Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom

(Treasure Isle 1967)

In just a few days Jamaica will celebrate 50 years of independence, so my mind turns to Festival tunes – those yearly competitive tunes that celebrated the holiday. 

The best of course, in my humble opinion, is the 1967 Festival winner: The Jamaicans, ‘Ba Ba Boom’.  Why? Well, because by 1967, the sounds of ska had become replaced with the more soulful, millitant, vocal-oriented sounds of Rocksteady.  Yes. Ska, which surfaced in 1962 as a uniquely Jamaican music style and the perfect auditory corollary to Independence, bubbled with all the optimism that a new country deserved.  By 1967, the harsh economic realities of independence had settled on the populace and all that heady optimism had bubbled away like a cauldron of fish tea left too long on the fire.  (more…)

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Frankie Curac (Battle-Ska Galactica) Top Ten – June 2012

Formed in 2009, Battle-Ska Galactica has fast become New Zealand’s premier ska band. With their debut album, ‘Everybody’s Got An Opinion’, the band is set to take the New Zealand music scene by storm with their infectious mix of Reggae, Jazz, Rock, and of course Ska, Ska, Ska! (more…)

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Ghetto Red Hot Volume 5 Mix CD Release Party

When: Friday 6 July 2012 10:00pm 

Where: Medusa – 154 Vivian Street

Check the long awaited return of Ghetto Red Hot – a series dedicated to spreading the best in 80s, 90s and current dancehall reggae, with classic old and new-school Jamaican influenced hip-hip from the UK, US, Canada, Europe and NZ.

This night is also the release party for Vol.5 in the mix-CD series by Heart Official.

Israel Starr
Imon Star
Evil Mule
Kurst One
Caged Lion – Max & Raiza

Heart Official
Hawk i
Jaz 72
Jonny Lowe

$5 before 11pm/$10 after.
CD giveaways and drink specials

Download past mixes:
Volume 1 
Volume 3
Volume 4

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Jah Red Lion

When: Friday 29 June 2012, 10pm

Where: Havana – 32-34 Wigan Street

Auckland based, Chilean born, Reggae Dancehall artist Jah Red Lion reaches the Capital, Friday 29 June 2012.

Based 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.

He 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.

In 2009 he recorded his Debut EP, REMEMBER at Luckyday Studios, featuring three tunes in Spanish using current Jamaican riddims.

At the beginning of 2010 he traveled to New Zealand to showcase his music and develop his English. Since his arrival he has been busy touring the country and recording another series of tunes and dubplates with local producers, DJs and sound systems, including Iron Will aka Willi The Kid, Reality Chant (Messenjah), Art Official, Jafa Mafia, DJ Lock Steady and more.

Keep a look out for his EP, produced by Riddim Central and Reality Chant Productions, featuring the ‘Iron Hammers’ band.

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