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Island Head drops new video!

Check Island Head’s blistering performance of “Burnin’ & Lootin'” from their outstanding Punky Reggae Party LP. Check their live show schedule: http://islandheadreggae.com/2014/06/19/z-live-shows/   Live Show info: DATE: Friday July 18, 2014     PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)        273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY          WEBSITE LINK:  ...
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Island Head Live at Cutting Room, NYC

Our good friend Bill Messinetti, drummer for Island Head reggae band, just sent me the following clips from their recent performance in NYC.  Their album PUNKY REGGAE PARTY made MIDNIGHT RAVER’S BEST OF 2013 due to their musicianship and jazz/reggae fusion versions of popular Bob Marley classics, each...
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Ten Things You Did Not Know About Sly and Robbie

MIDNIGHT RAVER is currently working on a feature about Sly and Robbie, who are responsible for five Grammy-worthy albums in 2013.  They were nominated for their album SLY AND ROBBIE & THE JAM MASTERS NEW LEGEND.  However, I feel that the albums BITTY MCLEAN:  THE TAXI SESSIONS and...
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The Friday Riff w/ Dermot Hussey, August 2, 2013

  THE FRIDAY RIFF 8/2, 7 pm EST:  MAJOR LAZER’S Production “flash” and dub step, JAH NO PARTIAL.  Lee Perry, the producer of Bob Marley’s PUNKY REGGAE PARTY, features in THE REMIXED VERSION. Meta and Damian Marley ‘ ‘BELOVED AFRICA’.  The great Harmony Group, THE MELODIANS  with a...
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Babylon By Bus

Babylon by Bus is probably the most well-known and influential live reggae album.  Unlike Kaya, ‘Babylon By Bus’ is aggressive – very aggressive, in fact.  The tunes are played with a passion, fervor, and speed that reminds me of The Wailers earlier performances at Sundown, Edmonton and Leeds...
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The Wailers Play Plaza De Toros, Ibiza, June 28, 1978

From http://blog.ibizasocial.com: JUNE 28, 1978. The old bullring of Ibiza was rammed to the rafters with people coming to dance to the reggae beats of Bob Marley & The Wailers.  Today, 34 years later, there are still many Ibicencos who remember the sight of Marley’s dreadlocks shaking around on stage...
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Jah Punk: New Wave Digs Reggae by Vivien Goldman

As a bookend to an exciting week of Marley-related posts, I leave you with one of my favorite articles by noted journalist and Wailers superfan and biographer Vivien Goldman.  “Jah Punk: New Wave Digs Reggae” was published in Sounds on September 3, 1977-the year of the punk.  It...
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