Tuesday, December 27, 2005

New Years 2005-2006

Things to do this new years eve:

Rhythm and Vines - 31 Dec to 1 Jan - Salmonella Dub, Cornerstone Roots, Kora, Fat Freddy's Drop and more @ Waiohika Estate, Gisborne

Phat 06 - 31 Dec to 2 Jan - Total Science, GND, The Blackseeds and more @ Canaan Downs, Takaka Hill, Nelson

And festivals in 2006:

Kaikoura Roots Festival - Jan 14 to 15 - Stinky Jim, Mighty Asterix, DLT, Cornerstone Roots, Dubwize and many more

Soundsplash - Feb 04 to 05 - Big Youth, Third World, Katchafire, Kora, The Open Souls, Yardwise Soundsystem, Renegade Sound and many more @ Wainui Reserve, Raglan

Jimmy Cliff - March 18 - Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

Thursday, December 22, 2005

African Dance Party

Celebrate the start of the holidays at Cordoba Bar, 283 Cuba Street, this Friday 23rd. The beats will range from African music to reggae, dub and dancehall. Performers on the night include Iya Far-I on the decks and Ras Stone on the mic.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Fittest of the Fittest 2005

With the end of the year upon us, NiceUp can’t help but reminisce over some of the highlight Reggae/Dancehall events in Wellington during 2005. In no particular order, here we go :

The Summer Sessions @ Zebos Garden Bar : The perfect venue to spend summertime Sundays, listening to some of Welly's best selectors. Big ups to DJ Nastyk. We look forward to more of these vibes at the newly refurbished bar/venue this summer.

One Love : Wellington’s biggest reggae event of the year. Reggae outdoors in the sun, positive vibrations at the Velodrome.

Blood and Fire Soundsystem with Ranking Joe : Gracing Welly, firstly at One Love on Waitangi weekend, then at a one-off gig at Indigo. Great to have such top-class Roots soundmen and the legendary DJ in our city - let’s hope they come back for more.

Cuba St Carnival : Our much loved yearly event did not disappoint, the continued success being a clear indication that the Council needs to properly support these kinds of events to make our city a better place for all. Phat beats all over Cuba, does it get any better than that?

Blair Peach Tribute Gig at Sandwiches : DJ Manray, Art Official, The Spotlight Kid and Ras Stone played at Wellington’s own tribute gig to Blair Peach, a New Zealand born teacher who was killed by police during an anti-racism protest in London in the 70’s. This inspired the powerful anti-racism track ‘Reggae Fi Peach’ by dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Great to have a gig which reminds us of some of the most important messages that reggae music speaks of.

Ghetto Red Hot Parties : Respect to Art Official for bringing us two nights of big tunes and great vibes. These parties highlighted the international and historic connection between hip-hop, reggae and dancehall, showcasing the quality music that is still being produced, combining these genres.

25 Years of Roots and Culture on Radio Active : Wellington's best and longest running reggae show turned 25. Hosted by a talented crew of DJs who run the best in old and new school reggae. Respect to all other stations and DJs pushing the Reggae/Dancehall sound inna Welly too, the more the better!

Roots and Culture Reggae Parties : Nuff respect to the one like Daddy Topknot for throwing two of the year’s biggest and best reggae parties. The now sunken frigate provided a great venue for the cities top performers to run tings proper.

Ruffneck Souljah in Oz : Representing Welly in fine form. Taking ragga-jungle to new levels in an international stylee.

Spice Traders at Good Luck : DJ Manray and the Spotlight Kid continue to lay down the heaviness on the last Friday of every month at Good Luck (and often Havana), joined by MCs like Ras Stone and Iya Far-I. Great to see some regular residences in effect - exactly what the city needs more of.

Roots Manuva in Auckland / One Self (DJ Vadim) at Sandwiches : Two big artists dropping big tunes in the dance. Good to see some international acts in New Zealand, although next time can someone tell Big Dada that Wellington is where it's at!

The long awaited re-emergence of Sounds Almighty : Duke Willis, Prince Alexander, Ras Twig and the Mighty Asterix niceing up the area.

Ruffneck Souljah / Flex dubplates : Original tunes reflecting the talent in our city. X amount of big ups and Respect!

Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kora, Katchafire, Cornerstone Roots, Trinity Roots : First class New Zealand bands getting recognition for their talent and making some impressive national and international waves.

…so it’s been a pretty hot year all up.

Now moving along to a 2006 wish list:

  • More residences and regular nights around town.
  • More collaboration.
  • More crowd support – (shake that thing!) cause cool shit is going down in yo’ town, seen?

Happy holidays to All.
Peace, Love and I-nity.

Photos by CoopaBlue

Monday, December 19, 2005

Junior Reid

Article on Junior Reid, including information about his recent tours of the US and Pacific, his up-coming new album "Clean Heart" and the work he has been doing on his son's debut album.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

AK 40 Pencils Dubplate

Nuff respect to Ruffneck Souljah, JP Money and Mafi for the AK 40 Pencils dub. Check it out, it's a big tune. Also watch out for Mafi's debut album, T'Vita Mafia - Flesh & Blood of Polynesia.

Listen to the track:

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Word Up

This weekend :

Friday 16 - The Spicetraders - DJ Manray and The Spotlight Kid @ Havana

Friday 16 - Duncan and Zen @ Good Luck

Saturday 17 - African Dance Party @ Room 101

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Sting 2000

This DVD showcases footage from the Sting festival which took place in Jamaica in 2000. Performers include Junior Kelly, George Nooks, Cecille and Chuck Fenda, and also sound-clashes between Ninjaman and Merciless and Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. The production and sound quality of this DVD is variable but it provides an interesting look at dancehall culture from a few years ago.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Reggae vs Dancehall

Article in the Jamaica Gleaner, about how the "...appetite for reggae music in its original form, both locally and internationally, may be dwindling, as the craze of dancehall, an offspring of reggae has been on the fast track for some time now and is breaking new barriers internationally". Ends on the positive, and perhaps more realistic note, of stating how the two genres are connected and complementary of each other.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Summer Riddims

Tuffy Culture

Nastyk and Souljah Sensi

Jnr Ranks

Don Luchito

MC D-Man

Souljah Sensi and Mr T


Tuffy Culture and The Mighty Asterix

A selection of shots from the Summer Riddims gig which took place at Indigo on Friday - a great night of reggae and jungle. Highlights were a full Ruffneck Souljah Crew, and a standout set from Jnr Ranks, Tuffy Culture and The Mighty Asterix, blazing fire hotta in the dance.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Niceing Up The Area...

This weekend in Welly:

Thursday - Duke Willis @ the Matterhorn

Friday - Summer Riddims - Ruffneck Souljah, Mighty Asterix, Tuffy Culture, Soulnine and more @ Indigo

Saturday - Hikoikoi Reserve @ Bodega

Saturday - The Shimmy - Downtown Brown, Flash Harry, Duncan, Kava and Takas @ Sandwiches

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Top Ten Selections - Misteek

Misteek is a member of the Yardwise Crew and plays regularly at gigs in Wellington and throughout New Zealand, including One Love, the Cuba Street Carnival and the Kaikoura Roots festival. You can also catch her playing on Radio Active 89FM’s Roots and Culture show. She has teamed up with one of New Zealand’s premier female reggae vocalists, Sista Jules Issa and she fully represents women in the music industry. Big Ups to Misteek for her top ten selections for December.

Top-Rankin' Reggae Sistahs

1. Dawn Penn - No No No (original)
2. Aura Lewis - Full Experience
3. Lady Saw - Pum Pum Before Gun
4. Winsome - Homebreaker
5. Rita Marley - Good Morning Jah
6. Cecile - Honey
7. M'Lonie - I Wanna Get High
8. Althea and Donna - If You Don't Love Jah
9. Tanya Stephens - It's a Pity
10. Janet Lee Davis - Baby I Been Missin You

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Summer Riddims

Get down to Indigo Friday 9 December for Summer Riddims – a Caribbean styled party celebrating the start of summer. Acts on the night include Ruffneck Souljah with the Mighty Asterix, Jnr Ranks, Soulnine and veteran MC, Tuffy Culture. Spot prizes for most authentic Caribbean dress-up and nuff heavy reggae, hip-hop, dancehall and jungle beats.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Beenie Man Gwan Mash Up Di Dance

Interview with dancehall legend Beenie Man.