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Festa Major de Gràcia 2017

FM La Jove de Gràcia 2017: Ara i sempre resistint
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Festes de Gràcia al Bar Laila ’17
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Festa Major de Gràcia al carrer Perla 2017
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Festa Major Popular de Gràcia – 2017
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Festes Majors Llibertàries de la Vila de Gràcia 2017
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Festival Raices & Cultura a Les Festes De Gracia
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The Slingshots + Shirley Davis = Blackcelona Rovira Experience
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El Polvorí [Festes de Gràcia 2017]
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Festes (A) Gràcia
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Festigàbal 2017 (Festes de Gràcia)
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Puro Traqueteo: The Rigodonians & El Sonido de Veldá
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Error! Fest 2017 a les Festes de Gràcia
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Las Furias en La Festa Major de Gràcia (Barcelona)
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Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics – Funky Soulsteady Beat! Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Nico: The band started in 2016 with members from The Moon Invaders and The Caroloregians. Basically it’s the caroloregians riddim section and the moon invaders horns section together… The idea was to create a mix of Soul & Funk with a Jamaican feel and invite various singers to join us. I finally got in touch with Caz Gardiner (from Washington D.C.) and we decided to start the project with her. She really has the kind of voice we were looking for! The name of the band come from a contraction of ‘Badass’ and ‘Sonics’…

Redstar73 Blog: You have just released your debut EP. Tell us more about it! How is the feedback?
Nico: The first plan was to make an album but we needed a couple of tunes to present and promote the project so we recorded this EP in February and sent it to some labels, radios, etc. It’s only available on bandcamp in digital but we had some good feedbacks and some reviews and airplay here and there…

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future? I have read somewhere you have started to record an album
Nico: Yes, the recording sessions of the first album are done! We recorded 12 tunes (9 originals + 3 covers) and the mix is planned for this summer so hopefully it should be release before the end of the year… We took our time to record it the way we want and we also invite some friends to join us in the studio like Larry Mc Donald (percussion) and the Hardison brothers (moon invaders) for the backing vocals…

Redstar73 Blog: Any chance to see the project live in Europe?
Nico: Definitely! We are booking shows for 2018 to promote the album… Nothing is confirmed yet but the first dates will be announced after the summer.

Redstar73 Blog: Whats happening at the Pum Pum studio at the moment?
Nico: Different things actually… I’m recording a bunch of garage & r’n’r bands these days but I still have some ska & reggae projects coming like the albums I did for Grover Records recently (Rude Rich & the Highnotes, Arthur Kay, Winston Francis) and also the bands I play with like David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 and the Reggae Workers of The World with Vic Ruggiero and Jesse Wagner who recorded their 2nd album last year and that I will mix right after the Badasonics album.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Ska & Reggae songs.
Nico: Not really a Top5 but more a selection of 5 Top ska & reggae tunes with organ (among others)!

Winston Wright – Moon Invader
The Cyclones – My Sweet Lord
The Upsetters – Family Man
The Skatalites – Killer Diller
Byron Lee – Ska-Dee-Wah

Nico: Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Nico: Thanks a lot for your support, really hope you will enjoy our album!

…and follow us on Facebook for the latest news…

Contact:
https://badasonics.bandcamp.com
http://www.badasonics.com
https://www.facebook.com/badasonics

Almighty Uprisers – Systematically Screwed Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Almighty Uprisers: Started in 2015, the name sounded the best from a list of half a dozen most bands create before settling on a name. There’s the political notions and the drive to “rise up” that we all posses but few do anything about, unfortunately.

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Almighty Uprisers: Write new material, Record and tour/play live

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in your area?
Almighty Uprisers: It’s survives and it’s thrives. Like most scenes it fluctuates as bands form and bands move on or disband. There’s a distinct lack of ska/reggae bands but definitely the scene and interest to support it. Like most scenes everyone looks out for each other, despite what type of genre you play. it’s like a family.

Redstar73 Blog: How important is for you the DIY idea and politics?
Almighty Uprisers: DIY is a tremendously important to us and is the backbone of what drives the band. There’s very little help from outside sources and unless you’re incredibly lucky, it’s what you do that determines your success, nothing is handed to you on a plate. Politics influence everyone and everything around us whether you like it or not. Everyone has a voice, why not use it.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Punk, Reggae & Ska songs.
Almighty Uprisers: I think it would be sweet to end up with a list of not run of the mill/well known tracks here as opposed to anarchy in U.K. – sex pistols etc so it makes for an interesting read. Obviously it’s impossible (or at least we find) to have an ultimate favourite song in any genre so a cool list of tracks people may not have heard will be better for the reader. Here’s three from me as a starter:
Sparra/Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ska: Dry Acid – The Upsetters
Reggae: Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live – Wailing Souls
Punk: Tube Disasters – flux of pink indians.

