Lee_1346608565_crop_550x350The following text is uploaded courtesy of Dan Cody and links to a great new interview with Lee Perry on the site nomajesty.com: well worth a visit!

With an influential career spanning six decades, Lee Scratch Perry has had more of an impact on Jamaican music than most. Producing music with some of Reggae’s biggest names including Max Romeo and the one and only Bob Marley, before going on to create Dub for the world, Scratch has truly left his mark on music history.

Scratch’s own career in music as a performer has taken him all over the world, from Jamaica, to London and even Switzerland, and he has made some unforgettably unique music in each. Records like Super Ape by Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters remain some of the greatest the genre has to offer.

Scratch spoke to Dan Cody from Negril, Jamaica, where the singer has been spending time with his family, performing in local concerts, taking part in community projects and working with local unknown singers. In the interview they talked about Perry’s recent series of paintings he has created with British artist Peter Harris, how they reflect on the politics of the world, and how he feels a second Reggae ‘revolution’ is on its way.

Read more: http://nomajesty.com/lee-scratch-perry-interview-02-2017/

Ho ho ho!

220px-Pro-Independence_Flag_of_New_Caledonia.svgHere’s a taste of kaneka, a reggae-infused music from the South Pacific island of New Caledonia. Deriving from the diverse music heritage of the island and its kanak peoples, together with the political and religious influences of French administration over the years, the music is broadly rather than narrowly defined. Due to its remote geographical location, and technological underdevelopment of internet connectivity, there have been severe commercial limits to how far the music has travelled from New Caledonia to the ears of listeners elsewhere in the world.

There are also limits to how far it has spread within New Caledonia itself where kaneka can at best serve as a unifying movement amongst different groups of the population and amidst political conflict. While none of the kaneka bands and artists are well known beyond New Caledonia, OK! Ryos have perhaps the highest profile internationally, and their album Wa Coco Le Meilleur (the best of) OK! Ryos (2008), with its mainly gentle quasi-reggae sound, is readily available. More recent releases (above) are a fine introduction to this engaging music.


reggae trainIt’s an unusual pleasure to buy a coffee at Newcastle Central Station and simultaneously to be absorbed by some serious reggae music, but that was my recent experience. However one of the train companies apparently finds reggae ‘not appropriate’ for its business, to which I say as a customer ‘yes it is’ – very appropriate. So this one – ‘Lately Dub’ by Niney the Observer, and possibly the finest dub ever – is for the guy who was running the outlet on the day in question. Turn up that bass.