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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The Ultimate Answer Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast – Episode 65

The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.

The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go" at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since. Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.

Answer Riddim Mix, Episode 64 of the Reggae Lover Podcast by Highlanda Sound

Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go” at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since.

Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.

Playlist:

  1. Sister Nancy – Transport Connection
  2. Philip Frazer – Never Let Go
  3. Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose
  4. Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
  5. Supercat – History
  6. Johnny Osborne – Keep On Moving
  7. Slim Smith – Never Let Go
  8. The Answer – Lone Ranger
  9. Marca Griffiths – I Shall Sing
  10. Buju Banton – No Respect
  11. Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly
  12. Macka B – Never Played A 45
  13. Warrior King – Melody (Tell Me How Me Sound)
  14. Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
  15. Sugar Minott – Feel The Rydim
  16. Sanchez – Take Your Time
  17. Anthony Malvo ft. General Degree – Comforter
  18. Sizzla – In My Thoughts
  19. Beenie Man – Fassy Try To Dis (Too Bad Mind)
  20. Edley Shines – Lead Out (dub plate)
  21. Anthony B – Global Awareness
  22. Junior Kelly – Ghetto Region
  23. Half Pint – She’s Fever
  24. Marcia Griffiths – Cry No More
  25. Sanchez – Groove Me
  26. Pinchers – Lift It Up Again
  27. Supercat – Vineyard Party
  28. Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley and Buju Banton – Traffic Jam

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