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  • The Hon. Orette Bruce Golding 8th Prime Minster his contribution to Jamaica

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    Bruce Golding was born on December 5, 1947.  He was elected to the Central Executive of the Jamaica Labour Party at the age of 21 and Parliament in 1972 at the age of 24. He served as General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (1974-1984) He was the Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (1989-1995). In 1995 he resigned from the Jamaica Labour Party and was one of the founders of the National Democratic Movement. In 2002, he rejoined the Jamaica Labour Party and in November 2003 was again elected Chairman of the Party. In 1995 he resigned from the Jamaica Labour Party and was one of the founders of the National Democratic Movement, serving as its first President (1995-2001). In 2002, he rejoined the Jamaica Labour Party and in November 2003 was again elected Chairman of the Party.
     Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in 2002, and held both positions up to April 2005. On February 20, 2005, he was elected Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party. On April 13, 2005 he was elected Member of Parliament for West Kingston. He was of Leader of the Opposition from April 21, 2005 – September 10, 2007. He was sworn in as Jamaica’s eighth Prime Minister on September 11, 2007.Burce Golden became  the sixth Prime Minister of Jamaica and was conferred with the Order of the Nation.

  • 2018 IBC SHOW #6 - LIVE From Beale Street

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    34th International Blues Challenge
    LIVE from Club Handy, Beale Street, Memphis, TN
    Friday Day:
    For the 8th year, Music On The Couch will be your connection to the International Blues Challenge LIVE from Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
    We will be talking with Challengers, fans, Blues Foundation officials and board members, and the musicians who come to Memphis to hang and enjoy the incredible vibe.
    After each show, a listing of those who appeared will be added here.

  • 2018 IBC SHOW #7 - LIVE From Beale Street

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    34th International Blues Challenge
    LIVE from Club Handy, Beale Street, Memphis, TN
    Friday Night:
    For the 8th year, Music On The Couch will be your connection to the International Blues Challenge LIVE from Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
    We will be talking with Challengers, fans, Blues Foundation officials and board members, and the musicians who come to Memphis to hang and enjoy the incredible vibe.
    After each show, a listing of those who appeared will be added here.

  • 2018 IBC Wrap-up Show

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    34th International Blues Challenge
    On this show we get to speak with most, if not all of the winners to get their memories of the week while they are still fresh.
     
    Additionally, we always get calls from fans who were at the IBC and even fans who listened to our LIVE shows.
    Once we get the word, we will list those who will be calling into the show

  • Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller Legacy and contribution to Jamaica

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    Portia Simpson Miller, original name Portia Lucretia Simpson (bornDecember 12, 1945, Wood Hall, St. Catherine parish, Jamaica) Jamaican politician who served as the country’s first female prime minister (2006–07; 2012–16). She became involved in politics as a member of the liberal People’s National Party (PNP) and in 1974 was elected to the city council of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (essentially, the Kingston metropolitan area) as a representative from the Trench Town area. In 1976 she won election to the House of Representatives from the constituency of St. Andrew South Western (part of the Kingston metropolitan area); she was reelected in 1980. With the rest of her party, she sat out the 1983 general elections but retook her parliamentary seat in the 1989 elections and retained it thereafter.Simpson was parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and, later, in the Office of the Prime Minister (1977–80) during the first administration of Michael Manley. She was named Minister of Labour, Welfare, and Sports in 1989 and stayed in the cabinet for 17 years while the PNP remained in power. Her portfolio was subsequently modified to Labour and Welfare (1993–95), Labour, Social Security and Sports (1995–2000), Tourism and Sports (2000–02), and Local Government, Community Development and Sport (2002–06). During her tenure she oversaw reform of the country’s overseas farmworker employment programs. She was also a noted public supporter of Jamaica’s athletic teams and established the Sports Development Foundation (1995), an independent body that, among other things, supported community and school sports programs and funded the building of stadiums and playing fields. During the same period, she also rose through the PNP’s ranks, serving as her party’s vice president (1978–2006) and heading its Women’s Movement (1983–2006).

