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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 people in Boston to address racism in their families,...
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Album Pick of the Week: ‘Legalize It’ by Peter Tosh

This week’s album selection is, in my humble opinion, the best-produced reggae album ever recorded.  That is a bold statement when one considers the quality of the albums recorded by each of the three Wailers members.  When I interviewed Bob Marley & the Wailers’ guitarist Al Anderson last...
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RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK!

ISRAEL VIBRATION – ‘STRENGTH OF MY LIFE’ The album that saved roots reggae, released the same year the last prophet was murdered, 1987.  ‘Strength Of My Life’ saved roots reggae from the onslaught of slack digital garbage that Jamaica was selling to the world in the late 1980s. ...
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RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK!

When people talk about the greatest dub albums ever recorded, many will say the Augustus Pablo’s ‘King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown’ is the best dub album.  While I agree that this album is beyond excellent, and should be part of any conversation regarding the greatest dub album, I’ll...
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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK!

THE GLADIATORS ‘PROVERBIAL REGGAE’ (FRONT LINE) 1978 The Gladiators’ ‘Proverbial Reggae’ is my favorite album by this foundation Studio One roots group.  The second album by The Gladiators, Proverbial Reggae was recorded and released in 1978 on Virgin Records’ Front Line imprint. British dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson...
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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK

20TH CENTURY DEBWISE – DEB Music Players Produced by Dennis Brown and mixed by a young Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s studio in 1977, 20th CENTURY DEBWISE, featuring Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s Music Players, is an unparalleled adventure in dub and an interesting look at Prince Jammy’s emerging talent...
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Raver’s Album Pick of the Week!

Hugh Mundell’s ‘Jah Fire’ feat. Lacksley Castell (Arawak) Recorded in 1980 when Mundell was only 18 years of age, ‘Jah Fire’ is an album that spoke to me the very first time I heard it, and it has been a favorite of mine ever since.  Featuring the riddims...
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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK!

CREATION REBEL – ‘STARSHIP AFRICA’ (1978) This is one of the most wild, psychedelic, and spaced out dub albums I’ve ever heard.  Spawned from the genius of Adrian Sherwood (On U Sound, UK) and Style Scott (Roots Radics, drums) comes the vastly underrated 1978 Creation Rebel Dub LP “Starship Africa.”...
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