Life’s a Festival

In the UK the summer has arrived at last, and that glowing orb of fire in the sky can now be identified as something called the sun – a sight unfamiliar to many of us. As Glastonbury gets under way, it’s time to remember that this is also the time for a number of reggae […]

Black Roots: ‘Roots

This energetic UK reggae band, formed initially in 1979, have featured on these pages before (see February 2016 and September 2018) and are now back with the digitally released album ‘Roots’. Its focus is upon black origins in Kemet, an old Egyptian name for lands around the River Nile.  Aiming to develop a ‘new perspective […]

Gary Dread: When I See Your Eyes

From American drummer and producer Gary Dread comes this up-tempo and melodic release.  The label has a track record of generating contemporary in-house rhythms, and here its ‘rasta nah joke’ rhythm provides the basis for Dread’s vocals. As well as his skills as a reggae vocalist, Dread is the drummer with us reggae/rock band the […]

GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars

Here is a 50th anniversary reissue of the eponymous album by British band GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars. Gerald Moore was previously in the folky group Heron, but on this album he attempts for the first time to bring the rhythm of reggae to a (predominately white) rock audience. This has since become commonplace […]

Bob Marley: One Love

This new film, with producer credits for several members of the Marley family, features Kingsley Ben-Adair as Bob Marley, and charts a course from the political violence of Jamaica through to commercial success in the UK. The historical perspective is uneven, for instance in the detailed attention given to the release of Exodus as though […]

OBF and Iration Steppas: Revelation Time

Here come the venerable sound-system masters Iration Steppas in conjunction with the OBF trio to offer their new album ‘Revelation Time’ which is due for release in April. In the meantime we can enjoy their single release entitled ‘Love Sound System’. Its familiar rhythm, coupled with vocals from OBF, gives way half way through to […]

Manaky and Chezidek: Watch Out

It’s back to the 70s/80s with this new digital release from Hungary-based reggae band Manaky, coupled up this time with Jamaican vocalist Chezidek. This is in an old school reggae style, recorded at Studio Einz in Budapest. The track is briefly interrupted mid-song for a dub interlude before getting back to the main theme. Normally […]

King Kong and Eek a Mouse: Wake up the Town

Originally released on King Kong’s 2018 album Repatriation, here is the familiar and welcome sound of Wake up the Town with the unmistakable vocals of Eek a Mouse. This great track, remixed and remastered, is newly released by irie ites records along with an instrumental version by Mafia and Fluxy.  The original album featured twelve […]