Irie Magazine | Roots | William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke
2018, February 2018 - World Reggae, Roots

Roots | Bunny Rugs

William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke Chronicle: February 6, 1948 “I’m very happy where I am right now. It’s a great ‘TIME’ for me.” William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, February 6, 1948 – February 2, 2014 Blessed with one of the richest, most expressive talents in contemporary music, the vocals of William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke are an essential […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | Alpha Blondy
2018, January 2018 - World Reggae, Roots

Roots | Alpha Blondy

Alpha Blondy Chronicle: January 1, 1953 Alpha Blondy is among the world’s most popular reggae artists. With his 12-piece band “Solar System”, Blondy offers a reggae beat with a distinctive African cast. Some of his best known songs include Cocody Rock, Jerusalem and Apartheid Is Nazism. Over the years, the man who put Ivory Coast […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | Rosa Parks
2017, December 2017, Roots

Roots | Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks Chronicle: December 1, 1955 Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called ‘the first lady of civil rights’ and ‘the mother of the freedom movement’. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey […]

2017, November 2017, Roots

Roots | Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., ONH

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., ONH Jamaica’s First National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940) was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black nationalist, orator, and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). He was born as the youngest of eleven children in St. Ann’s Bay, […]

2017, October 2017, Roots

Roots | Peter Tosh, OM

Peter Tosh, OM Chronicle: October 19, 1944 Peter Tosh was more than a luminary in the development of reggae music. He was the ultimate firebrand, speaking out against oppression around the world in both his songs and his public statements. He was a man who demonstrated the power of personal and artistic integrity, and pride […]

2017, July 2017 - Cali Reggae, Roots

Roots | Legalize It

Legalize It A History of Hemp (and Marijuana) When President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2013 on February 7, 2014, it was a small but significant step towards the legalization of hemp across the United States. The bill defined industrial hemp, excluding it from the definition of Marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. […]

2017, July 2017, Roots

Roots | The Chronicles of Kaya

The Chronicles of Kaya A History of Hemp & Marijuana Here’s a fact: Hemp and Marijuana both come from the same plant; its scientific name is ‘Cannabis Sativa’. For thousands of years hemp was used to make dozens of commercial products like paper, rope, canvas, and textiles. U.S. Presidents and founding fathers George Washington and […]

Irie™ Magazine | Roots - Black Star Line
2017, June 2017 - Cali Reggae, Roots

Roots | Black Star Line

Black Star Line June 27, 1919 The Black Star Line (1919−1922) was a shipping line incorporated by Marcus Garvey, the organizer of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and other members of the UNIA. The shipping line was created to facilitate the transportation of goods and eventually African Americans throughout the African global economy. It […]

Irie™ Magazine | Roots - SNWMF 2017
2017, June 2017, Roots

Roots | SNWMF 2017

National Day of Reggae Peace. Love. Music. The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival promotes ‘conscious’ music. Conscious music is music with a message of peace, unity and brotherhood, which transcends the divisions of race and culture. Over the past twenty three years we have endeavored to build a community where Conscious music, Roots music, and […]