The producer Joe Gibbs, hardcore Jamaican entrepreneur, engineer, and record producer started recording artists in the back of his electronics repair shop in 1966.
He worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry who had left the employ of Coxsone Dodd‘s Studio One. Bunny Lee helped them form The Amalgamated record label. Soon ‘Niney The Observer‘ joined the team and they were able to produce Rocksteady era hits.
In 1972, Errol Thompson came on board as the chief engineer and together with Joe Gibbs formed “The Mighty Two.” Their studio band called The Professionals featured bassist Sly Dunbar, drummer Robbie Shakespeare, and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith.
Hundreds of hits came out including “Money in My Pocket” by Dennis Brown and “A So We Stay” by Big Youth. In 1977 the Culture album entitled “Two Sevens Clash” debuted and became a smash hit which coincided with the punk rock craze in the UK.
Artists recorded and produced by Joe Gibbs included Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Byles, Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Beres Hammond, JC Lodge, Marcia Aitken, Althea and Donna, Ranking Joe and Peter Tosh. The list goes on and on.
In the new millennium, Joe Gibbs focused on marketing his back catalog. Joe Gibbs passed on to Zion in February 2008. He had over 100 Jamaica number one hits and over a dozen UK hits.
He released music on an array of different record labels. An amazing body of work, the Joe Gibbs catalog includes some very important songs in the story of Jamaican music. Salute to the icon, the giant, one of the greatest producers ever – Joe Gibbs.
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Imagine being in the house for the ultimate reggae concert headlined by Bob Marley and friends.
Bob opens the show setting the mood for a night of stellar entertainment. Steel Pulse performs, then to the crowd’s surprise, Dennis Brown takes the stage. After D. Brown rocks, he invites U-Roy to come up and sing. The Wailers, Dennis Brown, and daddy U-Roy take turns thrilling the audience.
Next, on stage, we have Culture with original singer, Joseph Hill at his peak. Freddie McGregor joins in to deliver one of his greatest hits. Peter Tosh follows with two of his notorious numbers. Bob and U-Roy return to partake in the elevating vibes before making way for Frankie Paul.
F.P. displays crowd control and exemplifies dancehall style as the crowd jumps and sings out loud. The Steel Pulse band returns to contribute more musical excitement infused with meaning. Then to close the show, the legend, Ms. Lauryn Hill shuts it down as only L Boogie could.
Now that would be a bucket-list concert experience!
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Who’s in your Top 5 for Reggae?
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. 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.
The Diseases riddim, which is sometimes referred to or known as the Golden Hen riddim is featured here.
I call it the Worries in the Dance Riddim, but the original version of the instrumental was used for the song entitled “Mad Mad Mad” produced in the 1960s by Coxsone Dodd for his Studio One label featuring Alton Ellis on the main vocals. Therefore the original name of this riddim is Mad Mad Mad.
This mix starts with Mad Mad Mad by Alton Ellis and goes all the way to Sizzla in the end. Thank you for listening to the #ReggaeLoverPodcast
- Alton Ellis – Mad Mad Mad
- Louie Lepke – Jamaica On My Mind
- Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
- Dennis Brown – Coming Home Tonight
- Don Carlos – I’m Not Crazy
- Linval Thompson – Look How Me Sexy
- Frankie Paul – Sindie
- Frankie Paul – Worries In The Dance
- Sister Nancy – Ain’t no Stopping Nancy Now
- Anthony B – Fire Bun Now
- Yellowman – I’m Getting Married
- Yellowman – I’m Getting Divorced
- Toyan – Barry G
- Sister Nancy – Coward of the Country
- Michael Palmer – Lick Shot
- Half Pint – Soul Mate
- Tenor Saw – Golden Hen
- Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
- Cocoa Tea – I’ve Lost My Sonia
- Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
- Josey Wales – Leggo Me Hand Gateman
- Iba Mahr – Set Away
- Bugle – Same Game
- Sizzla – Sekkle Dung
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- Pick Up the Pieces – The Royals
- Reggae Is the Key – Earl Sixteen
- Africa Here I Come – Freddie McGregor
- Sweet Sweet Guyana – Luciano and Mikey General (dubplate)
- Love You Still – George Scott
- When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
- A Love I Can feel – John Holt ft. Dennis Alcapone
