Monthly Archives: July 2006

Reggae CD Review: Luciano – Now And Forever: Message For Life

Album: Now And Forever: Message For Life
Artist: Luciano
Genre: Roots
Label: Mighty Man
Jah Live (Dreadvibration Crew)
Rating: 5/5
All I man can seh, a FORGIVE THEM  JAH. For I man know di most high GOD BLESS A TRYING MAN. I man nah haffi question IF JAH IS FOR US ,for I know THERE COMES A TIME di ALMIGHTY KNOWS, that all a di world will know that him a di only SAVIOUR! ONE OF THESE DAYS by di powers of di KING OF KINGS, I’VE GOT TO RISE an steh ROOTED AN  GROUNDED. For NOW AND FOREVER! For now DOWN TOWN IN THE CITY I cry, prayin that soon di whole wide world will see that only LOVE CAN SAVE THE WORLD.

Titles pon di new album by Jah messenger the great LUCIANO!

Him name means (the bearer of light) and that he is an he will mek yuh feel it too!

With numerous albums like: A New Day, The Great Controversy, Hail The Comforter, Lessons Of Life, Call On Jah, Serious Times, Serve Jah an so many more, this bredda is setting I an I up with a whole heap a concious, spiritual, magical lyrics an vibes fi a long time awredi!

From him first recorded song (Ebony and Ivory, Aquarius Records ’92) till di last tune pon this new album called ( Love Can Save The World ) this man is just superiour brilliance!!!
I could go on fore about four pages about this bredda, cause beside the talent, spirituality, voice an conciousness, this bredda is a great personality,…a true messenjah,…I man a tell yuh (just I humble opinnion).

Check out this great new one an enjoy, I man jus know there are many more to come. Jah Bless di man call Luciano for di bredda truly wa him name a seh,…Bearer of light,…Inivershally.

                                        Blessed love I  Jahlive I


Reggae CD Review: Struggling Soldier: Koko Meets Ooklah The Moc

Album: Struggling Soldier: Koko Meets Ooklah The Moc
Artist: Ooklah The Moc
Genre: Roots
Label: Ghetto Circus
Jah Live (Dreadvibration Crew)
Rating: 5/5
So much upliftment, Conciousness an Love is priceless!

Listening an feeling this one, it really lift up I spirit to the higher hights! One Big Family, Ghettoman Tribulation, Kali man, Love Mi Island So, Struggling Soldier, Guiding Star…jus some a di titles on dis ya album, that in some ways reminds I about the Ol’ time Aswad (Before dem go another direction). It reach I in a time that I whas a lickle down an out, an it really set I up Irie again..Jah Know! Give thanx mi Bredda Raoul!

Voices that come together in perfect harmony an di music….Steady oneness mi a tell yuh.

An di title,…Ooklah the Moc,…one of a kind!

Check it,listen to it an be uplifted by a whole heap a Irieness, man a tell yuh. A serious mus have.

                 Jah Bless yuh all,…al a di time,…Love

                               I Jahlive I             Rate 5.5

A Special Nite In The Historic “Bohemian Caverns”

(Washington, DC)  – Washington, DC is teeming with a rich history of culture and music and there still exist those venues that brought that magic to life. In 1962 Ramsey Lewis recorded “The Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Bohemian Caverns” and later won a Grammy  for his recording “The In Crowd” recorded on the LP “The In Crowd, Live at the  Bohemian Caverns.”  The  Cave’s reputation was further built by immortals like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis,  Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and even Bill Cosby. In recent months and under new ownership, it has expanded it’s music showcase to include the full diversity of the African Diaspora which has greatly influenced our lives.

Tomorrow evening,  Monday, July 24th, “The Cave” will feature Bambu Station Roots Band from St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Fasimbas Deep Roots Sound in what will be a collaboration of intense positive  energy.

Prior to their departure on their 4 country European Tour on August 2nd, the

Virgin Island’s own Bambu Station will highlight the evening’s activities showcasing songs from their new album “Break The Soil” which will be released on July 28, 2006 on Mt. Nebo Records. Recently headlining the Washington Post’s “Summer Concert Series Reggae Night,” Bambu Station has been cited as one of the most “unbelievable” groups in music today due to their emotional, relative and gripping live performances.While their previous albums Talkin’ Roots I“and “Talkin Roots II and One Day have all garnered awards in the industry, the band continues their credible representation of the stinging issues still facing their people and  communities. Many audiences, writers and fellow musicians alike gather  to support and celebrate with this band, but Monday, July 24th will be extra special. 

