Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saturday 23rd May at Middlesbrough Town Hall, from 8pm
they bring you a Fantastic Night of Reggae from
Tickets £15 from Box Office: 01642 729729 + Late Night Extra with Beta Simon Band and Soznak, Tickets £3 with Gala Night Ticket
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Pama would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came out to see them on the recent 10 date Levellers tour. The band loved every minute of it. Highlights were many. Nearly all the beautiful venues were rammed with Levellers devotees who took incredibly well to Pama Intl's reggae sounds. All round a huge success & one more ambition achieved... to play The Forum in London. What a wonderful venue.
Unsurprisingly The Specials are getting rave reviews for their 30th Anniversary Reunion tour. As you may already know Pama Intl have the honor of doing the two closing nights at Brixton Academy with them. This coming Monday & Tuesday. If you're one of the lucky 10,000 that have a ticket, be sure to come and say hi!
The Specials with support from Pama Intl - 11 and 12 May 2009 at London Brixton Academy
On the 18th of this month the band will be recording a session for XFM's best show... John Kennedy's Xposure session. The show will be broadcast at the start of June, details to follow, one to look forward to I'm sure.
6 tracks are now mixed for Pama Intl's much anticipated album Pama Outernational. Tracks in the bag include; Trade It All For More, Yeah Yeah Yeah/Question The Answer, Equality & Justice For All, Look Out Your Window plus the first single off the album... Happenstance complete with its organ instrumental flipside Dub-A-Dance. Sean Flowerdew is currently mixing the album with John Collins (producer of The Specials iconic Ghost Town). Expect the album to land in Sept/Oct when the band will be doing a full UK tour.
3 singles will be released in the meantime on download and ltd.edtion/numbered/coloured vinyl (red, gold and green). The vinyl will be limited to 300 copies only! Once they're gone they are gone. You can preorder your copy now to avoid disappointment.
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The summer festival season is almost upon us. Once again Pama Intl will be performing at a number of the very best UK fests. More tba but already confirmed are...
28 Sunrise Festival, South Somerset
26 Glastonbury Festival - 1pm Dance Stage
17 Larmer Tree Festival
07 Luton Summer Festival - St.Georges Square (free)
08 Endorset In Dorset
05 Mersea Island Scooter Rally
Watch out for two more appearances at Glastonbury. TBA v soon
NEW STOCK IN ROCKERS REVOLT SHOP
At the Rockers shop they've just got a new batch of classic Trojan Records releases in. All brand new and sealed and at great prices. Check them out here
New stock includes...
Augustus Pablo - Skanking With Pablo
The legendary melodica player. Killer cuts from 1971-77
Sly & Robbie - Strictly Drum & Bass
Seminal early recordings highlighting the early work of JA's legendary Rhythm Twins, incl. The Upsetters, Johnny Clarke, Ken Boothe, Slim Smith, Justin Hinds, Dave & Ansel Collins + more
V/A - All Shook Up
23 song tribute to Elvis ft. John Holt, Pat Kelly, Alton Ellis, Phyllis Dillon, Hortense Ellis, Slim Smith, Jackie Edwards, Bob Andy & more
V/A - Bob Marley Covers - 3xCD Box Set
50 tracks. Bob Marley covers by a host of legendary JA names, brought to you by Trojan Records. Ft. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Ruddy Thomas, Pluto Shervington, Ken Boothe, Maroons, Johnny Clarke, Jacob Miller, Inner Circle, Delroy Wilson, John Holt, Sly and Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Derrick Morgan, Jackie Edwards, Horace Andy, Mafia and Fluxy, Dennis Brown and more
V/A - Here Comes That Feeling - Pop Hits Jamaican Style - Double CD
47 giant hits given reggae treatment, ft. Inner Circle, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, Bruce Ruffin, Cimarons, Gaylettes,Tony Tribe, Susan Cadogan, Paragons, Delroy Wilson, Joya Landis, Bob & Marcia, Toots, Carl Dawkins, The Pioneers, John Holt, Marcia Griffiths,Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Nicky Thomas, Lloyd Charmers, Derrick Harriott, Dawn Penn, Boris Gardiner, Phyllis Dillon, Phyllis, Judy Mowatt, Desmond Dekker and more
V/A - Is It Rolling Bob? - double CD
A reggae tribute to Bob Dylan including Toots, JC Lodge, Don Carlos, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mighty Diamonds, Michael Rose, an exclusive track from Bob Dylan himself and more. Comes with a bonus dub disc.
