Island Records’ Chris Blackwell Finally Tells His Story

In a new memoir, the 84-year-old founder of Island Records reflects on helping bring the music of Bob Marley, U2 and Grace Jones to the world.

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Two Members of the Mighty Diamonds, Acclaimed Reggae Trio, Are Dead

Tabby Diamond, 66, was shot and killed Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica. Bunny Diamond, 70, died three days later after a long illness.

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Spice Could Make History at the Grammys. But She’s Already Won.

The Jamaican singer Spice is the first female hard-core dancehall artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category.

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Robbie Shakespeare, Prolific Reggae Bassist, Is Dead at 68

As half of the duo Sly and Robbie, he performed or recorded with everyone from Peter Tosh and Grace Jones to Bob Dylan and Serge Gainsbourg.

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Terence Wilson, Key Part of Reggae Band UB40, Dies at 64

As Astro with a popular racially diverse British group, he added rap vocals to hits like “Red Red Wine.”

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Lee (Scratch) Perry, Bob Marley Mentor and Reggae Innovator, Dies at 85

With a four-track tape recorder in his Jamaican home studio, he opened surreal sonic vistas and cultivated the image of a mad genius.

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Bunny Wailer, Reggae Pioneer With the Wailers, Dies at 73

He was the last surviving original member of the group, which also featured Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, that helped spread the music of Jamaica worldwide.

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The Beat at the Heart of ‘Lovers Rock’

Steve McQueen’s new “Small Axe” anthology includes a film that centers on an offshoot of reggae that represented big shifts in the music, and in Black British culture.

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Johnny Nash, Who Sang ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ Dies at 80

After only modest success as a romantic crooner, he played a key role in bringing reggae to a wider audience.

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Toots Hibbert, a Father of Reggae, Is Dead at 77

The first to use the word reggae on a record, he sang in a soulful tone and wrote songs with subtle social commentary, helping bring the sounds of Jamaica to the world.

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SZA’s Surprise Return, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Ava Max, Tricky, Bill Callahan and others.

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Sam Clayton Jr., Sound Engineer With a Global Ear, Dies at 58

Mr. Clayton, who died of the coronavirus, worked with reggae musicians from Jamaica and countries far from the music’s birthplace.

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