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Raver Reviews: Christos DC’s ‘Tessera’

Christos DC’s new album Tessera is a phenomenal set of roots reggae tracks that showcase the various talents of one of the most talented and significant reggae artists to emerge in the past two decades.  A protégé of the legendary Don Carlos, this artist/producer of Greek heritage has...
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Raver Reviews: Akae Beka ‘JahSayDo’ Tour 2017

Akae Beka embarked on their 2017 JahSayDo tour on April 15, 2017 in Austin, Texas, playing two dates before heading to Europe for a run of shows in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and Germany.  The band then headed to Nairobi, Kenya and the Ivory Coast to...
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Raver Reviews: ‘Kingston All Stars Dubwise’

My top album selection for 2017 is Presenting: Kingston All Stars, a superb roots reggae album featuring a whole host of legendary reggae figures including Sly Dunbar, Mikey “Boo” Richards, Hux Brown, Mikey “Mao” Chung, Robbie Lyn, Ansel Collins, Supersad and Calvin, Dean Barnett, Everton and Everald Gayle,...
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Raver Reviews: Micah Shemaiah “Fire Burning” (2017)

Micah Shemaiah, a truthful Rastaman, comes forward with a fantastic three-track release. Leading cut “Fire Burning” is strictly conscious roots music in modern fashion.  Murda tune!  “Talkative” is a binghi cut of the A-side.  An understated version with heartful message. Last but not least, a smooth feel-good one...
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Raver Reviews: Zion I Kings ‘Dub In Zion’ (2017)

Dub In Zion
Simply put, Zion I Kings are not just the finest collective of reggae musicians in the world, or the finest production team in the world, they are a force of nature.  Undoubtedly the tightest, most innovative, and most prolific reggae ensemble since the Roots Radics, this Grammy-nominated production...
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Raver Reviews: Akae Beka JahSayDo (Uhuru Boys Records)

JahSayDo finds Akae Beka (Vaughn Benjamin) teaming up with the Uhuru Boys production team for an album that will surprise many Midnite/Akae Beka fans. The only word I can come up with which best describes JahSayDo is “eclectic.” Unlike Benjamin’s previous three albums (Homage To The Land, Portals,...
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Raver Reviews: Spiritual ‘Awakening’ (VP Records) 2017

spiritual awakening
Spiritual’s Awakening just may be the first album of the “post-revival” era. This album from Spiritual, a rasta artist hailing from Allman Town, West Kingston is vintage roots reggae at its finest. While some are comparing the album to the classic reggae albums of the seventies, Awakening is more...
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