V/A - Kung Fu! Reggae vs The Martial Arts
23 killer reggae cuts celebrating martial arts. Ft. The Upsetters, Augustus Pablo, Big Youth, Keith Hudson, Linval Thompson, Lee Perry, Prince Jammy, Barrington Levy, Dave & Ansel Collins, Junoir Byles and more
V/A - Loch Ness Monster
Classic 1970 Skinhead Reggae comp with 13 bonus tracks. Ft. King Horror, The Upsetters, Nora Dean, Band of Mercy, Ansel Collins, Lee Scratch Perry and more
V/A - Sucker Punch
Jamaican Boxing Tributes... Hard hitting 19 track Trojan comp featuring boxing related cuts from; Derrick Morgan, Prince Far I, The Upsetters, Dennis Alcapone, Big Youth, Harry J, The Aggrovators and more (have this one and can highly recommend)
V/A - The Big Gundown
The Big Gundown is a wicked compilation of late 60s and early 70s reggae songs that have been inspired by classic spaghetti western movies! This is fantastic stuff, 26 tracks including; Sir Lord Comic, The Upsetters, King Stitt, Lee Perry, Lloyd Charmers, The Hippy Boys and many more.
V/A - Tighten Up Box Set
The first three volumes of the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, ft. 50 tracks over 3 CDs incl. The Ethiopians, Delroy Wilson, The Maytals, Bob Marley, The Heptones, Bob Andy, Slim Smith, Ken Boothe, Lee Perry, Derrick Morgan, Harry J, The Pioneers, Judy Mowatt, The Upsetters, U-Roy, Joya Landis, Clancy Eccles, The Bleechers, Rudy Mills and many more
V/A - Tighten Up Vol.3
Legendary comp with 15 bonus cuts ft. Marcia Griffiths, John Holt, Johnny Osbourne, Maytals, Bob Marley, Tommy McCook, King Stitt, Ken Boothe, Ansel Collins, Bruce Ruffin,The Upsetters, Maytones, Dandy, GG Allstars,Lloydie & the Lowbites and more
V/A - Tighten Up Vol.5
Legendary comp with 15 bonus tracks!! Ft. Dennis Alcapone, Maytals, Chosen Few, Tommy McCook, Charmers, Twinkle Brothers, Little Roy, Stranger Cole, Augustus Pablo, The Ethiopians, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Errol Dunkley, Bongo Herman, The Dynamites and more
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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May 1 – Courcelles, Be – Pacrock Festival
May 2 – Eeklo, Be – N9
May 3 – Lelystad, NL - Underground
May 4 – Dordrecht, NL - Bibelot
May 5 – Leeuwarden, Nl - Liberation Fest
May 6 – Tampere, Fi – Klubi
May 7- Helsinki, Fi – Tavestia
May 8 – Paris, Fr – Music To Rock the Nation Fest
May 9 – Koln, DE - Werkstatt
May 10 – Braunschweig, De – Jolly Joker
May 11 – Lindau, DE – Club Vaudeville
May 12 – Geneva, CH – L’Usine
May 13 – Zurich, CH – Club Future
May 14 – Hazelbrouk, Fr – Shaka Laka
May 15 Brighton - Engine Room
May 16 Sheffield - Carling Academy 2
May 17 Southampton - Soul Cellar
May 18 Bristol - Thekla
May 19 London - Underworld
May 20 Plymouth - White Rabbit
May 21 Dublin - Academy
May 22 Belfast - Spring & Airbrake
May 23 Carlisle - Brickyard
May 24 Leeds - Slam Dunk Festival
New Self Medication vinyl! New dvd – Live at the Flamingo Cantina out now!
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To hear mp3s go to www.myspace.com/davidhillyardrocksteady7
May 26 – Madrid – Gruta 77
May 27 – Valencia - black note
May 28 – Barcelona - rock sound
May 29 - Xixon (Gijon) - Savoy
May 30 - Bilbao (Bizkaia) - Txakoli Motagane
Friday, May 1, 2009
After forming a short-lived group called The Aliens with Rod Taylor and Johnny Lee, Brown decided to go solo. Although his first release, "Girl You're Always On My Mind", had little impact, his vocal style soon found popularity, with his first hit single coming with 1979's "Step It Up Youthman", which led to an album of the same name on Third World Records. This was followed the following year with the release of the essential roots reggae album, "Cool Pon Your Corner" for Trojan Records.
