Friday, January 24, 2014

Best of Women in Reggae

1. Jah9 - Steamers A Bubble
2. Judy Mowatt - Black Woman
3. Kimie - Is This Love
4. Selah Sue - Raggamuffin
5. Irie Love Ft Fiji - It Is What It Is
6. Kiani - Why Can't I Get Over You
7. Alaine - No Ordinary Love
8. Anuhea - Simple Love Song
9. Aruba Red Ft Jah Cure - Light Up
10. Tessanne Chin - Hideaway
11. Ayo - Down On My Knees
12. Rita Marley - One Draw
13. Sista Nancy - Bam Bam
14. Paula Fuga - Lilikoi
15. Ladi 6 - Walk Right Up
16. Dezarie - Gone Down
 17. Likkle Mai & Dry & Heavy - Love Explosion
18. Hayley - Natural
19. Estelle - Come Over Love
20. Hirie - Sensi Boy
21. Mystic Roots - Space In My Life
22. Rexie Adlawan & Josh Heinrichs - What Can I Do
23. Etana & Alborosie - Blessings

Monday, November 18, 2013

Best Reggae Vol 2

1. Gyptian - Vixen 

2. Mavado - Always On My Mind
3. Justin Young - Hana Hou
4. Josh White - Movin About My Ways
5. Cas Haley - Slow Down
6. Ginja - Sweet Killer
7. Adrian Campbell - Take It Easy
8. Tarrus Riley - Hurt Me
9. The Supervillains - It Must Be True Love
10. The Holdup - Alone With You
11. Alborosie - Diversity 
12. John Brown's Body - Step Inside
13. Major Lazer Ft Amber Coffman - Get Free

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Best of Reggae

1 Chronixx - They Don't Know
2 Gappy Ranks - Carpenter
3 Keznamdi - Grade
4 Naptali - Show Dem Love
5 Paua - I'll Never Leave
6 Sammy J - Together
7 The Steppas - Lost At Sea
8 Thunder Body - Moon Is A Lady
9 Tribal Seeds - In Your Eyes
10 Busy Signal - Deal Wid It
11 Fortunate Youth Ft Steffano Lasso, Josh Heinrichs & Steven Jacobo of Tribal Seeds 
12 Iration - Automatic
13 Gyptian - Royal Love
14 Josh Heinrichs & SkillinJah - One Love
15 SOJA & J Boog - Fuck Your System
16 The Green - Power In The Words

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A little late but... A great write up on The Reggae Historian

Happy 70th Birthday Roger Steffens Ras Rojah

Roger Steffens “Reggae Obsession”
Happy 70th Birthday Ras Rojah
Many know Roger Steffens from his video lectures/tours about Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, or from his “Reggae Beat” radio show and magazine. Steffens co-hosted Reggae Beat on KCRW from 1979 until 1987, and Reggae Beat International from 1983 until 1987, which was syndicated internationally to 130 stations.  He has toured to many parts of the globe to give his lectures and multi-media presentation on the Life of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He has also contributed to countless music anthologies as a writer and photographer.  But to many of us, Roger is know for his generosity, kindness, and willingness to share with reggae fans his rare audio and video gems that fill his massive reggae archives. If fate or luck or whatever works your way, it’s a beautiful day if you get to visit his archives. (Big thanks to his wife Mary for putting up with all us fanatic fans)
Please read wikipedia for more information on Roger and visit his site Roger Steffens Reggae Archives, because roger’s life is so  full of interesting achievements and people he has met I can’t write about it all here. Two interesting things many reggae fans don’t know about Roger is how he saved George Segals ass at the climax of movie Rollercoaster (he was the radio technician that jammed the bombers signal) or that he was close friends with fellow veteran and one of my favorite comedians/actors John Ritter.  His mind seems like a steel trap, ready to open and share his memories.  I remember a comment my brother made after I took him to meet Roger at his house. He said “Roger is like a encyclopedia. He knows everything”.
The list of visitors to his house and archives is testament to the importance of his knowledge and massive rare collection. I love that all the members of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers have visited, plus a countless list of other artists and reggae fans. The real topper and probably Roger’s most important visitor to him was Rolling Stone guitarist and reggae lover Kieth Richards. A Rolling Stone in your house….Wazzza!!!
I have not been to Roger’s archive since he moved from his old house by Echo Park.  Back in college, I  would visit him with my arms full of double tape decks.  I am happy to have donated some material to his archive knowing that he will share it with folks around the globe.   I treasure the time I got to spend chillin’ and learning about Jamaican music history, and hearing his stories about interviewing people like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Lee Perry.  Give thanks to Roger for all he has done to promote Jamaican Music all these years.
Happy EarthStrong to ya Rojah!!
Here is a special Tribute Video I made.
With Carlos Santana
With Lee Perry
With The Meditations
With Cedella Booker
Rog & CC Smith
With Familyman Barrett
With Joseph Hill and Sangie Davis
With Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths of the I-Three

Friday, January 25, 2013

Reggae on the River returns

From the Reggae on the River facebook page:
We are excited to announce that the Humboldt County Planning Commission unanimously approved our Reggae On The River permit application at their recent meeting on January 3rd, 2013. With this news, the Mateel Community Center will now officially proceed with plans to host the 29th annual Reggae On The River at the festival's original French's Camp venue, located just north of the Humboldt County line in the Piercy area of northern California. The event will take place on August 1-4, 2013 with the main 3-day festival happening August 2-4. A limited number of early arrival tickets which are good for the full 4-day experience will also be available. A total of 6000 tickets will be made available to the public and they are expected to go fast due to high demand and increased excitement for this special homecoming celebration. Ticket pricing and the official on sale date will be announced in the coming week and will be followed shortly by our first wave of artist announcements. It is going to be an incredible year, so don't delay in making your plans and we'll see you on the river!
Tickets will go on sale February 1st at
Official Facebook page:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Reggae in the Hills Official Line-Up announced

A 3 Day and 3 Night Reggae Festival June 7th-9th 2013 at Calaveras County Fairgrounds.