Monthly Archives: March 2007


Safari, Roots and Culture Crew, Tuffy Culture, The Mighty Asterix & Special Guests

Where: San Francisco Bathhouse

When: Saturday 4:00pm 7th Apr 2007 – 12:00am

Price: $10 presales from Slowboat Records, $15 on the door

Radio Active 89FM’s Roots and Culture Show presents an EASTER DUB ALL-STAR SPECIAL! 
All roads lead to the SAN FRANCISCO BATH HOUSE on GOOD FRIDAY, 6 APRIL for an EASTER DUB ALL-STAR SPECIAL – THE DANCE OF THE CENTURY!  Featuring a massive line-up of Wellington’s most heavyweight crews, special guest selectors, one of the city’s premier Reggae bands plus N.Z.’s finest Reggae vocalists – this will be a night to celebrate the Capital’s bass culture at it’s best!  The night will also farewell the one like Daddy Topknot, who is soon to be leaving our shores.  The ROOTS AND CULTURE SHOW has been broadcasting on Radio Active 89FM for the past 30 years making it N.Z.’s longest running Reggae show and also one of the best.  It runs every Sunday, 4-7pm and is sponsored by The Boardroom.

Headlining the party is SAFARI – this Wellington dub group play inna old-school Jamaican Roots and Dub stylee in the tradition of Reggae greats such as King Tubby, Prince Jammy and Scientist.  The five-piece band is made up of members of Zuvuya, Spartacus R and Hikoikoi Reserve and also features RAS STONE on mic control duties.   Safari are well-known for their pounding riddims, heavy sub-bass, cutting gat, swirling organ and sweet vocals, combined with modern synths and sequenced programming to create a cool and deadly dubwise sound.  They  have supported the likes of Lee Perry and The Mad Professor and most recently played at Soundsplash ’07. 

Joining Safari are Wellington’s top-ranking sounds – YARDWISE, SOUNDS ALMIGHTY and VITAL SOUNDS – made up from members of Radio Active 89FM’s ROOTS AND CULTURE CREW.    Representing on the night will be TOPKNOT, DUKE WILLIS, PRINCE ALEXANDER, RAS TWIG, ART OFFICIAL, MISTEEK and SPIN ZERO – laying down only the roughest and toughest tunes from Jamaica, the UK, Europe and beyond! 

Special guest selectors on the night are DJ LEMON (Roots Foundation), MANRAY (Vital Sounds), THE UNDERCOVER BROTHER(Sandy Bay Social Club) and SOULJAH (Ruffneck Souljah) – bringing the crucial selections each and every time! 

Blessing the mic are New Zealand’s finest Reggae vocalists – THE MIGHTY ASTERIX and TUFFY CULTURE – from the esteemed Twelve Tribes Crew – don’t miss the chance to see these two together in the Capital!  And at the controls is the dub-master himself, INSPECTOR ITAL, running the effects. 

So come have a Good Friday with The Roots and Culture Crew at the Dance of the Century – the Easter Dub All-Star Special, Friday 6 April @ The San Francisco Bath House, 9pm till late, $10 presales from Slowboat Records, $15 on the door.  See NiceUp for more info and tune into Radio Active 89FM and The Package  for giveaways.

Big ups to The San Francisco Bath House, Radio Active, Bennetts Beer, Jewel of Nepal, Sweet Fanny Anne’s, Calypso Catering, Epic Cafe, Brain Fuel Learning Online, Deluxe Cafe and Osiris Shoes.

Digital Mystikz – Mala

Mala23 and 24 March will finally see the arrival in New Zealand of an international dubstep artist. The artist in question is Mala of Digital Mystikz from the UK, one of the styles most well known global ambassadors. 

At this point, I guess some of you will be asking, ‘what is dubstep’. In a certain sense I am loathe to describe dubstep as music because its true beauty is its lack of formula and freeness of form.  


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Dubhead, Cpt Nemo, DJ Lemon, Ras Twig & Tuffy Culture

Where: Tupelo

When: Saturday 5:00pm 31st Mar 2007 – 11:00pm

Price: $5

The AK & H-Town link-up with Wellington at Tupelo on Friday 30 March for RIDE INNA TOWN – a night of crucial Reggae, Roots, Dub and Dancehall selections, in an inter-city stylee!  Featuring very special guest selectors DUBHEAD (Akld) and CPT NEMO (Hamilton), with Wellington heavyweights LEMON (Roots Foundation) and RAS TWIG (Sounds Almighty), plus legendary mic controller TUFFY CULTURE

Dubhead is one of New Zealand’s premier selectors – he became active as a DJ in 1983 and has played Reggae, Funk and Hip-hop at all manner of events around the country since then, including support slots for touring international artists Renegade Soundwave, Mad Professor, African Head Charge, Ben Harper, Rockers Hi-Fi, Dry & Heavy, Burning Spear and Toots & The Maytals.  He hosts a weekly specialist radio show – The Rhythm Selection – on Auckland’s 95bFM which has broadcast continuously since 1990 which airs Monday nights from 9.00 – 11.00pm.  From 2000 to 2003 he was bFM’s Programme Director and was responsible for securing air-play for countless local artists, particularly those from New Zealand’s Reggae and Hip-hop underground.  Since 2000 he has been responsible for the executive production of eight New Zealand music compilations, including Dub Combinations Chapter 3, which won the 2003 bNet New Zealand Music Award for ‘Best Compilation’.  He is also a producer, writer and DJ and is in charge of the Reggae department at record retailer Beat Merchants (

Cpt Nemo has been holding down the Hamilton Reggae scene for some time, and is a music journalist and writer at the Waikato Times – aside from having every album sent to the paper pass across his desk – he reviews the Reggae, Soul, Funk, some of the Hip-Hop as well as Electronica, Jazz and many N.Z. releases and in recent years has secured a succession of interviews with various Reggae and Hip-Hop personalities for the paper.  He spreads Reggae on the wire on stations like BFM and KFM (Akld), Blowhole FM (Tauranga), Active (Wellington) and Contact FM and Raglan Community Radio in the Waikato, and also DJs around town.  He is currently working with Dubhead on a book documenting the history and growth of Reggae and its culture in New Zealand. The book is planned for release in early 2008.

Representing Welly is DJ Lemon (Roots Foundation), one of the founders of the Reggae scene in the Capital and Ras Twig (Sounds Almighty, Radio Active’s Roots and Culture Crew) – digging deep into their crates and coming at you with only the sweetest of selections!

Plus the one like Tuffy Culture on the mic – one of the legends of the New Zealand Reggae scene hits the Capital once more.

Ride Inna Town, Friday 30 March, 10pm till late, only $5 on the door.  Check for more details and tune into Radio Active 89FM for giveaways.

Big ups to Tupelo and Radio Active. 

Dubhead / Cpt Nemo – March 2007

DubheadDubhead arrived in New Zealand from the U.K. with his family in 1969 and grew up in Maraetai Beach, South of Auckland.

He became active as a DJ in 1983 and has played reggae, funk and hip-hop at all manner of events around the country since then, including support slots for touring international artists Renegade Soundwave, Mad Professor, African Head Charge, Ben Harper, Rockers Hi-Fi, Dry & Heavy, Burning Spear and Toots & The Maytals. (more…)

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