Talisman I-Surrection ‘Wire’ Magazine Album Review

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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One Love Festival 18/8/2013

Two of our acts Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power and Talisman both played the Festival on the Sunday
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Black Roots in Israel

Black Roots secure a slot at this prestigious festival in Israel – 22nd August


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Pigbag live shows

Aug 22nd Pizza Express London Soho

Nov 23rd St Albans with (Soul II Soul)

Dec 6th Ipswich with (Soul II Soul)

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New Black Roots website launched

Check out the new site here:


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Talisman Tour Dates confirmed

I-Surrection Tour

4th Oct – The Cellar, Oxford
11th Oct – Barrelhouse, Totnes
13th Oct – Thekla, Bristol
17th Oct – ABC2, Glasgow
18th Oct – Reading Rooms, Dundee
19th Oct – Citrus Club, Edinburgh
24th Oct – Hootananny, London
25th Oct – BWM Promo Room @ Wooton Hall, Gloucester
8th Nov – Zephyr Lounge @ Leamington Assembly, Leamington Spa
9th Nov – Sin City, Swansea
10th Nov – Bogiez, Cardiff
15th Nov – The Leopard, Doncaster
16th Nov – Bodega, Nottingham

More dates to follow


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Jashwha Moses new website

Take a look:

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Pigbag Headline Harbourside Festival Bristol 27/7/2013

Here they are on the main stage – shame about the downpour all afternoon and evening but the show rolls on….
Pigbag Harbourside Festival 27 july 2013

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Jashwha Moses Harbourside Festival Bristol

Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power 26/7/2013 Harbourside Festival Bristol

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pic by Martin Langford

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Pigbag Headline Harbourside Festival Saturday 27th July 2013

Pigbag blow their way onto the main Queens Square stage at Bristol’s Harbourside Festival this Saturday the 27th July

Another Sugar Shack Records artist, Jashwha Moses with his band Full Force and Power play on the Friday the 26th just before the headliner and his last ever performance DJ Derrick


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New Black Roots tour dates and French dates

Catch the band here in September and October

Sep 26 Princess Pavilion Falmouth, United Kingdom
Sep 27 The Factory Petroc Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Sep 28 Exmouth Pavilion Exmouth, United Kingdom

Oct 17 Le 106 Rouen, France w/ Max Romeo
Oct 18 Le Cap Aulnay Sous Bois, France
Oct 19 LA CLEF St Germain En Laye, France

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Pigbag – Hyde Park London Gig

Pic by Jerry Tremaine


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Black Roots UK Tour Dates

Sept 26th Princess Pavilion Falmouth
Sept 27th The Factory, Petroc Barnstaple
Sept 28th Exmouth Pavilion Exmouth

support to be announced shortly:


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Black Roots In Paris Video

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Pigbag – Belgium Gig

Pigbag confirmed for European date: 17th of October, Rockeril, Belgium. More to follow. Check out the brand new album.Pigbag photo by Amanda Gallant Jan 2013 2

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Record Store Day – SPECIAL from www.bristolarchiverecords.com – BLACK ROOTS

‘Black Roots’ – BLACK ROOTS

30th Anniversary Rerelease
Released 22nd April 2013 via www.bristolarchiverecords.com and selected retailers


With the release of the latest Black Roots album “On The Ground” and its dub counterpart “On The Ground In Dub” via our sister label Sugar Shack Records, Bristol Archive Records decided to do something special to celebrate the band’s return to the studio. What could be better than a very special reissue of Black Roots self-titled first album, released to coincide with its 30th anniversary and, as this will be a vinyl only release we thought we’d combine it with this year’s Record Store Day event.
“Black Roots” was originally released in 1983, by which time the band was established as one of the UK’s leading live acts with a strong repertoire of socially aware songs reflecting the issues of the day. When it came to their first album, they chose eight of their strongest tracks and assembled what was to become one of the classic British reggae albums of the decade.
Featuring the tracks; “The Father”, “Survival”, “Juvenile Delinquent”, “What Them ‘A Do”, “Opportunity”, “Tribal War”, “Africa” and “Move On”, the album covers themes of social alienation, deprivation, repatriation, Rastafari, violence within the black community and ends, with the tale of a failing relationship. Three decades later, many of the songs are just as relevant and provide the perfect complement to their latest recordings.
This new release will be strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. 400 copies will be available for Record Store Day, 22nd April 2013, at participating retailers and feature a facsimile of the original sleeve, whilst 100 copies will be available directly from Bristol Archive Records and very select retailers and feature a unique handmade screen printed sleeve as well as being individually numbered, a very special edition.
This is the first time this album has been available on vinyl for twenty five years and there is every likelihood that demand will outstrip supply so be sure to grab your copy.
www.bristolarchiverecords.com / www.nubianrecords.co.uk

