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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Jamaican Lovers Rock Music Showcased | Highlanda Sound Live Audio

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Highlanda Sound Early Warm @ Live Edge – 4.12.17 

Playlist:

  1.  Bob Marley ft. Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Remix)
  2.  Jah Cure – Call On Me
  3.  Black Uhuru ft. Shabba Ranks – Shine Eye Girl (Remix)
  4.  Garnett Silk – Complaint (Remix)
  5.  Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
  6.  Jah9 – Hardcore (Mad Professor Dub Mix)
  7.  Jah9 ft. Chronixx – Hardcore (Remix)
  8.  Ras Fraser Jr. – Vacation For Two
  9.  Morgan Heritage – She’s Still Loving Me
  10.  Queen Ifrica ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Trueversation
  11.  Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart
  12.  Ikaya – Love Note
  13.  Ikaya – For You
  14.  Christopher Martin – Give You My Love
  15.  Gyptian ft. Estelle – Majestic Love
  16.  Simpkin Project – Hustling
  17.  Raging Fyah – Ready For Love
  18.  Shawn Antoine – I Love You
  19.  Sizzla – Give Them A Ride (Morgan Heritage Mix)
  20.  Sizzla – Give Me A Try
  21.  Etana – Warrior Love
  22.  Junior Mervin – Cool Out Son
  23.  Welton Irie & Prince Weedy – Nice Up the Dance
  24.  Lady Ann – Informer
  25.  Wayne Wonder – Talk About (Dubplate)
  26.  Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
  27.  Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
  28.  Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island
  29.  JC Lodge – Love Rewind
  30.  Maxi Priest – Bonafide Love
  31.  Sanchez – Rearrange My Life
  32.  Sanchez – Missing You
  33.  Garnett Silk – Oh Me Oh My
  34.  The Tamlins – Baltimore
  35.  Tessanne Chin – Firework
  36.  Rihanna – Right Now (Jr. Blender Remix)
  37.  Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
  38.  Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire Remix)
  39.  Etana – All I Need
  40.  Stephen & Damian Marley ft. Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
  41.  Cocoa Tea – Tune In
  42.  Shabba Ranks – Reality
  43.  Sizzla – Just One of those Days
  44.  Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
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Live Audio: Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. Highlanda Sound | Sunday 4.9.17

Here is a curated segment of live audio played by Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting and mixing recorded on April 9, 2017, at Wildpitch Music Hall in Atlanta.

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GARNETT SILK TRIBUTE, SUNDAY, APRIL 9 AT WILDPITCH, 6 PM (RUB-A-DUB ATL) 

For this celebration, joining Highlanda Sound featuring Kahlil Wonda and DJ Passport, the resident DJs of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party, will be Aba Shaka alongside Archangel SuperPec.
Promotional Image for event Rub-A-Dub ATL. Come and join us to commemorate one of reggae music's all-time greats Garnet Silk, the celebrated singer who died tragically 22 years ago. > Similarly to The Notorious B.I.G., whom many hail as the greatest rapper ever, Garnet had a short run within the timeline of music history yet his legacy continues to grow. For this celebration, joining the resident DJs of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party will be Aba Shaka of Cosmic World Beat and the Musical Ark of the Covenant, alongside Highlanda Sound co-founder, Archangel SuperPec. Theme: Tribute to Garnet Silk | RUB-A-DUB ATL - Second Sundays at WildPitch Music Hall Date: SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017...

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Rest In Peace to one of our favorite artists, Garnett Silk. Many may remember Garnett’s silky smooth voice and powerful lyrical content that captivated us in the early nineties and left us wanting more after he flew away home to Zion.  Garnett Silk was a Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarian, known for his diverse, emotive, powerful and smooth voice.

Similarly to The Notorious B.I.G., whom many hail as the greatest rapper ever, Garnett had a short run within the timeline of music history yet his legacy continues to grow. We remember Garnet’s legacy and celebrate his widely acclaimed musical contributions. Garnet Damion Smith (Silk) Sr was born April 2, 1966.

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DJ Passport with Ras Jamal of Royal Ethiopian Sound System @ Rub-A-Dub ATL

Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport juggling at Rub-A-Dub ATL – Full Audio

Hear the live audio of DJ sets recorded on October 9th, 2016 inside WildPitch Music Hall with Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport performing.

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Live DJ set: “When Highlanda Sound brought reggae to Buckhead”

It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue.  As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.

As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast.  A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.

To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city.  This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”

It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control.  Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.

My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy.  After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix.  Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities.  Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.

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Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55

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In honor of my favorite reggae music record label of all time, I have crafted one of my best mixes ever. This is dedicated to you, the reggae lover.

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix artwork by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55


Tracklist:

