I read Benjamin Zephaniah’s piece in the Guardian today about Snoop Dogg’s conversion to Rastafarianism, then I spotted the following. Timely I’d say. British film maker and writer Horace Ove’s Reggae was the first documentary to capture the early days of reggae’s UK invasion and its growing popularity outside of Jamaica. In this mix of performances filmed at Wembley Stadium in 1970 combined with footage shot in the West Indies and interviews and commentaries providing social and political context, we are introduced to reggae as an art form that transcends music and becomes an articulation of a complex culture and a powerful medium for change.
Spotted at the ever-dependable Dangerous Minds
If your familiar with this page, Dr. Das and Deeder Zaman (Asian Dub Foundation), Underground Resistance, Adrian Sherwood, Michael Franti, you may be aware of their involvement with the label Indigenous Resistance.
With an ever growing army of concerned heads, the mission is to educate and inform about situations that exist around the First Nation people throughout South and North America.
Next up on IR’s release schedule is IR25, the ‘Dubversive’ LP. Recorded and mixed in Brasil, Colombia, Mexico, Solomon Islands, Sosolakam, South Pacific, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston, England, Jamaica, Germany and Canada . This is an album made with no budget, no mega studios, no A& R department, just dub people colloboarating across artificial borders, donating their time and energy to put some righteous dub into this world. There is some special visual dub in the works in conjunction with the launch of the album with grafitti artist, Chite Yarumo in Colombia, see image above. Musical contributions from Christiane D., Benjamin Zephaniah, Jah 9, Mad Mike Banks/UR, Ramjac, the aforementioned Dr. Das, Deeder, myself with some subtle guitar movements from Arka (Break & Culture).
Available via iTunes
More juice on IR and Dubversive here