Happy New Year to all the Ska & Reggae lovers around the world! Have I got some really great news for you to usher in 2015 with. Right off the press and hotter than fire is a brand new musical biscuit from LA’s powerhouse Reggae/ Soul masters The Lions! The new album, their second on Stones Throw Records, is titled Soul Riot and hits the streets February 10.
There’s a new release coming from Studio One vocal/harmonica legend Charley Organaire soon and it sounds amazing. There are his first new Ska recordings in decades and features the backing of the Twin Cities own The Prizefighters who backed the artists earlier this year in Chicago for one of their Jamaican Oldies weekends.
Found a story on the BBC player where Benjamin Zephaniah reassesses dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s 1978 debut album. Dread Beat an’ Blood which expressed the black British experience as it had never been heard before. Using his trademark spoken word style set to an instrumental reggae beat, the record voiced the frustration of a generation.