Rhygin Records Disco 45 Released

On December 18, 2008, in classic, by E

Now Available from Rhygin Records
Tino Ranks & Sandollar Sound – Sunshine State / Fake Out / Lahua 45 rpm 12 inch vinyl Disco Mix single
Heavy Duty virgin black vinyl, analog source.

Much anticipated Rhygin Records first Disco 45 is now available at all your favorite reggae vendors worldwide or through Ernie B's direct. Hand silkscreened cover, limited first pressing, these will not last, only 500 of them exist.

Rhygin Records Tino Ranks and Sandollar Sound Sunshine State

Rhygin Records Tino Ranks and Sandollar Sound Sunshine State


Listen to the title track at Myspace

Buy the Rhygin Records Disco 45 Sunshine State at Ernie B's
Ernie B Rhygin Records

 

Sunday November 2, 2008 1:14 AM KNON 89.3 IRIE FM DALLAS;The African Forum with: DJ Ima Uwagbai, Queen Mushiya and Brother "You" Yousapha would like toThank The Spiritual Warrior himself -Mark Wonder For taking time out of his busy schedule to big up our International audience;Wednesday night. Mark Wonder has surely let the world know; that he is the 8th wonder of the world. As far as I can see, Mark is the embodiment of reggae unity completeness; which is the 7th (meaning spiritually complete) Wonder of the world. In any event,we (KNON 89.3 Irie FM Reggae Radio DJ Crew Dallas) as well as our International fan base; enjoyed the special time spent with Mark. Checking his vibes and getting a feel of who he really is… Give Thanks to Mark for inviting us all on this Unique Reggae Journey into "Wonderland" with his hit "Victory:The Mystery Unfolds" showcased. Mark said: "his mission is to restore back the art; bring back the love and the unity in the music; as it should be". The question posed to Mark; what is so wonderful about Mark Wonder?. He says: " It''''''''s a vibration that I and I, can''''''''t really explain; he tries to keep the communication of Rastafari alive". Mark is refreshingly humble; that spirit in itself is awe inspiring. It''''''''s inspiring to see a Reggae Artist giving the honor and due; to the creator – JAH – and not being full of himself: to say it is he who is the inspirer; but giving the due to that of the father – JAH. A definite sign of a True and Righteous Rastaman. I am certainly one who is not easily in awe and without words. (smile). However, Mark has certainly had this effect on me. I can''''''''t really put him into a neat little package or liken him to anyone else.. His style and delivery is all his own. And I can definitely go with him being a "Wonderman". Compared to Garnett Silk: I have read that Mark is likened to Garnett Silk. But, I personally can''''''''t see the similarities. Voice different, style different, delivery and mannerisms are nothing alike. Garnett had a sweet/hoarse voice with a different magnetic effect. Garnett Silk''''''''s brother Aaron Silk; actually personifies his brother''''''''s style best. Mark''''''''s deliverance is really unexplainable When you are listening to cuts such as "We shall overcome" his words/feelings and deliverance actually leaps off the CD into your heart and he makes you believe for real "That we shall overcome". Or when he sings "See Us Through" – he speaks of the heavy loads and poverty. Again he let us know that we are not isolated in these struggles of life. In his words "Jah will see us through children; all our worries and problems he will solve them". Once again the feeling relayed is in full force and we believe that all things through Jah will be solved. For months now I''''''''ve been trying to figure out this Rastaman;he seems to always be around (like Jah sent) whenever there is a need In an effort to try to get to know him musically. I have spent countless hours listening;digesting his music and communicating with him. And yet, he still remains a sweet mystery to me. Almost like a mystical rastaman! a Wonder? (smile). He is just so deep! However, what I figured out is that no real reggae collection,is truly complete without his works.. Mark''''''''s voice is, emotional:potently soulful:laced with spiritual love:pure with consciousness:coupled with hope and tenderly gratifying. I speak a lot about Mark''''''''s voice because it is refreshing and powerful. However, the instrumental and background vocals in all of the works I''''''''ve heard from him. Is off the charts solid!!!! It is most definitely the sound of Kingston, Jamaica. Heart pounding rhythms with equally accomodating supporting vocals. Who can explain the sweet sensations derived from these sounds other than Jah! Through his music Mark gives undeniable hope that the suffering will not last for long. Look to JAH. Rastafari! Mark Wonder is the 7th Wonder of the World – Full of Life and Spirit! In the song "Thy children Cry" he sings: "we hold our heads up high and we pray". Giving us hope that JAH will always be there for us. Many callers on Wednesday night wanted to know when? and where? Mark will be touring and with whom. I entreat you all to keep up with the Wonderman, by linking to him via: Web, Myspace or email.
If you are looking to escape from the ills of the world (for just a moment). Check the links below to get on board of the "Wonderland" Express with Mark as the Conductor. It''''''''s a journey you will not soon forget. Web: www.markwonder.com myspace:www.myspace.com/markwonder1 email: markwonder1@yahoo.com mark wonder youtube: http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=mark+wonder&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title# (If link does not work simply:Google Mark Wonder youtube. Big things are surely coming from this Rastaman hailing from Kingston Jamaica. The word from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica is that Mark is currently working on a compilation piece: Said to be titled: Mark Wonder and Friends: it is said to include tracks with: Luciano: Capelton: Sizzla: Anthony B: Lutan Fyah: and an all time favorite of mine – reggae''''''''s living legend Everton Blender… That should be a HOT!, HOT, HOT commodity. Can''''''''t wait for it to come to light!!! Pick up stream of the interview from Wednesday night show from DJ Ras Ridi another Kingston born Rastaman: http://www.spacecoastfm.com/rasridi.htm Mushiya Jobe Enterprises P.O. Box 600542 Dallas, Texas 75360-0542 www.myspace.com/mushiya www.mikeydread.com www.innervisionsreggae.com www.dubmusic.com www.mackieconscious.com 214-342-5638 469-767-9730 mojamaica@msn.com mojamaica@peoplepc.com

