It was such a pleasure spending time with old friends Beenie Man and Nadine Sutherland at the Rototum Sunsplash in Benicassim recently. Their contributions to reggae music continue to delight millions from around the world, and it's been an honour to follow their respective careers over the years.
Attending the Reggae University at Rototum is always an enjoyable and inspiring occasion. This year I was invited to participate in a discussion and Q & A session with the Wailers, featuring original members Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Junior Marvin. Owen "Dreadie" Reid and Junior are to my right, and Family Man, lead singer Joshua David Barrett, Family Man's son Aston Junior and host David Katz are to my left. Later that evening the Wailers headlined the Main Stage and pe
I was lucky enough to interview and write about Chronixx and Nattali Rize for this month's issue. Samory I's Black Gold is Reggae Album Of The Month, whilst Roger Steffens' new book So Much Things To Say - An Oral History Of Bob Marley is the subject of my latest column.
My sincere thanks to Roger Steffens, who wrote the following in the preface to his latest book, So Much Things To Say - The Oral History Of Bob Marley, published by Norton.
“One of my favourite books ever is John Masouri’s brilliant Wailing Blues: The Story Of Bob Marley’s Wailers which is basically the autobiography of Family Man Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton, the very heart of the Wailers’ sound since 1970. Every song done by Bob since then is deconstructed in t