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Rootsman Garth Dennis reflects on Reggae’s richness

Rudolph “Garth” Dennis occupies a storied, honorific place in the history of reggae music: In addition to a lengthy stretch as a lead singer for foundational roots reggae band Wailing Souls, without Mr. Dennis, Black Uhuru — the world’s top-selling […]

Rootsman Garth Dennis reflects on Reggae’s richness

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Rudolph “Garth” Dennis occupies a storied, honorific place in the history of reggae music: In addition to a lengthy stretch as a lead singer for foundational roots reggae band Wailing Souls, without Mr. Dennis, Black Uhuru — the world’s top-selling […]

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Reggae on the Mountain is the best reggae venue in Los Angeles

In mid-July, when summer’s heat sears L.A., Angelenos and savvy outsiders know the best, most refreshing, rejuvenating thing to do is to go to Reggae on the Mountain. Aptly

Blaze Mob: Moving Over Barriers

On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ablaze by a mob –

Workshopping myself with writer Steve Hauk

Because I’m blessed, but also, because I’m a writer and therefore accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities writers share, this past Memorial Day weekend I drove from Los

DJ Yaadcore discusses Righteous Reggae and Raging Fyah

Q: I’m [at the Ninth Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival] speaking with Yaadcore, DJ for [reggae artist] Protoje and a founder of the “Dubwise” movement. Thank you for

Raising Consciousness with Raging Fyah and Rastafari

The Raging Fyah and Rastafari Interview If Las Vegas were taking bets on which band will drop an album the world will soon be talking about – and singing, skanking,

Cali Roots Festival continued

Photos from the California Roots Festival, featuring: Chronixx, Steel Pulse, Fortunate Youth, and Stephen Marley. From Monterey, California; May 25-27, 2018 Here are some of the pictures I took; I hope

Cali Roots Festival: Nine years young and growing

A Photo-Essay of the 9th Annual “Cali Roots” (Monterey, California; May 25-27, 2018) At page 273 of renowned reggae historian Roger Steffens's highly acclaimed book "So Much Things To Say:

Reggae is the heartbeat of the festival

Last summer the New York Times reported that Grammy-nominated reggae star Chronixx told a crowd during one of his electric performances: “This is the beautiful sound of reggae music

Vengeful Alabama to kill 83-year-old man

Barring intervention by courts or its governor, Alabama will kill an 83-year-old man on April 19; long-incarcerated for the 1989 mail-bomb killings of United States Court of Appeals for

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