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Apple quits Islael Vibration
In April, RAS Records announced that Albert 'Apple' Craig had chosen to pursue solo ventures. Skelly and Wiss had decided to continue recording and performing together as Israel Vibration.
Tony Johnson passes away
Reggae Sunsplash co-founder Tony Johnson died in California in May.
Devon Russel passes away
Devon Russel died of brain tumor on June 18.
Japanese 'Reggae Magazine' has discontinued
It had published for 14 years. The last issue (No.59) featured articles on Sly & Robbie.
Lauryn and Steve Marley have a baby boy
Lauryn of Fugees and Stephen Marley aka Steve, the second son of Bob Marley, had a baby boy on August 3.
Reggae Sunsplash moves to winter season
The competition between Jamaica's two premier summer reggae festivals, Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Sunsplash, had ended. Both companies had come to an agreement to have Sumfest during the summer season and Sunsplash during the winter season.
But already, a new summer festival had bobbed up on the horizon. "Super Reggaefest '97", organized by Tommy Cowan, was held at Wynter's Park, Kitson Town, St. Catherine.
Reggae Sumfest '97 kicked off on August 4. As part of it's 'Vintage Night' package on August 6, special tribute was paid to the late Tony Johnson, co-founder of Reggae Sunsplash, died in California in May.
Reggae Sunsplash '98, combined with celebrations of Bob Marley Week, will kick off on February 5, 1998 and will run until Sunday, February 8 in Ocho Rios.
Chris Blackwell leaves his Island label