Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sunsplash Back In 2006

Article about how one of Jamaica's and reggae's most acclaimed and well known shows, Reggae Sunsplash is set to return in 2006.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Ozone Friendly Dubplate

Nuff respect to Flex for his Ozone Friendly dubplate featuring Iya Far-I on vocals. Originally from Christchurch, Flex has been on the Wellington scene for many years now, recently returning from a two-year stint in Japan. He is currently in Seattle, after being selected for the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy. Flex is an experienced gig organiser, graffiti artist, DJ and producer and is making some of the freshest jungle and dancehall beats in town. Big ups to Flex and Far-I.

Listen to the track:

Ozone Friendly Dubplate

Big Bada Boom

Big Bada Boom hits Bar Bodega and Room 101 this Saturday 3 December. A unique night of bollywood and bhangra mixed in with hip-hop and dancehall.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Richie Spice

Small article providing some background information on Fifth Element's Richie Spice. Stay tuned to Radio Active 89FM's Roots and Culture show for the up-coming Richie Spice Interview Exclusive, hosted and produced by DJ Art Official.

Straightup Radio

Internet radio is blazin' outta Melbourne now with the arrival of Straightup Radio. Tune in for the fresh and classic sounds of dub, reggae, beats and breaks. New mixes are posted every fortnight from the team of regular presenters (including Daniel Ring from Unity Sounds), plus 'nuff exclusive international guest sets and sessions. For playlists and more information, check .......... bless up.

Champion Sounds

The Mighty Asterix and Upper Hutt Posse

Miss Chattabox and The Mighty Asterix

Iya Far-I

Champion Sounds Flyers

Ragga-Jungle Massive

Thanks to Flex for the pictures from last Saturday's Champion Sounds gig which took place at Sub-Nine. Flex departs our shores this weekend for the Red Bull Music Academy which this year takes place in Seattle. Big Ups to Flex and we wish him safe travels.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Spice Traders

The Spice Traders - DJ Manray and the Spotlight Kid - play at Good Luck, this Friday 25 November. Joining them 'pon the microphone are MCs Iya Far-I and Ras Stone. They'll be dropping the hottest, ska, funk, dancehall, soul, latin and reggae beats, so make sure y'all check them out.

Buju Banton

Article about Buju Banton and his up-coming musical pilgrimage to West Africa in December.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ruffneck Souljah Dubplate Special

Massive respect to Souljah Sensi and Ruffneck Souljah for their Blood of the Saints dubplate special, featuring the Mighty Asterix. Ruffneck Souljah Recordings have been bringing tougher than tough ragga-jungle, hip-hop, reggae and dancehall to the masses since 2002. They consistently represent Wellington and New Zealand music, in their Australasian tours, their hometown gigs in Wellington and their ever-expanding collection of original music. Listen out for up-coming gigs and beats.

Listen to the track:

Blood of the Saints MP3

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Ghetto Red Hot

Big Ups to M*Pop for the review and photos from Friday's Ghetto Red Hot gig that took place at Havana.

We rolled into Havana a little later than intended to find Kerb in full swing busting out ‘Oochie Wally’, nasty-nice. Looking fine in the matching hat-wristband combo, Kerb went on to deliver a highly danceable mash-up covering all the genres promised by the flyer.

Reflecting a truly eclectic set, we got Al Brown’s ‘Here I am Baby’ back to back with what I like to refer to as “the get the fuck up song” from Pharoahe Monch - though I’m not quite sure how he pulled that one off…The spinning of some big tunes like Cutty Ranks’ ‘a Who Say Me Done’ and the B-Man’s ‘Who Am I’ upped the party vibe, along with busting out Elephant Man’s ‘Pon de River’ two times inna one set. Pure party.

Next up was Art, who seemed reluctant to put down his beer and get his talented ass up on the decks… but once up there it was all on. He treated us to some gems like Frankie Paul’s ‘Worries in the Dance’ together with some Art classics such as ‘Rugged Wid It’ from Roots Manuva and Seanie T. He also dropped Supercat’s ‘Ghetto Red Hot’, the song after which he coined the gig, while the cats on the floor danced on strong.

Last in the line up was the stoney-faced master Rhys B, who launched us into a smooth, seamless, focused set which brought in the roots and grounded the gig. My notes for writing this review start to diminish and become illegible at this point, but I think we heard some Burning Spear and Jr Reid, and I know we heard the classic ‘Picture on my Wall’ from the Natural-Ites. Mr B’s close-to-flawless set served to remind us of where this music came from and what it can stand for, lest we get too busy with our drinkin’, dancin’ & smokin’ and forget.

After the boys had all done their stuff we were treated to more of the Art and the Kerb, keeping things cozy on the dance floor and even inspiring a bit of a dance-off at one point and a smidgen of random live drumming from some guy in a fur-lined hood who wandered in on his way from somewhere to somewhere.

All in all Ghetto Red Hot proved pretty hot indeed, and thankfully not too ghetto. Shifting the music to Havana’s out-the-back-shack proved a great idea, but it’s a pity more of the punters didn’t venture away from the dig’s main areas to witness the legends that they’d paid the cover charge for.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wellington Music Week 2005

November 21-27 is Wellington Music Week, providing an opportunity to celebrate the talent and success of Wellington music and also giving opportunities for people to share expertise and knowledge amongst the music community. See the website for details of programme and seminars.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Phat Beats...