 

R.I.P Alton Ellis

On October 12, 2008, in classic, by E

One of the Best.

 
The Island Festival is Kalamazoo's Premier Reggae Gathering

View videos of Stevie Culture live here:
http://stevieculture.com/Videos/tabid/97/Default.aspx

San Francisco, CA – June 2008 – Since it's inception, Island Festival has grown in numbers and stature. The work begins during the frigid Michigan Winter to bring the finest entertainment possible. Island Festival now draws over 10,000 Reggae fans yearly from all over the world. Like any good festival it combine family entertainment, great food, music, and most importantly great vibes!

Stevie CUltureStevie Culture will be headlining Island Festival on Friday June 20, 2008. The Meditations will be gracing the stage in the main spot on Saturday June 21, 2008.

As the lead singer for The S.A.N.E. Band (Jamaica's top band during the 1990s) Stevie Culture had performed as the opening act for many Reggae artists such as: Shaggy, Anthony B, Sizzla, Third World, UB40, Steel Pulse, Culture, Burning Spear, The Wailers and Alton Ellis. He has now stepped into the spotlight and is a headliner at many up coming shows this summer.

Stevie Culture
International Reggae artist Stevie Culture has been a singer and entertainer since his early teens. Stevie was born in Kingston Jamaica to Rastafarian parents. His Father was a guitar player and singer and his love of music certainly rubbed off on Stevie. He began playing the drums at age 12 and quickly became popular because of his musical talent and positive attitude. By age 16, Stevie became well known and would sing with leading sound systems and play and sing with bands all across the island of Jamaica. Stevie's strong spirituality and belief in those people willing to make a difference is evident in his debut album “Top Class”. He speaks of keeping life full of joy and helping the world's youth to put down guns, drop drugs and violence, and channel their energies in more life-giving directions. The album is layered with positive and uplifting messages and is widely considered an instant classic.

Stevie's Message
As well as being a lifelong singer, Stevie has also always carried with him his message. When asked what one thing he would tell his fans, he responded in a heartbeat: “Hol' a joy!”. “Don't let the problem rule your life”, he says; “Don't think of the problem. Think of the solution. Just be happy about what you're doing..”

