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It’s almost Bob Marleys’ earthday and we’re following up on news of his legend and the success of his heirs.  A New Bob Marley Documentary is scheduled to be released this spring, and we’ll all be waiting for it.

After three producers it’s finally coming to the silver screen.  We’re sure it will be worth the wait.  It’s rumored to include alot of old unseen footage of Bob and Crew; as well as interviews with his band and family.

Magnolia Pictures Grabs U.S. Rights to Bob Marley Documentary

According to the Rebel Salute website, in 2012 the concert attracted the JTB and (Jamaica’s) Grizzly’s Entertainment as Gold sponsors, five Silver sponsors, 11 Supporting sponsors and hotel sponsorship from the Wyndham, Kingston. “Rebel Salute represents all that’s great about Jamaican music, all that has made it popular worldwide, that’s why we are involved,” says Carlo Redwood, Marketing Manager for Pepsi Jamaica, Rebel Salute’s Title sponsor for the past three years. Redwood wouldn’t disclose the amount of his company’s contributions but he did outline their primary areas of support. “A hefty portion of our sponsorship revolves around pre-show promotion, posters, commercials etc, and in the execution of the event itself,” Redwood stated.

A new documentary on the life of reggae legend Bob Marley is scheduled to open April 20 in the United States.

Directed by Scottish director, Kevin Macdonald, Marley will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

According to the Hollywood Reporter publication, the documentary will be shown in theatres, and will be available in Video On Demand and digital format. It will be first shown during this week’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Its first showing will be at the March 9-17 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

“Bob Marley is a fascinating, towering figure in musical history, and Marley is the biography that he deserves,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles is quoted as saying. “Kevin Macdonald has once again shown himself to be a master documentarian with this eye-opening, entertaining, beautifully crafted film.”

Macdonald won an Academy Award in 1999 for directing One Day In September.

For Marley, he used rare footage, archival photos, performances and interviews with family, friends and bandmates for fans and persons who know little of the singer/songwriter to get an authentic portrayal of his life.

Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment and Charles Steel co-produced Marley while Marley’s oldest son, Ziggy, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell are executive producers. Island distributed several of Marley’s best albums.

“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” said Ziggy Marley. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.”

The Marley documentary has been the subject of much speculation.

High-profile film-makers such as Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme were rumoured to be potential directors before Macdonald was offered the job.

Marley, reggae’s most enduring figure, is best known for songs like No Woman Nuh Cry, One Love and Exodus, died from cancer in May, 1981 at age 36.

This week it was announced that Ziggy Marley, Bobs’ eldest son will get his own show on satellite radio. Rahhh Rahhh Rahhhh !

SiriusXM Radio announced last Friday that five-time Grammy-winning musician, actor, artiste, activist and humanitarian, Ziggy Marley, will host a new monthly show, Ziggy Marley’s Legends of Reggae.

The show was launched on Sunday, the eve of the birthday of his late father, Bob Marley, at 12 p.m. ET on The Joint, channel 42.

The first episode featured Ziggy speaking in-depth with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. That episode will be rebroadcast on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

Ziggy Marley’s Legends of Reggae will feature Marley sharing his unique perspective on music and culture and introducing listeners to his favourite reggae music and sources of inspiration (with some rarities), plucked from his own personal collection.

The show will also include music from the Marley family, including material from Ziggy’s most recent solo studio album, Wild and Free, and throwback selections dating back to his days as a Melody Maker.

In addition to Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley’s Legends of Reggae will feature other special guests on the show.

“It is my privilege to use this medium to honour the Legends of Reggae and to use it as a vehicle to educate and enlighten listeners,” said Marley.

“Through his show, Ziggy will be able to share with our subscribers reggae music from the beginning to now, with insight unique to him and his family,” said Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer, SiriusXM.

“Hearing songs from his personal collections and his conversations with the greats of reggae is something music fans will treasure, and we were honoured to launch the show on the eve of the birthday of his father, the late Bob Marley.”

Ziggy Marley’s Legends of Reggae will air the first Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. ET, and will be rebroadcast the next day, Sunday, at 2 p.m. ET.

Ziggy Marley was born in 1968 in Trench Town, Jamaica.

The first of the Marley sons to make it big, Ziggy began his musical career playing with his father and his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Stephen in 1979. The siblings became known as Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and released more than 11 albums, three of which were Grammy winners.

Ziggy has released several solo albums since 2003, including Dragonfly; his Grammy Award-winning Love Is My ReligionFamily Time, which won him his fifth career Grammy, but his first in the children’s arena; and the Grammy-nominated Wild and Free.

Always politically aware, Ziggy has also been involved with the United Nations, and has formed his own charity, U.R.G.E., as well as contributed in various ways to other charities, such as Little Kids Rock and Amnesty International.

In 2010, Ziggy and his brothers Rohan and Robbie travelled to South Africa to film the documentary Marley Africa Road Trip.

In 2011, the 30-year career of Ziggy Marley continued stronger than ever with the Marijuana Man comic book. Ziggy continues to tour and perform at festivals internationally, as well as at his own Legends of Reggae festival in California.

The Joint plays reggae music from its roots to today from artistes like Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond and Jah Cure.

The Joint also features Marley Monday, a weekly tribute special to Bob Marley.

 This is Great News Indeed – as we need all the Bob Marley We Can Get.