Scott/Lead Guitar/Backing vocals
Ska: Hooligans – Wailers.
Reggae: Come into my parlour – Bleachers.
Punk: Big a little a – Crass

Andy/Drums
Ska: soon you’ll be gone – blues busters
Reggae: talking blues – bob Marley and the wailers
Punk: cheat – the clash

Nathan/Keys
Ska – toots and the maytals, 54-46 whats my number.
Reggae – Bob Marley – iron lion zion
Punk – iggy pop – The passenger

Bill/Bass
Ska: Skatalites “Sakaravan”.
Reggae: Culture  “Natty Never Get Weary”
Punk: Subhumans “Animal”

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Almighty Uprisers: Plug the facebook/social.
Look out for us.
Destroy Fascism and Unite.

https://www.facebook.com/almightyuprisers

Mango Wood – People Rocksteady Interview

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Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started? What about your name?
Mango Wood: Mango Wood is an early reggae & rocksteady band from Madrid. The band started by the late 2015 as an acoustic project but ended up as band when we added different members and realized we had to move to a full band. We became a band in 2016 when we added the keyboard and a second guitar.
We still work and sometimes perform in acoustic set but the main focus is as a band. Now we even have a DJ set to keep on sharing music and partying till the sun rises.
The name of the band is a tribute to the mento and calypso groups that used lots of fruits and vegetables to sing about sexual related topics.

Redstar73 Blog: You guys released quite some singles and videos last year. What is the idea behind it?
Mango Wood: We love the Jamaican way of releasing singles instead of albums, the 7 inch is a format we believe in and enjoy. The idea behind videos is that whether we like it or not, we live in a world that its music is fueled by audiovisuals. So if you want to reach to a larger public, you have to include a video with the song.
Behind Mango Wood there are also people that collaborate with the audiovisuals like the Jürschik Sisters (Helvia & Julia), Mance Lopez and many more that help us develop and enhance the project

Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
Mango Wood: We just published a 7″ with Respect Records and we are working on making a second one. We just published the B Side video and soon we will publish the A Side video of the Respect Records 7″.
We have also recorded several songs at our own studio “Imported Grooves” and they are due to mix & master. The idea is to try to find more record labels (inside and ouside of spain) that are interested in editing in a 7″ format. And we are working at the moment with the videos of those new songs so everything will be in schedule.
Summer is coming and spain has a lot of festivals that we intend to play and spread our music at.

Redstar73 Blog: How is the scene in Madrid?
Mango Wood: The scene in Madrid is complicated. There are lots of bands, sound systems and and parties, but sometimes it’s hard to reach the public. The economic crisis hit hard in spain and for some years the early reggae, ska & rocksteady shows were affected. This meant that bands from Madrid had to play for little money. Also bands from abroad stopped coming to Madrid as people didn’t have enough money to pay for the entrance, drinks and so on. But now we can see there is light at the tunnel and we are rising up from our ashes.
If we have to sumarized how the scene is, we have to say that it´s healthy in the musical aspect, lots of oldies bands like Upsttemians, Crepitans, Hypocondriacs, Steady Rockers… ska bands like Begoña Bang-Matu, Skalone, Majaicans, Hammond York, Fhin Brau, Sally Brown and many more. But it´s an underground movement, sometimes we feel we see the same faces at all the parties.

Redstar73 Blog: Give us your Top5 Reggae, Rocksteady & Ska songs.
Mango Wood:
Rudy Mills – Jon Jones
Kingstonians – Sufferer
Ethiopians – Mek you Go on So
Jack Sparrow – Ice Water
Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston

Redstar73 Blog: Last words!
Mango Wood: Stay tuned because Mango Wood never stops, more is coming in 2017!

Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/mangowoodmusic
https://mangowood.bandcamp.com

Top 5 Galore: Kevin / Do the Dog Music

1. The Specials – Do Nothing (one of the first 7″ singles I ever bought. I have always loved the tune & the lyrics are just as relevant today as they were back in the early 1980’s)

2. The Hotknives – Don’t Go Away (so, so catchy & a chorus that sticks in your head forever. I first discovered this band at the first London International Ska Festival at the Brixton Fridge in 1988 & have loved them ever since)

3. The Busters – Busterlor (my favourite ska band ever. Ever since I first heard their debut album on Unicorn Records I have been hooked on The Busters. So many great songs over a 30 year career, but this is my favourite. I love it’s simple catchy rhythm & storytelling vocal)

4. Fishbone – Ma & Pa (super, super catchy straight up ska brilliance. I like the way it matched up a uplifting upbeat rhythm with a sad lyric. The lyrics for this song actually inspired me to write The Bakesys’ song Anmated Violence)

