Rocksteady artists and groups

Country : Jamaica

Artists or Bands

Alton Ellis(34)[text][video]  -  Ernest Ranglin(13)  -  Roland Alphonso(5)  -  The Melodians(5)  -  The Paragons(8)  -  The Soul Brothers(2)  -  Toots and the Maytals(27)  -  

News : Rocksteady artists and groups

Hey you! Don’t watch that, watch this! This is the heavy heavy monster sound, the nastiest sound around! So if you’re coming off the street and you’re beginning to feel the heat, well, listen, buster! You better start to move your feet to the rockin’-est rocksteady beat of Madness! Because they were on Kimmel last night!

Source : | 2021-05-12 16:34:48.0

Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert, better known to generations of ska, rocksteady and reggae fans by his nickname Toots as lead singer of the legendary band Toots and the Maytals, died Friday from undisclosed causes. He was 77.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica,” his family announced through the band’s official social media channels Friday night.

It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica…

— Toots & The Maytals (@tootsmaytals) September 12, 2020

While a cause of death has not been disclosed, Hibbert was diagnosed earlier this month with COVID-19.

Along with his band the Maytals, Hibbert had a profound influence on the development of Jamaican popular music. Contributing numerous classics during an amazing creating run from the mid-60s through the late 70s, the band was directly involved with the process by which ska developed into rocksteady, and then into reggae. In fact, the band gave reggae its name in its 1968 track “Do the Reggay.”

Also Read: Ronald 'Khalis' Bell, Kool & the Gang Co-Founder, Dies at 68

Born in 1942 in May Pen, Jamaica and raised by devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hibbert sang gospel growing up before moving to Kingston as a teenager where he became active in a music scene that was just beginning to get international attention. He co-founded the Maytals, named after May Pen, with Henry “Raleigh” Gordon and Nathaniel “Jerry” Mathias in 1962. Originally a trio, the band expanded to what eventually became an evolving lineup with Toots as the most consistent figure.

The band broke out in 1966 with their single “Bam Bam,” before Toots was arrested for possession of marijuana and jailed until 1967. Upon his release the band resumed and recorded the song “54-46 That’s My Number,” the title coming from Toots’ prison number. The song was an immediate success and became one of the first reggae tracks to achieve international attention.

Toots and the Maytals would record some of the most influential and successful songs in Jamaican popular music history and in the process help define the reggae genre. Among their most notable songs are 1969’s “Sweet and Dandy,” 1970’s “Pressure Drop” and “Monkey Man” (their first international hit song), and 1972’s “Funky Kingston.” Throughout their career the band was defined by their high energy voices and Toots’ distinctive singing voice deeply influenced by gospel, often compared to contemporaries like Otis Redding.

Also Read: Ronald Harwood, 'The Pianist' Screenwriter, Dies at 85

Toots and the Maytals were a huge influence on the second wave of Ska, a revival of the genre in England that produced groups like The Specials, the Beat, and Madness. Their music was also sampled by numerous hip hop artists include Rebel MC and Boogie Down Productions.

The Maytals broke up in 1980, reunited in 1990, broke up again in 2013 and resumed work again in 2016. Throughout those decades, Toots continued working both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians, among them Willie Nelson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Among his honors, with the Maytals he won the Grammy for Reggae Album of the year in 2004, and individually was awarded the the Order of Jamaica in 2012.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Aaron Grissom, Former 'Top Chef' Contestant, Dies at 34

Ronald Harwood, 'The Pianist' Screenwriter, Dies at 85

Ethan Is Supreme, Makeup Influencer and YouTuber, Dies at 17

Source : | 2020-09-12 08:53:34.0
The Suicide Squad is ready to take on Superman — and, well, the entire Justice League. Rocksteady Games revealed the cinematic trailer for its upcoming “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” video game at DC FanDome, giving fans a first look at the mayhem slated to come to game consoles and PC. In the teaser, […]
Source : | 2020-08-23 19:57:59.0

After redefining the modern superhero video game with Batman: Arkham Asylum and its two sequels, Rocksteady is returning to the DC Universe. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League puts players in control of several members of “Task Force X,” the team of supervillains tasked with saving the day when traditional heroes can’t get the job […]

The post ‘Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’ Will Let Gamers Hunt Down Their Favorite Superheroes [DC FanDome] appeared first on /Film.

