As people who know me will testify, I struggle with new-fangled advances in online communication. I have just got my head around eBay and Facebook when more things present themselves! Everyone has their opinion on the positive and negative aspects of these online advances, but one thing has been made truely obvious, and that is a massive worldwide reggae community exists.
Whether it be salivating over scans of labels, or my new (well overdue!) hobby of trawling through podcasts from fellow collectors, it is really interesting hearing everyone else’s selections and discover more unheard gems. (more…)
When: Friday 30 May
Where: Havana Bar, – 32 Wigan Street, Wellington
10pm till late, free!
Musical Discs Coming Your Way!
Join Steve the Hat and Winston Spliff in session, with special guest, Turboflexx from RDP Sound, Adelaide!
When: Saturday 17 May
Where: Meow – 9 Edward Street, Wellington
10pm till late, $10 before 12am, $15 after
Profits go towards the rebuild of the Rongotai Hi Fi Sound System lost in the Wellington storage unit fire.
RSD, also known as Bristol bass and drum music stalwart Rob Smith (one half of respected production duo Smith and Mighty), has been pushing bass heavy rhythms for more than two decades.
Under the moniker RSD, Rob Smith produces fresh, innovative bass music that simultaneously pays dues to his deep sound system roots while pushing things ever forward. He remains firmly at the forefront of Bristol’s endlessly inventive music scene.
Sky High Imprint – JA (1984)
This killer reasonably rare 7″ came to my attention on a recent visit to the Kindred Sound System yard in Christchurch. I had a copy of a 2011 relick produced by Chazbo featuring King General. I was intrigued when Richie Kindred informed me that this tuff Salomon Heritage 12″ was a descendent of the Fire Facts original, which after a long time searching for it, he had recently picked up. (more…)
Yes, Busy Signal again. Since getting released from jail in 2012, the aptly named Busy Signal has been making all kinds of moves. He has dropped collaborations with mainstream pop group No Doubt and with post-dancehall collective Major Laser, and also got reggae fans singing ‘Reggae Music Again’ with his recent throwback tune of the same name. However, nothing has hit the ears of reggae selectors in Aotearoa, quite like this version of a burgeoning Kiwi classic. (more…)
When: Thursday 20 March
Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington
Direct from Southampton, UK, the Uplifter reaches Wellington as part of his NZ tour.
Reggae, heavyweight Dub, traditional Jamaican Ska and Roots Music! Alongside DJ Thief.
The Uplifter website
The Uplifter Facebook
London’s best kept reggae secret, the Wreck It Up Crew, have been blowing the roof off clubs since way back when with their unique, positive, and uplifting style, harking back to sound system days when MCs and DJs worked in unison niceing up the dance.
Strictly vinyl and lyrics, the crew consists of a whole heap of legendary selectors and sound men who tear it up wherever they go. (more…)