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Bob Marley: Better Off Dread

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As we continue to share with you articles documenting the life of Bob Marley, I am pleased to report that I finally got my hands on a near-mint copy of the Smash Hits issue which was published on August 7, 1980. The interview occurs just one month prior to The...
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Mikey Dread At The Controls

Michael George Campbell, better known as Mikey Dread, was a Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster. He was one of the most influential performers and innovators in reggae music. His abilities, technical expertise, and unique vocal delivery combined to create a unique sound that tells the listener emphatically that...
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Keith Hudson And The Art Of ‘Rasta Communication’

Please visit World-A-Reggae to check out my profile of dub giant Keith Hudson and my review of the Greensleeves re-issue of ‘Rasta Communication.’ I also recommend checking out author Vincent Ellis’ site featuring his two books about this legendary Jamaican musician at http://keithhudsonmusic.com/ And last, but not least,...
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The Story of The Wailers “Burnin'” Album

In 1973 the Wailers were on the verge of breaking up, they released Burnin’, an album that would indeed feature the final Wailers performances of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Chris Blackwell and Rita Marley tell the story of Burnin’, an album that helped change how the world...
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Pura Vida and The Congos: “We Nah Give Up”

I cannot get enough of the new album by Pura Vida and The Congos.  In my opinion, this is the best roots reggae album released since Stephen Marley‘s modern classic “Revelation: The Root of Life.” Many are calling “We Nah Give Up” the natural successor of one of...
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Rare Marley and Tosh Acoustic Session, 1973

Today I am sharing a rare jam session featuring Bob Marley and Peter Tosh circa 1973.  This jam session, recorded by Wailers’ member Lee Jaffe, is one of many that occur at the Island House at 56 Hope Road in 1973.  Music is played around the clock at...
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The Heart of the Congos

If you were to ask me, outside of Bob Marley and the Wailers, who is your favorite roots reggae collective?  I would have to say “Well, The Congos of course.” In my opinion, The Congos are the most spiritual of the acts that came out of that “golden...
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