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.
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
5 Too Poor
6 Praise His Name
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
THE REGGAE POWER
“The Reggae Power” Is the new 12 track album featuring the Riddim Twins (Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare) with an all star cast of vocalists including Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Romain Virgo, Bitty McLean, Alaine and a host of others Spicy Chocolate is the Japanese Sound system and producer who brought the project together.
“The passing of 57 year old Phillip Fatis Burrell at a time of great nostalgia for his 1990s productions resulted in a huge outpouring of sadness and love for his music. Burrell’s Xterminator empire was a chief architect of the 90s roots revival that helped make Sizzla and Luciano’s names — while giving valuable grounding to next generation artists such as Chezidek and Lutan Fyah.
His son Kareem “Remus” Burrell’s reboot label XTM.Nation has been attracting attention for similarly distinctive rhythms that continue the tradition of clean-sounding,
intricate, eclectic live instrument based reggae. And to commemorate a quarter century of the parent imprint he has released this compilation of unreleased material
produced by his father, along with his own creations. The cover depicting Luciano, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser and Earl Chinna Smith is illustrated by Original Jeremiyah and the heartfelt liner-notes are penned by writer and friend of Burrell, John Masouri.”
– Excerpt from review by Angus Taylor
Preview album on Soundcloud
Purchase on Itunes/Amazon
Over the weekend dancehall star, Danielle D.I. thrilled her fans in Curacao with a stellar performance. She delivered her hit songs: Beat It, Brown Girl, Pat It Up, Jamaican Girl and Rebel to uproars at Club De Shell.
Danielle D.I. arrives in Curacao with BET Award performers, Chaka Demus & Pliers, dancers Tsuna Kiss and Timry
“It’s a great feeling when you go to new territories and you’re onstage and the audience is singing with you line after line. I was surprised at some of the songs they requested. Tracks I don’t even perform”, she cheerfully expressed.
She has now returned to her island home to make preparations for her big performance at Catherine Hall for Reggae Sumfest’s dancehall Night. Next Thursday July 25th the rebel is looking towards exciting thousands in Montego Bay. General Degree’s Manchester Fiesta will be her next appearance on July 31st.
The dancehall star has been hard at work in the studio and has dropped her latest release, Kuff. She revamps Shelly Thunder’s 1988 monster hit with the assistance of veteran producers Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and One Pop Music’s, Rorey Baker.
“I’m paying respect to one of the female pioneers that really made an impact that opened doors for myself and many others. Her breakthrough hit gave producers more confidence and encouragement to record more women”, Danielle D.I. explained.
The reggae performer released her debut album, The Rebel last month. The rebel is distributed by Tads Records and is available at all major music outlets, on iTunes, Amazon and other online music stores.