Dancehall book and film

Tero Kaski and & Pekka Vuorinen – Volcano Revisted: Kingston Dancehall Scene 1983 “208 pages, paperback, full of colours! paypal accepted” More info here This is a new edition of a legendary book that was originally published in the eighties. I’ve never seen a copy despite being on the hunt for ages. So I’ve ordered …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 24

“I’m not surprised people are suspicious” London Mayor Boris Johnson on David Emmanuel’s death. “Cops must be filmed to prevent deaths in custody” Patrick Augustus (Patrick is best known for writing the novel “Baby Father” (X-Press, 1994) which was then turned into a TV series. But he also served time in the British reggae scene.) …

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Smiley Culture RIP: day 21

The campaign for Justice for Smiley Culture (aka David Emmanuel) continues apace. It has been heartening to see the family make links with other deaths related to police activity such as that of Ian Tomlinson (who was killed by police two years ago whilst walking home during the G20 protests), and the more recent case …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 17

Justice for Smiley Culture Campaign at City Hall – and Wembley Arena! Furious scenes at the Metropolitan Police Authority meeting at City Hall today as David Emmanuel’s death was discussed. The disruption to the meeting was covered by both the Guardian and the Evening Standard. The Standard’s coverage was criticised by campaigners, not least because its …

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More fire from Beth Lesser

You’ll probably know Beth from Dancehall: The Story of Jamaican Dancehall Culture, the lavish book of her photographs published by Soul Jazz, or her book on King Jammy – or even from Reggae Quarterly back in the day. Shimmy Shimmy have just published a fascinating interview with Beth which covers the creation of all those …

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Smiley Culture RIP: day 16

The Emmanuel family has announced that the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Policing Authority will be speaking about David Emmanuel’s death tomorrow: The MPA Commissioner will be speaking about the death of Smiley Culture tomorrow, the 31st March at 10am at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. We need to be there in numbers. Please promote. …

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Ty on Smiley Culture’s significance

A great interview with UK hip hop artist Ty on what Smiley Culture and soundsystems like Saxon and Coxsone Outernational meant to him when growing up in South London: Ty and Roots Manuva (featured on Soul Jazz and The Heatwave’s essential “An England Story” compilation):

Hackney Downs reggae

(Original LP released by Santic in 1974) “London was more forward as well because music that was recorded back home… some of them were reaching here long before they were released in Kingston. I put together the ‘Harder Shade Of Black’ album in London from the singles and put it out with Bert… I never …

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Joseph Cotton tribute to Smiley Culture

Veteran UK reggae artist Cotton with his own tribute to Smiley (thanks to Manwel T of the Blood and Fire Board) Chris commented below to highlight this performance by Smiley and Asher Senator on UK Club Mix in 1986, which is a lovely medley of UK reggae tunes and catchphrases, including Joseph Cotton’s classic “No …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 11

History is Made at Night with a great summary of last night’s meeting. Photos of the meeting by Rod Leon A transcript of Merlin Emmanuel’s statement given to the meeting. Evening Standard on last night’s meeting Maxi Priest and Tippa onstage at the nine night celebration which also took place last night. Heatwave were one …

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