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[…]

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[…]

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[…]