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Featured Artist: Buju Banton

Buju Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie; 15 July 1973)

Banton released a number of dancehall singles as early as 1987 but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, Stamina Daddy and Mr. Mention, the latter becoming the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. That year he also broke the record for #1 singles in Jamaica, previously held by Bob Marley & The Wailers. He signed with the major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica in 1993. By the mid-1990s, Banton’s music became more influenced by his Rastafarian faith, as heard on the seminal albums  ‘Til Shiloh and Inna Heights.

In 2009, he was arrested on drug-related charges in the United States, his first trial resulting in a hung jury. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.In 2011, he was convicted on the aforementioned criminal charge and was Imprisoned in the U.S. until December 2018, whereupon he was deported home to Jamaica.

Buju Banton Drops First Album In A Decade, ‘Upside Down 2020’

The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s ‘Before The Dawn’ features collaborations with Pharrell, Stephen Marley and John Legend.

Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

International reggae superstar Buju Banton has released his much-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, his first full-length studio album in a decade and the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Before The Dawn.

Banton celebrated his return to the worldwide stage following his performance at Kingston’s Famed National Stadium. The Long Walk to Freedom Concert was one of the biggest music events in Jamaica’s history and was the launching pad for the tour of the same name.

The star’s subsequent announcement that he had signed with Roc Nation was followed with Banton releasing four brand-new songs, with accompanying music or lyric videos, “Steppa,” “Trust,” “Memories” featuring John Legend and the most recent release “Blessed”. While “Blessed” is now exploding, “Memories” is a Top 20 record at radio and is at No.1 on the iTunes reggae chart at the time of writing.

“While I seek to highlight the systemic problems around the world, I am aware of the need of preserving dancehall culture along with the real essence that reggae music offers but these are not normal times so things cannot continue as normal,” Buju Banton said in a statement.

“We are the change we seek and it’s our time to cement this thought in the minds of our youth. To open their eyes, thus enabling future generations to continue on a firm path and solid foundation with music doing it’s job as the great healer, teacher, comforter and above all, the restorative force that propels human beings to higher heights.”

Upside Down 2020 is out now. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and buy it here.

Upside Down 2020:

‘Lamb Of God’
‘Yes Mi Friend’ (featuring Stephen Marley)
‘Buried Alive’
‘Memories’ (featuring John Legend)
‘Lovely State Of Mind’
‘Cherry Pie Featuring Pharrell’
‘Beat Dem Bad’
‘Good Time Girl’
‘Call Me’ (featuring Stefflon Don)
‘Moonlight Love’
‘The World Is Changing’
‘400 Years’
‘Rising Up’
‘Helping Hand’

ByArmani W

Bob Marley 75: Ziggy Celebrates Dad with Special Virtual Set

Born in 1945, Bob Marley would’ve turned 75 in 2020. Unfortunately, the reggae legend passed away from cancer in 1981.

His family is paying tribute to him this year. They’d planned a number of live events to celebrate him, but the Covid pandemic prevented that. However, that hasn’t stopped Ziggy Marley from playing his dad’s music in a socially-distanced setting.

This hour-long, 11-song performance features Ziggy’s band on a soundstage equipped with plexiglass dividers. Several of the musicians don masks.

Marley’s first son Ziggy is inspired, channeling his famous father from beginning to end. “Exodus” is particularly timely with its calls for justice and equity.

Set List

Roots Rock Reggae

War > No More Trouble

Get Up Stand Up

Top Rankin > We and Dem

Rastaman Vibrations

Coming in from the Cold

One Love


Redemption Song

Small Axe

Them Belly Fully


One Love One Heart Reggae Festival

Saturday August 31’st 2019 Yolo County FairGrounds

Nonprofit festival features food, brews, and performances by reggae artists from Jamaica and all over the world .



Calling all warriors! NATALLI RIZE returns to Moes. the Ever Rizing Tour, by popular demand, has been extended into summer. Her powerhouse 5 piece band from Jamaica & Australia return in full force for an unforgettable experience.  Rounding out this International Reggae Showcase is Marla Brown (daughter of Dennis Brown) Ancestree& DJ Soultry Dubs.  

ABOUT NATALLI RIZE- Ask her where she comes from and she’ll tell you “All directions.” It’s an apt description of a singer who defies boundaries; culturally, musically and spiritually. The Nattali Rize debut album “Rebel Frequency” hit the streets in 2017 to high acclaim, impacting worldwide charts & hearts! Known for their epic, high energy, thought provoking and uplifting live performances, with a new album dropping and global tour schedule, the international powerhouse band (Australia/Jamaica) delivers a raw energy and vibe, channeling a deep reggae influence in a New Era Style. But this is more than genre labels. The music, message & intention transcends, forget the borders and waters that divide us, the movement is to ignite the great remembrance of who we are, our collective power, what we can be, to break the mental conditioning and find full freedom in this lifetime. Get ready to be moved!

“Nattali is a bright light in the world with a vision that extends beyond the stage.” Michael Franti (Spearhead)

“They Present as an Army on a mission!”  – Deb Kloeden


Dry Diggings Camping

Dry Diggings Festival

Friday 8/30- 8am- 9pm



Reservation Only – Designated 15 x 20 foot area with site numbers.

Example Campsite diagram:




Reservation Only

Water and limited power will be available.

We advise you bring a 75′ water hose and ‘Y’ spigot. Along with a three prong 12 gauge+ 100′ extension cord. This will assist in getting power and water to your exact location.

If you do not bring these items, we cannot guarantee that you will have power and water accessible.


August 30th, 2019 starting at 8AM


September 1st, at 11AM


8am-2am. You can leave the grounds after 2am but won’t be let back in the grounds until 8am.


For the safety of everyone camping at Dry Diggings Festival please respect the following rules:


  • All campers subject to search.
  • All campers MUST have a weekend admission to the festival.
  • Ice chests / coolers allowed in for the weekend on Friday only. We will not allow ice chest / coolers through the gates on Saturday or Sunday.
  • No pets allowed.
  • No campfires or charcoal grills (cook stoves OK). Propane grills are allowed
  • No unauthorized vending.
  • No illegal substances of any kind.
  • No motorized vehicles (golf carts, ATVs, segways)
  • No glass
  • No metal kegs
  • All underage campers (17 and under) MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Underage use or possession of alcohol will not be tolerated.
  • Please set up your tent in designated areas only.
  • Attendees who do not have camping wristband will not be allowed into the campgrounds.
  • Quiet time will be enforced from 12AM to 8AM each night.  No amplified music, no drum circles.
  • Please place all trash in the nearest trash bin, no littering.
  • Please obey all of the “No Trespassing” signs
  • Oversized tents and shade structures will not be allowed.   Please use common sense and do not bring the worlds biggest tent!
  • All camping is at your own risk/ personal liability. Valuables should not be left unattended.
  • Have a great time!
  • Violation of any campground rule or policy may also lead to fines/and removal from campgrounds.