January 10, 2002 |
This Saturday night in the big cultural caldron of the Civic Arts Plaza, the subjects will be the respective legends of the late reggae hero Bob Marley, folk-blues hero Taj Mahal and an acclaimed dance company from the extended neighborhood.
September 1, 2001 |
Three times Ezra Hendrickson has worn a T-shirt featuring legendary reggae crooner Bob Marley beneath his Galaxy jersey. And each time the Galaxy defender has scored a game-winning goal. Coincidence? "Every time I've used it, it's been for a good purpose and it's turned out positive," said Hendrickson, 29, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. "I listen to a lot of Marley on game day.
September 1, 2001 |
It was 1973 in Berkeley when Roger Steffens, thumbing through Rolling Stone magazine, became aware of a percolating, distant island music movement called reggae. He sought the sound out in record bins and outdoor stages and, with dizzying speed, it became the unlikely drumbeat of the Brooklyn native's life.
July 6, 2001 |
If anything is certain in the everything-is-subject-to-debate world of pop music, it'sthat Bob Marley is reggae music's greatest figure. The late singer's commentary and passion influenced everyone from the Clash and U2 to Rage Against the Machine. It's a tribute to Marley's ability to connect with new generations of listeners that his "Legend," a 14-song best-of album, has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S.
June 18, 2001 |
"Until the End of Time," the latest posthumous album from Tupac Shakur, is a dramatic departure from much of the slain rapper's most popular work during his lifetime. The songs accentuate Shakur's tender side over his tough one, with odes to his unborn children and to thugs who cry. But there's another dramatic departure in this double album that's less publicized: Many of the songs, including several that aren't credited as such, amount to remixes.
May 14, 2001 |
Bigger than the Beatles. That's what Dennis Howard, the Kingston, Jamaica-based editor of Reggae Times, says about Bob Marley. "There are two different worlds--the Western world, and the world," Howard says. "In Africa, in Latin America, in China--in the world, he's already bigger than the Beatles, he's bigger than everybody. In the 21st century, he'll be the biggest global superstar."
February 17, 2001 |
Like any other veteran of Jamaica's dance halls, singer Shaggy knows the challenging legacy of Bob Marley. The late reggae icon shone so brightly that his music still dominates and defines the genre 20 years after his death, leaving would-be successors in an artistic and commercial shadow. "For the record companies looking around, where reggae is concerned, there are no success stories today," says Shaggy, the headliner on Sunday's second day of the Bob Marley Day Festival in Long Beach.
February 14, 2001 |
Bob Marley would have turned 56 last week. It has been nearly two decades since his death of melanoma cancer in 1981, but, remarkably, the power of his music has only increased during the intervening years. He has been identified by the New York Times as the most influential artist of the second half of the 20th century; his "One Love" was selected as the BBC's anthem for the millennium; and Time magazine named his "Exodus" as the best album of the 20th century.
December 20, 1999 |
Joe Higgs, a reggae singer best known for fostering the career of Bob Marley, died Saturday night in Los Angeles after a long struggle with cancer. He was 59. It was in Higgs' yard in the Trench Town ghetto in Kingston, Jamaica, that the young Marley received years of private tutoring in vocal technique and stagecraft from Higgs, years before Marley began recording with his group the Wailers. Marley later credited Higgs with his international success.