Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Bob Marley School for the Arts Institute

Bob Marley School for the Arts Institute - Flamingo Beach, Falmouth P.O., Trelawny Telephone 876-327-9991 e-mail:

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Re: The Reggae Walk of Fame Offer of Partnership.
Our Reggae Ambassadors use the Official Music to make our Jamaica the One Love Island and in recognition, the Reggae Walk of Fame committee will induct one or two ambassadors each month.

The Courtleigh Theatre in New Kingston lends itself as the ideal venue for monthly induction ceremonies for our Reggae personalities on the Reggae walk of Fame which will be seen on Reggae Sun TV locally and on the internet on and on

The Reggae Walk of Fame which will be located at the Bob Marley School for the Arts Institute on Flamingo Beach in Trelawny as an attraction for visitors. The Bob School will offer tuition assisted education in arts.

Artiste Management, PRO, Events Manager, Radio & TV Manager, please accept our offer of partnership and give it a favourable response, seen?

One love

Astor Black

Ras Astor Black

Founder/Chairman of the Board

“One love” Song of the millennium “Exodus” Album of the century

These are unprecedented honours for the Son of a small Island
– Mrs. Pat Frances, President, JAMPRO

Saturday, July 23, 2005

One’s love for the joys of Jamaica
22 July 2005
Producer returns to familiar territory to make a film that captures the feel-good factor of the Caribbean, writes Bridget Galton

YVONNE Deutschman was 15 when her parents moved to Jamaica. It was the early 70s and Bob Marley's pulsating reggae beats were taking the music world by storm.

Her formative decade in the birthplace of reggae was an exciting round of music, parties and optimism borne out of Marley's Rastafarian values of peace and love.

Those years left a lasting impression on the white English girl, who left the Caribbean island aged 25 to attend film school in Britain.

Now she has returned to the foothills of Jamaica's blue mountains as co-producer of One Love, a film starring one of Marley's 11 offspring - Ky-mani.

Ms Deutschman, who lives in Belsize Avenue, Belsize Park, said: "My teenage years were a fantastic time. The whole reggae scene was exploding and there was music absolutely everywhere, all the best bands playing at parties in hotels and houses. There was so much optimism and hope for the future."

Deutschman dreamed up the story for One Love - a musical set in the 70s about a Rastafarian reggae singer who falls for a Christian gospel singer - in the hope of rehabilitating Jamaica's recent image.

"Because of the economy they have had a couple of tough decades and I wanted to get away from the negative stereotypes about guns and violence and recapture that positive spirit I knew when I lived there."

She continued: "99.9 per cent of Jamaicans are ordinary, law abiding, warm people yet there is this lack of wholesome role models that ordinary people can identify with. Black actors usually play bad guys, pimps or prostitutes but this is a feel-good family film that captures the beauty and exotic nature of Jamaica - there is not a ghetto in sight."

Deutschman, who worked for years at the BBC directing programmes as varied as Antiques Roadshow and Casualty, says the film has proved equally popular with black and white audiences: "It transcends colour. It is a real crossover film."

She conceived the idea for One Love years ago, but unable to secure funding, she turned the story into a stage musical and set up a training project in Bristol - teaching performance skills to unemployed youths over six months - then touring the show throughout Britain, Germany, Kenya and Jamaica.

She finally got money from the UK Film Council to make her One Love, which was hailed as "the best Jamaican film ever" and played for 12 weeks in all seven cinemas on the island with every Jamaican seeing it twice.

Deutschman says Jamaica is now picking itself back up and is glad to see the old colonial attitude of "everyone has their place" replaced by a more entrepreneurial spirit.

"Jamaicans are highly inventive. They developed reggae from their take on the swing, be-bop and RnB records they heard from America and they came up with the language that the youth use today, words like 'wicked' and 'chill'," she says.

With the BBC, Deutschman also made landmark cultural documentaries about the ethnic minorities and was the series creator of Ebony - the first Afro Caribbean series on British TV.

She says in the past she has been criticised as a white woman making black films - with distrust from both sides.

"When people see that I really believe what I am doing, it's hard to criticise. I have lived in Jamaica, half my friends are black and half white. I live in a multicultural world and I enjoy the best of both cultures.

"When I came to England I realised there wasn't a voice for the black people in this country and as a communicator there were stories and voices I had the means of channelling and putting out on TV, creating opportunities for people to speak."

She says Marley's son, who has released several records of his own, auditioned for the lead role - a Bob Marley-type character - and was easily the best actor for the job.

"He has a natural charisma, he is a Rasta and obviously looks and sounds like his dad. He totally identified with the story that had happened in his own life. In fact Rita Marley said that was her story with Bob because she was a gospel singer."

Deutschman is returning to Jamaica for her next project - "a romantic thriller that's a cross between Gone With The Wind and Angel Heart, Jamaica-style."

o One Love is out in selected cinemas this month.

Adirondack Forest Festival Announced

Cowclops and HIGH TIMES(TM) present The Adirondack Forest Festival!

