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What Do You Call It? Islands-flavoured? R&B/Hip-Hop fusion? Carib-pop?

I wrote an article for SoulCulture this other day, driven by my frustrations at the incorrect labelling of commercial reggae songs. Since time began, they've tried their hardest to label reggae music as something else, so I ensured people know that it's all from the tree of reggae. It's mainly directed at TV & radio programmers and other blogs though. Every day people just wanna hear good music that those people prevent the masses from accessing unless it's labelled something else. "Hi, I’m Marvin Sparks and I appreciate all types of music (generic mucho?). You can follow me on Twitter to see the madness I listen to. Some may criticise, but I’m genre-blind; it’s all about chord progressions, drums and (in my case) HEAVY bass. While I say I’m genre-blind, this whole post is about genres. Seems a bit contradictory until I explain why… The genre that takes my body into the next dimension is, to put it simply, reggae. Now, reggae is a broad term because in reg

Marvin Sparks on Joe Grime's The Bashment Show #DancehallDebates

I'm gonna listen to this again, 'cos I felt like I went off on some next tangents. Enjoyed it though, fun times discussing things. Big up UK's dancehall rep Freshada for interacting. This weeks of edition of #thebashmentshow was the 2nd edition of Dancehall Debate with Marvin Sparks – we talk lack of international success for reggae artists, underated artists & the return of Irish & Chin to the clash arena. The Bashment Show 20th March 2012 by Joegrime on Mixcloud Tracklistings Jourvert Riddim Adele – Set Fire to The Rain (Joe Grime Refix) Demarco – Gyal Dem Wah Wine Konshens – Live It Up Tweet Tweet Riddimn iRah – Tun Up Reddman UK – Money Nuff Gappy Ranks – Easy Auruoa Skies Riddim Don Andre – Every Ghetto Youth Want Rich Blak Diamond – Diamond In The Rough Tiana – Dem A Bawl Lost Angel Riddim Popcaan Ft Busta Rhymes – Only Man She Want Remix Redskin – Well I Never Reddman UK – Turn Me On TGIF Riddim Reddman UK – Party Charley Bla