Naturally Riddim’s cover this summer is graced by the great Buju Banton, who is just about to release his brand new album Upside Down by the end of the month. But he is not the only veteran to highlight the latest edition of the German print magazine. An insightful portrait of the late great Bob Andy is another touching piece of #101, and also my story about the new dream team of Sound Quake looks back in time and on the long history of the German sound system going back to fax messages and landline telephones. The new Riddim magazine that of course also includes modern day heroes and stories from Lila Iké, Stonebwoy, and Chronic Law is in stores now and awaits your read!
The German Riddim magazine is one of the most prolific and long standing media houses to report and highlight Reggae music, roots, and culture. Being a member of the team of editors I was happy and grateful to both congratulate as a huge fan on the 100th print issue, and also contribute an article about Reggae Month in Jamaica to the anniversary edition. This magazine has taught me so much, made me laugh and cry, and was and will always be one of the most important pillars of worldwide Reggae journalism. Congratulations!
Even though he presented several projects in 2019 already the ever productive musical talent Lutan Fyah also dropped another EP in January. Entitled Touch Di Road the longplayer was produced by German Oneness Records and shines with organic Roots music, rich instrumentation, and critical and observant lyrics about different aspects of life and our world in these modern days. For the 54th episode the singer touched di road to visit Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? in Kingston to talk about the EP, his inspiration, family, and his daughters. More new albums are also coming from Jah9, The Wailing Trees, and Chezidek, and also Jerone’s new single Give Me A Minute is featured in the recent show.
With his vocally, lyrically, and emotionally touching performances Mortimer was one of the most impressive highlights of this year’s Reggae Month in Jamaica. How the talent turned from cadet to musician, what he enjoys beyond music, and how open he can be with is fans are just some of the aspects he speaks about in the 53rd edition of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!?. Spending February in Jamaica the episode also presents live footage from Bob Marley’s 75th earthstrong celebration at 56 Hope Road and the Essence – The Livity Of Reggae show in Kingston.
With his EP Bare Thoughts Devin Di Dakta opened up about some very personal and controversial topics. At Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? the 2015 talent competition winner shares his story on suicide thoughts, weakness as a Dancehall artist, and the music business very openly and moving. Additionally the 52nd episode from Kingston, Jamaica takes a look back on 2019 and highlights the most popular album and most viewed video premiere on Reggaeville.
They shine with dedication, ambition, talent and skills and therefore even an incorrect print of their article in the recent Riddim #99 couldn’t diminish the greatness of Glockwork Posse, the Bavarian sound system that just won the „Who Is The German Top Killer?!“ soundclash which gained the seven members the third trophy in their ten year long career. To provide the article for all readers without the print flaws, Riddim put my story online also including the right dubplate mix on the website. Yet, of course the 99th issue is still worth the buy as always, including an in depth portrait of rising talent Mortimer, a loving remembrance of Vaughn Benjamin, and a surprising story on Johnny Cash in Jamaica.