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September 8, 2009 |
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson, a keyboardist and producer who helped steer Jamaican music for nearly two decades and modernize the dancehall genre, has died. He was 47. Johnson died Sept. 1 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, N.Y., following a heart attack, said Cleveland Browne, a drummer and producer who was the other half of the duo popularly known as Steely and Clevie. Several weeks ago Johnson had surgery for a blood clot in his brain, and he had been treated for kidney problems related to diabetes and hypertension.
June 13, 2010 |
Ova di wall, Ova di wall Put yuh AK ova di wall… Blood a go run Like Dunns River Fall. Blood flowing like waterfalls. Brains floating like feathers out of a torn pillow. Women submitting to the whims of neighborhood "dons." The images are typical of dancehall, a popular Jamaican music style that has sparked a furious debate over whether it merely reflects an increasingly violent society or somehow contributes to the mayhem. Some of dancehall's most popular performers, including Elephant Man, who wrote "Ova di Wall," use hyperviolent lyrics that chronicle the exploits of "badmanism," the cult of gun-toting gangs.
August 31, 2005 |
In a continuation of the battle over alleged anti-gay lyrics in Jamaican dance-hall music, the House of Blues in West Hollywood has canceled another concert by a controversial Jamaican singer. Sizzla's Sept. 12 concert at the club was scrapped this week after protests by the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, an action that mirrors an episode last year when a show by reggae singer Capleton met the same fate.
March 25, 1999 |
In the liner notes to its debut album, "Rafi's Revenge," Asian Dub Foundation acknowledges the Beastie Boys, Cornershop, reggae artist Sizzla and the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as influences. So it came as no surprise to find the London-based quintet--whose members are of Indian and Pakistani heritage--blending both B-boy posturing and the modal scales of Indian devotional music into its furious electro-dub assault at the Troubadour on Tuesday.
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September 22, 2006 |
A Hollywood club has canceled a performance by Buju Banton, a reggae star whose violent lyrics about gays and lesbians have made him a flashpoint figure. Adam Manacker, general manager of the Highland nightclub and restaurant, said Thursday that e-mail complaints and concerned callers in recent days had prompted him to research Banton's past and call off the Oct. 2 show. Refunds are available through the vendor where the tickets were purchased.
December 6, 1996 |
London-born reggae singer Maxi Priest bounced onto the House of Blues stage Wednesday with his flowing dreadlocks reaching his waistline and his feel-good Rastaman vibrations filling the room. By the time the self-proclaimed "man with the fun," finished his two-hour set, there was no doubt as to his power as a performer and the beauty of his singing voice.