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I would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has stopped by to have a listen and a read the articles and hope you have found at least some of it of interest. I also hope to that you good people will pop back next month as I plan to start the year with a bit of a bang!
That just leaves me to say that if you are off to any party's over this period have a great and safe time and remember that .......
Reggae is not just for the summer!!!
One love Springline
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Hall confirmed that Neville Staple, Roddy Radiation, Sir Horace Gentleman, John Bradbury and Lynval Golding, all original members, would be taking part in the reunion. Jerry Dammers will not be involved because he "doesn't want to tour". However, Hall added: "I think he wants to do stuff ... so the door is definitely not closed."
The Specials tour dates:
Tickets go on sale December 11, go to http://www.thespecials.com/ for more information.
Monday, December 1, 2008
featuringIn the live room...PAMA INTERNATIONAL with special guestsDENNIS ALCAPONE, JIMMY SCREECH ED ROME and THE CONNECTORSTHE STEADY BOYS
plus more tba and in the sound system room the mighty DREADZONE SOUND SYSTEM WRONGTOM and FUNKDUB DJs more tba.
The whole thing is taking place @ JAMM in Brixton, 261 Brixton Rd, London SW9
Tickets available now from
PAMA INTL - HIGHRISE CAMPAIGN (RRHITCD8) What's It All About?
What's it all about I hear you ask? Well...The Highrise Campaign, is an anti-knife & gun initiative, featuring versions of Pama Intl's anthem 'Highrise' by; Studio One veteran Dennis Alcapone, Michie One, Wrongtom (best known for his work with Hard Fi and recent Roots Manuva album), Billy Bragg, G.Corp, Mungos Hi Fi, Lynval Golding (The Specials) and Banana Clan protege Jimmy Screech. The album will be in all good record shops on 2nd February'09 on Pama Intl's own Rockers Revolt label, with proceeds going to a number of UK children's charities including; Kids Company, London, Southmede Centre, Bristol and Basement Studios, Bristol.
It is very plain for everyone to see that knife and gun crime is out of control in the UK. Everyone involved with the making of Highrise, is truly passionate about spreading a positive message, as well as providing mentoring, funding and opportunities to the younger generations. Members have been directly affected by knife and gun crime; Dennis Alcapone's stepson was shot dead in Limehouse, London this summer and Lynval Golding (The Specials/Pama Intl) almost lost his life in a very well documented knife attack.
Their aims are simple. We need to make our streets safer, better places. We need to understand why this is happening. We need to stop it and we need to rebuild our sense of community for everyone. No one excluded, no one neglected. We need to create brighter futures for all our children. All the charity's chosen by Pama Intl in this campaign do amazing work, actively give youths opportunities, support and guidance on a daily basis. In addition to the album's release, Pama Intl will be taking this vital message on the road. They will perform a series of club shows, as well as matinee performances and workshops for under 18s throughout 2009. Please support this project by buying the release, coming to the launch party, checking out the charities.
Kid Company http://kidsco.org.uk/
Bassment Studios http://www.basementstudio.co.uk/
Besides being a great tune, this is also a very worthy cause and I'm sure that most people in the UK have unfortunately come across this growing problem themselves or through people they know, and we here at Springline whole heartedly support this cause.
ROCKERS REVOLT PRESS & RADIO ROUND UP
The latest 3 releases, Mungos Hi Fi, No1 Station and Ed Rome have been getting fantastic reactions from radio and press....
MUNGOS HI FI - SOUND SYSTEM CHAMPIONS (RRHITCD5)
Over 25 stations are now playing Mungos Hi Fi-Sound System Champions album, including nationals; BBC Radio One (Rob Da Bank, Mary Anne Hobbs and Vic Galloway), xfm (John Kennedy and Jim Gellatly) and BBC6 music (Don Letts). Vic Galloway made the release his "Album of the month" on his BBC Radio One show for Oct'08. In addition to many regions, Portugese, German, Dutch, Spanish and American radio stations have also now picked up on the album.
"One of the records of the summer" Lobster Quadrille
"Killer reggae & dancehall..." 247 mag
"This LP is simply the must have of this year! ...pure class, flowing throughout" Springline Jamaica
"Seriously heavy dubs, digital dancehall...Go buy this. You'll love it" Electric Roulette
"Absolutely superb" Laurent Garnier
"8 out of 10" Tsunami magazine
"Possibly the best home grown we've sampled for years" Clash magazine
"This is simply irresistible UK reggae music for 2008" ATM magazine
NO1 STATION - BOSS BEAT (RRHITCD6)
16 radio shows and counting have picked up on No1 Station's Boss Beat Album since its October release, with nationals; BBC Radio 1 (Mike Davies) and BBC Radio 2 (Steve Lamacq)
in addition to numerous UK regional stations, including repeated plays from Robert Elms on BBC London, the album has been picked upin; USA, Germany, Ireland and Portugal.
"The best bit of contemporary Reggae I've heard in ages" Robert Elms BBC Radio London
"If this doesn't get you moving, then you need to check for a pulse!" Springline Jamaica
"Dance floor filling tracks that could fill any era of our beloved reggae and ska" Distorted magazine
"To miss out on this extraordinary album would be criminal. 10/10" Street Voice
"From start to finish this is faultless stuff, as fresh and fun as it is eclectic" Lobster Quadrille
"It's good old skanking time again with another stomper from Rockers
Revolt, the coolest British reggae label. ****" 247 magazine
ED ROME - A LIFE IN MINUTES (RRHITCD7)
Following on from the hugely successful UK tour with 'Dub Side of The Moon' creators Easy Star All-stars, the airplay is flooding in for Ed Rome's 'A Life In Minutes', with national play already in from; BBC Radio 2 (Alex Lester and Steve Lamacq), BBC6 (Don Letts) and the worlds most respected reggae show, David Rodigan on Kiss100fm. Quite a start for this unique debut, with Steve Lamacq describing it as "another fantastic album from the Rockers Revolt label".
