Bunny Rugs Honored By The Institute For Caribbean Studies With A Caribbean American Heritage Award

William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark, leader singer of 10-time Grammy nominee Third World, was among a ‘who’s who’ of political leaders, entertainment pioneers, business entrepreneurs and education innovators honored at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC last Friday November 16th. The Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) , an annual black-tie affair put on by The Institute of Caribbean Studies, celebrates the contributions that Caribbean people make in the United States of America. Bunny Rugs received an award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Reggae Music‘.


Music. Trippin Riddim featuring Delly Ranks, Sizzla, Fanton Mojah and more (Itation Records)

Trippin Riddim - Dean Fraser


Genre: Contemporary Roots Reggae
Release Date: November 20



AKTO art&design College and the founders of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC), Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, are pleased to announce the opening of the second major IRPC exhibition in the past two months. On 22 November 2012 the renowned art and design school in Athens will open the IRPC exhibition which follows up on the first of its kind at the National Gallery of Jamaica. The exhibition opening in Athens will include the top 100 posters as well as special contributed works from respected designers. Reggae sound system ‘selector’ Hille, who tours internationally with the German sound system, Soundquake, will provide the music for the evening. The opening event is coordinated in conjunction with the Jamaican Consulate in Greece and Consul William Argeros. The exhibition is open to the public. Contemporary art as well as Caribbean music fans and followers of pop culture are encouraged to both see and hear this important milestone on 22 November. Doors open at 7pm. For more information about AKTO visit  http://www.akto.gr/welcome-to-akto.aspx.

The exhibition will continue at AKTO for four-weeks during which time several special events are scheduled to reflect not just the music but the message in modern poster design. Events include a discussion panel on How Design Can Help Spark Change, a silk-screen printing demonstration by Manolis Angelakis from TIND (from which attendees will be invited to take home free editions of silk-screen posters designed by IRPC founder Michael Thompson), and a reggae party at the end of the exhibition hosted by the selector Rankin Johnny. Combining music, art and public awareness, the International Reggae Poster Contest seeks to actively engage people in a discussion through the visual and creative arts.


Sold! The Reggae Poster Charity Auction at the National Gallery of Jamaica completes successful fundraising effort for Alpha Boys School with support from both the music and visual arts communities.

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Sold! The Reggae Poster Charity Auction at the National Gallery of Jamaica completes successful fundraising effort for Alpha Boys School with support from both the music and visual arts communities.

Celebrity entertainment, great music, an exciting atmosphere and competitive bidding on reggae posters for a great cause made for an extremely successful charity auction on Sunday at the National Gallery of Jamaica to benefit Alpha Boys School. Consisting of limited edition prints of the top 50 posters from the First International Reggae Poster Contest as well as special contributions from jury members and renowned poster designers, the auction drew fans of Jamaican music and culture, art aficionados and Alpha supporters for an afternoon of good-natured competition. Although an event of this sort had never been attempted before, auctioneer Douglas Reid of the Grosvenor Galleries in Kingston kept the vibes moving and directed an exciting auction in which many posters surpassed their estimated values. Prior to the auction getting underway, Bunny Rugs, lead singer of 10-time Grammy nominee Third World, treated the crowd to two songs from, Time, his critically acclaimed new album, DJ Afifa and Baye Beluchi provided crucial real time musical and lyrical commentary and members of the Alpha Boys Band blessed the place with a handful of specially selected songs to launch the event. Adding to the unique format, celebrity auctioneer Bunny Rugs joined Douglas Reid for the sale of Luba Lukova‘s special poster contribution featuring Sister Ignatius. With Bunny Rugs providing color commentary, back-and-forth bidding between a number of interested parties reached a crescendo until the buyer was identified which sparked a long moment of spontaneous applause.

Posters that were not sold on Sunday and others from the top 100 that were held back will be put up for auction via eBay in February when Jamaica celebrates Reggae Month. In this way, art and music fans as well as Alpha supporters abroad may participate and take home a unique work of art.

Auction organizers send special thanks to the auctioneer Douglas Reid, DJ Afifa, Baye Beluchi and Bunny Rugs as well as Market Me JA and the auction sponsors: WISYNCO, Caribbean Producers of Jamaica, Caribbean Broilers, Elite Kreations, Blackwell Rum, Scotia Bank and Griot Music.


