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Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: a limitless genius who took Jamaica into the future
By deeply connecting with the people and idyllic landscape of his county, the late producer channelled a stream of imaginative ideas into mindblowing music

Lloyd Bradley

29, Aug, 2021 @7:47 PM

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The return of Jimmy Cliff: ‘Rebel spirit is still in the Jamaican people’
As he releases new music at the age of 77, one of reggae’s foundational figures charts his astonishing life in music, via swinging London, Brazilian samba and the chaotic bravado of The Harder They Come

Lloyd Bradley

06, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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U-Roy: Solid Gold U-Roy review – a reggae icon at the top of his game
A definitive lineup of toasting classics still excite on the late great’s last album, a joyous reminder of the talent we lost

Lloyd Bradley

16, Jul, 2021 @7:30 AM

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The brilliant Bunny Wailer pushed reggae forward on his own terms
The Jamaican star, who has died aged 73, returned to his roots after global fame with Bob Marley to deepen and diversify reggae with a powerful sense of creative freedom

Lloyd Bradley

03, Mar, 2021 @4:49 PM

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U-Roy: the singularly musical toaster was a vital part of reggae's bloodline
His inspired technique made toasting into an international phenomenon, yet he was endearingly modest to the end

Lloyd Bradley

19, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Bunny 'Striker' Lee: the deal-maker whose kindness shaped the sound of reggae
Lee was the Mr Fixit of his community as well as the reggae scene and his ear for a hit drove the genre’s global explosion

Lloyd Bradley

08, Oct, 2020 @10:36 AM

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Toots Hibbert: his 10 most essential recordings
A pioneer and one of reggae’s sharpest, most relatable songwriters, Hibbert’s 55-year career was full of great music

Lloyd Bradley

14, Sep, 2020 @1:30 PM

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Stevie Wonder, Festac 1977: a unifying moment of transatlantic black pride
Nigeria’s Festac festival, which cost over a billion dollars in today’s money, was an Olympic Games of pan-African culture – with Stevie Wonder the joyous headliner

Lloyd Bradley

19, Aug, 2020 @1:56 PM

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Burna Boy: Twice as Tall review – fun and fury from Nigerian pop polymath
By rooting modern production in traditional melody, and drawing on various musical styles while staying true to African pop, Burna Boy defines multilayered black identity

Lloyd Bradley

14, Aug, 2020 @3:35 PM

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Jimi Hendrix, Monterey Pop 1967: a live performance never bettered
The festival belonged to Hendrix. Dazzling technique, feedback and fuzz transformed him from a relative unknown into the personification of rock

Lloyd Bradley

03, Aug, 2020 @1:00 PM

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'Every black man have to fight': Buju Banton on prison and liberation
Jamaica’s reggae megastar received a hero’s welcome when he came home after seven years in a US jail. ‘No guts, no glory – that’s my genesis,’ he says in a rare interview

Lloyd Bradley

02, Jul, 2020 @11:47 AM

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Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Rainford review – Upsetter on an even keel
Producer Adrian Sherwood meets dub-reggae hero half way, with new tech to enhance Perry’s ideas – it’s a return to form

Lloyd Bradley

31, May, 2019 @8:00 AM

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