Reggae Singer Luciano, Greatest Hits Highlighted

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We salute a living legend, reggae singer Luciano who has released 21 studio albums over the course of a brilliant 22 year career. One of my favorite artists and live performers, Luciano gained prominence around the world during the “Rastafari renaissance” in dancehall that took place in the mid-late 1990s. He established himself as a name synonymous with roots reggae and became one the sub-genre’s pillars.

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This 1 hour mix of 42 songs focuses heavily on Luciano’s material from Where There Is Life, and Messenger, which were albums produced by Phillip “Fattis” Burrell and his Xterminator label. His latest album,The Qabalah Man, was released on the 29th of November 2013. Please support this phenomenally talented artist by buying his music/merchandise and patronizing his live concerts. You will not be disappointed.

Luciano Playlist

After All (album)

After All (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 Intro
2 Guess Whats Happening
3 Never Give Up My Pride
4 Final Call
5 Jah Is My Navigator
6 Sweet Jamaica
7 Business Lock
8 Jah Lives
9 If There Was No God
10 Good God
11 Skank If You Skanking
12 Sweep Over My Soul
13 Should I Slumber
14 Come Away
15 Level Up The Unity
16 Glory Be
17 Wicked Haffi Run Away
18 Where There is Life
19 Shake It Up Tonight
20 In This Together
21 Messenger
22 Peace My Brethren Peace
23 Punchline 24 Jah Kingdom featuring Capleton
25 Give Praise/Jah Blessing (dub plate)
26 Who Could It Be
27 Love Jah and Live
28 Ulterior Motive
29 One Way Ticket
30 Oh Father I Love You
31 What We Gonna Do featuring Buju Banton
32 We Be Alright featuring Buju Banton
33 Heaven Help Up All
34 How Can You?
35 Thank You Lord (dub plate)
36 He Is My Friend
37 As the Beat Goes On
38 Win or Lose
39 Your World and Mine
40 Lord Give Me Strength
41 Jah Jah Never Let Me Down
42 Write My Name

2 Bad Riddims: The Stalag versus The Sleng Teng

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It’s brings me great pleasure to release this episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast which features two riddims that were suggested by my listeners: the Stalag version and the Sleng Teng rhythm. If you have ever been to a reggae dance or concert, you have definitely heard songs on one or both of these legendary riddim tracks which have had a dominating prominence in the dancehall for three decades.

I selected this 22 song playlist out of the hundreds of tunes that have been recorded over these versions. The mix is comprised mostly of the original cuts produced by Winston “Techniques” Riley and Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James. Please submit playlist suggestions and feedback to ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com.

In Jamaica, the Stalag version (or Stalag riddim) is a popular reggae rhythm, which came to prominence in the 1970s. It was originally written and performed as “Stalag 17″ (named after the 1953 war film) by Ansell Collins, and released by Winston Riley‘s Techniques record label in 1973.

It was mainly used for dub instrumental versions, often b-sides of records. The rhythm also influenced early hip-hop, and can be discerned on Public Enemy’s hit ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ as well as on Too Short’s Blowjob Betty.

Sleng Teng is the name given to the first fully computerized riddim in Jamaican music. The riddim, which was created by the collaboration between King Jammy and Wayne Smith, was titled “Under Mi Sleng Teng“. Wayne Smith found the computerized sound in Noel Davey’s keyboard, and together he and Davey arranged the riddim, slowed it down, matched it to Smith’s key, and rehearsed on it with lyrics inspired by Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi” and Yellowman’s “Under me fat ting”, before taking it to Jammy’s studio in late 1984. The riddim itself is apparently an attempt to recreate Eddie Cochran’s 1959 rockabilly song “Somethin’ Else.” It is a pattern found in the Casio MT-40 home keyboard.

