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December 6, 2019

In our main reggae feature, Jah Cure talks about his experiences in East Africa and new album Royal Soldier. There's an article on New York's Easy Star Records - home of exciting Jamaican talents Protoje, Jesse Royal, Sevena, Lila Ike and Mortimer, plus reviews of albu...

June 25, 2019

This month's cover story features Steel Pulse, whose latest album Mass Manipulation has been widely acclaimed. My thanks to lead singer David Hinds for the two hour interview that underpins this feature and also to Shaggy, for giving us the low down on his new album Wh...

May 23, 2019

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 R...

May 23, 2019

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 Kof...

December 21, 2018

This December issue of Echoes includes my round-up of the year - Reggae 2018: World In Motion - and an interview with UB40, whose forthcoming album For The Many heralds a return to the social commentaries and love of dub that characterised their earliest records. The B...

December 21, 2018

This month's Echoes has my interview with Jamaican producer Stephen "Lenky" Marsden; a feature based around Mad Professor's Queens Of Ariwa and reviews of albums by Johnny Clarke, Tetrack, Black Roots and Gussie Clarke, whose impressive 3 disc set Dub Anthology include...

December 21, 2018

This month's Echoes includes my interviews wth Agent Sasco, whose Hope River is a standout reggae album of 2018, and Britain's very own Bitty McLean, talking about his new album co-produced with Sly & Robbie.

Taurus Riley's Guess Who heads the two pages of reggae single...

June 16, 2018

Reggae Vibes is the leading black music magazine in France, with extensive coverage of reggae, soul and hip hop. My contributions this month include a front cover feature celebrating Trojan Records' 50th Anniversary, and an article on Jamaican roots singer Micah Shemai...

June 13, 2018

After a successful UK book tour shared with Roger Steffens, I'm pleased to announce this second pressing of my book Simmer Down, published by Jook Joint Press. 

It's both a celebration of the music by the original Wailers' line-up, reliving every track they recorded, pl...

May 15, 2018

Bobby Digital is a key figure in dancehall music's international breakthrough. When I first visited him in the early nineties he'd recently contributed to Shabba Ranks' Grammy winning exploits, and was working with an incredible roll call of artists including Garnett S...

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