December 7, 2007, at 4:22 pm

Reggae Messageboards

People who love music and who spend too much time on the internet tend to end up on message boards. There they can indulge their passions, show off their knowledge and maybe even find some answers for their own questions. There are many reggae messageboards on the web (without even including all the foreign language ones). Here is a quick rundown:

  • Blood And Fire
    The message board survives even if the record label is currently inactive. For old music, especially 70’s Roots, Blood And Fire was always the busiest board. Nowadays there seems to be a bit of a struggle between Revival people and those who follow Jah Shacka and Steppers almost exclusively. Also for some reason the board has a tradition of wind ups by people using false names when posting, this means that it’s sometimes hard to tell if some people using the board is genuine or not.
  • Chatty Mouth
    The original melt down board. This one has seen more blazing rows and toys chucked out of the pram than an entire lifetime of soap operas. As a result membership seems to fluctuate quite alot. It seems to be have settled down quite alot in recent weeks.
  • Champion Sound
    Champion Sound emerged out of one of the melt downs on Chatty Mouth, though since Chatty Mouth has settled down this board has been fairly quiet. There is a loyal user base who are sticking with it though. It’s too early to say if it will prosper or fade away.
  • Pama Forum
    As the name implies this board seems to focus mainly on the era up to the early 70’s. It’s relatively quiet but has a loyal user base that is very knowledgeable. The presence of several record sellers means that they have a slightly unhealthy obsession with ebay.
    The undisputed leader for modern Reggae and the busiest board on the web. There are far too many sections and some members seem to take their online badman personas far beyond what is normal and sane. That said there is a huge amount of knowledge there. The foundation board is superb for 80’s sound tape downloads.
  • Roots Archives Forum
    This board seems to have expanded rapidly and is currently quite lively. It’s most frequent focus is 70’s Roots.
  • Trojan
    A little quieter than it use to be and it’s future seems unsure following the purchase of the label by Universal. The main problems with this board is there are far too many sections.
  • SNWMF Forum
    The board for the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival this has grown to be very popular, particularly with Americans. It’s not the easiest on the eye and lacks some of the features on other boards but it’s simple approach is quite refreshing. Beware, some of the conversations about who is the best Rasta, dreadlocks etc. can be a bit alarming on occasions.

6 comments to Reggae Messageboards

  • admin

    This post has caused offence to a former moderator of the Chatty Mouth board. I’m sorry this has happened, no disrespect was intended as the comments are all reasonably lighthearted which I believe is clear.

    Meanwhile the people at the Pama forum are a bunch of cheats 😉

  • I’d be interested to see you list them in order of importance/usefulness Tim – (although I fully appreciate why you might not want to).

    For all the drama on that board, the people on ‘Chatty Mouth’ have consistently been the most useful/knowledgeable/forthcoming for me when I’ve been seeking information about Alpha old boys. B&F a close second – but perhaps less useful now than it once was.



  • admin

    I wouldn’t dare Baldy 😉
    Seriously though I’d say I enjoy Blood And Fire and Pama the best. As for Chatty Mouth, after the latest outbursts, childish digs and abuse I doubt I’ll be posting there again. Life’s too short…

  • So I’ll know where to find you next time I want to pick your brains Tim.

    Respect as ever


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  • Michael

    there’s also a section now on for JA stuff, plenty of clips, sorted by style

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