After the riddim was brought to the studio and Jammy heard it, he then slowed it further and placed piano and a clap on it. Jammy recorded a number of other artists on the original backing track including Tenor Saw (with “Pumpkin Belly”), and Johnny Osbourne (with “Buddy Bye”). The tunes were first unleashed at a now legendary soundclash between Jammy’s own sound system and Black Scorpio at Waltham Park Road on February 23, 1985.

 

Stalag 17 Playlist

1 Frankie Paul – Don’t Worry Yourself – Volcano
2 General Echo – Arlene – Techniques
3 Admiral Tibett – Trouble To A Man – Techniques
4 Little Kirk – Whats Love Got To Do – Techniques
5 Yami Bolo – Take It Easy – Techniques
6 Cocoa Tea – We Do The Killing – Digital B
7 Super Beagle – Soundboy Dust Out – Techniques
8 Tenor Saw and Buju Banton – Ring The Alarm Quick – Techniques
9 Sister Nancy – Bam Bam – Techniques
10 Cutty Ranks – Rude Bwoy Game – Techniques
11 Nicodemus – Suzy Wong – Skengdon

Sleng Teng Playlist

1 Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng – Jammys
2 Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly – Jammys
3 Echo Minott – Original Fat Ting – Jammys
4 Buddy Bye – Johnny Osbourne – Jammys
5 Josey Wales – Cowboy Style – Jammys
6 Yelloman – Reggae Ambassador – Jammys
7 Tony Curtis – Weak – John John
8 Anthony Red Rose – Under Me Fat Ting – King Tubbys
9 John Wayne – Call The Police For Me – Jammys
10 Super Cat – Trash and Ready – Jammys
11 Frankie Paul – Cassandra – Steely and Clevie

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The Taxi Riddim featured in exclusive Dancehall foundation mix

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The TAXI riddim has been around for a long time, and it will never leave the dancehall. This riddim is foundation!!

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I kicked off this special mix with the Sister Nancy hit entitled One Two which was released around 1976 by producer Winston Riley on the Techniques label. There are a few earlier versions of Taxi, but once Sly and Robbie cut their version, the riddim really took off.  You will hear 30 tracks in the mix, ranging from the 1980s to 2009.

This unique mix was suggested by a subscriber.  How does this compare to other Taxi riddim mixes you have heard?  Use #ReggaeLover across all social media when sharing the links or giving feedback, or email directly to ReggaeLoverPodcast@Gmail.com.

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Tracklist:

1 Sister Nancy – One Two
2 Yelloman and Fathead – Bam Bam
3 Sister Nancy and Yellowman – Bloodstain
4 Sanchez – Some Guys
5 Wayne Wonder – Anything For You
6 Scotty – Shining Star
7 Wayne Wonder – Fast Car
8 Foxy Brown – Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
9 Junie Ranks – Lick Out
10 Tiger – Ram Dancehall
11 Tony Rebel – New DJ Is Coming
12 Bounty Killer – The Lord Is My Salvation
13 Freddie MvGregor – Prophecy
14 Hammermouth – The Great
15 General Threes – Road Code
16 Johnny Osborne – Reasons
17 Junior Reid – Bubblers
18 Little John – True Confessions
19 Burro Banton – Dem A Gangster
20 Andrew Bell – Escape The Beating (Dubplate)
21 Rude Boyz International – Champion (Dubplate)
22 Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
23 Capleton and Uplifter – Africa Bound
24 Sadiki – Lost Without You
25 Michelle Gordon – Exhale Shoop Shoop
26 Ambelique – Taxi
27 Bitty McClean – Lately (Jamaican Mix)
28 Mr. Vegas – Gangsta Law (Radio)
29 Buju Banton – Driver
30 Elephant Man – Bring It

Affairs of The Heart – 100% Buju Banton for the Ladies

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This is the another exclusively Buju Banton episode, this time focusing on the subjects of love and relationships.

Episode 28 - Buju for the Ladies

The Reggae Lover Podcast: Episode 28 – Buju for the Ladies

Always a favorite with the female fan-base, Gargamel sets a high lyrical standard with efficient delivery as he sings, chants, and raps to and about the ladies.

