NiceUp talks to dancehall queen – MC Silva – a woman bringing the hip-hop reggae vibes to Aotearoa.
You’ve been surrounded by music all of your life – can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to follow a musical path?
Well, my mother played piano when I was younger and my father was in a reggae band and part of the Rasta movement. I also have an older brother (Tuffy Culture) who was running round town doing lots of MC gigs. I’ve always loved to sing and rap and having my parents and brother in the music business helped me to develop my talent. (more…)
To judge this album outside of the era it was produced in is foolish. First released in 1980, it has all the elements of a legend in the making; mixed by Scientist and produced by Henry Junjo Lawes (famous for his work with on Papa Michigan & General Smiley’s Diseases among other classic recordings), with backing from the legendary Roots Radics: Sly Dunbar (of Sly and Robbie, need I say it), Ansel Collins (of Double Barrel fame), Style Scott (Dub Syndicate), Errol Flabba Holt (Channel One), and others. And it is a legendary album – the hype surrounding it’s re-release from Greensleeves celebrating 30 years in 2007 was massive.
NiceUp talks to Ras Stone – the Ghanaian vocalist helping roots reggae to rise up in Aotearoa.
Please introduce yourself Ras! What lead you onto a musical path?
Greetings NiceUp, I am Ras Stone, the Ghanaian who reached Aotearoa via London! Thank you for inviting me to do this interview, keep up the good work!
I have always been interested in music and was surrounded by music from an early age. From memory I remember hearing all sorts of music blaring from houses early in the morning around Nima, Ghana, where we used to live. I used to get my mum to line up her cooking pots for me to use as drums or anything that sounded musical to me as we couldn’t afford instruments. (more…)
Acroline/Lady Sattva first swooned for Prince Buster on a ghetto-blaster at the tender age of 15. Intrigued about the lack of women in the industry, she started jamming on turntables four years ago and is working hard to break down barriers for women selectors, DJs and producers (ya thoughts on this are welcome). (more…)