Mayor John Tory declares BOB MARLEY DAY in the city of Toronto

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by Torontodeejays.com

Bob Marley, the icon and King of Reggae would have celebrated his 70th birthday today. In the year that marks the end of his second life-time through music (35 years), Bob Marley’s influence continues to grow with no sign of slowing down. His music and legacy have prompted even the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory to officially proclaim February 6th, 2015 as Bob Marley Day!

The Mayor eloquently writes, “…we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.”

Read the full Proclamation below:

 

Bob Marley Day in Toronto

Bob Marley Day in Toronto

 

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Rita Marley unveils holiday cookbook

by Jodee Brown

Legendary musician and Reggae’s first lady, Rita Marley has launched a new cookbook filled with Marley family favourite recipes just in time for the festive season, dubbed Harambe For The Holidays: Vibrant Holiday Cooking with Rita Marley.

Some of the recipes in Harambe for the Holidays use the Herb for the Healing of the Nation. There’s a step-by-step guide for creating “Green Oil” that you can use in the specially marked recipes in this book.

She also uses Green Oil in your favorite holiday recipes! From homemade hot cocoas and sorrel drinks to coconut cut cake and gingerbread truffles to a full Ethiopian holiday feast,

Harambe for the Holidays is filled with inspiration to create delightful and healthy meals and treats for all of your holiday parties and gatherings.Liven up your holiday gatherings with these soulful meals, simple snacks, festive drinks and vibrant desserts

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Film on Bob Marley and the Wailers in the works: Report

Legendary Reggae band, Bob Marley and The Wailers,will reportedly be chronicled in a movie about Bob Marley, said to be created by Manadaly Pictures.

Legendary Reggae band, Bob Marley and The Wailers,will reportedly be chronicled in a movie about Bob Marley, said to be created by Manadaly Pictures.

by Jodee Brown

A long-awaited film based on the true story of Reggae icon, Bob Marley and his band, Bob Marley and the Wailers could finally be coming to fruition after reports emerged Wednesday that American film company, Mandalay Pictures are working on putting one together.

The movie, titled after one of Marley’s most famous songs, Buffalo Soldiers, will chronicle the success and trials encountered by Marley and the Wailers throughout their highly successful run from the 1960s to the 80s. Oscar-winning writer, Barry Morrow, who wrote the popular 80s flick, Rain Man and producer, Cathy Schulman who was a part of another Oscar-winning movie, Crash are said to behind the project, according to indiewire.com.

There is no word on the budget for the film or who will play Marley and co, nor is there word that the movie has been endorsed by members of the Marley family.

The last film about Bob Marley was the aptly titled Marley in 2012, which took a behind the scenes look at Marley and his rise to international superstardom. The documentary, filmed by Oscar-winning director, Kevin MacDonald, featured never-before-seen footage of Marley and his family as well as interviews with several of his family members, friends and business associates, from ex-wife, Rita Marley to former Wailers running mate, Bunny Wailer to ex-manager, Chris Blackwell and many others.

The movie was well-received in the United States, the United Kingdom and Jamaica, who each held special screenings to promote the film.

Bob Marley, along with Wailer and fellow Reggae legend, Peter Tosh formed The Wailers in the early 60s before Tosh and Wailer left the group in 1974 following disagreements with the group’s manager, Chris Blackwell. Marley would go on to form Bob Marley and The Wailers, which also included the I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths) and toured with the band until 1980, when his battle with cancer became more intense.

Legendary Third World singer, Bunny Rugs dies after battle with leukemia

William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke, the lead singer of highly-acclaimed Reggae group, Third World is dead at the age of 65.

William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, the lead singer of highly-acclaimed Reggae group, Third World is dead at the age of 65.

by Jodee Brown

The Reggae world has lost another of its patriarchs after Third World lead singer, William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke passed away Sunday night after a long battle with leukemia.

Clarke, who was set to turn 66 on Thursday, passed away at his home in Orlando, FL, according to friends and collegues of the singer. A week earlier, he was in hospital receiving treatment for the cancerous disease and had been in intensive care.

Regarded as one of the most profound and distinct voices in Reggae music history, Clarke started his career at just 15 years old and worked with popular Reggae band, Inner Circle as well as prominent producer, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The Mandeville-born artist then became a member of Third World, one of the most popular Reggae bands in history, spending 31 years with the group.

