Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Top Ten Selections - The Spotlight Kid

The Spotlight Kid is a well-known player around Wellington and is one half of the DJ duo, the Spicetraders. He also regularly features with Vital Sounds, hosts a radio show on Munt FM and is renowned for mashing up the dance-floor with his bass-heavy dancehall and reggae beats. Catch him Friday 9 September at Havana, and on the last Friday of every month at Good Luck. Nuff respect to the Spotlight Kid for his Top 10 Track Selections for August (in no particular order).

1. Mr Cop - Gregory Isaacs
2. Power of a Girl - Tanya Stephens - 007 Shanty Town Rhythm
3. Aint no Sunshine - Horace Andy
4. Jamaican Jiggas - Voicemail - The Return Rhythm
5. D' Music - General Degree - Big Up Rhythm
6. Margaret - Gregory Isaacs - Messer Banzani Rhythm
7. Turnin Me On - Ninja Sky/Baby Cham - Kopa Rhythm
8. Smiling Faces Sometimes - Tamlins
9. Freedom - Richie Spice - Sun is Shinning Rhythm
10. Prophecy - Fabian

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Mojo Reggae Special Edition

This special edition of Mojo focuses on reggae and is full of absorbing articles, great music recommendations and amazing photography. It traces the evolution of reggae from ska to rocksteady, roots, dub, lovers rock and dancehall, while examining the social issues which contributed to the creation of the music. It features interviews with some of the key players of reggae, including Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth and Luciano, and has an extensive section on the history and story of Bob Marley. Is also a valuable resource in indicating a selection of classic and essential albums, books and films.

Sunday, August 28, 2005


Article on reggae vocalist I-Wayne.

Mikey Dread Doco Re-Broadcast

If you missed the recent broadcast of DJ Art's interview exclusive with Mikey Dread, here is your chance to check it out. The second half of the doco will play on the Drive show on Base FM, Monday 29th August. The full doco will play on Fleet FM on Tuesday 30th August at 2pm.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Roots and Culture - 25 Years

The Roots and Culture Crew, L to R: Art Official, Spin Zero, Daddy Topknot, Misteek and Ras Twig

Roots and Culture Crew

Spin Zero

2005 marks the 25th year of Roots and Culture at Radio Active. The Roots and Culture show broadcasts every Sunday from 4-7 pm and is essential listening for the best in classic and contemporary reggae and roots from around the world. The show has evolved throughout the years and is now run by a tight crew of DJs that play regularly throughout Wellington. It is one of the leading reggae shows in New Zealand and continues to promote and spearhead the reggae community throughout Wellington, playing only the very best selections every Sunday.

This Saturday 27 August sees the Roots and Culture crew putting on the first of two parties to commemorate this landmark occasion – Roots and Culture – A DeeJay Takeover. The crew will be mashing it up at the F:69 bar on Wellington’s waterfront, playing only the phattest selections of reggae, roots, ska, dancehall and dub. Tickets are available now from Slowboat records, so get in quick before they sell out. And watch out for the second party, taking place Friday 23 September.

Don’t miss one of the biggest parties of the year, this Saturday 27 August at the F:69 bar, a night of pure roots, reality and culture, and a chance to celebrate this pioneering and first rate reggae show.

Sunday, August 21, 2005


An article about some of the basic concepts of Rastafarianism.

Rehabilitation Through Music - Jah Cure

Interesting article about the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Jamaica introducing a new rehabilitation programme which allows prisoners to record and create music. Jah Cure has just released the first single under the programme.

London Low-Down

Read on for last weekend’s wrap from our resident reggae-head inna London, Jay, checking out some of the legends of reggae – The Mighty Diamonds, Black Uhuru and Burning Spear.

First up on Friday night were the Mighty Diamonds and Black Uhuru, with Ninjaman making a special guest appearance. The warm up sound system played a variety of styles from classic Dennis Brown to some reggae covers of RnB flavour tunes which kept the steadily growing crowd warmed up for the main event.

