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Bob Marley Conquers Boston – Amandla 1979

  The Amandla Festival of Unity was a world music festival held at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 21, 1979. The festival was held in an effort to support and celebrate the liberation of South Africa and the on-going efforts of… Continue Reading

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Hugh Mundell/Rockers All-Stars “Africa Must Be Free By 1983″/”Park Lane Special” (Pablo International) 1975

As I discussed in my recent Hugh Mundell retrospective, his first pressed single with Augustus Pablo producing was “Africa Must Be Free By 1983,” which was released on Pablo’s International label in 1975.  They duo soon followed with the single… Continue Reading

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MIDNITE RAVER’S Picks so Far-I for 2013

If you are looking for some new roots, rock, reggae to vibe on, here are 5 new albums that I can recommend to my readers without reservation: 1. KAYA (Deluxe Edition) by Bob Marley and the Wailers (Tuff Gong) 2.… Continue Reading

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ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK

MIDNITE ‘UNPOLISHED’ Upon it’s second release in 2001 on the Rastafaria label (it was originally released in Namibia, Africa in December 1997), reggae critics and album reviewers the world over recognized this album as one of the best reggae albums… Continue Reading

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Cedric Congo Meets Mad Professor (2013) Ariwa Sounds

What was my reaction when I found out that Cedric Myton was collaborating on an album with Mad Professor?  ECSTATIC! When I found out that Cedric would be singing original vocals over some of the most noteworthy reggae riddims I… Continue Reading

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Nkulee Dube: “In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On” (NPR Interview)

Reggae, of course, was born in Jamaica, but the music has deep connections to what many Jamaicans consider the motherland – Africa. South African artist Lucky Dube was the continent’s all-time bestselling reggae singer. When he was murdered during a carjacking in… Continue Reading