While part of the group, they issued classics such as Now that We Found LoveAlways Around, Committed and Try Jah Lovethe latter co-written alongside legendary American singer, Stevie Wonder,who performed with the band at Reggae Sunsplash in 1981.

Those songs and others were chart-toppers in several countries, particularly gaining acclaim on American and British singles charts. The band, which also featured the likes of Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore, Colin Leslie and many more, dropped several hit albums while signed to Island Recordsincluding 96 Degrees of Shade (1977), Journey To Addis (1978) and received six Best Reggae Album Grammy nominations for later projects such as Serious Business, Committed, Live It Up andAin’t Givin’ Up, though they never emerged with an Grammy award.

In a statement Monday morning, Jamaica’s minister of youth and culture, Lisa Hanna said of Clarke, “I am sad that Bunny Rugs has passed away and we will no longer be able to go to a venue to watch him perform with his beloved Third World. However, I am grateful and proud of his contribution to music. He was a true Reggae ambassador who, along with the rest of Third World, brought Jamaica’s music to the world.”

“Bunny Rugs’ voice was distinct. He had a charisma and stage presence that were spell-binding, with a smile that was vibrant. I personally will never forget him singing ‘Try Jah Love’ and ’96 Degrees in the Shade.’ Today, I offer condolences to Bunny Rugs’ family including his musical brothers in Third World.”

Third World is said to be hurting deeply as they mourn Clarke’s death, which leaves the group’s futuresomewhat in doubt. The band, who celebrated their 40th anniversary last year, was set to perform at theBlue Mountain Music Festival in St. Andrew later this month as well as several summer shows in the U.S.

Clarke’s death comes as Jamaica celebrates Reggae month, which celebrates the country’s most popular genre and the stars of that genre, including Bob Marley, who was born on the same day as the Third World star.

Ziggy Marley snags Reggae Grammy for live concert album

Ziggy Marley has collected his fifth Best Reggae Album Grammy win for his 2013 live concert album, Ziggy Marlet in Concert

Ziggy Marley has collected his fifth Best Reggae Album Grammy win for his 2013 live concert album, Ziggy Marlet in Concert

by Jodee Brown

International Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has won the 2014 Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his live album, Ziggy Marley in Concert.

Marley eclipsed Sizzla (The Messiah), Beres Hammond (One Love, One Life), Snoop Lion (Reincarnated) and Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters (Reggae Connection) for the Reggae Grammy, his fifth since the award was first instituted in 1985Ziggy Marley in Concert is Marley’s second solo album to win a Grammy in addition to three he won as the front man of his band, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers.

Perhaps this should not as a surprise to music lovers, as since the Reggae Grammy was introduced, a Marley has taken home the honor 10 times, seven of those times happening since 2002. Stephen Marley has won the award three times (2008, 2009, 2012) while their brother,Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley won twice (2002, 2004).

The royal family of Reggae music has often produced stiff competition for fellow nominated artists, with no artist winning the Grammy when a Marley was nominated since Shaggy’s Boombastic in 1996.

Nevertheless, the achievement proves the Marley’s stronghold and level of consistency within Reggae music long after the death of Reggae’s greatest act, Bob Marley.

Congratulations to Ziggy Marley on his award.

DJ Suppa Natty 7th Annual Birthday Bash and New 2014 EPK

by TorontoDeejays.com

DJ Suppa Natty of Toronto is poised for explosive success in 2014, starting with his 7th Annual Birthday Bash on Friday January 10 at Marquee Night Club in Oshawa (39 King St. W).

The event has been well attended over the years and only shows signs of growth. 2014 brings the biggest and best line-up of DJs, performers and guests since the event’s inception. Fans from all over Greater Toronto have been commenting and liking on social media in anticipation of the best party of the year. Click here to see the Official Promo Video: DJ Suppa Natty B-day Bash 2014.

For those fans and new-comers who wish to learn more about DJ Suppa Natty, he has collaborated with Time2Rize Media and Torontodeejays.com to present his shiney new 2014 EPK (Electronic Press Kit). The production was released in January 2014 and showcases a few of Suppa Natty’s accomplishments. More importantly, it is a chance for all to get up-close and a bit more personal with one of Toronto’s fastest rising Disc Jockeys. Click here to watch the full Suppa Natty EPK 2014.

