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Plantsman – Mixtape #2

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2 hours of straight up music. Played as it was made , for your enjoyment & musical meditation

 Veteran reggae singer John Holt dies aged 69

John HoltJohn Holt performing at Tropical Palace, Harlesden in 1984. Photograph: David Corio/Redferns


Veteran reggae star and lovers rock pioneer John Holt has died in a London hospital, aged 69.

News of the Jamaican singer’s death came on 19 October from Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, who confirmed his death to Jamaica Observer Online. “John died at 2:40am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed [us] of his death.” The cause of Holt’s death has yet to be confirmed.

Born in Kingston, Holt first rose to fame as a member of The Paragons in the 1960s, a group in which he penned The Tide Is High, a track which saw global notoriety in the 1980s with Blondie’s cover. During his time in the rocksteady group, he also penned hits including Tonight, Ali Baba, I See Your Face, and Wear You to the Ball.

In 1970, Holt left the Paragons to focus on his solo career, and soon became one of the biggest names in reggae, with his track Stick By Me, recorded with producer Bunny Lee, listed as the biggest-selling Jamaican record of 1972.

A crucial figure in Jamaican culture, Holt’s sound was known for its smooth ballad-styled qualities. This morning, the music industry has paid its respects, with Trojan Records hailing him as a “huge talent and a true gentleman”.

His last solo album was Peacemaker, released in 1993.

(source: The Guardian)


Swami – Roots & Culture Mixtape


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2 hours of straight up music ! Roots & Culture – played as it was made , for your enjoyment & musical meditation

Zion Train ‘Money EP’


Money release

Zion Train’s first release for 2014 and the first new Zion Train since 2011’s ‘State Of Mind’ sees the ‘Money’ EP released on Universal Egg on 10″ vinyl. (Eggy032)

The release from the forthcoming album ‘Land Of The Blind’ features vocal versions from Dub Dadda, Fitta Warri and Daman. Release Date September 8th, 2014

New Nucleus Roots 7″



Heavy Weight, Sound System Style Steppa. Dedicated to all sound man & woman, featuring the Vocals of Ria & Trevor Roots -OUT NOW ! Support your local record vendors.

Nucleus Roots

“Mount Zion Step” – Ricky Grant / Don Fe / Sasquash / Ras Bruno – OSSR10-005 – Operation Records



“Mount Zion Step” – Ricky Grant / Don Fe / Sasquash / Ras Bruno – OSSR10-005


Operation Records is a UK roots label based in the North West of England, headed by Operation Sound System operator & builder Nick Sasquash. The OSSR label established in 1997, releases conscious , heavyweight roots music for sound system and since it’s first vinyl release 2004 the label has gone form strength to strength. The label has featured artists such as UK roots pioneer Ras Daddy Teacha, Prince Jamo, Hornsman Coyote, Jah Mikes, Bunnington Judah, Don Fe and many more .

OSSR10-005 “Mount Zion Step” features the voice of the great Ricky Grant, production & flute from Spanish based dub master Don Fe, a dub cut mixed by Nick Sasquash & backing vocals from Sis Caro & Ras Bruno who also mixes “dubbing flute”.

RICKY GRANT – Born in the tuff streets of Kingston Jamaica July 26th 1949 Ricky Grant grew up among icons such as: Bob (ska B) Marley, Keith ‘Slim’ Smith AKA Brooksie, Gregory (tooth) Issacs & Dennis Brown to name a few.

Ricky joined his first singing group “The Afro Tones” in 1964 with Delroy Williams & George Allison.  He rose to international prominence as part of the “Gaylads” recording hits such as: “My Jamaican Girl” & “Fire & Rain“. As a member of Augustus Pablo’s (Horace Swaby) world renown Rockers International Family he released his 1st solo Album “Poverty People” &  then “I Love Rastafari”

To this day Ricky Grant in a true reggae pioneer, still performing, writing & singing, his amazing career now spanning an incredible five decades!

DON FE – UK born musician and producer based in Spain for over 20 years. His passion since the age of 5 has been music (classically trained in piano, flute and theory) and as from 16 reggae. From his humble beginnings in the 80s with a 4 track and a TDK D90 his riddims and productions are now being played by the world’s most respected sounds – Channel One, Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti, Iration Steppas and many more all over the world.

Apart from his work in the studio he is the founding member of Jah Catalyst Hifi (with Prince Jamo, Cfax and Alexia) – Murcia’s first 4 scoop hand built sound system and also plays in the live band – The Producers, alongside Roberto Sanchez and Prince Jamo and collaborating with Earl 16, Milton Henry and Ricky Grant.

“Mount Zion Step” available to buy from > Operation Record Store




MegaMan Mix Tape – Feb 2014



MegaMan is a Dub/Reggae producer & resident selector for Dubcentral in Sheffield. He’s made us a Mix Tape to bring some light to these dark February days … enjoy !

About MegaMan:

Whilst focusing more on the Dub end of production, he spins anything from Dub to Old School Ragga & Dancehall. Holding a deep love for the sound of the late 60’s through to the mid 90’s, this shines through in his production with a clear nod to the old, whilst working in a newer & more digital environment.

MegaMan has featured at Dubcentral before under the alias Kid Lib, bringing his own unique style of early 90’s jungle to the dance. Memorably, Kid Lib featured at the Dubcentral Ska to Jungle special, celebrating the life of Desmond Dekker, shorlty after his death in 2006 . Although always considered a part of the Dubcentral family, he officially joined the ranks as MegaMan during 2009.

MegaMan is a multi-talented, multi-aliased musician and a key member of the Sheffield music scene. He is a resident in his own right at many Sheffield club nights (mostly going under the name Kid Lib if you want to find out about his forthcoming events) and his music production is up online to buy; he’s got pages for Jungle, Hip Hop & Dub. It’s a pleasure when MegaMan check’s in to the Dubcentral camp, he’s a valued member of Dubcentral and a sure shot when it comes to tearing up a dance floor.


Dubcentral Festival Management  / Production of Sundial Area at Sheftival

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Dubcentral Festival Management  / Production of Sundial Area at Sheftival


Enjoy and experience authentic Jamaican Food & Music with DJ’s and Bands from a variety of cultures and heritage. Artists from Sheffield and the UK have been invited to celebrate peace and unity in the SUNDIAL AREA on a weekend which has brought communities together to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence all over Sheffield City.

Guest musicians Gussie Prento, Macka B will be giving a special Showcase for Jamaica 50 including music and a public talk / discussion dedicated to fifty years of Jamaican Independence. Also featuring over the weekend will be Murder She Wrote, Dubcentral, K.O.G and the two days will be hosted by Sheffield sound system I-Sus 2K.   We are honored to have local reggae artists Byron, Dadi Radi and Father Moosey headlining the Sunday session.

The Sundial Area – Saturday

1.00 – 1.30pm: Little Gee (Dubcentral)
2.00 – 3.30pm: Mr Meerkat (Dubcentral)
3.30 – 4.00pm: K.O.G. and Selekta Chester
4.00 – 7.00pm: Macka B (JA independence speech)
4.00 – 7.00pm: Matic Horns
4.00 – 7.00pm: Gussie P
7.00 – 9.00pm: I-SUS Sound System

The Sundial Area – Sunday

1.00 – 2.00pm: Legaliz & Lady Dee (Dubcentral/Murder she Wrote)
2.00 – 3.00pm: Mr. Meerkat (Dubcentral)
3.00 – 4.00pm: Dadi Radi
4.00 – 5.00pm: Father Moosey
5.00 – 6.00pm: Byron
6.00 – 9.00pm: I-SUS Sound System

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2012
Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield