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Unsung Heroes: Ralph DuJour aka Ralphtafari

One of the real musical giants in our area is bandleader/bassist for Crucial Fiya reggae band, Ralph Dujour, out of Raleigh, NC. Ralph plays with passion and to those who see him live, expresses the ground-up presence of the bass. For years, Ralph and his band, Crucial Fiya, have been performing their original music, touring and backing reggae legends such as Frankie Paul, Everton Blender, Glen Washington, Johnny Osborne, Turbulence, Mikey Dread, The Itals, The Meditations, Luciano, Fanton Mojah, Anthony B.,… Read More

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