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2004 Stories by PATRICIA MESCHINO

Archives: 2005 | 2004
  • Farah Juste

    published December 30, 2004

    Miami resident Farah Juste is one of Haitian music's premier singer/songwriters. For nearly 30 years, Juste has written provocative political... More >>

  • The Year in Caribbean Music

    published December 23, 2004

    Although no single dancehall artist or CD dominated 2004 as Sean Paul did 2003, the music remained a presence on the crossover charts. Beenie... More >>

  • Tanya Stephens

    published December 16, 2004

    On her latest disc, Gangsta Blues, Tanya Stephens replaces the male-bashing and stereotypically X-rated dancehall persona that... More >>

  • Back to Life

    published November 18, 2004

    Back in 1995 an unknown singer named Richie Spice hit the Jamaican charts with the funky reggae tune "Living Ain't Easy." Over the next few years... More >>

  • Ivy Queen

    published November 18, 2004

    On her fourth solo album Real, reggaeton diva Ivy Queen adapts her confident, raspy vocals to a wide range of styles, including the lilting... More >>

  • Hurricane Relief for Haiti

    published October 7, 2004

    Hurricane Jeanne's torrential rains have devastated the northern Haitian port city of Gonaives, where resulting mudslides have claimed more than... More >>

  • Anthony B

    published September 23, 2004

    Deejay Anthony B set the dancehall ablaze in 1996 with the searing single "Fire Pon Rome," which condemned several Jamaican leaders and was... More >>

  • Lady Saw

    published September 16, 2004

    2003 Grammy winner Lady Saw catapulted to fame in 1993 with raunchy hits such as "If Him Lef (A No Mi Pussy Fault)" and ribald live performances... More >>

  • Coolie Dance

    published September 9, 2004

    Seated behind the large mixing board of his modest X-Claim recording studio in a Kingston shopping plaza, Scatta Burrell's demeanor belies what... More >>

  • Jerk, Roots, and Yam Festival

    published August 19, 2004

    Leroy Sibbles, Frankie Paul, Judy Mowatt, the Mighty Sparrow, Alkebulan, and Kenyatta perform during the Jerk, Roots, and Yam Festival at noon... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 5, 2004

    The latest riddim from South Rakkas Crew, one of Miami's premier production outfits, is an infectious, whistle-blowing, booty-shaking romp called... More >>

  • Survival Dude

    published May 13, 2004

    The past few months have delivered a dramatic sequence of events in the life of Beenie Man, whose 24-year career has experienced vertiginous peaks... More >>

  • Reggaetón Royalty

    published February 26, 2004

    Puerto Rican rappers who have popularized a Spanish-language dancehall/hip-hop hybrid called reggaetón are almost entirely men, not... More >>

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