Archive for April, 2006

Dancehall days

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Dancehall days When it comes to dancehall, there aren’t many sound systems that warrant as much respect as Stone Love. SL has, in fact, ruled the worldwide dancehall scene for the last 30 years; they’ve shaped dancehall culture, set DJ trends, and can control a reggae crowd like nobody else. So when local promoters manage [...]

Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One genius

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One genius When people think reggae, the first name that comes to mind is Bob Marley. Far fewer know the name of the man who not only gave Marley and the Wailers their start but who was perhaps more instrumental in laying reggae’s solid foundation than any other individual: Clement “Coxsone” [...]

Montego Bay became soca city

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Montego Bay became soca city Montego Bay was transformed into a dancing city for just over five and a half hours on Sunday night, when thousands of revellers made the western city’s leg of the Supreme Ventures of Jamaica Carnival a memorable soca blast. The crowd, which swelled to Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest proportions as [...]

Dancing Against the Beat

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Dancing Against the Beat The girl in the flounced white micro-mini and green glitter tube top writhes to the dancehall beat throbbing through the Q-West nightclub. She drunkenly gyrates in a motion that sends her skirt riding up high enough to show her panties, if she were wearing any. Grenadian elders have condemned Passa Passa, [...]

A critical look at dancehall culture

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

A critical look at dancehall culture The launch of Donna Hope’s book, Inna di Dancehall: Popular Culture and the Politics of Identity in Jamaica, took place on Friday afternoon at The Old Dramatic Theatre, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. The formal introduction to this latest body of research exploring the sociopolitical meanings of [...]

Mad about Matisyahu

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Mad about Matisyahu Call it the Matisyahu effect. Roger Steffens saw it up close and personal. The Los Angeles-based author/photographer/archivist has been documenting reggae music for 30 years, from the back roads of its Jamaican birthplace to the major stages of Europe and the U.S. But Steffens was surprised by what happened when he got [...]

Mad Cobra slithers almost alone

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Mad Cobra slithers almost alone The cobra is not by nature a chummy creature; keeping its belly close to the ground. And snipers are famed for going it alone, waiting and waiting ­ and waiting in the right place for the right shot at the right time. It is no surprise, then, that deejay Mad [...]

The Wailers jam Down in the District 2006

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

The Wailers jam Down in the District 2006 It’s spring again, and that means it’s time for college students to awaken from their nest of Natty Light cans and pizza boxes and emerge from their humble abodes. It’s also time for outdoor music. MSU will kick off its own string of warm-weather music Thursday with [...]

Roots reggae come to warm up Fairbanks

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Roots reggae come to warm up Fairbanks Let’s face it. With spring coming in at a snail’s pace, Fairbanksans could benefit from a little more warmth. From Seattle via Jamaica, Clinton “Basie” Fearon and his Boogie Brown Band can’t guarantee that they’ll bring warm weather up when they play The Blue Loon on Friday. But [...]

Dubbin’ It Live

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Dubbin’ It Live MVD and Funky Gemini are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Black Uhuru with Sly & Robbie – Dubbin’ It Live for North American distribution on DVD. Through the late 80′s and 90′s, Sly & Robbie focused on studio work and revolutionized Jamaican music by turning Reggae into Dancehall. They [...]