reggae

 
‘Cover versions’ that are totally original
‘Cover versions’ that are totally original
REGGAE SOUNDSYSTEM: ORIGINAL REGGAE ALBUM COVER ART compiled by Steve Barrow and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Books)
Busy Signal: Evolution rather than revolution
Busy Signal: Evolution rather than revolution
In the 1990s it was Buju Banton; he grew dreadlocks, while moving away from the DJ style that had brought him fame and infamy (he sits in an American...
Late reggae icon Peter Tosh receives Jamaican honour
Late reggae icon Peter Tosh receives Jamaican honour
Tosh's daughter Niambe, an educator from Boston, Massachusetts, received the posthumous "order of merit" – the country's...
All hands on the decks
All hands on the decks
Given the casual spread of “specials” on the Admiral and Jahseed’s African Storm mix CD series, now in its sixth volume,...
The chameleon of dancehall
The chameleon of dancehall
When Sizzla appeared on the reggae scene in the mid-1990s, a Rasta revolution was wrestling for control of the dancehall, thematically speaking,...
Lots of heart and tons of guts
Lots of heart and tons of guts
A youth approaches Siyabonga Mthembu, lead singer of the Brother Moves On, in a Weltevreden Park car park. The kid with his Led Zeppelin T-shirt...
Happy birthday, Bob, love Africa
Happy birthday, Bob, love Africa
It has become something of a ritual: every January, as schools open, a child in Zimbabwe is turned away by an officious principal for sporting...
Virgo is a born star
Virgo is a born star
Dancehall music occasionally throws up a prodigy who emerges fully grown, beard and all, ready to take on the world.
Rhetorical Rasta
Rhetorical Rasta
When you talk to fiery Jamaican reggae singer DJ Sizzla Kalonji, in the country on an African tour, you feel that whatever response the controversial musician throws at you is one he has given a thousand times before....
One for the road
One for the road
How Yusuf and the reggae star taught Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann driving etiquette
Captain Creole
Captain Creole
Jamaica is the cradle of reggae and its offshoot, dancehall. Yet, as so often happens when a genre seizes the world's imagination, outsiders...

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