Interviews

Interviews

2014/09/28 - Carlton Livingston Interview

Like so many Jamaican artists, singer Carlton Livingston was first exposed to the joys of music in church. Born in 1962 in St. Mary, Jamaica, Livingston sang in choirs and in an informal harmony trio (which later morphed into Knowledge) before entering the music business in earnest when he recorded "The Tale of Two Cities" in 1978 at Channel One. He eventually ended up working with several of the top Jamaican producers, including Coxsone Dodd, Winston Riley, Sly & Robbie, Clive Jarrett, and King Jammy, among others. His signature song, "100 Weight of Collie Weed," was a huge island hit in 1984, and was the feature song on the subsequent album Fret Dem a Fret. Livingston recorded sparingly thereafter, finally releasing Emotions in 1994. Four years later Livingston had an international hit when he recut his earlier "Rumours" track, this time with Shabba Ranks on board and production by Bobby Digital. Currently, Livingston makes his home in the U.S. and continues to record and perform at his own pace.

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2014/04/20 - Alborosie's Interview

The first Italian reggae artist to be internationally recognised, Alberto D’ Ascola (aka Alborosie) was born in Sicily in 1977. He formed his first band “Reggae National Tickets” in 1992 and they quickly reached success selling more than 200,000 records. They were the first Italian band to play at Sunsplash and Sumfest in Jamaica in the Nineties. After their success in Italy, Alborosie moved to Jamaica in 2000.

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2012/04/09 - Exclusive Interview with Addis Pablo - The Son Of Augustus Pablo.

Horace Swaby (21 June 1954 – 18 May 1999), known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He popularised the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used in Jamaica to teach music to schoolchildren) in reggae music. His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub.

Addis Pablo is a reggae musician, the son of Augustus Pablo. He released his debut album "In My Fathers House" in 2014.

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2012/02/05 - INTERVIEW with Alpheus

Alpheus (Born Neil Martin, London, England) recorded his first album under the watchful eye of Coxsone Dodd. Since then he has recorded with Bim and Bost for French Label Special Delivery and Spanish producer Roberto Sanchez for A-Lone.

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2010/04/18 - Vivian Jones Interview

Jones has established a long and fruitful career as a reggae vocalist, having initially been regarded as a lovers rock performer. He emerged in the late 70s as the lead singer with the Doctor Birds, but by 1980 Jones was pursuing a solo career. ‘Good Morning’ topped the reggae chart and signalled the beginning of a run of hits for the singer. His popularity spread from the UK to Jamaica where his reputation continued to prosper. 

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2007/12/09 - Alpheus Direct Interview

Alpheus (Born Neil Martin, London, England) recorded his first album under the watchful eye of Coxsone Dodd. Since then he has recorded with Bim and Bost for French Label Special Delivery and Spanish producer Roberto Sanchez for A-Lone.

 

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