Monthly Archives: June 2007

Newtown Sound Presents: Ghetto Red Hot: The Mix-CD Vol.2

Ghetto Red Hot Vol. 2Mixed by Art Official

Art Official has really stepped his game up the last couple of years. Between launching Newtown Sound, co-founding NiceUp and DJing regularly on radio and around the country with Yardwise Sound, it’s amazing that the guy can hold down a day job and produce regular radio interviews with well-known Dancehall/Reggae artists. To make matters worse he easily pushes out more mix-tapes/mix-CDs then any other reggae DJ in Wellington.

Ghetto Red Hot: The Mix-CD Vol.2 is his latest – as always the quality has improved exponentially and the level of local content has increased as well. (more…)

Homefire Burning – Fire It Up

Fire It Up(Subculture System)

Homefire Burning are a Roots Rock Reggae band from the Kapiti coast, just north of Wellington city.  If you are a fan of Katchafire, House of Shem, The Black Seeds or Steel Pulse, I suspect you will probably really enjoy Fire It Up.  The group also have a twist, vocally they perform in an equal blend of English and Te Reo.

More or less the story goes, five friends came together on the Kapiti Coast and within a year had performed at the Parihaka Peace Festival, Active89FM’s One Love Concert, toured around the lower North Island and recorded two albums. One in English, one in Te Reo. (more…)

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Conscious Roots 3

Conscious Roots 3(Various Artists / EMI Music NZ)
Compiled by David Allan and Pranja Moodley

It’s always a hard thing to do the third of a series, especially if the previous two have been such killers. The third has the danger of being just more of the same, coasting along on the success of it predecessors, or worse to flop. Sometimes though, the third can be a deeper, more expansive appreciation of the subject, than a compilation of secure hits. Such is the case with CR3.   (more…)

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Cornerstone Roots – Free Yourself

Cornerstone Roots(Motherland)

The second full length release from Cornerstone Roots has all the elements of a homegrown roots reggae release: songs about home and belonging, the landscape of Aotearoa, political comment, the upliftment of the most high, and a guest spot from a Jamaican artist. Just like ital stew, this album warms the belly and lifts your soul. (more…)

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Soul Jazz Records Presents: Box of Dub: Dubstep & Future Dub

Box of DubDubstep is something that is only just starting to make sense to me. I’ve always appreciated its half-time jungle aesthetic and it’s constant use of reggae/ragga samples and motif’s, but a small part of me has remained unconvinced. This was partially chipped away by seeing Mala from Digital Mystiks perform a DJ several months ago and even more chipped away by the sheer quality of this album. (more…)

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Ghetto Red Hot – Mix CD Release Party

Art Official, Kerb & Rhys B

Where: Vintage Bar – 25 Taranaki Street

When: Saturday 10:00pm 23rd Jun 2007 – 3:00am

Welli’s very own night of blazing Dancehall, Hip-Hop and Reggae returns to heat up Winter 07.

Sat 23 June at one the city’s most exciting new night-spots, Vintage Bar(Taranaki St).

Following up on the popular GHETTO RED HOT parties last year, the night returns with another blazing line-up featuring DJs:RHYS B (Wellingtons own DJ Godfather Don), ART OFFICIAL (Yardwise, NiceUp, Newtown Sound), and DJ KERB(Wanderers/Weds Night Jam), all long-time conveyors of the best in Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Reggae music in the capital.

A night dedicated to a sub genre which is a mash-up of two worlds, HipHop from the streets and Dancehall fresh from yard. Ghetto Red Hot celebrates a time when Jamaican Dancehall music reunited with its American descendent, Hip-Hop. A musical combination-special of heavy 80s, 90s and current Dancehall Reggae alongside the old-school and new-school of Jamaican influenced Hip-Hop from the US, Canada, Europe and NZ.

The night kicks off at 10pm and will be one not to be missed. Limited capacity so get down there nice and early to avoid missing out. A free copy of the latest Ghetto Red Hot mix CD (Vol.2) will go to the first 50 people through the door, and a free Bacardi cocktail too 🙂

Sat 23 June – 10pm till late
Vintage Bar (Taranaki St)
$5 Entry, Free CD + a Bacardi Cocktail to the first 50 peeps!!

Big Ups to Bacardi, NiceUp and Vintage Bar

for more info and details check out:  and


KerbDJ Kerb is a New Zealand hip-hop legend and long time practitioner of the hip-hop arts – as a prolific graffiti writer with his crew Triple S, his company Top Shelf Creative, and as a well known turntabalist and club DJ with the True 2 Form Crew and The Wanderers Clique.

He also co-hosts the Wednesday Night Jam on Radio Active 89FM with MC Juse1. (more…)

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