Wednesday, May 31, 2006

NiceUp Website Launch Party and The Package present the official launch party for NICEUP.ORG.NZ

For over a year, NiceUp - Wellington Reggae Online, has helped build on the capital's long time affiliation with some of the country's best reggae happenings, passionately supporting the scene in numerous ways with its strong local focus.

Providing coverage, promotion and involvement in local Reggae events with up-to-the-time news from the international reggae scene, NiceUp leads the way in online Reggae representation of this kind in NZ.

To celebrate the official move to the new web address:, come join us at Tupelo on Sat.10.June for The Official Website Launch Party. One of NZ Reggae's legendary vocalists, TUFFY CULTURE, returns to Wellington to help us celebrate, as well as some of the cities finest selectors who'll showcase the best in Reggae Dancehall music.

Big thanks to all the Wellington Reggae massive who keep us inspired to continue doing this ting, and even bigger thanks to everyone who's visited us online - keep on coming coz we'll keep the fire burning!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Desmond Dekker

Article from the Jamaica Observer on the very sad news that reggae and ska legend, Desmond Dekker, passed away last week.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Israel Vibration - Reggae In Holyland

Reggae In Holyland is the story of reggae band Israel Vibration and the time they spent on their first trip to Israel in 1993 – primarily focussing on the beachfront reggae festival they played at in Ahziv, backed by Roots Radics.

Israel Vibration have an inspirational history – the band members were born in Jamaica and met at a rehabilitation institute after being diagnosed with polio. They found strength through Rastafari, and their beliefs and stance on issues saw them eventually expelled from the institution. Music became the way the group would express themselves and after encouragement from those that heard them, they pursued their career.

This film is truly moving and has some great footage of the group in Jerusalem, on the River Jordan and in the Ethiopian Church, among other places. It also features parts of the live performance in Ahziv, and has bonus music videos of Hard Road, Livity In The Hood, Feelin Irie and the great tune, Rudeboy Shufflin.

The DVD is around an hour in duration, provides an insightful and poignant look at one of the great reggae bands of the world and is well worth checking out.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wha Gwaan

This weekend in Wellington :

Friday 26 - The Spice Traders - DJ Manray and The Spotlight Kid @ Good Luck

Friday 26 - Rhombus with The Silverbeats and Pacific Bass Culture @ Sandwiches

Saturday 27 - DJ Lemon @ The Last Supper Club

Chuck Fenda - Track Ban

Article from the Jamaica Star Online about the recent controversy surrounding the banning of a Chuck Fenda tune from Jamaican airwaves - Gash Dem an Lite Dem.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

NiceUp Tracks Of The Week

Frankie Paul - Worries In The Dance

Frankie Paul was born Paul Blake in 1965 - the singer was blind until having an operation during his childhood which gave him a small amount of vision. He is known as Jamaica's Stevie Wonder and was visited by Wonder during his school days, who encouraged the young Paul to get into music. Produced by the late and great Henry 'Junjo' Laws and backed by the Roots Radics band, this tune came out on the Volcano label in 1983. In this track Frankie expresses his concern of the unrest in the dancehalls - it was a hit and helped to establish him among the other top ranking vocalists of the time. The track remains a classic in dancehalls today. Other hits he recorded with Junjo Laws' Volcano label include Pass The Tu Shung Pen and Curfew In The Dance.

Queen Omega - Judgement

Born in Trinidad, Queen Omega was winning calypso song competitions at the early age of 9 and continues to impress in her early 20's with 4 strong LPs already under her belt. This is the track that sparked the Judgement riddim (one of the 'Judgement' riddims – there’s a few!) which also features Capleton, Lukie D and Jah Mason, Ras Shiloh, and Admiral T (the French artist, not Admiral Tibet). It is out on the label Special Delivery, and produced by the very talented duo BOST & BIM (Matthieu BOST & Jeremie "BIM" DESSUS) - reggae/dancehall/hiphop producers based in France. It is also on Queen Omega's LP Destiny, released on Special Delivery in 2004.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Reggae World News

Articles from around the world :

Bounty Killer Saddles To The East Once More - After a six-year hiatus, "Bounty Killer joins forces with non-profit organization Upliftment Jamaica to revive his signature stage show Saddle to the East in support of on-going educational initiatives in St. Thomas, Jamaica’s most impoverished parish".

Summerfest Productions (promoters of Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest) Official Launch - Details of the launch and some of the planned innovations of the festival, including Top Ranking - a show geared at highlighting some of the best years of dancehall music.

The Month in Reggae/Dancehall - Column from Pitchfork Media highlighting a visit to VP Records in New York.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wha Gwaan

This weekend :

Friday 19 - Art Official and Antoine from Radio Active's Roots and Culture Show @ Tupelo, spinning reggae, dancehall and hip-hop - lots of fresh tunes straight from Germany, France, JA, the UK and US.

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 - Fat Freddy's Drop @ Indigo

Saturday 20 - David Grace & Injustice with House of Shem & Native Sons @ Wellington Workingmen's Club (Cuba Mall - upstairs next to Bellamy's Book Shop), 9pm till late.