For me the real stars of the evening were the opening act The Mighty Diamonds. As soon as they came on we knew we were in for a treat. Donald 'Tabby' Shaw, Fitzroy 'Bunny' Simpson and Lloyd 'Judge' Ferguson, have been performing great reggae longer then I've been on this planet, and it certainly shows. They played a fantastic set of classic, beautiful tunes, such as 'Right Time' and 'I Need a Roof', alongside newer material such as 'Country Living', or my personal favourite of the evening 'Shame and Pride'. I think the term living legend is often overused to hype up an act, but it really is an apt description for The Mighty Diamonds.

The surprise guest for the evening was Ninjaman, who was an entertaining and lively performer. The band played classic, heavy dancehall riddims with Ninjaman cutting in delivering quick-fire verses, alongside another vocalist. Hearing him chat over a very bass-heavy version of the Punany riddim was the highlight of his set for me. The music combined with his unique Snoop Dog-like styling, made for an entertaining performance.

The final act of the night was Black Uhuru, kicking off the session with ‘Party in Session’, and playing a solid set of their classics tunes such as ‘Solidarity’, ‘Happiness’, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ and ‘Sensimilla’. The Ruff Cut band backing them was tight and talented. Michael Rose was great to watch and gave an energetic and lively performance. They kept place bubbling till the close of the show around 2 am.

Sunday saw Burning Spear and Macka B at the Hammersmith Palais. The show kicked off sharply at 9 pm with Macka B quickly on stage. Macka B was excellent in his delivery and lyrical content, which was conscious, intelligent, and often humours, covering many social issues such as the treatment of women, to the war in Iraq. He also delivered verse in various languages from around the globe. It was sad to see Macka B’s set end, an entertaining performer spreading a positive and conscious message through his music.

The crowd had come to see Burning Spear, and after a quick band change he kicked off the evening in fine style. His set was brilliant, performing classics such as ‘Marcus Garvey’, ‘African Postman’ and ‘Rocking Time’. The band was great with a superb horn section, but the real star was Burning Spear. His energy and presence was amazing, his singing and chanting was powerful, earnest and honest. Watching him skank about on the centre of the stage then jump over to his drums and pound with an intense and very spiritual vibe, was a memorable and moving experience. After the first encore the crowd were still screaming for more, and he delivered. To anyone who hasn’t seen him live take any opportunity you can; words just don’t do the great man justice.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Checked out the 25th anniversary edition of the classic film Rockers. This DVD has bonus footage on it, including interviews with the director and producer, profiles of the actors/musicians and remastered video and audio. This is an iconic film, starring many of the legends of reggae, including Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Robbie Shakespeare, Big Youth and Peter Tosh. A must have for any movie collection.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Capleton and Beenie Man - Deadly Pair

A report of a recent gig organised by Capleton, featuring the two artists performing together live on stage.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Up and Coming

Some of the things that are happening around town in August and September:

Friday 12 August - 'The Spicetraders' - DJ Manray and the Spotlight Kid at Havana

Friday 12 August - Design Ball - The Feelstyle, Submariner, Ruffneck Souljah, Hikoikoi Reserve, DJ Art and more at the F:69 Bar

Friday 12 August - The Shimmy with Stinky Jim at Sandwiches

Saturday 27 August - Roots and Culture - A Deejay Takeover at the F:69 Bar

Friday 16 September - Vital Sounds 2nd B'day at Sandwiches

Tuesday 20 September - Lee Scratch Perry and the Mad Professor at the Town Hall

Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September - Roots Manuva at Studio (Auckland)

Friday 23 September - Roots and Culture - A Deejay Takeover 2 at the F:69 Bar

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock

A small report about Damian Marley and his upcoming album, due for release in September.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Roots and Culture - A DeeJay Takeover

