In this episode, I present some essential Roots reggae cuts, mostly from the 1970s. These songs deal with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God.
The featured artists provide social commentary and deliver lyrical themes including spirituality, resistance to government, black pride and repatriation.
You will hear Studio One classics, gems from Tuff Gong, Exterminator and Volcano, plus quintessential Trojan recordings, among others. The full track list is posted below. Enjoy the musical mix!
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1 Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
2 Bob Marley – Africa Unite
3 Black Uhuru – Sensimilia
4 Sammy Dread – Road Block
5 Hugh Mundell – Rasta Have The Handle
6 The Gladiators – Easy Squeeze
7 Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
8 Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
9 Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master
10 John Holt – Up Park Camp
11 John Holt – Tribal War
12 Barrington Levy – No Fuss Or Fight
13 Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush
14 Barrington Levy – Do Good
15 Barrington Levy – Murderer
16 Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed
17 Bob Marley – Forever Loving Jah
18 Bob Marley – Them Belly Full
19 Bob Marley – Rebel Music
20 Don Carlos – Natty Dread Have the Credentials
21 Half Pint – Political Fiction
22 John Holt – Police In Helicopter
23 Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard
24 Gregory Isaacs – Border
25 Yabby You & The Prophets – Babylon A Fall
26 Yabby You & Tony Tuff – Falling Babylon
27 Burning Spear – Follow Marcus Garvey
28 U Brown – Jah Is My Father Still
29 Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
30 Dennis Alcapone & Delroy Wilson – It Must Come
31 Barrington Levy – Teach The Youth
32 Cocoa Tea – Rasta Man
33 Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
34 U-Roy – Gorgon Wise
35 Johnny Osborne – Truths and Rights
36 Bob Marley – Time Will Tell
37 Burning Spear – Columbus
38 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
39 Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
40 Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
41 Johnny Osborne – Jah Righteous Plan
~MUSIC BY HIGHLANDA & DJ PASSPORT***HOSTED BY Little Pinchers!!!!!!***
Sunday, October 5th at the Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., the Rocksteady monthly nostalgic celebration of Jamaican music returns with Reggae singer Little Pinchers hosting while DJ Passport, and Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound provide the soundtrack. For more information, email VaultClassics@gmail.com.
Reggae artist Tranquility
Tran-Quility means “calm” which basically says a lot about this upcoming artist and songwriter that is on a journey to become one of reggae music’s great. Though his genre of music is mainly cultural Reggae, TranQuility is incredibly versatile as he pulls his inspiration from many different artists such as; Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths and Jah9. TranQuility is inspired by POSITIVENESS AND LIFE and this is what his music reflects.
He defines his music as relaxing, realistic, while at the same time, youthful and fun. His goal is to send a Positive Message to today’s Youths. TranQuility’s songs can be found on ITUNES, AMAZON, and other online music stores. Anyone wanting to work with him should contact his manager; Christine Dinel (Chrissy fox) via email at email@example.com
Check out TranQuility’s latest video here.
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Rocksteady, a recurring festive occasion now being celebrated on 1st Sundays in downtown Atlanta’s re-born Old Forth Ward neighborhood presents a retro Caribbean soundtrack at a now classic locale, The Sound Table, located at 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
This is a unique old-school style themed reggae soiree powered by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Enjoy world-class mixology infused with crucial music selection you won’t get at other spots in the city.
More on the genre Rocksteady:
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica during the late 1960s, after SKA and before REGGAE. Rocksteady and the early reggae that followed, was built around the “one drop” drum beat, characterized by a heavy accent on the second and fourth beat of every bar, played by the bass drum and the snare together. The bass line eventually became one of the most recognizable characteristics of Jamaican music.
Despite its short lifespan, rocksteady’s influence is great as most of the reggae artists started out in Rocksteady and/or SKA. Many reggae songs became focused less on romance and more on black consciousness, politics and protest. The release of the film “The Harder They Come” and the rise of Jamaican superstar Bob Marley brought reggae to an international level that rocksteady never reached.
Although rocksteady was a short-lived phase of Jamaican popular music (about 2 years), it was hugely influential on reggae, dub and dancehall. Many bass lines originally created for rocksteady songs continue to be used in contemporary Jamaican music, such as the rhythm from “Never Let You Go” by Slim Smith (sometimes known as the Answer rhythm) and the Hi-Fashion rhythm from “Bobby Babylon” by Freddie McGregor.
Welcome to Episode 20 of the Reggae Lover Podcast, my first “dubwise” edition. This mix was specially requested by Ras Jamal in Savannah, Georgia and features the musical productions and performances of Lee “Scratch” Perry exclusively.
One of the pioneers in the development of dub music and remixing in addition to numerous other innovations in production, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry truly paved the way for the EDM, Hip-Hop, and Reggae movements of today. Learn more about Perry’s amazing career.
