Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Professor Rex Nettleford (Feb. 3, 1933-Feb. 2, 2010)

Ralston Milton "Rex" Nettleford, OM (Jamaica), OCC, (February 3, 1933 - February 2, 2010) was a Jamaican scholar, social critic and choreographer, died in a United States hospital late Tuesday, at 8 p.m., four hours before his 77th birthday.

Nettleford, who at the time of his passing was the vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), collapsed in the US last week Wednesday and had to be admitted to the intensive care unit of the George Washington Hospital in Washington DC after suffering what was reported to be a massive heart attack.
He had previously served as the vice-chancellor of the UWI’s Mona Campus in Jamaica from 1996 to 2004.

Nettleford was regarded as one of the Caribbean’s leading intellectuals and was bestowed with the Order of the Caribbean Community in 2008.
He was also the recipient of Jamaica’s third highest honour, the Order of Merit and was a cultural advisor to Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The founder of the internationally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company, Nettleford also authored several publications such as Mirror Mirror, which dealt with racial and social issues in Jamaica.

Happy Birthday Rex, again it seems only in death that one gets the respect they truly deserve.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Stampede's Streets Charts


Happy Dennis Emmanuel Brown Day

Just in case you missed it, today is D Brown's (February 1, 1957 – July 1, 1999) Birthday/Earth Strong whatever you want to call it. These are a few of my favourites. Feel free to tell me the ones that you love. Maybe I’ll post them for you.

Reggae and the Grammy

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 52 annual Grammy Awards (January 31, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.). I don’t understand the Taylor Swift factor, in my life never have I seen a more bland, boring, tediously uninteresting artist winning anything ever. Anyway special big ups to all our wonderful, very hard working and most important talented artists

Best Reggae Album Nominees 2010:
Buju Banton - Rasta Got Soul
Gregory Isaacs - Brand New Me
Julian Marley - Awake
Stephen Marley - Mind Control
Sean Paul - Imperial Blaze

Best Reggae Album 2010:
Mind Control – Acoustic – Stephen Marley (I think many of us were rooting for the Gargamel to win this one)
Best Children's Music Album
Family Time – Ziggy Marley

Grammy Awards of 2009
Burning Spear - Jah Is Real
Grammy Awards of 2008
Stephen Marley - Mind Control
Grammy Awards of 2007
Ziggy Marley - Love Is My Religion
Grammy Awards of 2006
Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
Grammy Awards of 2005
Toots & the Maytals - True Love
Grammy Awards of 2004
Sean Paul - Dutty Rock
Grammy Awards of 2003
Lee "Scratch" Perry, (Roger Lomas engineer/mixer & producer) - Jamaican E.T.
Grammy Awards of 2002
Damian Marley, Stephen Marley (producer), Arlick Thompson (engineer), - Halfway Tree
Grammy Awards of 2001
Beenie Man - Art and Life
Grammy Awards of 2000
Burning Spear - Calling Rastafari
Grammy Awards of 1999
Sly and Robbie - Friends
Grammy Awards of 1998
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers- Fallen Is Babylon
Grammy Awards of 1997
Bunny Wailer for Hall of Fame - A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary
Grammy Awards of 1996
Shaggy - Boombastic
Grammy Awards of 1995
Bunny Wailer - Crucial! Roots Classics
Grammy Awards of 1994
Inner Circle -Bad Boys
Grammy Awards of 1993
Shabba Ranks- X-tra Naked
Grammy Awards of 1992
Shabba Ranks - As Raw as Ever
Grammy Awards of 1991
Bunny Wailer for Time Will Tell - A Tribute to Bob Marley
Grammy Awards of 1990
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers - One Bright Day
Grammy Awards of 1989
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers -Conscious Party
Grammy Awards of 1988
Peter Tosh - No Nuclear War
Grammy Awards of 1987
Steel Pulse - Babylon the Bandit
Grammy Awards of 1986
Jimmy Cliff - Cliff Hanger
Grammy Awards of 1985
Black Uhuru -Anthem