Sunday, October 04, 2009

Mackerel Nearly Made Sushi: A Reggae Update

(DJ Major Mackerel was involved in a pointed argument...)

The lives of reggae music artists are known for their share of ups and downs, gossip and beefs. But a story from this weekend's New York Daily News certainly was one of the more unbelievable, but absolutely true.

1980s DJ great Major Mackerel, known for his comical lyrics and emphatic squeaks found himself on the wrong side of a Samurai sword wielded by an angry neighbor. The photo accompanying this story is as entertaining as story itself. But needless to say, Mackerel's good humor prevailed, and although physically cut up, the DJ will live to record again.


BBC 1Xtra Top 5 dancehall singles this week:

1. Vybz Kartel ft Indu "Versatility" (Head Concussion Music)
2. Chino "From Mawning" (Big Ship)
3. Mavado "Never Believe" (Daseca)
4. Beenie Man "Gaza Mi Seh" (Big Ship)
5. Mr Vegas "Gallis" (Cr203 Records)


Popular reggae/dub music music community, one of the first reggae-specific social networks has been purchased by and relaunched at that web address. Versionist was known for showcasing new and upcoming producers with hundreds of free downloadable audio files.


Other news and headlines:
• Dancehall Mobi has a link to the new Vybz Kartel video for "Yuh Love."
• Here's ForwardEver's Truckback Record label profile in XLR8R.
• One of roots reggae's brightest lights, St. Lucia artist / activist Taj Weekes is interviewed on
• United Reggae reports on the return of fantastic new roots vocalist Chezidek. His new Sly & Robbie produced album I Grade was recorded at Harry J’s studio and mixed by legendary engineer Godwin Logie.
• Elephant Man and Flippa Mafia are embroiled in a diss-fest on record. Jamaica Observer gives their take on this third-tier feud.


Umoja Hi-Fi Reggae Magnificent Seven Singles:

Nahswitch “Marijuna”
Tarrus Riley and Friends “Paradise Redemption”
Chuck Fender “I Am For The Poor”
Tommy Tornado “Door Peeper (Featuring Winston Francis)”
Demarco “Pull It Selecta”
Peetah Morgan “Golden Brown”
Assassin ft Cameal “We Can”
Gappy Ranks “Mountain Top”

Reggae Magnificent Seven