About KSR (King Step Recordings)
KSR (http://www.kingsteprecordings.com/) is based in California and was founded in December 2005 by Adam Heller. Adam is also the founder of the well known http://www.ReggaeDj.com that has been serving the Reggae community since 2003. KSR is now promoting Stevie Culture's new CD “Top Class”

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Contact:
Adam Heller
King Step Recordings
Phone: (408) 250-7949 or online
http://www.KingStepRecordings.com

 

Prince Alla touring Europe

On May 24, 2008, in classic, by E

Big Up Reggae Massive & Promotor's …..

Prince Alla is coming again from end June to around end of August … if You are interressed of Bookink a Show or More with the NajaVibes band or in Sound Vibes all info @ raspect@bluewin.ch

already book up:

27 june " Belgrade " Serbia
28 june " Pancevo " Serbia
4 jully
5 Jully " Montreux Jazz Festival " Switzerland
6 jully " Eurokennes Festival " France
16 jully – 19 jully " Socha Riversplash Festival " Slovenia
20 jully Croatia Reggae Festival TBC
24 jully " Guest Vibes "
1 august " Vichy " France
15 august " Festival " near Munich Germany
16 august

Ises …

Big ups to Asher Selector for the announcement over at B+F

 

I don't know about you but, to me, this latest call out by Trojan to collectors of original pressings sounds kind of fucked up.

They are asking for the following 7's

People Get Ready – Doctor Bird, DB-1189B
Please Stay – Doctor Bird, DB-1194A
Special Beat – Doctor Bird, DB-1194B
Mama Me Want Girl – Doctor Bird, DB-1206A
Sentry – Doctor Bird, DB-1206B
Soul Crash – Doctor Bird, DB-1207A
Throw Me Things – Doctor Bird, DB-1207B

So that they can supposedly get a better quality sound than what they have. Something about that just doesn't seem quite legal. Then again I don't live in the UK, I assume they have the rights to the Doctor Bird tunes yes? Who is going to be getting the royalties from this? Food for thought Trojan. Read the whole article below, and if you know for a fact that this is all on the level, please email me and let me know the details.
As a tribute to the greatest Skinhead band of them all, we’re set to reissue the group’s classic ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ album, in a deluxe format, with a multitude of bonus recordings to augment the original 12 tracks.

However, plans to make the set a definitive Pyramids / Symarip / Seven Letters collection have been hit by the lack of quality source material for a number of the tracks and unless alternatives can be found, the set will fall a little short of what we hoped it to be.

So, if there are any collectors willing and able to help us out with good quality recordings of the following (all issued as the Seven Letters), by either lending us the original singles or CDR copies of the tracks made in real time (sadly MP3s aren’t of a high enough quality), we’d love to hear from you:

People Get Ready – Doctor Bird, DB-1189B
Please Stay – Doctor Bird, DB-1194A
Special Beat – Doctor Bird, DB-1194B
Mama Me Want Girl – Doctor Bird, DB-1206A
Sentry – Doctor Bird, DB-1206B
Soul Crash – Doctor Bird, DB-1207A
Throw Me Things – Doctor Bird, DB-1207B

In addition, any label scans of ANY Symarip or Pyramid singles, adverts, etc., are also needed so we can ensure the booklet is both informative and visually pleasing.

All contributors shall of course be receive full thanks in the booklet as well as being suitably rewarded!

If you are able to help, please contact us at the usual email address: trojanwebsite@googlemail.com

 

Stevie Culture and Half Pint

On May 1, 2008, in classic, by E
Half Pint “No Stress Express Tour” Featuring Stevie Culture, Itawe & The Yellow Wall Dub Squad

View videos of Stevie Culture live here:
http://stevieculture.com/Videos/tabid/97/Default.aspx

San Francisco, CA – March 2008 – As the lead singer for The S.A.N.E. Band (Jamaica's top band during the 1990s) Stevie Culture had performed as the opening act for many Reggae artists such as: Shaggy, Anthony B, Sizzla, Third World, UB40, Steel Pulse, Culture, Burning Spear, The Wailers and Alton Ellis.

