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Capital Letters – The iconic Reggae Band from Wolverhampton are set to release their new album via the Sugar Shack imprint. The tracks are being mixed at the moment by Oldwah.

Photo by Tom Porter taken in Birmingham last weekend

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Jean McLean

Sugar Shack agree a deal with Birmingham singer Jean McLean to release her album ‘Everlasting’ later in 2014


Engineered, recorded and mixed by Ecks Productions

Produced by Jean McLean and Paul Horton (Ecks Productions)

Its the same crew that produced the recently released Black Symbol album ‘Journey’

More news soon…………



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Jashwha Moses ‘Jah Time Has Come’ video

Jashwha Moses new video ‘Jah Time Has Come’ from the new album ‘No War On Earth’

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‘Journey’ by Black Symbol 5/5 album review

Read this review and buy the album – you know it makes sense:

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Jashwha Moses at The Attic Bar, Bristol 29th March 2014

Jashwha live


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New video from Talisman

Greetings and Salutaions taken from the I-Surrection album

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Jashwha Moses in rehearsal for this weekends show


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Black Symbol Album Review

Link is here:

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Jashwha Moses New Website

Here’s the link folks:

New album coming very soon

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The Black Roots Story


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Daleth Karl – New Single 28th April 2014

Here’s the Dub folks:

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Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power Video

Check out the band – new album soon come:

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Jashwha Moses announces Bristol UK dates

Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power will play in the hometown Bristol as follows:

March 23rd The Fleece supporting Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
March 29th The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft

Latest album ‘No War’ is a must buy British Roots classic – visit the record shop

Jashwha Harbourside 4

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Record Collector – 11 top Reggae Albums of 2013 – Talisman

Record Collector selection of best Reggae Albums of 2013 – Talisman I-Surrection!! Pick up a copy and see for yourselves:

Record Collector Best Reggae Albums of 2013 Talisman I Surrection

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Friday 10th Jan 2014


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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at, and Thanks for supporting our labels and loads of fantastic new releases coming in the New Year.
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Talisman out on tour with The Selecter

Talisman have been selected as tour support on 16 shows on the upcoming Selecter tour in 2014. Full details on how to purchase tickets on these shows can be found below:
27 – Guildhall, Gloucester

28 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

6 – Komedia, Bath

7 – Pavilion, Exmouth

8 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

15 – The Globe, Cardiff

16 – Old Firestation, Bournemouth–tickets?c=api-000001&camefrom=CFC_UK_BUYAT_97249

22 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

23 – Sub 89, Reading

27 – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

28 – Brickyard, Carlisle

29 – Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy

30 – ABC 2, Glasgow

3 – The Square, Harlow

4 – Open, Norwich—open–04-04-14-.aspx

5 – Concorde 2, Brighton


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Black Roots ‘On The Ground In Dub’

Black Roots ‘On The Ground In Dub’ in at number 102:


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Nelson Mandela RIP

Our tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela by Nick Darby part of our record and book design team. RIP Mr Mandela.


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Black Symbol ‘Journey’

BLACK SYMBOL – ‘Journey’
Set for release on Monday 27th January 2014 on CD via Sugar Shack Records

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Legendary Handsworth, Birmingham reggae figure Fatman, has returned to the studio and will be releasing the first new Black Symbol album in thirty years when new CD “Journey” is released by Sugar Shack Records.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Fatman and Black Symbol helped to put Birmingham’s Handsworth area firmly on the reggae map with a series of Black Symbol singles and three albums done in conjunction with other local artists, including the two legendary volumes of “Handsworth Explosion” mostly released on the band’s own eponymous label.
Over the last thirty years, those original Black Symbol releases have grown in status as more and more people discover them and the original Black Symbol recordings will see a comprehensive reissue programme by our sister label Reggae Archive Records.
Although the stream of releases had stopped, Fatman himself continued writing and recording music and having already returned to live performance, to great acclaim, he has decided the time is right to release new music and spread the Black Symbol message to a new worldwide audience.
The ten songs on “Journey” are brand new and have been produced by Paul Horton for Ecks Productions. Paul has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on Steel Pulse’s “Victims” and Pato Banton’s “Life Is a Miracle”. Although the music benefits from Paul’s experience and knowledge of the latest production techniques, he’s been careful to ensure that the music recalls the Black Symbol of old and retains that original spiritual edge.

