Reggae Is Always Gold

Reggae Is Always Gold

Blessings going out to Donna Makeda and Prince Everald for the honor that you have provided me for over a decade, writing for ReggaeXclusive

I have covered so many topics in that time, repeated the same lines in several submissions, I do hate to be repetitive and boring.  Being predictable is definitely not what reggae is or has meant to I and others

So I put out some sounds to the community at large and got some interesting responses

I asked:

“Writing an article for ReggaeXclusive.  Any topic suggestions?”

Here are a few responses…

Jonathan Shaw ~ What would the world look like without reggae music?

Joanne Shalpa ~ Lack of funding for reggae music

Peter Skinner aka Blessed ~ Young people’s interest or disinterest in Reggae music. I’ve noticed recently most of the young people only want to do hip hop or dancehall. We all know the future of anything depends on the youth.
I think their interest or lack of it is motivated by money and level of fame!

Will ~ The lack of representation coming from our city

Patterson ~ how and why Reggae has mass appeal beyond the Black community.

Xola Lololi ~ Establishment of a Reggae Music Association of Toronto, like AU and EU we need to have some form of continued governance of the Reggae Music community to handle issues that are hindering its development. I personally live in times when Reggae Music wasrespected and thrived in this City – the era of the world 🌍 wide recognition of the Bob Marley & the Wailers- the genre need its government for continued development. Bless Julian Anthony Christopher King – dem a guh tiered feh see yuh but dem kyann get u out a deh Race ~Raspect

They are many who are credible community members who are in someway associated with Reggae- most importantly the creators of the music  – musicians and all who are associated with the genre- music business, DJs, promoters? Etc. let’s start the conversation- Bless

Paul Corby ~ Reggae Is An International Music. Breaking free of Jamaicanism. Good or bad idea?
I hear “elsewhere” bands trying to create an ersatz Jamaican sound with dated references/ dialect. It seems inauthentic and a little silly. What is happening in Jamaican music now doesn’t even reference those old tropes. Reminds me of the failed music of certain “blues” bands. Feeling me?

Pat Kelly  ~ new youth conscious music…koffee, Chronixx etc

Neville Bassey ~ Neville bassey is a good topic.u all need to know him.

Deborah Barnes_Drummond ~ Resistance movement.

Marcell A Wilson ~ Feature the Canadian reggae artist… Like Leroy S. The Uplifters (my dad’s group), George Banton. Etc…
The ones who paved the way here for the movement.

Ammoye Evans ~ The lack of feminine presence on still so many reggae shows line up here in Canada. Would love to hear your views on that.

Kush Nubia ~ The cross influence of Afrobeats and Dancehall / Reggae

Anthony Goldstein (Fujahtive) ~ How about on just how popular reggae was in Toronto in the 80’s and 90’s. Every night someone was playing and people were attending

I know. It’s hard to keep bringing up how good it was and not sound like old farts

Christopher J. Duncanson-Hales ~   The state of Rastafari and Reggae. I have an academic article on Rastafari, Mortimo Planno and Bob Marley that I’ll share with you.

Carol Brown ~  Where have all the good in house producers gone ?  The Reggae industry here is lacking good producers.

Annalee Orr ~ Why has the IRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL become mostly SOCA AND DANCEHALL instead of REGGAE?!! VERY disappointing! CARIBANA was taken over as well!

RZee Jackson ~ More money for artists and musician

Shekinah Ashanti Holt ~ Why no one wants to pay anyone else?

Celeste Adams ~ A photo of Peter Tosh came through my FB the other day and it had Peter Tosh quote something like ‘if I wasn’t a musician, I would be a bloodclat revolutionary’… write about that. I love PT and I would love to debate that

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There were a few more responses of artists, promoters wishing I n I to write about them and their journey to date.  I tend to stay away from those cause what I may write truthfully and may not be the opinion that the band, musician, artist may want me to say.  Also I write based on inspiration as it pertains to music.  A moment, a song, a vibe, a feel

I can’t write what I can’t or don’t feel, especially when ones and ones want I to write about them in the positive vein in which they see or perceive themselves to be

The truth isn’t everyone’s friend

Reggae morphs

From the era of ska where Jamaicans took the American R&B and turned it into “life” in order to represent the vibe and feel of its own people

Jamaican life

Wi wah wi owna ting

Wi nuh love run back a nobody

Fe wi owna music, our sound, our feel

There is ZERO fear of anyone taking reggae away from Jamaicans


It isn’t just reggae

It isn’t JUST about reggae

It is a feel

One either feels it or one doesn’t

Feel music always in stock, all day, every day

Many above have varied concerns for this genre

I am grateful to see that

The varied concerns tell me that some still see and feel the loving frequency of reggae music

Some call it warrior music

It is a truth music with deep integrity that forces all to be accountable


Including me, I know

Thanking all of I n I reggae friends for input and inspiration

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​This week’s art showcase are two pieces from Adrian Hayles, mural artist for Reggae Lane in Toronto

The first piece is a take on the Champion Toronto Raptors and his second piece is his take on the Pow Wow from the past weekend at Fort York, commemorating Indigenous Day

#casemackeen #adrianhayles
June 20 – 30 ‘19
Raptors Championship Parade
Adrian Hayles
Spray paint on canvas
Limited 12”x12” giclee prints available at hashtaggallery.com

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