Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix. Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy's King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry "Junjo" Lawe's Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system. Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale's voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker. Josey Wales Playlist: Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin Weh Dem A Go Do Bobo Dread You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me Pick Your Choice ft. Barrington Levy Everyone Hustling Grooving Swing Low ft. Charlie Chaplin Do Good ft. Charlie Chaplin, Yami Bolo, and Jack Radics Whole Heap of Corn Bowl Dem Sweet Jamaica Vibes ft. Mr. Vegas and Shaggy Na Lef Jamaica Free and Single ft. Beres Hammond Right Move Stamp Out Kingston Hot Ready Fi Josey Leggo Me Hand Know How Fi Love Dem Up ft. Assassin

‘The Outlaw’ Josey Wales a.k.a ‘The Colonel’ | Reggae Lover Podcast 62

Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix.

Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy‘s King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry “Junjo” Lawe’s Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system.

Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix.  Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy's King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry "Junjo" Lawe's Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system.  Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale's voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker.  Josey Wales Playlist:  Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin Weh Dem A Go Do Bobo Dread You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me Pick Your Choice ft. Barrington Levy Everyone Hustling Grooving Swing Low ft. Charlie Chaplin Do Good ft. Charlie Chaplin, Yami Bolo, and Jack Radics Whole Heap of Corn Bowl Dem Sweet Jamaica Vibes ft. Mr. Vegas and Shaggy Na Lef Jamaica Free and Single ft. Beres Hammond Right Move Stamp Out Kingston Hot Ready Fi Josey Leggo Me Hand Know How Fi Love Dem Up ft. Assassin

Josey Wales is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay.

Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale’s voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker.

Josey Wales, born Joseph Winston Sterling in St. Mary, Jamaica is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay.

Josey Wales was one of dancehall’s founding fathers

Josey Wales Playlist:

  1. Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin
  2. Weh Dem A Go Do
  3. Bobo Dread
  4. You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me
  5. Pick Your Choice ft. Barrington Levy
  6. Everyone Hustling
  7. Grooving
  8. Swing Low ft. Charlie Chaplin
  9. Do Good ft. Charlie Chaplin, Yami Bolo, and Jack Radics
  10. Whole Heap of Corn
  11. Bowl Dem
  12. Sweet Jamaica Vibes ft. Mr. Vegas and Shaggy
  13. Na Lef Jamaica
  14. Free and Single ft. Beres Hammond
  15. Right Move
  16. Stamp Out
  17. Kingston Hot
  18. Ready Fi Josey
  19. Leggo Me Hand
  20. Know How Fi Love Dem Up ft. Assassin

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Original Vintage Ska | Reggae Lover Podcast 61

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.

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For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

  1. Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
  2.  Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
  3. An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.

Playlist:

  1. Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
  2. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
  3. Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
  4. Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
  5. Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
  6. Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
  7. Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
  8. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
  9. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
  10. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
  11. Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
  12. U-Roy – Wake the Town
  13. U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
  14. Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
  15. Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
  16. Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
  17. Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
  18. Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
  19. Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
  20. The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
  21. Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
  22. Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
  23. Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
  24. Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
  25. The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
  26. The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  27. Derrick Morgan – Forward March
  28. Prince Buster – Al Capone
  29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop
  30. Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
  31. Don Drummond – Man in the Street
  32. The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
  33. Bob Marley – Judge Not
  34. Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
  35. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
  36. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
  37. The Wailers – Simmer Down
  38. Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
  39. Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
  40. Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
  41. Owen Gray – Midnight Track
  42. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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More Fire! - Reggae Lover Podcast 60

More Fire! – Reggae Lover Podcast 60

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Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

It was a time when Bounty Killer was given the title “Poor People Governor” and had a streak of hit songs banned from radio airplay in Jamaica because he spoke out against corruption and divisiveness in political policies and sang about ineptitude and abuse by local law enforcement. There was a resurgence of lyrical protest songs uniting and re-energizing the dancehall followers in the streets of Jamaica with positive messages earning the biggest crowd responses. Buju Banton, who emerged as the “Voice of Jamaica” delivered words of wisdom and warning to his fan base and his lyrical ideals deepened right along with his Rastafarian faith.

