Blackheart Man is the first solo album by Bunny Wailer, originally released on 8 September 1976, in Jamaica on Solomonic Records and internationally on Island Records.
The songs on the album are regarded as the finest written by Bunny Wailer, and explore themes such as repatriation (“Dreamland”), and his arrest for marijuana possession (“Fighting Against Conviction”, originally titled “Battering Down Sentence”). The album features some of Jamaica’s leading musicians and also contributions from Bob Marley and Peter Tosh of The Wailers on backing vocals, and the Wailers rhythm section of Carlton and Aston Barrett on some of the tracks.The high quality of the songs and musicians makes Blackheart Man one of the greatest reggae albums of all time.
The origins of the album title goes back to Wailer’s childhood in the Jamaican countryside, where he grew up in the same little village as his friend Bob Marley. Wailer said:
“Well, the Blackheart Man is a very serious fable; when we were kids, we all grew up hearing about this Blackheart Man, and we were told that you had to be careful of strangers who might walk up to you and invite you into a situation, or you might be found in the lonely countryside, or in the gullies, or anywhere that this individual might have shown up, and then he would take your heart out. So it brought fear on all the youths of that time when they heard the name, Blackheart Man. So I did the album based on my experiences.”
Reggae artiste Sizzla remains in a Corporate Area hospital five days after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in St Ann.
The Black Woman and Child singer is said to be resting well after suffering serious injuries including a broken arms and ribs, a fractured collar bone and ruptured liver which caused extensive internal bleeding.
According to his publicist…Sizzla…is progressing well as he is now fully aware, talking and eating following the accident last Wednesday when he was thrown from his motorcycle after it was hit by a bus attempting to overtake the artiste. The bus did not stop.
The Director of A&R for VP Records, Joel Chin, 35, was fatally shot in the head in front of his Stony Hill, St Andrew home, a few miles north of Jamaica’s capital Kingston, at 10:45 PM last night (August 16) as he alighted from his car. Neighbors heard explosions and called the Stony Hill police. Chin was taken to Kingston Public Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead.
Joel Chin is the son of reggae producer Clive Chin, best known for his work with Black Uhuru and the late melodica player Augustus Pablo, and the grandson of Vincent and Patricia Chin, who founded VP Records in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959.
There is currently no known motive for his murder although an investigation is pending; the assailants remain at large.
Born in Jamaica and raised in New York, Chin joined VP Records in the mid-1990s working at the company’s Queens, NY office, alongside his uncles, VP CEO Christopher Chin and President Randy Chin. He is responsible for signing some of reggae’s most successful acts to the label including Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder and Sean Paul….
According to an interview Junior Gong had with UsaToday.com,he reveals some details about what is in the works.Damian Marley says “ I’m working on a dance-hall album. I grew up in a dance-hall community, which is Jamaican street music, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. After…