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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