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The same went for Capleton who was dominant and was dubbed “The Fire Man.” Capleton burned the hottest fire with a string of releases that dissected and illustrated all the faults he found with “Babylon system” and during his live stage performances, massive eruptions of energy occurred. Artists such as Sizzla, Luciano, and Anthony B were also extremely influential within this conscious movement of the 1990s.

The up-tempo (dancehall) riddims being produced in this era of Jamaican music offered very diverse story lines so there were songs about the latest dance moves, gunman tunes, girls anthems, and ganja dedications surrounded by songs about spirituality, African liberation, “burning out” current corrupt government officials and taboo trends, or the struggles of the poor in the ghetto.

Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

This mix focuses on the danceable selections of that period that kept it real. Reality tunes, similar in content to the roots reggae standards of reggae’s foundation era, but aligned with the most popular riddims that dominated the dancehall. This was the music that could be heard at the climax of sound system sessions primarily from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Please press play and take a brief trip back to “fire time.” More Fire!

Playlist:

  1. Sweet C – Natty Dread
  2. Spragga Benz – Moving Up The Line
  3. Beenie Man – Music A Di Beat
  4. Louie Culture – Ganga Lee
  5. Beenie Man – Blessed
  6. Bushman ft. I Lue – Send Them Come
  7. Zebra – Selassie Warning
  8. Capleton – No Carbon Copy
  9. Bounty Killer – Babylon System A Go Down
  10. Capleton – Good So
  11. Buju Banton – Deportees (Tings Change)
  12. Beenie Man – Foundation
  13. Capleton – Stay Far From Trouble
  14. Terry Ganzie – Ragga Ragga
  15. Sizzla – Dem A Gaze
  16. Capleton – Bad Mind
  17. Bounty Killer – Fed Up
  18. Spragga Benz – Peace
  19. Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary
  20. Capleton – Almshouse
  21. Little Hero, Merciless & Action Fire – God Alone
  22. Capleton ft. Jah Thunder – Fire
  23. Capleton – Badness
  24. Sizzla – Karate
  25. Buju Banton – Rampage
  26. Capleton – Cuyah Cuyah Cuyah
  27. Capleton – Things Are Happening
  28. Capleton – More Prophet
  29. Bounty Killer – Anytime
  30. Beenie Man – Gospel Time

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Give Thanks | Reggae Lover Podcast 59

Give Thanks | Reggae Lover Podcast 59

Reggae music has always been a beacon of light for those in the face of darkness.

With many people around the world facing crisis situations, I was inspired to scrap the mix that was lined up for release this week and instead build an episode that could refresh, uplift, and inspire positivity for those who face the hardest of times.  Let this be your soundtrack as you work or study and repeat as necessary for positive energy, healing, stress relief, inspiration, and success.

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Reggae music has always been a beacon of light for those in the face of darkness.

The first song in this mix sets the tone and captures the overall theme of Reggae Lover Podcast #59 quite well.  On this initial trackwhich was produced by Tony English and Daddy Earl, singer Anthony Malvo shows his diversity.  To follow, other songs simply reminding us to give thanks and to praise God are showcased from artists like Junior Reid, Chronixx, Assassin, Gappy Ranks, Sizzla, Gramps Morgan, and Bushman.

Sanchez sings “Amazing Grace” and tells us not to disrespect the Man with the handle, Tenor Saw asks who is gonna help him praise Jehova and Tony Curtis exclaims that his God is real.  Garnet Silk sings a few prayers as soulfully as only he can, while Beres Hammond poses the questions “Do you pray for the homeless in the street, and for the innocent’s blood to stop running?”  Anthony B cries that you should remember to put God above your car and your bling, and the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown asks God to bless our souls.

