The A-Z of reggae: B is for… Dennis Bovell, Burning Spear, Junior Byles and…

B is for Dennis Bovell…¬†and Blackbeard (same thing). A book could and should be written about Dennis Bovell and his journey through dub, reggae, post-punk and electronic music. In fact, I think those nice chaps at Sounds of the Universe said one was being written but don’t quote me on that. I might be spreading […]

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The A-Z of reggae: A is for… the Abyssinians, Aswad, African Headcharge…

The Abyssinians… are as good a place as any to start a history of reggae. ‘Declaration of Rights’ and ‘Satta Massagana’ are two of the foundation stones of roots reggae. Bernard Collins and Donald Manning formed The Abyssinians in 1968 when they wrote ‘Satta Massagana’, which was recorded at Studio One in 1969 but did […]

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