The Legacy Of Gregory Isaacs: The Cool Ruler Of Reggae

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Once you love music, including reggae, then you will know who Gregory Isaacs is. He doesn’t need any introduction as a reggae star, probably one of the most popular and versatile reggae singers the world has ever produced. The smooth-enchanting voice of the Gregory, since from the seventies continue to steal the heart of ladies throughout the world until he succumbed to illness. 

Throughout the course of his prolific career as international reggae star, Gregory Isaacs produced classic reggae tunes hard to resist. He is known to record over five hundred albums, igniting the reggae world, including Britain, America, and Jamaica, his native country, although he lived in the United Kingdom in all his career.

On stage, the well dressed cool reggae legend stole the heart of thousands of reggae fans worldwide and on numerous occasions, flowers are given to him on stage. Some of his hit which made him famous was his 1982 Night Nurse album. He recorded great singles including ‘Hard Drugs, Not The Way, Mr. Brown and a host of others.

The smooth-voiced dancehall crooner behind the genre’s landmark 1982 LP Night Nurse — passed away on October 25, 2010, at his London home following a year-long battle with lung cancer, the BBC reports. Isaacs was 59. “Gregory was well loved by everyone, his fans, and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed,” Isaacs’ wife Linda said. “He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.”

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Joel Savage and Gregory Isaacs

Over the course of his prolific career — in which he release an estimated 500 albums within Jamaica, the UK and the U.S. — Isaacs collaborated with reggae, dub and dancehall icons like Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown and Errol Holt. After spending the Seventies building a reputation as both a top-notch roots reggae singer and a soulful “lovers rock”-style crooner, Isaacs recorded his masterpiece Night Nurse at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studios in 1982, the year after Marley’s death.

Isaacs was poised to become a worldwide star when Night Nurse climbed to Number 32 on the British charts but instead found himself sentenced to six months in a Jamaican prison on illegal firearm charges. (Isaacs’ police record is almost as prolific as his discography, with over 50 reported arrests in his lifetime.) Dubbed the “Cool Ruler” by fans, Isaacs wrestled with drug addiction throughout his career, eventually losing his teeth and jeopardizing his legendary voice from persistent drug use, but he continued to make music, releasing his final album, Brand New Me, in 2008.

Read the interview I had with Gregory in Belgium before his death: http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Reggae-African-Music-ebook/dp/B013L9A1JQ

Book Review: How Fake Reviews Have Tarnished The Image Of The Publishing Industry

REVIEWReviews influence the majority of people, including readers, when they shop online, but many are fake.

Apart from promotion, marketing and the effectiveness of the social media, book review plays an important role in the sales of books. A good review reflects on how good or great the book is, giving it a unique recognition, to entice book readers to go for the product.

Writing a book without any effort to sell it, is like putting a lighted candle under an upside down bucket, no one will see the ray of light, supposed to brighten the environment. As a matter of fact, as an aspiring writer, I thought writing a book was the toughest thing on earth, until I realized that the hardest part of being an author is facing the reality of promoting or marketing your book.

Like flowers depend on rain or water to blossom, every writer dreams of getting a good review to enhance the sales of his or her book, unfortunately, review doesn’t come easy. Since it doesn’t come easy, many resort to the means of dishonesty, by faking reviews, at many bookstores, including Amazon, Createspace and Barnes and Noble.

Life is full of dishonesty and cheating to the extent that, if you don’t follow up to live in that category, you are considered a fool in the society. The desire to make it to the top, has brought corruption in the book review industry today. Many pay for book review, something I will never do, the fact that I consider it a bribe to someone to review my book. If you are confident your book is good, please desist from paying for review. This is an advice I will give to any genuine author.

Let’s take for example, if my book isn’t good, since I have paid to be reviewed, there is a certain pressure on the reviewer to give me a good review. In my opinion, an author should rely on a review from an unknown reader. Just be patient, no matter how long it takes. Don’t let the desire to sell your book at all cost, push you into certain things which question your integrity and diminish your credibility as an author or writer.

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Cheating ‘Bestselling, award-winning author, R.J. Ellory. He was exposed after faking his reviews for years to reach the top.

One of the famous writers who resorted to dishonesty, by cheating to the top is R.J. Ellory. The cheating ‘Bestselling, award-winning’ author, was caught faking Amazon reviews for both his own books and the books of his competitors. Ellory was caught writing fake Amazon reviews by fellow author Jeremy Duns online. He praises his own work and faked reviews against his competitors, he saw as his enemies.

He sold millions of books under false reviews, while his followers acknowledged him as one of the world’s greatest writers. There are many genuine writers with good stories, because they aren’t cheating, no one knows, cares or classifies them as good writers or authors. They don’t even have enough followers on Twitter or Facebook, because we are in world that liars and cheats are easily accepted in the society, because they often appear on the television to deceive the people.

Recently one of the biggest online bookshops has deleted many reviews they suspected to be fake. Patience moves mountains. As writers and authors aiming to sell our books, we should take our reputation and credibility into consideration to live clean.