Monthly Archives: August 2011

Interview with Art Official & Israel Starr

Art Official and Israel StarrNiceUp talks to two of NZs leading artists who have linked up to take reggae music and culture forward.

First up, can you both introduce yourself to the massive and tell us a bit about your backgrounds?

Art – Greetings, Art here. I’m a reggae/dancehall selector and a hip-hop DJ who has been representing the music since 97 – doing radio, gigs/tours, mix-CDs etc. I also play some instruments and am getting into production more and more. Newtown is my yard and Newtown Sound is the name of the music house where I do my works from.


One Step Forward

When: Friday 10:00pm 26th Aug 2011

Where: Havana – Wigan Street

Newtown Sound, Israel Starr, Hawk I & guests

Price: Koha donation appreciated

Come to a big night of reggae inna dancehall style to help get Newtown Sound & Israel Starr to the Byron Bay Reggae Festival!

More info:
Newtown Sound website

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Jah Red Lion Top Ten – August 2011

Jah Red LionBased in Auckland city and influenced by Jamaican recording artists, Nico ‘Jah Red Lion’ Reyne is a reggae singer with a conscious message, combining high melodies full of soul with huge stage presence.

Jah Red Lion was born in the small town of Lampa just out of Santiago, Chile. At the age of seventeen he started to frequent local reggae parties where he started to learn about the philosophy, lifestyle and music of Rasta. (more…)

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