We start off in the 60 – 70 BPM range with The Upsetters‘ Curly Dub and move into a couple different dub versions of Satisfy My Soul featuring Bob Marley and The Wailers. The Upsetters’ Super Ape is up next, leading into a “Vibrate On” medley. Augustus Pablo, Max Romeo, Hugo Blackwood and Dr. Alimantado are featured on the riddim alongside Perry and The Upsetters. A cool blend transitions from there into Bob Marley dub once again with “Live,” a Lively Up Yourself dub version and then a Screw Face dub version entitled “Face Man.”
Junior Murvin can then be heard singing “Roots Train,” followed by his massive hit tune “Police And Thieves.” I selected 3 tracks from Perry’s “Arkology” box set on the same riddim. The voices of Glen DaCosta and Jah Lion are featured in this set along with some wicked Saxophone and the masterful instrumentation of Lee Perry dubbing out on the board.
For the next few tracks I go into the Jungle Dub album, my favorite album of Perry’s work. The very heavy-weight Super Ape album, Ras Jamal’s highest rated Scratch Perry album is also a focal point of this mix. Other noteable selections served up are “Bad Walking” with Tommy McCook and “I Chase The Devil/Croaking Lizard” with Max Romeo and Prince Jazzbo.
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want the full tracklist. My wish is that listeners will hear this mix and go looking for Lee Perry’s music to purchase. Dub music should be a part of every reggae lover’s music collection.
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“Cool Runnings” is the lead single from Duane Stephenson’s new album Dangerously Roots, in stores September 23rd.
Duane Stephenson – Dangerously Roots – Artwork
Check out Duane’s retro flavored video that pays tribute to the song’s writer and original artist Bunny Wailer.
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A true freestyle mix of lovers rock anthems from throughout the years, hear music from Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs to I-Wayne and Tanya Stephens.
1 Beres Hammond – Step Aside
2 Richie Stephens – Should I
3 The Meditations – A Woman Is A Shadow
4 Marcia Griffiths – Truly
5 Sizzla – Words of Devine
6 Dennis Brown – Love Got A Hold On Me
7 Razah – One In A Million
8 Tanya Stephens – Big Heavy Gal
9 Tanya Stephens – Its A Pity
10 Gregory Issacs – Night Nurse
11 The Chosen Few – Minstrel and Queen
12 Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me
13 Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly
15 Junior Kelly – Love So Nice
16 Beres Hammond – Tempted To Touch
17 Tony Rebel – Fresh Vegetable
18 Sanchez – Im Missing You
19 Gregory Isaacs – Love is Overdue
20 U-Roy – Love is Overdue Pt. II
21 Half Pint – Substitute Lover
22 Cocoa Tea – Love Me Truly
23 Sanchez – Fall In Love
24 Tony Curtis – Love Should Have Brought You Home
25 Tanya Stephens – You Don’t Know
26 Daville – Lovers and Friends
27 Daville featuring Sean Paul – Always On My Mind remix
28 Junior Kelly – Sunshine
29 Estelle featuring Sean Paul – Come Over remix
30 Buju Banton – Love Black Woman
31 Buju Banton – Love Me Brownin
32 Courtney Melody – Modern Girl
33 Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – Always Together
34 Kashief Lindo – No Can Do
35 Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side
36 Marcia Griffiths – All My Life
37 Leroy Gibbons – Four Season Lover
38 Tony Curtis – Sweet Lady
39 Taurus Riley – She’s Royal
40 Barrington Levy and Cutty Ranks – My Woman
41 Dennis Brown – Hold On To What You’ve Got
42 Freddie McGregor – Loving Pauper
43 Bob Marley featuring Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low
44 I-Wayne – I Need Her In My Arms
45 Garnett Silk – All The Woman That I Need
46 Chevelle Franklyn – Good Love
47 Papa San – Strange
48 Inner Circle – Sweat
49 Barrington Levy – Too Experience
50 Errol Dunkley – Movie Star
This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Lover podcast produced for promotional purposes by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format.
Reggae Lover Episode 11 – Bob Marley Still Rules. Click image to listen now.
This episode deals strictly with the music of “The Legend” himself, The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley. This is an audio montage in tribute to the man who has influenced world culture through his music and brought reggae music to the far corners of the universe.
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Bob Marley Playlist
1 Roots Rock Reggae
2 Kinky Reggae
3 Slave Driver
4 Pimpers Paradise
6 Rastaman Live Up
7 Natural Mystic
8 Roots Natty Roots
9 Easy Skanking
10 Natty Dread Rides Again
11 Buffalo Soldier
13 Ambush In The Night
14 Redemption Song
15 We Don’t Need No More Trouble
16 Coming In From The Cold