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.

“Comin’ Over Here” is taken from Asian Dub Foundation’s new album Access Denied which is out now. Access Denied released by X-Ray Production, with collaborations featuring Stewart Lee, incendiary Palestinian shamstep warriors 47 Soul and climate activist supreme Greta Thunberg.

The album showcases Asian Dub Foundation in full spectrum mode from the tough Jungle Punk sound of Stealing the Future and Mindlock through to the orchestral meditations of Realignment and the reggae lament of the title track. Unbowed and undeterred Asian Dub Foundation continue their sonic opposition to the powers that be and Access Denied kicks harder and higher than ever.

Eugenia Conti

UPCOMING TOURS/ Damian Marley Europe Tour 2019 starting next week from Sheffield, Uk

Damian Marley is coming back soon in Europe as every year. Rumor mill said that he is working on a brand new album in studio alongside his successful team but for this summer he is still promoting the awarded Stony Hill Album (released in July 2017). Stony Hill European Tour 2019 is starting next week from Uk. Exactly like last year, Jr. Gong will deliver his first set of shows in Great Britain, with a very special guest on stage as the Jamaican singer Assassin aka Agent Sasco. Assassin has dropped some months ago the brilliant album “Hope River” that received a lot of good feedbacks and highlights everywhere.  Would be interesting assist to this combination during the first three shows in the major famous venues of England: O2 Academies. As Jr Gong’s fans could remember, last summer the Zilla performed in O2 Academy Ritz (Manchester); 02 Academy Leeds, O2 Academy Birmingham and obviously O2 Academy Brixton (London). This time he will be in different areas like O2 Academy Sheffield on the 30th of March, O2 Academy Bournemouth on the 31st and O2 Academy Bristol on the 1st of June (all the tickets in Bristol are sold out already). Then the 2nd of June he will finally return in the Capital, London, as special guest of a huge festival in Croydon Lloyd Park called The Ends. Damian will be the protagonist of the Festival’s last night.

While the protagonist of the first night at the End Festivals will be the American Rap-Star Nas who collaborated with Damian in the unforgettable album “Distant Relatives” (2012. It’s so sad to don’t see them in the line up together sharing the same stage and date, but there will be still a lot of great names opening and after Damian’s performance. Here the exact line up and legend of stages.

Mainstage

  • Damian Jr Gong Marley
  • J Balvin
  • Burna Boy
  • Nao
  • Masego
  • Mansur Brown
  • The Compozers
  • Jaz Karis
  • Croydon Fm

 

Ends & Friends Stage

  • Iamddb
  • Seani B
  • Dj Ace
  • Benjiflow
  • Che Lingo
  • Amber Olivier
  • Miraa May

 

Future Stage

  • Endurance Steel Orchestra
  • Amaka
  • Desta Zion

After the Ends Festival, Stony Hill Uk Tour 2019 will be accomplished and Damian will come on the other side of Europe with a gig in Bruxelles, Belgium on the 4th of June and one in Harleem, Netherlands on the 5th of June. Then, it will be a nice stop in Greece with a couple of shows there: 7th of June in Athens for Release Music Festival and on the 8th of June in Tessaloniki.

We can only guess how all the german, italian, french, austrian, swiss, swedish supporters would be disappointed to be unable to see their idol in their own cities. You could wait for the Europe Tour 2020 or if you truly love Bob Marley’s youngest son could still join the crew in the confirmed and mentioned shows. The tickets are available on damianmarleymusic.com/tour

Check the last Damian Marley’s video featuring columbian female artist Karol G. Music never stops!

Eugenia Conti

DJ & SOUND SYSTEMS COLUMN / Out now SUMMER UP BEAT MIXTAPE by Dj Shyybah

 

Shyybah Fm is a Uk online commercial radio station dedicated to reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, hip-hop and more.  “Your hottest station on the net & your phone” because is possible to download the app for free on the different stores.

Dj Shyybah, the radio’s owner, originally from Jamaica and based in London from the 90s, proposes us a new mixtape called SUMMER UP BEAT – AFROBEAT DANCEHALL MIXTAPE – 2018 promoted in exclusive on Gege Vibes Magazine Soundcloud Channel. Dj Shyybah’s selection is interesting because it deepens into the different branches of the Jamaican and African culture and music.

Listen and free download the mixtape :

https://soundcloud.com/user-738180250/dj-shyybah-summer-up-beat-afrobeat-dancehall-mixtape-2018

5 RELEASE YAH MAN RECORDS / Ras Tt ft. Ras Fraser Jr in “Same Thing”

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È uscita lo scorso 15 ottobre la quinta release Yah Man Records, l’emergente label salentina del sound engineer trepuzzino Morello Selecta. Abbiamo avuto in sequenza Blass (JAM), Sandra Cross (Uk), Carlton Livingston (JAM) e Angela Garzia (It) sull’Express Love Riddim creato a regola d’arte dallo stesso Morello insieme ai fidati amici musicisti della Bag a Riddim Band. Troviamo infatti in questa base prodotta da Yah Man Records la batteria di Fossa Drummer, la chitarra di Papa Leu, le tastiere del Maestro Alessandro Garofalo e lo stesso Morello al basso. Un suono in perfetto Sud Sound System style.

Per la quinta uscita dell’etichetta indipendente abbiamo grandi ospiti sulla strumentale. Parliamo dei fratelli Made in United Kingdom Ras Fraser e Ras Tt, entrambi figli del veterano reggae singer Philip Fraser.

Ras Tt nasce a Londra ma vive in Jamaica fino al 2002 finché non decide di tornare in Inghilterra per continuare la sua passione per la musica a fianco del suo gruppo R&B “Flammable Ent” che gli darà esperienza ulteriore all’interno dell’industria musicale. Raggiunta la maturità artistica si dirige nuovamente nell’isola caraibica dove lavora con vere e proprie icone del genere come Sugar Minott, Mega Bunton ed Errol Dunkly. Ormai carico di positive vibes ha il riconoscimento della scena in Inghilterra con cui crea altre formazioni come “Nutty Energy” e “Limitlus Ent”. Nel 2011 invece produce una traccia con Gappy Ranks “Before I die” grazie alla quale viene notato dallo stesso diventandone un buon amico. Possiamo vedere come Ras Tt sia un’artista giovane, ma capace di spaziare fra più generi.

Il fratello Ras Fraser debutta per la prima volta a sette anni a fianco del padre  Philips Fraser al Fort Clarence Beach di Portmore. All’high school comincia ad apprendere seriamente gli insegnamenti del Rastafari e i principi del principe Emmanuel. 

La sua carriera decolla nel 1999 quando registra il suo primo singolo “No Escape” per Razor Sound Records. Il primo album di Ras Fraser Junior è “Roots my time”. Lavora ancora attualmente con Razor Sound Records label. Nel 2012 si reca in Jamaica con suo fratello per registrare una canzone e girare un documentario chiamato “Neverous Reaction”. Famoso in Svezia e a Berlino per aver collaborato con la popstar Elliphant, nei suoi live si è esibito ovunque : a Miami, in California, a Kingston e in Canada. Talento, grinta e messaggio positivo per i giovani sono le caratteristiche principali della musica di questo artista. Non vi resta che ascoltare la version dei due fratelli Ras Tt e Ras Fraser su Express Love Riddim.

Qui i link per poter ascoltare o acquistare la traccia negli stores digitali :

http://player.believe.fr/v2/8055323984195

https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/id1164232508

https://open.spotify.com/album/39fRMZqpDRgv2bYawQcimL

 

Eugenia Conti