Pon Di Wire
- Words: Tomas Palermo
YardFlex reports that Macka Diamond has written Jamaica’s first dancehall novel. Bun Him! is based on a song of the same name by Diamond and fellow DJ, Black-er The tome is written in dancehall vernacular, with settings and topics familiar to the hardcore ragga fanbase. Of the twisted love tale, Flex gushes, “Finally you will get the full hundred on who's bunning who, and why, and even sweeter than that, you'll discover the third party's identity.”
Want more reggae lit? Definitely check British author Victor Headley’s excellent collection of reggae pulp fiction, including titles like Yush, Excess, and Yardie.
Skatalites trombonist Don Drummond’s (pictured above) life is reexamined in the Jamaica Observer’s two-part online news series. These articles investigate the myths and mysteries (was his death in a mental hospital murder or suicide?) surrounding the short life of the ska master.
DJ Richie B of "Hot Mix," on Jamaica’s Hot 102 FM, charts Vybz Kartel’s “Wine Pon Yuh” at number one this week in his popular Jamaica Top 30 report. Lutan Fyah holds at number two, while rootsman Ginjah’s “Music Alone” rises to three. The top 10 is rounded out with hits from Bescenta & Warrior King, Vegas, and Munga.
Gossip and passa passa alert: Reliable sources close to Pon Di Wire say the USA Sunsplash concert tour line-up has been announced; the event will not take place in Jamaica this year, due to poor results after its 10-year return in ’06. Mr. “Singso,” Wayne Wonder (pictured above), performs in L.A. Father’s Day, June 17, at Jamaica Gold. His new album, Foreva, comes out in July. Mavado, Vegas, and Stephen Marley tracks are currently bubbling on NYC commercial radio.
Looking for a Reggae eBay? The Reggae Auction is your place to buy rare and out-of-print singles, LPs, CDs, soundclash tapes, dubplates, and videos.
New riddims: Arrows Records presents Tears–a rootsy, rub-a-dub version featuring singles by Anthony B, Lutan Fyah (pictured above), and I-Octane. Juke Boxx, whose Statement riddim spent most of the winter at the top of international DJ charts, returns with Chaos, featuring cuts from Capleton, Morgan Heritage, Chuck Fender, and Ninjaman. Bobby Konders’ Massive B label is back with the No Borders riddim, featuring cuts from Collie Buddz, Chezidek, and Jr. Reid. The Joe Frasier label has a new lick of Beres Hammond’s “Full Attention,” with 45s by Maxi Priest and Roger Robin.
Tune in to the sounds of the Trojan Records 40th anniversary on BBC6 Music’s Trojan Weekender, coming up May 18-20. The weekend of programming will include loads of exclusive broadcasts from legends like Don Letts (Friday), Trojan Sound System live session, and guests Justin Robertson and Andrew Weatherall (Saturday), and Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Sunday). Brit band Super Furry Animals will also unleash its favorite Trojan tracks June 6 on the comp Furry Selection, featuring Horace Andy, Cornel Campbell, and U-Roy.
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