Come celebrate 25 years of reggae broadcast with the Radio Active 89FM Roots and Culture crew. This is the first of two parties being held at the F:69 bar on Wellington's waterfront, the first being August 27th. With a massive line-up featuring Topknot, Art, Prince Alexander, Ras Twig, Spin Zero and Misteek, plus special guests DJ Lemon, the Mighty Asterix, Ranea Aperahama and Jhan, this gig will be a must attend. Limited presales available from Slowboat Records at 183 Cuba Street - be in quick, this will sell out! Expect to hear only the very best in roots, reggae, dub, ska and dancehall in celebration of 25 years of quality broad-casting.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Lemon's Authentic Selection Special

DJ Lemon has been part of the Wellington music scene for many years, is one of the founders of the reggae community in the capital and is renowned for his classic roots reggae selections. Massive respect to Lemon for providing the track-listing of his 'Authentic Selection Special' that aired on last week's Roots and Culture Show.

Dennis Hamilton - Destruction Splendid 12"
Sugar Minott - Funny Tricks Black Roots 12"
Aquizm - Kunte Kinte Ariwa 10"
Stamma Ranks - Taurus King Culture 7"
Mighty Massa- Armagideon Time Tribeworks 10"
Desi Roots- Weedfields Hawkeye 12"
Earl 16 - African Queen DATC 12"
Future Wind & Mikey Dread - Roots Man/Roots Man Jargon
Future Wind 12"
Trammie and Marquis IMF Germain 7"
Winston Edwards - Raw Roots from LP Grass Roots of Dub Studio 16LP
Linval Thompson - Rocking Vibration Burning Sounds 12"
Linval Thompson - Jah Guiding Star Clocktower 12"
Kofi- Didn't I Ariwa 12"
African Youth - Forward Down A Channel One Ver 7"
Johnny Clark - Sinners Repent Lees 7"
Ben Boo Guiding Star Roots Improvement 12"
Ras Takashi - Mystic Revelation Black Redemption 10"
Alton Ellis - Love On Top Version Body Music 12
Makka Bees - Nation Fiddler Congo 7"
Leroy Mafia - Beware of Your Enemies Sip A Cup 10"
Trevor Byfield - Burning Bush Rootical Dubber 7"
Ras Imru Asher & Entebbe Marshall/Version Entebbe Sounds 10"
Jah Woosh - So We Stay Collette 12"
Tamlins Stars D-Roy 12"
Pablo Gad - Gun Fever Reggae On Top CD

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Michael Campbell – the Dread at the Controls – Radio Interview Exclusive

Tune into Radio Active 89 FM’s Roots and Culture show this Sunday to hear DJ Art’s exclusive interview with Michael “Dread at the Controls” Campbell.

Mikey Dread has been one of the most influential and ground-breaking reggae artists to emerge from Jamaica in the 70s. His multi-media approach to spreading the message of roots reggae has seen him emerge as a pioneering DJ, producer, photographer, interviewer and documentary maker. From his youth, Mikey had a fascination with radio and set up the only school radio station in Jamaica. He came to prominence in the 70s with his much acclaimed radio show at the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation, his show being the first to broadcast authentic reggae music, mixed in with Mikey’s own distinctive jingles and effects. With the encouragement of mentor King Tubby, Mikey set up his own label and his sound gradually spread from Jamaica to the UK. He has worked with some of the luminaries of the reggae industry and today continues to spread Jah music to the people with his eight piece band while also continuing to document and preserve reggae music, roots and culture.

In this one-hour radio special, hear Mikey talk about growing up as a youth in Jamaica, his experiences of the reggae music and documentary making industries, his passion and dedication in “trying to preserve the legacy of reggae” and his strong interest in having the opportunity to tour New Zealand and Australia. Produced and hosted by DJ Art, this show also features highlights from Mikey’s extensive discography, including classics from Best Sellers, African Anthems, SWALK and Evolutionary Rockers.

Listen in to the “Dread at the Controls” special, hosted by DJ Art, this Sunday 07 August, 4-7pm on Radio Active 89FM’s Roots and Culture show.

One Love.