Jamaica Does It Again! Usain Bolt Shatters 100m and 200m Records in Berlin

Usain Bolt TCB in Berlin

Jamaican sprinter Usain “Lightning” Bolt has done it again, setting two new World Record in the 100m (9.58 seconds, .11 off the previous!) this week in Berlin! Shelly-Ann Fraser, won the women’s 100m, and Melaine Walker won the 400m Hurdles. In celebration of their great acheivements, we once again […]

Ernest Ranglin takes Manhattan

Herbie Miller, the famous reggae impresario, hosted a great event last night at City College, a lecture and concert entitled “In Search of the Lost Riddim: Jamaican Jazz Fusion” starring the immortal guitarist, Ernest Ranglin and a coterie of history-making musicians from Jamaica. As you can see (or at least hear) in the video above, […]

Black History Month: Happy Birthday Bob Marley and Babe Ruth

Bob Marley in fabric by Austin TX artist Barbara Lugge

Today is the 64th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley and it is now 28 years since he left us. I have been to his birthplace, and it is still amazing to me to think that he made it from a place like […]

RIP Vincent "Tartar" Ford

Vincent Ford, one of Bob Marley‘s best friends, has died at 68 in Jamaica. According to my favorite biography Bob Marley by Stephen Davis, “Tartar” and Bob shared a kitchen floor in Trench Town in the early 60s, with Bob in one corner of the room and Tartar in another.

These were the years in […]

I Sent My Vinyl to NPR All Songs Considered

No I haven’t actually mailed the albums to Washington. The program All Songs Considered, a regular feature on NPR, is vital for recommending music, but they are also making consistent efforts to “gather” us listeners together as a “NPR Community.” The story “Vinyl: The New CD,” is a fun activity and also provides some connectivity […]