Pon Di Wire
Congratulations to the Bay Area’s Jah Warrior Shelter Soundsystem (Ivier, Irie Dole, Jah Yzer), who showcased two new sounds to take the trophy at Massive Production’s LA Rumble Clash, held Saturday, June 9 in South Los Angeles. Local sound Tazmania dropped out before the competition to attend an event in Florida, leaving Chicago’s Killer Face and San Diego’s Revelation left to battle Jah Warrior. A six-time Bay champ, Warrior came prepared, and eliminated Revelation in the first round. From there Face’s and Warrior’s crews traded dubs in close rounds. In the end, by a show of hands, JWS took the trophy and $2000 for its efforts. One poster on the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival forum accurately summed up what a lot of clash fans initially thought might go down: “While all of these sounds' boxes are deep, I'm thinkin' Killer Face will take this easily, unless L.A. does it like S.F. and just automatically gives the clash to whoever is local…” JWS proved otherwise!
Billboards promoting Cure Fest singer Jah Cure’s post-jail concert taking place August 24-26, have been removed following complaints that the advertisements promote the work of a convicted felon. Cure, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock is completing a 10-year sentence in July for sexual assault. However, several articles have cast doubts on the judicial and police work that lead to the singer’s conviction.
Brooklyn-born, conscious-reggae vocalist Ras Shiloh’s new album is out now and has been receiving positive reviews from the reggae press and elsewhere. The husky, sweetly toned vocalist is known for straightforward, thoughtful songs about the poor and underrepresented. Choice track: “Come Down Jah Jah,” which rides a version of The Slickers “Johnny Too Bad.”
The video of selector/performer Tony Matterhorn on stage in a full astronaut space suit is beyond belief.
Messian Dread, one of Europe’s most positive and proactive artists and promoters, offers new content on his Dub Room Online site weekly. This week he posted and reviewed Jah Mason’s new video “Forgiveness” that deals with the legacy of slavery. “In this very special tune,” writes Messian, “Mason deals directly with the fact that slavery caused slave masters to have a profound sense of guilt. [Mason] shows an enormous sense of spirituality, and claims that forgiveness is what must be done. A forgiveness without forgetting; one that will not deny the truth.”
The Gleaner has a great feature about the return of Adonai, one of New York’s most respected soundsystems. Along with King Addies and Afrique, Adonai is one of New York’s original clash acts that have been in business for some 20 years. Upcoming tours will take the collective to Italy, Australia, and Brazil.
Ready to reggae in Chicago? The 15th annual African/Caribbean Festival For Life takes place July 4-8 at Washington Park, 55th and South Cottage Grove. Buju Banton, Inner Circle, Lady G, and BB Seaton (of rocksteady legends The Gaylads) will join Doug E. Fresh, Calypso Rose, and a host of gospel acts for the family-oriented event.