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The fact is, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt looks even more gorgeous lounging casually on the couch opposite than she does in her carefully styled photo shoots.
While her magazine image is often that of a distant, pouting, sexually empowered ice-queen -- "Glamazon" is the new description -- in real life she glows naturally, laughs...
This 35-track double disc pulls together essential Skatalite material alongside work that appeared under the names of some the group's members (Rolando Alphonso, Baba Brooks, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook) and is a primer on the sound of Jamaican ska in the mid Sixties.
The rhythm might be the choppy ska style but over the top you can hear the...
HERBS, NEW ZEALAND'S POLITICISED REGGAE REVOLUTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME (2012): Hard tings an' times
When Herbs emerged at the start of the 1980s they were a very different band from the avuncular, mainstream entertainers they became.
The original five-piece was managed by the former president of the radical Polynesian Panthers, and the cover of their landmark EP Whats' Be Happen, released in July '81 during the Springbok tour, was an...
Reggae singer/writer Willi Williams is best known as the man who gave the world Armagideon Time which the Clash covered (and which appears on the Tougher Than Tough collection) -- and many other deep roots reggae songs.
Always well connected, Williams first worked at Studio One in the mid Sixties, recorded with Jackie Mittoo in Jamaica and...
Here is a real mystery single: on the Narrow Way Gospel "label" out of Jamaica (crudely hand-printed, with a quote from Isaiah) comes this oddity which is clearly Jamaican singers but has a peculiar Pacific feel to it in the guitars.
Another one-off bought in Brixton just simply because it sounds so good -- but whoever Mr and Mrs...
The bassist with Hamilton reggae band Katchafire, Ara Adams-Tamatea, said it: "You go to parties now and they are still playing the same '70s Bob albums 20 and 30 years later. Why is that? Because Bob's message is still alive and the things he was singing about are still relevant."
The Bob in question is dread rebel Bob Marley,...
Judy Mowatt wears her unofficial title
“the queen of reggae" easily. A striking figure of regal
bearing, she holds her head high, and, as a member of The Twelve
Tribes of Israel, talks as easily about the Queen of Sheba in ancient
times as she does about Yellowman, and DJ dancehall stars in Jamaica
today – and shows a canny...
What becomes a legend most? In the case
of Ernest Ranglin, good humour and modesty.
This legend of Jamaican singlehandedly
created ska back in the Fifties; recorded the young Bob Marley;
arranged Millie Small’s international hit My Boy Lollipop in 64;
enjoyed a jazz career in London, New York and Florida; and in the
This unfocused and largely haphazard film -- part travel footage, part film of reggae artists, some political subtext hinted at -- dates from 1980 when French filmmaker Bonn took a camera to Jamaica and the streets of black Britain.
There is considerable footage where the camera is looking out the window of a vehicle which travels though the...
Twenty years after the death of its
high priest, reggae still informed the vocabulary of music. Reggae
had so thoroughly infiltrated pop, rock, hip hop and electronica, we
hardly noticed it any more. Still don't.
And if it isn’t in the music itself –
the bass lines, off-accent drumming, choppy guitars – then it's in...
Bob Marley only had about seven high-profile years between No Woman No Cry and Redemption Song, about the same length of time the Beatles had between Please Please Me and the break-up.
But of course, like the Beatles, there was Bob before and after that. After that was, notably, the posthumus album Confrontation in '83 which contained...
Some albums are accorded greater cachet because of the circumstances of their creation. Does anyone really think George Harrison would have won a Grammy for his instrumental Marwa Blues if he had been around to collect it?
That was a vote driven by sentiment -- and probably regret and embarrassment that his contribution to music post-Beatles...
As Bob Marley was advancing a more light-filled, if still serious, face of Rastafarianism into the world, it fell to deep roots groups like Culture, the great Burning Spear and Bob's old bandmate in the original Wailers, Bunny Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) to deliver the darker and deeper themes.
The mighty Spear sang as if he had just been...
After a faltering start with the Melody
Makers, Ziggy (now 42) uncoupled his music from overly familiar
reggae rhythms and incorporated African sounds, hooked up with rap
artists, kept a political agenda and all the while didn't veer too
far from his father's path and sometimes the classic sound.
collaborators include Woody...
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