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Unsung Heroes: Chris “Peanut” Whitley

When I first started learning keyboards as a teenager, I would hear stories from other musicians about this great keyboard player named “Peanut” who lives in Virginia and has played for all the reggae greats. Through the years, I heard the music he produced with singers, and would see him play with acts like Culture and The Itals, as well as many others.… Read More

Album Showcase: SunDub – “Spirits Eat Music”

Bump up your speakers and make you believers in good vibes again

                                              — SunDub “Jump and Dance”

Last week, Brooklyn-based SunDub released a reggae masterpiece. Titled Spirits Eat Music, like the lyrical excerpt above says, this collection of pure reggae perfection will brighten moods, kindle consciousness and prompt boogie.  As… Read More

VIP Ticket Giveaway: Cali Vibes Festival 2023

Rootfire is giving away a pair of 3-day VIP passes to Cali Vibes Festival 2023.

California Vibrations “Cali Vibes” is taking place on Presidents’ Day weekend Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19, 2023, at Marina Green Park in Long Beach, CA.… Read More

Unsung Heroes: Amani Smith

In the late eighties and early nineties, if you wanted reggae music, it was probably coming from RAS Records, straight out of Washington D.C. They had a mail order catalog (pre-internet) and were the publisher for a lot of the famous acts coming out of Jamaica at the time.… Read More

Vinyl Giveaway: Big Youth x The 18th Parallel “Man With A Mission” 7″ Release

Win a copy of Big Youth x The 18th Parallel’s “Man With A Mission” 7″ single on limited screen print series color wax vinyl courtesy of Fruits Records. Enter below.

Another scorcher for DJ superstar BIG YOUTH! Earlier this year, The 18th Parallel teamed up with Big Youth on the rockers one drop ‘Long Road’ released on Skankin’ Society Records.… Read More

First Listen Premiere – Ha’angana “Trading Bread”

In previous articles covering the modern reggae community, I have noted how the pandemic, despite how awful it had been for numerous reasons, did offer a silver lining for some musicians. In addition to inspiring creativity, the lack of touring allowed people to spend more time with their families and provided ample time to create new music.… Read More

Vinyl Giveaway: The Appetizers “Listen Up!” 10-Track LP

Win a copy of The Appetizers’ “Listen Up!” 10-Track LP, releasing October 7, 2022 courtesy of Badasonic Records. Enter below.

The Appetizers naturally came along from a collective of fine reggae musicians and avid collectors based around Milan, Italy. Born from the ashes of previous projects, the core of the band already had a solid musical connection, the desire to play authentic Jamaican music, and a handful of ideas which would then evolve to become their first recording effort “Listen Up!”.… Read More

STICK FIGURE RELEASES SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘WISDOM’

The artist/producer/multi-instrumentalist has been Billboard’s top-selling artist in the reggae category for three years running.

With a distinctive sound developed through tireless attention to musicality and artistry, Stick Figure has redefined American reggae music with his latest album, Wisdom, released today.… Read More