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 […]

David Cairol: Morphed Faces

Featuring top Jamaican musicians including Sly Dunbar, Earl ‘China’ Smith and Bongo Herman, this is a new and highly melodic reggae single from David Cairol. With two studio albums under his belt, he has toured widely from his base in France, including travels to his spiritual inspiration in Jamaica where he took part in workshops […]

Terry Hall

Reggae and ska again lose one of their greatest artists with the passing this week of Terry Hall, reportedly of cancer.  He was the cornerstone of Coventry 2 Tone band the Specials, fusing black and white personnel and music at a troubled time, and emerging with their first chart single ‘Gangsters’ in 1979. This record, […]

The Dualers: Voices from the Sun

Well here’s a very pleasant surprise: reggae and ska in the classic tradition from the Dualers, based in South East London. Demonstrating that there’s still an active market for this unreconstructed reggae sound, the Dualers have built up a formidable reputation from the live circuit and on the evidence of this album it’s entirely deserved. […]

RIP Robbie Shakespeare

Once again reggae loses one of its finest with the passing of Robbie Shakespeare, following surgery in the United States. As a bass player he was best known as collaborator with drummer Sly Dunbar to form one of the finest rhythm sections in reggae music. He was also an accomplished producer. He played with leading […]

Captain Accident: ‘Bad Press’ Album/Tour

Captain Accident? No, not a debut release from Boris Johnson, but the pseudonym of Cardiff reggaeman Adam Parsons. With his band, the Disasters, the Captain has built up a reputation for what he has described as ‘clumsy’ reggae from his home studio, and now prepares to embark on a tour of small venues around the […]

Don Letts set to visit the North East

Acclaimed DJ, filmmaker and BBC Radio 6 Music host Don Letts is set to perform a one-off North East show when he rolls into Teesside this Autumn. Letts will bring his vast knowledge of reggae and punk music to Middlesbrough Town Hall for a special DJ set on Saturday 23rd November, celebrating the premiere of the eagerly anticipated documentary ‘Rudeboy: The […]

Reggae: a Cultural Treasure!

The United Nations has now added reggae to the official list of international ‘cultural treasures’, constituting a type of music deserving of protection and promotion. Jamaica applied for this status at a meeting held earlier this year in Mauritius, and it has now been granted, with UNESCO commenting that reggae had contributed to an “international […]