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By Patricia Meschino

World Music Features Jah Cure
Jah Cure is one of the brightest talents on the contemporary roots reggae scene, but he is currently serving a 15-year sentence for robbery and rape.
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World Music Features Everton Blender
Jamaican singer Everton Blender’s rich vocal resonance is reminiscent of both legendary American soul crooners and such reggae luminaries as Dennis Brown, John Holt and Ken Boothe. On his latest release, Everton Blender takes reggae back to its roots.
By Patricia Meschino

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Beres Hammond

Reggae Legends Beres Hammond
Beres Hammond’s gritty vocalizing and incomparable production and songwriting skills have earned him a remarkable place in Jamaica’s lush musical landscape.
By Patricia Meschino

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Ernest Ranglin

Reggae Legends Ernest Ranglin
Ernest Ranglin’s nimble guitar wizardry enhanced innumerable recordings and defined several indigenous Jamaican styles from late-’50s to the late ’60s.
By Patricia Meschino

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Mutabaruka

Reggae Legends Mutabaruka
Possessing a leonine mane of dreadlocks graced with a natural white streak in the center and always defiantly barefoot, Mutabaruka has been hailed as a “fascinating combination of politics and music.”
By Patricia Meschino

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World Music Features Tony Rebel
Jamaica’s Rebel With a Cause has a divine mandate to advance the spirit of reggae. Besides Rebel's consistent output of hit records throughout the 1990s, he has earned accolades as a record producer. Rebel Salute, the annual festival he launched in 1994, is reminiscent of Reggae Sunsplash in its heyday.
By Patricia Meschino

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World Music Features Mutabaruka
The most commonly used adjective for describing Mutabaruka’s various artistic endeavors over the past 20 years is controversial, his scathing narratives censuring everything from organized religion to the four basic food groups.
By Patricia Meschino

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World Music Features Machel Montano
Since the mid-1990s Machel Montano has been cited as the artist most likely to break soca into the musical mainstream, yet he has experienced an inordinate share of bad luck with record labels. Montano recorded dozens of songs but none of the music has ever been released.
By Patricia Meschino

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World Music Features Rupee
Soca’s international spotlight is shining on Barbados’ Rupee, whose music, a soca-pop-dancehall hybrid, is often characterized and criticized as not being, well, authentic soca.
By Patricia Meschino

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World Music Features Jah Cure
The New York Times describes his most recent release, Freedom Blues (VP Records), as “one of the season’s most eagerly anticipated reggae albums." Roots singer Jah Cure is paying a substantial price for such lofty commendations: he’s serving a 15-year jail sentence.
By Patricia Meschino

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World Music Features Fantan Mojah
The current roots rock renaissance has produced an abundant crop of talented newcomers and one of the most impressive is deejay (i.e., rapper) Fantan Mojah. Mojah struggled for several years prior to scoring two remarkable number one singles.
By Patricia Meschino

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