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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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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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