Champion Sound: reggae dancehall and hyper-roots-rock by UZIMON

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By William Vale in New Music on Thursday 8 August 2013

UZIMON has been blazing a trail since 2009 with his original blend of Reggae Dancehall and Hyper-Roots-Rock style. Straight out of Bermuda, and known for his wild stage antics, outrageous lyrics, and inexorable dedication to the true sound of reggae, UZIMON has been labeled “the Anti-Matisyahu. An outsider, yet a dogged practitioner of the true […]

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British reggae band: Resonators [live in concert]

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By Ed Tucker in New Music on Thursday 15 March 2012

Brighton institution Resonators stand out from the current glut of tame British rootsy reggae bands on account of having two female lead singers, a genuinely dubbed-out sound that still maintains the fun factor, and actually being proper tight. Busy with nuff gigs and records (on Wah Wah 45s), they are WELL worth checking out if […]

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Bass Culture: celebrating reggae and British music at SXSW

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By Ras Kwame in New Events on Thursday 8 March 2012

Roll on Bass Culture at SXSW. It’s all about celebrating the influence of reggae on British music as Natty, Little Roy, Rasites, Lady Leshurr, BBC 1Xtra’s Robbo Ranx and more hit the road. The first stop is the world famous and strong contender for my favourite gathering of all time: the SXSW festival in Austin.

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Wayne McArthur: Victory Dance

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By Jonas Torrance from Dubwiser in New Music on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Straight outta Luton, Wayne McArthur tours around the UK with his daughters playing live roots reggae. He recorded this tune a couple of years back and it still smashes dancehalls all over. A particular favourite of Aba Shant,i I’m told. Very hard to get hold of. Time for a re release?

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Babylon Circus’ Secret Playlist

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Sunday 14 March 2010

Lyon-based Babylon Circus is music laced with ska, gypsy, rock, vaudevillian antics, dancehall and reggae. Their first Australian East Coast tour in 2008 saw the nine piece band sell every show out. They feature on the So Frenchy So Chic compilation. We asked them to tell us about their favourite music right now, and they started with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing [listen below]: ‘Backstage, home, in the bus, cooking or having breakfast, is there a time you wouldn’t love to hear this one? We love it anytime, any style, too, as it’s been remixed and rearranged so many different ways. Still, we love the original best’.

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Legacy in the Dust

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Monday 8 December 2008

There’s a cool little documentary doing the rounds at independent cinemas in London at the moment, bringing back to life a sadly lost treasure of the city’s music scene. Back in the early 1960s, Hackney’s Four Aces Club became the UK home of Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, and more, even hosting Bob Marley […]

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