This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
- Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
- Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
- Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
- Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
- Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
- Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
- Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
- Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
- Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
- Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
- U-Roy – Wake the Town
- U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
- Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
- Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
- Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
- Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
- Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
- Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
- The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
- Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
- Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
- Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
- Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
- The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
- The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
- Derrick Morgan – Forward March
- Prince Buster – Al Capone
- Derrick Morgan – The Hop
- Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
- Don Drummond – Man in the Street
- The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
- Bob Marley – Judge Not
- Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
- Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
- Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
- The Wailers – Simmer Down
- Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
- Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
- Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
- Owen Gray – Midnight Track
- Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
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Come out this Sunday for the All Vinyl Everything 4th of July weekend edition at Slice Piedmont located at 75 Piedmont Ave. from 5-10pm.
Hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
Vinyl collectors: You are invited to Buy, Sell, Trade and Play your own vinyl from 5-6pm.
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Anita Antoinette to be Musical Ambassador for Celebration of June National Caribbean American Heritage Month 2016
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), the nation’s leading Caribbean American advocacy and development organization, is pleased to announce that Anita Antoinette, who captured the attention of millions on the 7 th season of “The Voice”, will serve as the Musical Ambassador for Caribbean American Heritage Month in 2016. Ms. Antoinette joins the ranks of CenCe, and URIM 7 as fresh voices who have served as Musical Ambassador since the program’s founding in 2013.
Anita grew up dancing to the rhythm of her father’s music Clinton Fearon, a member of The Gladiators, a Jamaican roots reggae band, most popular during the 1970s in Kingston, Jamaica. Self-taught singer and guitarist, Anita began writing her own music as a teenager, inspired both by her father and other legends, including Bob Marley, India Arie, and Erykah Badu. She graduated from the prestigious Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in 2008, and was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music with a Concentration in Music Business and Songwriting.
Anita Antoinette has performed on stages large and small throughout New England, the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest, including 2008 appearance at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She appeared on the 7th season of NBC’s hit show, “The Voice”, placing in the TOP TEN, and easily became one of the most loved and talked about performers. Antoinette who has been working on producing her first EP since The Voice will be launching a single “CARE” from the EP which will serve as her platform for JUNE.
“We are absolutely delighted to have Anita Antoinette as Musical Ambassador for 2016. She represents the new consciousness arising in the next generation of leaders in the Caribbean American community”, stated Dr. Claire Nelson, ICS President & Founder. “Her poise and integrity shone through on the voice, and we anticipate that her artistic acumen will continue to be burnished as her star rises”.
National Caribbean American Heritage Month has been celebrated annually every June since 2006. For ICS, it represents an opportunity to bring together Caribbean American community leaders across the country to address common concerns; to allow Caribbean Americans everywhere to feel a sense of place in the American public discourse; and to bring highlights to the contributions past, present and future being made by Caribbean immigrants to the USA. ICS, the architect of the Campaign to Celebrate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) now has partners in twenty cities and locales across the country from Atlanta to New Orleans to Los Angeles.
To interview Anita Antoinette or secure her for a performance, please contact Shelley at redcarpetshelley.com 404-618-5018.
For more information please visit our website at www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org.
About the ICS:
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), founded in 1993, is the architect and campaign chair for commemoration of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, established by President George Bush in 2006. ICS is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by Dr. Claire A. Nelson, White House Champion of Change. The premiere CaribbeanAmerican Think/Do Tank, ICS seeks to address development challenges facing Caribbean peoples, and to adopt a thorough, systematic and coordinated long-term perspective towards their resolution. To learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month and the Institute of Caribbean Studies please visit our website.
Our Rub-A-Dub ATL Mother’s Day special event will highlight female DJs, DJ Empress Rah, DJ Hourglass, and Empress Movements. Doors open promptly at 5pm on Sunday May 8th for this FREE daytime indoor/outdoor reggae music event.
Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present RUB-A-DUB:
“A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together. ”
This takes place every SECOND Sunday at The Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue with music by guest DJs, alongside DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound.
The 16 track album presents some of the many influences in Junior Kelly’s music; reggae, dancehall, RnB and jazz. Kelly displays a matured artistry in his voice and lyrics that has developed over his extensive recording career. The first single and video is “No Dig It Up” has over 30,000 views and growing on line.
Other features include the RnB infused “In Love,” the soul searching “Mile In My Shoe” and the Jazzy “Hooked on Mary.” Urban poet will take you on a musical high. Download the album now.
Who is CK? ”…She’s soft but rough, smooth yet edgy”; sassy, soulful, fun, edgy yet vulnerable all reflecting the many moods and styles of her music.
Recently teaming up with the ‘Ward 21’ camp, CK has worked with producers like Kunley McCarthy and Andre ‘Suku’ Gray as well as Timothy “Quik Keyz” Kahwa, artiste and producer Karl Morrison of Starplayer Music Label and Anjublaxx of UIM Records.
In September 2011, she was the opening act at the live show ‘Smokin Jacket’ alongside premier female acts as Denyque, Natalie Storm, Timberlee, Devina Burn & Kim Nain.
“ My aim as an artiste is to give you a show every time you watch me whether through the choreography in my performance or through the passion I display while singing my songs. I truly want to entertain my audience, not only vocally or lyrically but with all of my talents…I want you to get lost with me in the music…” ~ CK