“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
“In the springtime…singing songs of freedom”
MAXI Priest who graduated from the British sound system scene of the early 1980s to become the country’s most successful solo reggae singer closed his UK tour at the DC nightclub in Cardiff.
“I can see clearly now the rain is gone…gone are the dark clouds that had me blind it’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day”
I DOUBT Johnny Nash was only thinking about the weather when he wrote the above, but counting the days down to spring they, and the time I saw Jimmy Cliff sing them live during a miserable summer in Cardiff, come to mind.
As the dark clouds of January and February burn away my spring optimism is the promise of live music, getting underway right on cue this Sunday, March 1 with a live show from Maxi Priest on the first day of the season which is also Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Saint David’s Day). Continue reading
“I SING reggae music without apology,” declares Kenyatta Hill, now lead vocalist of Culture the vocal trio his late father Joseph Hill formed in Jamaica in the mid 70s.
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