This episode features songs about Rastafari, roots, reality, and culture from Freddie McGregor and John Holt.
Episode 49 features Freddie McGregor singing only in the reggae lovers rock style. That episode has over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud and is still very popular. I definitely hope you enjoy this one as well and play it 20,000 times each. This mix shows the well-roundedness and the prolificness of Freddie McGregor. This is powerful music about the black struggle, and about overcoming.
I wanted to elevate everybody that’s listening no matter what’s going on in your life. If you’re able to listen to this music right now that means that you still have a chance and you have opportunities. Even if you were a victim, right now you’re a Survivor. You’re surviving and you can carry on the mission of improving yourself. Don’t give in to depression. There’s good in every situation and what didn’t kill you can make you stronger.
Show love to anybody that shows you love and let them know what you think of them. Let them know that you appreciate them being in your life. If anybody is sending negative vibes your way and taking shots at you, I say cut them off. Go the other way every time the negative energy comes around. Put up your hypocrite shield and hold your head high. Don’t give them power over you by letting them see you crumble. Hold your head up high, stick to your morals, set your boundaries, and continue to live your life in peace. God will bless you. That’s my positive word of the day. Thank you all for listening.
Sir John Holt has passed away, but Freddie McGregor is still captain of the Big Ship, and still doing his thing. His legacy is solid. Big ups to Freddie. Salute to our living legend, and rest in peace to the loving memory of John Holt. Respect is due to all the friends, family and supporters of the John Holt. Please support and spread their music. Once again I thank you so much for listening and I hope you are uplifted and feeling good vibrations.
It’s now February. It’s reggae month. It’s Black History Month. Some know this day as Valentine’s Day. The movie Black Panther is premiering in 1 day. This Friday is Bob Fest ATL 2018 starring Jah9 and her band all the way from Kingston, Jamaica. Also featuring the Saroc the MC and me, Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound. See you there!
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This is another listener suggested mix specially prepared for the reggae lover podcast.
The ‘A Love I Can Feel‘ rhythm was first released on a vocal by John Holt under the same name in 1970. It was produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and was a sizeable hit. John Holt re-recorded his original vocal a number of times (about once per decade) including for Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes’ Volcano label, King Jammy, and the Parish label. The rhythm has been used around 100 times, most frequently by King Jammy and Donovon Germain of Penthouse Records.
Please download using the link below, and feel free to spread the word to fellow reggae lovers. Also email firstname.lastname@example.org to make suggestions, requests or comments, and to get additional information.
1 John Holt – A Love I Can Feel – Studio One
2 Dennis Alcapone – A Love I Can Feel – Studio One
3 Freddie McGregor – When I’m Ready – Studio One
4 George Scott – Love You Still – Studio One
5 Cornell Campbell – Give Your Love To Me – Gorgon
6 Prince Jazzbo – Straight To I-Roy Head – Lagoon
7 Shinehead – Golden Touch – African Love
8 Josey Wales – Weh Dem A Go Do “86″ – Tuff Gong
9 Nana McClean – Nana’s Medley – Penthouse
10 Sanchez – Wont Last A Day – Germain
11 Tony Tuff – I’ve Got To Get You – Penthouse
12 Richie Stephens – Trying To Get To You – Penthouse
13 Tony Rebel – Fresh Vegetable – Penthouse
14 Pinchers – Stand By Me Pt. 2 – Penthouse
15 Sanchez – I Can’t Wait – Digital B
16 Beres Hammond – Tempted To Touch
17 Beres Hammond and Cutty Ranks – Love Me Haffi Get
18 Pinchers – Dreams and Illusions – Jammys
19 Frankie Paul – Benefit of the Doubt – Black Scorpio
In this episode, I present some essential Roots reggae cuts, mostly from the 1970s. These songs deal with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God.
The featured artists provide social commentary and deliver lyrical themes including spirituality, resistance to government, black pride and repatriation.
You will hear Studio One classics, gems from Tuff Gong, Exterminator and Volcano, plus quintessential Trojan recordings, among others. The full track list is posted below. Enjoy the musical mix!
