Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hassidic Reggae superstar

Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller, June 30, 1979) is an American reggae musician.

Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop sounds, Matisyahu is most recognizable for being an orthodox Jew.

Since his debut, Matisyahu has received positive reviews from both rock and reggae outlets. Most recently, he was named Top Reggae Artist of 2006 by Billboard as well as being named a spokesperson for Kenneth Cole.

Amazon UK
No Place to Be

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Cool Ruler

Milo Miles, writing in the New York Times, described Isaacs as "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae"

Despite having drug problems and being imprisoned for possessing illegal firearms he seems to be making a comeback. (MySpace)

Amazon UK
The Cool Ruler: The Definitive Collection

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crown Prince

Dennis Emanuel Brown (February 1, 1957–July 1, 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer. He recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the pioneers of lovers rock. Bob Marley dubbed him the “Crown Prince of Reggae”.

Good Stuff!

Money In My Pocket: The Definitive Collection

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Little Bimbo

During the early 1990s he was hailed as a rising talent, but his career was ended by his early death in 1994, while attempting to save his mother while his house was on fire.

Amazon UK
Reggae Anthology: Music Is the Rod

Friday, June 26, 2009

Roots Reggae


He was nominated best vocalist five times in his own country, an indication of the love Jamaicans have for his voice and music. There are many reasons as to why he commands the respect of his countrymen, one is his ability to perform both roots Reggae material and love songs with equal ability and conviction. This dual persona, both as roots ‘preacher’ and love ‘crooner’, was one which out of financial necessity many other performers were required to adopt.

Amazon UK
A Ruffer Version: Johnny Clarke At King Tubby's 1974-78

Jah Jah We Pray

Black Uhuru - Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner

Black Uhuru, formed by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, is a Jamaican reggae band probably best known for their hits "Shine Eye Gal", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "Sinsemilla", "Solidarity", and Grammy winner "What Is Life?". They were the first group to win a Grammy in the reggae category when it was introduced in 1985. They originally formed as "Black Sounds Uhuru". Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom. The group was named by Stan "Roy Scientist" Palmer.

Chill Out by Black Uhuru (Audio CD - 2009) - Import
Chill Out
by Black Uhuru (Audio CD - 2009) - Import

The Dub Factor by Black Uhuru (Audio CD - 2009) - Import
The Dub Factor
by Black Uhuru (Audio CD - 2009) - Import

Black Uhuru by Black Uhuru (Audio CD - 2009) - Import
Black Uhuru
by Black Uhuru (Audio CD - 2009) - Import

Black Uhuru @Amazon.com

Black Uhuru @MeInnaFever

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Psalm For I - The Lord's Prayer

Amazon UK Psalms for I

Sly And Robbie

Wikipedia says of Sly and Robbie;
Sly and Robbie are one of reggae's most prolific and long lasting production teams. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970s, after having established themselves separately on the Jamaican music scene. They are humorously also sometimes referred to as Sly Drumbar and Robbie Basspeare, one example being the sleeve notes of Black Uhuru's Red album.

Live 86 by Sly & Robbie (Audio CD - 2009) - Live
Live 86
by Sly & Robbie (Audio CD - 2009) - Live

Masters of Ceremony by Sly & Robbie (Vinyl - 2009)
Masters of Ceremony
by Sly & Robbie (Vinyl - 2009)

Amazing by Sly & Robbie (Audio CD - 2008) - Import
by Sly & Robbie (Audio CD - 2008) - Import

Sly and Robbie @Amazon.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lee "Scratch" Perry - I am the Upsetter 1982

Scratch Came, Scratch Saw, Scratch Conquered [Explicit]
MP3 Download by Lee Scratch Perry

Not 'gyal chunes'

This guy is new to me but wow he's excellent

Singing "slack" songs about women was the popular thing to do. Anthony B did not believe in degrading women and chose to pen politically-slanted songs instead.

Anthony B is a member of the Bobo Ashanti branch of the Rastafarian movement. "Bobo Dreads", as they are known, are recognizable by their long robes and turbans. The strong Afrocentric pride and the other Rastafarian beliefs (or "overstandings" as Rastafarians prefer to call them) which Anthony B holds are reflected in his songs.

Amazon UK
Rise Up
Anthony B - Live [DVD] [2008]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Ska originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s, and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues.

In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods. Later it became popular with many skinheads, Music historians typically divide the history of ska into three periods:

The original Jamaican scene of the 1960s (First Wave),

The English 2 Tone ska revival of the late 1970s (Second Wave) . I lived in Coventry then so was caught up in it

The third wave ska movement, which started in the 1980s (Third Wave). I've included ska punk here

Monday, June 22, 2009

Reggae Music Podcast

I always like to connect to the Podcasters for the various forms of music that I listen to. There are some great Reggae Music Podcast out there.

