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British Dancehall DJ Gabriel Heatwave on the Politics of Jamaican Music

Over the past decade, London-based sound system The Heatwave have built a solid reputation among 18 to 30-year-old dancehall fans as Britain’s premier party hosts. We’d planned to sit down and chat with DJ and founder Gabriel on several occasions, … Continue reading

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Portland Paradise: Errol Flynn, the Blue Lagoon, Boston Jerk Centre and Frenchman’s Cove

In 2011, Beenie Man released Sex on the Beach (above), a risqué track with a first verse styled as telephone conversation which concludes with the rapper telling a lonely lady to meet him for fun and drinks at the exclusive … Continue reading

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Sean Paul 10th Anniversary: Gimme the Light

10 years ago today, Sean Paul reached number 5 in the UK charts with the track that kicked off the contemporary dancehall era, Gimme the Light.

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Listen and Buy: Classic 1990s Dancehall Mix

Retro mix featuring 45 minutes of classic songs from the 1990s – one of the most exciting periods in dancehall – recorded live at the Alibi in Dalston.

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Marvin Sparks Talks Blogging, Bashment and British Rappers

Over the past five years, British blogger and journalist Marvin Sparks has earned a reputation interviewing hip-hop and r&b stars, but describes himself as a writer with ‘a passion for music and Jamaican culture’. His blog and Twitter feed (@MarvinSparks) … Continue reading

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The £100m Reggae Robbery

Below is the first of a three-part report, originally published in New Nation newspaper in 2004, exposing how record companies and so-called ‘collection societies’ deprived reggae artists of millions of pounds in publishing and royalty revenues.

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Listen and Buy: Best Dancehall Songs 2012

Dancehall mix featuring 70 of the most popular songs played on London’s underground club and party circuit in 2012.

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Mary J Blige Talks about Super Cat Collaboration

Did you know legendary dancehall MC Super Cat was influential in helping to launch the careers of Mary J Blige, Puff Daddy and Notorious BIG?

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Top 20 Dancehall and Reggae Albums 2000-2010

Below is our list of the top 20 dancehall and reggae albums of the noughties. Technically, the decade ended in 2009, but there were some great releases in 2010 and we found it impossible to leave two of them out.

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Interview: Sean Paul

Below are extracts from interviews with Sean Paul published in New Nation newspaper between 2002 and 2006. His latest album, Tomahawke Technique is out now. What is your heritage? My mother’s mother was born in Coventry, England, but the rest … Continue reading

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