Source : | 2020-08-23 02:42:50.0

After a few days†? wait, Rocksteady has issued its statement on earlier accusations that it ignored a 2018 letter from female staff disclosing cases of sexism and harassment faced while at the studio. ...

Source : | 2020-08-22 00:49:00.0

A story in The Guardian cites a letter dated November 2018 that was detailed publicly for the first time today and addressed to leaders at London-based Batman: Arkham Knight developer Rocksteady. ...

Source : | 2020-08-19 01:05:00.0

While highly anticipated superhero films remain stalled at the box office, video game publishers are accelerating the development of their hero-themed games.

Rocksteady Games, a Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment publisher, announced Aug. 7 it will produce a “Suicide Squad” game where the player takes down the Justice League as the infamous Harley Quinn and her gang of misfit criminals. A tweet from the publisher shows a bullseye on the back of Superman’s head with the gang’s name.

This isn’t the first time Rocksteady has adapted DC Comics’ lore to video games — it produced the “Arkham” series of Batman games including “Batman: Arkham Knight” with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment from 2009-2016.

According to a recent Eurogamer report, DC could reveal more details about the upcoming game at its DC Fandome event scheduled (virtually) for Aug. 22. Rocksteady and WarnerMedia didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment regarding when the “Suicide Squad” game might be released.

Also Read: Xbox, Ubisoft and Every Virtual Gaming Announcement Scheduled This Summer

In addition to the upcoming “Suicide Squad,” several other superhero-themed games are either in production or targeting a nearby release date. DC rival Marvel is targeting a Sept. 4 release of its “Marvel’s Avengers” video game for various platforms including the Xbox and PS4. Marvel released an early beta version of the “Avengers” game to PS4 players Aug. 6.

Fans were riled earlier this week when it was announced that players would be given the option to play as Spider-Man in the upcoming game, but only if they order the title on PlayStation (either the current PS4 or the PS5, the next-generation console from Sony that will be released this holiday).

And of course, there’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” slated for the holiday. You can learn more about that title here.

The news of several new superhero games also coincides with the postponement of several highly-anticipated hero movies that are stalled at the box office, including DC’s “Wonder Woman 1984,” which has been postponed twice — first the Patty Jenkins-led film starring Gal Gadot was set to debut Aug. 14, but its release date is now Oct. 2.

Marvel’s upcoming “Black Widow” movie starring Scarlett Johannson was set to hit theaters May 1, but the film is delayed as coronavirus continues to keep box offices closed, and set to launch sometime in November.

Target locked – #DCFanDome – August 22. #suicidesquadgame

— Rocksteady Studios (@RocksteadyGames) August 7, 2020

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes to Marvel's Avengers, exclusively on PlayStation. Crystal Dynamics offers early details on its own, unique take on the post-launch Hero:

— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 3, 2020

Related stories from TheWrap:

Every DC Comics Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Including 'Birds of Prey' and 'Joker'

Dan DiDio Out as Co-Publisher of DC Comics

How 'Joker' Designer Mapped Gotham With a Touch of DC Comics and a Lot of Old NYC Squalor (Map)

Source : | 2020-08-07 18:41:20.0

Rocksteady Studios is responsible for creating the fantastic Batman: Arkham video game trilogy, easily the best video game adaptation of The Dark Knight that we’ve ever seen. Now the game’s creators are setting their sights on a new DC Comics video game that involves both Suicide Squad and Superman, but just like the Batman: Arkham […]

The post New ‘Suicide Squad’ Video Game on the Way, and Superman (Or Maybe Bizarro?) Is Involved, Too appeared first on /Film.

Source : | 2020-08-07 18:30:17.0

You can Submit a Link in this category