Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Elephant Wise: "Well I'm a fifth generation coolie from Kenya and my mother is Swedish. In Kenya reggae music is a part of day-to-day life so it was just something that was around me from day one. Later on in my teens I moved to Europe where I saw reggae music go from a small movement to absolutely exploding with tons of reggae sound-systems and festivals popping up everywhere. It was around that time I started getting into the whole sound-system culture but it wasn't until later on after moving to Australia in 2005 that I started working the mic and eventually becoming a reggae artist."
Friday, July 10, 2009
This is presented by Bally Sagoo, which doesn't tell you anything. The liner notes are sketchy, so you have to infer that the prime influence behind this was Indian, but even so, there is no saying for sure. The bottom line is that Dub Factory is the creation of M. Parvez, a British-born musician and DJ with deep Pakistani roots. He has a live band for touring, but this set is almost a solo affair. Most of the tracks here fall firmly in the digital dub territory; there are some live instruments, but mostly it's keyboard- and computer-created. Parvez also does most of the vocals so there's very little -- in the way of entire tracks -- that can be considered dub, per se. There are plenty of dub effects, but these come off as stilted because of the production. The most interesting thing about the recording is the participation of Ram Shankar, a qawwali and Ghazal vocalist. His tracks were recorded in India, and he adds color, depth, dimension, and sheer-out mystery to every track he's on, the most notable of which are "Kaise Guzar Rahi Hai," "Ali Ali," "Deknay Ke Baad," "Pyar Se Dekha Hota," and a number of others. As an experiment this is an interesting recording. It definitely moves into some shape-shifting territory, which dub records are supposed to, but it never quite gets out to lunch -- there's always a foot remaining in the doorway, and one suspects that this is Parvez himself, having too much control of the proceedings and the studio. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music GuideIn contrast to Mr Jurek, I think QMR is a brilliant fusion of roots reggae and South Asian music.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
|01||Asian Rocker||The Dub Factory||Qawwali Meets Reggae (2008)|
|02||Hindu||Rage||Hindu Riddim (2009)|
|03||Cyberabad||Asian Dub Foundation||Enemy of the Enemy (2003)|
|04||The Israelites||Apache Indian / Desmond Dekker||Time for Change (2005)|
|05||Phir Mujhe Yaad Aane Lage Hain||The Dub Factory||Qawwali Meets Reggae (2008)|
|06||Motion the 11||Cornershop / Jack Wilson & Kojak||Handcream for a Generation (2002)|
|07||Belly Dance||Elephant Man||Hindu Riddim (2009)|
|08||Everyday||Apache Indian||Time for Change (2005)|
|09||Within You Without You||Matisyahu / Easy Star All*Stars||Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009)|
|10||Kaise Guzr Rahi Dil Mein Jawaa||The Dub Factory||Qawwali Meets Reggae (2008)|
|11||Armagideon Time||Apache Indian / Yami Bolo||Make Way for the Indian (1995)|
|12||Lively Up Yourself [Bombay Dub Orchestra remix]||Bob Marley & the Wailers / Bombay Dub Orchestra||Roots, Rock, Remixed (2008)|
|13||Warring Dhol||Asian Dub Foundation||Tank (2005)|
|14||Reggae Meets the East||The Dub Factory||Qawwali Meets Reggae (2008)|
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Posted online: Apr 02, 2009 at 0002 hrs
: Delhi’s first collective of Reggae artists is sending a big shout out to music lovers
Two weeks ago when Kardinal Offishall was in Delhi everybody expected “Canada’s hip-hop ambassador” to start the show with Dangerous, his hit single with Akon. But Offishall wowed Delhi’s unsuspecting audience with his reggae-dancehall influenced rap. Mohammad Abood, 22, who was in the audience, smiled, the evening was testimony that Delhi was ready for reggae. This evening, head out to the Living Room Café at Hauz Khas Village and sample Roots Reggae, Dancehall, Ragga, Lovers Rock, Ska, Ragga Jungle and Dub Music, courtesy Delhi’s first reggae collective, Reggae India.
Reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s and is characterised by three kinds of drumbeats: One drop, Rockers and Steppers. Reggae lyrics range from love, religion, poverty and social injustice. Abood, along with friends Priyanka Singh, Raghav Dang and Zorawar Shukla, has set up Reggae India, which aims to spread the magic of reggae music and all it’s sub-genres in the country. “We all went to international schools and we’ve been listening to this kind of music. After that, we went our separate ways, to universities abroad and now that we’re back in India, we want to let people here get a taste of all the reggae we’ve been lucky to have heard and watched live abroad,” says Shukla, 24, who along with Dang, 25, has recently returned from university abroad and joined hands with Abood to form the collective.
Singh, one of the rare female DJs in the city, was playing reggae nearly seven years ago at Pluto’s, Vasant Kunj, and although other DJs such as Grenville and Tony played reggae as well, but unlike hip-hop, the music never really caught fire with Delhi’s party crowd.
When I meet them at the venue a day before, they’re fixing the console, using spray paint to splash red, yellow and green over the wood. Thursday evening will see a whole night devoted to reggae, with Jamaican food on the menu but don’t make the mistake of thinking they’ll be playing Sean Paul tracks. “There are several misconceptions about reggae and it’s not just Bob Marley. People enjoy
reggae music without really being able to discover it, we’d like to change that, with events such as these,” says Anisa Nariman, 24, reggae lover and a member of the growing number of people joining the reggae movement. And now is a good time. Gone are the days when a gig meant only rock and metal; in the past two years, electronica has hit the city and DJs are coming out of the woodwork. “Everybody wants to be an electronic DJ now and although it’s good news for the city’s music circuit, the Live music scene suffers. Reggae is about both DJing and Live music,” says Shukla.
Reggae India has some plans up its sleeve and as ambitious as they sound, the collective has worked out a practical way to infuse Delhi’s music scene with a healthy dose of reggae. “We’d like invite reggae lovers, musicians to collaborate with us. Come with a saxophone, a drum kit and you’re on. We’re arranging more outdoor events, reggae is perfect for the summer, with a barbecue and a pool. We’d like to get RJs on popular English music friendly stations such as 95 FM and Meow Radio to play reggae tracks at a particular time slot too,” says Abood. But the first thing they’re working on is their very own track, tentatively titled The New Delhi Bus Stop Rhythm. “Using the traffic jam noises such as horns, general yelling, engine starting sounds, we’re infusing some reggae flavour and with a little mixing, we have a desi reggae tune,” smiles Abood. Bring it on.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Click on links below to see more about the artists.
|01||Jai Shri Ganesh||I Made Sentana feat. Ramona Graham||-- (2008)|
|02||Third Eye||Midnite / I-Grade feat. Jah Ruben||Jah Grid (2006)|
|03||Desi Dancehall Jungle||Delhi Sultanate||-- (2009)|
|04||Through We Rasta||Funkadesi||Uncut Roots (2001)|
|05||Rastafari||Lee "Scratch" Perry||Panic in Babylon (2004)|
|06||Mental Slavery||Delhi Sultanate feat. Sukhmani||-- (2008)|
|07||Om Numah Shivaya||Apache Indian||Karma (2001)|
|09||Police Patrol||Delhi Sultanate feat. Sukhee||-- (2008)|
|10||Baby Krishna||Lee "Scratch" Perry||Panic in Babylon (2004)|
|11||Wesside||Midnite / Lion Tribe||Suns of Atom (2006)|
|12||B-Boys on the Corner [surprise riddim]||Delhi Sultanate||-- (2008)|
|13||All Religions||Apache Indian||Time for Change (2005)|
|14||Light of Jah||NiyoRah||A Different Age (2005)|
|15||Jalado ye Duniya (Burn This World)||Delhi Sultanate feat. Dhruv Sangari||-- (2008)|
|16||Get Up Stand Up (Utha Jaga)||Samba n The Thadi Bitos||-- (2002?)|