"Great vibes" Big Love Reggae Radio
"It's fucking beautiful. Sweet ass dub" Postivie Vibrations WCRX 88.1fm, Chicago
"Another fantastic album from the Rockers Revolt label" Steve Lamacq- BBC Radio 2
"Old-school dub & reggae given a British twist by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter...vintage reggae sound, which he captures beautifully... A winner" 247 magazine
SALE NOW ON - CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY
Always up for presenting you with a bargain or two, Rockers Revolt Christmas Sale in Now on....
Mungos Hi Fi - Sound System Champions £7 (Bargin price, for such a great album!!)
No1 Station - Boss Beat £7
Pama Intl - Love Filled Dub Band £7
http://www.rockersrevolt.com/products-page/genre/pama-intl---love-filled-dub-band/ (An album that finds the band really hitting its stride. Quality)
Pama Intl - Float Like A Butterfly £7
Pama Intl - Dub Store Special £3
The Pietasters - All Day £3
Ed Rome - A Life In Minutes £7
The Slackers - Boss Harmony Sessions £3
The Slackers - Self Medication £3
Pama Intl - Come As You Are b/w Dub As You Are (Mad Professor version) £1
Pama Intl meets Manasseh 10" £2
Pama Intl - Highrise 12" £2
Sir Horace - Goa Blues 7" (Horace Panter from The Specials- ska instrumentals) £3
NEW STOCK JUST IN!!
Pama Intl - Neither High Nor Dry 7" (Trojan Records) £4
We've just found a box of these 7"s on Trojan Records. Two cuts
taken from the Pama Intl Trojan Sessions album...Side A features Dennis Alcapone while Side B features Dave & Ansel Collins (the first track they cut together in decades). These flew out when it was first released and has long been deleted. Grab them while you can, we only have a few left.
ROCKERS REVOLT ARTISTS ON TOUR
MUNGOS HI FI LIVE
06 Leeds, Subdub
11 Edinburgh, The Liquid Rooms +The Skatalites
12 Switzerland, Geneva- ZOO - Dubquake arena with Omar Perry
02 London The Cobden Club, 170 Kensal Rd
15 London Gazs Rockin Blues
20 London Jamm Brixton +Dennis Alcapone, Dreadzone Sound System, Jimmy Screech, Ed Rome, The Steady Boys, Jim Cox Reggae Train, Wrongtom & Funkdub DJs
THE STEADY BOYS
(Punk sounds inspired by The Clash, The Specials and The Who. Check next month's blog for more on the special relationship between reggae & punk)
07 Derby - The Vic
13 Shildon - Queens Head
19 Bishop Auckland - Cockton Hill WMCB
20 London Jamm Brixton - Rockers Revolt Christmas Party
23 Darlington - The Forum
28 Durham - The Fishtank
17 Derby - Moon and Sixpence
18 Stockport - SAS 3 Dayer at Thatched House
31 France, Rennes - Mondo Bizarro w/ Peter And The Test Tube Babies
06. FREE DOWNLOADS FOR ALL
Free downloads from all our releases including; Pama Intl, Ed Rome,
The Steady Boys, The Pietasters, Mungos Hi Fi, No1 Station and more go to
Don Drummond, aka Don Cosmic, was born in 1943, Kingston, Jamaica. To state anything more than that, would be a travesty. Apart from the fact that like all legends, nothing seems to known about his early days, men like Don D are just here for a short while, then gone…
Don Drummond was a part-time music teacher at Alpha School, a rather strict Catholic school for boys who were nearly all from poor, underprivileged backgrounds. The school, which was situated on South Camp Road, in West Kingston, was (and probably still is!) almost penal in its discipline, with beatings a regular occurrence.
Alpha veered towards the European musical tradition of marching and classical music. At the time Drummond attended Alpha, so were many other internationally known musicians, including: Wilton Gaynair, Owen Grey, Roy Harper and Herman Marquis. Don D graduated from being one of the schools top seniors, to its supreme tutor.
Amongst his influences stood such greats as Kai Winding and JJ Johnson, and Drummond was to influence many others himself. In his wake came such luminaries as Rico Rodriguez, Rupie Anderson, Vernon Muller, Carlos Malcolm, Carl Masters, Tommy McCook, Eric Clarke, Vincent Gordon, Joe Harriot and Bobby Ellis.
In 1940's Jamaica, big band swing and jazz ruled, and the starting place for musicians like Tommy McCook (1943) and Roland Alphonso (1948), was the Eric Dean Orchestra. Drummond joined them in 1955 having been voted Best Trombonist in 1954, and then formed The Don Drummond Four. He was also cutting specials for sound systems before being spotted by Clement 'Coxone' Dodd, performing at the Majestic Theatre. Drummond had just completed one of his many short visits to one of the local mental hospitals, and didn’t even own a trombone, but Coxone was impressed enough to take Drummond on as a solo artist and session player. In the meantime, the specials Drummond had previously cut were starting to be released commercially in Jamaica and England to critical acclaim. Drummond started his recording career sometime around 1956, with his first record being "On the Beach" with Owen Grey on vocals.