Major Lazer breaks out “We Run England” for Culture Clash – first tune, first round

We Run England“, produced by Green Lion and performed by Mr Williamz is the first tune played by Major Lazer in the first round of Culture Clash 2012 held earlier this week in the UK. Click on the image below to watch it unfold.

“We Run England” is part of the More Spiritual riddim now available on More Spiritual Riddim - Various Artists & Various Artists.

Google Play’s music editors select Green Lion’s More Spiritual Riddim as a ‘Staff Pick’

Click here to visit the More Spiritual page on Google Play

Going once…. Reggae poster auction in Kingston, JA on Sunday November 11 to benefit Alpha Boys School.

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The Alpha Boys School and the International Reggae Poster Contest are very pleased to announce the auction of the top, limited edition posters from the contest, including special contributions from international poster artists, will be held on November 11 at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. Douglas Reid of Grosvenor Galleries will conduct the auction and Bunny Rugs, lead singer of 10-time Grammy nominated act Third World, will serve as Celebrity Auctioneer. Music will be provided by DJ AfifaClick here to view the posters online. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Alpha Boys School. Interested parties who cannot be present for the auction but are interested in bidding should contact Alpha Boys School at alphaboysschool@gmail.com.

From the simple to the sublime, the posters to be auctioned are currently the feature of a special exhibition entitled, “World A Reggae: the 100 Best Entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest” which continues at the National Gallery of Jamaica until November 10. Comprised of the top 100 posters as well as original contributions from artists Luba Lukova, Juan Carlos Darias, Elmer Sosa, Roy Villalobos, Freestylee (the artist alter ego of contest founder Michael Thompson), and Maria Papaefstathiou (the contest co-founder), the posters represent a very special part of a world-wide conversation about Jamaican culture. A follow up exhibition is scheduled in Athens, Greece to open November 2012.

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Glen Washington clarifies statement about Grammy ballot

(Wednesday 31 October, 2012)

On Tuesday, 30 October, the Jamaica Gleaner published an interview with reggae singer Glen Washington referencing a Grammy nomination. While his Masterpiece album is currently one of the reggae albums available for consideration by Grammy voters, Glen Washington made the following statement to clarify that  albums have not yet reached the nomination stage:

“Many thanks to all my fans for their support of my album Masterpiece. In yesterday’s Gleaner it appeared the album has been nominated for a Grammy and I want to clarify while the album is on the ballot to be nominated the actual nominees will be announced December 5. Many thanks for all the love.”


Masterpiece has received love from around the globe including a coveted ‘highly recommended’ nod from the CD Hot List which noted, “His energy and the quality of his songwriting haven’t flagged a bit. Highly recommended to all collections with an interest in reggae”.

To listen to Masterpiece and download the sampler click here.

“We Run England” performed by Mr Williamz and produced by Green Lion takes the top spot on Reggae Vibes’ Hot n Fresh music chart.

Find “We Run England” on We Run England - Single - Mr Williamz
Recorded on the More Spiritual Riddim More Spiritual Riddim - Various Artists & Various Artists

See the full chart at http://www.reggae-vibes.com/

The first round of selecting the final Grammy nominations has begun and two Zion High Productions, Glen Washington’s ‘Masterpiece’ and the various artists Jah Golden Throne, have made the list.

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Zion High Productions and A Train Entertainment are very pleased to announce the selection of two Zion High Productions releases from 2012 will be featured in the first round of Grammy nominations for the Reggae category — Jah Golden Throne, a various artists contemporary roots release, and Masterpiece, the most recent album from soulful reggae crooner, Glen Washington. Both records feature arrangements by the Zion I Kings, a triumvirate of roots producers drawing from Zion High, Lustre Kings and I Grade. First round ballots must be submitted by October 31st and Grammy nominations will be announced Wednesday December 5th. > read the full story <

Details for voting members of the Academy
FIELD 14: REGGAE Category
50: Best Reggae Album
045 Jah Golden Throne – Various Artists
052 Masterpiece – Glen Washington


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