- Unity – Johnny Osborne
- Murderer – Johnny Osborne
- Keep On Coming A Dance – Lone Ranger
- Dry Cry – Sizzla (remix)
- Love Me Girl – Leroy and Rocky
- Little Girl – Freddie McGregor
- Get In the Groove – The Heptones
- Come Now Sister – Freddie McGregor
- Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
- I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Tennessee Williams
- Ten to One – Cornell Campbell
- False Alarm – Ray Darwin
- People’s Choice – Ray Darwin
- Roof Over My Head – Sugar Minott
- No No No – Dawn Penn
- Jah A the Creator – Michigan and Smile
- Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
- Chase Them Crazy – Lone Ranger and Welton Irie
- No Bother With No Fuss – Angela Prince
- Love Knows No Shame – Glen Washington
- Come On Home – Sugar Minott
- Girl of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
- Shine Eye Girl – Clint Eastwood
- Sexy Dancer – Eddie and Sleepy
- Stop Crying – The Silvertones
- I’ve Got the Handle – The Heptones
- Breaking Up – The Heptones
- Give me Jah Jah – Sugar Minott
- Throw Me Corn – Larry Marshall
- Slacky Tidy – Horace Andy
- Wildest Dreams – Joseph Quote (dubplate)
- Bring Back the Love – Rude Boyz International (dubplate)
- Little Soundboy – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
- Kill Another Soundboy Tonight – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
- Sing Jay Stylee – Johnny Osbourne
- Please Be True – Alexander Henry
- Wine of Violence – Freddie McGregor
- Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
- Smile – The Silvertones
- Jah Righteous Plan – Johnny Osbourne
Reggaeville Premieres 18-Track Mix, A Precursor to her Eagerly-Awaited Sophomore Album 9 (VP Records/Steam Chalice Records)
Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 starts her Year of 9 (2+0+1+6) World Tour, spanning North America, Europe and Africa. Her North American portion kicked off this Sat. July 23 at the Northwest World Reggae Fest in Portland and in Seattle on Sunday. Jul 24. The cross-continent run continues in Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City, Rochester, Ithaca, Toronto and Denver and closes at Cali’s renowned Reggae On The River festival in Humboldt County. Europe and Africa dates follow. See full tour schedule below.
Today on the road, Jah9 drops 9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings, a thought-provoking and intentional mix of originality and inspiration to gear up for her highly-anticipated sophomore album 9, out 9/9 on VP Records/Steam Chalice Records and available for pre-order now.
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With Jah9’s lioness lyrical dexterity and soulful rich production, her authentic spirit shines on Vol. 2. Her latest offering features original, never-before-heard music including “Unafraid” (a standout track from her upcoming album addressing child molestation) and pays homage to some of Jah9’s greatest influences, both spiritually and musically.
She incorporates empowering speeches from Haile Selassie I, Ra Un Nefer Amen & Drunvalo Melcheziek, encouraging her listeners not only to journey into higher levels of consciousness, but seek out information and knowledge. She also celebrates some of her most beloved musical inspirations with one-of-a-kind covers of Nina Simone’s “Misunderstood” Tracy Chapman’s “She’s Got A Ticket,” Ras Micheal’s “New Name,” Dennis Brown’s “Blood City” and an invigorating medley of Sizzla Kalonji.
The 18-track selection features original production from Jah9 and live instrumentation from her band The Dub Treatment including Sheldon Bernard, Janoy Ellis, Omar “Jalanzo” Johnson, Aeion Hoillet, Andrew “Chako” Edwards & Fanso Craig. The collection is mixed & dubbed by Hasani ‘Snysh’ Williams. This part two installment follows Jah9’s 2012 9mm Vol 1: Message Music, a precursor to her debut New Name.
9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings is an introduction of what’s to come on 9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. Her self-produced sophomore album 9 is a combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality. The album’s first single “Humble Mi,” also featured on 9mm Vol 2., is available now.
For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation. She first caught the attention of many with a string of singles including “Avocado,” “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude,” The singer-songwriter and producer boasts a soul and jazz inflected melodicism and possesses a fiery vigor in her dynamic live shows. Jah9 is also university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated poet.
