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Postby sifaka » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:40 am

Could I please have some recommendations for current reggae/ska/bluebeat/roots magazines or fanzines, that are available in the UK? Ideally print/hard copy but e-zines would be of interest to me as well.

I miss Echoes and Blues and Soul, and - as far as I can tell - there aren't any mass market / WH Smiths type equivalents. So I am thinking about smaller fanzines and mags, the kind I could maybe pick up in places like Sounds of the Universe (the Soul Jazz shop). I am a bit out of things (as you can tell) and have hitherto just made do with books (LLoyd Bradley, Steve Barrow, David Katz, Penny Reel, Colin Grant) for reading matter, and a few old copies of Small Axe etc. Is that still going? What about Boomshakalacka?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Magazines/fanzines

Postby brigadierjc » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:02 am

Irie Up was a great read and really well designed.
Sadly they stopped operating as a magazine, but it's possible to order their past issues through their website in pdf or print.
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Re: Magazines/fanzines

Postby Robin » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:26 pm

Woofah is an independently produced fanzine covering dancehall / grime / dubstep /dub / bashment / roots / and all points in between.
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Re: Magazines/fanzines

Postby sifaka » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:11 pm

Thanks brig, Irie Up looks nicely designed, I've ordered the latest. Robin, cheers - I'd forgotten about Woofah.
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Re: Magazines/fanzines

Postby Dubba » Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:11 am

Echoes continues in monthly magazine form. Having been a loyal reader for nigh on twenty years, I finally ended my order with the local newsagent last year. Although the longstanding reggae scribe John Masouri remains a fine writer in recent years it has become almost painfully obvious that he is struggling for interesting subject matter, which in my opinion is no fault of his own but inextricably linked to the on going decline of the modern reggae industry. On the one hand I admire John and Echoes continued commitment to the latest releases but for me it's sadly a case of flogging a dead horse. I strongly suspect echoes is kept afloat by the more soul oriented readership which it is more catered for due to the musical tastes of longstanding editor Chris Wells, who along with Kevin Le Gendre are fantastic writers in their chosen fields of soul and jazz music respectively.

I personally was more devastated with the rapid disappearance of the English version of Germany's Riddim Magazine a few years ago. I frequently dip in to the 6 or so issues that They released. Clearly not much of a market for it, which I can't say surprises me. I wish I'd have paid more attention in my German language class at school now :(
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