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Wha ah gwaan? Im Krikon and this is my blog, it's dedicated to everything i find interesting, esp. Reggae but also movies and graphic design. My reviews feature some low-quality, streaming samples but im not an illegal mp3 blog and will never be. Any artist or label who want their samples removed, let me know. If you want your album or movie reviewed here, post in the chat box and i'll get in touch with you.

September 8, 2014

Got a new blog up at Check that one instead, I will little by little move all post to it and delete this one.

August 26, 2011

Pray for Sizzla

Controversial Reggae superstar Sizzla has been in an bike accident and has been seriously hurt, let's pray for his fast recovery. Get better soon!!!! Here's an link to Jamaica Star's coverage

August 19, 2011

The Maytones & Vernon Buckley

Out of the many great vocal groups that came in the late 60 ies and all throughout the 70 ies iv'e always felt that "The Maytones" where among the best and most underated. They originates from the May Pen area in Clarendon and consisted of Vernon Buckley and Gladstone Grant.

They got their start recording a few cuts for "Studio One" that never got released and moved on to record for Alvin Ranglin and his GG Records. The hits kept on coming throughout the 70ies but compared to the output from many other groups "The Maytones" never did release that many albums.

Fans of Roots Reggae should not be fooled by their clean cut looks, many of their tracks are str8 Rasta dealing with Zion, repatriation etc.... "You dont haffi dread to be a rasta" In 1980 Vernon Buckley moved to Canada and "The Maytones" split. I have no idea what happened to Gladstone Grant but Vernon Buckley has kept on recording and releasing albums, although very irregularly.

There's 3 albums i know of; Raw, Rocky road and the latest, Words of wisdom  who was just released on his label "Music Life". I just ordered the album and an review will follow, the samples iv'e heard sounds very positive. Time may have passed, Vernon may be getting older but his voice is still one of the best in Reggae music. You owe it to yourself to check "The Maytones" out, their music is too good to not be heard.

August 15, 2011

Check out Caribinghi

Im always for trying to support the Swedish Reggae scene and make folks aware of it. This guy may not be all that established and big yet but quality wise he can hold his own. This new video showcase him at his best, it has an hit factor while staying true to the roots. Go check his site, he got plenty of free music for y'all to download.

August 4, 2011

Let's open our wallets.......

Share food, change lives

Everyone knows about the hunger crisis on the horn of Africa by now. I dont care who you are or how rich or broke you are, if you can get online and read this post it means you have the resources to give at least something.
Does not have to be much, i know i did not have a whole lot and im sure many of y'all are kinda broke as well. But please, skip buying that CD or vinyl u where planning to get and donate a few pennies. There's plenty of causes that i would never donate to (some of y'all might get offended if i mentioned which) but this is not one of them. Be as generous as y'all possibly can.

July 23, 2011

Flash Fever

It was quite some time i reviewed an African movie on here, been watching em regularly though and thought it was time to write another one. My review for Spade (im awaiting the sequels shortly and will review them) has almost gone viral popping up on Nigerian sites all over internet. Let's see how this one does. Ghanians has a taste for horror movies, i like that and i most certainly like this movie. It was a big hit when released in Ghana and it's easy to see why.

The plans where that Akose's boyfriend Kwranteng where to seduce & marry her rich Employer madame Serwa and kill her so that they could live happily ever after in her big house. The plans changes when he really falls in love. Akose kills her herself and assumes everything is back on track but is instead thrown out of the house. Scorned and hurt she takes help from an evil wizard and kills Kwranteng who has just signed over ownership of the house to this poor family he decided to help. Akose will stop at nothing to get "her" house back and the stay at their new house will be anything but joyfull for the unfortunate family who moves in there.....

Wow, I did not expect all the special effects or how good they are, people catches fire, spikes are shooting out from bodies, folks puke worms and the miscarriage scene is both atmospheric and whit imaginative FX work. Iv'e seen plenty of American low-budget horror movies looking way less polished than what "Flash Fever" does. Being the Ghanian "super block buster" that this movie is im surprised it has no big actors. Not that it needs them though, the cast does good and Ewurabena Bray who plays Akose is quite an looker.

Coming to the question of pace, it do clock in at around 180 minutes and 3 parts but it feels a lot shorter and never feels as if it's dragging or has a bunch of scenes that's unnecessary. One good thing with long movies (if they work) is that you really care about the characters and it's very much evident here. I liked this movie a lot, it has cool effects, a good story and I strongly recommend y'all to watch it.

July 16, 2011

Books, books and more books

I said i would be back and im no liar, my first post on the blog was a book report and im back with another. It's not enough for us true fans to just dig the music we dig, there's plenty of history around it, anecdotes from the studio, collaborations and performances. Of course, we wanna know all about it. Rite now there's no a whole lota English spoken magazines out there (thanks for "Irie Up", it does an important job) but there's lotsa books. Enjoy this report on some of these books.

Jamaican Warriors (Stephen Froehr)
I dunno what to make of this book, i got mixed feelings! Obviously Stephen Froehr is a good writer, his research is good, he knows how to present stuff in a straight forward way. He has a way of bombarding you with facts without overwhelming you. Whit that being said, at times he has a real superior attitude that really bugs me. The book itself is some sorta mix between an fascinated outsiders expose' of the reggae industry and an traveling book. He meets tons of interesting folks, gives us plenty of background info and research along with tons of tourist observations and anecdotes. We get pieces on Mortimo Planno, Leonard Howell, Sugar Minott and many more. Regardless of what you may think of Mr.Froehr and his approach you will learn plenty from reading this book and considering you can get this book for like2$-3 + shipping it's a great purchase.

