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A Lion Awakes: The Roots of the Reggae Revival

When Bob Marley passed in 1981, he left a vaccuum that would eventually be filled by cocaine-fueled rapid-fire riddims and slack lyrics which glorified guns, drugs, and sex, and worked only to fatten the pockets of the producers, and kill the souls of the people.  Jamaica wanted nothing...
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Leader of the New School

While we tend to focus primarily on classic roots and culture here at MIDNIGHT RAVER, there are plenty youths holding it down for modern conscious roots reggae.  Here are several new singles from the uber-talented Chronixx.  Stay tuned as I am currently writing a story about the new...
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MIDNIGHT RAVER featured at JamaicansMusic.com!

I recently participated in an interview for this great website www.jamaicansmusic.com.  I must give thanks to Biko Kennedy from JamaicansMusic who contacted me and asked if I would like to do a feature for their site.  Thanks to his generosity and great spirit we were able to turn...
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Who? Bob Marley

Title: Who? Bob Marley Author: Hannah; Illustrator: White Whale Publisher: Dasan Books Year: June 15, 2012 Pages: 194 ISBN: 9788963707570   Keeping with the children’s book theme, here is a pretty cool book I just picked up. It will for sure be included in the next edition of...
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Joe Higgs “Creation” (Ethnic Fight)

Written by Joe Higgs and produced by Augustus Pablo and the Super 8 Corporation for Half Moon, “Creation” is pure, unadulterated roots & culture.  Sounds so sweet!  This tune can also be found on the Half Moon compilation double-LP ‘Glory Dominion Power Majesty’ which I posted HERE a...
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“Book Of Rules”

While The Heptones AKA Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan, and Barry Llewellan,  are most closely related with Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio (they notoriously recorded 1978’s Party Time there), it is at Harry J’s where they record their most memorable hit “Book Of Rules” in 1973.  Based on a...
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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S Album Pick of the Week!

YELLOWMAN: YOUNG, GIFTED, AND YELLOW (17 NORTH PARADE) First off, maximum respect to 17 North Parade and VP Records for placing a priority on releasing anthologies from those roots artists we love.  Their recent compilations, including Gregory Isaacs, and Dennis Brown, and Barrington Levy anthologies, include 2 or...
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