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Reggae legend JOHN HOLT passes away

Jamaican singer and songwriter JOHN HOLT has passed away in a London hospital at the age of 67.

Copeland Forbes, HOLT’s manager, confirmed the death to the Jamaica Observer on 19 October.

“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death”.

The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed.

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TROJAN SOUND SYSTEM selects ‘England playlist’

Daddy Ad and Earl Gateshead from TROJAN SOUND SYSTEM have selected their favourite Jamaican songs that have influenced English ska and reggae acts for The Guardian.

According to the feature, “From the Specials in Coventry to Massive Attack in Bristol, England has long had a love affair with Jamaican music.”

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JOHN HOLT lines up UK shows in February 2012

Legendary reggae singer JOHN HOLT has lined up two big shows in Bristol and Cardiff early on in the New Year.

To celebrate nearly 40 years since the release of his biggest selling album 1000 Volts Of Holt, the former PARAGONS lead singer will be performing the record in its entirety at the shows.

The ‘1000 Volts Of Holt Tour 2012’ takes in Cardiff University Students’ Union in Wales and then on to the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls, Bristol.

The full details for the gigs are as follows:

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BBC reggae show: episode three now available

The third instalment of DAVID RODIGAN’s new ten-part reggae series for BBC Radio 2 is now available.

This week the British DJ plays lovers rock anthem “Silly Games” by JANET KAY, alongside 1960s Jamaican beach music from JOHN HOLT and THE PARAGONS, as well as roots-rock-reggae anthems by BURNING SPEAR and DENNIS BROWN.

Here’s the full playlist:

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