In 1962, Chris Blackwell started releasing recordings in England, and many of Drummond’s compositions first saw the light of day on the Island and Black Swan labels. Drummond recorded over 300 songs before he died at the age of just 27.
In 1964, under Coxsone's supervision, keyboardist and musical director Jackie Mittoo began to assemble the best musicians in Jamaica to create a sound that would dominate the music scene for years to come. The seeds for the Skatalites were sown while Mittoo played in the Sheiks, alongside Johnny Moore (trumpet) and Lloyd Knibbs on drums. After guitarist Lynn Taitt and Tommy McCook declined to join the band (though McCook later claimed it was his idea to form the band), Drummond was the man Mittoo turned to, and he quickly became the most prolific composer and musician in the band. No mean feat when you consider the rest of the Skatalites later consisted of such names as Roland Alphonso &Tommy McCook on tenor saxes, Lester Sterling on alto sax, Leonard Dillon on trumpet, Lloyd Brevette on bass, Jah Jerry on guitar, Ernest Ranglin on guitar, Rico Rodriguez on trombone, Arkland 'Drumbago' Parks and Cluett Johnson on bass. These names would soon become legends, and the band is still playing today, although the fairly recent deaths of Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso have saddened events.
left to right Rico Rodriguez, Don Drummond, Carlos Malcolm and Rupert Anderson.
Drummond’s first solo single, "Don Cosmic" was followed by such timeless magnificence as
"Confuscious", "Ringo", "Treasure Isle", "Eastern Standard Time", "Heavenless", "Occupation", "Meloncolly Baby", "Snowboy", "Elevation Rock", "Schooling the Duke", "Valley Princess", "The Reburial of Marcus Garvey", "Addis Ababa", "African Beat", and my own personal favorite, "Further East".
Sometime in 1964, "Man in the Street" entered the UK top 10, and later, in 1967 Drummond’s adaptation of the theme to the film "The Guns Of Navarone" gives him his second UK Top 10. These events confirm Drummond’s rise to the top and he is named by both George Shearing and Sarah Vaughan as one of the five top trombonists in the world. Vaughan came to this conclusion after seeing Drummond just once. Tommy McCook recalls;
“Don came on the scene initially about ’52. He became very popular and was playing with good bands at the time. He was a member of the band that backed Sarah Vaughan when she came to Jamaica and performed at the Glass Bucket club. She heard him for the first time and told the Jamaican public that she figured that he was rated in the first five in the world. From then on Don lived up to what Sarah said – he was even thought of at one time as being the best in the world. His tone on the trombone, his approach, everything was so perfect. I considered him a genius on his instrument. Even other players of the instrument expressed this, and they should know.”
Don Drummond was not just a genius. Drummond’s prestige among other musicians carried with it the hopes and dreams of all of Jamaica’s shantytown musicians. This was an incredible stress on a man whose life hovered between eccentricity and manic depression. His delicate mental condition was not helped by the amount of ganja he consumed, and the pressures of fame without gain simply helped to push Drummond completely over the edge. The crunch came one early morning in January 1965, after his live-in lover returned home to the apartment they shared together at Rushden Road, Johnson Town in East Kingston.
Rhumba dancer stabbed to death; Trombonist held on murder charge, screamed the January 2 1964 Gleaner Headline; 23 year old Anita Mahfood, (known as Margarita) and Jamaica’s leading exotic dancer, came home at 3.30 a.m. after a gig at the Baby Grand Club in Cross Roads. At approximately 4.30 a.m. Drummond walked into the Rockfort police station and told Constable Aston Pennycooke that;
“Ah woman in de yard stab herself with a knife and ah would like de police to come and see her.”
What the two police officers that accompanied Drummond to his home found, in a front room, laying on one of the two beds, was the body of Anita Mahfood. She had been stabbed many times, and the knife was still stuck in her breast, under a piece of chamois cloth laid over her chest. Drummond said of the cloth that;
“Dis is de cloth which she held the knife with a stabbed herself”.
In death though, Mahfood had sealed Drummonds guilt. Lying on the floor was Drummond ‘s trombone, and Anita Mahfoods hand was pushed right in the bell…Don Drummond was held on a murder charge.
During the subsequent trial at Kingston’s Sutton Street courthouse, which took place on Tuesday February 9 1965, neighbours of the couple testified that at 3.30 they heard a car door slam twice outside the gate, followed by footsteps going up the stairway to Drummond’s apartment. Mahfoods voice was heard to say;
“Junie, please open de door fe me”.
Drummond then replied “Nuh, it is not locked”.
Mahfood then knocked on the door twice before Drummond opened it.
Witness Enid Hibbert then recalled the following heated exchange taking place, which she recalled Mahfood saying:
“Imagine I teken’ a five-minute nap an’ when I wake up I see yuh sittin, beside me very serious. Wha’ happen mon?”
To which Drummond replied “Yuh don’ wan’ ta sleep. Go an’ sleep nuh, mon. Ain’t yuh just come in?”
Mahfood: “Ah cyan’t sleep under dose conditions fe yuh have a knife wrap in a chamois between yuh feet!”
According to Hibbert, Drummond then said the knife was in his pants behind the door.
Mahfood: “Nuh, de knife is not in yuh pants pocket, it is wrapped in a chamois between yuh feet”.
Mahfood: “Nuh, Junie, nuh, Junie, nuh, Junie – Help! Murder!”
