Born in Dowa area, Japan, Tom was exposed to social inequality and government oppression from an early age. The Japanese government had been enforcing policies aimed at marginalising the Burakumin (the people who were born in Dowa areas, also referred to as eta – ‘extreme filth’) since 1603. The feudal caste system in Japan ended in 1869. However, cases of social discrimination against residents of buraku areas are still an issue in certain regions.
After seeing Bob Marley’s video ‘Time Will Tell’ as a teenager, Tomo was inspired by the message and started playing Roots Reggae in so-called King David style in early 2000. He has now played in many countries throughout the world including Japan, Australia, Canada, Sweden and New Zealand. (more…)
‘Summertime’ is the latest single from rising New Zealand dancehall/reggae artist Israel Starr. It is a tune full of nice vibes that embraces the most carefree time of the year, summer, and it is sure to get you dancing in the club but also relaxing at the beach. ‘Summertime’ is an essential tune for anyone wanting to feel irie.
Israel Starr – ‘I just wanted to make a tune that really captured the nice vibe of summer, relaxing with family and holidaying, that sort of thing. Some people forget to enjoy life a little, Jah gave us this world to enjoy so take a little time to smell the roses ya know.
Nuff people know me a militant youth but I still have smiles and enjoy life even though the world is a crazy place’ (more…)
Driving up to Raggamuffin for the second time in the five years that it has been running, I found myself a little more nervous and excited then the first time. Not only because I was going to interview some of my favorite artists, or because the line-up was better then the first time when there was the likes of Lauryn Hill (it was in fact worse). It was simply because I was eager to see how reggae heads in Aotearoa would react to a different type of stage show that I knew a lot of them were not accustomed to. (more…)
Saturday 1:00pm 4th Feb 2012 – 6:00pm
Hosted by Art Official & Hawk i, with special guests Sweep & Pat
Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Newtown
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!
When: Saturday 25 February
Where: Havana Bar, Wigan Street, Wellington
Featuring: Silva Emcee, Israel Starr, Heart Offishal, Undercover, Paradox
9pm start, free entry
Born and raised in Auckland City, Silva Emcee AKA Tanya Dyer spent her earliest years exposed to ‘Sound System culture’, and live bands through her parents involvement in the Rastafarian movement during the eighties. At 17 she recorded her first single “Hook Up” in collaboration with Darcelle “Lioness” Beach for Jah Remnant Records. The single went on to win radio station Mai Fm’s, “Rhythm Nation”. Soon after, she was performing with Lioness and other childhood Hip Hop and Reggae heads throughout the city. (more…)