Tag Archives: Bob Marley

TRIBAL WAR, CIA, DONS & DRUGS – Marlon James’ ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings

One evening, as I left the home of friend and fellow scribbler, Neil Spencer, he thrust a weighty tome into my hands and said, “You need read this but I want it back after.” The book was A Brief History … Continue reading

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CATCH A FIRE : From Alpha to The QEH

The Lively Up tour arrived in London town last night and the Queen Elizabeth Hall was rammed to capacity. There was genuine sense of anticipation in the air and as one scanned the stage which was set up to accommodate … Continue reading

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COLLABORATION ACROSS THE REGGAE NATION…. Lively Up meets Bob Marley and Word Sound & Power: Reggae Changed My Life

Lively Up,  celebrates Jamaica50! It consists of several ambitious projects set to tour the UK – two of which are dedicated to the music of The Wailers and innovative saxophonist Joe Harriott. Lively Up is the brainchild of Gary & … Continue reading

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MARLEY… The short life of a Natural Mystic…

Midday – last Friday. Got a phone call. “Meet me at 2pm… Screen On The Green…  Bob Marley… the film… my shout!” How could I refuse? I’d seen the trailer and was vibed up. I’m a fan and despite knowing … Continue reading

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Pinnacle & The First Rasta … the story of Leonard ‘Gong’ Howell

Following on from her celebrated book –  The First Rasta –  my long time friend, French music journalist and occasional contributor to Straight No Chaser, Hélène Lee,  has collaborated with Christophe Farnarier, and directed a compelling portrait of Leonard “Gong” Howell’s … Continue reading

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Jamaica50: Babylon Your Queendom is falling….

Since Big Ben struck midnight on New Year’s eve and the South Bank lit up large in anticipation of the Olympics on the East-side, it seems that Jamaica has thrown up a daily dose of evocative bass-ical vibrations into this … Continue reading

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