The coroners report stated that: “All four wounds penetrated the chest wall”, and “the wounds were produced by four separate stabs and all four were inflicted with considerable force”.
In answer to the question from the court; “Doctor, do you think these four wounds could have been self-inflicted?”
The coroner concluded that: “No, they could not have been”.
Drummond was duly convicted and remanded to the Belle Vue Asylum where he died in 1969, but the story doesn’t end there. For even in death, Drummond’s tortured soul could find no rest, and soon after his demise conspiracy theories took hold. Supersonics drummer Hugh Malcolm theatrically tore up Drummond’s death certificate at his memorial service, refusing to believe its official position.
Like many people in Jamaica, Malcolm thought Drummond’s death was far more sinister in origin, and definitely not suicide. The theory is that Drummond was beaten to death by guards, with the governments blessing, and the fledgling democracy had indeed repressed the West Kingston musical scene for years, along with its rasta brethren. Another theory passed about includes plots by gangsters who mixed with Mahfood’s father.
The truth probably is a lot simpler, and is probably a combination of all the theories with some simple truths. Drummond was a sick man, and the pressures of stardom are not easily handled, especially if you live life right on the edge. The history of music is littered with casualties, and with genius often comes tragedy, and the great Don Cosmic is just another star who shines bright in heaven.
I shall leave the last words on Don Drummond to someone who knew and worked with the man himself, the late great Tommy McCook. He reminisces about the Skatalites;
“The line up included Don Drummond. He really was fantastic, both as a composer and as an instrumentalist. He knew no boundaries. He would take the simplest ska tune and make it into a gem…”
Big respect to Gary Lewis
After tremendous feedback from our first single - "Come to Pass" by Determine (which is already being "remixed"),
Upsetta Sound are very proud to release its first single on its Dark Alley Riddim:
"Money" by Fudgie Springer
The riddim was created specifically for this particular tune, "Money" by Fudgie Springer. The riddim is dark, fierce and moving ... while the lyrics are well written, powerful and demand attention!
‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’ released on Soul Jazz Records is an essential guide and who’s who to the phenomenal explosion of Dancehall in Jamaica in the 1980s and its subsequently rise throughout the world.
Released to coincide with the launch of Beth Lesser’s deluxe 200-page book of the same name (also published by Soul Jazz Records) featuring hundreds of amazing photographs and accompanying text, this new CD double-album features a pantheon of Dancehall stars - Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Sister Nancy, Tenor Saw, Sly & Robbie, King Jammy, Eek A Mouse, Yellowman, Frankie Paul and many, many more.
The album comes with extensive text by Steve Barrow, co-author of the acclaimed ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ and features Dancehall classics throughout - capturing the vibrant, globally influential and yet rarely documented culture that has been mixing music, fashion and lifestyle with attitude since its inception.
Dancehall is at the centre of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, Dancehall has gone on to conquer the globe, spreading to the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Europe and beyond. Dancehall is also a culture that encompasses music, fashion, drugs, guns, art, community, technology and more.
This ‘Dancehall’ double-pack CD is an essential reference for anyone interested in Reggae, as well as a jam-packed album full of 100% stone-cold dancehall classics. An A-Z of some of Dancehall’s finest moments.
The album features artwork and photographs taken from Beth Lesser’s new book as well as extensive sleeve-notes and comes as a double-CD pack and also a limited-edition two-volume double-vinyl LP release.
Some reviews of Beth Lesser’s forthcoming ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall’ (which you can pre-order now for shipping next week):
“Lesser’s book is a vibrant anthology of all that mattered: the soundsystems, studios, producers, singers and deejays.” The Observer
“This superb book of Beth Lesser's photographs, supplemented by her empathetic text and wonderful candid interviews with many of the main players, gives us a unique view straight to the heart of dancehall reggae.” Steve Barrow, co-author of The Rough Guide to Reggae
“Inside the book features Dancehall and its luminaries, a back-drop of bass bins, heat-hazed colour and excellent knitwear, plus interviews, biographies and diversions into the music’s development.” Mojo
Also check these 2-page features in the following newspapers:
The Sunday Times
In the run up to Christmas why not treat yourselves to a cracking night out out and go catch The Skatalites as they tour the UK and Eire this month
10 – 14 Kingsland Road, London E2 8
SIN CITY moves to one of the East End’s favourite bass-havens for this month’s mixture of dubstep, grime, funky and jungle with their finest line-up to date! From Thursday 11th December you can catch them at Herbal rinsing out the latest dubs from the scenes’ leaders.PLASTICIAN, HATCHA and N-TYPE, will be joined by poster boy of dubstep, BENGA, oh-so-hot-right-now producers CHASE & STATUS playing a dubstep set, Antisocial Entertainment’s QUEST & SILKIE, Kool Fm’s UNCLE DUGS & EVIL B and WALSH & KUTZ going back-to-back – plus upstairs they'll have some of the finest old skool garage and soulful house with ALLAN BANNERWORX B and G-MONEY! It all kicks off at 9PM and rolls through until 3AM - entry is only £6
Friday, November 21, 2008
There are also some free downloads for yopu to enjoy!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This is the first time I've heard of Ed Rome, apart from his free download of the catchy, rocksteady "Non Relationship Rant", which features on the album, and apparently Ed has played live in the past with the likes of Lee Perry and The Beat. You can certainly hear these influences in the cuts "A Human Quality", "March" and "Mind", which are in the style of early Perry and his Upsetters material, and when the latter is mixed with Ed's gruff 40 a day vocals also reminded me a bit of Judge Dread, in sound, but with more meaningful lyrics. When you hear "Thatcher's Children" you'll find The Beat influence with that fast paced choppy bass line and Bella Edmunds lazy, flowing Sax drifting along as if she was some kind of Saxa protégé, in what could be a follow on to The Beats own "Stand Down Margret" of some 28 years ago.
