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Reggae / World

Daddy Rings The Most High

“I got to move forward/And put the culture in the place where it once was,” Rasta toaster Daddy Rings proclaims on “Dispensation.” That’s enough raison d’etre for any album.… Read more »

Various Strictly Best 38

Genuine new talent and authentic music distinguishes annual reggae hits compilation STB 38 from the series’ previous 37 volumes.… Read more »


Various Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife

For many, Nigerian music starts and ends with Afrobeat emperor Fela Kuti. Nothing wrong with that, but placing Kuti in the context of Nigeria’s thriving 1970s musical renaissance reveals a universe of similarly regal artists.… Read more »

Cheb i Sabbah Devotion

DJ/producer Cheb i Sabbah is the most recognizable force in America’s contribution to Eastern-inspired electronica: recognizable enough to become a victim of his own success.… Read more »


Lee “Scratch” Perry Chicken Scratch: Deluxe Edition

Kooky dubmaster Lee Perry is a living icon. His storied career, from working with Bob Marley to his famous Black Ark studio, is well documented.… Read more »

The Lions Jungle Struttin’

You might not expect solid, Jamaican-inspired music from L.A.’s plastic culture.… Read more »

The Sound Dimension Mojo Rocksteady Beat

Taking over from the Soul Vendors in the late 1960s as house band at Studio One, The Sound Dimension played on countless classics that formed the very foundation of Jamaican music, with rhythms such as “Rockfort Rock,” “Real Rock,” “In Cold… Read more »

Aphrodesia Lagos by Bus

Like musical cousins Antibalas and NOMO, the Bay Area Afrobeat enthusiasts of Aphrodesia take their Afro straight-up, no relaxer: The group recently toured Africa, sucking up influences, and even playing Fela Kuti’s daughter’s club in Nigeria.… Read more »

Sharaab [Evolution]

Whereas Atlanta-based producer Sharaab’s first full-length, Infusion, could be considered a collection of Indian-influenced electronic tracks, his follow-up is much more coherent as a recording.… Read more »

Various Real Roots Reggae: A Canadian Story

Finally! A compilation featuring some of the best artists an… Read more »

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