As we roll deep into the summer the days get longer and the music gets sweeter, especially with it being festival season across Europe. I always hold a free beach party every August in the fishing village of Casalabate which is located on the east coast of the Puglia peninsula in southern Italy. This year the event takes place on Saturday 6th August, in association with Rankin Lele and Fabiana. (Please see my DATES page on the web site for more details of other shows in Italy in August.)
Also make sure to check out the One Love Festival in Hainault Forest Country Park from 19th to 21st August, I will be there on the first night. There’s a great line up across the weekend. Visit www.onelovefestival.co.uk
And once again, I am looking forward to playing at Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim, Spain from the 18th to the 27th August. Last year was the first time at this new location and proved to be a great success. I will be on the panel at the Reggae University on the opening day, and playing in the dancehall arean on Thursday 18th August.(visit www.rototomsunsplash.com for more details)
Music wise it is proving to be a very productive summer with new songs from Jamaica that make for very interesting listening. Rory of Stone Love reflects his love of real roots rock reggae with his debut production on 10 inch vinyl ‘Legitimate’ byJah 9. There are 2 dubs mixes and a horns version from Dean Fraser.
Watch out for newcomer Sherieta who has recorded an excellent song for producer Shane Brown on his new ‘Sweet Water’ rhythm; the song is entitled ‘ How It So Easy’ and lashes out against the glorification of slackness and thug lifestyles in Jamaican music.
Hollie Cook has recorded a really cool summer pop reggae album with some great tracks on Mr. Bongo records.
Trojan Records have come up with a truly stunning collection of 40 track double cds tracing the entire history and various aspects of Jamaican popular music from the late 1950s right up to the present day. Well worth investigating.
ALborosie’s new album ‘2 Times Revolution’ is his best yet, in my opinion, and contains some serious messages and rhythms; essential listening.
Stephen Marley’s album ‘The Revelation’ is a most impressive set especially the cut of ‘Selassie Is The Chapel’.
Shane Brown is working on a new album with Busy Signal which will contain strictly one drop reggae rhythms!
Watch out for new singles from Protoje; namely ‘Our Time Come’ featuring Don Corleon and ‘Rub A Dub Soldier’ featuring Kymani Marley and Da Professor.