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With Girls Aloud gone for good and two rival Sugababes fighting it out, there's a vacancy for a Great British Girl Group. (The Saturdays? Behave.)

Reggae star Smiley Culture dies in police raid

The reggae artist Smiley Culture died yesterday during a police raid.

Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae Valentine's recipe

Get romantic with Levi Roots' prawn and salmon linguine and ginger dessert.

Reggae Britannia, Barbican, London

"Multiculturalism rules," The Selecter's Pauline Black says pointedly, hours after David Cameron has declared it dead. No one else gives the Prime Minister's comment house-room during this exhilarating, three-hour celebration of reggae in Britain. Look around at the delighted one-time skinheads and rude boys dancing to the heroes that unite them, and the idea seems the product of a fevered brain.

Album: Bob Marley &the Wailers, Live Forever (Island)

Taken from a show in Pittsburgh in September 1980, Live Forever is the last recorded concert by Marley and The Wailers, but while it represents them at the broadest extent of their appeal, it by no means captures the band at their most potent.

Album: Scientist, Scientist Launches Dubstep into Outer Space (Techtonic)

Hopeton Brown, aka Scientist, is one of the more skilled dub remixers, the immodest claimant of achievements such as Scientist Dubs Culture into a Parallel Universe.

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae

Rare and largely previously unseen photographs of Bob Marley at the height of his career have been published in a new book which hits shops next week.

Album: Various artists, Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz)

Two CDs documenting the passage of Jamaican "dancehall" music of the early 1980s, from Lone Ranger, Tristan Palma, Ini Kamoze and Yellowman through to the shoutier newer-school voices of Tiger and Buju Banton.

Dancehall dreams: The roots of reggae

A new documentary on the emergence of reggae paints a vivid picture of social upheaval and musical brilliance. By Elisa Bray

Album: Various artists, Reggae Chartbusters Vols 1-6, (Sanctuary)

In the late 1960s, the Trojan label lit upon an efficient way of getting the latest Jamaican hits to the UK market: cheap compilations which gave very little away in their iconography about the music's provenance.

Fat Freddys Drop, Roundhouse, London

While a decidedly freezing December night in north London must seem a world away from scorching summers in Wellington, the Kiwi collective Fat Freddys Drop do their best, despite tour fatigue, to up the temperature inside the gig. It's certainly not an unappreciative audience that awaits the seven-piece.

Album: Dub Colossus, A Town Called Addis, (Real World)

Ex-Transglobal Underground geezer Nick Page combines his love of dub reggae and Seventies Ethiopian funk on this ambitious record.

Album: Walter Becker, Circus Money (Sonic 360)

"Jazz-reggae-rock" doesn't quite describe it, but it's as near you can get in four syllables. Here's the skinny: the less edgy member of Steely Dan has spent the past three years listening to high-end Jamaican music, as you do.

Album: Dan Bowskill, More Than Music (Inner Circle Universal)

“Reggae is my brain food,” claims young north Londoner Dan Bowskill, a claim borne out by his mature, thoughtful attitude.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Jazz Café, London

A Lee "Scratch" Perry gig is a paradox. Alongside King Tubby, he invented dub, and as a producer, he brought magic to, most notably, Bob Marley and The Wailers' early spiritual reggae. Both are virtually impossible to reprise live.

Market Report: Credit Suisse puts Qinetiq back on the radar

Few public offerings in recent years have attracted quite as much hysterically negative publicity as that of Qinetiq, the defence technology agency that came to the market in early February. Since then, however, the shares have remained firmly underneath radar screens and out of the finance pages, falling 23 per cent from the high of 219.5p they hit soon after listing to open at 168.5p.

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