The Top Reggae Bands of All Time | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 74

I curated some of the biggest hits from legendary bands: Third World, Israel Vibration, Inner Circle, Aswad, Black Uhuru, and Steel Pulse – groups who have presented fabulous reggae music performances and recordings for nearly half a century.

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Third World is a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk, and disco. Although it has undergone several line-up changes, Stephen “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members.

Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants. They originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School – composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass); along with Basil’s brother Colin briefly on drums. Steel Pulse was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. They had their most successful period in the 1980s, with their album Anthem winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Aswad is a long-lasting British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the mid-1970s, having released a total of 21 albums. “Aswad” means “black” in Arabic.

Inner Circle is a Jamaican reggae group. The group was originally called The Inner Circle Band and formed in 1968. The band achieved major success in the 1970s with Jacob Miller as their lead singer but split up after his death in 1980. They reformed in 1986 and had a major hit with the 1987 song “Bad Boys”, which serves as the theme song for the long-running Spike (formerly Fox Network) television program COPS.[1] They are also well known for their song “Sweat (A La La La La Long),” a big hit in the U.S. in the early 1990s. The band is known for blending pop and rock with reggae.

Israel Vibration is a reggae harmony group, originating from Kingston, Jamaica. Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Cecil “Skelly” Spence all overcame childhood polio and went on to be one of the most successful roots groups to form in Jamaica in the 1970s. The trio initially met as children at a rehabilitation center.

I would also want to make mention of bands like Fab 5, UB40, Big Mountain, SOJA, Tribal Seeds, Raging Fyah, and there are and have been 1000’s of musical ensembles that dedicated themselves to pushing the reggae music envelope. Big ups to all singers and players of instruments.

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2017 Lovers | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 73

Lovers rock reggae songs from Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Etana, Jah Cure, Kristine Alicia, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, Samory I, Estelle, Damian Marley, Ras Fraser Jr., Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Turbulence, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, and Chronixx.

Love songs from Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Etana, Jah Cure, Kristine Alicia, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, Samory I, Estelle, Damian Marley, Ras Fraser Jr., Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Turbulence, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, and Chronixx.

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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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Tickets Going Fast for 3rd Annual Bob Marley Tribute in Atlanta

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Bob Marley 72nd Birthday Bash & Musical Tribute

Bob Marley 72nd Birthday Bash & Musical Tribute

Let’s get together and feel all right. Celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday with live reggae music and DJ sets pumped through WildPitch Music Hall’s sound system. Praise Jah and get down on the dance floor with the reggae master’s music, plus dancehall and dub favorites at this special Rub-A-Dub Sunday party. Ijahknowah and B.R.A.P. will open the event with a live performance, followed by six DJs, each sharing their top cuts for One Love.

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Rub-A-Dub ATL presents: THE 3RD ANNUAL BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR KAHLIL WONDA AND ĀGARD. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017 Live Reggae Mixer: (6-8pm) Performance by Ijahknowah and B.R.A.P (full band) Rub-A-Dub Session: (8pm-1am) Natural Vibes with Rico Vibes and Junior Culture Innocent Sound with Dappa Lee Black Magic with Bad Boy Kurt Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda ĀGARD from NYC DJ Passport WildPitch Music Hall 255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303 $15 online. $20 at the door. TICKETS Information (vendors, sponsorship, VIP): ABobMarleyTribute@gmail.com WEBSITE: https://highlanda.net/bob-marley-tribute/

A Bob Marley Tribute – February 12, 2017

Come and join us to celebrate the 72nd birthday of reggae’s brightest shining star – Bob Marley. For this special edition of Rub-A-Dub Sundays, we’re bringing IJAHKNOWAH and B.R.A.P for lovers of live reggae music plus 6 DJs juggling tunes for reggae sound system lovers! WildPitch Music Hall will be the place to praise Jah and celebrate the life of “The Legend” in ONE LOVE and harmony!

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Bob Marley 72nd Birthday Bash & Musical Tribute

Bob Marley 72nd Birthday Bash & Musical Tribute

The 3rd Annual

BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE

and birthday celebration for
Kahlil Wonda and ĀGARD.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

6-8pm – Live Music Mixer with a live performance by: 

  •  Ijahknowah and B.R.A.P (full band)

    Ijahknowah and his band, B.R.A.P

    Ijahknowah and his band, B.R.A.P

8pm-1am – Rub-A-Dub Session with DJ Sets by:

  • Natural Vibes with Rico Vibes and Junior Culture.

    Natural Vibes with Rico Vibes and Junior Culture

    Natural Vibes Sound System (Daflavaradio.com)

  • Innocent with Dappa Lee & crew.

    Innocent Sound with Dappa Lee

    U.S. Rumble 2015 Champions, Innocent Sound

  • Black Magic with Bad Boy Kurt & the team.

    Black Magic with Bad Boy Kurt

    2016 Set It Off Tournament Champion, Black Magic Sound System

  • Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda

    DJ Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound

    DJ Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound

  • ĀGARD from NYC

    A BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE and birthday celebration for Mr & Mrs Kahlil Wonda and ĀGARD DJs: Highlanda Sound, DJ Passport, ĀGARD, and Jah Prince Live Reggae: BRAP Band Performance by Ken Serious February 5th 2016 Studio No. 7 393 Marietta St. Atlanta 30313

    Brooklyn’s own ĀGARD

  • DJ Passport

    DJ Passport (The Honorary Citizen)

    DJ Passport (The Honorary Citizen) from Rub-A-Dub ATL

WildPitch Music Hall
255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303
$15 online. $20 at the door.

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Information (vendors, sponsorship, VIP): ABobMarleyTribute@gmail.com