For those who aren’t aware, Levi Roots is a Jamaican-born don of the English Reggae scene who has risen to prominence in recent years after ‘slaying the dragons’ on British reality show The Dragon’s Den, and gaining the funds and mentoring he needed to turn his Jamaican hot sauce business into a worldwide phenomenon. (more…)
Where: Newtown Ave/Riddiford St corner
Situated at a new site on Newtown Ave (off Riddiford St), the DJ Stage returns to the Newtown Festival Fair Day 2010 on Sunday 7th 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, the performers at this stage reflect many of Newtown’s different cultures. Back for the 5th year the DJ stage has represented music and performers from Cuba, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, USA, and of course from Newtown itself. (more…)
With the compilations to impress every time, Soul Jazz Records come correct once again with Dancehall Vol. 2, a follow up to the Dancehall Vol. 1 compilation released in 2008. Vol.1 also coincided with the release of Beth Lesser’s Dancehall book – a photographic study of Jamaican music and culture in the 1980s (out on Soul Jazz Publishing and highly recommended by this reviewer). These releases show the label’s commitment to showcase a musical phenomenon that changed the world forever.
Dealing with the tough task of compiling music from a genre so hugely diverse, they have succeeded extremely well in selecting some very superb cuts. The tunes range far back into the early days of dancehall music, with songs drawing roots from the classic sound system songs of the 1960s in Kingston, Jamaica. Reinterpretations of this sound by 70s and 80s producers and artists meant that a new platform had come available for the youth artists and musicians of that time. (more…)
I arrived at Raggamugffin about halfway through Katchafire’s set. Being a first-time attendee of the festival, I checked out the stalls and shops then ventured into the crowd for Sean Kingston’s set. I’m still not quite sure how or why but I enjoyed his set even though I don’t really enjoy his ‘hit’ songs which he played. DJ Nasty (Sean Kingston’s official DJ apparently) did a good job and hyped the crowd on the mic.
Since forming in 2000, Mungo’s Hi Fi have been one of the most progressive forces in international reggae, unleashing a myriad of highly sought-after releases on their Scotch Bonnet label while playing countless sell-out gigs throughout the UK and Europe. (more…)