1990’s Reggae Music, Top Songs and Riddims from the Dancehall

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The 90s was the most prolific era for dancehall music and one in which Jamaican music made many strides.  The decade is beloved by many and hailed as the sweetest time for commercially successful crossover dancehall fusion, sound clashes and juggling dances alike.  I have gotten many requests to mix up some of the classic riddims and anthems in this medium and it brings me pleasure to present The Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 17 - dedicated to you, the #REGGAELOVER.

Buju Banton – Mr Mention album cover for Buju’s 1992 debut album.

Tracklist

1 Simpleton – 1/4 to Twelve
2 Captain Barkey – Antichrist
3 Buccaneer – You Nuh Care
4 Lizard – Slapper Dapper
5 Fabby Dolly – Peanut Punch
6 Mad Cobra – Dun Wife
7 Buju Banton – First and Last
8 Mr. Vegas – Everywhere I Go
9 Snow, Nadine Sutherland, Terror Fabulous, Beenie Man, Buju Banton and
Kulcha Know – Anything For You
10 Spragga Benz featuring Nadine Sutherland – Please Me
11 Gary Minott – Seek God
12 Daddy Screw and Bonovan Steele – Miss Bonafied
13 Frisco Kid – You and You Man
14 Terror Fabulous – Behold
15 Spragga Benz – W
16 Beenie Man – Certain Man
17 Beenie Man – Slam
18 Beenie Man – Wicked Ride
19 Buju Banton – Only Man
20 Frisco Kid – Living In Style
21 Spragga Benz featuring Wayne Wonder – Dedicated To My Favorite Girl
22 Dennis Brown – Our Day Will Come
23 Gary Minott – No More
24 Daddy Screw and Bonovan Steele – Big Tings A Gwan
25 Daddy Screw and Bonovan Steele – Dapper (Breathe Again)
26 Don Yute and Wayne Wonder – Loving In Excess
27 Dugsy Ranks – Wifee
28 Louie Culture – No Gyal
29 Frisco Kid – Big Speech
30 Spragga Benz – Tings A Gwaan
31 Buju Banton – Man A Look You
32 Nadine Sutherland and Buju Banton – Second Class Love
33 Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous – Action
34 Wayne Wonder and Louie Culture – Live and Learn
35 Spragga Benz – Peace
36 Beenie Man – Better Learn
37 Rayvon and Red Fox – Bashment Party
38 Bounty Killer and Richie Stephens – Maniac
39 Bounty Killer and Barrington Levy – Living Dangerously
40 Spragga Benz – Camouflage
41 Snagga Puss – Tatie
42 Spragga Benz and Wayne Wonder – Never Keeping Secrets
43 Monster Shack Crew (Ghost, Roundhead, General B) – Round Robin (Do
You Remember?)
44 Jigsy King and Tony Curtis – Real Love
45 Buju Banton – Stamina Daddy

Direct download: 17_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3
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King Kong, Nitty Gritty, Half Pint and Tenor Saw: Featured Reggae Singers

This was a listener requested mix consisting of the biggest tracks from 4 singers: King Kong, Half Pint, Tenor Saw and Nitty Gritty. Ray said he thought these artists sound alike and that called for a mix with their hits.

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Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 16 – King Kong, Nitty Gritty, Half Pint, Tenor Saw

Their voices are easily distinguishable to my ear, but I agree that Tenor Saw and Nitty Gritty sang with a very similar and unique style.  King Kong ended up copying that style of vocal delivery, but Half Pint carved out his own lane on the way to enormous success in the 1980s and 90s as a reggae crooner.

RIP to Nitty Gritty and Tenor Saw whose likes were cut down way too early. This is a dedication to you and every reggae lover.

