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November 15, 2012

Volume 9/Issue 46

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Show Us Your RFG!!

New CDs in the Mix

In Jah´s Name We Pray

Reggae Festivals

News Flash

Ital Statistics

Reggae Airplay Charts

About Us

Show Us Your RFG!!

Andrew Diamond & The Reggae Festival Guide in Zambia

Here is a photo of the Reggae Festival Guide Magazine on Haile Selassie Avenue in Lusaka, Zambia.


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We Roots Various Artist All Female Vocal and Dub Set just Released

Full-length CD Now Available! Catch Me Time Records presents a varied set of reggae music from a diverse group of female artists. Recorded at Mystery Man and Rough Sounds studios in Los Angeles and produced by Chuck Foster, long-time host of Reggae Central on KPFK-LA, the New CD features vocals from Universal Speakers, Shayna Dread, Jessica Burks, Jordan Mercedes, Zema and Queen P inna showcase-style with each song followed by a full-length dub. All of the artists brings their own individual background, experience and quality to the mix.



We Roots gathers some of Southern California's finest musicians drawing on Jamaican styles from rock steady to roots and adding non-traditional elements for a unique sound. Women have always made a great contribution to reggae and this  collection brings together a group of artists and styles that keep positive music moving forward in this crucial time. 


Exclusive CD Release Party! Enjoy a Night of Performance & Spirits November 11th, 2012 as Catch Me Time Records presents a varied set of Reggae Music! The event will take place at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant 2941 Main St in Santa Monica. Plus Special Live Track Performances accompanied by DJ sets from Dub Passejah & Chuck Foster!  21+ / 9:00 PM / NO COVER!WE ROOTS VARIOUS ARTISTSTo Order using Paypal E-mail  Order the Full-length CD through CD Baby! Download MP3s through iTunes &!


The Original Wailers at Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV (North Tahoe)



Thurs. Nov. 15th-2012/ The Original Wailers Ft. Al Anderson- + After Party w/ Keyser Soze- In the Crystal Bay Club Crown Room- On Sale Now!


Time: 10pm

Price: $20 adv. $23 d.o.s.

Venue: Crystal Bay Club Casino

14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay, NV 89402


Ticket Price:

$20.00 - ADVANCE GA

$23.00 - DAY OF SHOW



Purchase tickets online:


21 and Over Only 

General Admission - Standing Room Only

Limited Reserved Seating – Booths 

For more info: (775) 833 – 6333



The Original Wailers
 Featuring Al Anderson & Desi Hyson 


It starts with a beat born of the heart that moves forward the feet and the soul, one that traces its roots back to the dawn of humans on this planet, to the continent of Africa. Along the way, it travels to the ghetto of Jamaica where it finds its three kings; Marley, Tosh, and Wailer. It's carried back across the oceans to Europe and Asia. To the islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific. To the streets of London and New York. Los Angeles and Paris. Tokyo and Berlin. And, of course, back home to Africa. 
Its fire burns for decades until the world takes two of the brightest flames. Time and circumstance may have robbed this reggae riddim of its revolutionaries, its most prominent voices, and yet, its heart still beats. It still moves forward the feet and the soul. It survives. 
And now, it has been entrusted to these musicians- The Original Wailers, whose latest album, Miracle, delivers on a roots reggae promise that harkens back to the golden era of the genre equally as it creates the sound of tomorrow. To listen to the Original Wailers is to hear musical history while it is being made. 

From playing those unmistakable opening notes of No Woman, No Cry to the helm of today's torchbearers of the Trench Town sound, guitarist and bandleader Al Anderson unites those that have chosen to honor their history not by attempting nostalgically to recreate it, but by taking the spirit, the intent of its creators, and moving it forward through the 21st century. 
Sharing those transcendental moments with Anderson as a member of Bob Marley's Wailers and here with him today is Tyrone Downie (keyboards). A veteran of both stage and studio, Downie's stamped his passport with stints in The Abyssinians, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Junior Reid, Tom Tom Club, Ian Dury, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Sly & Robbie.

