Reggae plays a major role in the UK music scene, and not just because of the many Jamaican immigrants. Why England drew so many people from the island, how the music evolved, and what the magic of reggae that still touches many young artists is all about, those are the issues the Markus Hautmann touched for his latest documentary Old To The New – Old School Reggae In the UK. Winston Francis, Randy Valentine, and Holly Cook share their experiences, and I had the pleasure to chat with Dennis Alcapone and revisit the history of the genre. Enjoy a little time travel with interviews and live material on Youtube.
For eight years he was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister and led the Jamaican Labour Party for even 30 years, but Edward Philip George Seaga was also music producer and record label pioneer. In a detailed interview he tells about the beginning of reggae, the technical revolution through the transistor radios, and his favourite songs of the past 50 years. Come and join a little time travel on Reggaeville or Youtube.
Out Of Many, One Music is the title of Shaggy’s brand new album. The record had the dancehall superstar rocking the charts once again, as well as Europe’s stages alongside no others than reggae royalty Sly & Robbie, Lenky, Rayvon, and Jimmy Cozier. I spoke to Mr Boombastic about this album, the tour, and his charity work for another episode of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!?. Record releases by Dub Inc., Iriepathie, and Dactah Chando, as well as personal greetings from Gentleman and Steel Pulse’ David Dread on tour complete edition 7 of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? on Youtube.
Due to the great response on last year’s calendar, HELP Jamaica! once again teamed up with Jamaican graphic designer Michael Thompson and his International Reggae Poster Contest to create another exciting Charity Calendar for 2014. The product features the magnificent artworks by the winners as well as one design by Thompson himself. All graphic designers agreed to support the worthy cause and provided their posters for free. The result, a high quality calendar with 14 pages (size: DIN A3) offset-printed and carefully single welded to ensure secure worldwide shipment is now available for sale in the web shop. Get it now as a perfect gift for a loved one or treat yourself with this beautiful calendar – and, at the same time, support the worthy cause of Education For A Change, as all revenues go straight and directly to HELP Jamaica!.