One of the most successful artists of the early dancehall era, Brown worked with some of Jamaica's top producers of the time, including Linval Thompson, Winston "Niney The Observer" Holness, Sugar Minott and Coxsone Dodd, as well as releasing self-produced material on his Jabba Roots label, and had hits with the conscious lyrical tunes “Politician”, “Jah Jah Say”, “Far East” and “Not So Lucky”. After releasing eleven albums between 1979 and 1984, Brown's releases became more sporadic, although his work continued to feature prominently on sound systems such as those of Jah Shaka.
In the 1990s, Brown's health deteriorated, as he suffered with asthma and substance abuse problems. He died in May 2004 in Sone Waves recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica, after falling and hitting his head.
I'll leave you with some words he said when describing his philosophy to making music during an interview with Black Echoes back in 1980, a few words that say a lot about the man and his passion.
"You have plenty of singers singing about righteousness and reality, but they don't live to it, you know. Anything you sing about you are supposed to live. Me personally, I try to be progressive. I have to insist on progress in everything I'm doing, and set a foundation for the youth that is coming. Any work you do you have to know what you're doing it for. And you have to know where you're going."
He was gifted with a unique, feather-light falsetto voice and sang on stage shows in Montego Bay with backing from either A.J. Brown or E.T. Webster. His main influences in his youth were ballads and soul classics by the likes of Billy Eckstein, Nat King Cole, Ben E. King, Sam Cooke, Brook Benton, Roy Hamilton and Curtis Mayfield, after whom his own falsetto was, modelled.
His recording career began as Junior Soul, where he first recorded "Miss Kushie" in 1966 for the Gayfeet label, and then "Slipping" and "Jennifer". He also released songs on Derrick Harriott's Crystal label, and in 1972, he scored a minor hit with "Solomon," (which was written by him and later was re-recorded, and became a hit for Harriott himself), but he was dissatisfied with its level of success so he returned home and spent a period of time working on his guitar playing and song writing.
By 1976, he was ready to take another shot. He took along his self-penned anthem "Police and Thieves" to Lee 'Scratch' Perry (now running his own Black Ark studio ) and together they developed and recorded the song, which on release took just weeks to become a chart-topping reggae anthem of the summer in Jamaica and England, both of which were in the throes of intense racial unrest. With this success Murvin and Perry went on and co-wrote some more material and completed a full album.
Junior, who sees writing songs as "how we get to our reggae foundation" is quoted as saying of writing the album as…
"it's a biblical form it come to me spiritually - difference is that I find myself a sing from proverbs - me can't sing nothing impossible and nothin go happen - always come reality or when it come from proverbs a come to teach to tell the youth a nah do that. Me never did know still until when me get older me really find out... and then Winston Barnes (a Jamaican broadcaster) now start call me that on the radio, 'me a proverbs man'. It come so to, like they come in a message y'know you have to put them together. It might take a time to put them together sometimes three or four weeks, like when you build a house you have to build it strong".
Perry had recently contracted to do work for Island Records and Police & Thieves was released at the beginning of 1977. This album is regarded as one of Perry's finest productions, and the album spawned further singles in "Tedious," "Roots Train," and "False Teachin'." At the same time, the emerging punk rock movement was professing affection for reggae's rebellious spirit, and The Clash became the first band to take that affection and put it on record when they covered "Police and Thieves" on their seminal debut album released in the same year.
This success with "Police and Thieves" prompted Murvin to cut two more singles for Perry using that riddim, "Bad Weed" and "Philistines on the Land." But neither reached the same dizzying heights of success. He also released covers of Mayfield's "People Get Ready" (as "Rasta Get Ready") and "Closer Together," and cut a few tracks for producer Joe Gibbs, including the moderately successful "Cool Out Son." In 1978 he released "Load Shedding." A G.G. Ranglin-produced single. Unfortunately, the magical combination of Murvin and Perry would never finish another album together. Although they recorded more material with Murvin's new backing band, the Apostles, and released a 12" single in 1980 ("Crossover" b/w "I'm in Love"), Perry's increasing mental difficulties would culminate in a nervous breakdown and the destruction of his studio. Murvin continued to record off and on through the '80s without Perry, he made an album with Mikey Dread called "Bad Man Posse", with the title track asking young men to stay away from bad posses in this turbulent time. A tune as relevant, if not more so today, than it was then. He recorded again in the mid-eighties with red-hot dancehall mastermind Henry "Junjo" Lawes, and released the album "Muggers In The Street", The title track yet another re-cut of "Police And Thieves". From this LP also came the singles "Strike And Demonstration", "Poison Dart", "Jamaican Girl". Soon after this, in 1986, he began a project with another prominent dancehall producer Prince Jammy. The album "Apartheid" was released along with the singles "On The Level" on the Boxing riddim, "Lawman And Gunman" and the heavy "Cool Down The Heat" over the riddim that Nitty Gritty masterfully sang "Run Down The World". The following year he cut a couple of singles for King Tubby. "Signs and Wonders" released in 1989 was his last album as he decided to once again retreat from the public eye. In the years since, Murvin has remained active on a low-profile basis, recording singles for various local sound systems in Jamaica, and also for his own small label, based in Port Antonio. In the mid-'90s, he completed an album called "World Cry" for the independent Sunvibes label, and He also released the single, "Wise Man," on the London-based Dubwise label in 1998.
