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April 19, 2010, at 10:44 am

Dominic and Peter Metro

A couple of linked articles from the Gleaner on Sunday show that Mel Cooke is still on top of things.

First of all an article about UK deejay Dominc in the 80’s and his link up with Peter Metro and Metromedia soundsystem.

Next comes “the story behind the song” and it’s Dominic and Peter Metro with Cockney And Yardie as told by Peter Metro.

And incase you don’t know Cockey And Yardie it goes something … continue reading…

April 5, 2010, at 7:00 pm

More Swing

A few weeks ago I mentioned that a copy of the Jamaican music Magazine Swing from 1968 had been put online. Well Deadly Dragon just put up a copy too (or the first part of it at least). This one dates from the summer of 1975 and is a great read once again.

March 26, 2010, at 11:05 am

Sugar's Clash

Read an interview with Sugar Minott in the latest (April) edition of Clash, a mainstream music magazine. The online edition also features the interview, this is intersting and worth a read though it seems to have been heavily, and not too subtely, edited so it would be interesting to see the proper print edition.

March 21, 2010, at 10:04 am

The 40 leg story

If Mel Cooke carries on putting together articles together for the Gleaner like this new one about Prince Mohammed’s tune 40 Leg then we may well have to form a fan club for him. Maybe George Nooks (AKA Prince Mohammed) was just more forthcoming than some but this article, about the origins of the tune and the circumstances of it’s recording is excellent stuff. Every reggae tune deserves an article like this!

The only thing … continue reading…

March 15, 2010, at 12:41 pm

Hurricane Season

Mel Cooke is at it again in the Gleaner. There is a fine article today about Lovindeer’s massive hit Wild Gilbert. Lovindeer may not be everyone’s number one DJ but he was very big in his time and this tune was undoubtedly his biggest, Cooke’s article more than does it justice – read it.

March 9, 2010, at 9:43 am

Tribute to Limonius

We’ve been busy “borrowing” from Limonius’s work for Trash And Ready recently so when I saw this on youtube recently I had to give it a mention:

There are a couple of websites that feature lots of Limonius work including Wilfred Limonius – the archive and art-jahguidance both are good but unfortunately alot of the graphics on these are not the best quality or are quite small. Hopefully we’ll see a fitting web tribute … continue reading…

March 7, 2010, at 2:17 pm

Big ship sailing on the ocean…

Mel Cooke profiles Freddie McGregor’s 1982 smash hit Big Ship in the Gleaner today. Regular readers of DanceCrasher will know that I’m a bit of a fan of these short articles from Cooke, this one live’s up to his usual high standards and as always the only complaint is that your left wanting more.

March 7, 2010, at 10:15 am

Papa Jaro

Andrew and Jayman of the The Who Cork The Dance website do a great job in making available old soundtapes to download, their commentries on the sounds and deejays really help to put the recordings into context too.

They’ve gone a step further with their recent focus on Killamanjaro which has an exclusive interview with the founder of the sound Noel “Papa Jaro” Harper. Though the interview is all too short he does talk about … continue reading…

March 2, 2010, at 11:17 am

Mr Lincoln

There is a nice but all too brief mention of Junior Lincoln of Bamboo records fame in The Gleaner today, this relates to Lincoln’s suggestion that Jamaican emigrants to the UK were a major force in the development of the music back home. It would be great if it’s writer, Mel Cooke, could give Junior a proper feature sometime.

February 22, 2010, at 4:03 pm

In the Swing

Many thanks to Gorney on the Pama forum for pointing out a June 1968 copy of Swing Magazine on the web in pdf format. Swing is a bit of a legend as it was the main publication to feature Reggae at it’s birth in Jamaica.

There were dozens of other issues of course, if any kind soul can make them available then please get in touch!