Being a regular to the Rockers Revolt web site and having received any number of news letters from there that always have said coming soon....Ed Rome...New Album....I can finally say it was well worth the wait!
1. Way In
3. Private Person
4. Thatcher's Children
5. Nationality Speaks Sadly
7. Non Relationship Rant
9. Some Truth
10. Human Quality
11. Take Me [reggae version]
12. Way Out
You may know him for his chronological music background, where he sings about the biography of Hail Selassie I, our own pioneers, Bob Marley & the legacy of reggae music, Marcus Garvey, Africans Inventors, there inventions and the forty-three presidents of the United States and many other topical issues.
The man who sings this monikers himself as The Informative History Man. Born Andrew Kiffin in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents Bernice Stewart and Dalbert Kiffin, the informative singer grew up in Kingston St, James and Clarendon. Andrew's father migrated to the states and left him and his sister with there mother to raise, growing up without a father was ruff. Andrew's first Schooling started at a private institution in Kingston, after moving to St James he attended the Chatsworth All Age School, and then he moved onto the Marldon High School. However, History Man then decided to sharpen his skill, which was deejaying. This gave him the opportunity to DJ on the Soul Shack Disco in his community. Then in 1987 after moving to Frankfield in Clarendon, he hooked up with two other sounds 'Destroyer' and 'Zion Roots'. While in Clarendon, he attended Knox College for only three months, due to lack of funding. In all of this, after History man return to Kingston he decided to concentrate on his spiritual development with the Ethiopian Coptic Rite School and Church of Vision, which carved out the direction of his writing. According to History Man, the religious experience provided the foundation for his future in the entertainment world. In the year 1992, the singer recorded his first single 'I Cry, What Do You Cry' at the Kilamanjaro recording studio. He also got his first air play on the radio station IRIE FM. History Man, in wanting to establish himself, as a singer had not much help, nevertheless he was self- motivated. The Tastee talent competition in 1992 was the channel that would have led History man into his zeal for eminence in the musical arena. Although not successful at his first attempt, he kept at it, until the year 2000; he claimed the first place victory. Then again, in 2003, he placed third in the finals. Since then the informative singer as been making a name for himself on the musical scene, performing at several stage shows over the years. These included Rebel Salute, Sting, Saggle to the East, St. Mary WI and many others. Over the years, he has done multiple recordings and several singles for various producers. During 2004, when hurricane Ivan was approaching Jamaica, he penned the song 'When Di Hurricane A Come', which was played on local television. A video was also shot for the song. Not only is the singer inclined to writing songs about our pioneers, but also involved in enlightening and educating the public on the deadly disease aids. He did a song entitled 'Positive In Mind, Positive In Spirit', which Jamaica Aids Support used as their theme song. He has become a regular supporter of theirs and has performed at many fund raising events, with performances at shows put on by the Ministry of Health island wide as well. The chronological singer also elaborated that he always found history irresistible while attending school. He now emphasizes that the history is the blue print of where we are coming from and where we are going. Armed with information, in the year 2005, History Man Knocked into lyrical shape his hit song Bob Marley Story, telling the tale of Bob's life. The song was done on the Taxi Rhythm, created by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. For this, he was well received by Bob Marley's family and close friend, Allan Skill Cole and Bunny Wailer with much enthusiasm. With his album now in store entitled Chronology vol 1, the Bob Marley Story is also located on the album; with this you can get a comprehensive look on the singer's life. In the same year 2005, he represented Jamaica as an activist at the Champion for Change in Guyana. He was privileged to be the only artiste to perform at the Guyanese Prime Ministers Ball. History Man has just completed his video called 'Strap Up' informing and depicting to persons about the preventative measures to keep them safe. That is using a condom every time. It has gotten major plays on the local cable stations. The song was done under the Kings and Queens production. History Man will continue to sing his way into history and he will educate the people about our history.
'Chronology Vol 1' - Review
To say that this artist is an average artist coming out of the Jamaican reggae spotlight would be a total injustice. In I'n'I choosing this artist as the September spotlighted recording artist for this month's musical recording artist review, was not only to do justice to his incredible musical contributions, but also on his behalf, as a personal public service announcements to uplift the masses of Jah People.
the signature style of informative history man is surely a chronological tapestry of renditions fit for the chronicles of history of Jah people using his creative genius of word sound ingenuity backed by fresh slamming DJ style as well as classical rhythms, this walking talking encyclopaedia of the life and times of our greatest heroes keeps the listening audience glued on with each track, curiously eager for more!
I'n'I was so impressed with this musician's style, rhythm and delivery of interesting new beats for as many tracks included on his current release, Chronology Vol 1 that I'n'I found it compelling to not just voice and pen my review of his music, but also to get in an actual one on one reasoning on his music from his own words. This compilation resulted in the hnn (haile noteworthy news) personal interview on world of Jah's I-news, (first article under entertainment, Sept 3rd edition). The interview was released prior to this music review, as to introduce the people to the man, his music and the essence of the driving quality of his works. May I present chronology I: rather than itemize every track, which can easily be done by reading the track list on new CD release cover, ini choose to use this review rather more as a "menu" of his tantalising delights, for at least the 9 tracks that are laid down on his music player here on WOJ.
