Duff Review: Sandii and Dennis Bovell "Hula Dub"

Mana Pacifica7″ vinyl single with picture sleeve2017(Review by Steve Shafer)This is a fascinating collaboration between reggae producer-musician-dubmaster Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Slits, Madness, Hollie Cook, Prince Fatty, Boy George, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Alpha Blondy, Janet Kay, Errol Dunkley, Johnny Clarke, Fela Kuti, Steel Pulse, Edwyn Collins, Arcade Fire, The Pop Group, Golden Teacher) and the Japanese/Hawaiian singer Sandii, who for the last few decades has been releasing albums focused on Hawaiian and Polynesian music (in the 1980s, she was in Sandii and the Sunsetz, a Japanese synth pop band, which toured with/opened for acts like Eurythmics, INXS, Blondie, and David Bowie). The two cuts here–“Yorokonbino Uta” and “Pua Lililehua,” both sung in Japanese–are a great mix of Hawaiian hula music and reggae (the results are not far from Lovers rock). Japanese dub/reggae fans should take note that Little Tempo serve as Sandii’s completely ace backing band here

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra To Release One Free Track Each Week in 2018!

It’s a nutty, but truly inspired idea–the Melbourne Ska Orchestra intends to release one free song per week during 2018 as part of their “52 Selections/One Year of Ska” project (52 weeks in a year, right?).So far, they have released terrific covers of Prince Buster’s “Al Capone” and Justin Hinds and the Dominoes’ “Botheration.” All tracks are available through a host of services, including Google Play, iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube

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