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A Reggae Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Roots of Creation – Grateful Dub (Bombshelter Records, 2018)

American reggae and jam bands have had a strong connection for many years. Roots of Creation celebrates the music of the iconic Grateful Dead on Grateful Dub. Roots of Creation covers many of the Grateful’s best known songs and reggaefy them masterfully.

The album includes special guests: Stephen Marley, G. Love, Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marlon ‘Ganja Farmer’ Asher, Hayley Jane, Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites, and Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites.

Roots of Creation was founded at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire by guitarist and lead singer Brett Wilson, keyboardist Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha. Currently, the original trio is joined by Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish) on trombone, rhythm guitar, keyboardss and harmony vocals; Andrew Riordan on saxophone, synthesizer and harmony vocals, and Nick Minicucci on bass.

Much respect to Jerry & the boys for the inspiration and to the dead community for embracing the album. Can’t wait to see your smiling faces on the road!” said Roots of Creation’s founder Brett Wilson.

Grateful Dub is a seductive recording that bring together reggae, dub effects, and jam rock, recreating the memorable songs of the Grateful Dead.

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Deep Dub Intensity of Super Hi-Fi

Super Hi-Fi – Blue and White

Super Hi-Fi – Blue and White (Very Special Records, 2018)
Blue and White is the new album by Super Hi-Fi, a collective of musicians based in Brooklyn who combine a powerful mix of dub reggae with rock, jazz and world music elements. It’s led by bassist and vocalist Ezra Gale.

Super Hi-Fi’s sound is characterized by the use of vibrant bass, dub effects and two dueling trombones that provide captivating interactions. Although Super Hi-Fi was primarily instrumental in previous recordings, band leader Ezra Gale sings on several tracks.

On Blue and White, the band reaches out into multiple genres incorporating fascinating elements such as Afrobeat and a joyful mix of ska and traditional country music featuring steel guitar.
Super Hi-Fi is into analog sound and this recording was recorded completely to tape.

The lineup includes Ezra Gale on bass, vocals, acoustic guitar; Rick Parker on trombone; Jon Lipscomb on guitar; Madhu Siddappa on drums; Alex Asher on trombone; Robert Stringer on trombone; Jeff Lampert on pedal steel guitar; Drew Fleming on vocals; Vincent Giangola on vocals; Erica Rutt Gale on vocals; Mitch Marcus on keyboards; Mamadou Konate on jembe and talking drum; Vera Sousa Marina on vocals; Bryan Benninghove on vocals; and John Blevins on trumpet.

The album is available on vinyl LP, cassette and digital.

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Artist Profiles: Cidade Negra

Cidade Negra

Cidade Negra (Black City), is one of Brazil’s most popular reggae groups, with great sold out shows at the legendary Maracana football arena. In Brazil their work was honored with several platinum awards. They gained international reputation by collaborations with Reggae and Dancehall superstars like Shabba Ranks and Patra and their appearance as the one of the few non-Jamaican artists at the Sunsplash festival.

Discography

Lute pra Viver (1991)
Negro no Poder (1992)
Sobre Todas as Forças (1994)
O Erê (1996)
Quanto Mais Curtido Melhor (1998)
Hits & Dubs (1999)
Enquanto o Mundo Gira (2000)
cústico MTV (2002)
Perto de Deus (2004)
Direto Ao Vivo (2006)
Diversão Ao Vivo (2007)
Perfil (2008)
Que Assim Seja (2010)

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Artist Profiles: Andrew Tosh

Andrew Tosh

Andrew Tosh, the tall, slender third son and virtual carbon copy of reggae legend Peter Tosh has been predicted to carry on the family’s musical tradition since first gaining recognition with a powerful performance at his father’s funeral in 1987.

He’s been delighting audiences across the world with his brilliant live sets and Grammy-nominated recordings which, although influenced by his father, are very much in his own brilliant style.

