Robbie Shakespeare, one half of the influential rhythm duo Sly and Robbie, has died. He was 68.
Nia Archives has shared a new single inspired by ‘90s jungle and reggae. Check it out below.
‘Forbidden Feelingz’ is the first single by the Leeds-born, London-based artist since the release of her debut EP 'Headz Gone West' earlier this year. Paying tribute to her Grandma Liz, the single features a sampled snippet of Colombo from the eponymous '70s detective series.
Bunny Wailer, the legendary reggae artist and co-founder of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley, has died, aged 73.
Wailer died on Tuesday in hospital in Jamaica. No official cause of death has been shared, though he had been hospitalised regularly after suffering a debilitating stroke in July 2020.
Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, has paid tribute to the legendary figure, describing his death “a great loss for Jamaica and for reggae”.
Jamaican reggae producer Bunny Lee has died aged 79.
Born Edward O'Sullivan Lee in Kingston in 1941, and affectionately known as "Striker" Lee, the producer and label head played a pivotal role in bringing reggae music to the UK. He helped to put the likes of Peter Tosh and Horace Andy on the world stage, and was a friend and collaborator with dub pioneer King Tubby.
According to Annette Wong-Lee, mother to four of his children, Lee died from respiratory failure.
Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert has died, aged 77.
The iconic musician, best known as frontman of reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals, "passed away peacefully" in hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, according to an official statement from the band on Friday 12th September.
The exact cause of death isn't clear, although Hibbert had tested positive for coronavirus, and was then admitted to intensive care.
A new exhibition celebrating dub reggae in London is set to open this year.
Coming to the Museum of London in May, the Dub London exhibition will explore the music and culture's legacy in the city, from showcasing the Channel One Soundsystem from Notting Hill Carnival, to dub reggae's influence on modern music genres.
Don Letts is a true legend of UK punk. A filmmaker, musician and DJ, the London-born icon has stood at the helm of the country’s most vital scene for over four decades, as both a documentarian and participant.
Known for bringing dub and reggae sounds into the punk sphere during his peerless DJ sets at The Roxy and forming the post-punk outfit Big Audio Dynamite with The Clash’s Mick Jones, Letts’ influence cannot be understated.
Half Pint ‘Greetings’
“A rally cry with a wicked bass line that’s an invite to all tribes to come and partake in the festivities”
Cronixx ‘Alpha & Omega’
“One of my current Jamaican favourites with the riddim twins, Sly and Robbie, in full effect - a modern take on the roots vibes that first drew me to Carnival in my early teens”
Chaka Demus & Pliers ‘Tease Me’
“This one’s for the ladies ‘cause once they’re movin’ and groovin’ everything else will take care of itself”
Congo Natty ‘UK Allstars’
“A great tune that perfectly captures the heyday of jungle when it crashed Carnival in the early ‘90s by paying respect to the pioneers of the form"
Bunji Carlin, Kubiyashi & Walsh Fire ‘Chicken and Dumpling’
“....and if you can resist all the culinary delights on offer across the two days of Carnival you're a slimmer being than me!"
Jamaica’s Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest is back for a second edition running 1st through 6th May with a mixture of artists such as Bedouin, Audiofly, Wolf+Lamb and many more.
The second wave of the line-up also includes Kabaka, Beenie Man, Chris Blackwell, and Lonely C (Soul Cap).
Set along the stunning Negril Beach, Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest celebrates local artists as well as electronic beats. The concept involves yoga and fitness, cannabis culture and well being, as well as house and reggae music.
Diplo dropped a new Major Lazer and Lorde collaboration during his Lazer Sound radio show, which went out last weekend.