Now is Stevie's time to shine. He is heading out on a three week tour with the legendary Reggae singer Half Pint to promote his debut album “Top Class.” Half Pint just released his latest full length CD “No Stress Express” and both artists will be showcasing their latest and greatest.

The mix of Half Pint's explosiveness and Stevie Culture's high energy stage presence makes for an amazing, unforgettable show.

Below are the dates and places for the Stevie Culture and Half Pint Western US Tour April-May 2008. Log in to http://www.StevieCulture.com for free Stevie Culture downloads and to join Stevie's street teams. Check the website frequently for updated show locations.

Dates Place
4/16/2008 Dub Club, Los Angeles
4/18/2008 Mailbu Inn, Malibu, CA
4/19/2008 Wold Beat Center, San Diego, CA
4/20/2008 Fox Theater Salinas, CA (Afternoon Show)
4/20/2008 Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
4/21/2008 Club Dread @ Club Six, San Francisco, CA
4/22/2008 Lolas @ Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
4/23/2008 Mt Tabor Legacy, Portland, OR
4/24/2008 Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
4/25/2008 The Top Hat, Missoula, MT
4/26/2008 Zebra Lounge, Bozeman, MT
4/27/2008 The Star Bar, Park City, Utah
4/28/2008 Monks House of Jazz, Salt Lake City, Utah
4/30/2008 Quixotes, Denver, CO
5/01/2008 Wild Hare, Chicago, IL
5/02/2008 Caribbean Village, Indianapolis, IN
5/03/2008 TBA St Louis, MI (TBA)
5/04/2008 Blue Nile, Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2008 Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
5/07/2008 G's Jamaican Quisine, Kansas City, MO

Stevie Culture
International Reggae artist Stevie Culture has been a singer and entertainer since his early teens. Stevie was born in Kingston Jamaica to Rastafarian parents. His Father was a guitar player and singer and his love of music certainly rubbed off on Stevie. He began playing the drums at age 12 and quickly became popular because of his musical talent and positive attitude. By age 16, Stevie became well known and would sing with leading sound systems and play and sing with bands all across the island of Jamaica. Stevie's strong spirituality and belief in those people willing to make a difference is evident in his debut album “Top Class”. He speaks of keeping life full of joy and helping the world's youth to put down guns, drop drugs and violence, and channel their energies in more life-giving directions. The album is layered with positive and uplifting messages and is widely considered an instant classic.

Stevie's Message
As well as being a lifelong singer, Stevie has also always carried with him his message. When asked what one thing he would tell his fans, he responded in a heartbeat: “Hol' a joy!”. “Don't let the problem rule your life”, he says; “Don't think of the problem. Think of the solution. Just be happy about what you're doing..”

Half Pint
Half Pint's diminutive stature belies not only his vocal capabilities but also camouflages his huge on-stage presence, often described as no less than explosive and dynamic. Born Lindon Roberts, but affectionately called Pint, he is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international Reggae superstars.

The all-new studio CD, No Stress Express, was released March 11, 2008 internationally and distributed though Universal Music Group. The first single and video for the CD, “Unity” featuring Jack Maness from Long Beach Dub All-Stars has been doing well on radio and video shows all over. The No Stress Express international tour in support of the new CD will start in the US in April and go through the end of the year. Big plans are in store for the one Half Pint!

About KSR (King Step Recordings)
KSR (http://www.kingsteprecordings.com/) is based in California and was founded in December 2005 by Adam Heller. Adam is also the founder of the well known http://www.ReggaeDj.com that has been serving the Reggae community since 2003. KSR is now promoting Stevie Culture's new CD “Top Class”

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Contact:
Adam Heller
King Step Recordings
Phone: (408) 250-7949 or online
http://www.KingStepRecordings.com

 

Friday, March 21, 2008 12:57 PM

Dear Friends/Family/Fellow International Media Associates:

     I want to thank you all so very much for all the calls, emails, letters etc. Words can never express the way I feel about each and every one of you. I have had the pleasure of working personally with some of
you guys over the years, while in my role as Mikey Dread's Publicist/Media Representative.

Each one of you has been instrumental in the successful career he enjoyed. Your avenue of expertise whether Print media,T.V. or Radio DJ’s across the globe have surely helped the world get to know Mikey Dread’s work on an International scale.