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59 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Give Thanks

To counteract the effects of overwhelming guilty, fearful, and angry emotions that stem from today’s mainstream media and entertainment outlets with their shocking sensationalism, hyper-sexualization, and promotion of negativity, Reggae Lover Podcast #59 offers God bless reggae music and a reminder that we have the power to tap into higher levels of consciousness.  Let’s give thanks!

Playlist:

  1. Anthony Malvo – Give Thanks
  2. Sanchez – Never Dis The Man
  3. Donna Marie – Bless His Holy Name
  4. Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise
  5. Garnet Silk – Bless Me
  6. Tony Curtis – My God Is Real
  7. Bushman – Fill My Cup
  8. Sanchez – Amazing Grace
  9. Garnet Silk – Fill Us Up With Your Mercy
  10. Chronixx – Beat and A Mic
  11. Little Twitch – Devil Send You Come
  12. Spragga Benz – Love God and Prosper
  13. Junior Reid – Give Thanks
  14. Beres Hammond – Do You Pray
  15. Garnet Silk – Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders
  16. Anthony B – God Above Everything
  17. Etana – The Prayer
  18. Xodus – Give Thanks
  19. Assassin – Give Thanks
  20. Sizzla – Thanks and Praise to the Creator
  21. Delly Ranx – Jah Jah A Mi Everything
  22. Gappy Ranks – Thanks and Praise
  23. Garnet Silk – Blessed Be the Almighty
  24. Richie Stephens – God Is On My Side
  25. Assassin – Only God Knows
  26. Gappy Ranks – Lord Have Mercy
  27. Bushman – It’s So Easy
  28. G-Whizz – God A Di Boss
  29. Bugle – Prayer
  30. Chronixx – Thanks and Praise
  31. Chaka Demus – Holy Book
  32. Dennis Brown – God Bless My Soul
  33. Gary Minott – Seek God
  34. Gramps Morgan – The Almighty

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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul, the late great dancehall icon sang many classic tunes that will forever extend his legacy.

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I was inspired to pay tribute to FP because of his beloved voice and his great body of work in the music industry, but unfortunately, he passed away prior to this episode being released.  If you are missing Frankie Paul, go ahead and listen to this mix for some upliftment and celebrate our fallen general. Buy his music, share it, and play it. Look into his life story if you are unfamiliar. You will see that foundation reggae artists and musicians do not get their proper due.  In far too many cases their careers are “unsung” and their contributions are underrated and forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Frankie Paul’s family and loved ones and I hope that he receives as much recognition as he deserves for being one of the quintessential figures in the history of reggae, Jamaica’s greatest claim to fame. There are many other trailblazers that need to be highlighted and honored. Thank you for taking some time out to download or stream Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 58, a Tribute to Frankie Paul, and a dedication to the reggae lover in you.

Frankie Paul Playlist:

  1.  Worries In the Dance (Trojan version)
  2. Don’t Worry Yourself
  3. Jah Jah Children
  4. Children of Israel
  5. Alesha
  6. Stars
  7. The Girl Is Mine
  8. Love Is Like Candy
  9. You Came Running Back
  10. Sindie
  11. Worries In The Dance (Volcano version)
  12. Do Good
  13. Ready or Not
  14. Skettel
  15. Pass Di Kushumpeng
  16. Loose Off A Dem
  17. Pass The Dub Plate
  18. Stuck On You
  19. Casanova
  20. Foreign Mind
  21. I Know the Score
  22. Come and Talk To Me
  23. Agony
  24. Steady Skanking
  25. I Need You
  26. Big and Ready ft. Heavy D, and Super Cat
  27. Out Your Mind
  28. I Miss Your Love
  29. Don Man
  30. Where Is That Love
  31. Ghetto Man Skank
  32. Curfew In the Dance
  33. Mistri Lady
  34. Giving You the Benefit
  35. Cassandra
  36. Head To Toe
  37. Bring Yu Body Come ft. Buju Banton
  38. We Rule The Border
  39. Sarah
  40. Day Oh
  41. Idle Jubie
  42. I Just Wanna Love You
  43. Call The Brigade

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