Worldwide reggae community lost Bunny Wailer/ The memories of the music industry’s exponents

Bunny Wailer, last member alive of the historical musical group ‘The Wailers’ is dead few days ago in Kingston. The lost of the beloved singer is so hard to accept for the whole reggae community around the Globe. It seems as an era is ending up now… But we know his legacy will live eternally.

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Asian Dub Foundation is n.1 in the Uk charts with the anti-Brexit single “Comin over here”

After an intense campaign on social networks, their protest song of Asian Dub Foundation “Comin Over Here”, featuring comedian Stewart Lee, reached No. 1 on the UK single download charts on the very first day of Brexit!

The money raised from “Comin’ Over Here” will be donated to the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), a charity that supports young refugees striving to live independent and successful lives in the community.

Steve “Chandra” Savale, leader of Asian Dub Foundation, exclaimed: “This is an amazing result for a leftfield track that satirises casual anti- immigrant rhetoric. It’s struck a real chord with people because it’s both a tough tune and funny which is a rare combination. We’re happy that this unexpected pairing of one of Britain’s most brilliant comedians and most consistently radical band has raised a defiant smile in very challenging times and it shows that there’s still a lot of people out there that believe the UK should remain an open, progressive and welcoming place. It’s also incredible to think that in terms of actual sales, ie people deciding to buy the track rather than simply engaging a Spotify playlist, we were ahead of Ed Sheeran, Wham and Dua Lipa!”

Their anti-Brexit campaign got the support of other musical celebrities such as Rage Against The MachinePete Doherty and more. Continue reading “Asian Dub Foundation is n.1 in the Uk charts with the anti-Brexit single “Comin over here””

Interview with I-Taweh: “My dream is to live long and healthy to see the unification of this human race”

Donavan I-taweh Cunningham was born in the hills of St. Ann, the same parish in Jamaica where the great Marcus Garvey, Burning Spear and Bob Marley all rise from. Like most successful artists, he comes from humble beginnings. Raised in the farming community of Prickly Pole, he spent most of his childhood farming alongside his father and four brothers. As a young child he played music on handmade instruments crafted together from bamboo and sardine tins.
It was the move to Kingston in 1992 that jump-started his musical career. Living between the communities of Mall Road, Grants Pen, Portmore, Rockfort, and Duhaney Park, I-taweh found comfort in the ghetto at the Community Center of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

This was extremely influential for his music and his mission, where he was amongst some of the greatest musicians in the industry including Dizzy Johnny Moore, Earl Chinna Smith, Nambo Robinson, and Bongo Herman. During this time he was rarely seen without his guitar, and was given the nickname Danny Gitz. Along with the name, his skills and reputation as a musician began to grow, until the legendary Sugar Minott took him under his wing as his guitarist and harmony singer.

In 1998, I-taweh became the youngest member of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Jamaica’s most influential Nyahbingi, religious and cultural group. With Brother Sam Clayton as the leader, they toured Europe extensively until 2007 presenting traditional Jamaican music and educational workshops.
I-taweh produced and composed his first solo album, Overload, which he released in 2011. He has since gone one to self-produce two more albums, Judgementwhich was released in February 2017, and his latest project, Reload, released on January 3rd, 2020.  He is currently promoting his new single “One too many” that is denouncing the brutality of police against black people in the World. He composed this tune after the tragedy of George Floyd, happened in USA. The Artist underlines that every human being deserves the same justice and human rights otherwise there will be never any peace without any justice.

1. As many great artists you came from modest origins. Could you explain us how did you approach to your musical journey in the first place? 
I started out in a tiny community called Prickly Pole. It’s in St Ann Parrish, Jamaica, just a few miles from the home where Bob Marley grew in Nine Mile. My first real musical approach was playing in the church of my community.
2. Who are your biggest artistic inspirations? 
I would say The Wailers and Kenny Rodgers.
3. You’re a Rastaman. Could you tell us something more about the tour u did in Europe in 2007 to educate people to this culture? How it was the feedback here so far?
 Yah man. I’m proudly a Rastaman. The tours I did in Europe were very good for me especially because I got the chance to visit new places, to meet new people to share my vibrations and Reggae music with.
4. Your last project ‘Reload’ was released on January 3rd. How was working at this project with your team?

My latest album “Reload” was released in the beginning of this year, was a very good experience for me putting it together, I wanna give thanks to all who was there with me for the ride. This album is I-Taweh’s greatest body of work-to-date.

All songs are composed, written, and produced by myself through my independent label Tap Nat Muzik.
5. Do the topics inside your albums reflect any of the main dream of your life? 
The main dream of my life is to live long and healthy to see the unification of this human race. I tried my best to express this message through my latest album.
6. Do you believe in the power of conscious music as a privileged way to give universal messages then? Why in your opinion is important that younger artists keep some great values of the past? 
Yes, I do believe in conscious positive vibes. Since I was a little boy ’till now it’s being a positive uplifting force in my life. Today I’m in a point that hopefully I can reach some young minds and souls with my music.
7. Any Future project as soon as everything will return back to normal?
Well, I am always working on projects, the inspirations keeps flowing which I’m thankful for… so I am constantly in the studio recording new songs. I’ll soon update you.
8. Could you give a special greetings for Gege Vibes Magazine readers?
Eugenia Conti

“Tarantella della Xylella” / Nuovo singolo di Rankin Lele e Papa Leu per denunciare la “pandemia verde” avvenuta in Salento

“Tarantella della Xylella” è il nuovo brano del conosciutissimo duo salentino Rankin Lele e Papa Leu, nonché membri e fondatori di Adriatic Sound, per denunciare il disastro naturale avvenuto in Salento negli ultimi anni. La bellissima porzione di Regione Puglia ha infatti subito un massiccio disboscamento degli antichi alberi di ulivo, che si estendevano numerosi e fittissimi sull’intero territorio, a causa di un fantomatico batterio killer denominato “Xylella”.

