Soul Vibes — News and Views

An Englishman in New York: Interview with Digital English

A conversation with the mysterious Brooklyn-based UK dub producer. Born in the Harlesden area of London, Valentine Saunders has always been a mysterious producer: able to release a string of heavy digital steppers hits before completely flying under the radar for... read more

Shabba and Muta Awarded OD

Shabba Ranks and Mutabaruka were awarded the Order of Distinction in last month’s Jamaica’s Heroes’ Day List. Congrats to both of them and the other awardees. Dub poetry and the sub-genre of dancehall reggae have finally gained legitimacy in official circles. Time was... read more

RIP Prince Buster (Cecil Campbell)

24 May 1938 – 8 September 2016 Ska music icon, record shop owner, record producer, label owner, sound system operator, boxer, member of the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims). Incidentally further up the street was Leslie Kong’s also legendary Beverley’s Records which... read more

The Greatest is Gone

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is... read more

Billy Paul

Unheralded in the focus on the passing of Prince, Billy Paul, Philly songster renowned for songs such as “Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Let’s Make a Baby”, died on April 24, 2016. Some of my Billy Paul favorites are “War of the Gods”,... read more

Prince Music

Recommended listening – some serious ballads from the Purple One: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, 1994 Betcha By Golly Wow and La, La, La Means I Love You from the 3-disc Emancipation CD he released when he left Warner Brothers in 1996. Scandalous, the... read more