Saturday, November 10, 2007

Nyabinghy (2) (Webmaster Column)

Dubroom Online - Edition November 10, 2007


WWW, November 10 2007 - For today, we reviewed an excellent documentary about the 1979 edition of the "Mother of all Reggae Festivals".

In this documentary, we team up with a few Rastafarians who show us how they play the traditional Rhythm of the Rastaman, which is not Reggae but Nyabinghy.

The brethren explain to us, just why they prefer to use the hand drums and play their heart-beat rhythm in that natural way.

Check back tomorrow, by the way. We even have more stuff on the rhythm that -translated- means: "Death To Black And White Downpressors".

Give Thanks, One Love,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)


Documentary: Reggae Sunsplash 1979 (Video Review)
Modern Roots (MP3 Review)

Documentary: Reggae Sunsplash 1979 (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, October 2007 - This great documentary on the 1979 edition of the "Mother of all (Jamaican) Reggae Festivals" contains much more than "just" the live performances of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear.

Jamaica, 1979. It might be a while back in time, but back then Reggae Music already had a history of over a decade. And in that decade, a lot of things happened.

From the Ska days with Studio One straight to the Sound Systems and the Dub Studio's. From the hills of Jamaica and the ghetto of Kingston straight to the world stage.

Spearheaded by heavyweights such as Burning Spear and Bob Marley, Reggae Music drew the attention of the world as many Rastafarian Reggae artists shared their message on the now all too familiar drum and basslines.

In a way, Jamaica became the center of the world as all eyes focused on that island just under the smoke of Fidel Castro's Cigar Republic. A symbol of emancipation from mental slavery, a source of inspiration for the downtrodden of the earth.

It is in this time and place, that the video capture the live performances of some of Reggae's greatest stars. Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Peter Tosh: they're all there. We see several tracks, recorded by a professional crew.

The video also takes us to various places on the island itself. We see the ghetto's, we see the hills and speak to Rastas who give us a different perspective on music than what is usually assumed.

A must-see documentary that will definitely increase the knowledge of it's viewers, if not revitalize the memory of the oldies among us.


Modern Roots (MP3 Review)


WWW, November 2007 - Was there Reggae after the time which so many call by that colonialist name "Golden Age"? That question is musically answered by DJ Dr. Tahl in 55 minutes of pure niceness!

Sure and fair enough: ever since Jamaica gave birth to Reggae Music, one classic after the other was played into the multi-track recorders of one legendary Studio and engineer after the other.

The 1970's, for example, produced so much material, that even decades after the event one re-issue label after the other releases crucial stuff. Stuff that needs to be reviewed, too.

Many Reggae lovers, though, especially when they get a little older themselves, will expose themselves to be "preterists": people with a rather unhealthy love for the past. They will even sometimes use a variation on a colonialist theme, when they start to speak about the 1970's as "the Golden Age of Reggae".

It's not a "love for Reggae", when people claim that the best Reggae Music is music from the past. Actually, they would declare Reggae to be a dead form of music!

Over here at the Dubroom we believe that the best Reggae is (always) yet to come. And by looking at the theme of the 9th Podcast of Brooklyn-based DJ Dr. Tahl, we kind of see the same thing too.

55 Minutes of pure Reggae Niceness, starting with Sizzla riding some classic riddims only to go further in time. DUB effects and digital remixes take us straight to our time.

Welcome to the 21st Century!


01 Sizzla - One Love
02 Sizzla - Da Real Thing
03 Noble Society featuring Jah Dan - Swarm
04 Noble Society featuring Jah Dan - She told me
05 Bob Marley - Trench Town Rock ( Tri Electro Remix)
06 Bob Marley - Soul Rebel (Afrodisiac Soundsystem Remix)
07 Capleton - Never Share
08 Capleton - That Day Will Come
09 Collie Buddz - Youts Today
10 Collie Buddz - Bun Down The System
11 Stephen Marley - Mind Control
12 Stephen Marley - Chase Dem
13 Stephen Marley - Inna Di Red



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