ARTIST: Black Roots
TITLE: Black Roots
LABEL: Bristol Archive Records
FORMAT: Limited Edition Vinyl and Digital Download
BARCODE: 5052571041611

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Killa ‘No War On Earth’ Review – Jashwha Moses

Album release date is now confirmed for April 22nd – apoligises for the delay.

Killa album review right here: http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=9965

In store appearance confirmed for April 20th (Record Store Day) at Rise Records in Clifton – stage time = 3pm

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Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power in Rehersal April 2013

Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power in Rehersal April 2013:

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Black Roots for Glastonbury Festival

Black Roots confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury Festival playing on Gully OpenAir Stage in Silver Hayes area on Friday 28th June 2013 – more details to follow.Black Roots 11

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Rise Records In Store Appearance – Jashwha

Jashwha regretably has had to cancel in his In Store Appearance at Rise Records, Bristol on Sat April 6th. This has now been rearranged for Record Store Day which takes place on April 20th. We will advise his actualy stage time in the next few days.

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Jashwha Moses – No War On Earth ‘The Trailer/Film’

Heres’s a film to help promote Jashwha Moses new album out Monday 8th April on Sugar Shack, spread the vibes:

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Jashwha Moses ’4/5 Mojo Album Review’ No War On Earth

Jashwha Moses No War On Earth Album Review Mojo May 2013

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Album Reviews – Big Cheese Magazine


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Pigbag – Album Review

It didn’t matter what particular style of music you listened to of followed religiously in the early ‘80’s if you of a particular age you will know that more often than not Top Of The Pops was one of very few music programs that appealed to us youngsters back in the day. If you had a more discerning (for that read “older”) palette then you would probably have gone for the more dad rock appeal of The Old Grey Whistle Test, if you were really in the know you wouldn’t be squinting at the goggle box at all you were checking out John Peel on the radio to see what was really out there.

Pigbag at the time crossed over into all of these strands and enjoyed massive success going into the public consciousness with their first single ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’, and I remember thinking at the time, “What the fuck is this?”

As musicians Pigbag came out of Bristol at a time when its artists were exploring, experimenting with and delivering a cultural melt-down of styles, fusing them into totally new sounds, exciting times indeed. So what has this got to do with the here and now?

Well Pigbag have just reformed with an original trio from their classic line up intact, and are now boosted by a further five new musicians, all recording together with the intent of fusing together African grooves, jazz, latin, funk and dance (well so the blurb says).

So have they succeeded?

Indeed they have, because as you listen to the strident horns, reminiscent of Miles Davis, the latin salsa beats, and the underpinning jazz percussion, you end up with what to me sounds like freeform jazz experimentation, all bringing in a very “fair” Weather Report style comparison. Stand outs for me are ‘Out Of Chaos’ which has a very ‘70’s jazz feel about it, loose and freeform letting the horns lead before that funk guitar groove kicks in, plus ‘Tabula Rasa’, which is simply stunning. Even the opener ‘Cuban Rice’ kicks with some serious latin salsa beats, but if you are contemplating sampling ‘Year of the Pigbag’ you must experience this as an overall LP don’t go into single parts, it flows really well a bit of a classy LP should.

Dare to be different, give it a listen you might be pleasantly surprised and more to the point enjoy it!