With no intention of slowing his progress, Suppa Natty recently secured a weekly radio spot on Madvibezradio.com. Starting March 2014, listeners will be able to tune-in and enjoy. Stay tuned to Torontodeejays.com for the latest DJ Suppa Natty updates.

DJ Suppa Natty Official EPK 2014

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About DJ Suppa Natty (Biography)

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At the age of five, Suppa Natty, born in a family of musicians, developed a true passion for music. Both of his parents loved music, and his sister and mother are professional singers.

Music grew to be a part of him and inevitably, would lead to his career in the music and entertainment industry. As a singer, promoter and disc jockey, he made his mark on the map at a very young age.

He later used the name Suppa Natty and has penetrated the mainstream dancehall reggae sector, promoting events and playing with major artists such as Beres Hammond, Capleton and Lady Saw. Through the years, he has gained a lot of supporters, and an extensive variety of people come out just to hear him play.

Born in Canada to Jamaican parents, Suppa Natty has remained true to his Jamaican roots. He started using his networking and event planning skills at a very young age to promote basement dances and parties with various sounds and artists like Silver Star, Lindo P., Barry Culture, and many more.

Although Suppa Natty found contentment in this, he desired to be more involved with the actual music playing, so at the age of 13, along with Bigga, he co-founded Soul Beat Sound. Later, Soul Beat would merge with King Kris to create Black Diamond.

This transition was the beginning of Suppa Natty’s explosion on the Reggae scene. Black Diamond left an impression, or as Jamaicans would say, “dem done di place” anywhere they played.

As anyone in any business or the music business is aware of, before reaching full potential, you go through a series of transformations. Suppa Natty is not an exception; later, he left Black Diamond to play with One Draw.

He would find himself, in this season, playing a lot of big dances with sounds like King Turbo, Military, Black Reaction, and many more. Also, he played for successful artists like Admiral Tibet and Cujo Banton, just to mention a few examples.

The chance to branch out quickly came. Suppa Natty felt the need to go solo after 3 years with One Draw. The “Suppa Natty” style of playing was the start of this venture, a period for him to come into his own.

“Mashing up” the place wherever he played and genuinely versatile, he developed from strictly being a reggae DJ and started playing for wider audiences. Though his primary love is still reggae, he delights in playing other music genres.

Suppa Natty has discovered his niche, and he is creating a difference in the reggae music industry in Canada. He has performed shows with the following:

• Lady Saw
• Baby Cham
• Capleton
• Laden
• Elephant Man
• Gregory Iaacss
• Junior Reid
• John Holt
• Rich Boy
• Joe Budden
• Royce 5’9
• Stone Love
• Collie Buddz
• Chinese Assassin
• Mr. Vegas
• Clinton Sparks
• Queen Ifrica
• Ding Dong
• D12
• Clipse
• Mad Squad (from Jamaica)
• England’s reggae ambassador, David Rodigan
• Munga, and the list goes on

At Caribana 2008, Suppa Natty had his own float and was nominated Reggae DJ of the Year for 2009 and 2010 Stylus Awards. Suppa Natty is on the move and won’t be looking back.

With new doors open for him, he has a vision to carry his name global.

10 hit Reggae albums that deserved Grammy nominations

by Jodee Brown

On Friday night, The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards, slated for January 26 in Los Angeles. A fair amount of intrigue surrounds this year’s Reggae Grammy nominees, with Snoop Dogg (under the Snoop Lion moniker) and Sizzla standing out amongst the contenders.

However, while the selection committee has managed to correctly reward some of Reggae’s most influential projects in the past, there were some top-of-the-line albums by Jamaican artists that were inexplicably snubbed, for whatever reason, with regards the Best Reggae album honor. Here are 10 such projects that deserved a shot at music’s most prestigious prize:

Honorable Mention: Reggae Music Again (2012)

Honorable Mention: Reggae Music Again (2012)

Honorable Mention: Reggae Music Again (2012)File photo

A certain honorable mention for this list is Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Again. The all-Reggae effort, released months before serving a six-month stint in a U.S. prison last May was relatively solid as he and Shane Brown combined to produce hits like Come Over (Missing You) and Reggae Music Again, showing Busy’s undoubted versatility. This project was a classic case of quality of music out-trumping quantity of record sales. Yet, The Recording Academy chose not to take too much notice.

