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Island Dreams

One record that always got us dancing round the room in the mid-60s was Desmond Decker’s Israelites. Infectious rhythms carried its bible-centred social message, a concern for the poor man and his family, deep inside the dancers. 154 more words

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Random Signs Around The Island

As a local, I feel confident in saying that the Maltese are a special breed of human. We do not always act or say appropriate things, and often our behaviour might seem downright crazy to a foreigner. 113 more words


Rico Rodriguez: trombone player who straddled ska, reggae, Two-Tone and jazz

The death was announced this week of Rico Rodriguez of one of the great figures from the era of Jamaican ska music in the sixties, through to the British Two-Tone movement in the 1980s. 875 more words



I can still remember the thrill of first hearing the opening bars of The Specials’ A Message to You Rudy. The brass, the bass, the attitude. 283 more words

Culture & Books

Summer feel good music to keep you going through to autumn – Preview: Stone Foundation – A Life Unlimited Tour

‘Solid funky grooves and very melodic keys’ – Stone Foundation’s guitarist and vocalist Neil Jones let me know a bit more about their upcoming tour, including one night at the Jazz Café in Camden. 531 more words


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Bad Manners

The Venue – Derby

6th August 2015

It was a hot sweaty night in Derby which saw Busta Bloodvessel storm to the stage at… 368 more words

The Specials + Lime Cordiale - The Palace Theatre, Melbourne (05/04/2012)

Hailing from the Gold Coast, Lime Cordiale are a group of young, good-looking dudes who play that smooth hybrid genre categorised generally as ‘roots’ music. Appearing as the opening act at Melbourne’s Palace Theatre, brothers… 584 more words

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