“When you mix friend with foe, that’s a deadly synergy,” Frenemies – Fabolous
Boris Johnson is used to leading from the front – photo Peter Williams PRW Photography
POLITICAL rivals and friends are wishing Boris Johnson well as he personally battles the coronavirus that has disrupted his plans for government and has now forced him into intensive care – but be in no doubt the political temperature is also rising. Continue reading
“Somebody tell me what’s happening in Johannesburg”
GARETH EDWARDS has been named as the greatest rugby player of all time and has been the subject of countless television programmes in Wales but the latest should have really told the story of one of his teammates.
Image: BBC iplayer
Gareth Edwards Rugby, Apartheid and Me followed the Wales and British Lions scrum half on a return journey to South Africa and retraced his steps with the rugby nation that throughout his playing career was shaped by the Apartheid state. Continue reading
Thirty years ago this week an American Football game took place in Cardiff that had been three years in the making.
THE South Wales Echo announced “the match all Cardiff’s American Football fans have been waiting for” would finally happen. The original team in Wales, the Cardiff Tigers, for the first time, were to face the club formed by a splinter of Tigers, the Cardiff Mets. Continue reading
“De baba men no like de dreadlocks man/De dreadlocks man no like de baba men, no?”
IF you’re going to name your tour Legends of Reggae it’s only fair they should perform in venues suitable for the billing.
Cardiff’s best small venues have played host to some legendary reggae figures, especially in recent years, but a line up featuring Max Romeo, Eek A Mouse and Big Youth (not to mention the Mighty Diamonds whose appearance was cancelled at the last-minute) deserves a bigger stage. Continue reading
“On road doing shows/ And we picking up nice cheques”
“Fuckin’ hell, Cardiff’s alright you know,” states Rodney P as he enters the stage, the third and final member of this trinity of UK Hip Hop royalty.
The King Dem tour has brought together the supreme lyricist Ty, the energetic Tony Rotton aka Blak Twang, and the original UK Hip Hop Don Dada, the Riddim Killa, Rodney P. Continue reading
IT was a contentious decision of national significance – game-changing even – that has already prompted some of its key players and more than 600,000 people to call for a re-run or for the final result to be overturned.
Sean Payton in his Leicester Panthers kit. Photo: Arlo White
However the decision has been made and whatever the rights and wrongs the country, the whole world, must accept that it is the Los Angeles Rams and not the New Orleans Saints that will represent the National Football Conference (NFC) in Super Bowl LIII against the immovable empire that is the New England Patriots. Continue reading
“I only know slow rapping over soul samples”
SIX months on from their last visit Manchester’s hip hop soul duo Children of Zeus returned to Cardiff for the penultimate date of their headline UK tour.
“When did you last hear soul on the radio?” and “Does south Wales have a hip hop scene?”. Both of these questions were asked at the Wales Millennium Centre during the Festival of Voice.
Children of Zeus
I’d answer “not often enough” to the first question as evidenced by the fact that this Saturday night show was my first encounter with those posing it, soulful hip hop duo Konny Kon and Tyler Daley, aka Children of Zeus. Continue reading
“And just like a knight in shining armour/I used my charm just to calm her”
ROMAIN VIRGO made his name as the winner of Jamaica’s Digicel Rising Stars talent contest in 2007 and more than 10 years on is touring the UK to promote his Lovesick album.
The route from talent show winner to stardom is more established on his home island than in European pop music but Virgo is a natural inheritor of the tradition of smooth as silk, male reggae singers. An impressive catalogue of singles have establish a reputation as a slick but considerate heart-throb. As his hour and a half on stage, that includes at least 25 songs, demonstrates – again in the tradition of Jamaican singers – it’s also a catalogue deeper than three LPs, of which Lovesick is the latest. Continue reading
“Guess who’s coming to dinner, Natty Dreadlock”
MYKAL ROSE created history with his former Black Uhuru band mates when, in 1984, they won reggae’s first Grammy award for the album Anthem.
The legacy is the singer is often referred to with ‘Grammy’ inserted as a middle name and his current UK tour is billed as Sounds of Black Uhuru 1977-1985. Continue reading