On a Thursday night:

* Vibrasics CD Launch with Rainman & Don Luchito @ Bodega

And two must check-out gigs on Friday night:

* Ghetto Red Hot - DJs Rhys B, Kerb and Art Official @ Havana

* Champion Sounds - Ruffneck Souljah, Mighty Asterix, Soulnine, Jnr Ranks and more @ Subnine

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dancehall Riddim Driven

This DVD is about VP Records 25th Anniversary Concert which took place in Miami in 2004. It is relatively short, running for 52 minutes. It is a “..tribute to reggae music, the artists and the forces behind the music industry”. Artists featured include Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, TOK and Elephant Man. This DVD provides a small taster of the actual concert, with generally 1 or 2 tracks from each artist – the highlight being the Sizzla finale.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Yagga Yo

Things to watch out for in the next few months...

Richie Spice Interview Exclusive
Hear a recently conducted DJ Art interview with Richie Spice, from Jamaica's Fifth Element label. Stay tuned to Radio Active 89FM's Roots and Culture show for details.

Channel One Soundsystem
Mikey Dread and Ras Caleb from UK's Channel One Soundsystem, play the Big Day Out in Auckland on Friday 20 January.

Big Youth and Third World
Play at the Raglan Soundsplash festival, 4-5 February.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ghetto Red Hot

Once again the music of the street and riddims 'fresh from yard' take over as Newtown Sound and Havana present the return of GHETTO RED HOT, a night of blazing hot Reggae, Dancehall and Hiphop music.

Following up on the popular GHETTO RED HOT (#1) earlier this year, the party returns with another blazing line-up, this time at one of Wellington's favourite venues, Havana Bar on Wigan St.

Join DJs RHYS B (Wellingtons own DJ godfather don), DJ KERB (Wanderers/Weds Night Jam), and ART OFFICIAL (Yardwise sound killa) at a very special night celebrating a time when Jamaican dancehall music reunited with its American descendant, Hip-hop. A musical combination-special of heavy 80s, 90s and current Dancehall Reggae alongside the oldschool and newschool of Jamaican influenced Hiphop from the US, Canada, Europe and NZ.

Limited capacity so get in early to avoid missing out, kick off is 9.30pm.

Tune in to the WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM for the 'GHETTO RED HOT' SPECIAL on Radio Active 89FM, Weds.16.Nov, 9-11pm, for info and giveaways.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Weekend Wrap

Thursday 10 - The Midnights @ Sandwiches

Friday 11 - Three Piece Suit & Ting - Duke Willis and DJ Art @ the Matterhorn

Friday 11 - The Spice Traders - DJ Manray and the Spotlight Kid @ Havana

Saturday 12 - DJ Lemon @ The Last Supper Club

Monday, November 07, 2005

Burning Spear - Our Music

Interview with Burning Spear in which he talks about his new album - Our Music - being released this month, and his views on the evolution of reggae.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

VP Records

Link to a BBC 1Xtra documentary on the creation and development of the legendary reggae record label, VP Records.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Rebel Salute

Rebel Salute is a yearly musical event that takes place in Jamaica, organised by Tony Rebel, with the purpose of uplifting the community and putting forward positive messages to the youth, through the promotion of Jamaican artists and culture. This DVD is one in a series of three and showcases the dancehall aspect of the festival which took place in 2004 - the 11th anniversary of the event. This amazing event features artists of the highest calibre including Gentleman, Anthony Cruz, Lady Saw, Jigsy King, U-Roy, Charlie Chaplin, Chuck Fender, Richie Spice, Sizzla and Capleton. Truly awe-inspiring to watch and a must-see for the dancehall massive.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Wha Gwaan

Thursday 3 - Top Shotta - Yardwise @ 101

Friday 4 - Mu and The Opensouls Soundsystem @ Good Luck

Friday 4 & Saturday 5 - Katchafire with Duke Willis @ Indigo

Saturday 5 - The Opensouls and The Roots Foundation 13th B'day Party @ Cabaret

Saturday 5 - DJ Lemon @ The Last Supper Club

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Top Ten Selections - Duke Willis

Duke Willis a.k.a. William the Conqueror has been a major player in the Wellington reggae scene for many years. He has been a founding member of the Homebass Crew and the recently reunited Sounds Almighty Crew. He also plays regularly on Radio Active’s Roots and Culture and Homebass shows and is well-known for his classic selections of roots reggae. You can catch the Duke playing around town at all the best reggae parties and doing regular sessions at the Matterhorn. Big ups to Duke Willis for his top ten track selections (in no particular order) for November.

1. Carl Malcolm & Ranking Barnabus - Repatriation
2. Shaloma - Good Vibrations
3. Rocky Ellis - I am the Ruler
4. Turbulence - Notorious
5. Everton Blender - Create a Sound
6. Lloyd Brown - I Know
7. Pablo Gad - Beggarman's Child
8. Richie Stephens & Bounty Killer - The Outcry
9. Luddy - Home Tonight
10. Mikey Dread - In Memory