Just tuning in with track 1, one is immediately drawn in with the irresistible tempo of "Marcus Garvey" the chronological account of the 1920's "bigger than life" an africanist and visionary revolutionary. A medium tempo rhythm, this leads perfectly into track 2, increasing the zest and wetting the palate for more , straight into the serious dance groove track 2 "Negus Haile Selassi,I" an actual history lesson from 1892 through 1975, the life and times of h.i.m, the crowned king of Ethiopia. rolling nicely into track 3, and bringing one back down a notch in tempo, is the redemptive, chronology of the reggae ambassador, "Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley"....with great sax, a slower chanting style one is taken from February 6th 1945 through a picturesque "journey" through the life span and footprints of this legendary musician. As if sensing the need for the link to the past, the following track 4, takes one straight back into the true African contributions from the builders of ancient culture and civilization to the modern inventions from the lawnmower and typewriter to the traffic stop light, more little known historical facts, more armour of truth! The "Know Yourself African" chant backed by sweet guitars mellows the beat in preparation for the 5th track, a tribute fit for the queen, Empress Menen. "I Love Empress Menen" a voice smooth yet strong honours the queen in celebratory ilyaful backup voices echoing true beauty of the life chronicles of her imperial majesty!...what seems most appropriate here at this junction of the track list is this pure un-cut nyabinghi resounding drumming, track 5, *"reparat ions*",...."*exodusis a must"*, a heartbeat rhythm calling back to mother africa, from 52 states of potential bliss, Mozambique to Nigeria*,"africa is home, not jamaica"...(tek I home informative history man!).... The appropriate follow up to going home is "Manners & Discipline", track 6, as if to stress our very vital focus on the importance of manners, discipline and preparation for reparations... A reminder, 'teach de likkle youth to raspect de elders', even 'some big people need manners & discipline!' (He speaks it truthfully and sternly but with such gorgeous string instrumentations backing up, none can ignore the rastafari truths of right knowledge!).... . Every real aspect of life, from our i-story of ancient of days to the current stories like *"hurricane*" is touched on here in this track 7 making it clear to the listener that this chanter don't like any "cane" from 'Cain' and Abel, to co'caine', to hurri'cane'...thus this one livicated to the survival of the people in "hurricane" , this contagious beat fit for kicking up de boots dem, but putting a serious note...crucial preparation for the facing up of mother nature..."When De Hurricane A Come,"... Wrap up de satellite, de important papers, rice and flour, be prepared! The climax of these righteous and heartical tracks comes in the form of a potent message, track 9, the aids epidemic, "Must Haffa Strap Up" a 'roll yuh waist' rhythm here, but a crucial chant indeed: "rough rider husband haffa strap up, woman haffa strap up, must haffa strap up!" a sure fiyah hit to target the masses and get the attention on the seriousness of the aids proliferation globally. This reflecting the informative history man's works with 'the Jamaica aid support initiatives'.
I'n'I must give more than nuff support, respect and a five stars to this collection of works by this intuitive, selfless and talented artist, in producing a series of documentaries, taking the listener on a virtual journey through time, linked to the past steadfastly but with a true pulse on the current issues plaguing the masses today. For I'n'I to recommend any particular tracks as a must, would render the rest as not as important or as acoustically appealing enough, so I'n'I must recommend all and each, as they were rendered each and every one by this amazing artist, with loving kindness, care, and sincere desire to use his talents to 'headucate" and lift up the consciousness of Jah people globally. As for serious dance track, I'n'I i recommend I favourite track 2 "Bless To The King" tribute to h.i.m, for hypnotic chanting nyabinghi rhythmical trance, track 6, "Repatriation", and a sure fiyah hit, musically "The Respector Of One" track 9 "Aids". *this gift to the world, I'n'I recommended highly even as a back to school back- pack stuffer, to the youth, a history class set to rhythms they can relate to...listen and learn!
*check out this outstanding cd release from Informative History Man, establishing a foundation for the youth to live by from the strengths and powahs handed down from standing on the shoulders of our ancestors, a legacy to live by! *
*link to *cd baby* for distribution by visiting *information history man's* page here on *WOJ!*
1 Biography of Haile Selassie I
2 Bob Marley Story
3 Marcus Garvey History
4 Africans Inventors
5 Mada That Great Stone
6 Educate the Youngster
7 Haile Rastafari
8 Empress Menen
9 Jamaica Sound Systems
10 Give Me Back Mi Name
11 Presidents of America
12 Old Murderer
13 Dennis Brown Tribute
14 Miss Lou Tribute
15 Mrs. Rosa Parks
16 Java Anthem
17 Honour & Tribute
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The album will be in all good record shops on 2nd February'09 on Pama Intl's own Rockers Revolt label, with proceeds going to a number of UK children's charities who are actively giving youths opportunities, support and guidance, including;
Southmede Centre, Bristol and
It is very plain for everyone to see that knife and gun crime is out of control in the UK. Everyone involved with the making of Highrise, is truly passionate about spreading a positive message, as well as providing funding and opportunities to the younger generations. Members have been directly affected by knife and gun crime; Dennis Alcapone's stepson was shot dead in Limehouse, London this summer and Lynval Golding (The Specials/Pama Intl) has been a victim of a knife attack. In addition to the album's release, Pama Intl will be taking this vital message on the road. They will perform a series of club shows, as well as matinee performances and workshops for under 18s throughout 2009.
