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 […]
The Dub Pistols have built up an impressive reputation for their live shows and have a new album -‘Frontline’ – due out in March this year. In the meantime, this single – ‘Soundboy Killa’ – sets the scene with its fast ska-based rhythm and vocals influenced by hip-hop and the DJ sound of the 90s […]
The 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 […]
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Here’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 […]
It’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. […]
There’s a convincing feel to the sound of Portsmouth-based dub/reggae trio Lord Tooth who compose and perform live original dub in a style very much inspired by the pre-digital Jamaican productions of the 70s. Their recorded sound is now starting to provide a more enduring record of their latter-day dub excursions. Their first EP ‘The […]
Reggae/hip-hop duo Trinity Lo Fi generate their own distinctive latter-day digital sort of sound, uniquely straddling reference points in Scandinavia and the north of England. Working with Norwegian producers, Helgeland 8 Bit Squad, the Newcastle-based outfit (comprising Jody Bigfoot and Louie Zico) are aiming to perform this year at several venues in Norway and the […]