Monthly Archives: March 2008

Tarrus Riley – Parables

ParablesParables is the sophmore release from Tarrus Riley (the son of famed roots-era singer, Jimmy Riley).  It continues the recent trend in Jamaican music that has seen a shift away from digital dancehall toward roots-style live instrumentation. 

The album has strong roots credentials with veteran saxophonist Dean Fraser on production duties and cameos from roots legends like Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Nambo Robinson. 

On first listen, I was very impressed by the opening tracks. The riddims are tight and at times bear remarkable similarity to Katchafire’s modern roots sound.  (more…)

Jah Cure – True Reflections…A New Beginning

True ReflectionsThis being my first ever music review I must say from the start that in my humble opinion there are only two types of music in the world – the type you like and the type you don’t, or in some cases music in which parts or sounds of the song appeal. What one person loves another may hate with every one having a valid opinion. I’ve been singing professionally since 1982, mainly reggae with a sprinkling of RnB, hip hop, jungle, drum n bass and more. It is an honour and a privilege to do this.

This album brought back childhood memories of opening birthday and Christmas presents. Like the various toys received, some I played with once or twice then discarded. Some I used often and some were just what I wanted. Now I is a man who love Jah Cure and from a Rasta perspective the message of the music is the most important thing. For that InI give a 12 out of 12. (more…)

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NiceUp Reggae in the Park!

Roots & Culture Crew, Fee (Melbourne), Cpt Midnite (AKLD)

Where: Carrara Park, Newtown

When: Sunday 3:00pm 23rd Mar 2008 – 8:00pm

Price: Free!

NEWTOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION & RADIO ACTIVE 89FM ROOTS & CULTURE SHOW PRESENTS: NICEUP REGGAE IN THE PARK – A celebration of cultural unity for Race Relations Day 2008!

WHEN: Easter Sunday 23 March, 2-7pm
WHERE: Carrara Park, Newtown (Directions: Turn right off Daniel Street by the Mediterranean Food Warehouse – look for Harper St on the left about 300 metres up. Just past Harper Street is the path to Carrara Park). If wet, the event will take place at the Newtown Working Men’s Bowling Club (177 Owen Street, Newtown).  

Featuring THE ROOTS & CULTURE CREW plus very special guests FEE (HOUSEWIFE’S CHOICE, MELBOURNE) & CPT MIDNITE (JAFA MAFIA, AKLD)!

With a LIVE TO AIR BROADCAST of the Radio Active 89FM Roots and Culture Show from 4-7pm!

More info on Race Relations Day at: www.hrc.co.nz 

Respect: NEWTOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, WELLINGTON CITY COUNCILRADIO ACTIVEHUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION,NEWTOWN SOUNDVP RECORDS & PEOPLES COFFEE

Fee Top Ten – March 2008

FeeFee is one of Melbourne’s leading Roots and Reggae DJs, carving out a name for herself in a difficult and male dominated scene.

Although now based in Australia, Fee is originally from Aotearoa and her ten year career began at Palmerston North’s 99.4 FM. It was there, in 1998, she devised and developed a show called Housewife’s Choice, at the tender age of 17. The show quickly developed a following that Fee capitalised on. (more…)

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