Direct download: 16_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

Tracklist

1 Jah Jah Rule – King Kong
2 Message To All Beginners – Tenor Saw
3 Greetings – Half Pint
4 Roll Call – Tenor Saw
5 Lots of Sign – Tenor Saw
6 Run Come Call Me – Tenor Saw
7 Trouble Again – King Kong
8 Pumpkin Belly (Old Time Proverbs) – Tenor Saw
9 Run Down The World – Nitty Gritty
10 Mr. Landlord – Half Pint
11 One Big Family – Half Pint
12 Rub A Dub Market – Tenor Saw
13 Who Is Gonna Help Me Praise – Tenor Saw
14 Draw Mi Mark – Nitty Gritty
15 Soul Mate – Half Pint
16 Golden Hen – Tenor Saw
17 Champion Sound – King Kong
18 Ring The Alarm Quick – Tenor Saw / Buju Banton
19 False Alarm – Nitty Gritty
20 Good Morning Teacher – Nitty Gritty
21 Fever – Tenor Saw
22 Crazy Girl – Half Pint
23 Hog Inna Minty – Nitty Gritty
24 Zero Them Minds – Nitty Gritty
25 Substitute Lover – Half Pint
26 Shirley Jones – Tenor Saw
27 Winsome – Half Pint
28 We Run Things – Nitty Gritty
29 Where Is Your Culture – King Kong
30 No Work On Sunday – Tenor Saw
31 Stand Me Now – King Kong
32 Kill Dem Wid It – King Kong
33 My Sound Stands Alone – King Kong
34 Ready Done – Nitty Gritty

Dancehall Time Travelling Back to the 80s and 90s #ReggaeLover

My passion for, and in-depth knowledge of the 1980s dancehall reggae era is displayed in Reggae Lover #10 as incredibly authentic selection is combined with shockingly consistent mixing. The episode starts out with reality tunes and then transitions to lovers rock with the tempo gradually increasing throughout.

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Super Cat, Neckademus & Junior Demus - Cabin Stabbin - 1990


Supercat, Nicodemus, Junior Demus – Cabin Stabbin’ (Classic 1990 Album cover)

Reality Tunes
1 Anthony Johnson – Gunshot
2 Philip Frazer – Morning Mr. Officer
3 Early B – Take Up Your Bible
4 Michael Palmer – Lickshot
5 Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
6 Beenie Man – Dont Dis Me
7 Tenor Saw – Golden Hen
8 Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
9 Barrington Levy – Money Move
10 Cocoa Tea and Ninja Man – Kingston Hot
11 Admiral Tibet, Ninjaman, and Shabba Ranks – Serious Times
12 Courtney Melody – Down In The Dancehall
13 Super Black – Bad Bwoy Gone A Jail
14 Cocoa Tea – Nah Look No Work
15 Conroy Smith – Dangerous
16 Buju Banton – Mass Murderer
17 Bounty Killer – Inspired By God
18 Super Cat – Teach Dem Something
19 Josey Wales – Hustling
20 Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea and Home T – Pirates Anthem
21 Mighty Diamonds – Heavy Load
22 Gregory Isaacs – Rumors
23 Lady G – Nuff Respect
24 Sebastian – Bad Boy
25 Wayne Wonder and Don Yute – Sensi Ride
26 Luitenant Stitchie – Almighty God
27 Colin Roach – Johnny Too Bad
28 Eccleton Jarrett – Kill A Sound
29 Pad Anthony – Death To A Sound
30 Colin Roach – Champion Sound
31 Knight Rider – Bad Boy Steppin’
32 Tiger – Bam Bam
33 Lieutenant Stitchie – Great Ambition
34 Little Twitch – Respect Due
35 General Trees – Road Code
36 Hammermouth – The Great
Lovers Tunes
37 Leroy Sibbles – Need You Beside Me
38 Ansel Collins – Carried Away
39 Leroy Gibbon – Four Season Lover
40 Shabba Ranks – Original Fresh
41 Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus – One Scotch
42 SuperCat – Boops
43 Thriller U – My Love
44 Jennifer Lara – I’ll Give You Love
45 Is It Love – Anthony Malvo
46 Cocoa Tea – Saturday Night
47 Frankie Paul – I Know The Score
48 Sanchez – End Of The World
49 Sanchez – Love Songs
50 Sanchez – Sad Songs
51 Courtney Melody – Bad Boy
52 Daddy Lizard – A Fi Fly Out
53 Supercat, Nicodemus, Junior Demus – Cabin Stabbin’
54 Dean Fraser – Can’t Run Sax
55 Pinchers – Loving That You Want
56 Gregory Isaacs – Bits and Pieces
57 Leroy Gibbons – Why Are You Going Away
58 Frankie Paul – Sara
59 What One Dance Can Do Version
60 Tenor Saw – No Work On Sunday
61 Johnny Osbourne – Rock A Dub
62 Sugar Minott – Cool Down
63 Beres Hammond – What One Dance Can Do
64 Audrey Hall – One Dance Can’t Do