    I personally find it a pleasure and honor to have met you all. Give Thanks for not only being there for me in the past, but also in the now. My heart was overwhelmed by joy to see the mass media coverage on
Mikey’s passing. The many writings and tributes I see on Mikey out there on the web worldwide and those of you who have sent pod casts – Jah Blessings for your hard work and dedication.

     I know that Mikey’s heart would have been overjoyed for such wonderfully kind thoughts expressed; as you delivered the message of his passing from as near as the Virgin Islands to as far away as Africa, Russia, Tehran, Japan, Germany, Italy, The UK and so on. You, the International media certainly came together on

Mikey’s loving behalf to offer condolences to his family – Give Thanks!

    Many of you know how very close Mikey and I were and have voiced concerns over my well being (smile) and I would like to put you guys at ease.

    As circumstances would have it (Jah guides) at the time of Mikey’s passing Saturday, the Inner Visions Reggae Band was staying at my house. And as Jah continued to guide us this day we were invited to the home of
Radio DJ Ras Ridi (Dallas local Rasta Elder) for Rasta reasoning’s and physical nourishments.

    I had the true Jah fortune to be in the presence of DJ Ras Ridi and his family as well as the entire Inner Visions Reggae Band: Ras Paul, Grasshopper, Jupiter, Akiba and Aswad when the word came in. So I was
most definitely surrounded by True Rasta Love and strength. It was also an added blessing to have Ras Ridi reason with me and guide me through the most painful moments in my life. Between Ras Ridi,Grasshopper, and Jupiter (Inner Visions) my immediate comfort was taken care of which allowed me to serve my Boss one last time and get on to things that needed to be done.

Within hours, I had a stream of calls from friends in the media and artists that Mikey and I shared acquaintance with.  Lady Cham (West Indian Times), The Scientist, Carmelita Harris, Glen Washington, Trevor Elliot, Daddy Roots, Tony Culture, Delroy Headley, Scorcher, Danny,Yabba (Griffiths), a host of Rasta Brethren from Jamaica's

various Rasta communities, Sydney“Mankind”, Carrot, Cat, Linton Cooper (who called every hour of the day
from Jamaica and who continues to call daily). Ranking Joe, Robin (Culture), DJ Ima Uwagbai, Mike D. Magician, Everton, Bro. You, Queen Amy, Makeda Dread, Marshall Jones, Henrik Baek and DJ Tiffany. There has just been so many of you, if I fell to mention you, JAH knows I appreciate you.

Special Thanks to Basil Walters, Jamaica Observer who always wanted to know what he can do to help, and was

there always each step of the way with Mikey's career.

     With that said: I have to say about My Boss, My Brother, My Friend, and My Teacher – what we had was a relationship that was solid in business and trust, that was guided by JAH and cemented by love and respect, seasoned with our connection with our Jamaican Culture, dedication to the purity of Reggae music and our Rasta beliefs.

In the words of the song from Inner Visions – True hearts so very hard to find.

True hearts (will always stay), True Love (will not go away), and True Friends (is what makes love very strong)

I listen to this song and remember Mikey and I

 Think of Mikey, and know that he’s in a happy place.

“I was
talking to a singer the other day and he said "Mushiya just think and visualize this":

When Mikey strolled through those gates of the great unknown he joyfully announced the
Dread at the Controls has arrived!  Bob (Marley) was there with him and
he added “Don’t worry about a thing”, Peter (Tosh) walked over and he
said dread “No more tears to cry” and Joseph (Hill) and Dennis (Brown)
all gathered around Mikey and said “Selah” RASTAFARI!!  

The Dread is still at the
controls!!! 

It is a comforting thought to know, Mikey lives on in our hearts, mind and soul and

I know I will see my friend again in the land of far beyond.

Warm Love

 

Mikey Dread Rest in Peace

On March 18, 2008, in classic, by E

From all of us at Blackark.com, you will be remembered Mikey.
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This photo was taken in January 2007 during a Rhygin Records studio session in California
Photo courtesy of Rhygin Records