  1. Pick Up the Pieces – The Royals
  2. Reggae Is the Key – Earl Sixteen
  3. Africa Here I Come – Freddie McGregor
  4. Sweet Sweet Guyana – Luciano and Mikey General (dubplate)
  5. Love You Still – George Scott
  6. When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
  7. A Love I Can feel – John Holt ft. Dennis Alcapone
  8. Unity – Johnny Osborne
  9. Murderer – Johnny Osborne
  10. Keep On Coming A Dance – Lone Ranger
  11. Dry Cry – Sizzla (remix)
  12. Love Me Girl – Leroy and Rocky
  13. Little Girl – Freddie McGregor
  14. Get In the Groove – The Heptones
  15. Come Now Sister – Freddie McGregor
  16. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
  17. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Tennessee Williams
  18. Ten to One – Cornell Campbell
  19. False Alarm – Ray Darwin
  20. People’s Choice – Ray Darwin
  21. Roof Over My Head – Sugar Minott
  22. No No No – Dawn Penn
  23. Jah A the Creator – Michigan and Smile
  24. Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
  25. Chase Them Crazy – Lone Ranger and Welton Irie
  26. No Bother With No Fuss – Angela Prince
  27. Love Knows No Shame – Glen Washington
  28. Come On Home – Sugar Minott
  29. Girl of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  30. Shine Eye Girl – Clint Eastwood
  31. Sexy Dancer – Eddie and Sleepy
  32. Stop Crying – The Silvertones
  33. I’ve Got the Handle – The Heptones
  34. Breaking Up – The Heptones
  35. Give me Jah Jah – Sugar Minott
  36. Throw Me Corn – Larry Marshall
  37. Slacky Tidy – Horace Andy
  38. Wildest Dreams – Joseph Quote (dubplate)
  39. Bring Back the Love – Rude Boyz International (dubplate)
  40. Little Soundboy – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  41. Kill Another Soundboy Tonight – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  42. Sing Jay Stylee – Johnny Osbourne
  43. Please Be True – Alexander Henry
  44. Wine of Violence – Freddie McGregor
  45. Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  46. Smile – The Silvertones
  47. Jah Righteous Plan – Johnny Osbourne

Love and Honor to Mother, *New* #ReggaeLover #Podcast

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Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother's Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae's brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers. A reggae podcast to connect fans with the beautiful music they love. Playlist

HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae – 53 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Love and Honor for Mother

Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother’s Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae’s brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers.

A reggae podcast to connect fans with the beautiful music they love.

Playlist

1 Assassin aka Agent Sasco – Mama Sons
2 Jah Mason – Wipe Those Tears
3 Sizzla – Greatest Mother
4 Wayne Wonder – Mama
5 2Face Idibia – Arican Queen Remix
6 Garnet Silk – Like A Mother
7 Chronixx – Wall Street
8 BOUNTY KILLER – MAMA’S LOVE
9 BERES HAMMOND – RESPECT TO YOU BABY
10 Exco Levi – Hello – Mama
11  Sizzla – Mama Pain
12 Bounty Killer – Mama (Gone But Not Forgotten)
13 D’Angel – MOTHER’S LOVE
14 Versatile – Thank You Mommy
15 Anthony B – Mama
16 I-Octane – Run Mi Out
17 JAH VINCI – MAMA DON’T CRY
18 Vybz Kartel aka Addi Innocent ft. PG 13 (Lil Addi, Lil Vybz) – Love Mommy
19 I-Octane – Mamma
20 Vybz Kartel – Mama
21 Beenie Man & Elephant Man – Mama
22 I-Wayne – Love & Honour For Mama

The Reggae Defenders

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This Reggae Lover Podcast episode opens with the leader of the reggae revival Protoje explaining that he makes music from his heart and not for the charts. Sizzla can be heard begging “Please do not mash up the dance.” George Nooks and Mikey Spice tell stories about having a good time in the dancehall. Alborosie excerpts that Reggae and rubadub music still rock the dancehall to this day.

Garnett Silk compares music to the rod that Moses walked with as he led the Father’s people to the promised land. Luciano sings about the many positive effects of reggae music on the body and mind. Richie Stephens and U-Roy sing out about the nicest times when real reggae music used to play.

Bryan Art describes the love and confidence that overcomes one when entering the dancehall. Christopher Martin paints the picture of a reggae road block where people are dancing in the streets, creating the perfect chill spot. Crooner Kashief Lindo shares a bit of his personal story on the song “Music Is A Part Of Me.”

Steel Pulse, Dubtonic Kru, Gramps Morgan, XO, Hero and Richie Spice all give their take on why Reggae music is so good and what it means to them. Busy Signal goes in about how everybody smiles and unites when positive reggae music is played.

Gentleman teams with Sugar Minott to reminisce about the good old days when there was no drama and the musical foundation imparted love and good vibes. Inner Circle alongside The Reggae Wave sing in defense of the genre.

1990s Roots Reggae: Garnet Silk, Luciano, Anthony B #BlackLivesMatter

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Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 34 opens with Queen Ifrica, Anthony B, and Bushman singing about police brutality from a Jamaican perspective.

Riddims featured include Tempo, Shank I Sheck, Rockfort Rock, Promised Land, and Darker Shade of Black plus 1996’s masterpiece from Flames Productions, the Lalabella among others, while the subject-matter is conscious, spiritual and cultural.

The finale is “Splashing Dashing” (the 23rd Psalm) being performed by Garnett Silk on the Champion of the Arena riddim, released on the Fattis Burrell’s Exterminator record label. Rest In Peace to Garnett Silk who flew away home to Zion almost exactly 20 years ago.

Playlist:
1 Queen Ifrica – Babylon Blunder
2 Anthony B – Good Cop
3 Anthony B – Police
4 Anthony B – Fire Bun Now
5 Bushman – Robbery
6 Aaron Silk – The Right Path
7 Uton Green – No Looking Back
8 Lebanculah and Sugar Black – Oh Jah
9 Everton Blender – Ghetto People Song
10 Tony Rebel – Why Be Afraid
11 Bounty Killer and Junior Reid – This World Too Haunted
12 Glen Washington – Why
13 Garnett Silk and Capleton – Complaint
14 Luciano – One Way Ticket
15 Luciano – Raggamuffin
16 Everton Blender – Blow Your Nose
17 Beres Hammond – Freedom
18 Garnett Silk – Splashing Dashing