Monthly Archives: May 2008

Musically Mad Australasian Premier Screening

Musically Mad NZ premier screeningWhen: Thursday 7 August @ The NZ Film Archive (cnr of Taranaki & Ghuznee Streets), 7pm start

‘Musically Mad’ is a film that dedicates itself to shining light on UK sound-system culture by taking the audience into the heads and hearts of the singers and sound-men, the backbone of the UK roots reggae scene. 

It follows a culture that was brought to the UK by Caribbean immigrants and which continues the tradition of providing upliftment to the people in the face of hardship and fostering community and cultural unification and pride.  

The film includes interviews and footage of some of the key players of the scene, including Iration Steppas, I Natural, Aba Shanti, Jah Shaka, Dougie Conscious Sounds, DJ Stryda, King Shiloh, Afrikan Simba, Channel One, Fatman Sound, Young Warrior, Joe Ariwa, Mad Professor, Levi Roots and many more! (more…)

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Sound the Alarm

Art Official, Jnr Ranks, Selecta KB & Don Luchito

Where: Good Luck Bar – Basement, 126 Cuba Mall

When: Friday 30 May 2008

Price: $5 on the door

Come to GOOD LUCK BARFRIDAY 30 MAY, for SOUND THE ALARM – the first session in a series of NZ-wide sound-clashes – this time to witness two of the heavyweights of the Aotearoa soundsystem scene, ART OFFICIAL (NEWTOWN SOUND) JNR RANKS (MORE FIRE), go head to head for a strictly 45 shoot-out! (more…)

Dubwize Sound

Messenjah and Snypa Levi2008 has already been a landmark year for Christchurch-based group, Dubwize.  This May, four years after the release of their previous two albums, To The Control Tower (2001) and Reality Chant (2003), the crew released their third album, the debut solo offering from lead-vocalist, Snypa Levi – The Sojourner.

The album was the first release from their own label, Reality Chant, which was established six months ago.  As Messenjah explains, ‘I decided that I wanted to keep using the brand as my record label as it suits what we are all about – promoting reality in this time, when we are exposed to so much fantasy and disillusion through mainstream media, television and music.’   

Dubwize are comprised of three key members – Gabriel ‘Messenjah’ Calcott (producer, sound-engineer and selector), David ‘Snypa’ Levi (vocalist) and Nava ‘Confucius’ Thomas (keys, bass, production).  They also work closely with a selection of vocalists including Raggadon (Eskimo Squad, UK), Tuff Enchant, Iya Fari and some of New Zealand’s top session musicians.    (more…)

Dubwize presents Snypa Levi – The Sojourner

Snypa Levi - The SojournerNZ RELEASE DATE: 19 MAY 2008



Known throughout New Zealand and internationally as Australasia’s premier exponents of authentic roots dancehall music, Dubwize, present their new 16 track CD album – the first solo release by Snypa Levi – The Sojourner.

Snypa Levi – The Sojourner is the culmination of the crew’s musical journey through rhythm and rhyme.  It follows on from their previous releases, To the Control Tower (2002) and Reality Chant (2003), both albums building strong foundations for the group while also being instrumental in defining the contemporary Aotearoa reggae landscape.  (more…)

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Phaze Top Ten – May 2008

PhazePhaze has been apart of the Aotearoa music scene for many years, kicking off her career in 2001 in Auckland, where she co-founded Wahine Wednesday nights.

Since then, she has had extensive experience in all parts of the industry, from events to radio and DJing, while also helping to document and preserve our musical history, being involved in initiatives such as the Hip-Hop New Zealand scrapbooks. (more…)

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