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Archive for August, 2012

Dubkasm – Brixton Rec

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Aba Shanti-I at Notting Hill Carnival 2012 showcasing the forthcoming album ‘Brixton Rec’ by Dubkasm

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Bristol The Reggae Explosion Video Footage

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The ‘Bristol Reggae Explosion Live’ finally made it to the Big Top at Temple Meads’ Creative Common this weekend, and proved to be one of the greatest reggae shows of 2012.

The night was a result of the success of the Bristol Reggae Explosion compilation series, which led by Mike Darby, brought classic Bristol reggae recordings back to life after years in the vault.

Contending with all that Notting Hill Carnival had to offer over the bank holiday weekend, Sunday night (26 August) featured a “who’s who” of reggae talent from the city going back to the 1970s.

Bristol Archive Records and promoters Midnight Mango put on a fantastic and well-attended night that saw TALISMAN hold court with the BRISTOL REGGAE ALL-STARS – essentially a run of guest performances from artists such as JOSHUA MOSES, BUNNY MARRETT, DALLAS, WINSTON MINNOTT, DAN RATCHET, SHARON BENJAMIN, POPSY CURIOUS and LORD JOHN HUTCHINSON.

TALISMAN then closed the night with a run of their own hits before the all-star cast returned to the stage for a rousing version of “One Love”.

For more photos from the night visit the Bristol Archive Records Facebook page.

For Video Footage click here:

Black Roots ‘Pompous Way’ – New single to drop October 15th

Friday, August 24th, 2012

October 15th sees the release of “Pompous Way” on Sugar Shack Records in conjunction with Nubian Records, the first new Black Roots single in over twenty years. “Pompous Way” is taken from the band’s new critically acclaimed album “On The Ground” also released by Sugar Shack/Nubian Records.

The double A side twelve inch vinyl release features an exclusive extended mix of the album version of “Pompous Way”, clocking in at nearly seven minutes the vocal is seamlessly followed by the dub in classic discomix fashion. Although recorded this year and dealing with the economic and political mess we are currently facing, the song doesn’t attempt to cater to any current fads. Instead it’s a slice of roots reggae the way it used to be, real musicians playing real instruments and singing about real problems.

For the AA side we have teamed up with Rootikal Productions, which is David Hill and Ashley Beedle – both men are long-time reggae lovers who bring a wealth of musical experience to the project. David is one of the people behind Rootikal, one of London’s most successful reggae nights, which has hosted some legendary guests including Cornell Campbell, Linval Thompson and Al Campbell – plus A-list selectors such as David Rodigan, Channel One and Aba Shanti I. He’s recently overseen the Rootikal Selection series of 45s, reworking versions of hard to find or unreleased Jah Thomas productions and re-editing dubs or adding trombone overdubs with Matic Horns. Prior to that, he worked with David Katz reissuing rare reggae on the Auralux label. Ashley is perhaps best known for his role in X-Press 2, The Black Science Orchestra and the Ballistic Brothers (also with David). In 2010 he recorded an album with reggae great Horace Andy, which led to a European tour. Ashley and David recently had the privilege of remixing several Bob Marley and The Wailers tracks after Island Records gave them access to the original Tuff Gong multi-track masters. They also present the Rootikal radio show together.

Rootikal were given free reign on the mix and their “Rootikal Humble Yourself Version” takes the track in a whole new direction. Shifting the emphasis onto the rhythm, the drum, the bass, the guitar, the horns and adding just a little melodica, the track is reinvented for the twentieth century. It becomes a lost classic from the late seventies and an entirely different listening experience.

In addition to the 12” limited vinyl, there is also a digital download available which adds a further two exclusive mixes from Oldwah, although this is his first official commission, Oldwah has been making his own unique reggae mixes for years and has built a large and loyal following on YouTube.

For further information on Rootikal please see

More Information very soon on where you can pre-order from!

Dennis Bovell To Compere The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live – Bank Holiday Sunday August 26th

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Reggae musician and producer DENNIS BOVELL will be serving as master of ceremonies at the Bristol Reggae Explosion Live show in Bristol later this month.

The former MATUMBI member went on to become a key figure in the lovers rock and dub genres, but is most widely known for his collaborations with LINTON KWESI JOHNSON.

Just last month BOVELL got back together with LKJ for a show at WOMAD in Wiltshire. He continues to record, produce and play live all over the world.

Among the wide range of artists on the Bristol Reggae Explosion Live bill are TALISMAN, JOSHUA MOSES and BUNNY MARRETT.

The big summer gig – put together by Bristol Archive Records and Midnight Mango – takes place on 26 August at the Big Top tent, Temple Meads, in Bristol.

The show starts at 8pm (running until 3am) and tickets are priced at £10 – available from the Bristol Ticket Shop and all the other usual outlets.