SHOK WAVE is your weekly new REGGAE music blog. SHOK WAVE finds music that is out there in the form of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Ska, Dub, Reggae Rock & anything else musical with a Caribbean origin and in any language.
Here is what we found this week.......Enjoy!
It's the return of Zap Pow & this band of great musicians knows Reggae music. The new line up still has founding member Dwight Pinkney, OD, and original members Glen DaCosta, Richard Johnson and Leebert Gibby Morrison, plus an all-star line-up of young talented singers and players of instruments : Geoffrey Star- vocals, Everol Wray - Trumpet, Fiona Forrest - backing vocals and Arnaldo Bolt - drums. They know 'This Is Reggae Music' with their tributes to the 'King Of Reggae' & Dennis Brown's 'How Can I Live.' These are well rounded people as they also know how to live (Brother's Keeper) and love as in 'Sweet Loving Love.' Zap Pow lets the music do the talking not 'Run Up Them Mouth.' This is the band where Beres Hammond got his start and you can hear the influence on 'One Away Man,' 'Let's Fall In Love' and 'Some Sweet Day.'
Brothermartino and Mirko Cisilino pay their dues to the late great musician Nambo Robinson with an ethereal melody and beautiful intertwinement on a nice riddim. 'Nambo' is one of the few keepers left of the glorious and rich horn tradition that connected jazz to reggae.
Alborosie has Chronixx featured on his newest single 'Contradiction.' Talent is showcased on this single. They're basically saying it's happening every where.
J Angel has a nice new reggae tune called 'Everything Copacetic,' and this tune is exactly that.
Dave Wakeling is set to release the first new English Beat album since 1982. Here We Go Love is out June 15 and finds him revisiting the Ska sound of the band’s early days as well as the more pop-oriented direction of Special Beat Service. While Wakeling is the only original member of The English Beat in the current lineup, the album does feature Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers of The Specials. You can listening to the album’s opening track, “How Can You Stand There?" right here, right now.