“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
“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
“It’s all about the 45/Something about the feel and the vibe“
“MACKA B is always about social commentary,” states the veteran British reggae DJ as he launches into ‘Sex Machine’ and gets the crowd to chant its chorus, “She’s more than a sex machine/The woman is a human being”.
It’s just one more song from a vault of danceheall favourites that typify the Wolverhampton native’s approach, honed over more than 30 years as a solo recording artist, of delivering positive messages to vibrant reggae rhythms. Continue reading
A celebration of roots rock reggae
YOU probably don’t really like music if you’re unable to pick an album of the year – and if choosing your album of the year is easy then it’s likely you don’t listen to that much music.
But Benji Webbe’s ‘I Haven’t Been Nicking in Ages’ is easily the stand out album of 2015. It’s not often the frontman of a rock metal band releases a smooth as silk album of lovers rock and reggae. Continue reading
BRITISH reggae band the Rasites have promised to ‘bang up’ Blaenau Ffestiniog when they play the town’s Cellb venue tonight.
Talliss of the Rasites at the Globe, Cardiff in the foreground with Kashta Menilek Tafari, far left
REPUTATION can be a powerful thing as was evident as Misty In Roots took to the stage for a low-key Sunday evening gig at Cardiff’s intimate Globe.
Misty In Roots frontman Poko centre stage
The Southall reggae band have been together since the 1970s while the Roath venue, over the past four years, has played host to an impressive roster of classic reggae acts. On Sunday the reputation of both ensured a healthy crowd had assembled at the converted Albany Road cinema to greet one of British reggae’s most enduring acts. Continue reading
LIVE reggae shows have been few and far between in Cardiff lately but just like the buses you wait ages for one, and then two influential Jamaican artists come along at once.
Yellowman and Dillinger opened the second night of their UK tour at the Globe, in Albany Road, Roath on Thursday, February 27 and were greeted by what looked like a crowd not far short of its 350 capacity, even with tickets still available on the door. Continue reading