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  • Wax Poetics & Sonos Studio Present Hometown HiFi

    Wax Poetics & Sonos Studio Present Hometown HiFi

    The sound system is of course the only way to truly experience the music of Jamaica. Ever since the 50’s sound men of all kinds have built their massive and not so massive speaker boxes, search for or record their own tunes and set up in lawns to entertain the crowds with the latest musical nuggets. That’s the way it has always been and would take over the UK scene as well. Great men such as Tom “The Great” Sabastian, Prince Buster, King Tubby, Duke Reid the Trojan, Coxsone and others built their own sounds.



  • London International Ska Fest Has Huge Lineup This Year

    London International Ska Fest Has Huge Lineup This Year

    The London Intl Ska Festival returns to the capital this Easter (17-20 April 2014) with 50 acts from around the world across 15 bespoke events at famed and iconic London venues. Headline acts include Horace Andy, Derrick Morgan, Keith & Tex, Ken Parker, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Jazz Jamaica and King Prawn, whilst venues include the lawns of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Sq (screening Madness’ 1981 Take It or Leave It film), The Dixie Queen Thames cruise, and Camden Town’s Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Barfly, The Forge and Electric Ballroom.


  • David Hillyard & His Story of U.S. Ska Part 7

    David Hillyard & His Story of U.S. Ska Part 7

    A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing in San Diego as a founding member of the Donkey Show. It’s an understatement to say he’s had a long music career let alone one devoted to the likes of Ska. He of course has a distinct and passionate perspective on music in general and pointed thoughts on the state of Ska in the U.S. having toured here for over 20 years.


His Story Of US Ska

  • Dave Hillyard His Story of U.S. Ska

    A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing in San Diego as a founding member of the Donkey Show. It’s an understatement to say he’s had a long music career let alone one devoted to the likes of Ska. He of course has a distinct and passionate perspective on music in general and pointed thoughts on the state of Ska in the U.S. having toured here for over 20 years.

Interview

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    Laurel Parker (Mobley Street Productions) recently directed a new video for Roy Ellis released on Liquidator Music. I’m a big fan pf Liquidator. They have a management arm that deals with a bunch of Jamaican legends. They of course release some of the best music coming out right now too. Toni is the man in charge of this magical musical bus. Laurel thought it would be fun to get him to answer a few questions about Roy, the label, himself and the state of digital music today. So get on the bus gus and let’s ride!

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  • Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora

    Dub is the avant-garde verso of reggae, created by manipulating and reshaping recordings using studio strategies and techniques. While dub was one of the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, it is far from being fully explored. Tracing the evolution of dub, Remixology travels from Kingston, Jamaica, across the globe, following dub’s influence on the development of the MC, the birth of sound system culture, and the postwar Jamaican diaspora.

Reissue Sensation

  • Jeith Hudson Entering the Dragon

    There were two sides to Keith Hudson’s musical career, his producing and his singing. Production wise he was top flight and he enjoyed considerable success from the late sixties well into the 70?s. As a singer he was at best an aquired taste and it’s no great surprise that he recorded only for himself and no other producer employed him for this “talent”.