Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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.
No Place to Be
Monday, June 29, 2009
Despite having drug problems and being imprisoned for possessing illegal firearms he seems to be making a comeback. (MySpace)
Gregory Isaacs - Cool Down The Pace (Live The Tube 1983)
Uploaded by it-portalen. - Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.
The Cool Ruler: The Definitive Collection
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Money In My Pocket: The Definitive Collection
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Reggae Anthology: Music Is the Rod
Friday, June 26, 2009
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.
Chill Out 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 @Amazon.com
Black Uhuru @MeInnaFever
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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
Masters of Ceremony by Sly & Robbie (Vinyl - 2009)
Amazing by Sly & Robbie (Audio CD - 2008) - Import
Sly and Robbie @Amazon.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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.
Anthony B - Live [DVD] 
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
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
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
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
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 (96º 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 (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 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.
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
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.
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
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"
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
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
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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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 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
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
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"
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
Thursday, June 4, 2009
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.
This version of Dread Zeppelin doing Black Dog must be seen and heard to be believed.
Dread Zeppelin @Amazon.com
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