September 2, 2008, at 10:50 pm

Dancehall Story

The co-author of the legendary Reggae Quarterly magazine and the superb book King Jammy, Beth Lesser has a new book published by Soul Jazz Records on 27 October titled Dancehall: the Story Of Jamacian Dancehall Culture.

The publishers bluurb claims this is definitive… normally claims like this should be treated with caution but anyone who has read Beth’s previous work, or seen her superb photo’s, will know that just for once this could be … continue reading…

August 20, 2008, at 11:01 pm

A French Natty Dread

The August/September issue of French reggae magazine Natty Dread is available now. Articles include a feature on K.Vibes (Karen Morrisson) who recorded the superb Frenemies for Studio One, the story of Nanny Goat by Larry and Alvin, interviews with Etana and Bushman and a load more. Pity it’s in French!

As usual there is a free sampler CD, featuring The Kingstonians, Earth & Stone, Gregory Isaacs, K.Vibes etc.

You can subscribe to the magazine … continue reading…

July 21, 2008, at 9:51 pm

Sleng Teng on the Wire

The latest issue of Wire magazine (the August one with Tricky on the front) has an interesting article on 80’s digital reggae. This is written by David Stelfox who is a bit of a rising star in reggae journalism having previously published decent articles in the Guardian, which in the past has been hostle and ignorant in it’s Jamaican music coverage.

The article gives a background (the usual Sleng Teng story) before looking at diffent … continue reading…

July 9, 2008, at 7:58 pm

Cedric Brooks in print

The latest issue of Wax Poetics magazine (No 29 June/July) has an interesting looking feature on Cedric Brooks, it spans several pages and has some great photo’s with it. Unfortunately the magazine sells for around £7/8 in the UK which is mad.

If anyone gets to read the article please let us know if it’s worth missing lunch for.

June 12, 2008, at 9:46 pm

Natty Dread #49

The latest (June/July) issue of French language reggae magazine Natty Dread is out now. The Slickers are on the front cover and they feature extensively in the magazine alongside Prestige, Queen Ifrika, Reggae Regulars, Burro Banton and quite a bit more. As always the layout and illustrations etc are top quality – I just wish it was written in English!

The free CD features tunes by The Kingstonians, Claudius Linton, Barry Brown, The Slickers, … continue reading…

May 7, 2008, at 9:36 pm

Buster In Mojo

Top reggae journalist David Katz has a nice four page feature on Prince Buster in the latest (June) issue of Mojo magazine. There is nothing new in this rundown of his life to date but it’s a good article all the same and worth checking out.

April 11, 2008, at 9:05 am

Bits Of Paper

Due to the rise of the internet and decline in advertising revenues magazines may not be the force than they once were but there are still a few around that are worth checking.

Natty Dread

Possibly the best Reggae magazine in the world. It definitely looks the best unfortunately it’s all in French so if your like the DanceCrasher crew and didn’t pay attention at school your going to struggle. That said it wins on … continue reading…

February 11, 2008, at 11:52 pm

Reading mattersico

Issue 47 of French Reggae magazine Natty Dread is out and about and despite the fact that we don’t speak French and therefore don’t understand a word of it it comes highly recommended.

Chezidek is on the cover and is featured in a long interview with some great pictures. Representing the old school are interviews with Unity records/Sound System main man Robert “Ribs” Fearon and 80’s Dancehall sensation Little John.

As always there is also … continue reading…

January 13, 2008, at 11:25 pm

Waxpoetic with Barrington Levy

We were a bit late to spot this but there is a very nice feature with Barrington Levy in the latest issue of Waxpoetics magazine. Written by David Katz and spread across 7 pages, including some superb photos mostly in colour, this is a really nice overview of his career from it’s beginnings in the late 70’s up to the present day. It’s issue No 26 (Dec 07/Jan 08) of the magazine and is far … continue reading…

December 25, 2007, at 8:32 pm

Reggae Scrapbook

The American Reggae and Bob Marley authority Roger Steffens has recently published a book featuring memorobillia from his famous Reggae archives. Alongside the 124 page book is a DVD with excerpts of interviews with various artists etc.

For an interesting feature on the book and Steffens archives check