One-of-a-kind festival lineup features Arrested Development, BURNING SPEAR, TRUMYSTIC, DUB IS A WEAPON, the Slip, Jen Durkin & Bomb Squad, Sam Kininger Band, Mecca Bodega, SeepeopleS, U-Melt, TruMystic and More!

Lyonsdale, NY - Cowclops Productions, HIGH TIMES Magazine and Igor Management bring you the inaugural Adirondack Forest Festival, September 23-25 at Moose River Park in Lyonsdale, NY. The lineup will feature Burning Spear, a rare northeast performance from progressive rap collective Arrested Development, The Slip, Jen Durkin & The Bomb Squad, Sam Kininger Band, Mecca Bodega and More! Up-to-date lineup and band bios can be found at

With a special focus on Northeast favorites, The Adirondack Forest Festival is unlike any other this festival season. Aside from the festival's unique lineup, AFF will focus on raising money for Bands For Lands (, a non-profit organization focused on preserving pristine lands vital to sustain life, through music and creative arts. More than half of the proceeds received from this event will directly benefit endangered lands in the New York region.

The gorgeous and secluded Moose River Park, which for years hosted the Adirondack Music Festival, was established in 1968 and is located on a spring-fed lake in Lyonsdale NY, part of the 6-million acre Adirondack Park in upstate New York. There is no better place to experience a festival--imagine being serenaded from the lakefront amphitheater as the sun goes down, while basking in your own semi-private campsite. In addition, sports enthusiasts can indulge in whitewater rafting, hiking, biking and swimming, all within the park!

With something for everyone, this year's Adirondack Forest Festival is not to be missed. Plus, festival-goers will be doing their part to preserve local endangered land. Act quickly: the first 1,000 tickets are $55, $75 until the 22nd and $90 at the gate. Tickets include weekend camping. For tickets, information and more, visit See you at the park!

Current Lineup (more acts TBD, check web site for details):

Arrested Development
The Slip
Jen Durkin & The Bomb Squad
Sam Kininger Band
Moon Boot Lover
Brotherhood of Groove
Mecca Bodega
Reverend Tor Band
Next Tribe
Band B
Sven Hooson
JoMama and the Funkdaddies
Downtown Brown

CONTACT: Victoria Karol, 828-335-6035,

Monday, July 18, 2005

Reggae SumFest 2005


Featuring international recording stars
Damian "Jr Gong" Marley with special appearance by Stephen Marley
* Toots & the Maytals* Elephant Man* Ini Kamoze* Luciano
* Macka Diamond* Capleton* Morgan Heritage* Lady Saw* Turbulence

* Kip Rich* Tami Chynn* Tarrus Riley* John Holt* Alton Ellis* Gregory Isaacs
* I Wayne * Assassin * Voice Mail * Judy Mowatt* Mighty Diamonds* Spice
* General Trees* Charlie Chaplain* Josey Wales* Pinchers
* Brent Dowe * Jimmy Riley


Montego Bay, Jamaica:— Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest,
world’s premier reggae festival, will be held at the Catherine Hall
Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay Jamaica, July 17-23.2005. Montego Bay,
the island’s second city, has been the home of the famed Reggae
Sunsplash and is now the permanent home of the Reggae Sumfest festival.

Although patrons will be dancing under the stars of the friendly city at night, they can also partake of what this wonderful city has to offer during the day. Montego Bay has been named as one of the top tourist locations in Jamaica, boasting white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and a hip strip that promises more enjoyment than one can handle.

The famed Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club is located in the middle of the Hip Strip and visitors are encouraged to relax, unwind and sunbathe in the therapeutic waters or take a chance on the wild side with the wide variety of watersports that are offered. For those who want to visit Mobay’s colourful underwater world, there are several companies that offer this service such as Cool Aqua Divers. Located at the Rose Hall Beach, they offer scuba diving and snorkeling.

Montego Bay is also a very historical town; the Rose Hall Great House is one of Jamaica’s premier historical attractions. This restored great house takes you back in time to the English Planter days, the ghost of the former mistress Annie Palmer is still said to roam the halls. For the ultimate music lover, there is the Bob Marley Experience located at the Half Moon Village, which features a theatre with a special multi media presentation about the reggae superstar.

For those who want a true taste of Montego Bay, visit the city’s top rated restaurants. Pier 1 On The Waterfront is a must for seafood lovers, overlooking Montego Bay’s harbour, visitors will love the ambience this restaurant offers. Authentic Jamaican food is the order of the day at the Native restaurant where visitors can sample the famed rice and peas and jerk chicken. Also located on the hip strip is the Pelican Restaurant, which specializes in international and Jamaica cuisine.

After a hard night on the town, visitors can relax at the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort or at the ultra exclusive Half Moon Hotel. Both resorts boast prime beaches and wonderful cuisine. Overall Montego Bay is the optimal location for the young and the young at heart, with activities ranging from horseback riding to scuba diving, one will never lack having fun.

Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest is offering special travel packages which include hotel accommodation and round trip airport and hotel transfers. For more information on the friendly city, check out the website