Buju Banton Playlist:

1    Affairs of the Heart
2    One to One
3    Make You Mine
4    Good Lookin’ Gal
5    I Wanna Be Loved
6    Love Sponge
7    Don’t Give Way Me Tings
8    Miss Ready Body
9    Can’t Be My Lover
10  Love Me Brownin
11  Love Black Woman
12  If Loving Was A Crime
13  Go If You Want
14  Girl U Know
15  Good Body
16  Try Offa Yuh
17  Buy Love
18  Paid Not Played
19  Champion
20  Gone A Lead
21  Water Man
22  Your Night Tonight
23  It’s All Over
24  Love Haffi Request
25  Be My Love Tonight
26  Love You Like
27  Make My Day
28  Red Rose
29  Sense of Purpose
30  Hush Baby Hush

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Reasoning with Buju Banton: One-Drop Gargamel Mix

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In tribute to the the great Buju Banton aka Mark Myrie, Episode 27 of the #ReggaeLover podcast features conscious one drop collaborations, singles and songs from albums: Mr. Mention, Voice of Jamaica, Til Shiloh, Inna Heights, Unchained Spirit, Too Bad, Rasta Got Soul, and the Grammy award winning Before The Dawn.

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Modern Hit Songs on Classic Studio One Riddims

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Welcome to another episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast. This installment takes us on a Studio One rhythm excursion, but instead of the original vault classics, here I feature songs produced and released in the last two decades. This mix highlights some of the best new recordings on remade versions of defining riddims recorded at Studio One such as “Answer,” “Love Me Forever,” “Vanity,” “Cuss Cuss,” and more.

Studio One is one of Jamaica‘s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. Learn more about Studio One here.

TRACK LIST:

1 – Gappy Ranks – Put The Stereo On
2 – Chezidek – Far-I
3 – Luciano – Skank If You Skanking
4 – Sanchez – Praise Him
5 – Shinehead – Promises
6 – Burro Banton – Tek A Set
7 – Anthony B – Warrior
8 – Sizzla – Solid As A Rock
9 – Morgan Heritage – Reggae Music
10 – Sizzla – Jah Never Fail I
11 – Luciano – Where There Is Life
12 – Ray Darwin – False Alarm
13 – Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 – Beres Hammond – They’re Gonna Talk
15 – Buju Banton – Innocent
16 – Jamelody – Loving Drives Me Crazy
17 – Gappy Ranks – Pumpin Belly
18 – Macka B – Never Play A 45
19 – Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
20 – Warrior King – Melody
21 – Brian and Tony Gold – Sex Me
22 – Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (dubplate)
23 – Richie Spice – Youths Dem A Get Cold
24 – Beres Hammond – One Love, One Life
25 – Sanchez – Kiss Me Once
26 – Terror Fabulous – Can’t Stop Di Princess
27 – Sanchez – Chronic
28 – Doniki & Steady Ranks – Trod On
29 – Anthony B – One Thing
30 – Capleton – Can’t Sleep At Night
31 – Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
32 – Torch – I Need Your Love
33 – Anthony Cruz featuring Nikkiesha Barnes – Hold Me
34 – Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life
35 – Buju Banton – Lipstick Stains
36 – Etana featuring Vybrant – I Love U
37 – Eljai – The Leaders
38 – Luciano – Give Praise (dubplate)
39 – Garnet Silk – Kingly Character
40 – Chris Demontague – Love Is In The Air (Dub Mix)
41 – Gyptian – Never Seen Love Like This
42 – Tinga Stewart and Princess Jameli – Guilty

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REGGAE ARTIST TRANQUILITY CHOOSES POSITIVITY

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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 chrissypromo20@gmail.com

Check out TranQuility’s latest video here.

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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

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King Kong, Nitty Gritty, Half Pint and Tenor Saw: Featured Reggae Singers

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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.

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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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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