Having been shoulder to shoulder with Marley and Tosh, Anderson knows the selection of a principal singer/songwriter is crucial to this band's success. Enter Desi Hyson, native son of the Caribbean island of Dominica, who cut his teeth with the esteemed Joseph Hill and the group Culture, with whom he toured internationally for seven years. Hyson's time-worn vocal delivery and edge of the razor lyrics put the message back in the music.
And that beat that began so long ago? It currently resides in the hands, feet, and heart of Francis (Paapa) Nyarkoh. Born in Ghana, West Africa, the self-taught timekeeper combines African rhythms with authentic Jamaican reggae, Calypso, and Soca beats from around the Caribbean. Paapa's credits include Hugh Mesekela, Glen Washington, Everton Blender, Chico Debarge, Kirk Davis, Kenyatta Hill, Kwame Badiako, Prestige and Magic System to name but a few.
Steve Samuels, another past master of Joseph Hill and Culture, is the other half of the rhythm duo, laying the bass foundation one bottom note at a time. A Jamaican native, Samuels has worked with such artists as The Itals, Glen Washington, Everton Blender, Abyssinians, Sister Carol, Half Pint and Cocoa Tea.

Completing the sonic experience that is the Original Wailers, an original maker of melody, Ms. Erica Newell, the 1 in 2+1- Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers back-up singing trio that included Marley sisters Sharon and Cedella. Her classic tones and reverence for Jamaican heritage make her the ideal female compliment.
The Original Wailers- a cultural, international, and generational sextet making footprints forward as it continues on a path laid so many years before.


Sgt. Remo’s "Life Is For Living" Debut EP Album Now Available!

Sgt. Remo’s debut solo EP album, Life Is For Living, debuts worldwide on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Born Sergio Ortiz in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Remo joins forces with a diverse group of reggae producers from all over North America on this 5-track release. The EP includes five socially-conscious roots & culture smash hits projecting Sgt. Remo into the global spotlight. The Mexican born, self-described singjay, continues to amaze audiences with his rich vocals and reflective writing ability.


The first single titled How Long, an uplifting roots anthem, was released on the Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide compilation album and remains in heavy rotation across the reggae airwaves worldwide. It has been the featured single on Sgt. Remo’s Jango radio station and continues to harvest a growing audience for the artist. The video for the single How Long will be unveiled on the same date. The video was filmed in Florida during a chilly 3 days in February, 2012 by Munda Inc. Productions out of El Paso, TX. The album is a strictly digital release on the Jah Yutes Entertainment label and will be available for download at all all digital outlets and stream sites. Visit Sgt. Remo at the official website Follow him on youtube, facebook, twitter .


Official track listing: 

1. No Man Stranded (Jah Yutes Ent./EA Productions) 

2. Tell Me Who (Jah Yutes Ent./Charlie's Records) 

3. Thunder & Lightning (Jah Yutes Ent./Full Grown Studios) 

4. Marie (Jah Yutes Ent./Hotta Lava Music) 

5. How Long (Jah Yutes Ent./Dread I Arts/Ceremony Studios) 



This is an exciting time for me as I am gearing up to release my first solo EP. Although I have gotten the opportunity to release some of my music before (Mister Kali's Step Fast album [Loving, Loving], Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide Vol. 1 compilation, Brighter Smile Riddim album, Serious Love Riddim album, Dawtah

single release) this is the first official Sgt. Remo solo album. Putting this project together has been a great experience and I am proud to be sharing this with all the Reggae music fans that have supported me through the years. This is my best work to date and I hope it's well received and shared to the masses. I've had the pleasure of working with some great producers on this project and I am thankful for their support and their input on each and every song.


There are five songs, each with its own unique story, and each with a different producer's personal touch...all with my original lyrical inspiration. The songs vary from the haunting lyrics and heavy roots riddim of Thunder & the uplifting dancehall riddim and message of No Man Stranded. You have the hypnotic dub riddim and beautiful vocal delivery of Tell Me Who ... and the unforgettable chorus of Marie (If you don't listen closely you would think this is a love song). All rounded of by the hit tune How Long

...this one needs no introduction...just check it out.


