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On July 10, 2010 one of reggae’s greatest legends passed away. Sugar Minott began his singing career as part of The African Brothers in 1969, along with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. The group released several singles in the first half of the 1970s on labels such as Micron and their own Ital label, and were an early example of the Rastafari movement’s influence on the Jamaican music scene, taking a clear lead from The Abyssinians. After the African Brother’s split in 1974, Minott teamed up with the producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, as studio apprentice at Dodd’s Studio One, working as a singer, guitarist and percussionist, and soon began recording his own singles.

Minott developed a talent for writing new songs to fit over existing rhythms (which at the time was common when singers performed live, but rare in the studio), often proving more popular than the original songs, pioneering an approach that would be central to the emerging dancehall style. After a number of moderately successful hits for Studio One, such as “Vanity”, “Hang On Natty”, “Mr. DC”, and “Jah Jah Children”, his debut LP Live Loving made his name and increased his popularity, and is regarded as pioneering the dancehall style that would dominate the early 1980s.

Throughout the 1980s the hits kept coming. Able to encompass different styles from rough roots to sweet lovers, through to classic dancehall, he was an artist of some influence. In that period he was working for all the top producers in Jamaica including, Mikey Dread, George Phang, Sly & Robbie, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Channel One, Prince Jammy, and Donovan Germain, as well as recording for United States-based Lloyd “Bullwhackie” Barnes (the Wicked A Go feel It  album from 1984). His biggest hits included “Herbman Hustling”, “No Vacancy”, “Jamming In The Street”, “Rub A Dub Sound”, “Buy Off The Bar”, “Rydim”, and “Devil’s Pickney.”

“Herbman Hustling”


Minott died on July 10, 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St. Andrew, after being admitted there earlier that day. The cause of death is yet to be announced. He had been affected by a heart condition since early 2009, and canceled several performances in May 2010 due to chest pains.

On Sunday July 10th, Peter Dante compiled a 2 and a half hour tribute radio set to Sugar Minott, which can be heard in it’s entirety below.

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BigUp Radio – Online Reggae

BigUp Radio is an extensive online 24 hour streaming radio reggae hub, with different stations including Roots Reggae, Toma Reggaeton, Sweet Soca, Strictly for Lovers Rock, Ska Radio, Massive Dub and Slamming Dancehall. You can view and stream the stations here: also has extensive video sections, news on reggae and dancehall artists, featured music, culture info and more.

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89.3 WUMD – Roots Radical Connection

WUMD is a non-commercial campus and community radio station emanating from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Roots Radical Connection is scheduled from 12am-6am Friday nights, and all day Saturdays from 6am to 5pm. WUMD features DJ Don Dread, Realm, Spinmaster K.A., DJ Chancellor, Sista Laura, Niko, and Jah Soldier.

You can listen online HERE.

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90.3 WRIU Reggae

Home to some of New England’s longest running reggae radio shows, 90.3 WRIU has been broadcasting a mix of current and classic reggae artists for years. With a lineup that includes Peter Dante, Dj Blade Mon, High Vibez Radio, Dj Baby Matt and others, 90.3 has offered a variety of reggae programming and is Rhode Island’s leading non-commercial radio station.

Blade Mon and Baby Matt

A broadcast service of the University of Rhode Island, WRIU is managed by a student-run Executive Board and staffed by many dedicated student and community volunteers.

11am-2pm: Blade Connex Radio w/ DJ Blade Mon
4:30-7pm: Top Rank Radio w/ DJ Baby Matt

2-5pm: The Reggae Showcase w/ Peter Dante

1-3pm: High Vibes Radio w/ Mark & Eric

You can stream their FM broadcast HERE.

Their archive section is located HERE, hit <CTRL-F> to search for “reggae”

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