After a gap of nearly 10 years last year saw the release of "Inna De Yard", for Earl Chinna Smiths Makasound label. This release sees Murvin hitting the target spot again, with an excellent fusion of meditative roots, soul and jazz, as he reworks some of his old songs originally cut at the Black Ark. There are also a couple of soul covers to boot in the shape of Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine", which throws in Nyabinghi drums for a lovely feel that adds another dimension to the legendary song, and also one from one of Murvin's biggest influences, Curtis Mayfield, with "Gypsy Woman". Murvin's voice sounds as great as ever and hasn't faded or degenerated at all over the years, but unfortunately I doubt he'll ever recapture the heady heights of what was his greatest defining moment.
They were formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, by schoolmates David Hinds (the primary songwriter as well as the lead singer and guitarist), Basil Gabbidon (guitar), and Ronnie "Stepper" McQueen (bass). All of them came from poor West Indian immigrant families, and none had much musical experience. They took some time to improve their technical proficiency, often on Rasta-slanted material by Bob Marley and Burning Spear. McQueen suggested the group name, after a racehorse, and they soon fleshed out the lineup with drummer Steve "Grizzly" Nisbett, keyboardist/vocalist Selwyn "Bumbo" Brown, percussionist/vocalist Alphonso "Fonso" Martin, and vocalist Michael Riley.
The band has experinced many highs and lows since their formation, with a fair few line up changes along the way. They can however still be found out on the road and are indeed playing at venues across the US and at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 27th of this Month according to their website, although I can't find any details on tickets?
If you are interested in finding out more of on the legends that are Steel Pulse then check this absolutely wicked web site for all sorts of member biographies, band history, interviews, photos and much, much more!
Now I encountered Bitty first many years ago when UB40 produced his first single 'It Keeps Raining' and during all that time he hasn't really moved away from his wining formula. That is the main reason as to why when I saw the title of this LP (Moving On) and read a recent interview where he expressed not wanting to stay in his comfort zone, I thought there might be something new on offer.....but no, it is still the same old blend of soulful, pop, reggae. That said what Mr Mclean does do, he does do well.
This new LP is produced with the help of top reggae maestros Sly & Robbie and as you'd expect from these two the musicianship and production is spot on, and this coupled with Bitty's pure, crisp and clean vocals makes for very easy listening. However, this for me is perhaps where the LP falls down as it is a bit too clean, polished and popy which makes most of the tunes drift off into the back ground and become forgettable. The whole LP is a very 'local' radio friendly collection of new tunes and cover versions. Pick of the covers for me is the non reggae, 80's 2 step, soul of Chaka Kahn's 'You're Welcome, Stop On By', and Stevie Wonders 'Lately', which is performed to Sly & Robbie's theme tune 'Taxi' riddim. Other tunes worth a mention are the rootsy 'Jahovia' which also features Johnny Osbourne, and the up-tempo 'Plead My Cause' is a very nice offering, along with the lovers style of 'Games'.
So all in all for me it's a case of Standing Still rather than 'Moving On'.
If you are a fan of Bitty Mclean's polished reggae style then you will love this, but I can't see him winning any new fans over.
Got to let go
You're welcome, stop on by
So in love
Try a little tenderness
Jahovia (feat. Johnny Osbourne)
Plead my cause
For you I won't cry
The real thing
Come to me
One of a kind
LatelyAll that I have
All of the songs are mainly instrumental and have a different feel from the jazzy swing of 'E Flat Blues' to the joyous nod of 'Rastafunk'. There are a fair few covers on here, and I can guarantee you'll have never heard any versions like these before. Rose Royce's 'Love Don't Live Here' is virtually unrecognisable with it's Tuba pumpin' bass line while Snoop Dog's "What's My Name" becomes a hand clapping funky, jazzy carnival piece. Even Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' is given a make over and lifted up to become a bright and breezy affair that makes you wanna move your feet rather than snuggle up with your woman, sublime as it is mad, with screaming horn solos and banging drums.
