Posts Tagged ‘Roots Reggae’

ZonaReGGae Playlist 17 Abril 2013

April 18, 2013

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01_Chezidek – All My Life The Order of Melchezedik (mp3 promo) 2013 JahSolidRock Music
02_The Skanking Monks – All Mi Life version

03_Tarrus Riley – Original Dancehall single 2013 VP Records

04_Shaka Pow feat. Joe Lickshot – Ol’ Skool Vibes Single (mp3 promo) 2013 Nicko Rebel Music

05_Damas – My Lifesingle (mp3 promo) 2013 Weedy G. Soundforce

06_Busy Signal – Kingston Town Reggae Music Again 2012 VP Records

07_Exco Levi – Talk Talk single (mp3 promo) 2013 Chiney K Productions

08_Katchafire – Collie Herb ManBest So Far singles (mp3 promo) 2013 Greensleeves / VP Records
09_Katchafire – On The Road Again

10_John Brown’s Body – Dust Bowlsingle from ‘Kings and Queens’ 2013 Easy Star Records

11_Skanks Roots Project feat.Eddie Blunt, E.N Young – Love Just the Tip (mp3 promo) 2013 Roots Musicians Records

12_E.N Young – Stay Up2013 Roots Musician Records Sampler (mp3 promo) 2013 Roots Musicians Records

13_E.N Young – Imagine PeaceLuck&Chance No More 2010 Roots Musician Records
14_E.N Young – Imagine Dub

15_Obidaya – Sweet dub music (Dubmatix remix) single (mp3) 2013 free download @

16_Martin Zobel & Soulrise – Land of the Free Land Of The Free 2012 IrieVibrations Records

17_Luciano – Mek it Over Rub-A-Dub Market 2011 Irievibrations Records

18_Perfect Giddimani – Balou-Ba-Labo Jungle Skunk Riddim Selection 2012 Irievibrations Records

Chezidek The Order of Melchezedik (mp3 promo) 2013 JahSolidRock Music

19_Chezidek – Praises to Jah
20_Chezidek – Rain Falling Down
21_Chezidek – Hail Up the Roots
22_Chezidek – Roots reprise

23_Chezidek – Bun Di Ganja – Strange Things Riddim 2009 Irie Ites
24_Trinity – Strange All Over The World

25_U-Roy feat.Chezidek – War Question – Pray fi di People 2012 Discograph, SoulBeats Records
26_U-Roy feat.Harrison Professor Stafford – Call On Jah

27_Professor – Armagideon – Throw Down Your Arms 2012 Soulbeats Records

28_Groundation – Building an Ark Building an Ark 2012 SoulBeats Records

29_Groundation feat.Pablo Moses – Fight All You CanUpon the Bridge 2006 Young Tree Records

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ZonaReGGae Playlist 14 Março 2012

March 15, 2012

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01_Groundation – Building an ArkBuilding An Ark (pre-release) 2012 SoulBeats Records

02_Grant Phabao & Carlton Livingston – Bridge of LifeBridge Of Life (mp3 promo) 2010 Colored-Inc.

03_Bronco Knowledge – Great ProphetsMore Knowledge for the People 2011 Mosaic

04_Winston Reedy – BoderationLips & Chalis 2011 Cherry & Ree Prods,Room in the Sky

05_Kingsley Wray – RockersBoomarang 2011 Room in the Sky

06_Kingsley Wray & SkyCru – Happy Birthday Jamaica single (mp3 promo) 2012 Room in the Sky
07_SkyCru – instrumental ska version

08_Freddy Loco & His Gordos Ska Band – Return of DjangoRound 4 (mp3 promo) 2011 Rocking Records

09_New York City AllStars Ska – Leave it AloneKevin Bachelor’s Grand Concourse (mp3 promo) 2011 Rocking Records
10_New York City AllStars Ska – The Singer (dedicated to Laurel Aitkens)

11_Keyser Soze – Arti BellaBut Not For You (mp3 promo) 2011 Rocking Records
12_Keyser Soze – Tonight

13_The Devastators – Make Them FallBetter Days 2007 Peaks&Valleys Productions
14_The Devastators – Make Them Dub

15_Emeterians – Not Always EasyPower of Unity (mp3 promo) 2012 Emeterians

GroundationBuilding An Ark (pre-release) 2012 SoulBeats Records

16_Groundation – Payaka Way
17_Groundation – Merry Go Round
18_Groundation – Daniel
19_Groundation – Sunlight Reflextion

20_Groundation feat.The Congos – Time Come Here I Am 2009 Groundation Music

21_Professor feat.Roy ‘Ashanti’ Johnson – See Them ComeMadness (CD-R promo) 2011 Soul Beat Records

22_Legend Live – I love MusicFighting For Survival 2011 LLMusic

23_Green And Brown feat.Uri Green – Living Your LifeThe Zeller Sessions (2009-11) 2012 Dubstoned Records free download @
24_Green And Brown – Green Dub

25_Pura Vida (B. De Boever) – Row Your Boat Ashoremp3 single 2011 free download @

26_The Manor – Hail Sellassiesingle mp3 2012 C.A.F. Studios free download @

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ZonaReGGae Playlist 25 Janeiro 2012-BEST of ’11 – TOP 10 countdown

January 29, 2012

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01_Emeterians – Give ThanksPower of Unity (mp3 promo) 2012 Emeterians

02_Stika Meets Delmighty Sounds – Jah LovePlant The Seed 2012 Free Download @
03_Stika Meets Delmighty Sounds – No Pretty & No Pretty Dub

04_WebCam Hi-Fi feat.Lyrical Benjie – Jeruzalem Callingsingle promo unreleased 2010 Tube Dub Sound Records

05_Uniteam meets Shades of Black & Paul Fox – Vibin’ single Dubplate (unreleased) 2012 Uniteam Music

06_Kenny Knots – Love Light12inch (mp3 promo) 2012 Reggae Roast Records
Manasseh – Love Dub