A launch night for The Highrise Campaign will be taking place on 20 December @ Jamm in Brixton. Feat. PAMA INTL & guests, MUNGOS HI FI & guests, ED ROME, WRONGTOM and more TBA
Coming soon on Rockers revolt; Pama Intl - Wrongtom Saves The World From Armageddon (Love Filled Dub Band completely versioned in dub by Wrongtom. Fresh from versioning the Roots Manuva latest album).
The Steady Boys - Roots (debut album from north east punk upstarts - Rockers Revolt first non reggae/ska release),
Overproof Sound System - Pull It Up (killer album from Groove Corp's sensational reggae enterprise).
Stay tuned for details
PAMA INTL DIGITAL DOWNLOADS NOW AVAILABLE
For you who like their music in digital form, Pama Intl songs from their 'Float Like A Butterfly', 'Dub Store Special' and 'Love Filled Dub Band' albums, meets Manasseh 10" and some previously unreleased material are now available to buy as digital downloads via Kazzsong, at very reasonable rates. You can find the Kazzsong player on the Pama Intl myspace page.
For any further information on Pama and Rockers Revolt label acts etc,
Playing the best in old skool RnB, Funky House, Reggae, Club Classics, Soul,Jazz and Anthems
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
As a teenager he moved up through sound systems like Crystal Blue, Stereo Grav, Virgo, Soul II Soul, Tape-Tone Hi-Fi latter to become King Jammy’s Hi-Fi, Supreme Of Love, Papa Roots Hi-Fi, King Majesty, Black Scorpio, Studio Mix, and Stur Mars. Super Cat developed and honed his skills to become a very accomplished DJ, with his aggressive and conscious performances on sound systems, which earned him great popularity in the dancehall, where eventually in 1981 Winston Riley decided to take him into the studio. Here they cut 'Mr Walker' together, but the road to fame was bought to an abrupt halt when he was apparently imprisoned for a short while, though I haven't managed to find out what for. On his release, his old mentor Early B offered him the chance to get back into music 'chatting' for the Killamanjaro sound system. The sound system gave him a respectable status as he performed alongside top acts like the Lone Ranger, John Wayne and Jim Kelly. In 1985 returned to recording with singles, 'Ride And Shut Off' and his contribution to the notorious Sleng Teng rhythm 'Trash And Ready', which helped to enhance his career. This was then followed by his biggest hit 'Boops', and was taken from his debut album "Si Boops Deh". 'Boops', the story of a 'sugar daddy' was a massive hit that spawned hundreds of responses and this tune alone is enough to cement him a place in reggae history.
It was until 1990 that his next LP appeared "Sweets For My Sweets" on VP records, and spawned the number one smash of the same name. Then this was swiftly followed by "Don Dada". This LP helped gain him a place on the U.S. music scene as the album featured heavyweights in the hip hop arena such as Heavy D and The Notorious B.I.G, and was a warning to the then up-and-coming DJs including Shabba Ranks, Cutty Ranks, and with the title song a reply too many jabs made by Ninjaman.
In spite of the assertive disposition of the record Super Cat was invited to perform at the 1991 'One Love' concert in the UK, promoting as the name would suggest peace and harmony. However for Super Cat, a few weeks before the show he was in New York when one of the exponents of the Waterhouse-style, Nitty Gritty, was shot. Unfortunately being in the vicinity of the incident at the time, media speculation pointed to him as the prime suspect. This altercation resulted in his non-appearance at the show.
By 1992 his innocence was proved and he secured a deal with Columbia Records resulting in the release of 'It Fe Done' in combination with Josey Wales. Super Cat also continued with ventures into the hip hop market when he appeared alongside stablemates the young rap duo Kris Kross, notably on 'Jump Supercat Dessork Mix'. He also collaborated with the duo in 1993 for their song "It's Alright". These main stream hits helped to make him The Source magazine dancehall artist of the year in 1993. He also collaborated again with The Notorious B.I.G., featuring the then unknown artist (along with Mary J. Blige, Jesse West and Puff Daddy) on the B-side remix of "Dolly My Baby" in 1993.
Whilst maintaining a career with Columbia he also began production work under the guise of 'Wild Apache the Don Dada', named after his dancehall hit. He produced top selling singles for the likes of Burro Banton, Junior Cat, Jack Radics, Eek-A-Mouse, and others. Along with his production work he still continued to release his own recordings including his version of Fats Domino's "My Girl Josephine", which he performed with Jack Radics and was for the movie soundtrack to Prêt À Porter. He unfortunately managed to emulate the success enjoyed by Ini Kamoze who also contributed to the soundtrack of the movie. The song was featured on the Super Cat's own "The Struggle Continues" which also included an appearance from Sugar Minott and U-Roy for the vintage reggae-styled 'A Class Rub A Dub'.
Super Cat went on to have the odd break through success, and was featured on the number one hit "Fly", in 1997 by Sugar Ray from their platinum album. He has also collaborated with India.Arie on her hit song "Video" in 2001, and with Jadakiss and The Neptunes on "The Don Of Dons" in 2003. Also in 2003, he collaborated with 112 for their song "Na, Na, Na".
Following the death of his long time road manager Fred 'The Thunder' Donner in 2004, Super Cat released a multi-cd tribute album entitled Reggaematic Diamond All-Stars that featured contributions from Yami Bolo, Michael Prophet, Linval Thompson, Nadine Sutherland and Sizzla among others.
