Pon Di Wire
- Words: Tomas Palermo
The Jimi Hendrix of reggae and Bob Marley & the Wailers’ lead guitarist Junior Marvin (pictured top left) drops his new album in 2007. The axeman, known for his searing, bombastic guitar solos, will again electrify our ears with roots rockers like “Mister Preacher Man” and the Marley tribute album title track, “Life Without You.”
Speaking of rockers, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood (pictured top right) has assembled a new compilation for Trojan Records. The not-so-modestly-named Johnny Greenwood Is The Controller was released on Tuesday, and features classic roots material from The Heptones, Lee Perry, and Linval Thompson. Meanwhile, Trojan celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, promising that, “2007 will see figures from the world of rock, dance, and hip-hop take the wheel in the journey through reggae history…”
Vote for your favorite artist to win at the 26th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), held on Saturday, May 5, at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York (235 W. 125th st.). Online voting continues through April 20.
Wanna listen to tracks before you purchase them? Preview multiple new reggae releases for free at Jammin Reggae Archives.
The squabbles between competing dancehall deejays this year have made college hoops rivalries like that of Duke versus North Carolina or UCLA versus USC look positively tame. However, it’s good that “enemies” like Vybz Kartel and Mavado can find ways to work things out.
These days, quality one-drop roots riddims can come from almost anywhere, including Europe. Germans, Swiss, and Scandinavians of all stripes have jumped into reggae production, collaborating with local musicians and recording tracks with session bands in Jamaica. One such transatlantic partnership has produced The Bodo rhythm set (featuring singles from Sizzla, Coco Tea, and Capleton) arranged by Hamburg-based Andreas 'Brother Man' Christopherson and released via Jamaica’s respected In The Streetz distribution. Brotherman is owner of Minor7Flat5 Records, whose catalog includes excellent albums by Turbulence, Tony Tuff, and Anthony B.
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