07_Twilight Circus feat Fred Locks – Won’t Give Up The FightVocal Anthology Vol.1 (mp3 promo) 2008 M Records
08_Twilight Circus feat Jah Stitch – Universal Ruler

ZonaReGGae BEST of ’11 – THE PEOPLE CHOICES Voting Poll – TOP 10 results

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AlDubb Let There Be Dub 2010 One Drop Music
09_AllDub feat.Kaya T – Mother Earth

SattatreeRootsman 2010 One Drop Music
10_Sattatree – Rootsman

-NR’s 09-
Nambo Robinson meets Dub Caravan Happy and Free 2011 Dread Camel Records
11_Nambo Robinson meets Dub Caravan – Praises

AlpheusFrom Creation 2011 A-Lone, FAK Records
12_Alpheus – Far Away

NR’s 08-
V.A. – Cultural Vibes Vol.1 2010 Not Easy At All,Jah Solid Rock
13_Chezidek – In My Heart (Paradise riddim)

Mungo’s Hi Fi Forward Ever 2011 Scotch Bonnet Records
14_Mungo’s Hi Fi feat.Sugar Minott – Scrubadub style

-NR 07-
LucianoRub-A-Dub Market 2011 Irievibrations Records
15_Luciano – Living My Life

-NR’s 06-
10 Ft. Ganja PlantShake Up The Place 2011 ROIR Records
16_10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Strength

V.A.-Dub Zealand 2011 Green Queen Music
17_Rhombus in Dub – Dem Only Know

V.A. – Heartical Story vol.1 2011 Heartical
18_Little Roy – Only Jah

-NR 05-
Vernon MaytoneWords of Wisdom 2011 Not Easy At All,Music Life Movement
19_Vernon Maytone – More Love

NR 04-
DiasporaA Jamaican in Cairo 2010 GreenQueenMusic
20_Diaspora feat.Bob Andy – Running for Cover

-NR 03-
Earl SixteenThe Fittest 2011 NotEasy At All/JahSolidRock
21_Earl Sixteen – This Yah Bussiness
22_Earl Sixteen feat.U-Roy – 12inch rockers version

-NR 02-
The Mighty Lions In This Time 2011 KA Records
24_The Mighty Lions – Free Us On Time

-NR 01-
Clinark Tribute to Michael Jackson’A Legend & A Warrior’ 2010 Nurture Projects Music
25_Clinark – I´ll Be There
26_Clinark – We´re Almost There

ZonaReGGae BEST of ’11 – THE PEOPLE CHOICES Voting Poll – TOP 10 results

Emeterians Power of Unity (mp3 promo) 2012 Emeterians
27_Emeterians – Not Always Easy
28_Emeterians – Long Time
29_Emeterians – Power of Unity

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ZonaReGGae Playlist 11 Janeiro 2012

January 12, 2012

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01_Gregory Isaacs – Mr Cop (extended mix)Anthology ‘The Ruler’ (mp3 promo) 2011 VP Records/17th North Parade

02_SOJA – Mentalitysingle (mp3 promo) advance from ‘Strenght to Survive’ 2012 New Legend Music

03_Uncle Jonny ft. Luciano – Move Oversingle (mp3 promo) 2012 L3 Promotions

04_I-Wayne – Life Teachings (Ital Sips) – Life Teachings (mp3 promo) 2011 VP Record

05_Citizen Sound feat.Melodic and Jahdan Blakkamoore – Seasons Change Season Change EP (mp3 promo) 2012 Balanced Records
Citizen Sound feat.Melodic and Jahdan Blakkamoore – Seasons Change (Richie Phoe Remix)

06_Richie Phoe – Heartical Behaviour (Dubplate Version) single 2011 Balanced Records free download @

07_Gary Clunk feat.Paul Fox – Freedom Fighters – Archives of Dub Vol.01 2012 French Dub Released free download @
08_Gary Clunk feat.Sammy Gold – Hail Rastafari
Gary Clunk feat.Sammy Gold – Hail Rastafari version

09_Roots Ista Posse feat.Sister Charlotte – Hear Dem10inch (mp3 promo) 2011 Roots Ista Posse Records
Far East meets Tribute – Praises to the King

10_Prince Jazzbo – Catch Satanmp3 single 2011 Ujama Music

11_Adonai feat.Ranking Joe – MeditationReggae Presidente 2011 Cidade Verde Soundsystem free download @

12_Brother Culture – SupernovaLost Books of Dub Chapter 1 2011 Dub Iration Soundsystem free download @
13_Dubitarian – Heavy Dub

14_Dani Ites – MightyPaproota Dub Compilation Vol.2 2011 free download @

15_Bass Culture Players feat. Dani Ites – Rally RoundDub Box Showcase 2011 La Famille Music net free download @
16_Bass Culture Players feat.Ranking Forrest – Gwaan Good
17_Bass Culture Players – Gwaan Dub

18_Only Joe – Sound Foundation Dubsingle mp3 2011 free download @

19_Pura Vida (B. De Boever). – Row Your Boat Ashoremp3 single 2011 free download @

20_Pura Vida – Time of Decisiondigital single 2011 Lost Ark Musik free download @

21_Prince Alla – Heaven is My Roof I Can Hear The Children Singing 1975-1978 2002 Blood and Fire

22_Earth & Stone – Don’t Let them Fool YouKool Roots 1996 Pressure Sounds

Gregory Isaacs –Anthology ‘The Ruler’ (mp3 promo) 2011 VP Records/17th North Parade

23_Gregory Isaacs – Set The Captives Free
24_Gregory Isaacs – Border
25_Gregory Isaacs – Tune In

26_Sugar Minott – Never Gonna Give Jah UpReggae Anthology ‘Hard Time Pressure’ (mp3 promo) 2011 VP Records/17th North Parade

27_The Mighty Diamonds – Got to get AwayGo Seek Your Rights 1990 Virgin Frontline

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ZonaReGGae reviews….Nambo Robinson meets Dub Caravan – Happy and Free 2011 Dread Camel Records

December 9, 2011

If there’s one aspect proven in this new millennium reggae music, it’s that teaming up longtime Jamaican veterans alongside upcoming worldwide producers is the best way to push forward the Roots of Reggae back into nowadays.

Dread Camel Records’ brand new LP ‘Happy and Free’ rounds up 2011 with one of the most exciting co-works of the year, bringing together London producer/multi-instrumentalist Dub Caravan with Jamaican accomplished musician Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson.
After vocal works alongside Haji Mike, Ras Zacharri or Bulgarian crew Roots Souljah, Dub Caravan presents the voice and trombone skills of Nambo Robinson, member of legendary Jamaican groups like: Mystic Revelations of Rastafari, We The People Band, Jamaican most recorded horn section The Ras Brass or more recently Sly & Robbie and The Taxi Gang.

Active in the music business for over 40 years, Nambo Robinson is not just a much requested studio and recording musician, but one of the supreme Jamaican trombone players with a successful solo career.
‘Happy and Free’ will be a pleasant introduction of Nambo as a singer, with 4 tracks where his energetic, sweet and authentic voice, brimful with words of happiness and consciousness as only a true veteran in reggae music can do!
Since the opening title track Nambo makes a statement of his own to the simple, yet most meaningful things in life: experiences, happiness, friendship and Love!

On the A side, The Roots Reggae in modern manners will get you grooving in the title track ‘Happy and Free’; as fans of lovers rock will also be marveled by the love livications in ‘Thank You’ with Leiba Hibbert’s special appearance in some sweet harmonies.
Two stand-outs for ‘Letter to LKJ’, with Nambo in the finest dub poetry style praising Linton Kwesi Johnson stand to the test of times, and the Ska/rocksteady flavored ‘Praises’.

While flipping to the B-side, 4 dub instrumental tunes, plus 2 bonus tracks will impress you with Dub Caravan production quality (enhanced by famous Lion and Fox Recording Studios mastering work) and Nambo Robinson’s magnificent horn arrangements.
Both ‘Dub to LKJ’ and ‘Mountainside’ (featuring Nnamdi Robinson additional guitars) are two of the most outstanding Dubs yet listened from Dub Caravan, and the uplifting ‘Praises’ gets extended with ‘Praise the Horn’ and ‘Praise the guitar’ in a…praising version galore style!
‘Happy and Free’ gets the same special treatment with Nambo’s ‘Happy Trombone’ shining all over, and ‘Happy Melodica’ featuring the always beautiful melodica playing of Shaky Norman.

With some quite amazing well-crafted musical arrangement details in organ, guitar and horns, Dub Caravan keeps his well-known tuff bassline trademark in this new production, and still his simple and pure approach to reggae music, really sparkle that organic Roots originality, providing the space for Nambo Robinson’s voice and trombone to glow all over the LP.
A marvelous and genuine Roots Revival production certified to put a smile on your face and a swing on your hips!

DUBCARAVAN bandcamp (full album stream available!)

‘Happy and Free’  available from the 1st December (LP/digital) from Dub Caravan’s independent label Dread Camel Records.

Nambo Robinson Meets Dub CaravanHappy and Free (LP/Digital)
Release date: 01st December 2011
Label: Dread Camel Records

1-Happy and Free
2-Letter to LKJ
4-Thank You
5-Happy Trombone
6-Dub to LKJ
7-Praise the Horn
9-Praise the Guitar
10-Happy Melodica

Music Mixing and Production by Dub Caravan.
Vocal and Trombone by Nambo Robinson
Backup vocals on ‘Thanks You’ by Leiba Hibberts.
Additional guitars on ‘Mountainside’ by Nnamdi Robinson.
Melodica on ‘Happy Melodica’ by Shaky Norman.
Mastered at Lion and Fox Recording Studios Washington USA
Art design by:
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Download of the Month #23 – ORIGINAL ELECTRO GROOVE – Acredita se Quiseres!!! 2011 OEG

December 3, 2011

ORIGINAL ELECTRO GROOVE – Acredita se Quiseres!!! 2011 OEG

A sugestão de download gratuito deste mês apresenta mais um colectivo nacional, com o álbum de estreia dos farenses Original Electro Groove!

Um dos poucos grupos algarvios que dedicam espaço na sua sonoridade à música reggae, os Original Electro Groove espalham a sua mensagem e música de fusão desde o ano de 2003.
A muita experiência de palco um pouco por todo o Sul de Portugal, e diversas formações aos longo dos anos, tem ampliado o leque musical do colectivo, onde a base Roots Reggae é complementada por tendências funk, rock e pop, sempre com o groove e a boa vibração como palavras de ordem.

Disponibilizado gratuitamente em Novembro (2011), ‘Acredita Se Quiseres’ é o registo de estreia dos OEG, 10 temas que representam a viagem do colectivo nos últimos 8 anos e introduzem a renovada formação e nova energia do colectivo.
Os clássicos das actuações ao vivo dos OEG, como ‘Sente Liberta’, ‘Não é Dificil’ ou ‘Original Style’ surgem neste trabalho produzido e gravado no WKB Studio, com nova roupagem musical a acompanhar as habituais afirmações positivas do grupo, e temas como ‘Rivolução’, ‘O Mundo é um Dub’ ou ‘Agora Diz-me’ transportam para o estúdio toda a energia e boa disposição a que os OEG habituaram o público ao longo dos tempos.

‘Acredita se Quiseres!!! ‘surge como uma apresentação de um novo capítulo dos OEG, prontos para apresentar a sua música reggae urbana com um novo toque original, eléctrico e repleto de groove!


IRIE UP Magazine : The Real Revolutionary- #9 & #10 Disponíveis!

July 27, 2011

Recuperação da iniciativa ZonaReGGae de promoção e distribuição da revista Irie Up em Portugal, com as últimas duas edições, referentes aos meses Maio/Junho (nº9) e Julho/Agosto (nº10) já disponíveis!

A equipa da Irie Up produz e imprime noticias do mundo da música reggae e da cultura rasta; com destaque para a cultura soundsystem, e os dois últimos números continuam a elevar o nível jornalístico e demonstram o porque dos especialistas na música reggae, artistas, soundsystems, rádios e imprensa continuam a destacar a publicação!

IRIE UP Issue #9 (Maio/Junho ’11)

Os destaques do número 9 vão para o artigo dedicado aos 40 anos de actividade do lendário soundsystem britânico Jah Tubbys! A história do sound vem acompanhada das conversas com os elementos da crew: Dixie Peach, Errol Bellot e Gregory Fabulous.
A rubrica Reggaetown leva-nos até à tradição roots reggae da cidade costeira de Bristol.
As raízes, as míticas bandas dos anos 70 e a actualidade, em mais um capitulo fundamental da história da musica reggae no Reino Unido!

From Wwoofers to Woofers: Growing anItal Sound é outro dos destaques do número 9, com uma visita até Granada para conhecer a Huerta Lechuza Ital Farm, onde a crew do Qedamawe Fyah, junta a cultura soundystem ao modo de vida e consciência da Permacultura!

Lugar ainda para a extraordinário história de vida de Shemelis Desta, etíope que durante 25 anos serviu o imperador Haile Selassie como o fotógrafo oficial da corte. Actualmente a viver em Inglaterra, a Irie Up visitou a sua casa ‘Little Ethiopia’, onde Shemelis recorda as viagens pelo mundo a fotografar o imperador, e guarda uma preciosa colecção que escapou consigo, à opressão do regime Derg.

IRIE UP Issue #10 (Julho/Agosto ’11)

O mais recente número da Irie Up destaca a interessante e importante, viagem a Israel, no espaço ReggaeTown Tel Aviv-The Twelve Tribes of Sound! Desde a conversa com o pioneiro Guil Bonstein; o Twelve Tribes Sound; passando pelo restaurante/loja de discos/editora! Abu Dubi Húmus Shop, e pela artista Hanouneh, até ao encontro com Harrison Stafford e a sua viagem à Palestina como centro do seu álbum a solo Madness!

A nova geração do Live Dub britânico é apresentada com uma entrevista a I-Mitri da Counteraction Soundz. Direito ainda a link exclusivo através da Irie Up, para o novo single gratuito de I-mitri com Jah Marnyah: Sick of Babylon!

As habituais breves noticias, revisões a novos livros, e aos lançamentos CD/LP/10” & 12” e singles dos últimos meses (onde pela 1ª vez um lançamento nacional é apresentado na Irie Up, com Seek Your Truth de Freddy Locks!); completam as histórias principais, deste dois novos números, da Irie Up, como sempre repleta de imagens e fotos a cores de alta qualidade que nos transportam para os ambientes e sensações descritas.

The Real Revolutionary é, cada vez mais, um subtítulo que se aplica na perfeição a esta publicação que respira e inspira Cultura, consciência e boa música!

Visita o website da IRIE UP , para todos os avanços!

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ZonaReGGae Playlist 20 Julho 2011

July 21, 2011

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01_Zion – Rise UpCrying for Freedom 2011 Skank Records

02_The Grasspoppers feat.Selma Uamusse – Brown Skin Guymp3 single from ‘Lovers Rock inna Week’ 2011 The Grasspoppers

03_The Grasspoppers – RootsmanDub Inna Week 2010 Grasspoppers free download @

04_Freddy Locks – Felling RootsSeek Your Truth 2010 V&A

05_Uwe Banton – Love LightRightful Place (mp3 promo) 2009 MKZWO Records

06_Andrew Tosh – What a Gwaan (radio edit) & Dub versionmp3 single advance from ‘I to I’ 2011 Box 10 Entertainment

07_Andrew Tosh – PovertyReggae Now! 1994 Heartbeat Records

08_Inner Visions – Hands Up BabylonStay Alive! 2010 InnerVisons

09_Danny I feat.Army – Never Lay Downmp3 single promo from’To Your Majesty’ 2011 I-Grade Records/Soul of the Lion promotions

10_Midnite & I-Grade – Born in the TimeRule the Time 2007 I Grade Records

11_Batch – Dutty BabylonCrucial Rasta from Jamaica & Beyond Vol.1 2008 Skank Records

12_Sheriff Ghale – Election TimeCrucial Reggae from Outside Jamaica Vol. 2 2005 Skank Records

13_Zion – My RootsStrictly Roots (mp3 promo) 2010 Skank Records

ZionCrying for Freedom 2011 Skank Records

14_Zion – Man from Galille
15_Zion – Crying to World Leaders
16_Zion – Children of Zion

17_Takana Zion – Stolen FamilyRasta Government (promo CD) 2011 SoulBeats Records

18_African Bush Doctor – Better Days Are ComingBetter Days Are Coming 2011 Streets Records,Room in the Sky

19_Winston Reedy – Bawling for LoveLips & Chalis 2011 Cherry & Ree Prods,Room in the Sky

20_Vernon Maytone feat.Linval Thompson – On Jah MissionWords of Wisdom (mp3 promo) 2011 Not Easy At All,Music Life Movement
21_Vernon Maytone – Never get Away

ZonaReGGae BEST of ’11 – Albums of the Month Choice 1st half year sound report

22_ Earl 16 –Fittest of the Fittest extended dubThe Fittest (mp3 promo) 2011 NotEasy At All/JahSolidRock

23_Little Roy – Heat Heat 2011 Pharaos Records

24_The Mighty Lions –Don´t DenyIn This Time 2011 KA Records
The Mighty Lions – Jahoviah Dub

25_The Ratazanas – Blackeopatra Daydreamin’ Lick it Back 2011 Groover Records

Alpheus ID
26_Alpheus – In TimeFrom Creation 2011 A-Lone, FAK Records

27_Professor – Jah Sending OutMadness (promo CD) 2011 Soul Beats Records/Groundation Music
28_Professor – Sending out a Dub

29_Joshua Alo –You´ll Never KnowOrchid Unknown (mp3 promo) 2011 World SoulJah Music

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II Minho Reggae Splash 2011 – 8/9 Julho @ Vila Nova da Cerveira

July 4, 2011

Depois da bem sucedida edição de estreia em 2010, a Associação Cultural Minho Reggae, apresenta a 2ª edição do Minho Reggae Splash, um dos mais recentes festivais em terras portuguesas, inteiramente dedicado às sonoridades do Reggae de raiz!

