June 4, 1989 |
Between the death of Bob Marley, the murder of drummer Carlton Barrett and legal entanglements restricting the group's activities for years, the Wailers Band has faced plenty of trials by fire. But there's little evidence of the reggae sextet's indomitable spirit on this undistinguished comeback album. The songs (all written or co-written by singer-guitarist Junior Marvin) steer a nondescript commercial course that echoes Steel Pulse and UB40. Only "Reggae Love" and "Irie" pack any kind of groove punch, while the lyrics are nebulous social protests or generic tributes to reggae music.
May 25, 1995 |
The Reggae Sunsplash concert unfolds for a few lazy hours Monday afternoon at the Santa Barbara County Bowl as California becomes a temporary territory of Jamaica. Every sentence will in end in mon and dreadlocks will be as ubiquitous as the pot smoke, while the Wailing Souls, Dennis Brown, Big Mountain and others entertain the slow dancers. Lloyd (Bread) MacDonald and Winston (Pipe) Matthews are the head Wailers, reggae pioneers dating back to pre-fame Bob Marley.
September 29, 2010 |
This Halloween season, for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a character based on the Latin American myth of La Llorona in its annual Halloween Horror Nights in an effort to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population. The legend of La Llorona has gone through many variations over the years. It is a folktale about a woman who drowned her children after she was abandoned by their father. Tormented by what she has done, the woman's spirit wanders the earth, crying out for her dead children.
March 7, 1987 |
Strip away the charisma of Bob Marley and the visual color and backing harmonies of the I-Threes and you're left with the archetypal roots reggae that the Wailers delivered at the Country Club Wednesday. Trimmed to a no-frills septet, the late Marley's former band delighted the crowd of 500, but the 90-minute set raised questions about the future. There were few problems in execution as the Wailers took most of the Marley standards that dominated the set at a slightly slowed pace.
February 1, 1989 |
There is too much affirmation, warmth and spirituality in Joe Higgs' reggae music to warrant mentioning him in the same sentence as Ebenezer Scrooge. However, the Jamaican singer and the Dickensian grinch do have one problem in common: a hard time shaking free from Marley's ghost. In "A Christmas Carol," Jacob Marley's baleful spirit returns to help teach Scrooge the error of his coldhearted ways.
February 16, 2006
The annual Ragga Muffins Festival hasn't restored the "Bob Marley Day" that used to be part of its name, but for its 25th staging the reggae extravaganza has made a concerted move toward the classic roots reggae associated with Marley and away from the contemporary dancehall sound.
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.
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.
September 14, 1992 |
In addition to professional body watchers, there also is a long tradition of professional grievers--from ancient Greeks to George Bush. Among the earliest prototypes were wailing women placed in Roman and Greek funeral processions. Their role was to appease departed spirits upset over insufficient displays of sorrow, according to "The History of American Funeral Directing," by Robert W. Habenstein and William M. Lamers.