Tag : Jamaica

Alpha Institute of Music and VP Records

By:  Anthony Turner Prior to her week-long trip to Jamaica in late August, Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin planned to get a lot done. She promoted her book, “Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey” as well as reached out to academia and institutions that played a major role in the development of Jamaican music. A project that was near and dear to her heart was providing financial assistance to the Alpha…

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Rest In Peace Fil Callendar

  The great Panamanian / Jamaican legend and historical guitarist, drummer, singer and producer Filbero “Fil” Callender has passed. From the late 60s to the early 70s Filberto “Fil” Callender was a house drummer at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio 1 Records. In that time he motored some of the greatest Jamaican rhythms ever created including Satta Massagana, Real Rock, Hot Milk, Drifter and Queen of the Minstrel. Callender migrated to…

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Peer to Peer with Jermaine McCalpin

Jermaine McCalpin is not in entertainment, but he is a major figure at New Jersey City University and a son of Jamaica.  He is currently Chair of the African and African American Studies Program at New Jersey City University.  Dr. McCalpin was previously Associate Director of the Centre for Caribbean Thought and Lecturer of Transitional Justice in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona (2007-2016).  He attended…

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Peer to Peer with Raul Dunkley

  VP:  How did you get your start in the business? RD:  I initially started doing illustrations/screen printing for various clients at age eight (8) and those skills quickly upgraded/matured to designs and multimedia projects incessantly over the years. I eventually went on to produce art as a business while juggling/doing my secondary level education of which I had a successful pass (Grade 1) in the ordinary level CXC examinations…

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Generation Z Dancehall – Unapologetically Authentic

  There is a common thread that weaves through the pulse of the music being made by ‘Gen Z’ Dancehall artists; they are unapologetic and authentic.  Picking up some of the cries of their Reggae forefathers, these artists are performing lyrics detailing their resistance to poverty.  Adding to their warrior chant, they are embracing a greater life filled with riches, women and unlimited travel. Gone are the days of hearing…

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Industry Focus: Maria Papaefstathiou

Maria Papaefstathiou aka It’s Just Me is a visual designer and blogger living in Athens, Greece.  She focuses her research on poster design, particularly social posters and portraits.  Her ongoing project is an extensive series celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica.  These include actors, singers, musicians poets etc. Getting to know Maria… VP:  How did you get your star in the business? MP:  I…

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