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April 19, 2020

Many thanks to David Katz for his review of my latest book Rebel Frequency - Jamaica's Reggae Revival in the German magazine Riddim. 

April 19, 2020

This was the last issue of Echoes Magazine to come out before the COVID-19 lockdown. The lead reggae feature outlines the Bob Marley 75th Birthday celebrations scheduled for 2020, as explained by his eldest son Ziggy Marley. The other centres on Jamaican singer I-Taweh...

March 15, 2020

My sincere thanks to everyone who ventured out on a Sunday evening (and despite the Corona virus!) to the Rose Hill in Brighton on March 1st.

Radio Reverb's Mark Johnson made a superb host, the audience was great, there was lots of simulating debate about different aspe...

March 15, 2020

Jah9 and Busy Signal are the two main reggae features in February's Echoes, which is the first to introduce alternative front covers. Both artists talk about their latest albums - Jah9's Note To Self is a bold and highly imaginative work, whilst Busy is the master of a...

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...

August 27, 2019

I often used to DJ at Brighton reggae clubs and house parties in the 80s, but had hardly played a vinyl selection since before being invited to the Ritzy in Brixton on August 14th, where I shared the bill with Sir Coxsone and David Katz. 

I'd like to than...

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...

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