Dancehall, the rise of Jamaican Dancehall culture (Beth Lesser)
Without a doubt, this will go down as one of the ultimate books on reggae ever made, from the photos all the way down to written material, this book leaves very little left to be desired. If you're into the 80 ies reggae scene this book is quite an treasure. While being an cofeetable photo book the texts accompanying the photos are very good and just as much an reason to get it as the photos themselves. This is an eyewitness account of the scene and with books like "Volcano Revisited" and "King Jammy's" it provides a more complete documentation of the scene than what makes sense. Hopefully the other eras in the history of reggae will be just as comprehensively researched and documented as the 80 ies have been. A must, both for the photos and the accompanying texts.

Reggae International (Stephen Davis & Peter Simon)
The title of this book is misleading, it hints at documenting Reggae around the world but at the time this book was written there was no international scene (besides England, wich this book deals with) except for Jamaican immigrants trying to create a slice of home abroad and a few scattered clicks of international fans with the focus on Jamaica. This is not a bad book though (although a bit predictable) and has chapters on the history of Jamaica, it's religious life, RastafarI, the history of Jamaican music, Deejays, vocal trios and political unrest. It's accompanied by a wealth of images and most definitely a recommended purchase. It has been out of print for a while now but can still be found in good shape and for a decent price on Amazon. Hurry and get your copy though, i have a feeling this is a book that will pretty soon be quite pricey and rare.

The Rough Guide to Reggae (Steve Barrow)
In my first ever post to this blog i featured a book called "Reggae & Caribean Music", an attempt to write an encyclopaedia on everything Reggae. I was not crazy about it and felt it lacked in several departments. I guess this is the successful version of that book. You don't read "The Rough Guide to Reggae" from page to page. There is no coherent narrative that ties everything together. However, this is one of the most complete books on Reggae you will ever read, it covers every era and all kinda artists and scenes. Early Ska and Rocksteady, 70 ies roots, dub and recent dancehall all along with local scenes like New York (Wackies) and British Reggae (Roots as well as Lovers rock) in easy to digest, compressed pieces. There are several editions of this book available and they are all increasing in price so it might be a good idea to buy it now while you can still afford it, another must have addition to your Reggae library.

One love, One heart (James Haskins)
It's every parents duty to be a positive influence in their childrens life and what could be a better example of this than to steer them into the wonderful world of Reggae? But besides bombarding them with music, how do you do it? Perhaps with a book aimed especially for children, it's a very thorough book starting with the history of Jamaica, slavery, african roots and RastafarI. It's amazing how X is able to pack so much information into so few pages and still keep it easy enough for a child to understand. He continues with Jamaican music history, how it ties to african traditions, the birth of Ska and it's transformation to Rocksteady and later on Reggae. He deals with soundsystems, Bob Marley, the Rootsreggae of the 70 ies and more modern dancehall. The final chapter deals with International Reggae and has info on African acts like Alhpa Blondy and Lucky Dube only to continue with Europe and the UK where X mentions that the original skinheads where white, British teens fascinated with Jamaican music, not the Racists many think of today. Sprinkled throughout the pages are a bunch of photos and in general im quite impressed with this book. It may not have that much to offer to adults but it's an excellent way to introduce kids into Reggae.

Well, that concludes my book report for now, there's plenty of titles i have not dealt with so i will be back with more as soon as I've bought and read more titles.  I'll try to be back soon again with more interesting post, i feel rested and ready to get going with the blog again, i told y'all it wasn't dead!!!!!

June 27, 2011

Is the blog dead?

Some of y'all might have checked out the blog lately and wondered why it's never being updated? Don't worry, it's not dead, it's just taking a nap. Been bussy whit stuff in my life and have not been too motivated but i will be back, just be patient.

Was going to do a post about the genious of Yellowman but another blog where faster than me and im no copycat, lol :D So to keep it short, i'll be back in a moment.

May 25, 2011

News from Cocoa Tea...

Been wondering for a while now whatever happened to "Cocoa Tea", his "Obama" album isn't exactly new anymore. As i was surfing around i found this article on "The Gleamer" where he reveals he got a new album coming, hopefully we will not have to wait till next year as he hints.

He's also droping a few lines on the current state of Reggae and it's future.

"....However, the overall project 'Whe De Reggae Deh?' speaks to something that he says people are asking about when he does performances outside Jamaica. "Everywhere I go in the world, people ask me where the reggae gone from in Jamaica. People are saying we are trying to export hip hop, rather than import hip hop and export reggae," Cocoa Tea said.

He said the queries have come across Europe, England, the USA and Canada, as well as Japan. "People used to the type of reggae that we sing. It is music that can inspire a people and a nation," Cocoa Tea said. That is in contrast to a lot of music being produced in Jamaica now, which Cocoa Tea said "is about dancing and the riddim."

Read the whole piece here:

May 10, 2011

New Lee Perry documentary

There already is a documentary about Lee Perry consisting mostly of him talking bout stuff in front of the camera, without any history, archival videos or anything. Now there's a more complete movie around who seem to tell the complete story of "The Uppsetter" and im very excited about it.

Hopefully there will be a DVD out soon, this is one movie i have to get. While waiting, go and check out the website at: