The Cluster Planet aka OmNebula Presents “The Forest Of Dub”, this Saturday, April 18th at 11:00pm – 7:00am @ IT The Place, Athens, Greece

forestofdub

Very pleased to have been invited to perform at yet another OmNebula event in Athens alongside my brothers, there exist angles, Bluez and of course OmNebula.  Taking place this Saturday at IT The Place, Exarcheia, Athens, the session is not to be missed by any reggae and dub lover in Greece.  Strictly good vibes guaranteed!

https://www.facebook.com/events/530784833727665/

Line Up

OmNebula ( Twisted Frequencies)
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dj-omnebula
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/twisted-frequencies-promos

Bluez (Indigo Movement)
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/bluezsounds
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/indigo-movement

there exist angles
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/there-exist-angles

roots n wingz
https://rootsnwingz.com/
https://www.mixcloud.com/rootsnwingz/

REGGAE // DUB // PSYDUB

Entrance:: €3

IT The Place, Kleisovis 10, 10677 Athens, Greece

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Fi Di Youth Dem

Two all new motivational roots reggae tunes caught my attention today: “Get It In Your Head” by Jamaican singers Exco Levi and Romain Virgo and “Generation” by UK / Jamaican MC, Gappy Ranks.  Romain Virgo’s and Exco Levi’s track is a reminder of how important knowledge and education are, while Gappy Ranks tells the story of how he grew as an artist and how he never gave up trying to reach his goals.  Both tracks have that oldschool roots reggae feel; “Generation” is in fact off the upcoming “Old Fashion Riddim” by Kemar “Flava” McGregor, which is a tweaked rendition of the classic “Ba Ba Boom Riddim” aka “Shine & Criss Riddim”.  “Get it in Your Head” is off Exco Levi’s new album “Country Man”, produced by Penthouse Records. Get Your Education and remember Knowledge is Power!

OldFashionRiddim

2 Brand New Original & Amazing Reggae Music Videos recommended by rootsnwingz

These two excellent videos were an impressive and wonderful way for Midnite and Chronixx with Inner Circle to kick off 2015.  Roots & Culture Everytime!

Midnite x I Grade – “Credited” (Official Music Video January 2015 – Directed By Royal Ras Productions)

The music video for “Credited”, off Midnite’s new I-Grade produced album, “Ride Tru”, was filmed at Mount Victory Camp, St. Croix and was directed by Birhan Tonge of Royal Ras Productions, a NYC-based film company that has previously collaborated on film projects with both Buss Pipe Records and I Grade Records. The innovative music video for “Credited” utilizes the original artwork created at the scene of the filming by artists Marcus Wilson and Omar Boothman. Marcus Wilson is the official Midnite artist who has painted the vast majority of Midnite’s 52 album covers.

“Credited” (V. Benjamin, L. Alfred, D. Goldfine)
Lyrics and vocal melodies by Vaughn Andre Benjamin (BMI)
Song Produced by: Zion I Kings
Drums, Percussion: Lloyd “Junior” Richards
Bass, Percussion: David “JAH David” Goldfine
Keyboards, Melodica & Guitars: Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred
Lead Guitar: Padraic Coursey
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred at Aqua Sounds Studio, STX

Credited Music Video
Directed, filmed & edited by: Birhan Tonge
Additional camera work by: Ajani Clunie, Josiah Winans
& Paul Cusin
Original artwork: by Marcus Wilson & Omar Boothman
Produced by: Royal Ras Productions & I Grade Records


Inner Circle featuring Chronixx & Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard / News Carryin’ Dread [Full Movie Version](January 2015)

Video directed by Gil Green & Damian Fyffe
Label: Soundbwoy Entertainment

Keeping Positive over the Weekend: 3 Timeless Motivational & Uplifting Roots Reggae Songs

Strictly good vibes!

“There is Hope” – The Viceroys (off the 1983 LP Brethren and Sistren)

“No One Can Stop Us” – Willie Williams (off the Studio One Soul compilation)

“Can’t Stop Us Now” – The Viceroys (Produced by Linval Thompson!)

“Mutiny” – Winston “Niney” Holness aka Niney the Observer (1978) / Produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry & Hopeton “Scientist” Brown (High Quality Vinyl Sound)

Listen to this rare high quality roots reggae tune from the late 1970s.  Conscious lyrics and a militant message reflecting the political turmoil and confusion of the time. Classic Sly Dunbar on the drums! A serious ting…

“10 Deadly Shots Vol. III” – 10 Ft. Ganja Plant (New Full Album 2014). Listen Free!

deadlyshot3Listen for free to the new album by the awesome international roots reggae dub group, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant!


01 White Snakeroot
02 Castor Bean
03 Mala Mujer
04 Monkshood
05 Western Water Hemlock
06 Bladderwort
07 Venus Flytrap
08 Angel Trumpet
09 Oleander
10 Giant Pitcher

Wish you a Reggae Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rasta-Claus

With the holidays almost here, thought I’d share the best comprehensive playlist of Reggae Christmas songs that I’ve come across so far.  200 roots, lovers rock, dub and dancehall reggae songs by great Jamaican artists, such as Gregory Isaacs, Alton Ellis, Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, Cocoa Tea, Sugar Minott, Jacob Miller, Ernest Wilson, Yellowman, The Maytals, The Ethiopians, The Aggrovators, Lee Perry, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Eek-A-Mouse and many others. An essential compilation selected by RastaClaus85.

“Hands Up I Can’t Breathe” – Steel Pulse (New Single December 2014) Listen & read full lyrics!

Brand new tune by the legendary reggae band Steel Pulse and David Hinds, livicated to the lives that have been recently unjustly taken by police brutality and racist discrimination, in particular the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this past August. Once again and after all their years of making music, Steel Pulse always deliver a notably strong and relevant message. Still chanting down Babylon as 2015 approaches… Listen and read / share the full lyrics below!

Lyrics (transcribed by rootsnwingz):

Should I run away

Don’t get disillusioned
By this racist institution
The bigots are out there with their weapons too
Yes they’re aiming just to gun down our children

So let me tell you this time around
Yes, we’re gonna draw this line right now
Our common goal is to stand our grounds
You got the city on lock down

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
Shoot I to keep my mouth shut
What do you want from me?

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
No doubt, you got the handcuffs
I’m choking, I can’t breathe

Why should I run away? Curfew!

Do I lay dead as a victim
Another statistics to the system
All kinds of crazy shit flow through my mind
Do I left to raise my children
So I’m gonna tell you this time around
What goes around, yes will come around
Is it defiance that has me bound
You got this whole town on lock down

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
Shoot I to keep my mouth shut
What do you want from me?

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
No doubt, you got the handcuffs
I’m choking I can’t breathe

I’m down on my bended knees
I’m choking I cannot breathe
I beg you don’t tazer me

Why should I run away?

Is it because I’m happy?
Why you so trigger happy?

Don’t shoot!

police brutalityUndercover cop pulls pistol on unarmed civilians in Oakland, California.

Champion Squad Presents Romain Virgo – “Inna Rub a Dub Style” (new official mixtape)

Brand new official mixtape by Romain Virgo, mixed by DJ Reem, featuring exclusive dubplates! Listen to Romain sing over classic rocksteady, roots, reggae and dancehall riddims, as well as a tribute to the great Alton Ellis.  This is Romain at his best! Download the tracked version for free in high quality mp3 here: https://www.mediafire.com/?66u35cggou9jcrc (mp3), or in wav format: http://www.mediafire.com/?dyaea5tg2syyacb . Or listen to the full mixtape:

“Jah Is My Friend” – Kenyatta Hill featuring Christos DC (Official Music Video December 2014)

Brand new official music video of Kenyatta Hill and Christos DC performing “Jah Is My Friend” off Kenyatta’s new album “Riddim Of Life”.  The legendary late Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott of Roots Radics plays the drums on this one.  ‘Style’ was the drummer on some BIG chunes, like Gregory Isaac’s “Night Nurse” and Bunny Wailer’s “Rock and Groove”.  Livicated to his memory and legacy!

Shot by Dub Africa
Edited by BOONDOX-IJAW Films

written by Kenyatta Hill & Christos DC
Produced by Christos DC for Honest Music
mixed by Kenyatta Hill for Honest Music Studios

Lead Vox: Kenyatta Hill & Christos DC
Backing Vox: Christos DC
Drums: Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott
Bass – Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt
Guitar – Dalton Browne
Additional Guitar: Christos DC
Keys – Darryl ‘D-Trane’ Burke
Trumpet – Joseph Brotherton
Percussion – Ken Joseph

Joseph Hill, Culture interview, West Indian World Newspaper, 1982

Yesterday I wrote a bit on Joseph “Culture” Hill and his son Kenyatta. Here’s an awesome, rare interview with Joseph Hill in 1982 I just found on the midnightraver blog!

Midnight Raver

Give thanks to MIDNIGHT RAVER’S Peter van Arnhem for this most crucial contribution.

The article finds Joseph Hill in London in September 1982. Joseph talks about the split in the group, about the death of Bob Marley, about the song “Tribute to the O.M.” (album Lion Rock) and about Rasta.

After the album Lion Rock 4 years went by before Joseph Hill reunited with original members Kenneth Dayes and Albert Walker and recorded the album Çulture in Culture.

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Christos DC featuring Kenyatta Hill – “Talk to Me” (Official Music Video 2014)

The Washington D.C. based Greek American Christos DC, aka Christopher Vrenios, and Jamaican Kenyatta Hill, son of legendary singer Joseph Hill of the reggae group Culture, present the first single and music video off Christo’s new 2014 album, “Long Road”. Christos DC is an up-and-coming reggae artist and CEO at Honest Music; a multi-instrumentalist with a beautiful voice. The message is simple and very relevant considering today’s smartphone and social media obsession: we have to talk more to each other. Great music and lyrics by both artists, much respect to the Greek and African diaspora for keeping it real!

“…born and raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage using a nickname given to him by his grandmother & also to represent his birthplace that set the tone of his musical journey.
His sound is best described as a blend of Downtempo, Reggae with overtones of jazz”.
Read Christos DC’s impressive bio here: http://www.christosdc.com/about

Honest Music Productions. Cinematics by ViZionCreative.

http://www.christosdc.com