Newsflash! Big show this Wednesday, February 28 in New York City. It’s the Deadly Dragon Sound record store’s second anniversary event with Downbeat the Ruler Tony Screw and Twin Sounds, as well as live performances by Ranking Joe, Carlton Livingston, Johnny Osbourne, and Devon Clarke. Deadly Dragon selectors Scratch Famous, Queen Majesty, JD and Mr. K also make appearances. The event goes down at Happy Ending, 302 Broome St, NYC, 10pm to 4am. Respect!
On the hush tip: A new Bob Marley remix collection will be out sometime this summer. The line-up includes King Kooba, Jimpster, Bombay Dub Orhcestra, Trio Electrico, and Afrodesiac Soundsystem, among several others on the forthcoming 17-track album.
“Jamaica Greatest Band,” The Skatalites will tour Texas, California, Europe, and England starting March 10. Original members who’ve been with the band since 1964, Lloyd Knibb, Doreen Shaffer, and Lester "Ska" Sterling join newer members Val Douglas and Vin Gordon to play the gambit of ska, rocksteady, and reggae.
Beenie Man’s conflict with fellow dancehall artist Spice has gotten him tossed from the March 10 Magnum Follow Di Arrow concert line up in Jamaica.
Old school crooner and Massive Attack associate Horace Andy’s new album/DVD Livin' It Up, produced by Sly & Robbie, is featured on the artist’s MySpace page. Hear audio clips and see video outtakes from the dual recording.
Before you know it, summer will be here with the 14th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 22–24 in Boonville, Northern California. A short list of featured artists includes Spain’s Ojos de Brujo, Tony Rebel, The Ethiopians, Queen Ifrica, Chezidek, and soundsystems like Stone Love Movement and Downbeat The Ruler.
Jamaican scribe Mel Cook of the Gleaner gives an excellent account of how the Downtown Kingston Reggae Music Heritage Tour is shaping up. Designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jamaican recording industry, the tour will wind through Kingston with stops at the former sites of major recording studios like Studio One and Joe Gibbs studio, as well as Beverly’s and Chin Randy’s record stores.