Archive for March, 2010

Baton keeping an “Optimistic Soul”

Gargamel, Inc. releases Grammy nominated Buju Banton’s  video “Optimistic Soul” and the digital version of “Rasta Got Soul” this week.

“This is Buju Banton,” Mr. Mention’s official blog, is where the video first launched on Monday.

The video, directed by Zach Wolfe, captured Banton’s during the “Rasta Got Soul” tour and while relaxing on his tour bus and in his hotel room.

Banton explores poverty, politics and life during the video, questioning whether he’s too concerned of the world’s problems.

He says, I wanna break free but I feel trapped / A voice inside me say don’t stop.

The irony of these lyrics while Banton is incarcerated for an alleged drug deal, is quite uncanny.

Mz. Jackson


Jimmy Cliff to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Jimmy Cliff (Boom Shots)

The “Harder They Come” star, Jimmy Cliff, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, inside the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Cliff is the second reggae artist to receive the prestigious recognition for his work. Bob Marley was inducted into the museum in 1994.

The ceremony will air live on Fuse.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Mz. Jackson

Junior “One Blood” Reid with sons Andrew and Wada Blood

Junior "One Blood" Reid Friday, March 19, Belly Up Tavern

Junior Reid will perform at the Belly Up Tavern with his dancehall dee-jay sons, Andrew and Wada Blood, opening for him.

Becoming a local favorite, Reid, has produced hits, including “One Blood,” “Boom Shacka Lacka” and “I’m Free.”

Andrew and Wada Blood have appeared on the dancehall reggae charts with their massive hit, “Hustle ‘Til the Day I Die” and have produced popular riddims for artists. The “World Quake Riddim” has featured artists, including Elephant Man, Gyptian and Munga.

Stranger will open the show.

9 pm Friday, March 19, tickets are $23 advance/$25 day of show.

Mz. Jackson

Reggae legend Mykal Rose comes to San Diego

Lead singer of Black Uhuru will perform inside the Belly Up Tavern as a part of Club Kingston Hot Mondays.

Eloquently performing hits, including “Shine Eye Girl” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Rose has become a successful solo reggae artist, continuing to draw large concert crowds.

Rose last performed in San Diego at the Tribute to the Reggae Legends concert in February 2009.

Dj Carlos Culture will spin the early tunes.

9 pm Monday, April 12, $23 advance/$25 day of show. Tickets on sale now.

Club Kingston: Hot Mondays

Club Kingston "Hot Mondays," inside the Belly Up Tavern beginning April 5

DJ Carlos Culture brings the popular Club Kingston to the Belly Up Tavern.

On April 5, the opening of Club Kingston will feature Louie Culture in concert, with Carlos and DJ Megga of Culture Blend Sound spinning early tunes.

Club Kingston Mondays will offer reggae lovers an evening of music from top sound systems and selectors and fans will also see reggae artists perform.

Mykal Rose (changed from Michael), lead singer of Black Uhuru, will perform on April 12 and The Revolution Continues Sound (TRC) on April 26.

Carlos started Club Kingston in December 2007 and recently celebrated its second anniversary.

Admission to the Louie Culture show is $14 advanced/$16 day of, show begins at 9 pm.

Just to give you a taste of the reggae vibes, check out this session of Rub-a-Dub Fridays at the Belly Up!

Mz. Jackson

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