Born on June 19, 1967 in Kingston, Jamaica, Andrew and his father Peter would sing songs together – not just Peter’s militant compositions, but also pop classics by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Kenny Rogers. Andrew notes that “Peter always knew I would do something in the music business, so he encouraged me to study piano, ’cause he knew I loved it. From the start it was inside me to sing and play instruments.”

The first song he learned was PeterTosh’ composition “You Can’t Blame the Youth,” and from that point forward, he says, “I knew that my heartbeat was music and one day it would just be music out of my mouth, and writing and singing my own songs.”

Throughout his elementary and high school days in Duhaney Park on the outskirts of Kingston, Andrew was constantly pulled to the forefront of the class and made to sing lead. At 14, in emulation of his father, Andrew began to ride a unicycle too.

Although Peter was often on the road, performing tours that remain to this day reggae’s most lengthy and successful ones, Andrew spent much of his childhood living in Peter’s house, especially between the critical ages of 12 and 15.

Andrew Tosh’s first recording came in 1985, when he recorded a song he wrote called “Vanity Lover” for Neville Lee’s Gorgon label. A keen observer of the vibrant music scene in Kingston, Andrew was checking out some of the new talent at that city’s famous Skateland dancehall on the evening his father was murdered – Friday,
September 11, 1987.

“I felt my father’s spirit come right there at Skateland where I was,” he says, “and the spirit said leave that place right now.” The impact of the elder Tosh’s passing made an immediate and life-changing impression. “I tell myself that Peter Tosh is gone and it’s my need to carry on. Not for want, and not for the lust of fame and the glamor and want to be rich. No, for the love of my art and the love of my people, because love carry no color. Love is love and that’s what Jah say, make a joyful noise unto Me.”

The first glimpse the public got of Andrew’s nascent talent came when he sang at his father’s funeral in the National Arena in Kingston. His version of Peter’s “Jah Guide” stunned the mourners. “I was astonished myself on stage,” he recalls. “The other song I did was ‘Equal Rights,’ because everyone is crying out for peace but none is crying out for justice. When I came down off the stage, I couldn’t stop crying.”

Late the following year, he tested the international waters with a pair of memorable performances in southern California, including a show-stopping turn on the stage of Burbank’s Starlight Amphitheater, the site of the final appearance together of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. “I felt elevension,” he laughs, engaging in some of the crafty wordplay for which his father was notorious. “It was way beyond tension.”

From that point, Andrew began working under the guidance of keyboardist Keith Sterling and his band mates, Fully Fullwood and Santa Davis, the bass and drum team from Peter’s most ferocious backing group, Word Sound and Power. Andrew began to tour, wowing audiences in Europe as well as North and South America. He has been especially successful in Brazil, where he has appeared several times in Sao Paulo, Rio, and Curitiba.

His first album, Original Man, was a mixture of his tracks and those of his father. The follow-up, Make Place for the Youth, indicated a new maturity to his songwriting, and was well received, earning him a Grammy nomination.

He produced a major tribute to his father, (executive-produced by Bunny Wailer), called Andrew Sings Tosh.

Discography

* Original Man (Attack, 1987)
* Make Place For The Youth (Tomato, 1989)
* Message From Jah (Dressed to Kill, 2000)
* Andrew Tosh (Dressed to Kill, 2001)
* Andrew Sings Tosh: He Never Died (Paras, 2004)

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Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae 2018

Positive Vibration, the UK’s celebration of reggae music and Jamaican culture will take place June 8 and 9, 2018 at Baltic Triangle in Liverpool.

The first wave of acts announced includes Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band; Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound System; Adrian Sherwood & Creation Rebel; Iration Steppas; Misty in Roots; Don Letts; Channel One Sound System; Manudigital with Parly B and Bazil; Capital Letters; Radikal Guru with Echo Ranks and Cian Finn; Dubkasm with Solo Banton; and Count Skylarkin’ presents ‘Derek’s Island Discs’

More at www.posvibefest.com

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