Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dancehall Nice Again

Dancehall Nice Again - MarchWhen: Saturday 15 March

Where: Afrika – 18 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington

Featuring special guest, NZs hottest dancehall queen, Silva MC.

Plus DJ Art, Badjah & DJ Dozen

10pm start, $5 on the door

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YT – Straight Outta Britain – Wellington

YT - WellingtonWhen: Saturday 8 March

Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington

With: Art Official, Winston Spliff, The Shady Lady & Alec.Tron

10pm till late, no cover charge

Straight Outta Britain, YT, a true reggae/dancehall heavyweight, reaches Wellington and Australasia for the 1st time!

Do not miss the chance to check one of the world’s best live reggae artists in action! (more…)

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The Royals – If You Want Good

If You Want Good12″ Warrior Records (1978)

The Royals are one of those groups who I believe don’t get the recognition they deserve. The group’s line up has varied over the years but at its heart was Roy Cousins.

Hailing from Kingston, from a young age Roy Cousins sang with the local church choir, and his classmates included the likes of Bernard Collins, Lloyd Parks, Naggo Morris, and Ansel Collins to name a few. (more…)

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Top Shotta Band feat. Screechy Dan

Top ShottaTop Shotta Band are a 10-piece instrumental Rockers & Dub group based in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing their sound from vintage Jamaican reggae bands such as The Upsetters, The Aggrovators and The Revolutionaires, the band brings a slick and authentic sounding roots reggae vibe which is heavy on the bass, horns and percussion.

The band is led by trumpeter/producer djMush1 (formerly of the seminal NY bands Slackers & Murphy’s Law and currently of Tunnel One Radio [WNYU 89.1fm NYC], Al Paragus HQ Studios/When Dance Was Nice, and Hungry March Band) who lends his spicy jazz-like horn techniques to most tracks on the LP. All up, the band is comprised of a 4-piece horn section, organ, guitar, percussion, drums, bass and vocals which gives them everything they need to create some high quality reggae music. (more…)

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Tribute to Wayne Smith (5 December 1965 – 17 February 2014)

(image courtesy of Jamaica Observer)

(image courtesy of Jamaica Observer)

Dancehall pioneer Wayne Smith passed away recently at age 48. Smith was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital complaining of stomach pains and despite his health briefly improving, he died shortly after noon on Monday 17 February 2014.

While he sang many great tunes, Smith is best known for his role in producing the infamous ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim, a tune which changed the face of reggae practically overnight. Smith and friend Noel Davey built the riddim using a preset function on a simple Casio MT40 keyboard. With the help of Smith’s producer, King Jammy, the first digital dancehall riddim, the ‘Sleng Teng’ was born. (more…)

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Cham feat. Mavado – Love Song

Mavado and ChamThis is a brand new joint from these two princes of dancehall (I’m still up in the air as to who is the current king) – Cham and Mavado on a Madhouse produced riddim.

Well well, what do we have here, Cham AKA Baby Cham is on a heavy comeback. This is his second colab with one of the genres heavy hitters, this time with Mavado. If you haven’t heard the Cham and Jnr Gong tune ‘Fighter’, have a listen, it’s a banger. (more…)

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Ward 21 – Still Disturbed

Ward 21 - Stil DisturbedGermaican

‘Still Disturbed’ is the latest release from the JA based dancehall group, Ward 21. Known for their bashment reggae production skills as well as their colourful vocal performances, this group has been active since the late nineties and were originally mentored by JA super producer and sound system veteran, Prince Jammy. (more…)

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Bunny Rugs – What’s The Use

What's The UseLast week saw the passing of yet another legend. The world will miss one of the most vocally gifted singers to emerge out of Jamaica.

William Clarke AKA Bunny Rugs was the lead singer for Third World. His voice can be heard soulfully souring on many of their tracks, including their stellar hit ‘Now That We Found Love’, which is a true testimony to this.

In 1975 prior to joining Third World, Bunny recorded an album for Lee Perry under the name of Bunny Scott, titled ‘To Love Somebody’. This album contains the track ‘What’s The Use’, which is my track for the week. (more…)

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YT – Straight Outta Britain – Raglan

YT - RaglanWhen: Friday 7 March

Where: Yot Club – 9 Bow Street, Raglan

$10 on the door

NiceUp Crew, Jamin-I, and the YOT Club are proud to present a true heavyweight reggae/dancehall artist – YT straight outta Britain on the Jafa Mafia sound system!

With special guests Dub Terminator and Ras Stone, Jafa Mafia selectors, also local support from Jamin-I, Dubsonic and King Macka.

This will be a huge night of reggae/dancehall and bass culture at the YOT Club. (more…)

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