Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Resonators – The Constant

The ConstantThis is a group that until recently I knew nothing about, and as I am usually a little pessimistic on giving new things a go, it took me a while to give these guys a chance. I put the album on in the background and carried on with the house cleaning.

After a few minutes I had to stop and check that I hadn’t accidentally put on The Selecter instead. I cut my teeth on the two-tone sound during the late 80’s early 90’s and am still in love with the British ska sound (The Specials were amazing, and I’d only waited 24 years to see them in New Zealand). (more…)

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Courtney John – From Letters to Words

From Letters to Words coverI reviewed a tune from Courtney John earlier this year, after I first discovered this modern day lovers rock champion. He has a voice that really sounds like no other modern day reggae recording artist. A smooth falsetto crooner matched with impeccable song writing skills has Courtney sitting high on top of the modern-day lovers rock throne.

This album doesn’t miss a beat. It has some very Peckings sounding production could have you thinking this album was made thirty years ago. It was in fact released in July 2012, and the much anticipated release of this album has been met with rave reviews from not just reggae fans, but all music lovers from all corners of the globe. Strangely classed as world music, it has hints of soul, jazz, Latin and is very reminiscent of the late Gregory Isaacs. (more…)

Jah Red Lion

Jah Red LionWhen: Saturday 26 January

Where: Fast Eddies – Level 1, 125 Manners Street, Wellington

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. (more…)

Newtown Top Ranking

Newtown Top RankingWhen: Saturday 26 January, 1-6pm

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Wellington

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

Hosted by Heart Official and Hawk I, with guests this week P Vans and Thief inna Strictly 138 Crew special!

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Baobab Cafe

Newtown Top Ranking

Newtown Top RankingWhen: Saturday 19 January, 1-6pm

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Wellington

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

Hosted by Heart Official and Hawk I, with special guests this week Naram and The Roots Doctor!

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Baobab Cafe

Channel One Sound System (UK)

Channel One Sound SystemWhen: Friday 4 January

Where: Sandwiches – Corner Kent Terrace & Majoribanks Street, Wellington

The Mighty Channel One Sound System bless Wellington New Zealand for the very first time!

Run by legendary selector Mikey Dread and mic chanter Ras Kayleb, Channel One are one of the World’s greatest and best known Sound Systems. Running for over 30 years at London’s Notting Hill Carnival, Channel One have built their massive following and gained respect as the leaders in Roots and Culture! (more…)

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Solo Banton – Higher Levels

Higher Levels album coverTo top off a busy summer performing in Europe, it’s pleasing to see the highly anticipated release of Solo’s Banton’s new album ‘Higher Levels’. With 15-tracks by a variation of Europe’s leading producers this will surely be on replay all over the world.

Like his 2008 debut album ‘Walk Like Rasta’, Solo and Reality Shock Records producer Kris Kemist team up, and things are straight down to business, with Solo unloading his mind with ‘Mi No Know’ on the catchy Ba Ba Boom riddim. In an uninterrupted flow from verse to chorus and back again, he delivers the first of his cautionary messages with melodious ease.


FIS – The Commons EP

The CommonsThe Commons EP
Label: Exit Records

Oliver Perryman aka FIS follows up from the ‘Duckdive EP’ 12” vinyl release with a big six-track EP release on D Bridges Exit Records.

The vibes coming out of these tunes and many other dubs from this young Wellingtonian producer are truly immersive. ‘The Commons’ feels like you have walked in to the depths of some old, fogged out, eroded cinematic dancehall bunker with bass bins rattling the floorboards. As the sounds of steroscopic voodoo fx and spooky soul vocals leave the mind to wonder in atmospheric exploration. (more…)

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NZ Shows


107.3 Base FM

Monday 12 – 2pm – Kingtide – With DJ Mooch

Tuesday 10 – 12pm – Hold It Up – With DLT and Dan Tippett

Tuesday 8 – 10pm – From the Top – With Lowe1 and Benn Morrison

Wednesday 10pm – 12am – Close Encounters – With Zeb and DTC (AKA the Newton Gutters) 

Thursday 12 – 2pm – Riddim Culture – With Sgt Benji

Friday 6 – 8pm – The Friday Nite Take-Out – With Piet and Deli 

Friday 8 – 10pm – Jugglin – With Finn

Sunday 10pm – 12am – Breaking Logistics – With Ess AKA Prospect  

95 bFM

Monday 9 – 11pm – The Rhythm Selection – With Dubhead

Tuesday 9pm – 12am – Stinky Grooves – With Stinky Jim

106.9 kFM 

Monday 8 – 12am – Reggae Jam Session – With Oblex B

Friday 10pm – 12am – Reggae Rewind – With Skarob 

Sunday 4 – 6pm – Strictly 45 – With Jafa Mafia

102.2 Kiwi FM

Sunday 3 – 5pm – High Noon Tea – With Peter McLennan

104.6 Planet FM

Saturday 9.15pm – 9.45pm – Island Vibes – With Belinda Sweetman


RDU 98.5FM

Sunday 4.30 – 6.30pm – Dubwize – With Livity

88.5FM Volcano Radio – Lyttelton

Thursday 7 – 9pm – Irie Show – With Aleon and Will 


Radio One 91FM 

Saturday 5 – 7pm – Roots and Kulture – With Jungle Fari

Sunday 4 – 6pm – Soundclash – With Mr J, Special K and Buddha B


Community Radio 106.7FM

Wednesday 10 – 11pm – Go Feet! Radio – With Ruffneck

Backbeat 89FM 

Sunday 2 – 5pm – Roots Uprising – With Hira 


Radio Active 88.6FM

Thursday 11 – 1am – Homebass – Hawk i, Art Official & Strictly 138

Sunday 4 – 7pm – Roots and Culture  – With Art Official, Hawk i, Ras Twig, Misteek & Topknot

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