For a festive final of 2020 I connected with Shaggy online to speak to him about his latest album Christmas In The Islands that features a long list of great artists from Beenie Man to Joss Stone, from Ne-Yo to Shenseea. In episode 56 of the show Mr Boombastic talks not only his music but gives an insight on how he spends the holidays, his culinary highlights of the season, and his New Year’s resolution for 2021 after this tumultuous Covid year. More news and recent releases come from Dub Inc, Tessellated, and Jerone. You can vote for your favorite album in the annual Album Of The Year poll, and for more Christmassy Reggae vibes – and the best weed and ganja tunes – you can check new playlists on Spotify curated by Reggaeville.
25 years ago, on July 18, 1995 Buju Banton released his groundbreaking album `Til Shiloh that marked his international breakthrough and is seen as a turn towards a more serious path. Up until today the record sold more than half a million copies and remains a classic of the genre. In celebration of the anniversary a special collector’s edition of the album was released on Friday, December 18, and I took the opportunity to connect with the artist who created the masterpiece. I spoke to Buju Banton about the iconic production and its anniversary edition, the musicians and producers involved, and about making music in the course of time.