Kraity Payan Guez

Beta Simon – Kraity Payan Guez

Over the past three decades the Ivory Coast has consistently yielded some of the best African reggae. The pity is that Ivory Coast artists - and African artists at large - seldom have access to…

Crate Killaz

Crate Killaz – The New Zealand Dubplate Story

Crate Killaz is the first release of its kind in Aotearoa - a collection of dubplates from New Zealand reggae crews that spans a generation of sound-system culture from the North to the South. In…

Stinky Jim

Stinky Jim Top Ten – April 2008

Stinky Jim is a broadcaster (95bFM, Stinky Grooves since 1990) music journalist (Listener, Real Groove etc), record company owner/operator (Round Trip Mars .. SJD, Phelps & Munro, James Duncan,…

Parables

Tarrus Riley – Parables

Parables is the sophmore release from Tarrus Riley (the son of famed roots-era singer, Jimmy Riley).  It continues the recent trend in Jamaican music that has seen a shift away from digital dancehall…

True Reflections

Jah Cure – True Reflections…A New Beginning

This being my first ever music review I must say from the start that in my humble opinion there are only two types of music in the world - the type you like and the type you don't, or in some cases…

NiceUp Reggae in the Park!

When: Sunday 23 Mar 2008, 2 - 8pm Where: Carrara Park, Newtown, Wellington Featuring: Roots & Culture Crew, Fee (Melbourne), Cpt Midnite (AKLD) NEWTOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION & RADIO ACTIVE…

Fee

Fee Top Ten – March 2008

Fee is one of Melbourne's leading Roots and Reggae DJs, carving out a name for herself in a difficult and male dominated scene. Although now based in Australia, Fee is originally from Aotearoa and…

Newtown Festival DJ Stage

When: Sunday 2 March, 12pm - 5pm Where: Riddiford Street, Newtown (opposite Newtown Ave, near Newtown Mall), Wellington Newtown Sound in association with PDSL presents: The Newtown Festival Fair Day…

Dead but Dreaming

Dubcall – Dead But Dreaming

After two mouths with Dubcall's album on high rotation at my crib, the club and at a number of festivals this summer (it sounds huge on a big rig), I have finally have the words to describe his album…

Lady Saw – Walk Out

VP Records/Hardwax (2008) Lady Saw - the queen of dancehall - reaffirms her top spot as dancehall's first lady with the release of Walk Out.  In an industry dominated by men, Lady Saw has stayed on…

Conscious Roots 4

Moving Production (2008) The Conscious Roots compilations are a bit of an institution in the Aotearoa roots scene. The first edition was truly inspiring. It enlightened untold numbers of kiwis,…

Raggamuffin 2008

Saturday 2 February 2008 @ Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua. First of all I would like to give all the artists a full 21-gun salute - lighter, lighter, lighter. Big up massive for doing such a…