This new and refreshing magazine - printed on glossy paper - covers a wide range of styles and items dealing with Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Drum&Bass and.. it has a large high profile Reggae section. Issue One (Summer 1999) contains 100 pages and reggae fans will be pleased with the excellent tribute to Augustus Pablo complete with vital discography. Reggae singles and album reviews are featured as well. Furthermore Roots Rumblings, article about Amsterdam, UK Record Shop guide and Cannabis Cultivation. And there is a lot more to enjoy.

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First issued in the Spring of 1999, "Step Forward" is a publication from London-based Dubwise Productions. The magazine is printed in black & white and contains articles, interviews, news, contacts, reviews and information. The main purpose of the publishers is to support and promote roots and dub music emerging from the UK and other parts of the world. "Step Forward" contains some very interesting and well presented material. The second issue is expanded and its contents features Ragga in Roots, Dr. Alimantado's best dressed singles, Roots Reggae on BBC radio, What's Dub ? and interviews with Dougie Wardrop, Gussie P, The Disciples, Lee Digidub, Jah Shaka and Danny Vibes.

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Excellent, extensive roots oriented reggae-zine, printed in black & white. The contents are faultless and the presentation is truly beautiful ! Appearing three times a year, every issue contains Articles & Interviews - which are fascinating and extremely indepth - Discographies and Reviews of Albums, Singles, Books & Magazines. To provide an impression of the contents since its first appearance, we just mention the following : Earl Zero, Alton Ellis, Scientist, Mikey Dread, Earl Morgan, Clinton Fearon, Meditations, Abyssinians, Johnny Clarke, Yami Bolo, Tributes To Augustus Pablo, Dennis Brown & Junjo Lawes and Kung Fu Reggae.

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Reggae Nucleus is published quarterly by Conshus Vibz Productions. Since September 1994. They have been livicated to furthering reggae and ska by promoting the music through interviews, reviews, informative articles, and listings of upcoming events. They also distribute approximately 10,000 issues free of charge at festivals, night clubs, specialty shops, independent record stores, Caribbean restaurants and other roots outlets throughout the United States.Their spring 2000 issue features a tribute to women in reggae. 1-year (4 issues) subscription rates from $ 15 to $ 20.

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Nice reggae magazine in black & white print with lots of interesting and noteworthy stuff for reggae fans. Interviews, Articles, Reviews of Albums and Singles. Interesting information regarding Sound System tapes is included as well. Also incorporating Ray Hurford's Small Axe Reggae News. Small Axe 2/2 features a Glen Washington interview by Jim Dooley and remembers Dennis Brown, Junjo Lawes, Jah Lloyd, Junior Braithwaite, Sir Harry, Justin Yap and the founder of Jah Love Muzik sound system Earl Belcher.

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For those who are familiar with the French language this magazine has a lot of reggae, ska, dub and dancehall niceness to offer. Interviews. articles, news, reviews and noteworthy photography are the main ingredients. Groove Ragga #2 features "The Three Tenors Of Dancehall : Bounty Killer, Beenie Man & Shabba Ranks. Also Michael Rose, Yami Bolo, Sly & Robbie and French reggae star Pierpoljak. As a welcome bonus each issue includes a compilation CD entitled "Riddim".

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by Gregory Stephens - US

Gregory Stephens is a lecturer in Communication at the University of San Diego-California and an award-winning songwriter before returning to academia. His book "On Racial Frontiers" - subtitled "The new culture of Frederick Douglas, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley" - is the noteworthy result of Stephens' cultural studies. It provides interesting and informative reading stuff for anyone interested in issues of race and culture. The in-depth writings featured in the chapter "Bob Marley's Zion" will surely appeal to long-term aficionados of Reggae and, more specific, Bob Marley fans.
Cambridge University Press UK. ISBN 0-521-64393-7

by Howard Johnson & Jim Pines - UK

This book, closely based on UK's Channel Four TV series, is illustrated with 150 unique colour and black and white photographs. It explores the extra-ordinary origins of Reggae in the music and dance of the early Jamaican slaves, and the isolationist Maroon culture. It examines the upsurge in Black consciousness that grew from the teachings of Marcus Garvey and found expression in the Rastafarian religion and Reggae music. Furthermore it covers the story from Mento to Reggae by means of talking to the people who created the music. Reggae : Deep Roots Music provides a remarkable illustrated history of a popular musical form that is more than music.
Proteus Book Ltd UK. ISBN 0-862-76117-4p/b

by Michael Thomas & Adrian Boot - UK

The impressive black and white photographs - including photographs of Reggae artists - of renown Adrian Boot alone are fully worth purchasing this book. Text and photographs cover the second half of the seventies, a turbulent period in Jamaican history with lots of pressure, violence and social unrest under the government of, then prime minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley. Six years after "Babylon On A Thin Wire" Michael Thomas and Adrian Boot re-examined Jamaica and the Manley years - the guns and the gangs, the Cubans and the CIA, the pressure - and the Rastas, dreaming of Zion.
Eel Pie Publishing Ltd UK. ISBN 0-906-00859-X

by Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton - UK

An essential book for every Reggae fan who is interested in the evolution of Jamaican music. The book covers the entire span of recorded music in Jamaica - from 1950's Mento and R&B through to dancehall and ragga. Also featured are chapters charting Reggae's offshoots in Britain, the US and Africa. Click here for an extensive review of "The Rough Guide"
Rough Guides Ltd UK. ISBN 1-858-28247-0

by Colin Larkin - UK

In fact this book is an update of the 12th volume Guinness Encyclopedia Of Popular Music" subtitled "The Who's Who Of Reggae". It's truly a pity that this edition lacks the photographs, but that is only a minor detail regarding the fact that it contains lots of readable and informative material about singers, deejays, musicians, songwriters, producers and record labels, who had a significant impact on the development of Reggae. It makes this book an excellent source for Reggae followers.
Virgin Books UK. ISBN 1-858-28247-0

Teacher & Mr. T : November 1999

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