Archive for February, 2011

If you’re lucky enough to be travelling down to old Melbourne town during early March, make sure you check out the Melbourne Rocksteady Ska & Reggae Revue!

Saturday 5 March 2011

After a show-stealing cameo in support of Dawn Penn last year, Stranger Cole returns to Australia with his own show of an hour and a half of his foundation hits, backed by Melbourne Rocksteady stalwarts, The Moonhops.

Kicking off at 7pm, THE MELBOURNE ROCKSTEADY SKA AND REGGAE REVUE will be a feast of the finest Jamaican music played by famed local exponents including The Ska Vendors, Judge Pino & The Ruling Motions, Johnny Longshot and Skazz. Between the bands, PBS DJs Mohair Slim and Jesse I will maintain the vibe with vintage vinyl sounds. After the bands, Canadian DJ, producer and historian Mossman will transform the Corner Hotel into a Kingston dancehall with a killer two hour set of Jamaican oldies.

More info over at the PBS FM website

Wish we could be there!


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Thanks to the Jungle Crew who trekked out west to the Dragon Kiln to see the Straits Sound System burn down the House!

The night had it all: fireworks, burnin coals and a friendly visit from five-0, and of course the killer tunes turned out by JC JSJ and TK! The Straits Massive is growing and we had South Africa, the US UK and Oz, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Germany and of course Malaysia and Singapore represent!

Extra thanks to Todd and John Stewart and the Jalan Bahar Clay Studios for letting us chase the Dragon, Dirk for the set up, and Chef Ken for manning the coals.

As always, photos and tracklists after the jump.


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Catch a Fire next Saturday, 19th February, with the Straits Sound System as they ride the Dragon’s Tail!

Feel free to bring along some liquid refreshments and anything you’d care to throw on the burnin’ coals for bodily sustenance, as we bring you more of “this ‘lil island’s” favourite sounds, from Calypso beats through the finest Ska, Rocksteady and Roots to the deepest Bass. Beers will be opened about 5 to catch the sun’s last rays, tunes will be heaving till the early morn.

See below for directions, as we’re really getting to the pointy end of the Island with this one. Seeya there!

To get to the Dragon Kiln:

Take Jalan Bahar off the Pan Island Expressway or continued from Jln Boon Lay. Turn left onto Lorong Tawas, continue to the end!

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If you’re in in the UK (or have cheeky vpn access…), BBC4 will soon be screening their “Reggae Brittania” doco series, exploring and celebrating the impact of reggae on British music and culture from the Sixties through to the mid-Eighties. More info here.

Also on the calender, today would have been Bob Marley’s, the “legend’s” 66th birthday. We regularly feature the early music of Bob Marley and the Wailers (Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith). Although most people would know Marley through his all-time best selling album “Legend”, his contribution to Reggae stretches back through Rocksteady and into the Ska era.

Rest in Peace brother.

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