• Reggae

    Reggae Riddims, Red Stripe, and Ryan

    I’ve been in a pretty deep reggae phase lately, branching out and exploring some artists I’m less familiar with: Jacob Miller, the Congos, Bunny Wailer, the Gladiators… if you ever want to get lost and explore some reggae, go to…

  • Reggae,  Roots Rock

    Spearhead’s Say Hey (I Love You)

    Infectious riddims from Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s brand new record, All Rebel Rockers. M’ lady and I heard this on Sirius Jam On yesterday, and it was immediately flagged and tagged for later consumption. The album was produced by Sly…

  • Reggae,  Video

    Digging the Virtual Crates: Shaggy

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lgAHgV14io 425 355] Shaggy – Boombastic (Sting remix) (Video) A classic summertime track… I’m working on a summer jam Ickmix and this one is definitely included. Stay tuned! Shaggy – Boombastic (MP3) Buy Boombastic: Amazon | iTunes

  • Reggae,  World

    Meet Tiken Jah Fakoly

    It’s news stories like this that jump out at me and remind me about the power of music. Tiken Jah Fakoly is a very popular reggae artist in Africa. He’s also very outspoken and apt to speak his mind –…

  • Reggae,  World

    RIP Lucky Dube: 1964-2007

    The world loses another great musician. In a senseless & random act of violence, South African reggae star Lucky Dube was shot and killed outside of Johannesburg yesterday in an attempted carjacking – in front of his children, mind you.…

  • Reggae

    Remembering Joseph Hill and Culture

    Joseph Hill, January 22, 1949 – August 19, 2006 I have to thank my wife for the infusion of more reggae into my life. She’s an island girl (Seychelles), and has grown up loving reggae. One of the great groups…

  • Reggae,  World

    Standing in the Rain in Vain

    Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in the Brixton section of London. Johnson invented dub poetry, a type of toasting descended from the DJ stylings of U-Roy and I-Roy. But whereas toasting tended to be hyperkinetic…