9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings – Track Listing
- Fire Slaughter
- Avocado *9 Grams Per Serving
- Marijuana (prod. by Biggy Music)
- This is NOT a mixtape “K’nife”
- Listen (prod by Steam Chalice Records)
- Drunvalo Melchezidek
- Humble Mi (prod. by Lost Ark Music / Steam Chalice Records)
- She’s got a ticket (Tracy Chapman cover)
- Feeling Irie (prod by VP Records)
- Feme9 “K’nife”
- Unafraid (prod by Shamala Prod)
- Misunderstood (Nina Simone Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
- Sizzla Kalonji Medley (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
- Bloody City (prod by VP Records)
- H.I.M Haile Selassie I
- New Name (Ras Micheal Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
- Ra Un Nefer Amen
- Outro – 9 “K’nife”
July 23, 2016 || Portland, Oregon || NorthWest World Reggae Festival
July 24, 2016 || Seattle, Washington || Hale’s Ales Palladium ||
July 26, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || YOGA ON DUB
July 27, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club
July 28, 2016 || Philadelphia, PA || One Arts Community Center w/ Akae Beka
July 29, 2016 || Rochester, NY || Abilene Bar & Lounge
July 30, 2016 || Toronto, Canada|| Island Soul Festival
July 31, 2016 || Ithaca, NY || Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons
August 2, 2016 || Manhattan, NYC || SOB’s
August 3, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || Mi Yard || YOGA ON DUB
August 4, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || The Roxy Theatre
August 5, 2016 || Humboldt, California || Reggae on the River
August 11, 2016 || San Vera, Italy || Dromos Festival
August 12, 2016 || Wien, Austria || Afrika Tage Festival
August 13, 2016 || Ostroda, Poland || Ostroda Reggae Festival
August 16, 2016 || Benicassim, Spain || Rototom Sunspash
August 17, 2016 || Brescia, Italy || Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto
August 19, 2016 || Geneva, Switzerland || Festival Plein Les Watts
August 26, 2016 || Hannovre, Germany || Pavillon Kulturzentrum w/ Sara Lugo
August 27, 2016 || Anvers, Belgium || Antwerp Reggae Festival
August 28, 2016 || Northhampshire, UK || Shambala Festival
September 3, 2016 || Chigwell, UK || One Love Sound Festival
September 9, 2016 || Nairobi, Kenya || The Alchemist
September 16, 2016 || Diani Beach, Kenya
Compilation Features Covers from Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, No Maddz, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Iba Mahr, Keznamdi and more.
Hailed by NPR Morning Edition as one of the 50 great voices of all time – the Jamaican musical icon Dennis Brown began his recording career at the tender age of 11 and released more than 75 albums during his all too short 42 years on Earth. Although the reggae legend passed away in 1999, his music and legacy live on.
VP Records, the world’s leading reggae label, will pay homage to Brown on June 3, 2016 with an extensive tribute album of his timeless hits and deep cuts titled, We Remember Dennis Brown. The 30-song collection features a wide and impressive range of reggae and R&B voices covering crucial Dennis Brown compositions. The set was produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with an all-star team of musicians.
In February (Brown’s birthday month), VP Records premiered one song from the album every Friday for five weeks – including “Caress Me” from one of Jamaica’s brightest voices Romain Virgo, “Milk & Honey” by roots reggae rockers Raging Fyah, “Bloody City” from the Caribbean’s soulful songstress Jah9, “Promised Land” from Hawaiian reggae band The Green and “Have You Ever” by R&B powerhouse Marsha Ambrosius.
In addition to these power hitters, We Remember Dennis Brown will feature an array of singers from Brown’s native country and across the globe who he influenced. Jamaica’s latest crop of stars (including Jah Cure, Gyptian, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Kelissa, Keznamdi, Chronixx and Jesse Royal) as well as the island’s icons who worked with Brown (like reggae vocalists Bushman and Freddie McGregor) all offer their contributions. Freddie’s son Chino McGregor and Christopher Ellis, the talented UK-based singer and offspring of Alton Ellis (another one of Brown’s musical mentors and confidants), both deliver powerful renditions of Brown’s classics.
New Zealand rockers also create a breezy rendition of “If I Had The World.” The worldly collection proves that his universal sound transcends all boundaries of time, race and creed. Each artist adds their own original flair to Brown’s profound soul-stirring sound – touching the hearts of new and old fans alike on this unique multi-disc collection. We Remember Dennis Brown will include deluxe packaging as well as extensive liner notes on the belated legend.
Dennis Brown was greatly influenced by American balladeers such as Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as Jamaican singers like Delroy Wilson and John Holt. At only 12-years-old, he cut his first hit “No Man Is An Island” at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famous Studio One. Within the years, he was a force to be reckoned with musically – dubbed the “Boy Wonder of Jamaica” and “Crown Prince of Reggae.” Before he was 16, he had worked with Jamaica’s top recording artists (Alton Ellis, Horace Andy) and producers of the time (Prince Buster, Dennis Alcapone, Winston “Niney” Holness and Vincent “Randy” Chin).
