Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks performing at the Womad festival in Wiltshire in 2009. Photograph: C Brandon/Redferns
We start and continue throughout this episode with a tribute to the influential saxophonist who fused music and spirituality, Cedric Im Brooks, who has died at age 70 in the United States from cardiac arrest at New York Hospital in Queens. He had been in a coma-like state since February 2010 and according to his sister, Paulette Keise, was unable to speak for the last three years. Brooks became a pupil at the renowned Alpha Boys School aged 11, where he learned music theory and clarinet In his late teens he took up tenor saxophone and flute. He recorded at Studio One for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and went on to team up with Rastafarian drummer Count Ossie in the 70s. He also worked with The Skatalites and took Rolando Alphonso’s place on sax in 1999. May Cedric Brooks rest in peace with the other greats in Heaven.
Seen as its New Zealand Music month during May I thought I’d play a few NZ tunes too. I even managed to get a couple of interviews in with Tisyn of The Midnights and Shelton of Soulovus. Go check the bands websites out and take a listen to their music, I know they’d appreciate it. Both bands are keen to get gigs in and around New Zealand and off-shore if anyone is feeling up to supporting them. Both bands capture qualities of current New Zealand reggae. From the RnB fused soul-roots reggae of Soulovus to the spacey dub-injected reggae of The Midnights, these bands produce quality sounds and rhythms. Enjoy!
Episode 241, 8 May 2013
1. Cedric Im Brooks (with David Madden) – Sea Breeze
2. The Skatalites feat. Cedric Im Brooks – Outback Ska
3. The Skatalites feat. Cedric Im Brooks – Outback Dub
4. The Midnights – Name On The Door [NZ]
Interview with Tisyn Watts of The Midnights
5. Cedric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
6. Cedric Im Brooks and The Sound Dimension – Mun-Dun-Gu
7. The Skatalites feat. Cedric Im Brooks – One Armed Bandit
Interview with Shelton Healey of Soulovus
8. Soulovus – All The Things [NZ]
9. House Of Shem – Just Remember [NZ]
10. Newtown Rocksteady – Jem’s Tune [NZ]
11. The Black Seeds – So Good [NZ]
12. Cedric Im Brooks with the Rhythm Doctors – Mad Dog
13. Cedric Im Brooks and The The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Rockford Rock
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Kia ora everyone! Thats Maori for hello – pronounced kee-ah or-rah! Here in New Zealand during the month of May we seek to celebrate, play, purchase, like, enjoy, share, listen to and dig as music New Zealand music as we can – May is New Zealand Music Month! As it turned out I was able to kick off this years NZ Music Month by interviewing Andy Hoy, drummer for Newtown Rocksteady, a 13 piece band from Wellington playing a hybrid of NZ reggae, rocksteady, ska and dub. I talk to him all about their EP release tour. Their new EP is called ‘Goin’ Steady‘ and its available now so please go check it out here.
As this episode went to air Andy and the band were making their way up to Hamilton. Since then I’ve been to the Yot Club to see Newtown Rocksteady perform two-sets of great ska, rocksteady, and reggae with plenty dub overtones. I was DJ in between their sets. They played their new EP for their first set then they let loose on their second set playing loads of classic sounding ska, rocksteady and reggae. What a night!!!! So glad I went. The moral of this story, if there is one, would be to go support local bands when they come to your town/city. I so wish I had recorded their second set now, it was pure magic! Enjoy.
Episode 240, 1 May 2013
1. Newtown Rocksteady – Funny Bones [NZ]
2. Newtown Rocksteady – Bone Dub [NZ]
3. Lee Scratch Perry – Wake The Dead
4. Little Roy – Come As You Are
(((Andy Hoy of Newtown Rocksteady talks with Nate)))
5. Newtown Rocksteady – Something To Say [NZ]
6. Acetones – Atoms Sounds [NZ]
7. Prince Fatty feat. George Dekker – Say What You’re Saying
8. Rude Rich and the High Tones – Have You Ever
9. The Skatalites – Desert Ska
10. The Void Union – Song For Lester
11. Lynn Tait and The Jets – Swing and Dine
12. Rolando Alphonso – Groovy Sax
13. Susan Cadogan and the Craps Corporation – Day After Day Dub
14. Prince Fatty feat. Hollie Cook – and The Beat Goes On
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While other parts of the world shiver with winter colds and snowfalls or try to escape to higher ground from heavy rainfall and flooding, we here in New Zealand have it, as we like to say, sweet az! We are at the height of our summer and theres no better time than now to enjoy some sweet reggae music at New Zealand’s biggest outdoor reggae festival – Raggamuffin 2013.
In a way its sad that we don’t have more bigger reggae festivals like this one but I guess it all comes down to money, or the lack of it to invest in such a venture. I could imagine it would be costly. Reggae festivals draw large crowds in NZ as it seems reggae music has been claimed by NZers as their music, namely sunshine / roots reggae. Members of UB40 believe this to be so and you can hear them share their thoughts about it as well as NZ, drugs, tattoos, and being welcomed (they called it being inducted) into a Maori tribe, all in this episode of GO FEET! Radio. You’ll also hear some new music from Toots and the Maytals, music that has been nominated for ‘Best Reggae Album’ of 2012. All this and more in my Raggamuffin 2013 spotlight.
Get happy now! Enjoy.
Next week … an interview with Ossi of Grover Records plus new ska, reggae and rocksteady scorchers from Grovers Records!
Episode 227, 30 January 2012
1. Herbs – Jah’s Son [NZ]
2. Tomorrow People – Irie Music [NZ]
3. Three Houses Down – Dandyman
4. Katchafire – Working Remix [NZ]
5. Common Kings feat. J Boog and Fiji – No Other Love
6. Rebelution feat. Lutan Fyah – Good Vibes
7. Rebelution feat. Julie Crochetiere – Natural Mystic
8. Gappy Ranks feat. Nereus Joseph – Soul Rebel
9. Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low
10. The Black Seeds – Dust And Dirt [NZ]
11. The Green – Liar
12. UB40 – My Cup
13. UB40 – tales of drugs, tattoos, Maori marae and the band Herbs.
14. UB40 – My Way Of Thinking (12″)
15. UB40 – Refeer Madness
16. Toots and the Maytals – Intro from Unplugged On Strawberry hill
17. Toots and the Maytals – Reggae Got Soul
18. Toots and the Maytals – 54-56
19. Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop
20. Toots and the Maytals – Funky Kingston (with Bootsy Collins and The Roots)
21. Toots and the Maytals – Merry Blues (with Manu Chao)
22. Alborosie – Patricia
23. Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly
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