Friday, March 28, 2008


Woofah is ‘an independently produced fanzine covering dancehall / grime / dubstep /dub / bashment / roots / and all points in between’. Issue Two is out now, a glossy 60 page number with plenty of South Londonist content.

Most notably there is a good interview with reggae MC Tippa Irie covering his long journey from Dulwich Hospital (where he was born), through his time with Saxon sound system, 1980s Top of the Pops (with his hit ‘Hello Darling’), right up to recording with Black Eyed Peas (he appears on their global smash Hey Mama) and his excellent new album Talk the Truth (I went to the launch at the Albany in Deptford).

Also in this Woofah an overview of up and coming young grime MCs features Lewisham's Little Dee, and there's a review by Neil Gordon-Orr of Linton Kwesi Johnson and Paul Gilroy's recent Goldsmiths/New Cross talk on 'African Consciousness, Reggae and the Diaspora'. You can get a copy from Rough Trade and a few other shops or order online at Woofah's site.

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