My contribution to the latest issue of Riddim, Germany's No. 1 reggae and dancehall magazine, is a feature on the legendary Toots & The Maytals. It's based on an interview - the latest of many that he and I have done over the years - held in Shepherd's Bush earlier this month. Long live Toots!
It's been more than twenty years since I first wrote about Morgan Heritage for Echoes and so I'm delighted they're on the front cover once more, celebrating their new album. My other contributions to this latest issue include an interview with Ziggy Marley, talking about the 40th anniversary of Exodus, plus several pages of singles and album reviews.
As Nas and Damian demonstrate on their latest album, black musicians of all stripes have long paid tribute to Africa. Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick were just some of those buying houses in Ghana during the seventies; Miriam Makeba lived in Guinea and Nina Simone chose Liberia as the place where she could retreat from the racism she encountered back in America. Marcus Garvey would have been delighted with them, and yet there’s something not quite right about th
Reggae legends Third World are renowned for hits like 96 Degrees In The Shade, Now That We’ve Found Love,Hooked On Love and a string of albums stretching back to the mid-seventies. Their infectious fusion of reggae, funk and soul arrived complete with Rasta sensibilities and a show-stopping live act that was only slightly affected by the loss of Ibo Cooper and Willie Stewart. Fortunately lead singer Bunny Rugs, guitarist Cat Coore and bassist Richard Daley are still in the ba
My contribution to the latest Reggae Vibes - France's leading reggae magazine - is an article on Beres Hammond, man of the people. It's based on an interview I did with Beres at his home in Jamaica late last year, whilst writing the liner notes for a forthcoming box set, commissioned by VP Records.
Vin Morgan is a founder member of the Soul Defenders, who played on hits by Culture, Burning Spear, Freddie McKay and many others in the early 70s. Vin continued to work and record for Studio One after the group disbanded, and this showcase album - with each of six vocal tracks, followed by a dub - heralds his re-emergence as a veteran roots talent. Roberto Sanchez created the music, and thanks to producer Herve Brizec of Iroko Records for commissioning me to write the liner