Sizzla headlines US festival

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AFTER years of being unable to perform in the United States, firebrand Rastafarian singjay Sizzla Kalonji is one of the headliners on the 32-year-old Reggae on the River (ROTR), set for California on August 4-7.

Sizzla (whose given name is Miguel Collins) has been facing the wrath of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community for what they deem as inflammatory lyrics against them.

Efforts to contact Sizzla were unsuccessful.

The line-up for this year’s event also includes the Fire House Band, Kranium, Agent Sasco, Anthony B, Protoje and the Indiggnation Band, Yellow Man, Jesse Royal, Sister Carol, Jah9 and the Dub Treatement, No Maddz, Keznamdi, Addis Pablo, and Dubtonic Kru.

Justin Crellin, the festival’s general manager, said the inclusion of a number of the younger reggae acts reflects the age group of festival goers.

“With more than 30 years behind us, we’ve seen multiple generations of festival goers make the ROTR pilgrimage. Some attendees from the early years are still with us to this day, and we are also now seeing a new crop of first-timers each year that are coming for a taste of the ROTR experience — and hopefully becoming return guests year after year. I would say that some of this is due to the younger acts we are hosting, but is also representative of a larger trend of younger folks being a primary festival audience,” he said.

The organisers said with more than three decades under their belt, it gets easier to organise the festival.

“It has been a roller coaster over the years with venue changes. But now that we are in our fourth year back at our original French’s Camp venue, and our crews have settled back into things, I would say it is generally getting easier to organise. Of course, there are other aspects of the business that are more challenging these days like work visas, more festival competition, shifting trends in reggae music,” Crellin told


One of the major summer festivals in the United States, Reggae on the River has constantly had to update its offering and this year’s staging will be no different. The natural environment is also taken into consideration.

“On the festival site, we constructed a 780,000-gallon rainwater catchment pond that will allow us to better irrigate and manage the venue — with enough excess left in the pond after the event for us to put back into the ground and offset our total water usage. This will make ROTR a water-neutral event (the first of its kind as far as we know). So this is big news, especially considering the California drought and an improvement that will greatly enhance the patron experience. We are also increasing art and other installations to add to the ambiance throughout the festival grounds, offering new premier public camping options, and expanding activities in the campground like yoga,” Crellin added.

JLP wins the election Jamaica’s first family swears in

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12802753_10156585926515722_2331636394022837582_nIt was a close victory; however, the Jamaica Labor Party edged out the People’s National Party out of power. With the promise of lowered tax for many and prosperity for Jamaica the voters turned out in low numbers but in support of new leadership. The PNP did not make much of an effort to lure voters there way by refusing to debate the then opposition, many saw them as pompous and arrogant hence they had to go. Jamaica is at a very stagnant level by depending on the International Monetary Fund the country will not be able to see its full potential.

The goals of the IMF is not the same goals as the Jamaican population so getting out of bed with the IMF is our only way to prosperity. The JLP has a huge task ahead of them and we pray they find the wisdom and strength needed to overcome. Dancehall and reggae played a vital part in The Rt Honerable Andrew Holness campaign as he jammed to Alkaline’s “Champion Bwoy” when he won and sang Nesbeth “My Dream” at his inauguration.

The dancehall fraternity took it’s side with Beenie Man and Foota Hype endorsing the now opposition party, PNP and Khage applauding his party JLP for winning. Social media played a huge role this election as can be seen by the jubilation present within the Facebook group, JLP Supporters. The comrades of the PNP almost caused a national war as numerous false rumors of the PNP retaining power during the EOJ recount surfaced on social media. Tensions were high during this period but this was a historic election as The RT honorable Juliet Holness also became a winner of her seat; hence, joining her husband in governing the country. Both wore blue at the swearing in as ode to being graduates of St. Catherine High School.  The supporters of the Jamaica Labor Party expects greatness from their leader and we wish Mr. Holness the best. One Love from the #L2PJa  family.12027378_10156561439925722_4470728958653432059_o


Swine Flu claims life of woman pregnant with twins – report

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A 29-year-old woman reportedly died of the H1N1 virus, popularly called Swine Flu, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

The woman is reported to have been pregnant with twins. It’s the fourth swine-flu related death in Jamaica since cases of the virus were first reported locally in early February, 2016.

A medical doctor, 50-year-old Suzanna Roye, who had also been hospitalised at the UHWI, was the first patient to die from H1N1-related issues in Jamaica. A 49-year-old woman, who had other illnesses, died a week later, followed by an 84-year-old woman days later.

The virus has been classified as a category one illness, which requires medical practitioners to notify the relevant public health authority within 24 hours of suspecting a case of severe acute respiratory illness.

RIP Jordan Foote

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We wish to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and fellow teammates of the late Jordan Foote.

Even through his battle with bone cancer, Jordan was a bright shining star, his memory lives on.

May he Rest in Peace.

Image courtesy of Yardie Sports.