Diseases Riddim Hits Mix | Reggae Lover Episode 66

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Diseases Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound | Episode 66

The Diseases riddim, which is sometimes referred to or known as the Golden Hen riddim is featured here.

I call it the Worries in the Dance Riddim, but the original version of the instrumental was used for the song entitled “Mad Mad Mad” produced in the 1960s by Coxsone Dodd for his Studio One label featuring Alton Ellis on the main vocals. Therefore the original name of this riddim is Mad Mad Mad.

This mix starts with Mad Mad Mad by Alton Ellis and goes all the way to Sizzla in the end. Thank you for listening to the #ReggaeLoverPodcast

PLAYLIST:

  1. Alton Ellis – Mad Mad Mad
  2. Louie Lepke – Jamaica On My Mind
  3. Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
  4. Dennis Brown – Coming Home Tonight
  5. Don Carlos – I’m Not Crazy
  6. Linval ThompsonLook How Me Sexy
  7. Frankie Paul – Sindie
  8. Frankie Paul – Worries In The Dance
  9. Sister Nancy – Ain’t no Stopping Nancy Now
  10. Anthony B – Fire Bun Now
  11. Yellowman – I’m Getting Married
  12. Yellowman – I’m Getting Divorced
  13. Toyan – Barry G
  14. Sister Nancy – Coward of the Country
  15. Michael Palmer – Lick Shot
  16. Half Pint – Soul Mate
  17. Tenor Saw – Golden Hen
  18. Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
  19. Cocoa Tea – I’ve Lost My Sonia
  20. Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
  21. Josey Wales – Leggo Me Hand Gateman
  22. Iba Mahr – Set Away
  23. Bugle – Same Game
  24. Sizzla – Sekkle Dung

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Reggae Artist Shinehead Performs in ATL (Video and Interview)

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Catch this live phone-in interview with the reggae singer/rapper by Highlanda Sound as SHINEHEAD prepared to headline Atlanta’s annual Reggae Legends Week with a Saturday night performance at 595 North.  While spreading the hype for his upcoming show and recanting his life-story, Shinehead also speaks his mind about Black History Month, the significance of honoring legends such as Bob Marley and Dennis Brown.

CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW

Similar features can be heard weekly on the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics Radio Show (Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on DaFlavaRadio.com, Route1Radio.com, and Vibesfm.gm.

Shinehead (born Edmund Carl Aiken, April 10, 1962, KentEngland) is an English-born Jamaican reggae singer/toaster/rapper.

He began his music career by performing for different New York reggae dancehall sound systems in the 1980s, most notably Tony Screw’s Downbeat The Ruler, based in The Bronx.

His recording debut was in 1986 on the African Love Music independent record label with “Who The Cap Fits (Let Them Wear It)” from the album Rough & Rugged. In his early years, Jeff Buckley led his group on guitar and lent a hand with backing vocals.

Shinehead was signed to a recording contract by Artist & Repertoire Representative Raoul Roach with Elektra Records in 1988, and remained with them until 1995.

His best known single was the cover version of Sting‘s “Englishman In New York“, re-titled as “Jamaican In New York” (1993). It reached #30 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1993.[1] Thesingle featured on the Sidewalk University album.

He is largely credited as being one of the original acts to cross hip-hop with reggae music, now known as reggae fusion, with songs such as “Try My Love” in 1992.[2]

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Rare Gems Found In Reggae Vault

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The lastest installment of Highlanda’s Reggae Vault Classics podcast starts off with singer/deejay Shinehead singing a cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean over an instumental that has become known most commonly as the Billie Jean riddim.  Sanchez’s solid lover’s rock hit from the 1990s, My Sweet Lady, follows on the riddim with as a nice of a mix as  will hear.  At this point in the mix, if you don’t feel the warm embrace of the rub a dub bassline, you may want to upgrade the speaker system you are listening on.  Billie Jean rolls on with tunes by Yami Bolo, Garnett Silk, Sizzla, and Wayne Wonder before the Nitty Kutchie, Bounty Killer and Terror Fabulous provide a rudeboy finale.

The next tune is Train to Zion, performed by Linval Thompson on the Death in the Arena riddim and this is where I would say Highlanda begins to expose rare gems.  Following that gem is Tenor Saw/Nitty Gritty sound a like, King Kong with Trouble Again, one of his biggest tunes.  The more commercially known mid-90s version of this riddim, known as Champion of the Arena is next featuring just the Bounty Killer, Long or Tall, and then Garnett Silk’s Splashing Dashing.

Garnett’s silky smooth voice on Retreat Wicked Man is next and takes us further into the Vault as the following transition welcomes the voices of reggae’s Crown prince, Dennis Emmanual Brown alongside Junior Reid singing lyrics that are prominent even in today’s dancehall, “No Dance Nah Keep Again, a just modelling…”

The next mix which brings in a remix of Night Nurse featuring U-Roy, Dennis Brown, and Gregory Issacs in combination, is the only part of this episode that sounds a bit rushed –  I was really enjoying the D. Brown/Junior Reid.  This however more uptempo version of Gregory’s Night Nurse may not be familiar to many listeners so the tune  has some exclusivity value to it.  Not Because I Smile which is sung over an extremely vibesy version of the Rockfort Rock riddim makes it two Gregory Issacs’s in a row.  The transitions that follow include a Wayne Wonder and a Bounty Killer on the same riddim – Well Done!

One thing to note here is that not only are you hearing selections you may not have heard in years, but these classics are being played in the traditional Brooklyn inspired style of Highlanda’s selector Kahlil Wonda.  Big ups go to King Addies and Earthruler among others for the inspiration.  Reggae Vault Classics episode 4 ends off with three songs on the Shank I Sheck riddim, also from the 1990s, and as Sanchez fades out my only complaint is that the mix was too short.

Reggae Vault Classics (Tuesday, December 16, 2008)

1   Billie Jean – Shinehead
2   My Sweet Thing – Sanchez
3   Hot Stepping – Yami Bolo
4   Bless Me – Garnett Silk
5   Big and Bold – Sizzla
6   Only You – Wayne Wonder
7   Down In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer/Nitty Kutchie
8   Ole Dog – Terror Fabulous
9   Train To Zion – Linval Thompson
10  Trouble Again – King Kong
11  Long or Tall – Bounty Killer
12  Splashing Dashing – Garnett Silk
13  Retreat Wicked Man – Garnett Silk
14  Dance Nah Keep Again – Dennis Brown/Junior Reid
15  Night Nurse – U-Roy/Gregory Issacs/Dennis Brown
16  Not Because I Smile – Gregory Issacs
17  Childs Play – Wayne Wonder
18  Disrespect – Bounty Killer
19  Jah Power – Tristan Palmer/Beenie Man
20  World Too Haunted – Bounty Killer/Junior Reid
21  Down In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer
22  Brown Eye Girl – Sanchez

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