Interviews

Goa Sunsplash Festival – Interview with Diggy Dang

Goa Reggae SunsplashThe Goa Sunsplash Festival – India’s first festival dedicated to reggae and sound system culture – is set to shake the very foundations of Anjuna’s Nyex Beach on Saturday 16 January.

Organized by New Delhi crew Reggae Rajahs, there is a varied international lineup featuring headliner General Levy [UK] along with Naâman [FR], Steppa Style [RU], and Dub Smugglers [UK] amongst others. Additionally, coming from all over India are Delhi Sultanate, Dakta Dub, King Jassim and EZ Riser. (more…)

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The Groove Thief talks to Tour De Force at Reggae Sun Ska

Reggae Sun SkaThe Groove Thief traveled to Bordeaux, France, to represent NiceUp at the 2015 Reggae Sun Ska Festival. The following interview, with Jay Spaker [aka Double Tiger] and Quoc ‘Q’ Pham [aka Q-Mastah] – the duo behind both Tour De Force and Dub-Stuy Records – comes from backstage just after their performance.

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The Groove Thief speaks to Jacky Murda

Jacky MurdaSpeaking with Chopstick Dubplate’s Jacky Murda prior to his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, The Groove Thief covers a range of topics with the veteran jungle producer.

Whether you’re already a fan, or curious about checking out a live show, his musical vision is made clear: what ‘future jungle’ means to him, the four records that influenced his style, the origins of Chopstick Dubplate, the process behind the 2014 hit “Worldwide Traveler” with Mr. Williamz and Top Cat, and what we’ll be hearing from him next. (more…)

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John Masouri feature on Eddie Murphy

Eddie MurphyThere’s more to Eddie Murphy than meets the eye, or even the ears come to think of it. Millions around the world know him as the star of films like Trading Places, Beverley Hills Cops, Coming To America or The Nutty Professor, but the comedian has other, more musical ambitions that may surprise a lot of his long-time fans. So what do you get the man who has everything? A hit reggae single would do nicely, and he’s made a fair start with two recent efforts – Red Light, shared with Snoop Dogg, and his own solo Oh Jah Jah, which made serious inroads into the iTunes’ charts earlier this year. (more…)

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Interview with Oxman (Dub Vendor / Soul Jazz)

Ox at Dub Vendor

Ox at Dub Vendor

Eddie Oxman is an institution in the London reggae revive scene.

Perhaps most well-known internationally for his work with the renowned Dub Vendor and Soul Jazz crews, Oxman has a long and deep history, from running his own sound, producing, record collecting, to hosting dances. Whether selecting or on the mic, he is one of the best in the game. Conviction Roots caught up with Oxman at the Dub Vendor store in Soho, London.

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Hamburg Connection: Crucial Vibes and I-Livity I-Fi in Aotearoa

Julian & Crucial BThis summer, local reggae fans were treated to a unique reggae experience. Crucial B of Crucial Vibes Sound System and Julian Livity of I-Livity I-Fi-Roots and Culture Sound System, two veteran German reggae selectors, spent about three and a half weeks here.

Primarily in the country to perform at  the ‘Off The Radar’ (OTR) festival (Wellesford, Auckland, 31 Jan – 2 Feb), the pair also spent time travelling and performing a few extra gigs. Now back in Hamburg, I caught up with these selectors to reflect on their visit and to find out more about what brought them to this end of the world. (more…)

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