Sediada em Vigo na Galiza, a Associação Cultural Minho Reggae é um colectivo sócio cultural com a missão de promover e apoiar a música, as artes e estilos de vida conscientes e respeitosos através de actividades educativas e culturais, sendo o Minho Reggae Splash uma dessas actividades.

Dias 8 e 9 Julho, o município da bonita e natural Vila Nova da Cerveira acolhe dois dias de festival, onde o convívio, respeito e cuidado pela natureza encontram a sua expressão através de actividades desportivas e culturais e claro, muita música reggae!

O line-up para os concertos de dia 09 no Auditório já está confirmado e conta com a presença de grandes nomes da actual cena Roots Reggae portuguesa, espanhola e brasileira!

Os bem nossos conhecidos One Love Family; uma das bandas revelação dos últimos anos na Europa, os madrilenos Emeterians; e um dos novos valores do grande movimento roots brasileiro, Rutera Reggae. A vibração Dubwise estará presente pelas selecções e produções do Londrino Bhámbule Sound!

O dia 8 apresenta no palco da Praia, projectos da Galiza como Sauko B & One, Menino Carentes e So-Matutos, o mesmo espaço onde ao longo do festival não irão faltar muitos selectors, Djs e soundsystems como: Selassie Sound (Galiza), Little Cobra (Galiza), I-Rick DJ (Portugal), Vinyl Bullet Sound (Galiza)+ singers.

Para além da forte componente musical, os 2 dias do Minho Reggae Splash proporcionam ainda workshops (Malabarismo,Dança Africana, Percussão…), actividades desportivas (Escalada,Trilho,Kayak,Mini-Golf…), espectáculos artísticos de rua, circo, dança e percussão africana, e muitas outras surpresas, tudo num bonito ambiente natural com acesso a campismo gratuito e praia.


[Promo Video EDIÇÃO 2010]

Fiquem atentos às emissões e ao weblog ZonaReGGae para os destaques sonoros e visita os links para mais informações sobre o festival e bandas. Apoia esta iniciativa da Associação Cultural Minho Reggae!


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Festival MUSA CASCAIS 2011 @ Praia de Carcavelos-1/2 Julho

June 20, 2011

Próximos dias 1 e 2 de Julho a Praia de Carcavelos acolhe mais uma edição do Festival Musa Cascais!

A iniciativa da Criativa, já na sua 13ª edição junta música e natureza sob o mote ‘Preocupas-te?’.As temáticas são: Ambiente, cidadania e estilos de vida sustentável, suportadas na música e criatividade como meios de ampliar a consciência global.

Ao longo dos anos o Festival MUSA tem apoiado e lançado, novos talentos da cena musical portuguesa e a edição 2011 não será excepção com a presença das bandas Micro, Cabace, T3KA, Urbanvibsz, Skills & The Bunny Crew e Imidiwan.
Paralelamente a música Reggae e Dub ganham amplo espaço de promoção de ano para ano, e nos próximos dias 1 e 2 Julho o MUSA apresenta um dos mais fortes alinhamentos de música reggae neste ano em Portugal!

Dia 01 de Julho as sonoridades do New Roots e Dancehall Jamaicano estarão representadas por 3 estreias absolutas no nosso país, com as actuações de Chezidek, Romain Virgo & Gappy Ranks.

Dia 02 de Julho, o Roots Reggae faz-se representar por nomes lendários da música jamaicana com a presença de Barrington Levy, e a estreia de John Holt em Portugal, que se faz acompanhar de Andrew Tosh na sua actual tour europeia.

Os 2 dias do MUSA serão ainda potenciados pela presença do 1º hand-made soundsystem nacional, Roots Dimension, que dinamiza a área soundsystem com vários sounds nacionais convidados.

Consciência, energia, boas vibrações e muita música de qualidade, a não perder na mais promissora edição de sempre do Festival MUSA CASCAIS!

Local: Junto à Praia de Carcavelos, Carcavelos
Horário: Abertura de Portas: 18h | Início do espectáculo: 20h
Bilheteira: 1 dia: € 10 | 2 dias: € 12
Bilhetes à venda: No local do evento e nos locais habituais


CHEZIDEK & Dub Akom Band

ZonaReGGae Reviews…PROFESSOR – ‘Madness’ (2011, Groundation Music/SoulBeats Records)

June 9, 2011

Professor Madness 2011 Groundation Music/SoulBeats Records

After six Groundation highly acclaimed albums, two Dub versions adventures, and one groundbreaking experimental side-project release – Rockamovya – the Roots Reggae-Jazz fusion group front man Harrison Stafford, presents is first ever solo album, MADNESS.

Madness, out since April/May in Groundation Music (US) and SoulBeats Records (Europe), is also a long awaited studio connection with top veteran Jamaican musicians, recorded, mixed and mastered at renowned Harry J Studio in Kingston, the perfect combination to bring one of the best, produced in Jamaica, Roots Reggae albums in the latest years!


The Professor, familiarized with lecturing Reggae Music history at university in California, chooses this time, to give his insights and more inner teachings in the subject of the West-Bank, Israeli/Palestinian conflict; an in-ground understanding, resulting from a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, hoping to connect with his own family history and perceiving the links between the two sides of the conflict, by experiencing the Palestine perspective.

