Wednesday, March 08, 2006

NiceUp Tracks Of The Week

One Step Forward – Max Romeo

Max Romeo was born in 1947 in St D'Acre, Jamaica, and at 18 years of age won a local talent contest and left for Kingston, where he launched his career as a reggae vocalist. After his initial rude boy beginnings with tracks such as 'Wet Dream', Romeo turned to Rastafarianism to express the injustices of the political and social inequalities he saw and experienced around him. This track comes from the seminal album, 'War Ina Babylon', released in 1976 and produced by Lee Perry, which many class as his Romeo’s best and most powerful work.

Hard Time Pressure – Sugar Minott

The impact that Sugar Minott has had on the reggae industry worldwide cannot be underestimated. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956, he began his career as a child working with soundsystems, and then launched his own sound as a teen. In 1969 he joined forces with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard to form the African Brothers – a first-class roots trio. After the group split to pursue solo careers, Minott continued to record continuously, while also setting up his own labels, one of them being 'Youth Promotion' – a foundation dedicated to allowing the youth to express themselves and be heard. The label has promoted artists such as Yami Bolo, Junior Reid and Tenor Saw. This track was released in 1980 on the album 'Black Roots'. Stay tuned for details of the Sugar Minott Interview Exclusive, produced and hosted by Art Official, coming soon to Radio Active’s Roots and Culture show.


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