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Interview: ReggaeChapter meets BERES HAMMOND

BERES HAMMOND hits the road this week with fellow Jamaican music legend BUNNY WAILER for a series of live concerts around the UK.

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STRANGER COLE added to London Intl Ska Festival

London International Ska Festival organisers have revealed Jamaican singer STRANGER COLE will perform at the festival next year.

From 1962 the ska and reggae pioneer worked with the island’s biggest producers including Duke Reid, Clement Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Bunny Lee, Lee Perry and Sonia Pottinger.


SUSAN CADOGAN lines up UK live show

Reggae singer SUSAN CADOGAN will perform in the UK later this year with support and backing from SKABRETTA.

The show takes place on 7 November at the Tilbury Community Association in Essex with tickets priced at £8 in advance.

The Jamaican singer will also be supported on the night by DJ “SKAMANKEITH MOSS.


THIRD WORLD adds more UK shows to tour

Top Jamaican reggae band THIRD WORLD has added dates in Manchester and Brighton to its upcoming tour of the UK.

Celebrating 42 years as a band, the tour now includes the following shows:



Reggae musician JULIAN MARLEY will be a special guest to saxophonist YOLANDA BROWN at her upcoming show in London this autumn.

The ‘Reggae Love Songs’ concert takes place on 3 October at the Hackney Empire with tickets priced at £20-35 in advance.



Ska and reggae band GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB return for four special live shows around the UK this October.

Fans can expect to hear new material from the nine-piece band alongside some of their more famous crowd pleasers.

The new dates are:


THE WAILERS reveal UK tour dates

Jamaican reggae collective THE WAILERS have announced a 12-date tour around the UK later this year.

The band, which features original bass player ASTON BARRETT, will be performing the album Legend in its entirety.

The tour includes the following live dates:


MACHEL MONTANO lines up big London show

Trinidadian singer MACHEL MONTANO has announced a big show this summer at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

The show takes place on 28 August with tickets priced at £51.75 in advance.


London Ska Weekender details revealed

Club Ska and the London International Ska Festival have revealed the details of the London Ska Weekender this summer featuring DERRICK MORGAN and ROY ELLIS.

ROY ELLIS heads up day one, which takes place on 1 August at the 100 Club with tickets priced at £20 advance.


New Guardian playlist: KARTEL, CAPLETON & PROTOJE

The Guardian has put out its latest reggae, dancehall and soca playlist featuring new tracks from the likes of Jamaican artists VYBZ KARTEL, CAPLETON and PROTOJE.


St Pauls Carnival scrapped

The organisers of St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival have confirmed there will be no large scale carnival event this year.

According to an official statement, “The organisation is working hard with funders and supporters to make sure we can deliver a successful Afrikan Caribbean Carnival in Bristol for many years to come.

SOJA to play UK shows in August

US reggae band SOJA, formerly SOLDIERS OF JAH ARMY, will perform in Manchester and Winchester later this summer.

In addition to playing BoomTown Fair on 13-16 August, the band from Arlington, Virginia, will perform at the Manchester Academy on 16 August.


THE TOASTERS line up September UK shows

Third wave ska band THE TOASTERS have lined up more shows in the UK this coming September.

Upcoming live performances now include:


DAWN PENN to play Bristol Harbour Festival

The music line-up for Bristol’s Harbour Festival 2015 can now be revealed, including Jamaican singer DAWN PENN.

The reggae legend will close proceedings in Queen Square on the Sunday night.

Friday night will feature the community-led FANTASY ORCHESTRA, Canadian Caribbean group KOBO TOWN and Afrobeat band NO GO STOP, among many other acts.


DREADZONE to reissue and tour Sound album

Electro-dub pioneers DREADZONE will be re-issuing and touring their classic 2001 album Sound on their own Dubwiser label.

The record was co-written and produced by Tim Bran and featured contributions from DON LETTS, BRINSLEY FORD, EARL 16, MC DET and MC SPEE.

The re-issue is being accompanied by an extensive set of live performances around the UK.


THE TALKS line up summer tour dates

Kingston upon Hull ska band THE TALKS have lined up a long run of live shows around the UK this summer.

The group formed back in 2006 and by 2012 collaborated with Neville Staple of THE SPECIALS on the track “Can Stand the Rain”.

Upcoming gigs now include:


BLAK FLAMEZ added to Redfest Bristol

Bristol-based reggae band BLAK FLAMEZ will perform on the main stage at this year’s Redfest in the city.

BLAK FLAMEZ, which was founded in Bristol in the 1970s and later signed to Shoc Wave Records, is an eight-piece Jamaican ska, soul and reggae band. After a 10-year hiatus they are back and ready to burn the place down with their old school ska sounds.


Lambeth Country Show line-up revealed

The details of this year’s Lambeth Country Show can now be revealed, including headlining reggae act KENYATTA HILL of CULTURE.

The Jamaican singer will bring all the solid CULTURE hits of the 1970s to 1990s, such as “Two Sevens Clash” and “Mr Music”.


FISHBONE cancels UK tour

Californian ska/alternative band FISHBONE has cancelled its upcoming shows around the UK this summer.

The tour was due to kick off in Bristol on 9 August, on to Huddersfield, Glasgow, Newcastle, BOOMTOWN FAIR in Winchester and then winding up in London.

On the Bristol show Facebook event page, The Fleece said:


THE SELECTER drops new album Subculture

Coventry 2Tone act THE SELECTER has released its brand new studio record Subculture.

The rhythm-packed album was recorded and produced by saxophonist Neil Pyzer and expertly mixed by PRINCE FATTY.

The 12-track album comes hot on the heels of the Made In Britain and String Theory albums since singer Pauline Black reformed the band five years ago.