Spiritual is perhaps the best word to describe this collection of songs and there couldn’t be a more apt title than “Journey”; our lives are a journey. Fatman’s journey has taken him from St. Ann’s, Jamaica to Handsworth, England and now increasingly he is looking towards Ethiopia and Africa. It is a theme that recurs throughout the songs on this collection.
When Fatman sings “Mama Africa”, he sings of Africa as his home land just as much as Jamaica or England. Africa is the mother that gave birth to all humanity whilst in “Bongoman”; he quotes from Psalm 137 a tale of exile and weaves it into a song of great beauty and spiritual power with Nyahbinghi undertones. The theme of travel is repeated in “Morning Dew” and title track “Journey” where he proclaims that “Rasta no build his house on sinking sand”. Fatman rejects the corruption of modern society, we must come away from the “muddy water” and drink from the pure spring of Rastafari.
Fatman is not afraid to proclaim his faith throughout this album, in fact that’s exactly how he begins with the track “I’m not Afraid”. Positive, uplifting and spiritual messages fill the songs on this collection in tracks like “Do Jah Work” and “Let It Shine” whilst “What A Joy”, celebrates an imaginary coming together in one love and unity of all branches of Rastafari.
Special mention should be given to Empress Bev, whose backing vocals add so much to the unique sound of this album and help it stand out from the crowd. Black Symbol always sounded different from any other British reggae, the music always felt as though it had flowed straight from a spring in the hills of Jamaica rather than coming from the bricks and concrete of Birmingham and that sound is retained. There is still nobody making music like Fatman, one of the unsung voices of British reggae is back and the time is right for his message to spread to every continent. The journey starts here.
“Journey” is released on CD by Sugar Shack Records on 27th January 2014, available from all leading retailers worldwide.

ARTIST: Black Symbol
TITLE: Journey
RELEASE DATE: 27th January 2014
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
BARCODE: 5052571053324
GENRE: Reggae, Dub,


1. I’m Not Afraid
2. Mama Africa
3. Bongo man
4. Morning Dew
5. Journey
6. What a Joy
7. Nothing for the Poor
8. Let it Shine
9. Jah People
10. Mr. Money Man

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Black Symbol come on board

Black Symbol – Birmingham British Reggae legends have a brand new album and it will be released in January 2014 via Sugar Shack.
More news very soon
Pictured are Mike Darby (Head of Sugar Shack) and Fat Man from Black Symbol – photo by Martin Langford
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Talisman Hootannay, London show

Talisman currently on tour in support of their brand new album I’Surrection played Hootannay in London on Oct 24th.
Heres’s a great cut of ‘Wicked Dem’

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Black Roots on the road

Black Roots merchandise stall on their French tour:


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Reggaeville Review for Talisman

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Talisman I-Surrection Album 5 Star Review

Today is a great day. We’ve just secured a 5 STAR (virtually unheard of) album review for our new I-Surrection album in this months edition of Record Collector. Quote… ‘ Opener Greetings and Salutations is a killer of meditative deep roots. This could well be the best new roots album of the year; it certainly is so far’ WOW!
Out in the shops Sept 30th

Talisman I-Surrection Record Collector 5 star review Oct 2013

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Black Roots in France

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Talisman I-Surrection ‘Wire’ Magazine Album Review

In the October edition out now

Talisman I Surrection Wire Magazine Review Oct 2013

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Black Roots – Jerusalem

wow what a show

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Black Roots play an amazing show in Jerusalem

Drums of Defiance & Black Roots live at” tower of david” – Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

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The AMJ Collective play their first live shows starting this week at the Shambala festival ….

Sat Aug 24th Koo Kou’s, Shambala
Sat Aug 31st Westbourne Club, Emsworth
Weds Sept 4th The Bell, Bath


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