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December 30, 2004: Update

In these last two days of 2004, I'm working over-time to get stuff done before the end of the year. Obviously, and of course, this includes looking back and forward in this update.

LOOKING AT 2004

Since the website started in 1997,  there hasn't been a year with so little updating and releasing of material as the year 2004. 

Financial problems almost caused the website to go off-line. Not once, but several times! Fortunately, this is all over now. 

Even stronger: the threat has been reversed and now there are more perspectives then there were before. So the year 2004 really was crucial  in the story of the Dubroom. And the month of October marked the turning point.

Behind-the-scenes, I was working on the new lay-out of the website. Something which could only be done off-line, as it wasn't only the lay-out (look) of the Dubroom. The whole navigation through the website has been changed, and is simply incompatible with the previous navigation.

MORE ON THE SUBJECT

LOOKING AT 2005

For 2005, the plan is to double the contents of the website. More reviews, more links, more of everything! And that obviously includes music coming straight out of the Dubroom Studio.

LOOKING AT THE MUSIC

Reggae Music can't dead, and will be spreading the good vibes all over in 2005 as well. 

The Dubroom will be actively taking part in this tradition too. And not only by reviewing the good works of artists. We'll be putting loads of new material online: words and sounds! 

And we keep looking the whole spectrum of Reggae Music. Not only the known names, not only a specific group with a specific religion or ideology, not only the online artists, but everything which has to do with High Quality (DUB) Regg

LOOKING AT THE ONLINE ARTISTS AND THEIR LISTENERS

When MP3.com ceased to exist, the online artist community lost it's central point. But, maybe scattered, the movement isn't dead. 

The Dubroom has always scanned the Internet for the gems from the online artists and will continue to do so. We attempt to gather the music that the Industry scattered over the many sites.

LOOKING AT VERSIONIST

There is another site which also aims at this , albeit in a very different way. And in this update, I would like to give them extra respect for this.

There are still a lot of artists putting their music online, and for the Reggae community there's a very active website called VERSIONIST. The website is created by a visitor of the Dubroom and is actively promoted from here as well. 

Why? Simple. VERSIONIST is the only website on the Internet that deals with the online (DUB) Reggae Music community and nothing but the online (DUB) Reggae Music community.

According to the site's front page, Versionist is "a website dedicated to the development of progressive Reggae music. But more importantly, this is a project that aims to encourage everyone to make Reggae music." 

VERSIONIST.com is dynamic and has a strong community of participants and visitors. Their forum contains discussions about a wide variety of topics.

The Dubroom will continue to promote VERSIONIST, which isn't so hard when you know that there are some true gems to be found there, some really original material as well. 

LOOKING AT RADIO DUBROOM

Radio Dubroom will move to a next phase as well. Not only good music, but also sounds which have been reviewed on the website will be played. And we have obtained permission to use professional journalistic works as well. We hope to proof our slogan: "If you like the Dubroom, you will love Radio Dubroom".

LOOKING AT VIDEOS

As the internet and Computer Technology moves forward, the year 2005 will most likely mark the start of a video portal in the tradition of mp3.dubroom.org but this is absolutely not in any final stage!

LOOKING AT CONSCIOUSNESS

Ever since the Dubroom was established, in 1997, there has been a mix of Music and Consciousness on the website. In 2004, it's been made official in the website's description: "The Dubroom is an independent visitor supported website promoting Reggae and Consciousness."

Reggae Music is music with a Conscious Message. So in a way, promotion of Reggae brings Consciousness along as a matter of natural fact.

But we take it several steps further and provide information which proofs the truthfulness of the many Conscious claims you can find in Rasta (or related) Reggae.

And we do it in the Rastaman tradition. Not in no Church or Babylon tradition. Rastaman says: "Word, Sound and Power"! 

We simply provide the information, which we hope you check out for yourself. Don't take anything for granted! 

Truth speaks for itself. The minute you apply manipulation or other marketing technologies, you're hurting the truth! Truth can only speak in truth. So we present material which promotes Consciousness without telling you to look at it or believe it.

LOOKING AT CHRISTAFARI BOOK

Together with the major site-update, came a book I wrote about the organization "Christafari". In it, I questioned methods and other aspects of the organization. This has caused quite an uproar in "Gospel Reggae Land", and even outside of it. 

Originally, I only wanted to release the book and debate about it on the Christafari message boards. However, Christafari didn't agree with that. The developments followed rapidly and now there's a "Great Controversy". 

I am writing as follow-up for the book, which will be released in February the latest. Until then, there is a website on the Dubroom (crc.dubroom.org) where the developments are covered and research material is presented. Later in 2005, that website will change and will no longer have Christafari as the main subject. But until then, crc.dubroom.org is the website that accompanies the books on Christafari.

LOOKING FORWARD

All in all, we here at the Dubroom are exited about the new plans and challenges we have to face in 2005. As time progresses and the events around (DUB) Reggae and the message it brings follow each other rapidly, we'll keep documenting this for the now and -hopefully- then generation.

I hope, that DUBROOM.com will be of assistance to you, somewhere and sometime. Whether you are a (DUB) Reggae enthusiast or into Consciousness or both (or none...).

In name of the entire DUBROOM POSSE: we wish to you a JAHFULL 2005 and an ever-growing collection of music reviewed and/or provided by I and I. 

One Love,
Messian Dread

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