With such a groovy melody, a bold horn section led by the maestro, Dean Fraser, on point background vocals and catchy roots reggae chords, Itation Records' new release, the Trippin' Riddim produced by Ishi Dube's tuff Riddims, invokes the spirit of yet another roots renaissance. Indeed, in addition to Itation (responsible for United Regae's Best Reggae Riddim of 2008), names such as Luciano, Turbulence, Fantan Mojah, Sizzla, Delly Ranx and Kali Blaxx capture the best of the conscious music movement. Just check "Rastafari Bless" performed by Fantan Mojah which weaves together Fantan's rapid fire deejay flow and signature vocal range for a timeless, plaintive mood. Then there's Winstrong (Suriname), Messenjah Selah (Jamaica), Ras Attitude (Virgin Islands), Jah Sun and Bobby Hustle (United States) who make up the core of the current reggae scene in the Americas. Selah's combination with Sizzla,"We Overcome", offers the best of both worlds--Selah's soaring hooks and Sizzla's conscious dancehall poetics. Indeed, versatility is the name of the game. With eighteen tracks of up-to-the-time reggae vibes, it's easy to trip over the riddim's versatility with over an hour's worth of listening available. Bobby Hustle's "Words To Say" possesses that effortless, and infectious, pop sensibility that many reach for but few attain. Ishi Dube, Gideon & Sweet C and Zareb keep the message in the music alive while Stevie Culture, Ras Indo, Soul Medic, Vidagua and Ras Ijah make sure there is something for everyone including standout R&B, soul and pop contributions. Listen to the R&B-esque "Music Wash" performed by Vidagua where the catchy chorus is day-trippin' on Itation's one drop beat. The Trippin Riddim is your newest one-way ticket to the latest roots reggae anthem out of the Itation camp. Get yours on November 20 via iTunes and fine etailers worldwide.




Gappy Ranks & Lions Den Unlimited Free Show for Maddest Ting Monday 11/19


On Monday November 19th, international reggae artist GAPPY RANKS will be performing a free show with Lions Den Unlimited Soundz in Nevada City, CA. Gappy Ranks, who has in the last few years taken reggae music by storm, will be blazzing JAH music at the Stonehouse in Nevada City.  Gappy Ranks is touring in support of his newest release COOKIES and will be performing hits from all four of his album releases. Gappy Ranks came to many peoples attention when he released "Heaven In Her Eyes" which shot to number 1 on many charts, the following full length release PUT THE STEREO ON featuring Gappy singing over classic rhythms was so well received that it excelerated his rise in reggae music.  The music of Gappy Ranks is powerfull and impressive, always hailing the Almighty,  Gappy is not afraid to sing of his affection for the empress or his ambition.        Adding to the Maddest Ting Monday vibration at the Stonehouse on November 19th is Lions Den Unlimited Soundz (DJ Vision aka Zen Ken) with guest vocalists Soulmedic & Obie Won.   Soulmedic, a tru Cali king, off his recent video shoot for "Tek Back" has just released the crucial "Hyphyhall Riddim" and is ready to bring his upfull music to the to the stage.  Obie Won aka Spliff Huxx has a strong following in the club scene throughout Ohio with the underground hit "Too Kushy" and comes packing lyrics and delivery.  DJs Redlocks & Kris Ward will commence the evening spinning sizzling reggae tunes for the massive.


Join InI as we continue the Coronation Celebration of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I & Empress Menen during this month of ancient legacy.  Doors open at 7 pm & early arrival is recommended to secure a spot at the concert.  This event is 21 & over and the Stonehouse will have full bar & food available.  Maddest Ting Monday will be a night to remember in Nevada City as we FREE up with music & praises!! 



                      MADDEST TING MONDAY 


Performers : GAPPY RANKS


                   OBIE WON






When : 11/19/12 (Monday)

            7pm - 1am

            21 +      

            No Cover Charge (early arrival recommended for entry)


Where : Stonehouse Old Brewery, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City, CA

event page link :


Contact :

Lions Den Unlimited Soundz

DJ Vision aka Zen Ken

PO BOX 3490

Grass Valley, CA  95945



Reggae in a Jacket

THE unheralded world of reggae art gets the spotlight on November 12 when London's Soul Jazz Books releases Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art by Steve Barrow and Stuart Baker.  It is homage to the creativity of how art influenced Jamaican popular music going back to the 1950s when the country's music industry was taking shape.



Britain's The Independent newspaper published a feature story on the book yesterday, referring to it as "a compelling history of a young nation and its people".  'Reggae Soundsystem' is a 500-page tome that highlights over 1,000 full-size record label 45 rpm single designs and album jackets.  It also zooms in on several of the Jamaican artists who had a hand in creating and designing these visuals, including Wilfred Limonious and Jethro 'Paco' Dennis.


A graduate of the Jamaica School of Art, Limonious died in 2007. One of his greatest creations, the cover for the 1985 Channel One album, Stalag 17-18 and 19, is included in Reggae Soundsystem. So too Dennis' artwork for singer Junior Delgado's Bushmaster Revolution, released in 1982.  Barrow's research actually starts with jackets for calypso songs that were popular in Jamaica during the 1950s. Barrow told the Independent that those jackets reflected the mood of Jamaica.


