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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: “Nothing is better than music. When it takes us out of […]

Reggae star Etana emphasizes equality

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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: “Nothing is better than music. When it takes us out of […]

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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

Majestic meditations with Jesse Royal

Jesse Royal is one of the brightest stars in music today. Cutting edge and conscious, Royal, a Rasta singer “affectionately known” as “The Small Axe,” exudes a regal presence

Furys return to the Whisky a Go Go

All you old punks take note! Send the grandkids back to their parents and clear your calendar on February 16. You need to get your tickets for the return

Keith and Tex: A revealing conversation with the Rocksteady Rulers

Despite a near thirty-year separation, perhaps no singing duo in music history has enjoyed a comparably resilient, prolific, and successful partnership, as Jamaican rocksteady icons Keith Rowe and Phillip

Larry McDonald: “I just wanted to be the conga player”

Larry McDonald is one of the most accomplished percussionists in the world. Honored in Jamaica in 2011 with a lifetime achievement award, for over fifty years McDonald has recorded

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Underground Truths” at L.A.’s Dub Club

Top photo: Lee “Scratch” Perry performing at the Dub Club in Los Angeles  It’s hard to gauge the immensity of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s contributions to music. By dint of boundless

Black Uhuru: A bull session at the beach with Andrew Bees

Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson and Andrew Bees at the Moto Beach Classic, Orange County, California Anyone familiar with legendary, Grammy Award-winning reggae band Black Uhuru knows what reggae historian Roger

Safeguarding Bob Marley with “So Much Things to Say”

In reviewing Roger Steffens’s latest book, So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley, Hua Hsu asserts in The New Yorker that Steffens’s contribution to the

King Yellowman defends gay rights at Reggae on the Mountain

Born with albinism in 1956, dancehall music legend King Yellowman was rejected from birth. As a baby, he was found in a supermarket’s trash heap in Kingston, Jamaica. Miraculously

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