EXTRACT Cocoa Tea is sat on a small wicker chair in Bobby Digital's front garden. It's mid-afternoon and the studio hasn't come to life yet. Just one or two cars are parked outside and the street's quiet, much to the cameraman's relief. VP Records are filming a documentary about Bobby Digital and Cocoa Tea has travelled the thirty miles from Clarendon to be here, back at the place where so many of their hit singles and albums were made. This album is his third for Bobby's Dig
This month's reggae interviewees are Julian Marley and Michael Franti, both celebrating new albums, whilst my Vibes Column is centres on Buju Banton's release from jail and his return to the stage and studio. I've reviewed albums by Alborosie, XTM Nation, Young Blood Records and Elijah Prophet, and also singles featuring Peetah Morgan, Agent Sasco, Bugle and recent UK X Factor winner Dalton Harris, among others.
The Jamaican born, but UK raised dancehall artist Khalia is this month's lead reggae feature, plus I take an an in-depth look at the Desmond Dekker album Pretty Africa, which Trojan discovered in their vaults just in time for Record Day. Latest singles by Koffee, Raging Fyah, Kumar and Shenseea head Run The Track; there's a piece on Misty In Roots celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Live At The Countervision and also reviews of albums by the Last Poets, Jamaica dub poet Oku O
This month's Echoes has interviews with Christopher Martin, celebrating the release of his new album And Then, and Cocoa Tea, who reminisces about voicing for Bobby Digital and tracks on the Greensleeves compilation, Music Is Our Business. There's a preview of the forthcoming Inna De Yard film directed by Peter Webber, whilst singles by Jah Cure & Damian Marley, Protoje, Lila Ike and Romain Virgo head Run The Track. Echoes publish several pages of album reviews each month an