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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