Magazine: Helsinki, Finland: Reggae Global Report
MORE MAGAZINE NEWS
- OUR ISLAND, JAMAICA Ebook
- Rituals: Your Third Place
- Strasbourg, France Reggae Global Report
- Jah Rock and Jah Rastafari
- Potwah Restaurant: Authentically Jamaican
Despite today's skillful selectors, killer dubs, the dancehall crowd being aware of the latest hits and classics, and Appleton in my party cup, I still feel that some crucial elements of dancehall are missing.
To cope with my "homesickness", I must use other remedies as well. Besides emailing and phoning friends in Jamaica, meeting my few Jamaican friends who reside in Finland, I cook every now and then - rice and peas, ackee and saltfish, red peas soup or other Jamaican delicacies, and of course, spend lots of time mixing latest the tunes or throw-back classics.
I also keep myself updated with the news on Jamaica and Jamaican music by following Jamaican newspapers online, listening to Jamaican radio stations like Zip FM and downloading fresh mixtapes by Coppershot, Renaissance, Richie Ras and Zj Wahwa. I must also big up the websites that provide video clips of programs such as Smile Jamaica, Ian Boyne's 'Profile' and Winford Williams' 'Onstage', just to name a few.
However, the way I feel about this "artificial Jamaica" that I'm trying to create around me is pretty much the same as how selector Ricky Trooper brilliantly describes dancehall in Norman Stolzoff 's book, Wake the Town and Tell the People: "Dancehall ting now is a world to itself. Nobody can explain the dancehall.
Nobody. You just have to come and experience it. Dancehall in foreign is different than yard dance. You haffi come a Jamaica and come experience it."
- Rest in Power Nelson Mandela
- Demarco ready to unveil Alternative/Reggae Album
- Majestic Riddim connects Reggae artistes across the world
- Super Cat ready for Sting 30th anniversary
- Pentateuch and Earth Cry Band to perform at Alma Mater
- Etana reflects on female artistes that paved the way for her
- Chronixx and Raging Fyah headline Wickie Wackie Live #3
- Chimney Records walks on air with Rising Sun Riddim
- Silly Walks welcome 'Brighter Days' on new riddim
- Tour De Force gives us an 'Old Time Love' with EP