My highlight of the LP though is 'We Are One', which somehow manages to maintain a real soulful groove as all the instruments vie for the best solo. There is so much going on in there at times, how they get away with it beggars belief, but they do, and do it with absolute style.
As I said at the beginning if you are feeling a bit adventurous and fancy trying something a little different then give this ago. I found it as just about the most original and really refreshing thing I've heard in years.
Find out more at http://www.hot8brassband.com/
What's My Name (Rock with the Hot 8)
I Got You
Listen to Me
We Are One
E Flat Blues
Love Don't Live Here
New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band have epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, infusing their performances with the funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved around the world. The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school. What makes the Hot 8 so special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. An evening with the Hot 8 is like no other...
Members of the Hot 8 Brass Band have toured in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, England and Sardinia. The Band performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, world and jazz festivals across the US and Europe, and were featured in the Spike Lee documentary When the Levees Broke. The Hot 8 has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records.
The Hot 8 Brass Band has been part of an important relief project following Hurricane Katrina SAVE OUR BRASS! is a local grass-roots project that has brought music and instruments to shelters, temporary trailer parks, and communities across the Gulf Coast.
The History of the “Second Line”
Second line parades are the descendants of the city’s famous jazz funerals and, apart from a casket, mourners and a cemetery visit, they carry many of the same traditions with them as they march down the streets. Today, the parades are not tied to any particular event, holiday or commemoration; rather, they are generally held for their own sake and to let the good times roll.
Second lines trace their roots back to the 19th century and the fraternal societies and neighbourhood organizations that collectively provided insurance and burial services to members, especially among the African American community. The "first line" of a funeral consisted of the people who were an integral part of the ceremony, such as the members of the club or krewe, or family and friends of the deceased. The "second line" originally referred to people who were attracted to the music. Led by a "Grand Marshal", the band and mourners would move to the burial site, with the band playing a dirge to signal the struggles, the hardships, the ups and downs of life. On the way back, the music became more joyful. Relatives, friends, and acquaintances would become the second line and dance with wild abandon. The second line, usually sporting umbrellas and handkerchiefs, became traditional at these jazz funerals.The noun second line, is also the name of a "unique dance", performed to the beat of New Orleans’ traditional jazz. The dance is an evolved version of an old African dance known as the, "Bambula".
They played in my home town often, and indeed parts of Dance Craze where filmed at the Pavilion, which sadly now is no more, and they had split by the time I had come of age. I might sound like a sad old man with rose tinted glasses, but I do have fond memories of waiting for the latest 2-Tone release and then dashing off to buy it with my pocket money, then playing it to death when I got home. This was also the days in which you had something called a 'B' side which would often be a song that was not available elsewhere, rather than the countless remixes you get now. I always had a liking for their version of 'Maggies Farm' (B side of 'Do Nothing'). Their songs for me have power and real presence with often a strong lyrical message or story, Friday Night, Saturday Morning (another B side) summed up many a night out. Best thing about The Specials though was it was rebellion to party to!!
The reunion tour is now in full swing and I was hoping to go and see them at Brixton, but as I didn't want to go on my own and wanted to share the experience with someone I waited while my mates made their minds up. Unfortunately when they did finally come round to the idea they had sold out! What a bunch of useless wa**ers!!
Well all that's left to be said is if you are lucky enough to be going or have been to one of their shows I hope.....
"All of you skinheads, rude boys, rude girls put your braces together and the boots on your feet and give it some of that old moon stomping!"
marina p with mungo's in paris 21.03.09
The free downloads (via a link) can be found on the right hand side under the "Get Occupied" heading. In there at the moment are a couple of crackers.
The other must check out is The Pinstripes "2009 Demo". Only 4 tracks, but what 4 great tracks.
'Come On In' and 'The Boot' are definitely ones for you're dancing feet, with both being nicely paced ska style groovers, while 'Cool Whip' slows things down with it's rocksteady pace before 'One Drop' drops things down yet another gear, to a dubby, roots style affair, with a haunting opening that reminded me of the old 'Stella Artois' adverts from a couple of years back. Beer and dub what more could a mix want!So go check 'em out and put it in your favourites as more great downloads are to be added I'm sure.
who's currently and frantically working on the May edition of Springline's reggae blog ,good work chas!
all the best ,Gibsy and crew old and new.