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Hey Yout’ (Dub)

News Flash:
The new Talisman album I-Surrection, set for release in September/October 2013 to coincide with a headlining UK Tour will be mixed by The Rootikal team out of London. The Dub counterpart I-Surrection In Dub will be mixed by Dave ‘Oldwah’ Sandford.

Rootikal have previously done remixes for Black Roots and Jashwha Moses as well as Bob Marley tracks for Island Records.
We share with you a track from the Dub album ‘Hey Yout’ as this track may be familiar to fans of the band having seen them on tour in March with the mighty Selecter.

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Talisman on tour with The Selecter March 1st 2013

The tour is going great, Stroud, Bristol and Liverpool were excellent. Newcastle next and then Scotland here they come.


Photos by Anita Hummel
The first mixes are back as well from David Sandford towards the new album I-Surrection due to land later this year

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Black Roots ‘On The Ground In Dub’

Twenty long years went by without any new material from the legendary Black Roots, whose Roots blend captivated the music world for many years. The lads from Bristol released “On The Ground” and quenched the thirsts of fans old and new. This Dub album is an intelligent extravaganza that truly thrills. Back in the 1980′s, the group released a series of “Dub Factor” albums that were hard hitting to the bone. Mad Professor and Dub Judah lent their skills to these gems. The multi-talented Louis Becket (extensive work with Black Slate) mixed this Dub album at J & J Studio in Bristol, England, inna fine fashion. It’s an urgent work of engineering wizardry that is comparable to the stylings of Dub pioneers King Tubby and his protege Scientist.

“I Believe Dub” is totally believable. The vivid horns are held predominant and the atmosphere is surgically sculpted into a polished affair; not overdone but with pure class. “Pompous Way Dub” holds nice focus on the blazing guitar work that gives way to a stark and smart reworking. The sweet vocals are eerily faded in and out. “Long, Long Ago Dub” brings memory of work on “Dub Factor 3″. Horns, drum and bass are all in the right places. Mr. Becket uses the original Dub style – treat each instrument track like good friends and don’t interrupt them. “Militancy Dub” shows the bond between veteran and new members of Black Roots. Newcomer Anthony Ward’s taut drumming links well with founding member Jabulani’s great guitar licks. “Earthland Dub” is pure class. It is transformed into a Roots anthem with broad focus on the horn section of Ray Carless (ex-Black Slate) /Patrick Tenyue with some sweet vocal fades. “I Am Flying Dub” is pure fly. All out excursion of all instrumentation; polished and buffed to a shine. “Slavery Dub” brings back memories of The Mad Professor-Dub Factor days!


“Oh Mama Africa Dub” is pure joy. Cordell Francis’ guitar work and Senouchi Madani’s bass magic is taken to the heart of Dub country. “Hide Out Dub” takes on a King Tubby’s agenda. David Holder’s organ work is brought forward in a way that would make Mr. Ruddock (King Tubby) proud. “No Fee Dub” demonstrates that Black Roots doesn’t try to outdo themselves; they’re just an incredibly tight band. Another standout is the jazz tinged “Struggle Dub”. Ray’s sax work is transformed into clean burning inergy along with some great drum and bass transformation. This formula transcends into “Landscape Dub”; interpreted as a lunar “bandscape” – top ranking. The final excursion “Come And Sing Dub” is an earthy and organic blending. From the warming saxophone to the tight drum and bass, this Dub is a tour-de force.

Some albums deserve Dub representation, some do not. Black Roots’ “On The Ground In Dub” deserves the former. Dub albums have followed this legendary band many times during the “part one” of their career and is taken to higher ites this time around. Louis Becket and crew have aptly showcased this band’s talent intelligently and kept a nice edge on each track. The true tradition of Dub is being kept alive. The vocal set was blazing and “On The Ground In Dub” turns into one of the finest Dub albums in recent memory; hands down. Get this masterpiece or miss out of a piece of Reggae history! Go deh.

Review for www.reggae-vibes.com by Robert “Higherman” Heilman

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