Although he has had something of a sporadic career, this lively and outspoken performer, in his attitude on politics, sex, drugs, violence, and with his messages of a conscious and positive cry for justice in the ghettos from Kingston, Jamaica, to New York City to South Central, Los Angeles and around the world has been regarded as a source of inspiration to many artists including, Apache Indian (another Indian descent reggae artist from Birmingham, in the UK), Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Collie Buddz, and Sean Paul to name but a few.
Presently, Super Cat is in the process of creating the Wild Apache Production facility, a recording and rehearsal studio in New York, and as a dancehall reggae DJ from groundation, he is now assembling his own sound system The Struggle Itinually.
There are some more mellow moments that stand out like "Friends Of Mine" with its more pop feel and rocky guitar riff plus the acoustic "Waiting For The Rain" a song about drinking to forget....a theme which along with women trouble appears to be prominent throughout the album.
So all in all a good LP, which will sit nicely within anyone's collection, also really liked the cover, that pays a fine homage to the “Trojan Explosion” classic sleeve design of old.
5. 10ft Wall
It is available as HD DVD or Blu-ray disc featuring interviews with the man himself, other Reggae Legends, slide shows, musical tributes and more. There is also a 21 track CD to accompany the documentary.
The whole thing is available from www.dbtribute.org/store.htm#newmusic
Hard working Horace Andy is out and about again this month with appearances at.....
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th November - The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex BN3 1AS.
Friday 14th November - With Trojan Soundsystem, Smerin's Anti-Social Club plus DJ Rogue at the Carling Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, London, N1 0PS.
Saturday 15th November - Pama International with Painterman and DJ Wrongtom @ the Arlington Arts Centre, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14
Friday 21st November - Fundraiser for amurt with the legendary Alpha & Omega + exclusive DJ set feat Jonah Dan & Paul Fox (t.b.c.) + DJs Rootsman Rak, Makepeace & Dan I @ East Oxford Community Centre, corner of Cowley Road & Princes Street, Oxford OX4 1HU.
Friday 21st November - Stones of Ujima launch their album Children of the Emperor with support from local artists and DJ Tred (Jah Voice) on the decks @ The Drum144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU £7
Saturday 22nd November - Iration Steppas, the Disciples, Rootsman and Dublab alongside Dr. Huxtable playing on the Axis Sound System @ the Mill, Preston Street, Bradford, D7 1JE.
Friday 28th November - Pama International with Ed Rome, Wrongtom & Jimmy The Squirrel @ the Maze, through the Forest Tavern, 257 Mansfield Road Nottingham NG1 3FT
Saturday 29th November - Pama International @ the Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton on Tees TS18 1AT.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
News from the Mungo’s Camp this month about their up and coming shows, plus new releases…
Mungo's Hi Fi meet MALA (DMZ) this month at the Artschool on Friday 28th November between 11pm - 3am
Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew St, Glasgow, Scotland G3 6RQtickets - £5 in advance (available until 5pm on the night)£8 on the door (£6 for Artschool students)
Mungo's on the move:
Saturday 25th October - BRISTOL
Monster Bass @ the Black Swanwith The Bug, Warrior Queen, Chef v LD, LV and Dandelion, Murderbot, Monkey Steak and many more including them!.
Friday 7th November - EDINBURGH
Big Toe's Hi Fi at the Wee Red Bar St Kilda soundbwoy!
Saturday 15th November - WROCLAW, POLAND
One Love Sound Festival with Kenny Knots
plus Inner Circle, Irie Revoltes, Kanka, YT, Henry and Louis and more
Friday 28th November
Mungo's Hi Fi meet Mala (DMZ)
11pm - 3am Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew St,
Glasgow, Scotland G3 6RQ
tickets - £5 in advance (available until 5pm on the night) £8 on the door
(£6 for Artschool students)
Saturday 29th November - BRIXTON ALBUM LAUNCH
Straight after the gig at the art school with Mala, they'll be packing the boxes in the van and taking them to Brixton for their first outing in London for a St Andrews Day Special.
7pm - 10pm MAX ROMEO with the Charmax Band
10pm - 4am Mungo's Hi Fi Album Launch SOUND SYSTEM CHAMPIONS will be in attendance, including Brother Culture, Kenny Knots, Mikey Murka, MC Ishu and many many more
Saturday 6th December - SUBDUB, LEEDS
It's Exodus time and they'll be shaking room two with the full sound system and the subbiest of dub
Thursday 11th December - SKATALITES, EDINBURGH
Supporting the legends as they return to Scotland in the liquid rooms
Friday 12th December - ZOO, GENEVA
Playing an exclusive set with OMAR PERRY on the might OBF Sound System in the Dubquake Arena
HOGMANAY SPECIAL AT THE CAVES IN EDINBURGH
Hosted by the Departure Lounge posse featuring
ORCHESTRA DEL SOL, EDINBURGH SAMBA SCHOOL and the TROUBLE DJs
They'll be rumbling in room 2 with Soom T larging it 10pm - 5am
Get your tickets early
3 new 12" records (also available as high quality mp3)
SCOB013, SCOB014 - On the mexican bean riddim featuring
Ranking Joe, Brother Culture, Afrikan Simba, Benjammin, Murrayman and Lyricson
and SCOB015 Brother Culture's legendary Wickedness plus refix
also check the new t-shirts in stock!
Recorded at the Shamabala festival in Northamptonshire back in the summer of this year......... download, share and enjoy:
Don't forget about their Dub n Grub nites every Thursday from 7pm - midnight at the 78 on Kelvinhaugh Street in Glasgow.