Monthly Archives: February 2009

Newtown Festival DJ Stage 2009

Sunday 12:00pm 8th Mar 2009 – 6:00pm

IRootz, Substance & Homebrew (AKLD), Jinetero MC & more!

Where: Opposite Newtown Ave, Riddiford Street

Price: Free!

NEWTOWN SOUND, NICEUP.ORG.NZ, and the NEWTOWN FESTIVAL are proud to bring you: 
the NEWTOWN FESTIVAL DJ STAGE
Newtown Festival Fair Day 2009, Sunday 8 March

Situated opposite Newtown Ave on Riddiford St, the DJ Stage returns to the Newtown Festival Fair Day 2009 on Sunday 8th March.

The Stage this year includes more top musical performances from some of the country’s best DJs, musicians, and vocalists. With a strong emphasis on cultural and ethnic diversity, performers reflecting many of Newtown’s different cultures will represent with music and performers from Cuba, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, USA, and from Newtown itself.

This year the DJ stage also features a showcase of dance performances organised by Wellington City Council’s Youth Communities. 

Performers include: 
DJ AKI 
DJ ART OFFICIAL (NEWTOWN SOUND)
DJ MISTEEK (YARDWISE)
DJ SUBSTANCE (URBANOLOGY) and HOMEBREW (AKLD)
DJ KERB and MC JUSE 1
JINETERO MC (CUBA)
I ROOTZ (LIVE REGGAE ROOTS BAND)

More info:
www.newtownfestival.org.nz
www.newtownsound.co.nz

Special thanks to:
PDSL, RADIO ACTIVE, Newtown Festival and NiceUp.Org.Nz!

Rhombus (self-titled album)

RhombusThe latest self-titled release from the local dub/electronica collective Rhombus contains pretty much all the essential elements that have come to define the group over the past eight years. It’s tightly produced; it bends genres – such as reggae, soul, downbeat and hip hop; and it features an eclectic range of local and international vocalists, such as Rashi Malik, Lisa Tomlins, Antsman, Mana and the Jamaican duo of Junior Kelly and Ranking Joe.  As you’d expect, this formula has produced plenty of good tunes.

Babylon Retreat, which features legendary roots deejay Ranking Joe, is a real highlight. With that top ranking deejay on the mic it’s hard to go wrong – and Rhombus fully utilize his rolling rrrub-a-dub style on a firmly reggae-orientated track that shifts seamlessly from a one drop riddim to hard-stepping ska.   

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Jah Love Sounz

Jah Love Sounz logoWho is in Jah Love Sounz? When and how did the crew link up?

First of all, I would like to greet you all in the Name of the Most High…Creator and no is Greater, JAH!

Well, Jah Love Sounz has had a few artists go through – Mighty Asterix, Joolz Issa, Tuffy Culture, Tommy Dan, Sistah JaBen, Captain Silva and Yellow Woman.

Most of us came from Jah Love Muzik (NZ) which was formed in 1981-2, back then it was Hensley Dyer, Tony Sims (Herbs), Asterix and myself, Oblex.B, later known as Twelve Tribes of Israel Sounds, which by then had a big crew. (more…)

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Paradox Top Ten – February 2009

ParadoxBased in Auckland, Parado has been making his mark on the Aotearoa reggae scene, fast earning a reputation for his deep knowledge of all things reggae and his heavy selections in the dance.

After initially discovering reggae through a family connection at around the age of 15, Paradox spent his teenage years listening hard everyday before he eventually took up selecting himself. (more…)

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