The Silky One | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 90

The emergence of Garnett Silk was as timely and triumphant as we’ve seen in the business of reggae music.

Upon first hearing Garnet Silk sing you can see this is somebody that wants you to feel what he’s singing about. You can feel that this is someone who has a deep conviction for the messages in his music. Garnett achieved iconic status within only a matter of years.

The Silky One

His career took off between 1992 and 1994 when there was a conversion in the mood of the Dancehall. Silk sang cultural songs that spoke to the needs and desires of the African diaspora. Legendary producer Bobby Digital recorded his debut album “It’s Growing.” That album featured deep cultural themes, spiritual songs, and romantic songs. It went on to become one of the best selling albums in Jamaica for 1992.

Silk recorded hits for the Star Trails label, King Jammys, Jack Scorpio, Sly & Robbie, and Steely & Clevie. He headlined 1994’s Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Sunsplash festivals. Then he signed an international distribution deal with Atlantic Records. He started working on another album with Sly & Robbie at Tuff Gong Studios.

As this album was nearing completion, two burglaries took place at his mother’s house in Mandeville. Garnett borrowed two guns from his lawyer for protection. As he sat with his friends on the afternoon of December 9, 1994, showing them the guns, he confessed that he didn’t even know how to use them. One of his friends offered to show Silk how to fire them. At some point one of the guns discharged. The bullet hit a propane gas tank igniting a massive fire.

Everyone in the group was out of the house when Silk realized that his mother was asleep in her bedroom. Immediately he returned to rescue her. Silk and his mother got trapped in the burning house and did not make it out alive.

Garnet Silk passed away at 28 years old leaving a wife and three children. His son Garnett Smith Jr. has ventured into a career in music. His nephew Anthony Cruz, also a well-known singer, recorded a tribute album in 2013 featuring cover versions Silk’s songs.

Several singles and compilation albums got released after his death. If you are a sound system lover check out “Killamanjaro Remembers” released in 1999. Also, check out “The Conquering Lion dubplate selection” released in 2000. That one includes dubs that Garnett recorded for Conquering Lion Sound System in the 80s.

One of the big questions for reggae fans is “What if…?” What if Garnett was able to live on until today? We’re blessed with the musical legacy he left. Enjoy this mix, collect his music. Garnett Silk is definitely not forgotten. He is always remembered and always missed. Thank you for listening to Reggae Lover Podcast Episode # 90.

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I am going to be doing a series of interviews with prominent people working in the reggae business. I’ll be talking with people that perform on stage, and also some who work behind the scenes. I’ll still be coming out with one mix per week, but I am excited about the episodes in a talk show format. Keeping it fun and informative is the goal. I have dedicated this project to you my fellow reggae lovers. Thanks again for listening.

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Culture Mix: The Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown

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Reggae Lover #8 - Dennis Brown

In this episode Dennis Brown comforts, professes, warns, soothes and instructs us with songs of praise and thanksgiving.  This is a follow-up to the all Dennis Brown lovers rock mix featured in Reggae Lover Podcast #6.  The current state of world affairs calls for positive messages to help us overcome, so we present roots and culture from “The Crown Prince.”

Tracklist

1   Liberation – Dennis Brown
2   Promised Land – Dennis Brown
3   Wolves and Leopards – Dennis Brown
4   Whip Them Jah – Dennis Brown
5   To The Foundation – Dennis Brown
6   Stop The Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
7   Love and Hate – Dennis Brown
8   Satta Amassagana – Dennis Brown
9   If Is A Fact – Dennis Brown
10  Love Jah – Dennis Brown
11  Africa – Dennis Brown
12  Unite – Dennis Brown
13  Created By The Father – Dennis Brown
14  Sitting and Watching – Dennis Brown
15  Show Us The Way – Dennis Brown
16  Revolution – Dennis Brown
17  If This World Were Mine – Anthony Cruz ft. Dennis Brown
18  Hold The Faith – Junior Kelly ft. Dennis Brown

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Dancehall Now 19 – Spring 2009 New Releases

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for March 27, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

Featured artists this week include Mavado, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Damian Marley, The Game, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, Erup, Jay-Z, Screechie Don, MIA, I-Wayne, Marcia Griffiths, Busy Signal, Bragga, Buju Banton, Junior Reid, Assassin, Ding Dong, Anthony Cruz, Bounty Killer, Laden, Macka Diamond, Unicorn, Million Stylez, Prodigal Son, and Gramps Morgan.

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Playlist

1 So Blessed (Remix) – Mavado/Busta Rhymes
2 Enemy – Wyclef Jean/Damian Marley/The Game
3 Back Bitter (Remix) – Tarrus Riley
4 Trample Dem – Erup/Nature
5 You Have It – Beenie Man
6 New York New York – Erup
7 Brooklyn We Go Hard (Remix) – Jay-Z/Screechie Don/MIA
8 Book Of Life – I-Wayne (live)
9 Automatic – Marcia Griffiths/Busy Signal
10 Dagga Dat – Bragga
11 Buy Love – Buju Banton
12 Some Say – Junior Reid
13 Wanna Be Gangsta – AK
14 Child Molester – Assassin
15 Man A Galis – Ding Dong
16 Different From Fi Dem – Anthony Cruz
17 Mama’s Love – Bounty Killer
18 Really Rate Me – Laden
19 Think Pon Mi – Macka Diamond/Unicorn
20 Everyday – Million Stylez
21 Head Caan Hot So – Prodigal
22 Wash The Tears – Gramps Morgan