Finally the free digital Festiville magazine is back and filled with actual real life events showcasing Reggae music throughout the globe. Besides the comprehensive festival guide the 2022 issue, that was given away as a free print edition at Summerjam festival too, also includes many interesting in-depth interviews with artists such as Clinton Fearon, UB40 feat. Ali Campbell and Burning Spear, who is finally returning to the stages this summer. My personal excitement rose when I first heard Tanya Stephens’ upcoming album Some Kinda Madness this spring, and so I was extremely happy to interview her about this very personal body of work, her “favorite album” as she stated, for the Festiville mag. The full interview is to be found there, just like an excerpt of an intriguing conversation I had with producer Gussie Clarke. For my new upcoming video interview series Take Me Places, which will drop on Reggaeville after the summer, he invited me to his Anchor Studio in Kingston, where we discusses his personal and Reggae history, and his impact on it.
When I first heard songs from Tanya Stephens’ upcoming album Some Kinda Madness I was deeply touched and greatly excited. What Tanya calls her “personal favorite album” is a musically and lyrically rich and diverse body of work, produced by Tad Dawkins Jr. of Tad’s Records, and created with such amazing musicians as Dean Fraser, Kirk Bennett and Glen Browne just to name a few. All details about the record are in my article in the new Riddim magazine that can now be purchased in stores or online on the Riddim website. Riddim also managed to speak to Protoje about his upcoming album and with Burning Spear about his return to the stages. Additionally the 109th issue includes a festival guide, a Jamaica 60 special with the history of all festival songs, and a beautiful portfolio from the Art Walk in Downtown Kingston.
Life on earth, the One Rock as Groundation call it, is full of challenges these days. How this inspired and motivated the Californian Reggae band on their latest album, singer Harrison Stafford reveals in the latest episode of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? Enjoy his intriguing depictions about the responsibility of Reggae, the relationship with the feature guests and the production process under pandemic conditions, while also catching vibes with Inner Circle just before they and others like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Gentleman and Stefflon Don will be performing at Summerjam festival in Germany. The challenges of humanity are also impressively portrayed in Piero Dread’s latest music video for Treat For The Day.