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Toots Hibbert: “It takes time to build a mansion”

In his rollicking tell-all book, “The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread” (Akashic Books 2015), Gary Himelfarb a.k.a. “Dr. Dread” and the founder of “RAS (Real Authentic Sound) Records,” wrote of Toots Hibbert: “[H]e is […]

Toots Hibbert: “It takes time to build a mansion”

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In his rollicking tell-all book, “The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread” (Akashic Books 2015), Gary Himelfarb a.k.a. “Dr. Dread” and the founder of “RAS (Real Authentic Sound) Records,” wrote of Toots Hibbert: “[H]e is […]

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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

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 –

Elle Winter at Oriole Park in Baltimore credit Anthony C. Hayes

Elle Winter: ‘I like songs that empower me’

Rising pop star Elle Winter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Anthony C. Hayes) At 19, most baseball players are just trying to get their foot in the door. Singer,

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

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

Reggae star Etana emphasizes equality

Lauded by the BBC as the “greatest music teacher who ever lived,” Nadia Boulanger once described the ecstasy that listeners of reggae star Etana’s new album, Reggae Forever, feel:

Wishbone Ash coming to Southern California

One of the guitar bands of the Classic Rock era, Wishbone Ash, will be coming to southern California venues this April. The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills April 20, The

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