"Episode 36 - Barrington Levy Roots, Reality, and Culture"

Barrington Levy Roots, Reality, and Culture Mix

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Barrington Levy is one of the only reggae singers to have great success throughout the entire decade of the the 1980s. He recorded prolifically with many of his releases topping charts in Jamaica and the UK while he maintained his relevance in the dancehall from then until now.

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A Reggae Lover Podcast listener suggested that I feature Barrington’s work, so I have selected this portion of tunes which highlights some of my favorite reality tunes and features many of the Joe Gibbs and Volcano roots recordings. A follow-up mix that covers lovers rock will be coming soon.

Barrington Levy Playlist:

1 Now A Days
2 Don’t Fuss or Fight
3 Do Good
4 Murderer
5 Too Poor
6 Praise His Name
7 Sensimelea
8 Under Me Sensi
9 Collie Weed
10 Dont Pretend
11 Mine Your Mouth
12 This Little Boy
13 Jah Is With Me
14 Prison Oval Rock
15 Money Move
16 Teach The Youths
17 Black Roses
18 My Time

King Kong, Nitty Gritty, Half Pint and Tenor Saw: Featured Reggae Singers

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This was a listener requested mix consisting of the biggest tracks from 4 singers: King Kong, Half Pint, Tenor Saw and Nitty Gritty. Ray said he thought these artists sound alike and that called for a mix with their hits.

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Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 16 – King Kong, Nitty Gritty, Half Pint, Tenor Saw

Their voices are easily distinguishable to my ear, but I agree that Tenor Saw and Nitty Gritty sang with a very similar and unique style.  King Kong ended up copying that style of vocal delivery, but Half Pint carved out his own lane on the way to enormous success in the 1980s and 90s as a reggae crooner.

RIP to Nitty Gritty and Tenor Saw whose likes were cut down way too early. This is a dedication to you and every reggae lover.

Tracklist

1 Jah Jah Rule – King Kong
2 Message To All Beginners – Tenor Saw
3 Greetings – Half Pint
4 Roll Call – Tenor Saw
5 Lots of Sign – Tenor Saw
6 Run Come Call Me – Tenor Saw
7 Trouble Again – King Kong
8 Pumpkin Belly (Old Time Proverbs) – Tenor Saw
9 Run Down The World – Nitty Gritty
10 Mr. Landlord – Half Pint
11 One Big Family – Half Pint
12 Rub A Dub Market – Tenor Saw
13 Who Is Gonna Help Me Praise – Tenor Saw
14 Draw Mi Mark – Nitty Gritty
15 Soul Mate – Half Pint
16 Golden Hen – Tenor Saw
17 Champion Sound – King Kong
18 Ring The Alarm Quick – Tenor Saw / Buju Banton
19 False Alarm – Nitty Gritty
20 Good Morning Teacher – Nitty Gritty
21 Fever – Tenor Saw
22 Crazy Girl – Half Pint
23 Hog Inna Minty – Nitty Gritty
24 Zero Them Minds – Nitty Gritty
25 Substitute Lover – Half Pint
26 Shirley Jones – Tenor Saw
27 Winsome – Half Pint
28 We Run Things – Nitty Gritty
29 Where Is Your Culture – King Kong
30 No Work On Sunday – Tenor Saw
31 Stand Me Now – King Kong
32 Kill Dem Wid It – King Kong
33 My Sound Stands Alone – King Kong
34 Ready Done – Nitty Gritty