Thursday, 5 April 2012

Twrant: Ugandan dancehall

I've realised I have gone back to tweeting potential blog posts instead of blogging. To counter this, I aim to align the two. I came to this realisation when I wanted to read what I wrote about Bieber becoming the new Timberlake and created the name Bieberlake (although it has been used before).

One of my Ugandan dons posted some UG bashment on FB. Complete with Kartel's "Oh". Bung belly gal wining.

I read an article about dreadlocks & dancehall as a way for the poor to express/empower themselves in Uganda the other day. was interesting

here's the article, mainly about discrimination against dreadlocks but still,-the-African-equivalent-of-the-‘hoodie’

Still shocks me that a country with less than 3m population produce music that inspires music globally without mainstream music budget

When I heard Damian Marley say Distant Relatives Tour took Nas to Italy for the first time, I understood another thing about reggae

I met one don in Jamaica that plays in a band for Israel Vibration telling me he just got back from a festival in Poland in front of 10k

I thought "What Poland know about reggae and Jamaica?" But it's easy to think that when you live in London where even MOBO's diss reggae lol

“@TBoneKong: msparks exactly. Jamaica has produced so many international artists & producers - punching way beyond their weight?” way beyond

Sunday, 1 April 2012

What Do You Call It? Islands-flavoured? R&B/Hip-Hop fusion? Carib-pop?

I wrote an article for SoulCulture this other day, driven by my frustrations at the incorrect labelling of commercial reggae songs. Since time began, they've tried their hardest to label reggae music as something else, so I ensured people know that it's all from the tree of reggae. It's mainly directed at TV & radio programmers and other blogs though. Every day people just wanna hear good music that those people prevent the masses from accessing unless it's labelled something else.

"Hi, I’m Marvin Sparks and I appreciate all types of music (generic mucho?). You can follow me on Twitter to see the madness I listen to. Some may criticise, but I’m genre-blind; it’s all about chord progressions, drums and (in my case) HEAVY bass.
While I say I’m genre-blind, this whole post is about genres. Seems a bit contradictory until I explain why…

The genre that takes my body into the next dimension is, to put it simply, reggae. Now, reggae is a broad term because in reggae circles, artists such as Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks are all known as dancehall artists. However when it comes to the big stages and corporate descriptions, they are known as reggae — the aforementioned are all Best Reggae Grammy Award winners.

So, following much thought and talks to people, I figured that maybe it’s time for a description for Jamaican music.

If that is the case, this is where the problem I’m going to address arises: When a non-Jamaican does a reggae song, why do music journalists, commentators and, in the end, fans use every word but “reggae” to describe a reggae song?"

Read the rest here:

Marvin Sparks on Joe Grime's The Bashment Show #DancehallDebates

I'm gonna listen to this again, 'cos I felt like I went off on some next tangents. Enjoyed it though, fun times discussing things.

Big up UK's dancehall rep Freshada for interacting.

This weeks of edition of #thebashmentshow was the 2nd edition of Dancehall Debate with Marvin Sparks – we talk lack of international success for reggae artists, underated artists & the return of Irish & Chin to the clash arena.


Jourvert Riddim
Adele – Set Fire to The Rain (Joe Grime Refix)
Demarco – Gyal Dem Wah Wine
Konshens – Live It Up

Tweet Tweet Riddimn
iRah – Tun Up
Reddman UK – Money Nuff
Gappy Ranks – Easy

Auruoa Skies Riddim
Don Andre – Every Ghetto Youth Want Rich
Blak Diamond – Diamond In The Rough
Tiana – Dem A Bawl

Lost Angel Riddim
Popcaan Ft Busta Rhymes – Only Man She Want Remix
Redskin – Well I Never
Reddman UK – Turn Me On

TGIF Riddim
Reddman UK – Party
Charley Black – Too Blessed

Smudge Riddim
Popcaan – Party Shot
Demarco – Gal Dem Love Me

Don Andre – Roll Wi A Roll (Joe Grime Dubplate)

Snapback Riddim
iRah – 4 Wheel Truck
Stylo G – Jugglin
Popcaan – Clean

Don Andre & Deejay Fingers – Too Mix Up

Moving Feva Riddim
Tarrus Riley – We Run It
Busy Signal – Whining Feva

Cham – Wine
Cham – Tun Up

Fresharda – My Queen
Fresharda – Dem Nuh Bad

Miss Kjah – Soundboy killer

Demarco – She Nah Leave

Mavado – Soulja Girl

Damien Marley – Affairs of the Heart

Remember tune into #thebashmentshow every tuesday 10pm-12am on