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Raver Reviews: Samory I ‘Black Gold’ (2017)

Samory I
While other, less talented Jamaican artists get all the hype, Kencot, Jamaica’s Samory I flies under the radar, but shatters the sound barrier with his new album Black Gold (Black Dub Records), a fine collaboration with RoryStoneLove.  Simply put, Black Gold is one of the top three reggae...
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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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