This mix features the the Satta riddim, short for Satta Massagana. 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 “He Gave Praise”, was originally recorded for Studio One in 1969, but the label’s owner, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd declined to release it.
Also featured in this episode is Title Riddim which was released in 1988. The late, great singer Wayne Smith (yes he sang more than just Sleng Teng) delivers the blessing with “Jah Is Our Light” before the Soundbwoy Killing tunes start to flow. Even if you don’t know the artists singing at this point it matters not because the vibes are ever-present and the mixes come smoothly and quickly enough to hopefully put you in trance.
Episode 3 ventures away from the more commercially popular and hit songs mixed in the first 2 Reggae Lover shows and the riddim driven nature of this mix also lends a different type of vibe. Check the playlist and leave a comment below.
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1 Wayne Smith – Jah is Our Light
2 Sugar Minott – Can’t Cross the Border
3 Chipi Prophet – Hard Nut To Crack
4 Trevor Levy – Kill A Sound Tonight
5 Scion Success – General
6 Pad Anthony – The Title
7 Ranking Joe – Original General
8 Abbysinians – Satta Massa Gana
9 Bernard Collins – Satta Me No Born Yah
10 Bernard Collins – Satta Don
11 Big Youth – I Pray Thee
12 Prince Far I – Wisdom
13 U-Roy – Blessed
14 Dennis Brown – It Is A Fact
15 Luciano – Man Of Order
16 Jah mali – Cornerstone
17 Anthony B – Good and Bad
18 Capleton – Dislocate
19 Capleton – Raggy Road
20 Sizzla – One Away