March 2010

Rent a Rasta


“When white women flock to Jamaica for a little fun in the sun, the R&R they’re often looking for is not “Rest and Relaxation” but to “Rent a Rasta” according to director J. Michael Seyfert. His eye-opening expose’ of the same name sheds light on a barely acknowledged form of sex tourism, namely, white women who visit the Caribbean Islands to get their groove back with the help of black locals. This documentary claims that, each year, as many as 80,000 females from a variety of relatively-wealthy Western nations descend on Jamaica alone.”

The topic of sex tourism is a rarity in today’s society but being 100% Jamaican, I am all too familiar with this practice. Miscegenation has been a product delivered to the african people from the day European settlers set foot on their continent. This documentary gives a first hand account of “life after slavery” and the struggle for liberation and peace in “paradise”. Please fulljoy this documentary and its Rasta teachings. Bless up!

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The making of “Unique”


See I don’t want to be
anything like you
I only want to seek
the truth
I’m unique.
Over the summer I took the initiative to start showing people exactly what it is that I do. Every song, is born from an idea or an initial concept and then it is layered together to make one masterpiece. When most people hear music, they are just listening to the final product without giving any thought to how much work went into creating the art. As a producer, it is difficult for me not to listen to every single sound and how it was shaped (eq, compression, reverb etc) to fit into the track. This video encompasses several basic elements necessary to produce and complete any song. I was looking for a mid-70’s feel, and I think I found it. Fulljoy!

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Alpha Boys Music School

Here is a short documentary on the Alpha Boys School and its importance to the island and our national music, Reggae. Bless up!

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My Great Grandfather is Eric Deans


Coined as “The Maestro” by his fellow musicians, Eric Deans revolutionized the reggae sound by fusing American R&B with Caribbean Calypso. He is well known for being the central teacher at the Alpha School for Boys and for developing the first, all-female band in Jamaica. The Eric Deans Orchestra was a premier Jamaican big band during the 40’s and early 50’s. The line-up featured many musicians who have made an incredible impact on the development of Ska and Reggae music as a whole. The band’s Trombonist, Don Drummond, was rated by pianist George Shearing to be amongst the world’s top five trombone players, and main Guitarist, Earnest Ranglin, created the “scratching” style of guitar playing found in nearly all Ska music. The band dissassembled in the early 50’s and Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, and Roland Alphonso went on to form the Skatelites. Eric Deans contributed his life to teaching and molding less fortuante children into aspiring musicians and his contribution to Ska/Reggae music has never been forgotten.

All Girls Band

Eric & Cab Calloway

The Maestro on the Sax


 

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