1st of July will mark International Reggae Day, a genre declared as an intangible cultural heritage in 2018 by UNESCO. Celebrating the best of Jamaican creativity and its impact on culture worldwide, the media event was founded in 1994 by Andrea Davis. But it was in 1968, on the 1st of July, that the prestigious Jamaican band called Toots and the Maytals sang "Do the Reggae", using the word for the first time.
Today, this spiritual music of struggle, popularized by its icon Bob Marley, has become the music of the oppressed in the world.
For this special day, discover our selection of limited edition reggae vinyl records, to listen to in the sun, lying in the grass ☀️
From 1977 to 1980, Black Uhuru experienced a meteoric rise, which the compilation TAXI TRAX released by TABOU1 in association with TAXI, Sly & Robbie's label, and Diggers Factory proposes to retrace, through tracks produced and directed by Sly & Robbie, which have become Reggae anthems, like "Abortion" or "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" but also rarities that were only released on 7-inch in Jamaica, like the covers of the hits "No No No", "Sun Is Shining", or the surprising "Aquarius" that has nothing to do with the original of the 5th Dimensions.
This compilation is also a tribute to Robbie Shakespeare, half of Sly and Robbie, the legendary Jamaican bassist who worked with Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, or Grace Jones, and who passed away at the age of 68 last December.
Including tracks never released before, the record is now available on our website!
Gone Clear, is the quintessence of reggae and groove, as only Manu Dibango can conceive them. After a stay in Nigeria and a great tour with the Ivorian Radio-Television Orchestra, the Cameroonian saxophonist landed for the first time in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1976.
Just a few steps away from Bob Marley’s home (taking the time to greet him every day on his way to the studio to say “hello”!). It was with the cream of the crop of musicians at that time (Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, Randy and Michael Brecker, Lou Marini…) and in the legendary Dynamic Sounds Studios that he shaped this 100% roots album. With a slightly relaxed and positive atmosphere, far from the usual militant style lyrics, Manu’s reggae invites you to “chill out”, and is supported by a highly effective backing choir.
The Gatefold double LP is available for immediate delivery on our website.
Dub master Scientist takes the song of Culture's great Joseph Hill to take you on a stellar outing, where no man has gone before. Take the journey beyond our galaxy, into a parallel universe, and experience a dubwise experience that will have you drifting weightlessly into the unexplainable unknown.
In addition to this brilliant musical journey, you'll also be able to admire the impressive holographic album cover, created by American artist Eric White. Together with renowned art director and designer Geoff Gans, they created this 3D cover that makes this vinyl an instant collector's item.
The beautiful transparent vinyl is available in its holographic cover on our website!
Beatmaker of the French reggae icon Naâman, Fatbabs will unveil on July 1st Daily Jam - Aimer, after the success of his very first EP which seduced the fans of hip-hop, samples and reggae.
The green record is now available on our website 💚
If you're looking for nostalgia and rocksteady at its peak, then this Keith & Tex vinyl offers a good mix of both.
Born in the rocksteady era, Keith & Tex have made their mark with a string of hits and classics that have lasted over 50 years. From their haunting rendition of "Hypnotic Eyes" to Lynn Taitt's iconic intro and guitar solo on "Stop That Train," you're treated to a unique style that endures after five decades. Since 1967, many of their songs have been successful and continue to be played and sung by a new generation of rocksteady fans.
This duo has a style that still sounds surprisingly endearing and refreshingly innocent.
So sit back, turn up the stereo or plug in your headphones, and enjoy!