When the latest episode of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? was shot, the German team had not even played the quarter final yet. Nonetheless singer Randy Valentine already knew, who would eventually hold up the World Cup trophy. At Summerjam he did not just tell me, which team he cheers for, but also about his summer tour, the Break The Chain EP and his hobbys besides music. Further we’ve got great impressions from Summerjam for you, as well as an outlook on Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay and a nice piece of Midnite’s brand new video for Same Boat We. And if that is still not enough, you can watch out for a little musical treat and cameo appreances by more great vocalists.
The season has kicked off, all around the globe this year’s reggae festivals are awaiting your visit. We put together 70 of them in our annual magazine, the Festiville and arranged them for you with all necessary info on line up, date and location. More than 130 pages are for you to browse through also including reviews of recent releases, photo gallerys, and interesting interviews with artists such as Third World, Raging Fyah, and SOJA. I spoke to Popcaan about his debut record Where We Come From and got an exclusive inside look on Protoje’s upcoming album Ancient Future as we spoke about the CD to be released in autumn. The Festiville is now online. At Summerjam we will also give away 5000 printed copies for free.
Triumphantly celebrating 20 years of Reggae Jam in August, the festival’s promoter Sheriff had quite some stories to share with me. Read the impressive history including baby lions, somersaults, and Marcia Griffiths on the trailer of a lawn mower in the festival guide of Riddim’s latest issue. Furthermore I met with Winta James of Overstand Entertainment in Jamaica to revisit his personal story of success from the failed prep school teacher to the prolific hit maker. The magazine also includes deep articles on Popcaan and Bugle, both shining recently with strong new records, and an intense culture talk with Rasta-activist Clinton Hutton. Get it in stores now or subscribe for even more convenience.