This Reggae Lover episode features the legendary reggae singer known as Don Carlos.
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Don Carlos was born Euvin Spencer in the Western Kingston district known as Waterhouse. If you didn’t know, this is one of the roughest parts of Kingston. I was also the birthplace of the group Black Uhuru, and super producers King Tubby and King Jammy.
Notice the consistency of the roots reggae sound and distinct vocal delivery in all the songs. Don Carlos began his career in 1973 as an original member of Black Uhuru along with Garth Ennis and Duckie Simpson. After a few years, the trio split and Don Carlos launched into a solo career.
In 1981 he dropped “Suffering,” an album that exploded on the scene becoming popular especially in Africa. Don Carlos was then solidified as a soloist. During the years between 80 and 85, he was also very popular on the Dancehall scene with many top 10 hits. Songs heard on this mix include the Volcano label hits, Hog and Goat, I’m Not Going Crazy, and Laser Beam.
Don continued releasing albums and touring throughout the 80s. Black Uhuru’s original members reunited from 1989-1994 before splitting again. Since then, Don Carlos has been one of the busiest touring artists out of Jamaica. He rocked the stage at Reggae on the River in California this summer. He has performed at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and other major festivals globally.
He will be on tour in 2019 to support a new album called Golden Classics. You can check him out at DonCarlosReggae.Com or coming to a stage near you.
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Diseases Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound | Episode 66
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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Groundation is a roots reggae band that blends elements of jazz, funk, salsa and dub. Their genre-bending sounds provide the perfect platform for the fiery, conscious lyrics of lead singer and primary writer Harrison Stafford.
Groundation formed in 1998 when Stafford (guitar/lead vocals), Marcus Urani (organ/keys/piano) and Ryan Newman (bass) met in the jazz program of California’s Sonoma State University. Over the years, the band grew to 9-pieces including a jazz horn section, percussionists and background singers.
Groundation has released nine albums independently – collaborating with reggae legends including Don Carlos and The Congos – and developed an international following. They tour extensively and will support “Building An Ark” with live shows in the US this fall and a music video for the focus track “Humility.”
‘Building An Ark’ is the best this group has ever sounded on record. Ours fans will feel that rare explosive energy that is Groundation with a focus on sonic quality, clarity and words of strength,” says Stafford.
Listen to and download our special featured artist mix with Junior “One Blood” Reid.
1 Ra Pa Pam Pam
2 Trod Up A Zion
3 Before Them Seek God feat. Bounty Killer
4 Forgive Them feat. Capleton
5 Respect Due feat. Don Carlos
6 Give Thanks
7 World Too Haunted feat. Bounty Killer
9 Dance Nah Keep Again feat. Dennis Brown
10 This is Why I’m Hot feat. Mims, and Baby Cham
11 One Blood
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One of the reasons I love foundation (reggae) music is because of how the messages brought forth in songs recorded decades ago still can be applied directly to life today. Many of the lyrics and concepts are actually quotes from biblical texts sung over reggae bass lines. The Highlanda mixtape entitled ‘The Book of Life’ is dedicated to such selections from the Finest Years era and offers the wisdom of the ancients to those who will listen. ‘That’s right! If a reality you want, let me hear you shout out Highlanda!’ Listen to the Book of Life, now streaming online at www.highlanda.net. This mix will also be available as an mp3 file for download on demand soon. I welcome your comments and feedback.
1 – Intro – Tings Change
2 – Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
3 – Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
4 – Cool Out Son – Junior Murvin
5 – No Man’s Land – Cornell Campbell
6 – Tribal War – John Holt
7 – Wolves and Leopards – Dennis Brown
8 – Whip Them Jah Jah – Dennis Brown
9 – No Man is an Island – Dennis Brown
10 – Never Gonna Give Jah Up – Sugar Minott
11 – Created By the Father – Dennis Brown
12 – Feeling Soul – Bob Andy
13 – Police and Thieves – Junior Murvin
14 – Satisfy My Soul – Bob Marley and the Wailers
15 – Slave Driver – Bob Marley and the Wailers
16 – I am the Conqueror – Dennis Brown
17 – Rebel Music – Bob Marley and the Wailers
18 – General Penitentiary – Black Uhuru
19 – Were Gonna Fight – The Heptones
20 – Fade Away – Junior Byles
21 – Unchained – Bob Andy
22 – Hog and Goat – Don Carlos
23 – Cost of Living – Half Pint
24 – Early Sunday Morning – Eek A Mouse
25 – Praise Jehovah – Tenor Saw
26 – Ruff Ole Life – Sugar Minott
27 – M-16 – Sammy Dread
28 – Rudeboy Skanking – Israel Vibration
29 – Skylarking – Horace Andy
30 – See A Man’s Face – Horace Andy
31 – Truths and Rights – Johnny Osborne
32 – Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
33 – I Need A Roof – The Mighty Diamonds
34 – Jah Promise – Johnny Osborne
35 – Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
36 – I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
37 – Better Must Come – Delroy Wilson
38 – None Shall Escape – Johnny Clarke