House of Reggae Pt. 190 – Royal Special

You are cordially invited in to Ian’s humble abode of Jamaican music as I crank up the gramophone and pull out an hour’s worth of majestic Jamaican music for the House of Reggae’s Royal Special… Augustus Pablo – King David’s Melody Prince Buster – Kings Of Old Vivian Jackson & Trinity – King Pharaoh’s Plague […]

The Nextmen vs Gentleman’s Dub Club | Top Shelf Reggae

British dub band, Gentleman’s Dub Club, and UK songwriting/DJ duo, The Nextmen, have joined forces to create an incredible 12-track album titled Pound for Pound. Gentleman’s Dub Club began building a reputation for themselves by playing live, high-energy shows from places like Goa to Glastonbury to France to Poland and more. The Nextmen had similar […]

House of Reggae Pt. 191

Step this way for another hour of fine Jamaican music where today I’m doing a triple tribute to three reggae legends who have passed away in recent weeks, the keyboard king Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo, the ska vocalist Winston Samuels and the reggae pioneer Larry Marshall… Larry Marshall – Nanny Goat Larry Marshall – Mean Girl […]

House of Reggae Pt. 192 – Alton Ellis Special

Get ready like Uncle Freddy for this special extended tribute to one of my favourite Jamaican artists who back in the rocksteady era was the only singer to make hit records at both Treasure Isle and Studio 1 and whose soulful tenor voice soothed a nation with songs of love and heartache alongside calls for […]

The Cali Roots 9 experience | Top Shelf Reggae

The annual California Roots Festival could easily be compared to a modern-day Woodstock of reggae – three days of peace and music. In fact, Jimi Hendrix famously torched his guitar on the very stage thousands gather around year after year for this event. But, at the same time, Cali Roots is uniquely and authentically its […]

For Peace Band chats at Cali Roots 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Guamanian reggae sensation For Peace Band sits down with Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose Day 2 of California Roots Festival 2018. The band played two live performances that day and has big plans for their upcoming album Always Love, available this summer on all digital outlets. Follow the link below to get your copy […]

Dirty Heads at Orlando Amphitheater | Top Shelf Reggae

Another backpack fully stocked with large amounts of unneeded things and on the road again. The destination this trip is Orlando. Mother nature had yet to consume her daily cocktail of 'chill' with the weather switching throughout the day into the night. The wind picked up and a severe sand storm hit us as we watched […]

Kaya Fest 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Sunday morning was shining at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, California for Day Two of Kaya Fest. The gates opened a little late, but not to worry, the music-hungry fans were satiated by one-man band Jah Stix right off the bat. The place was soon packed, as rootsy reggae attendees anticipated one of […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Majah Bless “Gone Away” | Top Shelf Reggae

Jamaican artist Majah Bless strikes an anti-violence stance in this world music video premiere for “Gone Away”, a track of Rebel Sound Records' latest African Trod Riddim compilation. The riddim is a gentle one, with simplistic bongo drums and traditional African sounds that exemplify the feeling of getting back to one's roots. The roots for Majah […]

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: The Ultimate Illustrated History

The new book, BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: The Ultimate Illustrated History (Voyageur Press, September 1, 2017 / US $ 35) documents the Jamaican legends’ crucial role in establishing reggae’s global popularity and  enduring influence with socially conscious lyrics that made Marley a global symbol of pride and justice.  Latest News

Protoje releases “No Guarantee” feat. Chronixx | Top Shelf Reggae

Jamaican reggae revival artist, Protoje, is about to unleash his long awaited new album called A Matter of Time this June 29th, following his hit 2015 LP Ancient Future. A Matter Of Time was made available for pre-order on May 18th, coinciding with the release of his fourth single “No Guarantee”, featuring fellow reggae revivalist and “Who […]

8th Annual Grand Point North announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Back in its 8th year, Grand Point North Festival is set to rock Burlington, Vermont's Waterfront Park once again this upcoming 15th and 16th of September, 2018. A brainchild of GRAMMY-nominee Grace Potter, Grand Point North's grassroots ethos brings together both big bands and local talent to synthesize the alt-americana industry at its finest. Naturally, […]

Soul Sugar – I Want You

French outfit Soul Sugar – the brainchild of Guillaume “Gee” Metenier – drops another soulful reggae 12”, this time a version of Marvin Gaye’s classic I Want You, originally released in 1976. Jamaican vocalist Leonardo Carmichael sings lead and legendary drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie add their flavor on two versions on the […]

Naomi Cowan readies her vision #Jamaica2030

“I want to carry on my family’s legacy, and it is not necessarily from a financial point of view. I have seen the experiences and the work my parents have done, and I believe that with excellence, more persons will notice and the brand will become more widespread,” – Naomi Cowan. Latest News

Ce’Cile gets sultry on ‘Never Been Loved’ with Max Stone

Never Been Loved is the new single by the uniquely talented performer and songwriter Max Stone, who you might recognise as the X-Factor finalist who was determined to only perform the music he loved. He covered Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry  and Turn Your Lights Down Low gaining him an impressive new fanbase and recognised […]