In the 1970s, he worked closely with producer Joe Gibbs and released multiple albums. One of the album’s songs “Money in my Pocket,” peaked at #14 on UK Top 40 chart becoming one of the biggest international hits in Jamaica’s history. This success landed him the cover of the NME’s February 1979 issue. Enthusiastically adapting to the new dancehall era, Brown released a huge amount of work throughout the 1980s recording with genre’s major producers like King Jammy on Brown’s 1986 album The Exit and Gussie Clarke in 1989 with the Gregory Isaacs duet “Big All Round” and the album Unchallenged. He continued to record prolifically in the 1990s before his passing. His 1994 album Light My Fire and 2001 release Let Me Be the One were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Iba Mahr, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi, Chronixx, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Kabaka Pyramid & Rockaz Elements – I Need Your Love (Rasta Children)
Bushman – Don’t Want To Be No General
The Green – Promised Land
Raging Fyah – Milk and Honey
Christopher Ellis – Created By The Father
Mutabaruka & Marla Brown – Words of Wisdom
Chino – Melting Pot
Yahsha – The Existence Of Jah
Jamelody- Halfway Up, Halfway Down
Freddie McGregor – Little Village
Mykal Rose – Easy Take It Easy
Jah9 – Bloody City
Richie Spice – Wolves and Leopards
Shuga – Black Liberation
VP Hit Team – To The Foundation
Romain Virgo – Caress Me
Marsha Ambrosius – Have You Ever
No Maddz – Rocking Time
Maxi Preist – Love Me Always
Jamelody & Ikaya – Love Has Found Its Way
Sanchez – Your Love Got A Hold On Me
Katchafire – If I Had The World
Etana – Should I
Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
Christopher Martin – Baby Don’t Do It
Gyptian – How Can I
Ikaya – For You
Dalton Harris – No More Will I Roam
Jah Vinci – Money in My Pocket
VP Hit Team – Silhouette
Welcome to the first reggae lover podcast episode of Spring 2015, marking the show’s one year anniversary. I have nothing but appreciation for those of you who listen to and support my podcast. I am in the process of moving and setting up a new studio to be able to continue producing this content so there have been some delays, but that will be over soon. Expect more unique mixes and informative updates to come your way on a weekly basis right here.
This mix was recorded live at Studio No. 7 in Atlanta on Friday March 20, 2015 where I represent the theme “Welcome To Jamrock.” This is a refreshing 100% reggae excursion where tunes and good vibes flow all night – a true reggae lover’s event in Atlanta.
This audio portion begins with 3 Protoje collaborations off the new ‘Ancient Future’ album featuring Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, and Sevana. Also in the mix, hear from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dennis Brown, Barrington Levy, Sluggy Ranks, Luciano, Sizzla, Inner Circle, Beres Hammond and many more.
We salute a living legend, reggae singer Luciano who has released 21 studio albums over the course of a brilliant 22 year career. One of my favorite artists and live performers, Luciano gained prominence around the world during the “Rastafari renaissance” in dancehall that took place in the mid-late 1990s. He established himself as a name synonymous with roots reggae and became one the sub-genre’s pillars.
This 1 hour mix of 42 songs focuses heavily on Luciano’s material from Where There Is Life, and Messenger, which were albums produced by Phillip “Fattis” Burrell and his Xterminator label. His latest album,The Qabalah Man, was released on the 29th of November 2013. Please support this phenomenally talented artist by buying his music/merchandise and patronizing his live concerts. You will not be disappointed.
2 Guess Whats Happening
3 Never Give Up My Pride
4 Final Call
5 Jah Is My Navigator
6 Sweet Jamaica
7 Business Lock
8 Jah Lives
9 If There Was No God
10 Good God
11 Skank If You Skanking
12 Sweep Over My Soul
13 Should I Slumber
14 Come Away
15 Level Up The Unity
16 Glory Be
17 Wicked Haffi Run Away
18 Where There is Life
19 Shake It Up Tonight
20 In This Together
22 Peace My Brethren Peace
23 Punchline 24 Jah Kingdom featuring Capleton
25 Give Praise/Jah Blessing (dub plate)
26 Who Could It Be
27 Love Jah and Live
28 Ulterior Motive
29 One Way Ticket
30 Oh Father I Love You
31 What We Gonna Do featuring Buju Banton
32 We Be Alright featuring Buju Banton
33 Heaven Help Up All
34 How Can You?
35 Thank You Lord (dub plate)
36 He Is My Friend
37 As the Beat Goes On
38 Win or Lose
39 Your World and Mine
40 Lord Give Me Strength
41 Jah Jah Never Let Me Down
42 Write My Name