This is just a partial list of Reggae music Podcasters that I have found online.

BMC's Reggae Mixes

Reggae Live Podcast

smilingirl's Reggae Podcast

House Of Reggae Podcast

Dubsession.com Podcast

BigUpRadio Reggae Podcast

Heartbeat Reggae Podcast - Does not seem to have been updated in a while.

SFGate's Chronicle Podcast: Reggae - Another one that has not had a recent update.

If you know of any that I have missed please let me know and I will include them on my list.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Island Records Reggae Box Set 3

Island Records Reggae Box Set - War Ina Babylon

Disc: 3
1. Sinsemilla - Black Uhuru, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Lister Hewan-Lowe, Ernest Hookim, Bunny Tom Tom, Rad "Duggie" Byran, Ranchie McLean, Ansell Collins, Sticky Thompson, Jimmy Becker
2. Warrior Charge - Aswad, Michael Campbell
3. The Bed's Too Big Without You - Sheila Hylton

4. Fort Augustus - Junior Delgado, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar
5. One Love Jam Down - Jahnet Enright, Papa Michigan & General Smiley
6. Sitting And Watching - Dennis Brown, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar
7. Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs, Errol "Flabba" Holt, Errol Brown, Godwin Logie, Style Scott, Dwight Pinkney, Bingy Bunny, Steely, Wally Badarou
8. Pass The Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds
9. What Is Life - Black Uhuru
10. Revolution - Dennis Brown

11. Trouble You A Trouble Me - Ini Kamoze, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar
12. Oh What A Feeling - Gregory Isaacs, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar
13. Don't Turn Around - Aswad, Chris Porter, Drummie Zeb
14. Tease Me - Chaka Demus & Pliers
15. Boom Shack-A-Lak - Apache Indian, Wooligan, Phil Chill

16. Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers, Lloyd "Gitsy" Oliver Willis, Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Trish Farrell
17. Whine & Grine (Radio) - Drummie Zeb, Prince Buster, Tony Gadd, Trevor Wyatt
18. Welcome To Jamrock - Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Unknown, Jim "Bonzai" Caruso, James "Bonzai" Carus

Friday, June 19, 2009

Island Records Reggae Box Set 2

Island Records Reggae Box Set - War Ina Babylon

Disc: 2
1. Book Of Rules - The Heptones
2. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear, Lawrence Lindo
3. King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo
4. Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hinds, The Dominoes
5. Reggae Got Soul - Toots & The Maytals, Warrick Lyn, Chris Blackwell

6. Police & Thieves - Junior Murvin, Lee "Scratch" Perry
7. Soldier And Police War - Jah Lion, Lee "Scratch" Perry
8. War Ina Babylon - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Max Romeo
9. Back To Africa - Aswad, Tony Platt
10. Roast Fish And Corn Bread - Lee "Scratch" Perry
11. Cokane In My Brain - Dillinger, Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim
12. Ballistic Affair - Jojo Hookim, Leroy Smart
13. Party Time - Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Heptones
14. 1865 (96ยบ In The Shade) - Third World
15. Ska Wars - Rico Rodriguez
16. Prodigal Son - Karl Pitterson, Steel Pulse
17. Want Fi Goh Rave - Linton Kwesi Johnson
18. Love & Devotion - Jimmy Riley
19. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - Black Uhuru, Delroy Witter, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lee "Scratch" Perry - Disco Devil

Wikipedia says;
Lee "Scratch" Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He employs numerous pseudonyms, such as Pipecock Jaxxon and The Upsetter.

Lee "Scratch" Perry @Amazon.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

Island Records Reggae Box Set 1

Island Records Reggae Box Set - War Ina Babylon

Island Records really introduced myself and the UK to Reggae. Island Records was a record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. It was based in England for many years, but is now owned by Universal Music Group and is operated in the United States through The Island Def Jam Music Group and in the UK through Island Records Group.

Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall, taking its name from the 1955 Alec Waugh novel, subsequent film and Harry Belafonte hit song 'Island in the Sun'.The company relocated to the UK in May 1962. Until Blackwell sold the label to PolyGram in 1989, Island was the largest indie record label in history. If you look at their discography here you'll see it contains many of the household names.

