Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Blue Plaque Ceremony in London

The modest semi-detached London house where Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer lived in 1972 has been honoured with a commemorative blue plaque to denote its former occupants. United Reggae witnessed the unveiling ceremony on Saturday 8th September at … Continue reading

Clive Chin: From 17 North Parade to the World

Part two of a history packed Reggae University session focused on a Chinese-Jamaican producer who chair David Katz described “A man with a lot of musical history behind him – and a lot more to come as well”. Clive Chin … Continue reading

The Incredible Career of Johnny Osbourne

Tuesday’s Reggae University session welcomed two important figures in Jamaican music who both came to prominence around the start of the 1970s – Clive Chin and Johnny Osbourne. Osbourne, all in white and in blue tinted sunglasses, was joined by … Continue reading

Roots with Quality – Niney and Michael Rose at Rototom 2012

Day three of the University sessions celebrated giants of Jamaican music both absent and present. There in spirit was Jimmy Cliff – as University chair and author David Katz read from his latest book ‘Jimmy Cliff: an unauthorized biography’. The … Continue reading

She’s Royal – Strong Female Voices in Reggae

Day two of the Rototom Sunsplash festival’s Reggae University programme turned the spotlight onto the contribution of powerful female voices and role models in the last 50 years of post Independence Jamaican music. Its guest speakers were three artists of … Continue reading

Gappy & Rodigan – In Town

Here’s an interview I did with Gappy Ranks and David Rodigan for Toast magazine before they played Sheffield in April. Watch this space for more interviews with these two British legends…    Sheffield’s reggae scene isn’t as famed as its … Continue reading