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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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Vintage Midnite | Live | San Diego | 2005

Included here is vintage video of Midnite performing live at the World Beat Center in San Diego, CA in 2005.  Ron and Vaughn Benjamin still finding their stage personalities in the early days of Midnite.  The worldwide phenomenon we know today as Akae Beka has been trodding along...
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Jah Raver’s MIDNITE Massacre Vol. II

Included here is Jah Raver’s MIDNITE Massacre Vol. II, a crucial mix featuring plenty of Jah Raver’s top MIDNITE selections!  When it comes to MIDNITE Jah Raver don’t play…We are talking about a group who, over their amazing 25-year career, released the most astounding catalog of roots reggae...
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Raver’s Top Ten Midnite albums

A reader recently emailed me and asked what were my favorite Midnite albums. I had never really thought about it like that before.  However, first allow me to explain why I livicate so much blog space to Midnite/Akae Beka.  When Midnite first emerged on the scene in Washington,...
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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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