Life After Death

On March 25, 1997, Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious BIG, released his best selling album 15 days after his murder. Ironically named “Life After Death”, the album was considered a landmark and received 3 Grammy nominations. “Life After Death” outsold its equally grimly-named and possibly prophetic precursor (Ready to Die) and was certified diamond in 2000. Biggie Smalls’ album is a prime example of a musician’s financial worth increasing after their death. Furthermore, the rapper, known for his violent lyrics, is today seen as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Sometimes death can seem more profitable than life. In this way Biggie is not alone; musicians making more money and turning more heads after their death is a commonly seen pattern.
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11 bajan music artistes everyone should know

 

Yesterday the Caribbean country of Barbados celebrated 50 years of independence from British colonial rule and I couldn’t be prouder. My Bajan (Barbadian) heritage has always played a significant part in my life and Bajan music in particular has always been near to my heart. For such a small island, Barbados punches well above its weight musically and has produced too much talent to mention everyone but I’ll attempt to list some of the stand-outs.

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Jazz in the Windy City, Chicago

 

Chicago, popularly known as the “Windy City”, is also famous for its rich musical effervescence and the occasional resonant sounds of a saxophone being played in the distance can sometimes be heard. Many famous musicians made this their home and world renowned musical venues are myriad, including the Chicago Theatre and the Chicago House of Blues. In the north side of the city, a bar often associated with Italian-American crime boss Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone has become a popular venue for live jazz in Chicago. A two minute walk away from the Lawrence stop of the “L” train, the Green Mill is easily accessible by public transportation and its bright sign is clearly visible from the train station, even at night. 
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Is Rihanna to Barbados what Bob Marley is to Jamaica

 

The mere suggestion incited war in the usually quiet operating theatre and the verbal battle raged on for half an hour after the initial query. A lone “small islander” defended his point valiantly whilst his Jamaican colleagues threw blow after blow. One even suggested that Deon Burton might be the Jamaican equivalent of Argentina’s Messi. All this after the simple question…
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