The reflects of daytime experiences were sung, by nightly walks, into his I-phone, bringing into existence the basis for what became an exquisite philosophical conceptual album!
Half across the world, in the hills on St Ann’s Bay in Jamaica, Professor picked up the guitar and arranged the West Banks lyrics and experiences into 8 tracks totally focused in words and thoughts of Unity, Destiny, History and most important the direction of Oneness as a kind of answer for the so many times, politically and culturally, discussed questions blocking the conflict resolution.

Intentionally different from Groundation’s Jazz enhanced musical production, Madness dwells more into the Roots Reggae old fashion ways, featuring Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on drums, Earl ‘Flabba Holt’ on Bass, Lloyd ‘Obeah’ Denton on piano/organ and Dalton Browne on Lead/Rhythm guitar, as the core group of musicians to bring just about the perfect musical (and surely atmospheric!) vibe for that purpose.

Altough the music has an obvious modern production touch, key elements of original Roots Reggae music feature all over the tracks with hearthical horns, guitar and organ arrangements in strong tracks like Jah Sending Out, Roller Coaster, Intafada or East Jerusalem.
Musical elements in the form of funky grooves (Right On), dancehall styled beats (Madness) or nyabhingi drums (Intifada; See Them Come), bring some variety into the music in Madness, where some credits have to go to the featuring of top session musicians like ‘Sticky’ Thompson, Andrew ‘Bassie’ Campbell, Little David or Steven Steward.
Another worth of praising aspect in Madness are the 8 dub versions presented. Chilled, spatial and dynamic versions mixed by Californian producer and Professor’s childhood friend, Rob Cross; aiming to complete the original tunes and showing that the showcase style albums are definitely back!

As usually on Groundation albums, Madness also presents featuring voices. Alongside Harrison Stafford original vocalizations and compelling, emotive and hopeful voice, we find the Elders vocals, this time with ‘Daddy’ U-Roy, Winston ‘Electric Dread’ McAnuff , Bernard ‘Satta’ Collins (Abyssinians) and Roydel ‘Ashanti’ Johnson (The Congos).
All the Elders bring perfect contributions to Professor’s words, calling out for Justice, Equality, Understanding and Togetherness as the key paths pointed, to promote the desired changed and awaited shift on the ways of fear that seem to be ruling but also coming to an end…

What’s going on with, and in the World? That seems to be a answer given by the title of this work, Madness…bringing a lack of awareness and little sense of existence all around as also on the troubled areas of the West Bank. With so many war, politics, crisis and discussions going on for so long now, Professor’s solo work seems to me, like another artistic musical statement, that Evolution seems to be the only revolution, not yet tried, capable of erasing this Madness.

A expected amazing solo debut from the Professor, Madness is surely one of the best Roots Reggae albums lately listened, and surely one of those that will last over time, as musically and lyrically it stands in the Now, with knowledge from Past and intentions for the Future!


More good things to come in this 2011 from the Professor musical missions, once not just his long time producing documentary Holding on to Jah is finally screening; a brand new studio album from Groundation is announced for later this year, and already 17th July, the first ever compilation from Groundation is coming out!

A gathering of 10 tunes from 2002-2009 featuring the Elders from Jamaica, as also never before released reasonings from Pablo Moses, Apple Gabriel, Don Carlos, The Congos and Ijahman Levi! Look out for the soon come blessings in the Gathering of the Elders!

ZonaReGGae Playlist 08 Junho 2011

June 9, 2011

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01_Professor feat.Winston McAnuff –Right On & Dub OnMadness (promo CD) 2011 Soul Beats Records/Groundation Music

02_Takana Zion – My MusicRasta Government (promo CD) 2011 SoulBeats Records

Rootz Underground ID
03_Rootz Underground – Unknown SoldierGravity (mp3 promo) 2010 Soul Beats Records/IWelcom promotions

04_Ossie Dellimore – How Come?Reggae Music (mp3 promo) 2010 Skank Productions

05_Chezidek feat.Dean Fraser– On the MoveJudgment Time 2010 Not Easy At All/Jah Solid Rock

06_Earl Sixteen – Changing Times extended dubThe Fittest (mp3 promo) 2011 NotEasy At All/JahSolidRock

07_Little Roy – No Guns No BombsHeat 2011 Pharaos Records
Little Roy ID
08_Little Roy – Only JahHeartical Story (pre-release mp3 promo) 2011 Heartical

09_Prince Fatty feat.Little Roy – Dont Give UpSurvival of the Fattest 2007 Mr Bongo Records

10_Hollie Cook – Cry (Vocal Mix)single mp3 promo from ‘Hollie Cook’ 2011 Mr Bongo Records (free download @

11_Prince Fatty feat.Natty – Bedroom Eyes Dubmp3 single advance from ‘Supersize’ 2010 Mr Bong Records free download @

E.N. YoungLuck and Chance no More (mp3 promo) 2010 Roots Musician Records

12_E.N. Young – Imagine Peace
13_E.N. Young – Give Me What
14_E.N. Young – Warriors
E.N. Young – Warriors Dub

15_ Earlyworm – Inhale The LionNatty Droid (mp3 promo) 2011 Renegade Media

16_Alambic Conspiracy – Hemp Dub (B.R. Stylers)The Missing Dub Versions 2011 ODG net label free download @

17_Don Fe meets Lorenzo Barbero – One Dog Field of SheepRevolutionary Dub Vibrations: Chapter 3 2011 Free CC License download @

18_Abassi All Stars – Dub ArmyDub Conference series 9 7inch (mp3 promo) 2011 Universal Egg/Deep Root

19_Dub Providers – Mystical Ladder (unreleased dubplate mix)Showcase Style VOL.1 2010 NuffPowa Records

20_Marina P & Ganja Tree – In Your Eyes7inch (mp3 promo) 2011 Jahspora Production

V.A. Reggae Roast presents: Lick it Back (pre-release) 2011 Reggae Roast Records
21_Dandelion – Killing in the Open
22_Rod Taylor – Sign Up

23_Mista Savona feat. Prince Alla – Captive Bird Warn The Nation ‘Reggae Heavyweights Sound the Alarm’ (promo pre-release CD) 2011 SoulBeatsRecords

