Friday, October 11, 2013

The Passion of Reggae and African Music

Drumming and dancing have been part of Africa's culture for ages as ceremonial activities initiated by the ancestors to appease the gods.  Unwillingly stolen away from Africa to the Caribbean, African music and rhythm finds its way to these islands in the form of reggae music.  Since then, reggae has acted like a magnet, creating a huge impact on the global music scene.  This type of music, which carries a prophetic message and spiritual lyrics, continues to influence musical genres, cultures and societies throughout the world, contributing to the development of new counter culture movements in Europe, America and Africa.  "Reggae in the bathroom, Reggae in the bedroom, Reggae everywhere, Reggae in jail, Reggae in church, everybody like it," sings Lucky Dube.  In this book the writer speaks to some of the masters behind contemporary reggae and African music.  The influence and impact of these great musicians is internationally known and is recounted with warm, sincere, and unrivalled craftsmanship that distinguishes them in the music world.  Read the live performances and interviews of: Anthony B Joseph Hill-Culture, Gregory Isaacs, U-Roy, Capleton, Julian Marley, Prince Malachi, Luciano, Lucky Dube, Julian Murvin, Andrew Tosh, ASWAD, Live Wyya, Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti, Faytinga, Manu Dibango and Tutu Puoane.  This beautifully illustrated, color photo book is one of the most fascinating and interesting works written about reggae and African music.  The passion of Reggae and African Music is available on Amazon.

Source: Joel Savage

Computer Paul Presents 'The Double Trouble' Jugglin Pt.1

Computer Paul in Studio
Veteran Producer Paul Henton aka Computer Paul has released another of his long awaited classic dancehall jugglings, 'The Double Trouble' and from the stellar lineup which features some of the biggest names in reggae including Everton Blender, Terry Linen, Glen Washington, The Mighty Diamonds, Stevie Face, Lukie D, Hezron, Steele, and Culture T and Bobby Crystal, this gem is guaranteed to be a treat to selectors and DJ'S from Kingston to New Zealand.  "The dance nice again"

'The Double Trouble' juggling will be available on all online outlets October 12, 2013. Watch out for more new tunes from Computer Paul coming this fall, including a big smash from Brown Sugar as well as the long awaited album from Stevie Face titled, "Journey." Radio jocks interested in receiving free downloads should send their requests to, subject: 'The Double Trouble'

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Nesbeth Delivered on his Promise; Did not disappoint UK fans

Nesbeth's Reggae Salute performances recently in both London and Birmingham were successful and met the expectations of a promise he made to give his UK fans a "September to remember" type of show.  The Jamaican, socially conscious Reggae artiste performed at the Luxurious Tower Ballroom in Birmingham and the 02 Academy in London to thunderous applause especially when he delivered in fine style his hit songs, 'Gunz Out,' 'Boardhouse' and 'Baby Mother' along with his more recent hits, 'Friends for Sale,' and 'Drive By' both of which were apparent favorite among the crowd.  During his set on both shows, Nesbeth told the audience that his performances were dedicated to his late mother.  Obviously moved by the disclosure, fans swayed and encouraged him along as he sang a tribute to her in accapella.  

In a telephone conversation with NIPnews, Nesbeth had this to say about his overall

experience in the UK, "I feel good right now, I feel good about what is happening here for me.  It's just a wonderful feeling" and sent shout out to, "a big shout out to Eccentrik for holding things down for me and I have to say thanks to my Jamaican designer Raj Apparel for my suit."

Whilst in London, Nesbeth will be documenting his first tour in a brand new TV show called Entertainment Soul.  He performed in Camden Town October 6th along with Gyptian and is also booked to appear at City Night Club in Edingburgh, Scotland October 10th and Newby Square in Bradford October 12th.  Plans  to shoot three videos in between gigs are underway before his return to Kingston October 16th.

Reggae Salute UK is a production of Classical Promotion.

By: Sophia McKay

Contribution: Eccentrik