This double CD plus DVD and book combo offers a fascinating glimpse into pan-Caribbean music and culture from the 1920s to the 1970s, with the archive collection of original Pathé newsreels on the DVD particularly resonant, but there’s a seeming randomness to the project that irks.
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Wednesday 16 March 2011
The reggae artist Smiley Culture died yesterday during a police raid.
Thursday 10 February 2011
Get romantic with Levi Roots' prawn and salmon linguine and ginger dessert.
Tuesday 08 February 2011
"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.
Friday 28 January 2011
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.
Friday 26 November 2010
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.
Wednesday 20 October 2010
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.
Sunday 31 January 2010
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.
Friday 16 October 2009
Sunday 30 August 2009
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.
Thursday 11 December 2008
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.
Sunday 12 October 2008
Ex-Transglobal Underground geezer Nick Page combines his love of dub reggae and Seventies Ethiopian funk on this ambitious record.
Sunday 13 July 2008
"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.
Thursday 17 April 2008
“Reggae is my brain food,” claims young north Londoner Dan Bowskill, a claim borne out by his mature, thoughtful attitude.
Tuesday 15 January 2008
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.
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