5. The Interrupters – Phantom City (best new band to emerge from the USA in recent times. Punky edged 2 tone brilliance from California)

The Specials – Live in 1979 and 1980

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Thanks to the youtube users FruitierThanThou, London’s Burning and Audio Ammunition for uploading the videos

The Specials – Live at the Moonlight Club May 1979

The Specials – Colchester 12 December 1979

The Specials – The Paris Theatre London 15 December 1979

The Specials – Tokyo 20 July 1980

Top 5 Galore – Waggle Dance Studios

Five choice picks in a vinyl mix from Waggle Dance Studios home of Eeyun Delroy Purkins and The Co-operators rhythm section.

Here are the first five records in the stack next to my turntable so truly picked at random, I wrote a little about each one, be sure to check them out as you read all about.

1: Roland Alphonso – Sai Pan

I think that this tune was originally released in 1966 a raging ska instrumental featuring Roland Alphonso’s distinctive tenor sax sound over an up-tempo shuffle. Many of my generation view ‘heaviness’ as the foundation of a good soundsystem tune and feel that weight is defined by a four to the floor drum beat and a two note bassline, don’t get me wrong I see and feel the appeal of that but this tune is truly foundation music and for me is a real heavyweight killer. The musicality of its instrumentation speaks volumes about the discipline present on the island at that moment in time and the movement of the rhythm would get anybody dancing.

2: Ethiopians – Everything Crash

I was given this record many years ago by an old friend of mine Martin the Mod an infamous soul and ska DJ from Manchester. Released in 1968 it is conscious classic talking of how ‘fireman strike, watermen strike, telephone company too’, it paints a vivid picture of an island halted in its tracks by social upheaval and protest.

1968 was a year of protest the world over with the famous events of Paris 68 taking up much of the limelight Jamaica’s ‘Rodney Riots’ that happened in October of the same year are often forgotten. The civil disturbances occurred when Walter Rodney an avid advocate of socialism and black power activism was dismissed from his position at the University of the West Indies. He was dedicated to raising the consciousness of the Jamaican poor and a critic of the middle classes of the Caribbean and his dismissal resulted in large protests in Kingston.

3: Glenn and Dave – Wake up to Reality

Produced by Sonia Pottinger one of the first female producers in Jamaica it is a plea to the people of JA for co-operation declaring ‘we ought to wake up to reality’ a message as relevant in 1968 as it is in 2017. It is a timeless classic underpinned by Count Ossie’s Nyabinghi heartbeat recently reissued as a limited run of 600 7” 45s. Pick it up before its too late!

4: Maxie and Niney- Bearded Men Feast

Jumping forward in time to 1972 this number features Max Romeo talking about the police and soldier putting pressure on Jamaica’s Rastafarian population. Being an adherent of Rastafari was historically not something that came without consequences on an island where the first prime minister of independent Jamaica actively portrayed Rasta’s followers in to villains demonising all involved. It could easily be said that Alexander Bustamante brought his round up plea right out of a wild west picture, demanding he wanted dreads brought in ‘Dead or Alive’ after ‘bearded men’ allegedly set fire to a gas station. It is said that the men lead by Rudolph Franklyn were aiming to settle their grievances with the land owner after they were evicted from property they had been squatting in Coral Gardens. Although Rastafari presents a philosophy of peace and love Bustamante’s declaration that all Rastas were a threat lead to what can only be described as a a death sentence to all followers of the faith. The brutality that followed resulted in eight deaths by government forces and an additional two police fatalities and in the years to come it advanced the progressive repression of Jamaica’s Rasta population.

Maxie and Niney’s Bearded Men Feast is a defiant statement against this mentality proudly declaring how ‘they never run, they never run, when police men come’ but sadly saying how ‘they affe run when soldier man come’.

5: Little Roy – Tribal War

Now famous for voicing Prince Fatty’s production ‘Battle in Seattle’ a compilation of Nirvana covers in a reggae style Little Roy’s influence as a foundation artist could easily be missed by younger fans of Jamaican music.

This classic tracked in 73 and released in 74 was recorded in Lee Perry’s legendary Black Ark studio and it features the likes of Dennis Brown on bass and Rockers anti hero Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on Drums. The vocal is a plea for peace between Jamaica’s rival gangs recorded first take with the intention of it being a rough guide but its quality shone through and it was kept. Little Roy released ‘Tribal War’ on his own Tafari label and sold thousands by hand walking to Kingston’s North Parade with stacks of vinyl distributing it himself to the record vendors. It received little airplay keeping out of the charts although it was one of the hits of the day alongside Junior Byles ‘Curly Locks’.

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