10. Etana – Better Tomorrow (2013)

10. Etana – Better Tomorrow (2013)

10. Etana – Better Tomorrow (2013) File photo

Regarding this year’s award selections, there was not much of an issue from my perspective regarding the nominees, which also included Beres HammondZiggy Marley and Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters. However, this year seemed like the ideal opportunity to buck a longstanding trend of female acts not earning a Grammy nod, with Etana’s most recent album, Better Tomorrow warranting such an honor.

The album featured some of her best work including songs such as QueenBeautiful Day and the addictive track, Reggae and, had it been nominated, would have marked the first album by a female act since Sister Carol’sLyrically Potent in 1997 to earn such a nod. Alas, it was not meant to be for the ‘Strong One.’

9. Romain Virgo – The System (2012)

9. Romain Virgo - The System (2012)

9. Romain Virgo – The System (2012)vpreggae.com

Last year, the Recording Academy failed to buck yet another recent trend – mainly elder acts and familiar names getting nods – and overlooked a strong breakthrough effort by emerging Reggae superstar, Romain Virgo with his debut album, The System.

This album made Virgo a standout name in Reggae music, with hits such as Rich In LoveI Know Better and The System and showcased his vocal range and versatility to the world. Though the album was not a smashing commercial success, it featured quality music from top to bottom and would have fit onto a final nominations list with work less heralded and similarly struggling in the sales department.

8. Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah (1997)

8. Sizzla - Praise Ye Jah (1997)

8. Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah (1997)reggaeville.com

In 1997, a young, fiery singer by the name ofSizzla Kalonji announced himself to the Reggae scene with this thought-provoking album, Praise Ye Jah. This album was a slight turn from the albums of the early-mid 90s which were predicated on soft tones and soothing melodies. Not to say this album didn’t have sprinkles of either, but on this record, you could feel Sizzla’s passion as he helped usher in the more edgy, aggressive type of Reggae music that would force others to pay attention.

The album did not quite make Sizzla a mainstream hit, but with songs like Praise Ye Jah, Homeless and Dem a Wonder, it warranted a Grammy nod just based on the fact it offered something different from the usual Reggae project and found some measure of credence with music lovers, allowing his star to shine early on in his career.

7. Beres Hammond – Moment in Time (2008)

7. Beres Hammond - Moment in Time (2008)

7. Beres Hammond – Moment in Time (2008)amazon.com

Beres Hammond’s 11-year wait for a Grammy nomination could have been cut in half if his 2008 album, Moment In Time had been one of the five finalist for the 2009 Reggae Grammy. This was a breathtaking album from the Reggae legend, featuring hits like No GoodbyeI Feel Good andGive It All You’ve Got and possessed enough quality to warrant a call in a rare year when six nominees were selected.

6. Diana King – Tougher Than Love (1995)

6. Diana King - Tougher Than Love (1995)

6. Diana King – Tougher Than Love (1995)7Digital.com

In the mid-90s, Diana King was one of the hottest properties in Jamaican music, particularly for her hit single, Shy Guywhich was featured on the soundtrack to the first installment of the Bad Boys movie series. Other tracks like Treat Her Like a Lady, later covered by Celine Dion, made her a breakout star internationally.

Despite that and the fact Tougher Than Love was certified gold in the United States, she was snubbed for the award, again proving how much harder it was for a Jamaican female act to garner the same attention for such a major award than her male counterparts.

5. Bounty Killer – My Xperience (1996)

5. Bounty Killer - My Xperience (1996)

5. Bounty Killer – My Xperience (1996)amazon.com

Having arrived on the scene with a rough-edge, no nonsense style in the early 90s,Bounty Killer became one of Dancehall’s most prolific stars and was soon gaining international recognition, collaborating with the likes of The Fugees and Busta Rhymesfor his 1996 project, My Xperience.

This was easily the best project ever compiled by the ‘War Lord,’ featuring hits like Living Dangerously (w/ Barrington Levy), Maniac (w/ Richie Stephens),Seek God and Revolution (Part 3) – w/ Beenie Man and the late Dennis Brown.Certainly, one of the greatest Dancehall albums ever put together should have received a nod, but did not make the final list, for the 1997 Reggae Grammy, which was won by Bunny Wailerfor his 50th anniversary album dedicated to the late, great Bob Marley.