Joining Bambu Station will be Fasimbas Deep Roots Sound currently based in Baltimore and spearheaded by DJ Ceska of Mali/Nigeria. One set of DJ Ceska’s selections will easily transform any listener to the dual-mind of a roots lover; revolutionary and meditative. DJ Ceska’s efforts to provide a positive environment through music also supplements his activism in fighting for and raising awareness about the medical needs on the African continent. DJ Ceska works with the

African Diaspora Medical Project (, a Project that not only raises awareness, but also offers viable solutions for persons to get involved. Further information will be available at the showcase.

The show starts at 9pm sharp and will be spirited. If the past is any indication, 

The Cave’s reputation is about to grow.

Monday, July 24th
Bohemian Cavern (
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC, USA
Doors: 7pm
Showtime: 9pm Sharp
Admission: $10

Other Bambu Station Dates:

Mon., July 24th – Washington, DC @ Bohemian Cavern

Sat., Jul 29th – Rise Up Vermont Roots Festival @ Bundy Center, Warren, VT (feat. Lady Passion, Iba, Batch, Bambu Station, Ijah Menelik, Ras Attitude & more)

Sun., July 30 – Boston,  MA @ Bill’s Bar  w/Ras Iba & Sister Joyce


Fri., August 4 – Bagnols sur Ceze, France @  Ja Sound Reggae Festival

Sat., August 12th – Hoogstraten, Belgium @ Antilliaanse Feesten Festival

Tue., August 15th – Amsterdam, Holland @ Bitterzoet

Wed., August 16th – Het Paard, Den Haag, NL

Thu., August 17 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Nighttown

Fri., August 18th – Dordrecht, Holland @ Popcentral Center

Sat., August 19th – Amersfoort, Holland @ Dias Latinos Festival

Sun., August 20th – Rotterdam, Holland, TBA

Wed., August 23rd – Bocholt, Germany @ Der Alte Molkerei

Thu., August 24th – Armhem, NL @ Kuulturhuis Bosch

Fri., August 25th – Chiemsee Reggae Festival, Germany

Sat., August 26th – Hamm Germany @ Reggae Summer Night

Sun., August 27th – Einhoven, Holland @ Dynamo Jah Jah People

Dates for Fall U.S. East Coast Tour now being accepted! West Coast December dates are almost complete. For more information, call Hector 678-887-1912.

by Ez Benjamin 202-321-2263 /

Pato Banton & Mystic Roots in Lake Tahoe July 27

Reggae at the Ranch featuring Pato Banton and also Mystic Roots will be held on Thursday, July 27 at the River Ranch on Highway 89 just five miles south of Tahoe City. Doors are at 8 pm and Mystic Roots starts at 9pm. Come early for patio dining or drink specials between 8pm and 9pm. This exciting reggae dance party is part of the Thursday night River Ranch Summer Concert Series that also includes: HOT BUTTERED RUM on August 3 MELVIN SEALS AND JGB on August 10 ZEPPARELLA ¬ all female Led Zeppelin tribute band on August 17 And just added: GROUNDATION on August 21 Pato Banton is undoubtedly the reggae star for this generation. His career to date has seen a stream of chart-topping hits worldwide and his unique talent has already attracted mega artists such as Sting, Aswad ad UB40 to feature on his tracks. Born and raised in Birmingham, England , Pato was introduced to music as an MC in his stepfather¹s traveling reggae disco sound-system act. At a very young age, he was already mixing records and ³toasting² (fast Jamaican rapping to a heavy beat.) While establishing a strong, local following and reputation, he caught the ear of the English Beat¹s Ranking Roger, who took young Pato under his wing and pushed him Into becoming a musical performer in his own right and expanding his sights beyond Birmingham. It paid off.
Jul 27, 2006
9:00 PM PST
$15 advance
River Ranch Lodge (more details)
Hwy 89 at Alpine meadows rd
Tahoe City, Ca

Mr. Vegas On Boom Shots Dancehall Show July 26th

Tune in this wednesday when Mr Vegas joins DJ Boom on the show Boom Shots. Wednesday, 3am, 9am, 3pm & 9pm EST
Jul 26, 2006
Boom Shots (more details)
Oakland, California