Saturday 20 - DJ Lemon @ The Last Supper Club

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Top Ten Selections - Topknot

Daddy Topknot has been a major player in the Welly reggae scene for many years. He has been part of some of the cities best crews, including The Homebass Crew, Vital Sounds, Sounds Almighty Aotearoa and Yardwise. He coordinates Radio Active 89FM's Roots and Culture Show and last year threw two of the cities biggest and best reggae parties on the now sunken frigate. He has been responsible for wicked events such as the soundsystem clash at the Cuba Street Carnival and has also been part of the infamous Whopper Chopper parties. Topknot plays a wide variety of sounds from strictly roots and culture, to ragga, dancehall, funk and Latin beats. You can catch him playing regularly around town at all the best parties and gigs. Nuff respect to Daddy Topknot for his Top Ten Track Selections for May.

Topknot's Top Ten Winter Warmers

1. Augustus Pablo - Harder Shade of Black
2. Garnett Silk - Evacuate
3. Roland Alphonso - Non-Stop
4. Tinga Stewart - Dry Up Your Tears
5. Dennis Brown - Bad Love Affair
6. Sugar Minott & Sizzla - Dem A Rush Me
7. Richie Spice - Devil
8. Jah Mitto - Sharper Then Barbwire
9. Jennifer Lara - I Am In Love
10. Clive Mathews - Live Not For Vanity

Monday, May 15, 2006


Articles from the Jamaica Observer :

Bob Marley : 25 Years On - Focuses on the lasting and profound impact Bob Marley had on the world.

Sunsplash Performer Profile - Buju Banton

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Spice Traders

Big Ups to The Spice Traders - DJ Manray and The Spotlight Kid, plus MC Ras Stone - for another night of wicked beats at Havana on Friday. The Spice Traders have been holding down the Welly reggae scene for some months now, playing the last Friday of every month at Good Luck Bar in Cuba Mall, and also putting on regular nights at Havana. They spin the best in old and new school dancehall and reggae from around the world and are a guaranteed good time. Check them out!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wha Gwaan

This weekend in Wellington...

Friday 12 - The Spice Traders - DJ Manray and The Spotlight Kid @ Havana

Friday 12 - Olmecha Supreme and Hollie Smith - Concert For Peace @ The Michael Fowler Centre - A celebration for the International Conference on Peace and Disarmament

Saturday 13 - DJ Lemon @ The Last Supper Club

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

NiceUp Tracks Of The Week

Pirates Anthem - Home T, Cocoa Tea and Shabba Ranks

Pirates Anthem was released in the late 80s and is in support of the British pirate radio scene. The entire pirate scene itself arose because of the complete government dominance of British radio at the time - and if it wasn’t for the pirates, the British government may have never opened up the radio to private licensees. These 3 artists also feature on the track Who She Love.

Broadway - Shaggy and Barrington Levy

This track is a remix of Barrington Levy's classic Here I Come, and is out on Shaggy's label Big Yard, which has also released big dancehall hits with riddims like Return/Stop That Train, Get It and Strip Tease. This song was released in 2005 and also features Barrington Levy. It features on the Clothes Drop album, Shaggy's latest long player.

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Article from the Jamaica Observer - the first in a series covering artists who will be performing at the 2006 Reggae Sunsplash Festival - this one focussing on Ninjaman.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Wha Gwaan

This weekend in Wellington :

Saturday 6 - Pacific Bass Culture @ Havana

Saturday 6 - The Green Room 005: Whanau - Loop CD Release Party - House of Shem, Shihan the Poet, Recloose and more @ The Hope Bros.

Saturday 6 - DJ Lemon @ The Last Supper Club

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

NiceUp Tracks Of The Week

Tek A Set - Burro Banton

Burro Banton began DJ'ing as a youth and in the late 70s joined his first soundsystem – Black Hoover. Burro continued his career with various other soundsystems, and in the mid-80s released his first album, produced by Henry “Junjo” Lawes. In the early 90s Burro joined forces with Bobby Konders and the Massive B label, and this marked the beginning of a long and productive partnership, with Burro producing top-quality, original dancehall. This track was released in 1997 and is on the Cuss Cuss riddim.

Hard Times - Pablo Gad

English singer, DJ and producer, Pablo Gad, came to prominence in the late 70's and early 80's for his conscious lyrics and heavy rhythms. His albums include Trafalgar Square (1979), Hard Times (1980) and The Best of Pablo Gad 1977-80. This tune is an example of classic UK roots and remains timeless in dancehalls today.

BBC - 1Xtra - Bobo Dreads

Another informative documentary from Robbo Ranx of BBC 1Xtra, this time looking at the Bobo Dread community. Robbo pays a visit to the Bull Bay Camp (where the Bobo community is primarily located) in Jamaica, and looks at the Bobo belief system, their attitudes towards women, and the increasing number of artists communicating Bobo beliefs through their music.