24_Clinton Fearon – Life Is A Journey Me Deh Yah 2010 Boggie Brown Productions

25_Groundation feat.Ijahman Levi- Sleeping Bag-O-WireUpon the Bridge 2006 Young Tree Records

Professor Madness (promo CD) 2011 Soul Beats Records/Groundation Music

26_Professor – Jah Sending Out
27_Professor feat.Bernard Collins – Rooler Coaster & Roller Dubster
28_Professor – Intifada
Professor – Sign of Dub

29_Groundation feat.The Congos – Time Come Here I Am 2009 Groundation Music

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May 30, 2011

Novo espaço ZonaReGGae dedicado a divulgar novas editoras independentes, que cativam a atenção, não só pela nova e boa música que estão actualmente a disponibilizar no mercado, mas também pela atitude independente e direccionada para levar os artistas um pouco mais longe do que apenas a tops de vendas e canais de televisão.

Para este primeiro destaque, apresentamos a editora Francesa SoulBeats Records, com base de operações na zona da Aquitânia, e a promover desde 2006 projectos de Soul, Funk e Reggae um pouco por toda a França e Europa.
Com o objectivo principal de encorajar e auxiliar bandas e artistas independentes a promoverem a sua música, a SoulBeats Records tem desempenhado um papel importante em proporcionar uma boa exposição aos trabalhos de estúdio de bandas com habitual presença em palcos ao vivo, mas com pouca mostra dos seus trabalhos discográficos
Autenticidade, originalidade e envolvimento planetário são as directivas que motivaram a equipa da SoulBeats Records a desenvolver este trabalho, sempre perto da cultura dos estilos musicais que destacam e dos artistas com quem trabalham.
São já mais de uma dezena os nomes que a SoulBeats tem apresentado ao mundo da música, onde encontramos artistas e bandas bem conhecidas como Rootz Underground, Sebastian Sturm, Moonraisers, Shaolin Temple Defenders, Soul Revolution ou Rebelution.

A dimensão planetária da label e a constante busca por espalhar as vibrações artísticas da música reggae, levaram-nos ao encontro neste ano 2011 de 3 grandes artistas dos tempos modernos e ao lançamento/distribuição dos seus novos álbuns:


Disponível desde 19 Abril na Europa, Madness é o álbum de estreia a solo do vocalista dos Groundation, Harrison Stafford a.k.a. Reggae Professor. Um álbum de conceito, idealizado em 2010 durante uma viagem de Stafford a Terra Santa, para se ligar à história da sua própria família e encontrar um entendimento comum entre os dois lados do conflito Israel / Palestina.

Gravado em Kingston, e acompanhado de nomes como Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Earl “Flabba Holt” Carter. Lloyd “Obeah” Denton, Dalton Browne; Madness é já um dos grandes discos de Roots Reggae do ano.

A acompanhar Professor na mensagem de Paz e União reflectida ao longo de Madness, encontramos ainda as vozes de U-Roy, Bernard “Satta” Collins (Abyssinians), Winston “Electric Dread” McAnuff, Roydel “Ashanti” Johnson (Congos), Steve Tulloch, George Henry “Baldhead” e Melvin Trusty “the Jeweler”.

Takana Zion – Rasta Government

Em Maio a SoulBeats Records apresentou o 3º trabalho do singjay da Guiné Conakry, Takana Zion. Rasta Government é um álbum que fala sobre as raízes com um toque de Reggae moderno bem presente e assente pela sua gravação no lendário Harry J Studio em Kingston, Jamaica.
Sly Dunbar, Sticky Thompson, Robbie Linn ou Capleton são alguns dos nomes jamaicanos que participam em Rasta Government, registo que se destaca pela afirmação de Takana Zion como um dos grandes embaixadores do Roots Reggae Africano.

Mista SavonaWarn The Nation ‘Reggae Heavyweights Sound the Alarm’

O próximo lançamento da SoulBeats agendado para dia 10 de Junho 2011, apresenta na Europa o álbum 2010 de um dos nomes emergentes da cena reggae australiana, o produtor Mista Savona. Warn The Nation é o 4º registo desde conhecido produtor de riddims dancehall, que no novo disco expande a sua criação até ao Roots Reggae e ao Dub.

Para além de alguns nomes da cena local, Warn The Nation, surpreende com as participações vocais de Sizzla, Burru Banton, Capleton, Anthony B, Horace Andy, Prince Alla ou Alton Ellis, numa das suas últimas gravações de sempre, Chant Rasta Sound, e um dos temas mais espectaculares de um álbum que surpreende pelo excelence nível de produção e qualidade instrumental.

Três lançamentos disponibilizados pela SoulBeats Records, empenhados em espalharem o talento da nova música reggae inspirada nas suas origens. Uma label com dimensão humana que demonstrou até agora não apenas promover um produto, mas sim trabalhos com verdadeira dimensão artística, valores e paixão pela música! Visita os Links para saberes e ouvires mais!


ZonaReGGae Playlist 18 Maio 2011

May 19, 2011

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01_Earl Zero – Do the Rub a DubMarketplace (mp3 promo) 2011 ForeignKeyRecords
Earl Zero – Rub-A-Dub instrumental

02_The Ratazanas – The EnlightementLick it Back 2011 Groover Records

03_The One Droppers – The Big OneThe Big One (mp3 promo) 2011 Rocking Records

04_Rocker T – Domino ShuffleAlphabet City 2011 Stubborn Records

05_King Django Quintet – Avenue ABrooklyn Hangover 2010 Stubborn Records

06_King Django & Stubborn All-Stars – Open Season Part 27’’ 2010 Stubborn Records

07_King Django – Nokh a Shtik Roots And Culture Special Edition 2009 Stubborn Records

08_Ramon Judah – Sound Boy Come AwayReggae Roast presents Roots Uprising 2011 Reggae Roast Records

09_Vital feat.AJ Franklin – Look Into YourselfVital (mp3 advanced promo) 2011 Urban Sedated Records