4. Luciano – Where There Is Life (1995)

4. Luciano - Where There Is Life (1995)

4. Luciano – Where There Is Life (1995)last.fm

Though he scored a Grammy nod for his 2002 album, A New Day, his best album,Where There Is Life was surprisingly not deemed worthy of similar acclaim for the 1996 awards. The Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell produced album featured some of Reggae’s biggest hits, including It’s Me Again Jah,Who Could It Be and Lord Give Me Strength. It was a shame considering how popular many of the songs were in the mainstream and the album would have presented a strong challenge to the eventual winner, Boombastic by Shaggy.

3. Sizzla – Da Real Thing (2002)

3. Sizzla - Da Real Thing (2002)

3. Sizzla – Da Real Thing (2002)reggaeville.com

Though he already had hit albums like the aformentioned Praise Ye Jah, Sizzla Kalonji never truly broke out as an international mainstream star until his 2002 album, Da Real Thing came out, which produced the mother-loving anthem, Thank You Mama, Just One of Those Days, Solid As a Rock and a bevy of others.

He put himself out there as Reggae’s next big star, but his star apparently did not shine enough to earn a look from the Grammy selection committee the following year, whenLee ‘Scratch’ Perry took home the honor. A surprising omission to say the least.

2. Buju Banton – Til Shiloh (1995)

2. Buju Banton - Til Shiloh (1995)

2. Buju Banton – Til Shiloh (1995)File photo

How Buju Banton’s greatest album to date did not earn a Grammy nomination is, in my opinion, one of the greatest travesties in Reggae music.

This undoubted classic featured worldwide hits such as Untold Stories, Not an Easy Road, Wanna Be Loved, Murderer andChampion. Though he would later score five more nominations, including winning the 2011 Best Reggae Album honor for Rasta Got Soul, Til Shiloh without question should have been nominated and would have made contention for the 1996 Reggae Grammy a lot more interesting.

1. Shaggy – Hot Shot (2000)

1. Shaggy - Hot Shot (2000)

1. Shaggy – Hot Shot (2000)File photo

As eye-popping as Buju’s omission was, however, there was no greater shock than when one of Jamaican music’s best-selling albums of all-time was snubbed for the 2001 Reggae Grammy.

Shaggy’s Hot Shot not only produced international hits like Angel (w/ Rayvon) andIt Wasn’t Me (w/ Rik Rok), the album was certified diamond in the U.S., with close to 10 million records sold there and over 20 million worldwide.

Despite the fact It Wasn’t Me was nominated for the Best Pop Collaboration w/ Vocal, what seemed like a shoe-in for a nomination and a possible victory in 2001 (Beenie Man’s Art and Life won that year) for Hot Shot was snubbed by the academy. It remains a mystery how one of Jamaican music’s best commercial successes – topping the Billboard 200 chart and U.K. Albums Chart – never received the call up it deserved for music’s greatest prize.

Rebel Vibez host Carrie Mullings as MC at Calgary’s ReggaeFest 2013

Carrie Mullings, much more than a popular Canadian radio personality for Rebel Vibez Radio

Carrie Mullings, much more than a popular Canadian radio personality for Rebel Vibez Radio

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Good day, reggae massives! I’m honoured to be working in cooperation with Toronto’s Carrie Mullings, the popular and professional host of the Rebel Vibez radio show that airs every Monday from 10AM – noon EST (7AM – 9AM in Vancouver) on Toronto’s CHRY,http://www.chry.fm/index.html. Last week her co-host was Richie Spice; stay tuned, as you never know which celebrity will be joining her on the airwaves next.

Rebel Vibez host Carrie Mullings as MC at Calgary’s ReggaeFest 2013.

To say Carrie is a radio host is just the tip of the Rebel Vibez iceberg. She is an artist manager, promoter, travels across Canada as an events MC, and is deeply rooted in music business activities, the likes of which the average listener doesn’t even realize are necessary to develop an artist and produce all types of material, publicity, networking, bookings, recording collaborations, studio time, sponsorship.

Somewhere in there she, and I, and so many lovely, talented and strong women I work with in the music industry find personal down time and energy to deal with our children and the rest of our family, go shopping, cook dinner, and WHAT? Actually sit and relax, read a book, do a Sudoku puzzle, or get going on those crochet ideas?

