Around the turn of the century, my buddy opened a burrito shop at the end of my block in Montclair, NJ, called One Phunky Burrito Joint. I ate there multiple times a week. The place had snowboards and skateboards fashioned into tables and counters and great tunes always pulsating… Read More
Ever since becoming deeply moved and then essentially obsessed with reggae music as a teenager, Dave has always strove to learn as much as possible about the history and culture of reggae music, Jamaica and Rastafari, the ideology and lifestyle intertwined with reggae. Over the years, he has interviewed many personalities throughout the reggae world including Ziggy Marley, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Bradley Nowell and many artists in the progressive roots scene. Dave has also written and published a novel, “The Cosmic Burrito,” a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. He plays ice hockey weekly for a recreational team he founded and manages, Team Rasta. Reggae music has filled his life with a richness for which he will forever be grateful, and he gives thanks to musicians far and wide, past and present, whether they perform roots, dub, dancehall, skinhead, rocksteady or ska, whether their tools are analog or digital, as well as the producers, promoters, soundsystems, selectors and the reggae massive at large who comprise the international reggae community. You can follow Dave on Instagram at @rootsdude and Twitter at @ElCosmicBurrito.
Panda’s first LP since 2016 is an honest to goodness treasure, a collection of eleven sonic gems that should thrill longtime fans and likely bring the band a slew of new ones. Along with the irksome considerations the band endured regarding the business aspect of this release and the… Read More
A series exploring photos, words, and songs.
Photos: Arik Solberg
Words: Dave Shiffman
Songs ♫: On Spotify, curated by Arik Solberg
Ahh that feeling to wake up not to the buzz of an alarm or the sounds of a bustling city street but to the song… Read More
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
My introduction to The Movement occurred over a decade ago with their 2008 album, Set Sail. Instantly, this album vaulted to one of my favorites of all time, where it remains today, now amongst more recent LPs from these rising reggae-rock stars.… Read More
It’s been just over five years since I last connected with HIRIE, one of the leading female artists in the modern American reggae scene, but with last week’s release of Mood Swing, her fourth full-length studio album, it seemed like a good time to catch up.… Read… Read More
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… Read More