Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #6: The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto.

posted on December 9th, 2013 by in Jamaican Politics

Vybz Kartel - Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto

The murder trial of Vybz Kartel enters its fourth week today.

That reminded us to recommend his book as SEEN Christmas gift number 6. “The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto” came out in 2012 and is a must read for any Kartel fan out there.

Available e.g. from Mixpak.


Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #5: Sting 30 Live Stream Watch Pass.

posted on December 5th, 2013 by in Event, Jamaican Artists, Jamaican Music

Sting 30 Live Stream Pass

Sting aka “The Greatest One Day Reggae & Dancehall Show on Earth” turns 30 this year. Staged by Downsound Records and Supreme Promotions, the event e.g. has Super Cat, Ninja Man, Mavado, Tommy Lee Sparta and 2 Chainz on the bill.

Beginning at 8pm EST on December 26, 2013, Sting 30 will be live-streamed for fans around the world.

Sting watch passes are our Christmas gift tipp #5. Pre-order now.


Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #4: For The Record.

posted on December 4th, 2013 by in Design, Jamaican Music, Stuff

For the Record

For day 4 of the SEEN Christmas 2013 gift guide, we picked a book released by Red Bull’s Music Academy.

“For the record” features 15 conversations with “people who have shaped the way we listen to music”. While from a Jamaica-lovers’ perspective, the talks between Adrian Sherwood and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as well as Matias Aguayo and Sly & Robbie are probably the most interesting, e.g. the meet-ups of Benny Ill and Moritz von Oswald or Just Blaze and Paul Riser are definitely worth reading, too.

The 400 pages hardcover book is available from Die Gestalten.


Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #1: Sevens Clash Zine.

posted on December 1st, 2013 by in Article, Design, Jamaican Style, Photography

Sevens Clash Zine

In August 2012, photographer Alexander Richter and writer Sean Stewart spent seven days documenting music, art, sports and street life in Kingston, Jamaica.

They e.g. went digging at Augustus Pablo’s Rockers International; met an Australian abstract sculptress planting artistic roots downtown; navigated arcane stroll politics in New Kingston; visited dancehall deejay Ice Cold on a rainy night in Mud Town; reasoned with reggae revivalist Protoje; convened with Uncle Demon and the legion; and found the sweet science of bruising resurgent at Stanley Couch Gym.

The content they gathered was posted at sevensclash.com on a bi-weekly basis over the course of the following seven months. Now, they feature a selection of their favorite stories from the project with some fresh design and a bunch of previously unreleased photos in a 7.75” x 10.5” zine. Laser-printed in full color, the 40 page publication comes with a postcard and stickers and is limited to 100 pieces.

Find out more.


Universal reissues fine reggae albums on vinyl.

posted on July 20th, 2013 by in Jamaican Music

On upcoming Monday, June 22, Universal will release a pile of fine reggae vinyl reissues.

Amongst others, Junior Murvin’s »Police and Thieves«, The Heptones’ »Party Time«, Max Romeo’s »War Inna Bablyon« and The Upsetters’ »Super Ape« albums will be made available to record lovers again. Find the full list and place your orders on Amazon.

Also, Universal announced the launch of The Vinyl Project – a crowdfunding site which they are going to use to work out which other »rare and deleted« albums it ought to reissue on vinyl. (via Fact)