  • Gear Talk with Linda Dachtyl

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    Gear Talk with Linda Dachtyl 

  • Live Chat:Honoring a Living Reggae Legend ERNIST RANGLIN OD Music Legacy

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    Ernest Ranglin OD (born 19 June 1932) is a Jamaican guitarist and composer who established his career while working as a session guitarist and music director for various Jamaican record labels including Studio Oneand Island Records. Ranglin played guitar on many early ska recordings and helped create the rhythmic guitar style that defined the form. Ranglin has worked with Theophilus Beckford, Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander,Prince Buster, the Skatalites, Bob Marley and the Eric Deans Orchestra. He is noted for a chordal and rhythmic approach that blends jazz, mento and reggae with percussive guitar solos incorporating rhythm 'n' blues and jazz inflections.Ernest Ranglin was born in Manchester, West Central Jamaica. His family moved to Kingston, where he attended the Providence Primary School, Kingston Senior School and Bodin College. Ranglin's introduction to music was through two uncles who both played guitar. Initially a self-taught guitarist; he received some tutoring on how to sight-read from a violin player named Tommy Tomlins. At the age of 15, Ranglin joined the Val Bennett Orchestra, which was followed by a period of employment with the Eric Deans Orchestra. While performing locally with these orchestras Ranglin was introduced to the jazz pianist Monty Alexander, which led to a lifelong friendship as well as numerous musical collaboration

  • Interview with Nadia Elmistikawy of the LA Rock band Dynamos

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    Nadia was born in northeastern New Jersey.  At eleven years old, her family moved to a beach community in southern California.  At her new school, Nadia was assigned choir as her elective class.  Excelling at singing, she began private lessons in opera.
    Nadia had great love and appreciation for the art and technique of opera, but felt the need to explore more liberal styles of singing and performing.  At fourteen, she heard Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’ album and discovered that her heart belonged to rock ‘n’ roll.
    At sixteen, Nadia went to her first rock concert at the Palladium in Los Angeles.  Enthralled by the experience, she started attending as many shows as possible.  Each show felt like a gift and her motivation to become more than an audience member grew.
    Nadia’s operatic studies continued until she was nineteen, when she received an opportunity to audition for ‘The Dynamos’.  Her presentation of the material seamlessly fit the envisioned musical and lyrical content of the band.  She immediately became the lead vocalist for the project.

  • Live Chat: Honoring a Living Reggae Icon:- OWEN GREY'S Music Legacy

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    Owen Gray also known as Owen Grey (born 5 July 1939, Jamaica) is one of Jamaica's 'Foundation' singers whose work spans the R&B, ska, rocksteady, and reggae eras of Jamaican music, and he has been credited as Jamaica's first home-grown singing star.Gray won his first talent contest at the age of nine, and by the age of twelve he was already appearing in public, playing drums, guitar, and keyboards. He attended the Alpha Boys School and turned professional aged 19. Gray was a dynamic performer on stage, who could be gritty or suave as the song dictated. He was the first singer (of many) to praise a sound system on record, with his "On the Beach" celebrating Clement Dodd's Sir Coxsone Downbeat system in 1959, one of the first releases on Dodd's Studio One label. He was one of the first artists to be produced by Chris Blackwell, in 1960, and his "Patricia" single was the first record ever released by Island Records.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Gray

  • Honoring Living Reggae Legend Winston Francis and his Music Legacy

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    Winston Francis (born 1948) aka King Cool is a Jamaican singer whose career began in the 1960s.He attended music school, and his teacher Chuck Bird arranged for him to perform with the Jackie Gleason Orchestra in front of Spiro Agnew in 1965.He then joined Carlos Malcolm's Afro Jamaicans band.  He was also a member of The Sheridans (with Pat Kelly) In the late 1960s he recorded as a solo artist for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One label, with his debut album Mr. Fix-It released in 1969. This was followed by a second album, California Dreaming in 1971,  The single's B-side, "Too Experienced", featured backing vocals from Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. 
     Francis returned to recording in the early 1980s, releases including the Roy Cousins-produced Just Once and the self-produced Africa. After a break from music when he worked as a youth worker and social worker, he returned in 1987 as a backing vocalist for The Melodians and began working with Trevor Star and the Skaticians. He continued to record in the 1990s, working with Dennis Bovell under the name King Cool, and releasing Ragga Love and Sweet Rock Steady, and guested on Kelly's 1995 album Butterflies. His version of Ben E King's "Stand by Me" was a hit in France, selling over 90,000 copies, leading to work with Sly & Robbie and John Kpiaye. In 2003 he teamed up with fellow veteran AJ Franklin to record the album Stand Firm. In 2004 he released the medley album Feel Good All Over.

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