Apologies to all you Roots fans out there on the little red dot (and beyond!), but after an enforced absence (no, we weren’t in jail … just busy!), the Straits Sound System is back to Caress your Cares, Soothe your Souls and Maximize your Mojo with more classic Island riddims n beats!

Following the overwhelmingly good vibes from our last throwdown at the Dragon Kiln, we’re heading back out to the jungle to Catch a Fire!

Saturday 16th July, 4pm – LATE.

BYO booze and bbq food. Brewerkz is also donating a keg, so turn up early before the well runs dry! The coals will be stoked all night to let you cook up, and we have an extra special guest on hand preparing some of the finest nosh north of Sydney Harbour.

Details on how to get to the Kiln are below, and if you know any fellow Roots fans who want to get off the merry-go-round for a night, bring them along for a taste of Singapore’s B-side.

Much love


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 VERY end, do not turn right until you have to!


Lloyd Knibb, who died this week of liver cancer, was the drummer for the Skatalites.

More info and a brief eulogy are here.

RIP Lloyd.

Thanks to the efforts and hardwork of Brewerkz and many other sponsors and organisers, over $10,000 was raised on Saturday 9th April to contribute to World Vision’s ongoing relief work in Japan.

After a day consisting of tea ceremonies and origami sessions, calligraphy and bracelet making, the boys from the Straits Sounds System bought the evening to a fine close with some sweet Ska and Rocksteady, Island Soul, Rootical tunes and even some Funky Reggae to lift everybody’s spirits and project those healing vibes. More pics from the evening can be seen after the fold below.

Thanks to all those who came down in support of such a great cause, and please keep the people of Japan in your hearts and minds as they continue to grapple with the awful consequences of the earthquake and tsunami.


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Brewerkz have organized a fundraising event to help the people of Japan after the earthquake on the 11th March. One month on, and Japan is still getting to grips with a serious humanitarian operation to help the people most affected around the epicentre of the quake.

There are many ways to help the people of Japan and we’re sure you have already done your bit, but if you are free on Saturday 9th April, come and show your support for this event. Bring the flyer along to Brewerkz Riverside Point and 25% of your bill that evening will be donated to the relief effort.

The Straits Sound System will be doing our part by playing reggae for your enjoyment and ours, from 9pm till the close. We hope to see you there to finish off the evening.

Table reservations are advised and can me made online or at this number – 6438 7438

Japan Relief Fundraiser

The Straits Sound System will be pumping the riddim to keep the mood swingin’ at the latest BlinkBl-nk night at Brewerkz, Riverside Point. The night runs from 7-10 and you can expect the sweetest reggae in town interspersed with interesting talks to stimulate the cortex!

Come down and join us for a beer!

What is BlinkBl-nk?
blinkBL-NK is an event where regular people share their expertise about fascinating subjects in a laid back environment. Part brain food and part social event, blinkBL-NK is about sharing intriguing and off-beat ideas while mingling with an unexpected cross section of artists, academics, designers, entrepreneurs, geeks, hackers and media practitioners.

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!

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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