Dubplates, Ganja Tunes, and Studio One Riddims

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The Reggae Lover Podcast  Episode 7 – Dubplates and Studio One Riddims

This mix contains classics from some of the Studio One label’s biggest riddims. The dubplates selected here help to illustrate the story of Highlanda, an original sound system founded in Atlanta in 1999 by Guyanese and Jamaican selectors from Brooklyn, New York.  See tracklist and download link below.Reggae Lover Kutchie imageTRACKLIST

1   The Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kutchie
2   Early B – The Visit of King Selassie
3   Buju Banton – Concrete Jungle Rock
4   Charlie Chaplin – Bubbling Telephone Chalice
5   Luciano and Mickey General – Sweet Guyana (Dubplate)
6   Mykal Rose – Stalk of Sensimelia
7   Everton Blender – Bring The Kutchie Come
8   Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderalla
9   Imani – The Sweetest Sound I’ve Ever Known (Dubplate)
10  Sugar Minott – Soundboy Killing (Dubplate)
11  Sluggy Ranks – Sodom and Gomorrah (Dubplate)
12  Sugar Minott – Never Gonna Give Jah Up
13  Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (Dubplate)
14  Sugar Minott – Vanity
15  Warrior King – Highlanda Kill Your Sound (Dubplate)
16  Garnett Silk – Kingly Character
17  Luciano – Give Praise/Jah Blessing (Dubplate)
18  The Heptones – Were Gonna Fight
19  Mickey General – Amazing Medley (Dubplate)
20  Barry Brown – Give My Love A Try
21  Carlton Livingston – Here I Stand
22  Johnny Osbourne – Jah Righteous Plan
23  Sugar Minott – Don’t Fuss or Fight
24  Johnny Osbourne – No War
25  Carlton Livingston – Jam It Up
26  Sugar Minott featuring The Congos – Oh DC (Dubplate)

 Direct download: 7_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

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The Biggest Lovers Rock Anthems of the 90s

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Direct download: 2_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

Episode 2 - Greatest Lovers Rock Combination Anthems of the 90s

Reggae Lover Episode 2 – Greatest Lovers Rock Combination Anthems of the 90s

1   Yami Bolo and Merciless – Curly Locs

After a short intro from yours truly, this mix starts off with a 1996 hit, Yami Bolo and Merciless singing Curly Locs – a lovely representation of the Junior Byles original song.

2   Andrew Bell and Shelene Thomas – Can You Give Me What I Want?

A big lover’s tune that can be found on one of the VP Records “Strictly the Best” compilation albums from the 90s.  Andrew Bell is still performing today and goes by the name Joseph Quote (aka “Bello”.

3   Sanchez and Beenie Man – Going Away

Quite simply one of the biggest songs on the prolific “Love Bump” riddim.  The King of the Dancehall alongside Sanchez, one of Jamaica’s most beloved voices.

4   Beres Hammond and Buju Banton – My Woman Now (Kahlil Wonda Extra Buju Mix)

In the original version of this song, Buju takes too long to come in.  Here, I have taken care of that problem.  Let me know if you like the sound of this “Extra Buju Mix.”

