David Katz remembers the lilting falsetto of one of Jamaican music’s most unique voices.
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David Katz remembers the mercurial and majestic Skatalites member who helped lay the foundation for reggae and dancehall.
Remembering a member of one of the most important harmony groups of the rock steady era.
How the punk met the reggae don – and helped inspire both scenes.
The reggae historian remembers one of the genre’s greats.
Canada's hip hop ambassador credits his mom for his first verse
Two Jamaican riddim twins get to the heart of reggae music
How a Canadian house DJ got massive in the dancehall game
Notes from the secret society of British soundsystem operators
Reggae historian David Katz takes you on a deep dive into the voice of the Berlin dub techno scene.
Browse through some of the most memorable Jamaican album covers by the graphic artist.
David Katz untangles how the innovative drumming style came to rule the Jamiacian charts during the mid-’70s.
The UK is one of the biggest pirate radio outlets in the world, but Caribbean stations have long been a force in New York as well.
Jazzie B’s chart-topping group paved the way for a generation of independent artists in the UK.
The story behind Island Records’ unique marketing ploy to release a live record from the famed reggae group the day after a 1980 London concert.
Now ubiquitous, Jeff Weiss tracks down the first time an air horn was ever used on record.
The dubplate kingpin on the couch.
How Philip Smart’s HC&F Studio became a lynchpin of New York’s reggae scene.
Reggae historian David Katz profiles the founder of Wackies, one of the most influential labels to emerge from the Bronx.
Okayplayer’s Eddie Stats explains why the Jamaican soundsystem is the best of all-time.