Music and Culture related posts

A list of the most recent music and culture related articles - if you looking for my Liverpool music art and promotional photography portfolio follow the link

Positive Vibration is a reggae festival situated in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle - music photography by David J Colbran

Positive Vibration reggae festival in Liverpool

Positive Vibration is an award-winning reggae festival here in Liverpool and I was covering it for my agency ArenaPAL

Published on Wed Sep 15, 2021

Liverpool photographer reviews photography in 2020

Photographers Review of 2020

2020 has been a year we will never forget but I have renewed hope that the future will be stronger than ever for me and my business.

Published on Wed Jan 13, 2021

File pictures of the late lead singer Frederick

RIP Frederick "Toots" Hibbert - Liverpool 2011

Sad to hear Jamaican reggae pioneer Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert has died at the age of 77. The legendary musician fronted the reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals from the early 1960s.

Published on Thu Oct 8, 2020

Liverpool music photographer covers event in Sefton Park highlighting some of best current world music artists

Africa Oye 2019 - world music photography in Liverpool

Africa Oye is the UK's largest free African music festival and it just keeps getting better and better. It is an Oye Family now - a solid crew of management and trustees and an audience that knows how to party !

Published on Thu Jul 4, 2019

World music expert David J Colbran showcases some of his favourite photographs from recent years and his partnership with ArenaPAL

World music photographer for ArenaPAL

My world music photography has been promoted by specialist photo library ArenaPAL since 2006 - so great to see that they have a sparkly new website and that I'm one of their featured suppliers

Published on Fri Jun 21, 2019

Live music photography on a hotel rooftop in the centre of Liverpool - highlights from north-west based music photographer David J Colbran

The Real People, The Cheap Thrills: Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

An amazing gig that I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph - old friends The Real People and new kids on the block The Cheap Thrills - legendary night.

Published on Sat May 18, 2019

Liverpool photographer details memories of shooting a band's album cover here on Merseyside.

Shooting The Wombats album cover for A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation

In 2006 I was contacted by a design agency here on Merseyside to help them photograph their forthcoming debut album cover. Exciting times !

Published on Thu Apr 18, 2019

File pictures of the late lead singer of UK rave electronic band The Prodigy Keith Flint performing live at Glastonbury music festival in 2009. Available to licence.

RIP: Keith Flint - file picture Glastonbury 2009

Sad news to hear that Keith Flint, lead singer with The Prodigy is dead - I took a series of live images of the band for an agency at the Glastonbury festival back in 2009.

Published on Tue Mar 5, 2019

File pictures of Oliver Mtukudzi available - taken in 2009 in Liverpool by world music photographer David J Colbran

RIP: Oliver Mtukudzi file picture 2009

Sad to hear that legendary jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died - some images from the African Soul Rebels UK tour with Baaba Maal in 2009.

Published on Thu Jan 24, 2019

Liverpool based music photographer covers Africa Oye -  the largest celebration of live African music in the UK.

Africa Oye 2018 - world music photography

Back again at my favourite festival - great music and a brilliant weekend weather wise. It really is a highlight in Liverpool's musical calendar - superb programming and really well organised.

Published on Mon Jul 2, 2018

Images by Liverpool photographer David J Colbran from the UK's biggest free festival in Sefton Park

Africa Oye 2017 - world music festival in Liverpool

The UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand

Published on Mon Jul 10, 2017

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or 'Touareg' of the southern Sahara desert.

Tinariwen - live photographs from gig in Liverpool

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or 'Touareg' of the southern Sahara desert.

Published on Wed Mar 8, 2017

File picture, pix of Leonard Cohen from 2008 UK music festival available to licence

RIP: Leonard Cohen - file picture 2008

I covered the Big Chill Festival in 2008 and was lucky enough to witness and photograph a legend. RIP Leonard Cohen

Published on Fri Nov 11, 2016

Liverpool photographer David J Colbran sells Beatles related photographs and photography - here are some recent image sales.

Beatles stock photography Liverpool

50 years on and the Beatles are still big news in Liverpool. Thousands of tourists and millions of pounds are spent as visitors come to the city in search of their idols.

Published on Mon Oct 31, 2016

Photos from the world music festival by Liverpool based photographer David J Colbran

Africa Oye 2016

Liverpool’s Africa Oyé festival returned to Sefton Park on June 18-19, 2016. The 24th festival of African and Caribbean music and culture is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Published on Wed Jun 22, 2016

File photographs of Mariem Hassan performing at Africa Oye in Liverpool, back in 2011

Obituary: Mariem Hassan - Africa Oye 2011

Sad to hear one of my favourite artists has passed away. Mariem Hassan, the so called ‘Voice of the Sahara’, died of bone cancer aged 57 on 22nd August 2015 in Algeria.

Published on Wed Sep 23, 2015