5   Cocoa Tea and Nadine Sutherland – Its Now or Never

Many have forgotten that these two artists ever sang together on a track. The combo of silky smooth male and female vocals make this tune simply SWEET.

6   Cocoa Tea and Cutty Ranks – Waiting In Vain

This is one song I just don’t mind hearing at any time.  Done nicely by Cocoa and Cutty, this Bob Marley classic is bound to live forever

7   Beres Hammond and Buju Banton – Who Say

Stop everything!  No keep going.  This is one of the top combinations in the business period.

8   Cocoa Tea and Buju Banton – Too Young

I had a tough time selecting only one song from this riddim, but the production on this track is just perfect.  Forward, Rewind and pull up dat!!!

9   Cocoa Tea and Cutty Ranks – I’m Not A King

Once again, hear back-to-back entries from the sweet voice of Cocoa Tea, this time accompanied by Cutty Ranks, who remained relevant in the 90s with solid lyrical delivery in this style.

10  Buju Banton and Wayne Wonder – Lonley

The “Swing Easy” is always a riddim that one can I listen or skank to for an extended period.  In this selection, I am pulling out some of the best cuts to feature, and Buju Banton along with Wayne Wonder have a winner with “Lonely.”

11  Chevelle Franklin and Lady G – The Right Slam (Kahlil Wonda Spicy Mix)

As a second song on in a row on the “Swing Easy” riddim, this song features two of the finest ladies of the era (80s – 90s dancehall).  I have reworked the song here to bring Lady G in at the proper time, thus maintaining the vibes of the mix.

12  Twiggi and Buju Banton – I Want Your Love (Kahlil Wonda Extra Buju Mix)

Buju is my artist, but here again the original press of this Penthouse Records Tempo riddim single makes you wait for a few verses to hear Gargamel come in.  I have made some adjustments to the arrangement so that the singer, Twiggi, goes back and forth with the DJ. This creates the ultimate in vibes.

13  Beres Hammond and Josey Wales – Free and Single (Sweetness)

Beres is the living legend – what more can I say? With father Josey in combination on the Conversation riddim, this remix to “Sweetness” is dancehall solid gold.

 

Thank you for listening!  Requests? Feedback? Email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com to interact directly with me and also leave a comment below.

Direct download: 2_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

The Top Conscious Reggae Collaborations of the 1990’s

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This mix consists strictly of my favorite type of song, the collabo aka combination (duet, trio, etc.).  There is usually more energy to a song whenever two or more artists decide to join forces on a single musical project and in reggae music, the excitement is heightened when singers team up with deejays.

Reggae Lover Episode 1 - 1990s Combinations

Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 1 – 1990s Combinations

The combinations selected here are all reality (culture) tunes from the 1990s decade and a listen will most likely improve your mood.  Yes, this compilation will appeal to the #ReggaeLover, fight depression, and promote virtuous ways.

The track list is below. Requests? Email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com to interact directly with me and also leave a comment below.

Reggae Lover Episode 1 Playlist

1 Beenie Man and Luciano – Crazy Baldheads
2 Beenie Man and Barrington Levy – Murder (Remix)
3 Shabba Rank and Cocoa Tea – Flag Flown High
4 Beenie Man and Determine – Kette Drum
5 Capleton and Yami Bolo – Put Down The Weapon
6 Beenie Man and Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi (Remix)
7 Beres Hammond and Buju Banton – Ain’t It Good To Know
8 Luciano and Sizzla – Jah Blessing
9 Luciano, Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplin – Rebel With A Cause
10 Garnet Silk and Tony Rebel – A Man Is A Man
11 Buju Banton and Tony Rebel – A So
12 Buju Banton and Toots – 54 46
13 Sugar Black and Lebenculah – Oh Jah
14 Carlton Livingston and Shabba Ranks – Don’t Follow Rumors
15 Chevell Franklin and Lady G – Thank You
16 Luciano, Terror Fabulous, Louie culture – We’re All In This Thing Together
17 Sizzla and Jah Cure – King In This Jungle
18 Garnet Silk and Richie Stephens – Fight Back

Direct download: 1_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3 (right-click and “Save as…” to download mp3 / left-click to stream)

 

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Jimmy Cliff on stage at the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2013

Reggae/Dancehall Year In Review 2013

A round-up of Reggae/Dancehall in 2013 with a month by month summary of events, album releases, performances, charts and the 2013 Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall artists alive.

