Pon Di Wire: A Weekly Reggae Roundup
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Link Up Media in Atlanta revealed that “The 'Original Gold Tooth, Front Tooth, Gun Pon Teet' Don Gorgon Ninja Man graced the LinkUp Radio Studios this week (pictured below), on his first trip to New York since the infamous deejay received clearance to travel to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years.” In the interview, Gorgon shared his controversial views about the current state of dancehall, and his new direction in music and life. He told listeners, "I have not turned over a new page, 'cause if the rest of the page in the book dirty, then nothing has changed. I have opened a new book. But I am still Ninja, same way, nobody can't test the Ninja–you done know that."
Stalwart roots harmony group The Wailing Souls’ original members (pictured left) have reunited after 22 years, and will appear at major summer festivals this year. The foursome’s music roots can be traced to the late ’60s and early ’70s, and they grew up and sang in the same Trenchtown yards in Kingston, Jamaica as Bob Marley, Joe Higgs, and other reggae icons. The reunited lineup includes Winston ‘Pipe' Matthews, Lloyd ‘Bread' McDonald, Rudolph ‘Garth' Dennis, and George ‘Buddy' Haye. The group will appear at Reggae on the River and The Hollywood Bowl’s annual reggae night in Los Angeles. Wailing Souls: Most Wanted - Classic Cuts 1978-1984 is out now on Greensleeves.
Chart-topping dancehall artist Mr. Vegas is allegedly being treated for a serious heart condition. Yard Flex reports that Vegas has been diagnosed with pericarditis, an inflammation of the lining around the heart (the pericardium) that causes chest pain and an accumulation of fluid around the organ. Vegas is now under strict orders to adhere to one week of bed rest, or risk the condition worsening.
Find news about your favorite roots reggae producers and performers at the excellent Waterhouse Rock website.
Notorious dancehall deejay and Jamaican icon Bounty Killer may soon face the same fate as Don Imus. On stage for StarJam 2k7 at AquaSol Theme Park in Montego Bay, Killer reportedly said “’Nuff respect to Stone Crusher,” bigging up a violent local gang. Following the remark, a number of locals called for cellular provider B-Mobile to abandon him as a spokesman and pull its ads. Meanwhile, Killer has announced a record deal with VP to launch his own imprint: Me Is A Rebel Records. The label will initially release projects from Bounty’s crew The Alliance. His website beams: “The full-length concept album will feature all the established Alliance superstars, plus the next generation.”
Check out Alliance member Aidonia’s MySpace page–’nuff exclusives and a new track up there.
Mr. Easy and hip-hop artist Red Café have teamed up for the new single “Children of the Ghetto.” The track samples Senya and Family Man Barrett’s “Children of the Ghetto–Juvenile Delinquency” (Clappers, 1981), and DJs Seani B (BBC1Xtra), New York’s Max Glazer, and Germany’s Selecta Raider are all rinsing said track.
New York’s Latchkey Recordings presents a new, digital-only album, Dakini Dub, by Straight Roots Productions. Naga Reshi of Straight Roots Productions (who has worked with foundation roots reggae groups The Congos and The Love Joys) offers an eclectic album of dub, ambient, and world rhythms. Organic and electronic sounds blend for all-around cool vibes. Watch the Straight Roots video for “Dub Transmitor” on YouTube now.
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