Music Will Surely Live On: The Montreal International Reggae Festival, II, by Maurie Alioff   > read more...


Wednesday 12 August 2015


Lady Saw
Photo: Maurie Alioff

“There's a lot more to come,” says Lady G, “a lot more good things to come. Just like anything else, you can have good and bad. The bad is going to get lost somewhere. The good is going to prevail. Because good is always over evil. It's just one of those things. Every day you have a new artist from the reggae or the dance hall fraternity. It can never stop. Music will surely live on.”

For Part I, see here.

Music Will Surely Live On: The Montreal International Reggae Festival, I, by Maurie Alioff   > read more...


Wednesday 12 August 2015

"It makes sense that the dance hall acts are always on Saturday. Sunday is more, like Jamaicans say, big people music, meaning people over 45." -- Richard Lafrance


Cocoa Tea

Part II is here.

Divas at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, Part II, by Maurie Alioff   > read more...


Sunday 9 August 2015

Serious churchgoers and orthodox Rastafari see wining (the horrible term twerking in North America) as a sign of dissolution. Crouched with their legs apart, girls and women raise their behinds, swivel their hips, and vibrate.


Alison Hinds, the Queen of Soca

Part I of Maurie Alioff's "Divas at the Montreal International Reggae Festival" is here.

Divas at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, Part I, by Maurie Alioff   > read more...


Sunday 9 August 2015

The timing could not be better for the Montreal International Reggae Festival (August 14-16). Everyone is curious about Lady Saw: her changing look, and how far she goes with her lyrics and dance moves. Everyone is also eager to hear Saw handling hits like her spectacularly raunchy song of desire, Heels On.


Lady Saw 
Photo: Maurie Alioff

This is Part I of Maurie Alioff's "Divas at the Montreal International Reggae Festival." Part II is here.

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