Monday, October 31, 2011

Still A Forward On

Where's the blog been? Yes, it's been a while since our last post, but ForwardEver is still deh ya!

There's a lot to catch up on -- and we will in future posts -- from new reissues for Sugar Minott and Gregory Isaacs, to Dubmatix latest remix album and singles galore.

In the meantime, please check the recent piece on Shaggy I wrote for Magnifier. And if you sign up for a Music Beta account from Google, you'll get a couple of free tunes as well. Same goes for this Don Corleon feature.

Pictured to the left is singjay Lutan Fyah, who many reggae fans feel is at the top of his game right now. Check out his latest track "Mi A Ras" and catch him live in California in November. Find Bay Area dates for Lutan, and also St. Croix's premier roots group Midnite over at DeeCee's Soul Shakedown site.

Speaking of Midnite (pictured below) -- their new album Kings Bell drops Tuesday November 1 on I Grade Records, and from the preview we've heard, it's brilliant.  The group is foremost know for its pensive, meditative songs that glide a long unhurriedly. By contrast, several numbers on the new album are up-tempo, but no less intellectually rootsy than what fans have come to expect. Expect to be pleased and surprised.

Finally, if you haven't picked up Colin Grant's excellent recent book I&I: The Natural Mystics (read and excerpt), it's absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in Jamaican history, Marcus Garvey or the original Wailers trio, Bob, Bunny and Peter. Check this video interview for a taste.