Rude Reggae: Rough Riders

The Ballroom Blitz

We are back with another Reggae article! “Rude Reggae – Rough Riders” has been taken from a Black Music Magazine from 1974. It was, in fact, part of a special called Sexy Soul, Blue Blues and Rude Reggae. The author of the Reggae section was Carl Gayle, as usual, providing an entertaining and interesting read.

“Although black culture like all others, has been effected by ‘the sexual revolution’ and the breaking down of narrow minded attitudes, sex and black music have always been pretty closely linked”. . .

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At its worst, rude reggae can plumb the depths of childish smut. At its best, it has an earthy and unselfconscious directness which can make the prudest of prudes explode with laughter.

Rude reggae has always been around, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that most British record buyers got their first mild taste of it through the work of…

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New albums coming. Yes… albums, as in multiple.

The Sizzla Project

Maybe you’ve been wondering, like me, why Sizzla has been so quiet so far this year.  Instead of 860 billion singles, he’s released only a few hundred million.  Well the answer may be that he’s been prepping the upcoming release of THREE new albums.

I know what you’re thinking: “What is this, ten years ago?”  Not counting EPs and bootleg releases from those shysters behind Penitentiary/Rude Boy/Yes Records, you’d have to go back to 2006 when Sizzla last released more than two albums in one calendar year.  In the heady days of 2004 he had FIVE new albums out, and after the run of 2002-2006 (18 albums in five years, not counting “Da Real Live Thing,” ‘Ever So Nice” or “African Children” separately since they were all double-dips of “Da Real Thing,” “Rise to the Occasion” and ‘Red Alert”), you would be forgiven for expecting Kalonji to release enough albums…

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RTRVI: LOVERS ROCK Part Deux

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RTRVI: LOVERS ROCK Part Deux

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  1.  I WANNA BE LOVED – BUJU BANTON
  2.  WANA TAKE YOU HOME – GLEN WASHINGTON
  3.  SUZIE – HALF PINT
  4. VIRTUOS WOMAN – WARRIOR KING
  5. EXTRA LOVING – BERES HAMMOND & LOUIE CULTURE
  6. LET IT FLOW – SINGING MELODY
  7. I’LL BE LONELY RIDDIM
  8. JUST BE GOOD – HALF PINT
  9. THEY GONNA TALK – BERES HAMMOND
  10. LOVE STORIES – BERES HAMMOND
  11. THERE FOR YOU – BERES HAMMOND
  12. CAN’T WALK AWAY – BERES HAMMOND
  13. LONG TIME – NANA McLEAN
  14. CHANGE IN ME – FREDDIE McGREGOR
  15. MR BROWN – GREGORY ISAAC
  16. NUMBER ONE – GREGORY ISAACS
  17. LOVE IS OVERDUE – GREGORY ISAACS & U ROY
  18. BABY TONIGHT – BITTY McLEAN
  19. SWEET RIDDIM
  20. HAPPY HEART – ETANA
  21. NO ONE ELSE BUT YOU – GLEN WASHINGTON
  22. SOLDIER GIRL – DAVILLE
  23. BLESSING DARLING – HALF PINT
  24. LOVE GOES – CHAKA DEMUS…

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Ten years with Zion High Productions

Reggaemani

Zion High Productions is one part of acclaimed U.S. production trio Zion I Kings, responsible for a number of major releases in recent years. Zion High Productions has now been alive and kicking for ten years and Reggaemani took the chance to catch up with Jah David, bass player and musical director. He spoke freely about being a reggae musician, about Zion I Kings and also revealed some exciting upcoming projects.

David “Jah David” Goldfine is one third of Zion High Productions and lives near Tampa, Florida. The two other members, Ras Elliott and Quashi, live in Oregon and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Zion High Productions is a production house and a label and the story started ten years ago in San Diego, California, where Ras Elliott owned and operated a record shop called Trade Roots Reggae, a mainstay of the southern California reggae scene for almost 20 years. Jah…

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