We met the legendary “Johnny Dollar” singer Roland Burrell in the yard of Soundwave Studio (Interview: Gardy Stein, Photos: China Hopson): Blessed Greetings! Could you start by introducing yourself? Well, this is Roland Burrell, the original, the man who sing a song like “Johnny Dollar”, “Stormy Night” and all those tunes. I was born onContinue Reading Meet the Foundation: Roland Burrell
New year, new content: over the next weeks, we’ll introduce some of those living legends who are still around and kicking. Under each article, we’ll let you know how to contact these artists, so in case you are in a position to invite them over for a concert, voice a tune or even just recordContinue Reading Meet the foundation: Dennis Walks
ADABU met Junior’s younger sister Janet Byles in Kingston this March, and she told us about his ongoing struggles. She presented us with medical bills of his most recent examinations and treatment that amounted to JA $ 16,000 (around 120 US$ or 107 €), an expense the foundation gladly covered thanks to YOUR donations! ReadContinue Reading Continuing support for Junior Byles
Adabu Foundation on a mission! For the next few days, our representatives reach out to Veteran Artists in Kingston to find out how they fare. Thanks to wonderful people such as Earl “Chinna” Smith, Matthias Reulecke, Junior Vibes, Gabriele Brown, Rafael Ruiz and KushArt, we found the right spots to meet those legends still livingContinue Reading Linking up in Kingston
When, in March 2018, we gave a donation of 7.000,- JA $ (around 50,- €) to Earl “Chinna” Smith for his Inna Di Yaad community, he called a man asking if he knew where Junior Byles lives. The man affirmed, and Chinna told him to take us there and give him the money, as he’dContinue Reading Please don’t fade away, Junior Byles!
Our organisation is of now fully effective, as all paper work is done. That means you can receive a donation receipt (Spendenbescheinigung) for any amount ofmoney you wish to contribute. To celebrate that and help spread the word around, we ordered a few stickers – and here they are! Just in time to share atContinue Reading It’s official!
During our most recent trip, we visited the famous “Inna Di Yaad” and introduced the Adabu Foundation to Earl “Chinna” Smith, who is an accomplished artist, label owner, producer… (the list goes on and on!). Due to his decades of experience in the business, he knows a lot of elder artists and their living conditions.Continue Reading Inna di yaad
Every Wednesday, our honorary member Supa Nova holds an event called Dub School. Apart from keeping the musical traditions alive, it is also a meeting place for artists, foreigners, inner city communities and elders. One night, Adabu was able to meet Kerry-Ann Manning, the daughter of Glasford “Porti” Manning. He was the lead singer ofContinue Reading Learning about a jewel
On a rainy Kingston night last October, the Adabu Foundation rolled out to meet Prince Alla at Sugar Minott’s Youth Promotion Studio where he was recording a track. As impressive as his vocals are, the artist only rarely has the chance to reach a studio in Kingston, as he is living in Portmore and hasContinue Reading Meeting up with Prince Alla
While in Jamaica, our chairwoman Gardy was able to contact and visit the JAVAA headquarters (Jamaican Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates), an organization that does a formidable job of helping artists in distress. Thus pursuing goals similar to those of the Adabu Foundation, we hope to collaborate in the future to improve the livingContinue Reading Introducing Adabu to Javaa