"The music was something more to sell to the tourists. You see Jamaica portrayed as a kind of tourist paradise with dusky maidens or a folklore troupe dancing on the lawn of a big hotel," Barrow told The Independent.  The edgy productions of Limonious and Dennis pointed to the black power movement and political tension that played out in Jamaica during the 1970s and early 1980s.  London-born Barrow is a respected reggae archivist and an authority on the music's history in Britain. He has worked with major British labels such as Trojan and Island, as well as the independent Blood and Fire  Records, and publications like Black Echoes.


Baker is a senior figure at Soul Jazz Records, the main distributor of Studio One music in Britain. The two collaborated on a previous book, Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records. 

— Howard Campbell 


New CDs in the Mix

"Better Must Come" a tribute to Delroy Wilson

Greetings, here is the Mastered copy of the single "Better Must Come"!!


Best Regards,


Mightyful13 Records

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Trojan Presents Three New Collections

By Karl Pearson

With many tracks never before released on CD.


Iconic label Trojan Records has announced the release of three new double CD collections from their Trojan Presents range, “Boss Reggae”, “Mod Ska” and “The Producers”. These types of releases have appeared before but according to the label this time round they are refreshed with the addition of many sought-after tracks making it to CD for the first time.


All the collections feature 40 tracks and were released on 29th October 2012 and are available on digital download as well as CD from all the usual outlets.



Ital Statistics

On This Day In Reggae

November 15
1492: Colombus notes use of tobacco and hallucinogenic snuff among New World natives.
1987: Ray "Pablo" Falconer [UB40; sound engineer/producer] is killed in a car crash in Birmingham, when his brother Earl [UB40; bass] drives his Volvo turbo into a wall after going out of control.
The discovery of twice the legal limit of alcohol in Earl's blood leads to charges of drunken driving.

In Jah´s Name We Pray

Pay attention to your emotions

"Emotions are the next frontier to be understood and conquered. To manage our emotions is not to drug them or suppress them, but to understand them so that we can intelligently direct our emotional energies and intentions.... It's time for human beings to grow up emotionally, to mature into emotionally managed and responsible citizens. No magic pill will do it."

-- Doc Childre

Reggae Airplay Charts



Jamaica Music Countdown

By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM

Nov 16 - 22, 2012 




01 3 13 Gyal Sidung – Konshens feat. Darrio – Washroom Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-2 

02 1 15 So Mi Tan – Konshens – Daseca Productions (1wk@#1) D-1 

03 2 21 I’m Just Saying – Ryan Oneil – Foot Stepzz Records (2wks@#1) D-1 

04 6 11 Go Hard – Wayne Marshall feat. Damian Marley, Aidonia, I-Octane, Assassin, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel – Baby G Production U-2 

05 4 18 Back To Life – Vybz Kartel – Adidjaheim/UIM Records (2wks@#1) D-1 

06 8 10 Tan Tuddy – Aidonia – Dre Day Productions U-2

07 5 19 Dem A Bawl – Tiana – Sounique Records (pp#5) D-2 

08 7 19 Some Bwoy – Tommy Lee – Young Vibez Production (2wks@#1) D-1 

09 10 9 Hold On – Tifa – Washroom Entertainment U-1 

10 12 7 Heels On – Lady Saw – Diva Records U-2 

11 9 12 Dweet Again – Beenie Man – Chase Mills/Jah Snow Cone Productions (pp#5) D-2 

12 13 5 The System – Popcaan – Mix Pak Records U-1  

13 14 5 Money Box – Mavado – Chimney Records U-1 

14 11 15 Psycho – Tommy Lee – UIM Records (1wk@#1) D-3 

15 17 4 Goat Head – Tommy Lee – UIM Records U-2 

16 15 17 We Love The Vibes – I-Octane – So Unique Records (pp#7) D-1 

17 19 5 Run Road – Aidonia feat. Deablo – Hitcity Records U-2 

18 20 4 Here Comes Your Life – David M feat. Beenie Man – BGM Entertainment U-2 

19 16 26 Ride All Night – Nando Griffiths feat. Oxxygen & Paashot – One Jam M|usic (2wks@#1) D-3 

20 22 4 War Fi God – Bounty Killer feat. Kiprich & Kalado – DreDay Productions U-2 