Also it was announced that a new television series all about Reggae and it’s Roots will hit the small screen courtesy of FLOW TV of Jamaica.  The series is slated to include historical performances by legends such as the Wailers, Abyssinians, Maxi Priest, Third World, Ziggy Marley, Judy Mowatt and Burning Spear. The programme also pays tribute to a number of Jamaican icons such as Perry Henzell, Miss Lou, Jackie Mittoo among others.

New reggae TV series on Flows

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A NEW TV series puts the spotlight on Jamaica’s reggae music is now available on Flow OnDemand.

The programme, Reggae Strong, intends to provide viewers with a fresh insight into reggae music’s history in a uniquely packaged format.

Since the 1960s, the music has been a significant aspect of Jamaica’s cultural identity. Reggae Strong captures the essence of the strong connection between reggae fans worldwide, and the music that they love.

“Reggae Strong is a crucial time capsule of the flavours and rhythms of international reggae music that found a home in one of the cultural capitals of the world; New York City. The 60s was the decade of roots and bands; musicianship was at its height and the message in the music was still very socially conscious,” said the show’s producer, Diane Gurwitz.

The 30-minute magazine format series features a variety of live performances and interviews with classic reggae artistes from Jamaica and overseas. Each episode promises a new experience for the viewer, with the show hosted by a different artiste at another location. Though driven by reggae music, Reggae Strong also highlights various aspects of Jamaican life, including cooking, crafts and style.

Reggae Strong features internationally famous artistes such as Maxi Priest, Third World, Ziggy Marley, Judy Mowatt and Burning Spear. The programme also pays tribute to a number of Jamaican icons such as Perry Henzell, Miss Lou, Jackie Mittoo among others.

Commenting on the nostalgic quality of the show Gurwitz said “Having put the material away for many years, I was blown away when I started ‘remastering’ at how fresh the material remains. I am sure people are going to love it. It captures the essence of a past period that was critical juncture in the history of this music.”

With Reggae Strong Flow OnDemand brings another authentic reggae experience to the screen. Reggae Strong is part of Flow OnDemand’s rich musical catalogue that enables viewers to choose from a host of programmes and listen to selections of their favourite music at their convenience, rather than being restricted by a pre-defined programming schedule.

“Flow is always looking for ways to highlight the many great aspects of Jamaican culture. We believe that Reggae Strong gives a vital voice to Jamaican music history in a distinctive and appealing format,” said Michael Look Tong, Director of Media Services at Flow explaining how the company got involved with the project. “We recognize the challenges that local producers consistently face in bringing their material to local screens. Flow OnDemand provides a unique opportunity for them to share their work with a diverse audience.”

With Flow OnDemand viewers are able to choose from their favourite music, movies and TV shows. Jamaica’s only OnDemand platform offers an extensive video library with over 2200 of content that viewers can enjoy at their convenience. Flow OnDemand offers categories of programming for every age range, lifestyle and area of interest. Programming options include Kids On Demand, Movies on Demand, HBO on Demand, Sports On Demand, TV-Shows on Demand and Music On Demand.

We also heard this week about Legendary Toaster Rankin Trevor and his Royalty Issues.  The bredren says he has never gotten a single royalty for any of his hits.  Can you imagine that ?  he had massive hits and apparently like alot of artists he has never seen a penny or the royalty statements.


Rankin Trevor Says Pay Me

AFTER 40 years in the music business and several hit songs, deejay Ranking Trevor says he has little to show financially. He was one of the top toasters of the 1970s when his hit songs included Queen Majesty, Truly, Answer Mi Question and Rub a Dub Style.

“People out there now collecting my money by selling my songs in (all) kind of ways,” Ranking Trevor told Splash in a recent interview.

According to Ranking Trevor (born Maxwell Barrington Grant) he went into the music business in the early 1970s without any knowledge of the industry. He says he has never received a royalty statement and most of his earnings came from performing at dances.

He is in the process of trying to recover “some of what’s owed to me” especially with the emergence of digitally distributed music.

“In my days, it was just about fame and hearing your songs on the radio… yuh get excited, money was secondary,” he said. “I didn’t understand the business and the producers knew that. I just voice and leave it for them to think about payment.”

Ranking Trevor grew up in the Waterhouse community of Kingston, where he attended St Patrick’s Primary and Tarrant Secondary where he developed his love of music. He got his start in the music business as a deejay on the Gold Soul sound system but his career really took off when he hooked up with the rival Soul Attorney.

Soul Attorney later changed its name to King Attorney and then Papa Roots Hi-Fi, in the process becoming one of the outstanding sound systems of the 1970s. It was during this time that management at the hot Channel One studio sought him out and he did his first recording, Caveman Skank, for that label.

Caveman Skank reportedly sold 500 copies in its first week of release. It was followed by other hits such as Answer Mi Question, Penny A Look, Three Piece a Chicken and Chips, Love Yuh Sister, War, Natty and The Rootsman, Queen Majesty, and Truly.

Ranking Trevor is now focused on recording some “fresh songs”. His latest songs are Producer Rob Me, Dem Cyaan Get Me Out and Recession.

We also heard this week a few bits of hillarity like Shabada saying hes’ going to drain out Ghetto Badman like Bounty Killa; and that Vybz Kartel is getting his nyash beaten literally in lock up. yes there’s always news from the home of Reggae and next week we’ll bring you more updates.

Be Sure to Tune in to Entertainment Suss today – Saturday 2/11/12 on to hear all the Suss with Mama ASID and Lady D. Remember We’re rampin it up for ya every saturday from 12 Noon until 3pm.

ROOTS, ROCK And Peace !