50 of Wayne Wonder‘s hits are featured in this extended mix segment complete with biographical facts courtesy of Highlanda Sound and the Reggae Vault Classics show. Look for Wayne Wonder’s new album in stores now entitled “My Way.”
1 Heal The World
3 Murder featuring Buju Banton
4 Talk About (Dub)
5 One More Chance
6 Hold On
7 Keep Forgeting
8 Sensi Ride featuring Don Youte
9 Only You
10 Do You?
11 When I’m With You
12 Lonely featuring Buju Banton
13 Ebony Eyes
14 Face It
15 Forever Young
16 Youre The One
17 Anything For You
18 Saddest Day
19 Movie Star featuring Buju Banton
20 Nothing At All
21 Give Me That Love
22 You Send The Rain
23 Let Us Be Friends featuring D’Angel
24 Dem A Worry
25 Informer (Dub)
26 Baby You And I
27 Why Did You?
28 I’ll Be Loving You
31 You Go Girl featuring Spragga Benz
32 All This Time
33 Never Meant To Lie featuring Spragga Benz
34 Live and Learn featuring Louie Culture
35 Talk About featuring Terror Fabulous
36 Loving Excess featuring Don Youte
37 Bashment Girl
38 Joyride featuring Baby Cham
39 Keep Them Coming
40 Criss Pack Of Boots featuring Bounty Killer
41 Sing A Long
43 Glamour Gal
44 Dreamland featuring Frisco Kid
45 The Story w/ Surprize
46 Can’t Be Duplicated
47 Run Out Pon Dem
48 If I Ever
49 Hold Me Now
50 Caught Up
This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for December, 2010. The Reggae Vault Classics Radio Show airs on Da Flava Radio every Wednesday at 6pm EST.
This Episode’s Featured Artist Special Mix showcases Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru). This special mix touches the musical catalog and includes an interview with the legendary artist.
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- 10 Best Reggae Bands (mademan.com)
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- The Death of Gregory Isaacs: Jamaica Mourns a Reggae Legend (time.com)
For many dancehall reggae stars, breaking out of Jamaica’s local sound clash scene to the glitzy glossed over stages in America is dream achieved by very few. Most recall Sean Paul’s ascension to fame, where he was able to blow smoke in the face of censorship and sneak his pro-pot patois onto radio waves, and become the sound of Spring Break ‘03. But for every radio friendly star that ascends from the island to pop status, there are artists who carry the genre, encapsulating dancehall’s 80s vibes and mixing it with contemporary flair, skewing the border between “culture” jams and a hardcore tunes.
On his sophomore effort, Mr. Brooks, Mavado accomplishes that feat by carefully walking the line between conscious topics such as enlightenment (”Don’t Worry”) and detailing intensely ferocious moments of violence (”Nah Bleach Wid Cream”). By weaving illicit, raunchy sex tales (”Ina Di Car Back”), he also sordidly covers dancehall’s favorite topic, with the same tenacity that helped him become a breakout star with his debut album, 2007’s Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks.
Segueing his signature ballad introductions into triumphant, fevered chats, Mr. Brooks finds Mavado effortlessly riding a collection of riddims that can be sonically disturbing to those unfamiliar with real dancehall’s uniquely stripped down sound. On the album’s stand out track, “So Special” he takes the “Unfinished Business” riddim (which lifts the refrain of producer’s Dave Kelly’s famed “Showtime” track) to new heights, crafting a cut that demands a flurry of rewinds after the conclusion of the first verse.
Though it is unlikely that Mavado will be dominating the primetime radio stations anytime soon like Sean Paul did, the vivid illustrations of roots, reality and culture heard in Mr. Brooks, are poignant enough to be on par with some of modern dancehall’s most diverse offerings and should be played on a sound set of any size.
- 1. David’s Psalm – (featuring Dudley ‘Grincha’ Excell)
- 2. Every Situation
- 3. On The Rock
- 4. So Blessed
- 5. So Special
- 6. Life Of A G
- 7. Welcome To The Armegedeon – (featuring Dudley ‘Grincha’ Excell)
- 8. Gangster Don’t Play
- 9. Real Killer (No Chorus)
- 10. Chiney K
- 11. Jailhouse
- 12. Don’t Worry
- 13. Money Changer
- 14. Money
- 15. In Di Car Back
- 16. Which Gal
- 17. Overcome
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This interview conducted in Atlanta after a Baby Cham performance is original content from the award-winning Highlanda.net. Big ups to top rated Baby Cham! Look out for the something new from Highlanda coming at you over the internet very soon.
Kahlil: Cham you just mashed up and leveled Planet Q. What do you have to say about the show?
Cham: Its like a regular night. Everyday of the week we work; Monday through Friday. We just thank the fans for coming out and showing us so much love. Each time we try to give them at least 190% worth of work, you know…?
Kahlil: When can we expect the next album?
Cham: At the end of this year or early next year. I’m in the studio right after this tour. I’ve been touring since last year October, non-stop. I’ll get a break now so I’ll be in the studio trying to get some tracks together for the next album.
Kahlil: As far as influences and motivation, what’s your driving force right now?
Cham: I feel its my mother and son–straight up. And just love for the music and trying to see the music reach places. Music, in regards to reggae music and dancehall music as a whole.
Kahlil: …And who were some of the artists you looked up to when you were coming up also?
Cham: Dave Kelly, Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder, Major Worries, Shabba Ranks, the majority of the top entertainers from Jamaica. Every single entertainer that was mashing up the dancehall scene while I was attending school, those were the artists I tried to portray–DJ their lyrics. And now I can do my own and hopefully have youth trying to portray me and DJ my styles.
Kahlil: How do you deal with the negative people and influences in the music industry?
Cham: I stick around the positive. I never go around the negative. Negative ain’t good for you at all. I stick to my family. My family is positive to me and never show me a negative side. And that’s it. …Go get the album Wowow! The Story.”