10_Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey In My Dubsingle mp3 free download @

11_The Red Earth Collective & Soothsayers Horns – Hard Times DubRed Earth Dub 2010 Red Earth Records

12_Manasseh and Praise – Dub For Dennis One Dub 2009 Interchill Records

13_El Bib meets the Senior Allstars – Everbodys DubbinRevolutionary Dub Vibrations: Chapter 3 2011 Free CC License download @
14_Fullness –The King Shall Return

15_Fire in the Hole meets Zion Train – Drama10inch (mp3 promo) 2011 Universal Egg
16_Fire in the Hole – New Creation

17_Abassi All Stars – Dub Army Dub Conference series 9 7inch (mp3 promo) 2011 Universal Egg/Deep Root
18_Vibronics – Jah Army

19_Dub Providers & Andy Sax – Horsnman ShareShowcase Style VOL.1 2010 NuffPowa Records
20_Powa Horns – G20(dem ‘ave plenty) (previously unreleased)

Earl ZeroMarketplace (mp3 promo) 2011 ForeignKeyRecords

21_Earl Zero – Blackman Time
(rude interlude 1936)
22_Earl Zero – Changes
Earl Zero – The Lion Dubs Again
23_Earl Zero – Roll Call

24_Earl Zero – None Shall Escape the JudgementAnd God Said to Man Showcase (mp3 promo) 2010 A-Lone Records

25_Earl Zero – Please OfficerLife Goes in Circles ‘sounds of the talent corporation 1974-1979′ 2006 Pressure Sounds
26_Talent Crew – King Tubby’s Version

27_Jimmy Riley & The Upsetters – Darkness in the CityThe Return of Sound System Scratch ‘More Lee Perry Dubplate Mixes & Rarities 73-79’ (mp3 promo) 2011 Pressure Sounds

28_Keith Poppin – Hard time – Get Together ‘Original Recordings 1970-79’ 2007 KP Productions

29_Joshua Moses – Africa Is Our Land The Bristol Reggae Explosion ‘1978-1983’ (mp3 promo) 2011 Bristol Archive Records

Earl 16 ID
30_Earl Sixteen – Rise UpThe Fittest (pre-release mp3 promo) 2011 NotEasy At All/JahSolidRock

ZonaReGGae Reviews…JOSHUA ALO – Orchid Unknown (2011)

February 21, 2011

If I would to highlight a roots reggae newcomer into this Millennium’s first decade, it would have to be Hawaiian born, Joshua Alo.

With a raw and uncut, 2007, debut release album, Answer your Calling; Joshua, alongside Italian tribal roots band Zion Love, brought out one of the best independent releases of that year. Produced in only two weeks, Answer Your calling was certainly a powerful moment. Answer Your Calling also revealed one of the most original younger voices in worldwide Reggae Music, as Joshua Alo’s sweet and original vocals genuinely delivering his humble, conscious and devoted messages.

After many praises for the album, both from his home island, and worldwide places like Brazil, Unites States, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal and West Africa, Joshua returned to Hawaii in 2008 for some heavy performances throughout the islands. He then made a move to Europe where he teamed up with hard hitting musicians from Burkina Faso, Congo and Belgium, to record the new album, Orchid Unknown (Coming out next 25th February, 2011 on his independent label World SoulJah Music).

Joshua says Orchid Unknown is an album that was a long time in the making. Many trials were endured in the 2 1/2 year long process it took to write, record and produce this album”.

Unlike his debut release, Orchid Unknown, displays a more vibrant and updated Roots Reggae feel; filled with Jazzy grooves, hard drumming, beautiful harmonies and exquisite horn arrangements, as Joshua says, ‘the music is marinated through time contrary to my first album which took only 2 weeks produce. The effects on the album are minimal and hardly any editing was done by the engineers as they adopted an old school recording method of ,”If the take is not right, do it again”, as editing the music will only minimize it’s true essence and vibe. ‘

The result is a work that truly brings joy and insight! Since the opening tune, Feel it in the Air, Joshua delivers strong messages throughout warnings and signs towards empowerment, faith, feelings, dreams and Love.

Highlights forward for his warnings about a New World Order in the amazing Senses; calls for freedom from the system and its deception in Be Free, Be True; the rockers skanking to a Rhythm So Divine, with appeals for love & strength to give all to the Lord and the single release, Keep, where Joshua moves away from the distress and sadness of life’s path, over a powerful roots rock reggae beat. (go to to get this free single.)

Joshua’s life and experiences are often shared in his lyrics, and one of the most beautiful of the feelings expressed comes from his past military experience: “I still render much due respect to the plight of the service members and their families as told in the track “Hold On”. A message for service members and families to persevere, amidst extremely long durations of separations and trials.”

Other highlight tune is the title track Orchid Unknown. A beautiful Roots Reggae tune where we listen to Joshua calling for the holy guidance to hold on to humanity, ‘The song resembles the holy place of the father deep down that is so buried within us, but calls out and guides us amidst all struggles, trials and tribulations in life.’

A true devotion to the Creator and Christ as stated in Psalms 146. The powers where Joshua gets his motivation are a constant presence in his words, ‘All songs in Orchid Unknown were written out of what I was experiencing. Some songs took minutes and others took 3 years to complete. But all songs were written out of inspiration’.
Finishing this all strong, 12 track intimate album, the acoustic Essence, shows us where he draws the inspiration from…The heart.

Music for open minded people and a chance for enlightenment is what Orchid Unknown offers, bringing an amazing musical effort all over great Roots Reggae influenced tunes, uplifted by Joshua Alo insights, warnings and callings for a change.
Word, Sound and Power! And no matter in what time, part of the world or language spoken, that´s what Reggae music should be all about.

Joshua´s words….
“You got to know what you’re searching for,
you won’t find it, should you refuse to open your door
so step out come out, see what life is all about,
your hopes and your dreams are blocked by fear and doubt.
Don’t let that new world order control your mind.”