For the 22nd time singer Tony Rebel celebrated his birthday with one of Jamaica’s biggest festivals, the Rebel Salute. Fans got to enjoy two nights, about 24 hours of live shows, and a line up with the best reggae has to offer from veterans like the Mighty Diamonds to superstars such as Inner Circle and young aspiring talents like Kabaka Pyramid. Reggaeville was on site with their cameras taking pictures, filming live sets and of course speaking to the artists. Looking at the huge amount of protagonists naturally I could not welcome only one guest host for Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? and so you get even three in this latest episode. Boss Tony Rebel himself as well as Etana and Jesse Royal express their feelings about the event and tell you what to expect from them in the near future. Besides you will catch some backstage insights and of course live vibes.
The past year had many emotional moments for the reggae fans in stock. We got to dance to great releases, had goose bumps at live shows, but also mourned the loss of legends like Bunny Rugs and John Holt. Chronixx shared his experiences in a detailled interview with me, as we revisited the past twelve months. His release of the Dread & Terrible Project was again the highlight for most of the readers as the poll for Album of the Year shows. Its results can be found in the magazine, as well as news, releases, videos and of course the personal memories of many artists. The Yearbook is free to browse online.
“Jamaica doesn’t just offer great music, but also great waves.” knows Mystic Revealers singer Billy Wilmot. The founder of the Jamaica Surfing Association and his family built the surf camp “Jamnesia” in Bull Bay, that offers their visitors both the sea next door and legendary live music sessions every other Saturday. When Uncle Billy stood on his first board and what he expects for the future of the sport in Jamaica, are just some of the issues we discussed as I visited his property near Kingston. Additionally I also exercised with former Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillips, who just released her brand new fitness DVD. Find out how the training was in the latest edition of Riddim. Of course, it’s still a reggae magazine, so we congratulate Bob Marley on his 70th earthstrong, remember the late great John Holt and return with Mr. Vegas into the light.