21 23 2 Shook (Uncle Demon) – Tommy Lee Sparta – UIM Records U-2 

22 24 2 Badmind Dem a Pree – Bounty Killer & I-Octane – MarKus Records U-2 

23 18 20 Stop Sign – Konshens – Subkonshus Music (1wk@#1) D-5 

24 - New Caribbean Girls – Mavado – JA Music 

25 21 20 In This World – Mavado – Claims Records (pp#6) D-4 





01 1 17 In My Arms – Beres Hammond – Fat Eyes Productions (2wks@#1) NM 

02 3 12 Land We Love – Bunny Rugs – Raw Edge Productions U-1 

03 4 24 My Everything - Nando Griffiths – One Jam Music (pp#3) U-1 

04 2 16 Chill Spot – Christopher Martin – Chimney Records (1wk@#1) D-2 

05 6 13 Not The Life – Asfa – Jecoliah Entertainment Productions U-1 

06 7 15 My Story – I-Octane – DJ Frass Records U-1 

07 5 25 36 Bullets – Chrisinti – Mightyfull 13 Productions (3wks@#1) D-2 

08 9 14 Eagles & Doves – Cherine Anderson – Dancehall Soul U-1 

09 8 25 I Know Better - Romain Virgo – VP Records (1wk@#1) D-1 

10 11 10 Any Love – A J Brown – Bass Inna Yu Face Records U-1 

11 10 21 World Peace – Nature – Downsound Records (pp#4) D-1 

12 14 7 Strange, I Still Love You – Karen Smith – 4 WEST Arabus Production U-2 

13 16 5 Heart Affi Strong – King Asar – W.S.P.K.A.S. Production U-3 

14 15 5 Don’t You Remember – Romain Virgo – Vikings Productions U-1 

15 12 11 Just The Two Of Us – Chris Demontague – Whattage Music (pp#11) D-3 

16 19 4 Lies and Tricks – Lutan Fyah and Hefla Nyah – 619 Entertainment U-3 

17 20 4 Curly Locks – Patrick Buddo – Romero Music U-3 

18 13 32 Help Us – Cat Eyes – Mad Storm Production (2wks@#1) D-5 

19 21 3 Do For Love – Ishawna & Specialist – Downsound Records U-2 

20 17 20 Life Too Short – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment (pp#7) D-3 

21 23 3 The Girl is Mine – Morgan Heritage – Gideon Music U-2 

22 24 2 Free – Richie Spice – Bonner Cornerstone Records U-2 

23 - New Sorry is a Sorry Word – Tarrus Riley – T J Records 

24 - New Me and You Girl – Benzman – Yah Bless Productions 

25 - New I Found Heaven – Richie Stephens & Gentleman – Pot of Gold Production 





01 3 9 Rebirth – Jimmy Cliff – Universal (1wk@#1) U-2 

02 1 11 My Story – Papa San – Beloved Records (1wk@#1) D-1 

03 4 7 Tomahawk Techniques – Sean Paul – Atlantic/VP Records U-1 

04 5 5 Time – Bunny Rugs – Raw Edge Productions U-1 

05 2 12 The Next Chapter – Delly Ranks – Pure Music (2wks@#1) D-3 

06 6 14 Reggae Gold 2012 – Various Artistes – VP Records (2wks@#1) NM 

07 7 17 Krazy Love – Daville – Fashozy/Tads Records (1wk@#1) NM 

08 8 16 Jamaica 50th – Then and Now – Various Artistes – Tads Records (2wks@#1) NM 

09 9 23 Reggae Music Lives – Gramps Morgan – Dada Son Entertainment (2wks@#1) NM 

10 10 20 The Ultimate – Various Artistes – Tads Records (3wks@#1) NM 


Numbers in bracket indicate the number of weeks at the No. 1 Spot. Key: U – Upward, D – Down, NM – Non-Mover TW – This Week, LW – Last Week, WC Weeks on Chart, PP in bracket – Peak Position, RE – Re-entry Sources: Sound Systems, Record Shops, Night Clubs & Radio PlayALL SOUND SYSTEMS, SELECTORS, RECORD SHOPS, NIGHT CLUBS & RADIO DJS WHO WISH TO ASSIST US AS WE COMPILE OUR WEEKLY CHARTS, PLEASE FURNISH US WITH ONLY CURRENT TELEPHONE NUMBERS. 


Reggae Festivals

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Tribal Fusion Faire IX

Thursday-Sunday, December 6th-9th 

San Luis Obispo California USA


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Jamaica Ska & Rocksteady Festival 2012

Friday-Saturday, December 7th-8th

Kingston Surrey Jamaica


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Monday, December 17th

Wiesen Burgenland Austria


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X-Mas Reggae Lauterbourg

Saturday, December 29th

Lauterbourg 4 Allée des Cygnes France


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