1 Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
2 Bob Marley – Africa Unite
3 Black Uhuru – Sensimilia
4 Sammy Dread – Road Block
5 Hugh Mundell – Rasta Have The Handle
6 The Gladiators – Easy Squeeze
7 Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
8 Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
9 Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master
10 John Holt – Up Park Camp
11 John Holt – Tribal War
12 Barrington Levy – No Fuss Or Fight
13 Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush
14 Barrington Levy – Do Good
15 Barrington Levy – Murderer
16 Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed
17 Bob Marley – Forever Loving Jah
18 Bob Marley – Them Belly Full
19 Bob Marley – Rebel Music
20 Don Carlos – Natty Dread Have the Credentials
21 Half Pint – Political Fiction
22 John Holt – Police In Helicopter
23 Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard
24 Gregory Isaacs – Border
25 Yabby You & The Prophets – Babylon A Fall
26 Yabby You & Tony Tuff – Falling Babylon
27 Burning Spear – Follow Marcus Garvey
28 U Brown – Jah Is My Father Still
29 Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
30 Dennis Alcapone & Delroy Wilson – It Must Come
31 Barrington Levy – Teach The Youth
32 Cocoa Tea – Rasta Man
33 Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
34 U-Roy – Gorgon Wise
35 Johnny Osborne – Truths and Rights
36 Bob Marley – Time Will Tell
37 Burning Spear – Columbus
38 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
39 Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
40 Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
41 Johnny Osborne – Jah Righteous Plan
This Sizzla mix was suggested by a fellow Reggae Lover, Kris in Atlanta, and truthfully I am grateful for such a suggestion. The messages in Sizzla’s music have aroused and inspired many people over the past 20 years including me. This mix goes through the best of Kalonji’s catalog from 1995 to now and includes singles from ‘Radical,’ one of 2014’s Sizzla albums – a real “throwback” and a surefire treat. Listen now, and spread the download link around when you get a chance.
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The Reggae Lover Podcast presents Sizzla
1 No White God
2 Really and Truly
3 Praise Ye Jah
4 Solid As A Rock
5 Smoke Marijuana
6 No Wicked Man
7 Dem Ah Wonder
8 Babylon A Listen
9 Jah Never Fail I
11 One Love
12 Clean Up Your Heart
13 Made Of
15 Babylon Homework
16 Jah Blessing with Luciano
18 Kings Of The Earth
19 Police in Helicopter with John Holt
20 Do You Ever?
21 Good Ways
23 Gwaan Star
24 Like Mountain
26 Good Things
27 Dem Ah Try Ah Ting
28 Lovely Morning
29 Freedom Cry
30 Render Your Heart
31 Chant Dem Down
32 Take Myself Away
33 To The Point
34 King In The Jungle with Jah Cure
35 Holding Firm
36 Explain To The Almighty
38 Till It Some More
39 Show Us The Way
40 Love Is Always There
41 Beautiful World
42 Give Them A Ride
43 Trust and Love
44 Sad Mistake
45 Blaze Fire Blaze
46 No Other Like Jah
47 Collie with Sugar Minott
48 Dem Ah Gaze
As one of the major cornerstones of the roots reggae movement, The Mighty Diamonds have maintained a consistent message of love and unity. Download the new Reggae Anthology: Pass the Knowledge – The Mighty Diamonds which features hits and non-album classic material.
Comprised of lead vocalist Donald “Tabby” Shaw and harmony vocalists Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, the trio is widely-known for their smooth harmonies and choreographed stage shows inspired by 1960s Motown vocal groups like The Temptations, The Stylistics, The Impressions and The Delfonics and as well as Jamaican rocksteady artists like John Holt and Ken Boothe. With over 40 albums under their belt, the long-time friends formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston and continue to record and tour together today.
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Reggae Vault Classics highlights legendary reggae music producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes and spins hit songs from his Volcano Record Label in this Featured Icon Segment by Highlanda Sound.
1 Kingdom Rise and Kingdom Fall – The Wailing Souls
2 Firehouse Rock (Waterhouse Rock) – The Wailing Souls
3 Give Another Israel A Try – Barry Brown
4 Ganja Dub – Scientist
5 Police In Helicopter – John Holt
6 Bible Story – Early B
7 Sister Carol – Barrington Levy
8 Bubbling Telephone – Charlie Chaplin
9 Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osborne
10 Lost Mi Love – Yellowman
11 Miss Know It All – Scientist
12 Come Fe Mash It – Tony Tuff
13 Who Can Make The Dance Ram – Yellowman
14 21 Girls Salute – Barrington Levy
15 Rocking Dolly – Cocoa Tea
16 I Am The Don – Leroy Smart
17 Mr. Chin – Yellowman
18 Bam Bam – Yellowman & Fathead
19 Virgin Girl (A Wha Do Dem) – Eek-A-Mouse
20 Prison Oval Rock – Barrington Levy
21 Hog and Goat – Don Carlos
22 Gunman – Michael Prophet
23 Stealing – John Holt
24 Nobody Move Noboby Get Hurt – Yellowman
25 Jam Dance Master – Yellowman
26 Pass The Kushungpeng – Frankie Paul
27 Worries In The Dance – Frankie Paul
28 Zunguzunguguzungguzeng – Frankie Paul
king yellowman (Photo credit: cultchas)