Disc: 1
1. Boogie In My Bones - Laurel Aitken
2. We're Gonna Love - Jackie Edwards
3. Darling Patricia - Owen Gray
4. Forward March - Derrick Morgan, Leslie Kong
5. Housewives Choice - Derrick And Patsy
6. Honour Your Mother And Father - Desmond Dekker
7. King Of Kings - Jimmy Cliff
8. Exodus - Ernest Ranglin
9. Eastern Standard Time - Don Drummond, Duke Reid
10. My Boy Lollipop - Chris Blackwell, Millie
11. Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hinds, The Dominoes
12. Bonanza Ska - Carlos Malcolm, Afro Jamacian Rhythms
13. Sweet William - Millie, Konrad (Konny) Amberg
14. Dance Crasher - Alton Ellis
15. Guns Fever - Baba Brooks
16. Take It Easy - Hopeton Lewis
17. On The Beach - The Paragons
18. You Don't Care (aka You'll Want Me Back) - The Techniques
19. Stop That Train - Keith & Tex
20. Rock Steady - Alton Ellis
21. My Conversation - The Uniques
22. Ride Your Donkey - A.G. Murphy, The Tennors
23. The Russians Are Coming (aka Take 5) - Bunny Lee, Val Bennett
24. Hold You Jack - Bunny Lee, Derrick Morgan
25. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
26. Breakfast In Bed - Lorna Bennett
27. This Is Reggae Music - Zap Pow

Burning Spear

Listen to him

Jah Is Real

Burning Spear advocates messages of honesty, peace, and love, which tie in with his social and religious messages of Rastafari and black unity. Along with his musical message, the Spear continues to tour all over the world. His concerts often last 2 hours long with several bongo drum solos by Burning Spear himself.

Reggae A Definition

According to Wikipedia;
While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythmic style characterized by accents on the off-beat, known as the skank. Reggae is normally slower than ska. Reggae usually accents the second and fourth beat in each bar.

Reggae song lyrics deal with many subjects, including religion, love, sexuality, peace, relationships, poverty, injustice and other social and political issues.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Israelites

Buy it in the UK here Israelites: The Best Of Desmond Dekker

I had the pleasure of dancing away to him live 40 years ago at University

Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock

Damian "Junior Gong" Marley was born on July 21, 1978. He is a reggae artist, a humanitarian, and the youngest son of the late reggae legend Bob Marley. He has won three Grammy awards.

With regards to his album Welcome to Jamrock, a reviewer had this to say;
The youngest son of the one and only Bob Marley, Damian (Jr. Gong) Marley takes his nickname from his dad's "Tuff Gong" moniker, and has been strutting his talented genes since he was 13 years old. This is his third album, after Mr. Marley (1996) and the Grammy award winning "Halfway Tree" (2001).

The first single "Welcome to Jamrock" stormed the charts on release, with its blaring air horn and Ine Kamoze sample, causing much controversy in his homeland of Jamaica with its hard hitting, critical lyrics about poverty and politics:

"Come on let's face it, a ghetto education's basic
A most a the youths them waste it
And when they waste it, that's when they take the guns and replace it
Then them don't stand a chance at all"

Welcome to Jamrock
Welcome to Jamrock by Damian Marley

Track Listing

1. Confrontation 5:29
2. There For You 4:41
3. Welcome To Jamrock 3:33
4. The Master Has Come Back 4:41
5. All Night 3:30
6. Beautiful 4:48
7. Pimpa's Paradise 5:04
8. Move! 3:44
9. For The Babies 4:53
10. Hey Girl 4:15
11. Road To Zion 5:17
12. We're Gonna Make It 4:20
13. In 2 Deep 4:45
14. Khaki Suit 3:57

Damian Marley @Amazon.com

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ziggy Marley - Family Time

Family Time
Family Time mp3 albm by Ziggy Marley
click image

Track Listing

1. Family Time (feat. Judah Marley) 4:20
2. I Love You Too (feat. Rita Marley & Cedella Marley) 3:33
3. Cry, Cry, Cry (feat. Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga) 4:43
4. Take Me To Jamaica (feat. Toots Hibbert) 3:18
5. Ziggy Says 3:51
6. This Train (feat. Willie Nelson) 3:38
7. Wings of an Eagle (feat. Elizabeth Mitchell) 4:17
8. Abc 4:01
9. Hold Em Joe 3:36
10. Walk Tall (feat. Paul Simon) 3:16
11. Future Man, Future Lady (feat. Laurie Berkner) 3:37
12. My Helping Hands (feat. Jamie Lee Curtis) 0:54
13. Is There Really A Human Race 2:31

Ziggy Marley @Amazon.com

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sponji Reggae

They were the first group to win a Grammy in the reggae category when it was introduced in 1985. They originally formed as "Black Sounds Uhuru". Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom

Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stephen Marley - Mind Control

Mind Control
Mind Control by Stephen Marley
click image for info

Track Listing

1. Chase Dem 5:48
2. Iron Bars 3:57
3. Lonely Avenue 4:11
4. Mind Control 4:30
5. You're Gonna Leave 4:39
6. The Mission 4:34
7. The Traffic Jam 4:07
8. Fed Up 4:21
9. Hey Baby 4:48

Stephen Marley @Amazon.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Satta Massagana

Satta Massagana is a roots reggae album released by The Abyssinians officially in 1976. It is widely considered The Abyssinians crowning achievement and a classic roots reggae album.

