Archive for the 'Reggae Music' Category

Greensleeves celebrates 40 years with reggae concert

Friday, May 19th, 2017

United Kingdom-based reggae label Greensleeves Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In commemoration of the milestone, the label has planned a series of activities to take place across the globe, with stops in places like London, Paris and New York. On June 21, the label will hold a 40th anniversary celebration concert at [...]

Riley’s ‘Royal’ turns 10

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

She’s Royal, the anthem to women from singer Tarrus Riley, turns 10 this year. Recorded in October 2006 and released in early 2007, She’s Royal was produced by renowned saxophonist, Dean Fraser.“The song came about as a self-esteem booster. At the time, I knew some girls who needed a confidence boost. I wanted women to [...]

Here comes trouble

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

With sunshine, warm temperatures, it’s time to get your Caribbean vacation face on. There’s no time better than Thursday at London Music Hall where up-and-coming reggae star Chronixx, known for hits such as Here Comes Trouble, is on stage along with reggae and dancehall musician DJ Max Glazer of Federation Sound, and reggae singers Kelissa [...]

How Clinton Fearon got his reggae groove back

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Growing up in Jamaica, a young Clinton Fearon quickly realized he wanted to pursue music. But Fearon’s desire to learn an instrument ran up against his family’s economic reality. "I asked my dad, ‘Can you buy me a guitar?’ " Fearon said. " ‘I don’t have any money,’ he said. It was obvious. We are [...]

Roni Size still on the scene 20 years on

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

THIS YEAR, Bristolian DJ Roni Size will celebrate the 20th anniversary of New Forms, the ground-breaking drum and bass album which put the producer on the map. In celebration of this milestone event, Size will be taking to the stage to perform tracks from the album, some of which he has never performed before. “This [...]

Gospel artiste defends reggae switch

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The artiste, who now dabbles with reggae music, is following the footsteps of veteran artiste Prodigal Son who switched to reggae in 2013 and was met with strong backlash by the Christian community. However, he believes the practice does not breach the ethics of Christianity."Nothing is wrong with doing gospel and cultural reggae at the [...]

Nattali Rize brings a new frequency to reggae

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Australian singer-songwriter Nattali Rize is fast becoming one to watch on the competitive reggae scene. Following the release of her polished debut album Rebel Frequency, she talks to RFI about breaking into the male-dominated genre, and finding her tribe in Kingston, Jamaica.  Nattali Rize is surprisingly small in the flesh, but far from fragile. With [...]

Interview: UB40′s Ali Campbell talks reggae, wine and relationships ahead of Wrexham gig

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Almost 40 years on from his band’s first release, Ali Campbell still believes he has a very special job to do when it comes to maintaining the popularity of the music he plays. “It was always our mission to promote reggae,” he tells me, ahead of UB40’s gig at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in May. “I’m [...]

The World According to Chronixx—Reggae Star, Wellness Guru

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

You could be forgiven for making an assumption when a Rastafari reggae artist named Chronixx sings about "spending every dollar" on a green substance that gives him confidence and calms his nerves. But you’d probably be wrong. Not that the 24-year-old rising star from Jamaica doesn’t smoke weed (he vapes). But it’s the spirulina he [...]

Spaceships, vegan food and branches of marijuana – in Jamaica with reggae’s legends

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

To hear one of the best roots reggae albums to come out of Kingston, Jamaica, this spring, you have to drive a long way from Trench Town. In fact, you have to leave the city altogether and head up high into the mountains that surround it.Not every taxi is keen on making the trip, so [...]