If I could visit a particular period in music it would be 1960s Jamaica. Traditional musical styles such as mento and calypso had started to merge wit(...)

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Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings has agreed a deal with the estate of the Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley to launch a global canna(...)

Bob Marley: “Possessions make you rich. I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life, forever.”

The family of late reggae superstar Bob Marley has joined forces with a private equity company to launch Marley Natural, which will offer “heirloom Ja(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

Sunken Treasure: reggae
  • Music
  • September 19, 2014, 01:00

There are very few certainties in this world but one I always reckoned to be a fairly safe bet was Astral Weeks’ pole position in my favourite reco(...)

The boss: Sinéad O’Connor. Photograph: Donal Moloney

It’s a baking hot summer day, and off Pearse Street in Dublin, in a building above a bookmaker’s, Sinéad O’Connor is leaning out of a window, smoking.(...)

Survivor: Bunny Wailer formed The Wailers in Kingston, Jamaica with his friends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh

There are certain things which get Bunny Wailer very angry, but we’ll come to them in a bit. Let’s start with the history lesson, one the man himself (...)

Live wire: Bob Marley onstage in London in 1980

A certain well-known singer brought half of his/her vocals to Glastonbury this year on a disk. Other acts had ProTools playback rigs hidden away. S(...)

Track records: Derek Walcott with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire in 1989, three years before Walcott received the Nobel Prize. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In 1988 in Dún Laoghaire, Derek Walcott took part in a round-table discussion with Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray. By then identified wi(...)

Oscar winner: Wilde is ranked World’s No 1 Irishman. Photograph: Eric Luke

Who is the most famous Irish person who has ever lived? Or the most famous Irish person alive? We’ll come to an answer in a few paragraphs, bec(...)