Freddie McGregor and John Holt | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 85

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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More Fire! - Reggae Lover Podcast 60

More Fire! – Reggae Lover Podcast 60

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Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

It was a time when Bounty Killer was given the title “Poor People Governor” and had a streak of hit songs banned from radio airplay in Jamaica because he spoke out against corruption and divisiveness in political policies and sang about ineptitude and abuse by local law enforcement. There was a resurgence of lyrical protest songs uniting and re-energizing the dancehall followers in the streets of Jamaica with positive messages earning the biggest crowd responses. Buju Banton, who emerged as the “Voice of Jamaica” delivered words of wisdom and warning to his fan base and his lyrical ideals deepened right along with his Rastafarian faith.

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The same went for Capleton who was dominant and was dubbed “The Fire Man.” Capleton burned the hottest fire with a string of releases that dissected and illustrated all the faults he found with “Babylon system” and during his live stage performances, massive eruptions of energy occurred. Artists such as Sizzla, Luciano, and Anthony B were also extremely influential within this conscious movement of the 1990s.

The up-tempo (dancehall) riddims being produced in this era of Jamaican music offered very diverse story lines so there were songs about the latest dance moves, gunman tunes, girls anthems, and ganja dedications surrounded by songs about spirituality, African liberation, “burning out” current corrupt government officials and taboo trends, or the struggles of the poor in the ghetto.

Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

This mix focuses on the danceable selections of that period that kept it real. Reality tunes, similar in content to the roots reggae standards of reggae’s foundation era, but aligned with the most popular riddims that dominated the dancehall. This was the music that could be heard at the climax of sound system sessions primarily from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Please press play and take a brief trip back to “fire time.” More Fire!

Playlist:

  1. Sweet C – Natty Dread
  2. Spragga Benz – Moving Up The Line
  3. Beenie Man – Music A Di Beat
  4. Louie Culture – Ganga Lee
  5. Beenie Man – Blessed
  6. Bushman ft. I Lue – Send Them Come
  7. Zebra – Selassie Warning
  8. Capleton – No Carbon Copy
  9. Bounty Killer – Babylon System A Go Down
  10. Capleton – Good So
  11. Buju Banton – Deportees (Tings Change)
  12. Beenie Man – Foundation
  13. Capleton – Stay Far From Trouble
  14. Terry Ganzie – Ragga Ragga
  15. Sizzla – Dem A Gaze
  16. Capleton – Bad Mind
  17. Bounty Killer – Fed Up
  18. Spragga Benz – Peace
  19. Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary
  20. Capleton – Almshouse
  21. Little Hero, Merciless & Action Fire – God Alone
  22. Capleton ft. Jah Thunder – Fire
  23. Capleton – Badness
  24. Sizzla – Karate
  25. Buju Banton – Rampage
  26. Capleton – Cuyah Cuyah Cuyah
  27. Capleton – Things Are Happening
  28. Capleton – More Prophet
  29. Bounty Killer – Anytime
  30. Beenie Man – Gospel Time

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