Ready, Freddie, Go: McGregor Talks Business, Royalties and Rastaman Camp





Singer, songwriter, producer and Big Ship label owner Freddie McGregorAlthough the term ‘living legend’ has become something of a cliché, it’s a suitably accurate description for Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Freddie McGregor. Continue reading

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On the Grind: Bashment DJ Joe Grime



The Bashment Show 15th August 2013 by Joe Grime on Mixcloud

bashment, dancehall and reggae DJ Joe Grime
Having earned his stripes juggling alongside top sound systems on east London’s notoriously competitive party circuit in the early 2000s, Joe Grime is one of the UK’s hardest working, most passionate and consistent DJs. Continue reading

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Album Review: Mighty Diamonds – Heads of Government




Mighty Diamonds, Heads of Government LP
The Mighty Diamonds are known for delivering consistently harmonious melodies and their 14th studio album, Heads of Government , is testament to that, writes Nadine White and Orantes Moore. Continue reading

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Dready Links up Vybz Kartel, Busta Rymes and T Pain for Another Classic: You Already Know




Vybz Kartel and Busta Rhymes, You Already Know, produced by JD aka Dready
Ex-So Solid Crew producer JD aka Dready, the man who brought together Mavado and London-based rapper Chipmunk for the hits Every Gyal and More Money More Gyal, has dropped another first class collaboration. Continue reading

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Review: Bass Odyssey Anniversary – Stone Love, Killamanjaro, Silver Hawk and Lady Saw




Bass Odyssey Anniversary 2013Earlier this month, we travelled to the rural parish of St Ann, where Bob Marley was born, to celebrate the 24th anniversary of world famous sound system Bass Odyssey. Continue reading

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All Hail Stush: First Lady of British Dancehall




British dancehall and dance music rapper Lady Stush
Stush is one of the most successful female artists to have emerged from Britain’s underground music scene over the past decade and one of the few dancehall acts to maintain a lengthy relationship with a major record company.

After breaking into the industry with the UK garage classic Dollar Sign in 2002, she found success with hits such as F Ur X, which was included on the soundtrack of hit British drama film Adulthood, and featured on Get Down, a collaboration with EDM duo Groove Armada that broke into the top 10 of the UK singles chart in 2007. Continue reading

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Rough, Rugged and Real: Red Fox




New York-based dancehall rapper Red FoxIf it wasn’t for New York-based dancehall rapper Red Fox, this website would probably have another name; maybe Reggae Vibes or Dancehall Vibes.

His 1997 collaboration with Rayvon, Bashment Party, helped establish the term ‘bashment’ as a fashionable adjective for contemporary Jamaican music, and we liked it so much we named this blog in its honour. Continue reading

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Bashment Vibes Featured in The Heatwave’s ‘Voice Kartel’ Podcast




Vybz Kartel recording in prison
A few weeks back, we hooked up with our friends British sound system The Heatwave who were visiting Jamaica for the first time, writes Orantes Moore.

We had a good chat (look out for the interview later this month) and discussed a wide range of issues, including how Vybz Kartel has maintained his ranking as Jamaica’s number one rapper, despite being in jail for the past two years. Continue reading

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Review: Sumfest 2013 – Dancehall Night




Popcaan performing at Sumfest 2013Sumfest 2013 ticketSumfest is billed as ‘The World’s Greatest Reggae Show’ and after 21 years of delivering top quality concerts, it’s pretty hard to argue with that description.

The event (we’d call it a festival back in Britain), which is held annually at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay and runs for three consecutive nights, comprises a dancehall concert and two ‘international’ nights featuring first-class acts from yard and abroad.

Obviously, we wanted to take in the best Bashment acts Jamaica had to offer so Dancehall night was our priority. Continue reading

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Interview with Niney the Observer: Part 2




Niney the Observer in the studio
Below is the second part of our interview with groundbreaking producer Niney the Observer. Read part one here. Continue reading

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