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The Voice Winner Tessanne

The Voice Winner Tessanne
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Free Download: Penthouse Records Tribute Mix #reggae #podcast

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The man behind Donovan Germain with Romain Virgo.

The man behind Penthouse Records, Donovan Germain with reggae singer Romain Virgo. Photo Credit: unitedreggae.com

100% music from Penthouse Records can be heard in this mix-show podcast as heard live on the syndicated ‘Da Music Vault with Kahlil Wonda‘ radio broadcast (Daflavaradio.com Wednesdays 6-9pm EST)

Buju Banton - Mr Mention album cover for Buju's 1992 debut album.

Buju Banton – Mr Mention album cover for Buju’s 1992 debut album.

Download link.  Enjoy the Penthouse Records Mix cloudcast on Mixcloud.

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Penthouse Records 25 Years The Journey Continues #reggae

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Donovan Germain and Penthouse Studio productions are firmly entrenched in the history of reggae music. The studio, originally located at 56 Slipe Road in Kingston was the birth place of many classic hits.
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The 2 CD/DVD collection presents 47 classic and current hits for a timeless listening experience.

To commemorate twenty five years since the founding of the Penthouse recording studio, VP Records is proud to announce the January 14th release of “Penthouse Records 25Years – The Journey Continues.”
The selection presented here offers a ‘best of’ Penthouse yesterday, today and tomorrow. The label has nurtured some of the biggest names in reggae on the microphone and behind the mixing boards, with much of their work included here.
The bonus DVD is a newly created tribute to the label and its founder featuring interviews with many key players from the Penthouse Records story.  

Source: VP Records

 

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Tad’s Record Brings the Year’s Biggest Hits with The Ultimate 2013

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Tad’s Record brings the heat with this year’s hottest dancehall songs, all on one album, with their latest release The Ultimate 2013 – Various Artists, available worldwide on June 25, 2013, with pre-order available now.

Featuring the biggest names in dancehall music currently, The Ultimate 2013 sets the soundtrack for the year and is the only album where you will find all of your favorite new dancehall tunes.

The physical album boasts 26 sizzling singles, and the digital album contains 36 tracks, 10 of them being raw or explicit versions of singles from the physical album.

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“The Ultimate 2013 is the latest release of our flagship ‘Various Artists’ compilation albums,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “It is the sixth production and we truly believe that it is the best yet.”

This installment of the critically acclaimed compilation features dancehall juggernauts Mavado, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Buju Banton, Konshens, Demarco, Aidonia, Fambo, Ninja Man and new sensation Chronixx, among others.

It spotlights recent dancehall hits such as “Live My Life” by Mavado, “Gal A Gimmi Bun” by I-Octane, “Judgment” by Chronixx and “Lighter” by Vybz Kartel, along with an extend playlist of other dancehall staples to keep the party going all year long.

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“The Ultimate 2012 received rave reviews, especially since it featured major acts such as Baby Cham, but The Ultimate 2013 has topped that by featuring new singing sensation Chronixx,” discloses Dawkins. “Each year we endeavor to live up to our tag line of providing ‘the ultimate reggae experience’ and we are confidently satisfied in the job that we have been doing thus far.”

The Ultimate 2013 will be available worldwide on June 25, 2013 from all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, from Tad’s Record. Pre-order of the album is available now. For more information, please visit tadsrecord.com.