The title track "Satta Massagana" was a huge hit and has been versioned numerous times by both The Abyssinians and other artists since. It has even been adopted by some Rastafarian groups as a hymn used during services. The song, which translates from the Amharic language as "Give Thanks", was originally recorded for Studio One in 1969, but the label's owner, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd declined to release it.

Buy in the UK Satta Massagana

Jimmy Cliff - I can see clearly now

I love to hear this song early in the morning it gets my day started. Focuses my mind and helps me have a positive day. That is why I love Reggae music because I see it as positive.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

There are so many ways to express "THANK YOU LORD"

Don't Cry

I'll Be Standing by

In Every Heart

Lloyd Brown - You Must Know

Sing Me a Song

Peace-Chevelle Franklyn

A Good Sunday Morning

Let's Start with The Grace Thrillers "Can't Even Walk"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

More Lover's Rock


Johnny Nash

Oh Yes! Hold Me Tight. Lovers Rock: Reggae versions of all those beloved Oldies.

Saturday Night is For Holding your Woman

"LOVERS ROCK" is a style of Reggae noted for its romantic sound and content. To name only a few: Ken Boothe, Johnny Nash and John Holt. (Will give a history of each at a later date.) Now is the time to DANCE and WHINE your waist.

Listen to the words

"Don't let them fool you
or even try to school you"

We can all relate to this Song

Marley and Tosh as Songwriters

While Bob Marley preached "ONE LOVE" Peter Tosh often had a militant approch to his music and his life. But many were attracted to both because of their confrontational subjects and Optimistic views of a future free of "OPRESSION". In Line with Both the album and the movie (Catch a Fire ) Listen to EQUAL RIGHTS-DOWN PRESSOR MAN

CATCH A FIRE (The Movie)

Catch a Fire 2006
About Africans in Apartheid era South Africa. Based on the true story of Patrick Chamusso. Filmed in South africa. The Soundtrack is based on the Music of Bob Marley and some of the songs from his hit album "Catch a Fire" I enjoyed this movie and it brought up a whole set of emontions which is another story. Here is is all bout "MUSIC"


Hi its Mocha Here. Me Nuh Dead Yet. "Respect" "Respect"
Both Marley and Tosh have been represented on this blog already but what I have to add is all based on a movie I just watched again "Catch A fire" 2006. The title was taken from Bob Marley and the Wailer's debut album "Catch a Fire" 1973 This Album established the band as International Superstars and Bob Marley as World Famous.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Reggae Quote: Bob Marley

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds…

Bob Marley in Redemption Song

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dread Zeppelin

According to Wikipedia;
Dread Zeppelin is an American band best known for covering the songs of Led Zeppelin in a reggae style sung by an Elvis Presley impersonator named Tortelvis (Greg Tortell), though their act now encompasses many other songs and other styles of music. Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant has said that Dread Zeppelin is his favorite Led Zeppelin cover band.

Un-led-Ed by Dread Zeppelin

This version of Dread Zeppelin doing Black Dog must be seen and heard to be believed.

Dread Zeppelin @Amazon.com

Ziggy Marley - Walk Tall

Amazon.com is also giving away Ziggy Marley's new mp3 featuring Paul Simon. Click image below for full details.

Walk Tall (feat. Paul Simon) by Ziggy Marley
Walk Tall (feat. Paul Simon) by Ziggy Marley

Three Pope (feat. Monty Alexander) by Ernie Ranglin

Here is a free mp3 from Amazon.com. Click image for details.

Three Pope (feat. Monty Alexander) by Ernie Ranglin

Steel Pulse - Reggae Fever

According to Steve Huey, or All Music Guide;
Steel Pulse were one of Britain's greatest reggae bands, rivaled only by Aswad in terms of creative and commercial success. Generally a protest-minded Rastafarian outfit, Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience among white U.K. punks as well. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. As the '80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements of dance and urban R&B gradually crept into their sound, even as their subject matter stayed on the militant side. By the late '80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory, but never reached the same degree of commercial acceptance as Aswad or Inner Circle. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound that nonetheless made concessions to contemporary trends with touches of dancehall and hip-hop.

Steel Pulse @Amazon.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Peter Tosh - Equal Rights

Man, will this song ever not be important? I still want Equal Rights for everone!