Reggae

Mellowing with age but still one cool cat

Snoop Lion still has a fair bit of the Dogg in him. But then Snoop Doggy Dogg, as he was first known, was never afraid of embracing his contradictions. Photo: AP

Snoop appears, as if by magic, in a puff of his own smoke. The rapper, actor, gangster and stoner extraordinaire has reinvented himself as a reggae-singing messenger of hope. Snoop Dogg is dead, long live Snoop Lion.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 5:03pm

Late reggae icon Peter Tosh receives Jamaica honour

Jamaican reggae singer Peter Tosh in the office of a record company in Hollywood, California in 1979. Photo: AP

Twenty-five years after his murder, Jamaica’s government on Monday honoured the contributions of firebrand reggae musician and songwriter Peter Tosh, one of the Caribbean island’s musical giants.

22 Oct 2012 - 4:09pm

Doo-Wops and Hooligans Bruno Mars (CD)

As a Hawaiian, Bruno Mars could have filled his debut with Jack Johnson-like ukulele melodies and island vibes. But the 25-year-old has greater ambitions. Having written and produced for fellow 2011 Grammy nominees Cee-Lo Green and B.o.B, he knows his skills. He has filled Doo-Wops and Hooligans with a range of genres.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Loads packed into 42 minutes

As a Hawaiian, Bruno Mars could have filled his debut with Jack Johnson-esque ukulele melodies and island vibes. But the 25-year-old is clearly more ambitious than that. Having written and produced for fellow 2011 Grammy nominees Cee-Lo Green and BoB, he knows his skills. He has filled Doo-Wops and Hooligans with a range of genres.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Wake Up! John Legend & The Roots (CD)

The 1960s and 70s were a time of great social change in America. The Civil Rights Movement was pushing for racial equality, and young people of all races were speaking out against the war in Vietnam. All this anger and frustration led to boundless artistic proliferation: some of the 'protest' songs of the time remain among the best examples of folk and soul music.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Clive Chin

Tonight, 9pm, Phonograph; tomorrow, 10pm, Backstage Live

At last year's Clockenflap music festival, a reggae legend got a kick from a young lad who came to shake his hand.

7 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Nightmares on Wax

Nightmares on Wax

Thought So...

(Warp)

The impetus for Nightmares on Wax's sixth studio album supposedly came when sole remaining member George Evelyn (below) embarked on a road trip from his old British stomping ground of Leeds to his new home in Ibiza. If so, he made quite a few interesting detours along the way.

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect summer chill-out

Over the last few years, a number of female singer-songwriters have emerged and enjoyed varying degrees of success. Hayley Sales has already achieved more than many of her peers, writing, recording, mixing and producing her debut album herself in her parents' recording studio.

31 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Adidas finds inspiration from music and cities

A special collection of footwear and apparel from adidas was launched last month, with the sportswear manufacturer taking its inspiration from music and cities.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Tales From a Skinny White Boy Bobby Kray (CD)

Bobby Kray is certainly raising eyebrows in the music world. The 27-year-old up-and-coming reggae star was previously a school bus driver, an agriculture student and a worker on a remote farm in northern England.

He was recently discovered in London when he burst into song at the famous record shop where he was working.

23 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

White boy takes on reggae challenge

Bobby Kray is certainly raising eyebrows in the music world. The 27-year-old up-and-coming reggae star was a school bus driver, an agriculture student and a worker on a remote farm in northern England.

He was recently discovered in London when he burst into song at the famous record shop where he was working.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Outtakes

Instant karma

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Sizzla

Sizzla

I-Space

(Greensleeves)

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee

Cartel: The Big Boss

(El Cartel)

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Reggae night finds its roots with founders' return

Lan Kwai Fong's Club 97 will celebrate the sixth anniversary of its Sunday Reggae Night with the two founding DJs (Rikki) Black Malik and Mikey Dread returning to 'big it up'.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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