ReggaeXplosion 21st Anniversary

The institution of Berlin’s Original Reggae Scene is celebrating 21 years of Boss Reggay at a different place than usual, instead of Linie1 the allnighter will take place at YAAM. The resident selectors of the Carib Crew will be joined by the winner of the Vintage Jamaican Music Soundclash the day before, additionally The Rhythm Ruler and our Maratone Long Distance HiFi will provide authentic soundsystem vibes.

8.9.2018, 22:00, YAAM
An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin

Banner Sweet Sensation Berlin

Once or twice a year the date of the Sweet Sensation changes for a bigger dancefloor and louder music. Instead of the last thursday of a month you will get your fix of the sweet sound of young Jamaica on a weekend. In July special guest The Conqueror will play his original treasures alongside his hosts Smart Soul and The Rhythm Ruler.

13.7. 10pm
Schreinerstr. 47, 10247 Berlin

They are not a traditional Reggae or Rocksteady band, but The Hempolics take a lot of inspiration from the golden times of Jamaican Music. Their acoustic version of Desmond Dekkers ‘Fu Man Chu’ is brilliant and we are pretty sure the last show of their german tour at YAAM will be great. Win free tickets on the FB event page.

29.6.2018, 21:00, YAAM
An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin

Dubcup YAAMThe Berlin Soundsystem Collective presents another show with local soundsystems at YAAM. Behold & Live is a real handbuilt heavyweight sound and enters the arena with 4 x 18″ scoops for proper bassline while Roots Rockets brings his full set of 6 x 15″ scoops that plays quite heavy as we experienced at the Vintage Night some weeks ago. If you are into Roots & Dub from the 70s until today you shouldn’t miss this night.

Free entry with a ticket of the Hempolics concert.

29.6.2018, 23:00, YAAM
An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin

To get an idea of the music that could be played that night check the Mixcloud Channel of the Berlin Soundsystem Collective:

Two promising movie trailers have been published recently. The first one is for Yardie, a fictional movie based on the same named novel by Victor Headley. It starts in Jamaica of the 70s and takes you to the UK in the 80s. Movie critic Jordan Hoffman from The Guardian wasn’t really convinced but others say it has potential of being another iconic movie about Jamaican Music as ‘The harder they come’ or ‘Rockers’ and this would be about time after all these years. It was screened at Berlinale earlier this year and we hope it will be shown at some open air cinema in town this summer. We’ll keep you posted if any dates are published.

The other trailer is for a documentary by Trojan Records. Read more

Earthquake On Orange Street: Buster's Jamaican Singles StoryJeremy Collingwood just released this book which is a must-have for all fans of the music of Prince Buster. It was available at Dubvendor for a couple of hours but sold out quickly. We’ll keep you posted where you can find a copy.

Mind-boggling discography devoted to the Jamaican releases of Prince Buster’s productions from 1961’s Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brothers to 1977’s Uganda by Yusuf Ali & The Revolutionaries.  The titles; A and B sides, are listed by year of release with matrix numbers and introductory notes for each year.  Packed with information, there is a black checker which will help identifying your white label pre-releases, a list of the Rock-A-Shacka reissues and pages of full colour life size reproductions of the various label designs, as well as a sample of white labels complete with “sound man markings”.  Hours of fun and a useful resource, this is the result of hours of furrow-browed research and really only serves to increase ones desire to see more of Buster’s music reissued immediately and properly.

Update: Jeremy writes that “DV will have more on Monday….strong initial demand!

Update 2: If you want to save some money order through Honest Jons.