Il singolo è un grido di liberazione, un inno di consapevolezza e rinascita, rappresenta la sublimazione del dolore per la perdita forzata delle radici più profonde.

Ovviamente dedicata al Salento, in questa canzone i Nostri riportano l’attenzione su una piaga che ha colpito tutta la popolazione locale. Il c.d. “contagio dimenticato” o “pandemia verde” ha stravolto l’identità paesaggistica, ma anche l’esistenza di tante persone, eredi di una cultura e di una economia secolare che in maniera silente e dolorosa sta gradualmente scomparendo da questa area geografica.

I cantanti di Adriatic Sound hanno collaborato in questo brano con Uccio Aloisi Gruppu, per dar vita ad un nuovo esperimento sonoro che scava più a fondo nel solco della tradizione.

Uccio Aloisi Gruppu è una storica band salentina che interpreta musica popolare ed è stato il giusto quid da abbinare allo stile più dancehall/raggamuffin di Rankin Lele e Papa Leu. A rendere tutto ancora più magico hanno contribuito il mandolino del maestro Antonio Calsolaro, l’organetto del maestro Max Pero ed il tamburello di Paquale Pizzolante.

Il risultato è stato decisamente anti-convenzionale, ma dirompente. L’atmosfera della tune è frizzante e gioiosa, rimandando allo stesso spirito con cui un tempo si esorcizzava la paura per un destino amaro. All’epoca si cantava magari per lenire la durezza di un padrone impietoso, denotando che, ora come allora, la musica alleggerisce il cuore, ma è anche lo strumento più efficace per denunciare abusi ed ingiustizie. Il videoclip, non a caso, è stato girato in un uliveto, colpito dalla malattia e ormai privo di vita, in cui danzatrici di pizzica si dimenano a ritmo di questa melodia al fine di descrivere la passione struggente della gente salentina nei confronti della propria Terra.

“Tarantella della Xylella” è il primo singolo estratto dal nuovo album del duo salentino, registrato e mixato a Trepuzzi (Lecce). Tra i musicisti prestigiosi che hanno partecipato pienamente a questo progetto bisogna menzionare il Maestro Garofalo alle tastiere e Fossa Drummer alle batterie, entrambi componenti della band ufficiale dei Sud Sound System.

Eugenia Conti

OUT NOW / “Beat of resistance” by Italian Freedom Fighters to oppose the Turkish dictatorship

BEAT OF RESISTANCE is the brand new single of ITALIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS, a team of 19 artists from all over the Italian peninsula. 14 singers: TREBLE LU PROFESSORE, JULIA LENTI, TONY (Cattivo Sangue), GIULIO FERRANTE (Radici nel Cemento), LIZARD (Shock Very Noise), ROCKY GANJAVOX, CHALA DZ CHAM LOWE ,SPEAKER TEX ,NUR-GUL, SAM D, FILOMENA DE LEO (Medinabox) ,FIDO GUIDO ,TINA MINERVA (La Rocha) & RIFLE. Plus five musicians: RAINA (Villa Ada Posse), ADRIANO BONO (Reggae Circus), POPPY CIRCUITELEMENT (Shock very noise), LUIGI MIACOLA (The navigator), COSIMO MIACOLA (Young T Bone). Released on May 18th, the song is composed with the aim of giving solidarity to Yorum Group, a Turkish band, victim of the repression of the fascist Erdogan. It was created with the main intention of denouncing this form of strong repression, which caused the death of two of its members, following a deadly hunger strike. You will listen to verses full of love, solidarity and especially RESISTANCE. Listen and spread the message.

More infos on https://www.reggae.it/yorum 

Valentina Rubino 

Eugenia Conti

BRAND NEW 2020 / “Mama Africa”- Playing for Change ft. Andrew Tosh

“This song was originally written and performed by the late, great Peter Tosh and speaks about the beauty and strength of Africa. We united Peter’s son, Andrew Tosh, with Donald Kinsey and Fully Fullwood who performed with Peter many years ago and added musicians all over the world from Africa to Jamaica to the USA. Turn it up and feel how the heartbeat of Africa resonates through this uplifting song.”-said Playing for Change Management about one of their latest releases.

Released three weeks ago, “Mama Africa” is a unique tribute to the Motherland with the contribution of Andrew Tosh. Join the movement to find out a lot of other unique songs around the World featuring international and street musicians, recording artists such as Stephen Marley, Manu Chao, Bunny Wailers, Bono Vox and many more, but especially follow the humanitarian projects of Playing for Change foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, creating hope and inspiration for the future of the planet.

No matter who you are or where you come from, we are all united through music is the shared vision between PFC co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke. In 2002 they decided to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.”

In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard the voice of Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me.” Roger had so much soul and conviction in his voice, and Mark approached him about performing “Stand By Me” as a Song Around the World. Roger agreed, and when Mark returned with recording equipment and cameras he asked Roger, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?” Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.” Ever since that day the Playing For Change crew has traveled the world recording and filming musicians, creating Songs Around the World, and building a global family.

(Playing for Change press release)

 

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