Those are some of the things I made time for this weekend, but my mind was still running on the blog, knowing I’d planned to keep it updated more often. It’s my innate nature to promote events I figure are musically worthwhile and like to encourage people to attend. Carrie’s weekend was a little different- road trip managing Rebel Vibez Records artist & Vancouver homegirl Elaine Lil’Bit Shepherd as she shared the stage with Luciano for three of his Canadian dates in Brantford, Toronto, and Montreal.

I will be doing this week’s Rebel Vibez West Coast Events calendar tonight, but for now Vancouver has two major reggae shows this week- Mad Professor with Ras Nikhilesh, DJ Capn rEdEyEzz & DJ Lt. Irie at Fortune on Thursdayhttps://www.facebook.com/events/517327855010705/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar; and Spragga Benz on Sunday with Fredlocks Asher & The UltraFlex Crew, E-Spliff, Wassawa, Gisto, OSC, and DJs Tank Gyal, LT. Irie, & Aremshttps://www.facebook.com/events/518447624899527/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says many athletes accused her of drug use at Worlds

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pictured here after retaining his 100m title at the 2012 summer games in London, says she was faced with accusations of drug use during the world championships in Moscow last month.. greatrun.org

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pictured here after retaining his 100m title at the 2012 summer games in London, says she was faced with accusations of drug use during the world championships in Moscow last month.. greatrun.org

by Jodee Brown

After a world class after at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow last month, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has once again pronounced herself as one of the track and field’s all-time dominant performers.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win the 100m, 200m and 4 by 100m at a world championships. She also had to overcome hurdles in her races to glory, only these hurdles came in the form of criticism and skepticism from her competitors, who she says accused her of doping during the event.

“Some thought I was on drugs for me to have done what I did. I don’t know why,” said Fraser-Pryce during a scholarship presentation on behalf of her Pocket Rocket Foundation at Devon House in Kingston. She presentedseven scholarships to high school students from across the country, donating more JA$700,000 to help with their education.

“I hear people say things and ask questions and how can I do that (win three medals) and how I can have such a long season and still go at the end of the season and run so fast,” she continued regarding the accusations. “I didn’t get any fancy hurrah. Some persons thought it was nice and it was good, but (the) majority of the athletes had their negative comments.”

Despite the doubts, some of which were expressed face-to-face, Fraser-Pryce insisted she was not fazed by their accusations, pointing out her consistency since bursting onto the scene at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“I’ve run 10.7 from 2008. I have not done anything that nobody else has ever done before, apart from winning three gold medals, but it was just hard work,” she said. “The times were not ridiculous; it was just very good execution. I am a very good starter.”

Jamaican sprinters have come under fire throughout the summer since three-time Olympic gold medalist,Veronica Campbell-Brown returned an adverse analytical finding at an invitational meet in May, testing positive for a banned diuretic. Additionally, former Olympic gold medalists, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for banned stimulants in July.

Fraser-Pryce won the 100m event at the worlds in 10.71 secsthe 200m in 22.17 and strongly anchored the Jamaica 4 by 100m women’s relay team to gold.

Bob Marley statue vandalized following World cup qualifier in Jamaica

bob marley statueby Jodee Brown

The famous bronze statue dedicated to Reggae legend,Bob Marley, which was been defaced following a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kingston between Jamaica and Costa Rica has now been cleaned, according to reports Friday.

Red paint was discovered all over Marley’s statue by security personnel the morning following Tuesday night’s soccer match at the National Stadium following Jamaica’s 1-1 draw vs. ‘Los Ticos.’ The Alvin Marriott-created statue, which lies inside Celebrity Park at the stadium, had paint from hands to feet, as well as the trademark guitar Marley held during many of his live performances.

Stephanie Marley, the managing director of the Bob Marley Museum described the incident as sad upon hearing of the news and conceded that it could be hard to clean the paint off the statue.

However, on Thursday, Marley’s statue had been cleaned by members of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. No one has been arrested for the incident.

The statue is one of many landmarks in Jamaica dedicated to Marley for his worldly contributions to Reggae music, with the aforementioned museum, located in Liguanea, and the Bob Marley Beach in St. Thomas, showcasing memorabilia and other features remembering the iconic singer.

Despite a stoppage time equalizer by Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson Tuesday night’s result confirmed Costa Rica as a participant in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil while it left the Reggae Boyz with just 4 points from 8 qualifying matches. Jamaica’s qualifying hopes in tatters as they are five points out of an intercontinental spot with two matches to play in the final round.