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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 19, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Monday, November 19!

“As I Am” will be first Julian Marley album in a decade
Chronixx performs three original songs for Music Box episode 39
Famed reggae photographer Peter Simon passes away

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 17, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Saturday, November 17!

Buju Banton sends message to his fans before his jail release
Tarrus Riley releases video for “Guess Who”
New “Reggae Fever” film from David Rodigan makes BBC debut

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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ATX Sound System: November 15, 2018

New Mykal Rose Album

Black Uhuru frontman and reggae stalwart Mykal Rose (fka Michael Rose; around 1990 he changed to the Ethiopian spelling of his first name) has been enjoying an especially prolific decade, with a steady string of recent solo albums. The latest, released this month, finds him teaming up with Northern California’s own version of Sly & Robbie, the Red Lions, who provide an authentic and bass-heavy backdrop for Rose’s vocals. Check out the track “My Friend Herb“, along with its’ instrumental dub version, “Tropical Meditation Dub” below (or on our Spotify playlist).

 

A Good Vintage Reggae Mix

When UK artist Nabiha Iqbal isn’t making her own music, she’s putting her ethnomusicology degree to good use as a resident DJ on London station NTS Radio, where she spins a wide variety of music from around the globe. This past week, she devoted her show entirely to classic reggae, having just returned from a trip to Tokyo with an arm-load of vintage vinyl finds.

 

The Return of Bobby Bobylon and Ska Authentic

Earlier this year, the North Carolina indie label Yep Roc (home to such artists as Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe and Austin’s own Alejandro Escovedo) struck a deal with Studio One to reissue several rare (and crucial) titles that have been out of print for some time. So far, these have included releases by The Wailers, Don Drummond and the super-rare Money Maker compilation. Also included in the series is Freddie McGregor’s must-have classic, Bobby Bobylon. Released in 1980, it proved a landmark recording for the singer who began his career at Studio One in the 1960s as a member of The Clarendonians at age seven. Yes, age seven. Check out the title track from a then-adult McGregor below, or on our Spotify playlist.

The latest release in the series is an ultra-rare 1964 compilation, Ska Authentic. Showcasing the island’s premier backing band, The Skatalites, along with vocal turns from The Maytals, Delroy Wilson and a young Lee Perry, it is said to be one of the rarest LPs in the Studio One catalog (despite most of the tracks eventually turning up elsewhere). Also included is the male/female duo Andy & Joey with “You’re Wondering Now“, a song covered by The Specials years later.

 

This week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify playlist

Click here to hear the dub sounds we have been listening to the last few days.

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 14, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, November 14!

Matisyahu goes underground for upcoming Jerusalem concert
Samini shares new song featuring KiDi
Sasi The Don collaborates with Anuradha Sriram for upcoming album

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 13, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Tuesday, November 13!

London audiences love the latest Chronixx and Protoje show
Welcome To Jamrock reggae cruise celebrates its fifth year
With the new single ‘Make A Friend, the OneCan mystery deepens

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 12, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Monday, November 12!

Blakk Rasta Conquers the Kuchoko Roots Festival
Chanukah music as reworked into a more reggae style
King Jammy rebuilds a legendary Dennis Brown album

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 9, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Friday, November 9!

Reggae artiste Chuck Fenda takes on dancehall
Stephen Marley Debuts ‘One Take Acoustic Jams’ Album
Tarrus Riley teams up with Mykal Rose on new single

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 8, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Thursday, November 8!

Matisyahu brings his rap and reggae improvisations to NoCal
Samini releases his seventh studio album “Untamed”
Jamaican reggae star Shaggy tours Russia with Sting to promote “44/876”

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 7, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, November 7!

Interview with up-and-coming London reggae act Royal Sounds
Blizzi releases new single “Good Time” with Savone
Well Charged gets great reviews on their debut ska release

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Nov 6, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Tuesday, November 6!

63-year-old superstar Beres Hammond takes Tobago by storm
California roots reggae festival expands to Arizona
Mural in Birmingham honors iconic Steel Pulse album

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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