Majestic Roots Sound System is the creation of Mikey Downbeat, a stalwart of the reggae scene in Aotearoa. A deep roots selector, Mikey has a long history of playing roots, dub and reggae to audiences in New Zealand and internationally, including five years on 95bFM in Auckland and five years in Ireland and the U.K. (more…)
When: Friday 10 February
Where: Bad Grannies – 195 Cuba Street
8pm till late, $10 door sales
Come celebrate the release of Israel Starr’s new album, ‘The Producers Chair: Dancehall Vol. 1’.
Hometown session and a night of reggae, dancehall, bass music and big vibes!
Also featuring special guests Lion Rezz & Riddim Cartel and Wellington’s finest in support:
The Good Taste Selector with MC Wiya
Steve the Hat
Rudie Bam Bam
With a multitude of productions on major record labels through to independent releases, Jstar is also a top quality tour manager and global DJ with over 15 years experience rocking dancefloors around the world. He mixes up bass music, Tropical beat and Dancehall with Reggae influences. (more…)
For the label’s seventh full-length LP release, well-regarded Scottish sound system specialists Scotch Bonnet (run by the mighty Mungo’s Hi Fi) have compiled a collection of favorites past and present, naturally entitled Puffer’s Choice. (more…)
Where: Laundry – 242 Cuba Street, Wellington
Grafta reaches Welly, reppin Pressure Dem Records. The best in dancehall and reggae, new school and old school!
When: Saturday 7 January
Where: Afrika – 18 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington
With DJ Grafta & Jnr Ranks
Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington
10pm till late
The Audio Mechanics – Ras Stone, Antsman & Range – celebrate Xmas in advance with their end of year session. Featuring special guests NiceUp Crew – represented by Steve the Hat & Rudie Bam Bam.
A night of big, bad bass sounds and modern Afrobeat.
Famed [and personal fav] underground mashup/remix extraordinaire Jstar, is on the cusp of a more ‘traditional’ album release with Stand To Order. Featuring respected vocalists Ranking Joe, Soom T, Brother Culture, and Blackout JA amongst others.
Single “Liar Liar” features Danish singer Kinck and is out already. It includes interpretations from Mikal, Capitol 1212, and the Turntable Dubbers, who all explore different expanses of bass music. Jstar was kind enough to answer a few questions about the single, album, and production work. (more…)
Listening to the whole of Taiwan MC’s debut full-length Cool & Deadly is a musical explosion. Throughout, the skilled French singer, frequent Chinese Man collaborator, and sure confuser of Sinophiles embraces a range of musical styles while generally maintaining a bouncy dancefloor-friendly vibe. (more…)
Where: Poquito – 11 Tory Street, Wellington
Come ride the Reggae Train!
NiceUp and Poquito present the first session in a brand new series taking you on a smooth and sensational journey through the finest musical landscapes, Ska, Rocksteady, Vintage Reggae and Dancehall!
With your hosts and dub conductors, Danny Lemon (Roots Foundation), Steve the Hat and Lady P.
Forwarding vinyl and bass music and culture in the Capital!