Author Archives: angustaylor

Interview with Earl Chinna Smith in Jamaica (Part 1)

The lead guitar is not considered to be one of the core instruments of reggae. It rests gently like a garnish on top of the foundation of the drum and the bass. Yet guitarist Earl Chinna Smith is among the core … Continue reading

Luciano – Qabalah Man

Mention the idea of a youthful “Reggae Revival” to any of Jamaica’s preceding generations of roots artists and the response is invariably “How can you revive what is not dead?” For these dogged exponents and exporters of the craft to … Continue reading

Interview with Anthony Senior | AL.TA.FA.AN Records

Anthony Senior is the founder of Al.Ta.Fa.An Records – main producer of Luciano’s latest album Qabalah Man. Reggaeville met up with Senior at Luciano’s house in Kingston to tell us his story. How did you get into producing? I started out by sitting … Continue reading

Wayne Marshall – Tru Colors EP

Just one week after Christopher Ellis’ extraordinary Damian Marley produced Better Than Love EP, Ghetto Youths International is back with a second Junior Gong supervised taster for another of their stable. Tru Colors is a five track showcase for the singer-deejay Wayne Marshall – in preparation for … Continue reading

Interview with Gappy Ranks

Life has thrown its fair share of challenges at Jacob Williams aka Gappy Ranks. Music lifted him from a onetime homeless youth from Harlesden, London, to a local success story. Then he had to fight for international acceptance while shouldering … Continue reading

Christopher Ellis – Better Than Love EP

Since Alton Ellis’ youngest male progeny Christopher signed with Bob Marley’s sons at Ghetto Youths International, the world has been eager to hear the resulting album. But the Marleys, like fellow reggae heavyweights, Sly and Robbie, create at their own … Continue reading

Interview with Capleton

“As a kid I used to love singing more than deejaying” The last few years have been unusually quiet for stentorian voiced Bobo Ashanti deejay Capleton. His most recent two albums, distributed by VP – early precursors of the trend for … Continue reading

Kabaka Pyramid – Lead The Way EP

At the time of writing, the stellar rise of Kabaka Pyramid has yet to include a “proper” album. The yogic roots-rapper began with hip-hop mixtapes (the Transition 1 and 2) before breaking out with a free EP (the seamless reggae-hip-hop balance of Rebel Music). … Continue reading

Interview with Bunny Simpson – The Mighty Diamonds

Harmony is key to the story of the Mighty Diamonds. The harmony between three friends: Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson who formed a trio in 1969 and have continued with the same line-up to this day. The … Continue reading

Interview with Niney The Observer (Part 1)

“I was the first man who knew U Roy and Tubbys” Winston “Niney” Holness was in many ways the early 1970s’ quintessential reggae “personality producer”. He may not be as well recognised by the more general music dipper as his … Continue reading