Sunday, November 13, 2016

#MafiaandFluxy - Our Home Grown Icons

A salute from StationFM to two of the UK pioneers Mafia & Fluxy who went to the home of reggae and proved that great reggae could be played and produced in the UK. I salute you bruvs!

Thirty 30 years as music producers and a few more years with The Instigators before that.
The story and the journey continues.....

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Akala Roots Reggae and Rebellion

Watched the Akala documentary on BBC4 'Roots Reggae and Rebellion'. A lot of the footage, if you are of a certain age,  would be familiar but, it was good to see a program that showed the struggle the music itself has had to overcome and also the impact it has made worldwide.

For the millenniums amongst you the social comment that reggae music gave voice to was brought to life by the footage of the events that lead to the rise of the music in Jamaica and the UK. I remember those times in the UK and reggae music was a unifying force and voice to communicate the inequalities felt at that time. It was also why I got into the music business in the first place, starting a band with my brothers and friends.

What the documentary also showed was that reggae spawned many other genres of music that have fared better, reggae still not regarded as mainstream. But, one thing is still true, reggae is a genre that still allows strong social comment riding on the foundation of a 'riddim' built on drum n bass. That's why I love this music.

Friday, November 11, 2016

#Conscious Music and the Age of Aquarius

Music has always been a medium to enable topics on social change and worldly events to be heard. 2017 with its natural disasters, 2016 with Brexit, the US election and the conflicts throughout the world sure suggests that #change is coming.

Apparently, we are now in the 'Age of Aquarius'.This is an astrological age that represents rapid change and awakening. There sure has been a lot of change in recent years both socially and technologically. On the internet there are thousands of videos questioning the 'facts' we believed to be true. There is definitely an increase in 'consciousness' and the impact of this will be felt by all of us. The effects will depend on how each of us handles this change.

However, the Age of Aquarius is also a period of love, brotherhood and unity. So, from a music and songwriting perspective we have the chance to influence change with the messages that our music and lyrics portray. Artists like #Jah9 , #Chronixx have tapped into this greater awareness or awakening and are rapidly gaining an army of fans.

Some are pointing to the 'Quickening' the speeding up of time as one of the reasons for this increased consciousness. For example, the effects of the decisions of others e.g. governments and corporations took more time for people to become aware of it say 20 years ago. However, the internet has cut the time between action and awareness, a message sent and the message received. Because of this the power of  'Conscious Music' is even greater.

So let's use the power of music to send positive messages and raise awareness and make the most of the Age of Aquarius.

Dingazz Music Website

Saturday, November 5, 2016

#BobMarley - Bob Marley Nobel Prize for Literature?

Congratulations to Bob Dylan for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. It was awarded to Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". There's no doubt that for 50 years Dylan has been writing songs that include socially conscious topics. However, if the award was to be based on conscious lyrics, then, I am sure that Bob Marley would be right up there.

Although, he is no longer with us physically Bob Marley's words of wisdom are constantly quoted on the internet and are still a source of inspiration. One thing this all proves is the power that music has to touch people and from this feeling can come forth action. 

As the great man said "Love the life you live and live the life you love"