Monthly Archives: December 2011

Newtown Rocksteady EP

Newtown Rocksteady EP coverThis tasty 5-track EP has an unmistakable Wellington sound, with solid rhythms, skanking guitars, soulful keys and the ubiquitous horn section to round it out. There is a nice selection of tracks which take you on a little journey through the well trodden and colourful Newtown streets.

‘So Long’ features vocals of Ras Stone (Safari, Rhombus et al) and is the stand out track for me. It has a beautiful warm vibe and a bit more dynamism with a political message. The lyrics ‘oil on the water’ – referring to the recent oil prospecting in our waters – made this a bold statement wrapped in rocksteady – a genre which started out with sociopolitical messages when it evolved from ska in the mid sixties. (more…)

Newtown Top Ranking

Saturday 1:00pm 10th Dec 2011

Art Official & Hawk i plus special guests Topknot & Deef

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Price: Free!

Come to Baobab Cafe, every Saturday afternoon from 1-6pm for Newtown Top Ranking – bass-lines and beats inna reggae, dub, hip-hop sound system stylee!

Hosted by Art Official and Hawk i, with special guests this week Topknot and Deef!
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