had a chat – him in New York on tour, me in Jamaica with my MacBook Pro – about his global career – past, present and future – as well insights he had to share for artists who want to go global. Without[…]

Coffee Chat with Adrian Creary

Hard to believe Adrian Creary is 24 years old when he speaks about his passion and profession, photography. Made in Jamaica Catalogue had a chat with Adrian about how he got started, where he’s headed and what advice he has for his peers. How did you get started in photography? It came unexpectedly. I was[…]

Conversation Piece

By Aiesha Panton Conversation Piece (CP) is a curated pop­up experience that celebrates the best Jamaican or Jamaica inspired­ artists and designers; meeting the need for fresh and inspiring experiences, that put Jamaican Art + Design on a world class stage, where it belongs. The first installation of CP was the 2011 HOLIDAY EDITION. Fresh[…]

Profile of a Brand Jamaica Ambassador

In the Fall of 2013, Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin became the first non-US citizen competitor in NBC’s The Voice, the American reality television singing competition. Even with unquestionable talent, there was no way she could advance or win unless she managed to get the most votes and most song purchases in the specified voting periods each[…]

My Travels with Bob Marley – Roger Steffens

by Roger Steffens California was a very special place for Bob, especially the south, whose climate and flora Marley felt were similar to Jamaica. I was lucky enough to catch a half-dozen of Bob’s California shows from ‘75-’79. Back in ‘75 Bob had a series of sold-out dates in San Francisco’s tiny Boarding House club,[…]

My Travels with Bob Marley – Roger Steffens

  By Roger Steffens California was a very special place for Bob, especially the south, whose climate and flora Marley felt were similar to Jamaica. I was lucky enough to catch a half-dozen of Bob’s California shows from ‘75-’79. Back in ‘75 Bob had a series of sold-out dates in San Francisco’s tiny Boarding House[…]